Glimpse of Recent Sales | Winter 2014-15

It’s March, which means we are halfway through our busy season here in Scottsdale. The winter has been particularly mild here, and unusually bad in the Northeast, which has lead to a bump in visitors to Arizona. This boost in visitors and the recovering economy have resulted in a great beginning to the season. We’re looking forward to continued strong business over the next several months.

From time to time, I like to post images of recent sales. It’s fun to see work that has caught our buyer’s attention, and it’s a good reminder that art is selling – something that is easy to forget if your sales have been a bit slow.

It’s important to remember that this is not a reflection of trends in the broader market, and I hope no one will look at this artwork and say “I guess I better paint abstracts, because that’s what Xanadu is selling.” You will see a pretty broad range of styles and subject matter, but it is a reflection of our focus over the last several months. This sampling of some of our recent sales reflects a combination of in-gallery sales, online sales and sales from our Art Catalogue.

It’s also fun to see where some of our buyers are coming from (We’ve also had buyers from Canada, Australia, Germany, and England):

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Wall Climbers by Ancizar Marin

Wall Climbers

by Ancizar Marin

(Approx. 63 Sold)

(These small sculptures have been extremely popular with our clientele. We have sold dozens of them through the gallery, through our Catalogue, and through the website)

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Trio by Guilloume

Trio

by Guilloume

Who Rescued Who? by Lorri Acott

Who Rescued Who?

by Lorri Acott

Wild Goose Chase by Dimitra Milan

Wild Goose Chase

by Dimitra Milan

Purity by Guilloume

Purity

by Guilloume

Solitary Stand by John & Elli Milan

Solitary Stand

by John & Elli Milan

16″ x 16″

Oil/Mixed Media

Familia by Guilloume

Familia

by Guilloume

12″ x 24″

Bronze

El Camino de la Vida by Guilloume

El Camino de la Vida

by Guilloume

24″ x 55″

Bronze

Cry Wolf by Dimitra Milan

Cry Wolf

by Dimitra Milan

10″ x 10″

Wall Climber--Skier 3 by Ancizar Marin

Wall Climber–Skier 3

by Ancizar Marin

11″ x 10″

The One I Love  by Lorri Acott

#14069

The One I Love

by Lorri Acott

16″

Einstein

By Gary Lee Price

Evening Light at Lost Dutchman Park  by John Horejs

Evening Light at Lost Dutchman Park

by John Horejs

60″ x 48″

The Bear Truth by Dimitra Milan

The Bear Truth

by Dimitra Milan

40″ x 40″

Out Foxed the Ruler by Dimitra Milan

Out Foxed the Ruler

by Dimitra Milan

10″ x 10″

Darien 17 by Linza

Darien Series (7 Sold)

by Linza

12″ x 12″

Acrylic and Resin

Shakespeare Green by Michael Swearngin

Shakespeare Green

by Michael Swearngin

14″ x 14″

Shakespeare Orange by Michael Swearngin

Shakespeare Orange

by Michael Swearngin

14″ x 14″

Shakespeare Yellow by Michael Swearngin

Shakespeare Yellow

by Michael Swearngin

14″ x 14″

Empty Nest by Stephen Hansen

Empty Nest

by Stephen Hansen

14″ x 28″

Acrylic and Resin

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Cartwheel Kids

by Gary Lee Price

Green Thumb II by Gary Lee Price

Green Thumb II

by Gary Lee Price

48″ x 28″

Bronze

Windows by Guilloume

Windows

by Guilloume

12″ x 12″

Four Chiefs by Dave Newman

Four Chiefs

by Dave Newman

36″ x 36″

Her Carmella by John & Elli Milan

#94321

Her Carmella

by John & Elli Milan

16″ x 16″

Oil/Mixed Media

The Harvest by Jeanie Thorn

The Harvest

by Jeanie Thorn

36″ x 4″

Reap What You Sow by Jeanie Thorn

Reap What You Sow

by Jeanie Thorn

35″ x 4″

Urban Landscape I dyptich by Jeanie Thorn

Urban Landscape I dyptich

by Jeanie Thorn

10″ x 10″

Mixed Media on Steel

Urban Landscape II dyptich by Jeanie Thorn

Urban Landscape II dyptich

by Jeanie Thorn

10″ x 10″

Mixed Media on Steel

Sideways by Michael Swearngin

Sideways

by Michael Swearngin

22″ x 18″

Charcoal

Rush Hour by gregory peters

#66281

Rush Hour

by gregory peters

16″ x 20″

Acrylic

Geometry 6  by Linza

Geometry 714D

by Linza

60″ x 10″

Love and Tenderness by Guilloume

Love and Tenderness

by Guilloume

18″ x 10″

Bronze

Geometry 1114B by Linza

#94955

Geometry 1114B

by Linza

60″ x 10″

Acrylic / Steel

Journeys of the Imagination by Gary Lee Price

Journeys of the Imagination

by Gary Lee Price

50″ x 32″

Bronze

When the Days Were Long and the Nights Were Longer by Crystal Marie Neubauer

#65972

When the Days Were Long and the Nights Were Longer

by Crystal Marie Neubauer

10″ x 10″

Collage Mixed Media

New Frontier by John & Elli Milan

New Frontier

by John & Elli Milan

36″ x 36″

Oil/Mixed Media

So Good and Happy by Dave Newman

So Good and Happy

by Dave Newman

48″ x 48″

Mixed Media

Get on the Road by Dave Newman

Get on the Road

by Dave Newman

24″ x 18″

Acrylic /Mixed Media

Surreal Cactus Series by Dave Newman

Surreal Cactus Series

by Dave Newman

60″ x 35″

Acrylic /Mixed Media

Nevermoor by Dave Newman

Nevermoor

by Dave Newman

30″ x 30″

Acrylic /Mixed Media

Cowboy/Cowgirl by Dave Newman

Cowboy/Cowgirl

by Dave Newman

39″ x 14″

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Maximilian Water Feature (Installed photo)

By Damien Jones

60″

Ceramic

Sweet Bird #2 by Dave Newman

Sweet Bird #2

by Dave Newman

24″ x 18″

Acrylic /Mixed Media

Rough N Tuff Americana by Dave Newman

Rough N Tuff Americana

by Dave Newman

30″ x 19″

Acrylic /Mixed Media

Melting Pot by Guilloume

Melting Pot

by Guilloume

16″ x 65″

Bronze

Untitled 21 by Allan Rodewald

Untitled 21

by Allan Rodewald

26″ x 24″

Acrylic on Glass

Love Is... by Dave Newman

Love Is…

by Dave Newman

48″ x 48″

Acrylic

Commitment by Guilloume

Commitment

by Guilloume

48″

Bronze

Appointed Time by John & Elli Milan

#93808

Appointed Time

by John & Elli Milan

30″ x 30″

Heart to Heart by Guilloume

Heart to Heart

by Guilloume

11″ x 6″

Bronze

Under Her Wing by Guilloume

Under Her Wing

by Guilloume

24″ x 12″

Bronze

Bird on Pins by Dave Newman

Bird on Pins

by Dave Newman

48″ x 12″

Acrylic /Mixed Media

Wall Climber--Snow boarder 2 by Ancizar Marin

Wall Climber–Snow boarder 2

by Ancizar Marin

11″ x 10″

Three by Guilloume

Three

by Guilloume

40″ x 18″

Bronze

Ten Friends by Guilloume

Ten Friends

by Guilloume

24″ x 30″

Oil

Client And Installation Photos

How Have Your Sales Been Through the Winter?

Scottsdale’s season is opposite that of many markets – we’re busy in the winter months and slow during the summer – but how have your sales been through the winter? What was your most exciting sale during the winter season? Post your observations (and links to images of sold work if you would like) in the comments below.

About the Author: Jason Horejs

Jason Horejs is the Owner of Xanadu Gallery, author of best selling books "Starving" to Successful & How to Sell Art , publisher of reddotblog.com, and founder of the Art Business Academy. Jason has helped thousands of artists prepare themselves to more effectively market their work, build relationships with galleries and collectors, and turn their artistic passion into a viable business.

26 Comments

  1. I am pleased to say that I have sold 10 , 40 x 33 framed images to Texas Health Hospital of Willow Park , Tx.
    They are an array of images chosen from my website.

    1. Congratulations, Pamela! Were those originals or prints? Did you have a prior relationship with the hospital or did they find you on your website? That’s a great sale, what a blessing!

  2. jason, I sold a 36X28 canvas of a Hummingbird in iridescent acrylics in October, one of the most satisfying sales to date, but so far this year in Utah, sales slowed to a crawl.

  3. I notice you didn’t sell any watercolors. A friend told me galleries aren’t interested in carrying watercolors because their prices are too low. Is that true?

    1. We don’t have a lot of w/c in the gallery, but pricing isn’t the issue for us, it’s that we have a hard time selling anything under glass in Arizona. I have a friend with a gallery in Seattle and he sells w/c well.

  4. My most exciting sale was 3 pieces commission for a local restaurant. This was my first commercial commission. I am hoping it leads to more exposure in my small town.

  5. Sorry to say that here in NC sales have been dismal since July of last year. I am not at all sure why that is the case. I thought it might be just my work but it seems to be the case for everyone. We are hoping that when spring arrives it will turn around. right now the plan is to stay the course and paint my ass off. my experience in the past is that there is usually a windfall after a prolonged drought

  6. Have sold none, this year, thus far; although, we’re having an Auction, at the Gallery (where I’m a juried-in member), and I have 2 – 6″ x 6″ pieces that are up for Auction, which other members participated in as well – so I’ll see if they’ll sell, before the Auction is over…. But I am at a crossroad, in that I’m working on finding a Studio, where I can paint more. I did sell one painting, after my Showing, of last Aug. – Oct., after the show, but that’s about all, for now. I need to practice up on my marketing skills and production, “to say the least…”

  7. This year is starting out at a record pace with 15 pieces sold since Jan 1. Most sold through my web site to previous collectors. Today 7 pieces went out the door with three more sold, not yet framed (small to medium size). I think the monthly newsletters are helping a lot and folks are checking out the work on the website. This is really good for Michigan in March. I can only hope that it continues. Tomorrow I have a collector coming back to the studio to look at a larger piece for the second time. Keeping my fingers crossed that I can close the sale.

  8. I have recently sold 7 sculptures and taken commissions for 2 more, so I’m a happy camper! I’m also currently working on 2 fairly large commissioned paintings (36″ x 36″ and 24″ x 48″) and 2 smaller commissioned paintings. I bought Jason’s book when it first came out and refer to it frequently!
    patburnsart.com

  9. I have not sold any this year so far. The last one was in Dec.2014. I am working lately in series (like 6-7 in a series). Don’t know how that will sell, but I enjoy staying with an idea for a while.

  10. Things are picking up. I have sold 3 macro view Leaves with water droplets right off Facebook when I posted them on my status. I also had a prize winner purchased by a person in NYC who bought it straight out off my web site. I sell little daily paintings quite frequently off another site and sold a 24 x 48 landscape to a previous customer , he also bought another one of my Marcie series…. he has 5 of them so far. And also another return purchaser bought a couple little pigs for a friend who likes pigs. I want to get down to Xanadu and I have read the books and taken the class so there is no excuse …

  11. Bought Jason Horejs book, “Starving to Successful” some time ago and it is helpful, but
    as I do not have a huge body of work, haven’t approached any Galleries yet. I used to do
    outdoor shows many years ago, and was fairly successful.
    I have learned from the being on the mailing list and watching some of the video s..so I
    am trying to stay with one medium: Silk painting (Batik) using dyes..and trying to frame them similarly. I get a lot of ‘Wows” but not sales.
    My work is improving and I’m almost ready to send some to Xanadu Gallery.
    Love that name for a Gallery by the way
    Keep up the good work. I hope to be a client in the near future.
    Sincerely, Patricia

  12. This is fabulous. Thanks for taking the time (and I know how much). It echoes the findings with my own work. I’m now tending more towards figurative, abstract and animal art. Small landscapes and seascapes sell fairly well for me, but I like the adventure of the other genre and I believe you have to love what you’re doing in order to make consistent sales that feel like an achievement.

  13. Thank you for sharing this post. It is refreshing to see what sold in your area this year and the consistency of the choices made — regardless of the artist. The joy behind a piece of artwork is always the key. That’s what I’ve seen in my art sales and the sales in my gallery. If you are true to yourself, the work will speak for itself. Your posts are invaluable to all levels of the art community!! Thank you.

  14. I’ve been showing and selling artwork for 30 years and I’ve learned that anything can and will happen. I offer prints of my older works that have sold as well and new originals through my own studio/gallery in Denver. It’s a surprise every time to see what people will purchase. Sometimes it’s nothing but jewelry. Other times it’s representational work and other times it’s all abstract. I finally realized I just need to keep doing what I’m doing and keep showing and selling what sells.

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