Latest Artworks [View More]
Our Latest Artists
When you add a new artwork, there are several form fields that you should fill in. Not all are required but those that are will be marked with an asterisk. Make sure that you save changes by clicking the ‘Update’ button on the last page of the form. The guide notes below explain why some fields are required and what purpose each form field serves. Some fields require you to enter your own text, so we also provide advice on what to write. We will discuss each field below in the order they appear on the form:
You must upload an image of your artwork. At present the facility only allows one photo. You’ll need a clear image of your artwork that will be displayed on your artwork showcase
The recommended maximum size is 2mb (2000kb) and a minimum size of 0.4mb (400kb). The recommended maximum width or height is 1200 pixels.
An image that is too large is more susceptible to copyright fraud. This is because someone could use a high quality image of your artwork to create prints to sell, whereas a lower image quality may still display clearly on a screen but not print so well. However, you need to ensure that your image is not too small either as it may put off buyers if they cannot see it clearly on screen.
All laptops and desktop PCs generally have a pre-installed photo editing software. For Windows 10 the default program is called ‘Photos’. For Macs it is a program called ‘Preview’. PCs that use older operating systems may have different photo editing programs. All of these should be capable of simple editing functionality, such as cropping (where you can trim the edges of the photo) and resizing, where you can set a maximum file size in megabytes (MB) or specify the length and width in pixels. These are the essentials for artists taking their own photos of their work. There are lots of other free photo editing software and apps that you can download to you PC or phone if you prefer, that will allow you to easily resize your images and crop them neatly so that no background shows.
Please be aware that our administrators may crop and resize your artwork for the following reasons without notice:
In some areas of the website, such as in the search results, your image will appear as a cropped square. This is simply for uniformity, but do not worry as the image will display fully when it is opened in its own showcase page.
See our separate guide on how to take photos of your artwork.
Every artwork posted on the website needs a title. There is a 40 character limit, which is usually enough for several words. We recommend you choose a title that clearly reflects the subject of the artwork, such as ‘A thatched cottage in Buckland’. Try to provide a title likely to be different to other artwork titles on the website. For example ‘Cottage’ might be too general so adding a bit more context will help to distinguish it. A descriptive name will be easier for people to remember. Likewise, if they see your artwork while browsing and want to return to it later, they can do so by typing part of the title into the keyword search. Try to include words that describe the subject as that will ensure your artwork appears in results for any keyword searches that include those words. For example, someone wishes to find paintings of cottages, so they might type ‘cottage’ into the keyword search. Your artwork will appear in the search result for that term if the word ‘cottage’ is included in the title.
You can write as much or as little about your artwork as you like here. We recommend you write at least a short sentence about your artwork. You could write about the subject of the piece; what inspired you to choose the subject; or how the artwork was created (i.e. what techniques were used). You can also write about more practical things, including whether customers may contact you about the availability of reproductions of the artwork (limited edition prints for example) or more details about deliveries and collections. Although the main listing must reflect the original artwork, if prints or other reproductions are available you may mention this in the artwork description. If the original artwork has been sold then you simply list the artwork as sold (this option is given on the last page of the form), with the price reflecting the value of the sold piece. You can then mention that prints are available in the artwork description. If you wish to list prices for the prints then you may only list these in the artwork description or ask people to contact you for further details.
Another reason to include a description is that it may help your artwork page appear in search engine listings. Try to include certain keywords and phrases about the subject of your art, the medium, and perhaps the location where the artwork can be purchased from (i.e. “This is a watercolour pet portrait painting of a Border Terrier dog. You can purchase this artwork direct from my studio in Oxfordshire”). This includes the same keywords likely to be included in search terms used by someone wanting to buy this sort of art. For example, they might search Google for “pet portraits in Oxfordshire” or “Watercolour painting of a Border Terrier”. By including the likely keywords to be used in searches relating to your artwork, in easy to read sentences in the artwork description, there is then a possibility that your artwork page on Acquire Art might appear in search results in Google, Bing and other search engines. Do not expect results though, as there will be a lot of competition for the same search terms – for example, in this instance there will be lots of other websites displaying pet portraits in Oxfordshire and watercolour paintings of border terriers. Considering how vast the world wide web is, it’s not surprising your artwork pages on Acquire Art may not be found this way, but it is always worth a try if you’re willing to spend a little extra care when writing your descriptions. Also remember that nothing happens with immediate effect. It could be weeks (and sometimes much longer) until search engines even find your artwork listing page – they may even then ignore it and return another day to review it again. But hopefully they may instead include it in their directory where it could potentially be found when people type their searches.
Picking a category may be very simple, if your artwork is a perfect fit. But sometimes you may feel your artwork doesn’t fit perfectly into any one category that we’ve provided. If this is the case, choose the category you feel has the most relevance to your art, even it doesn’t seem like much at all. If you really feel your artwork doesn’t fit at all into any category, please contact us and we will help you decide. We may create new categories depending on demand. It may also be difficult to choose a category when more than one seems like a good fit. If you paint a very expressionistic horse, for example, you are then faced with making a choice between the ‘Modern Art’ category or the ‘Animal Art’ category. It could be argued that the subject of the horse is likely to be a more determining factor for potential buyers than the style of art, so ‘Animal Art’ may be the most appropriate category in this instance. Choose whichever you feel is best. You can always change the category at a later date.
Choose a medium that most closely represents your work. If your work is a mix of mediums but predominantly one, such as oil paint for example, you may choose the ‘Oil painting’ category or the ‘Mixed media’ category. Most people will likely search for oil paintings so you may feel this is the better choice. You can then describe the other mediums you used in the artwork description. If you cannot find an option you feel is at all suitable, please contact us and we will be happy to advise.
This is the county where the artwork can be viewed or collected from. If the artwork is not for sale or you don’t wish to allow viewings or collections, select the location where you work as an artist instead. A county must be selected as it provides information required for our artwork search facility. By selecting a location regardless, you will always appear in search results on the website for that county. It’s a useful way for Acquire Art visitors to find local artists and/or artwork for sale in their area.
If the artwork is for sale and can be collected in person you can type the name of the nearest town, which will give buyers a more immediate idea of how close the artwork is. Not everyone will want to travel the length of a county to collect an artwork, so providing this extra information allows potential buyers to determine how near the artwork is. If the artwork isn’t for sale you may still wish to type the name of the nearest town based on where you work as an artist. People often feel more of a connection to local artists and will more likely look at your other artwork if they know you are local to them. You can include a more localised address in this same field if you want, such as a village or postcode. This may be an option if your work is located in a high street gallery. If you are selling direct from your home however you may not want to be too specific about your location until you enter into private communication with potential buyers.
If the artwork is already framed and/or mounted, you can specify this here, especially if your artwork price reflects this. If this is not relevant to your artwork just skip this field altogether (leave as -select-). If you are happy to sell your work with more than one option, then just skip this field but ensure your artwork price reflects the artwork unframed. You can then discuss framing options and any additional costs with the buyer when they contact you through your email contact form. You may even add a note in your artwork description to say that a framing service can be provided upon request.
The support is what physically holds the painting, or in other words the base on which an artwork is created. Common supports included stretched canvas, canvas board, wooden board, watercolour paper and pastel paper. Choose whichever option is most accurate or select ‘Other’ if none apply. You can specify more detail if required in the artwork description.
You can enter a width, height and depth. These must all be given in centimetres. The depth generally isn’t relevant unless the item is bulky, such as 3D artwork. You may also want to specify the depth for artworks created on a box canvas, as these are deeper than normal stretched canvas. If your painting is framed, you should provide the measurement for the actual artwork (not including a mount or frame). If you are selling the artwork with a mount and/or frame, you can specify the overall measurements in the artwork description if you wish.
This is generally only necessary for particularly heavy art that may require extra consideration for anyone wishing to buy. This might include sculptures or large ceramics or glass art.
This is the year you created the artwork. If it was a while ago and you can’t quite remember, then an approximate year is fine.
The price is a required field, even though the artwork may not be for sale. It must also reflect the value of the original artwork and not that of any prints or reproductions (with the exceptions set out in our 4.1 of our terms and conditions. If the artwork was never intended for sale (perhaps you decided to keep it for yourself) and you only want to display it to promote your artistic skill, simply enter a value of what you feel it is worth. If the artwork sold many years ago, you may choose to enter the price you sold it for, or if you prefer you can enter the price you would sell it for if it was still available today. This is because you may wish for any artwork you display to represent your current prices, which you may have increased over the years. The reason why we ask for a price in all instances is so that your artwork will appear in search results for artwork in that price range, even if it is not for sale. In the next field entry, you will specify if it is for sale or not.
Acquire Art is a marketplace for original art and visitors to the site will therefore expect all main prices to relate to an original artwork. If the original is not for sale you must mark it as ‘Not for sale’ in the next field entry (see below). If prints/reproductions are available you may mention these, and any prices relating to these, only in the artwork description.
If the artwork is sold or for any reason not for sale, you need to tick the box. Otherwise leave the box unticked. When you sell an artwork that is listed on the website, you will need to login to your account dashboard and edit the appropriate artwork to reflect its new status.
These are only necessary if your artwork is for sale. You can select all the payment options you are willing to offer. If your artwork is being sold via a high street gallery or other online marketplace, you will instead select the payment options that they offer.
These are only necessary if your artwork is for sale. Select any that are applicable. If your artwork is being sold by a third party, such as a gallery or online marketplace, then select the options based on what the third party offers.