Sold From Facebook

Acrylic abstract painting titled "Degrees of Separation" by artist Shirley Williams
'Degrees of Separation", acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 inches (76 x 76 cm), © Shirley Williams SOLD

You might say I have a love/hate relationship with Social Media.

On the one hand, I love it because it's a great way to stay up to date with friends and relatives. Plus, as an artist, I appreciate how social media gives me the opportunity to reach out and share my work with people all over the world.

On the other hand, social media takes a lot of time. It's oh so easy to get sucked down a rabbit hole of "cute kitten videos". Sometimes a few hours can go by without even being aware of the time. From a professional point of view, it takes a lot of time away from the studio. 

Sometimes, like many people, I'm tempted to unplug myself. I wonder if it's really worth bothering. But what usually happens is someone makes a lovely comment and my faith in the power of social media to connect with others is reaffirmed. 

Yet I've never actually sold a painting through social media. That is, until last week.

No sooner had I posted the photo of this brand new painting on Facebook, than I received a Direct Message from someone locally who wanted to see it. They came to the studio a few days later and fell in love with it. Boom! SOLD and they took it home with them. The varnish on it barely had a chance to dry.

I guess I'll continue to poke away at Facebook since it does seem to work occasionally.