You would need to be quite hard to please if you did not like at least one of ancient, modern, Gothic, Celtic, cartoon or Victorian styles, using a brush or crayons on canvas, paper, or a wall. The combinations available are almost endless. And whatever style you prefer, you will find examples of.
Of course some will be very costly, but you could sell imitations of these old masters and earn money from them in that way. Copying is not illegal as long as you do not try to pass the copy off as the original. Imitations of old masters are very well-liked and there are thousands of them to choose from.
It is a good notion to start by having a couple of your own favourite old masters done for your self. This has two benefits: 1] it allows you to find a good artist/supplier and 2] they serve as examples of the quality of the work that you will supply to potential clients.
Once you have your samples, you can take photos of them and scan the photographs. These can be used as images in your artwork and marketing and on your web site. Now you have to let people know what you can do.
As your business expands, you will find artists who are able to reproduce old masters and others who are able to copy any photograph - that is scenery, people, cats, dogs, holiday snaps. Anything.
You will have a list of artists and a list of their abilities and prices of each one. You could organize to pay the artist 50% on commissioning the painting and 50% on approval with the promise of a complete refund if the piece is unsatisfactory. You can charge twice the money that the artist wants: 50% up front and 50% on handover.
In that way, you are just investing in the promoting. This system works very well, if you get word out to enough people. Have a go at putting B5 flyers in newspapers or paying someone to deliver them. You can call at taverns and restaurants and reception areas like hotel foyers, office waiting rooms, dentists' and doctors' surgeries.
Once you have built up a couple of articles, you could hire them out. You could change 50% of the artwork in a hotel foyer two times a year. Taverns and offices love this arrangement. If you hang them in restaurants, you could add price tags and give the owner 25% commission. Many restaurants will go for that. Particularly new ones which need decor anyway. . People mostly prefer oil paintings of dead relatives and pets. However, if you could persuade people that it is a colossal compliment to give someone an oil painting of themselves before they died, you would make tons of money.
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