Hello Sara and Happy New Year to you, too!
I have been using DPW for about 5 years. I send everything to auction and offer a Buy It Now option as well (which disappears if anyone bids). After the auction, if unsold, my painting reverts to Buy It Now via PayPal.
I haven’t gone through my figures, but my gut feel is that about one third of sales generate a bid and a sale at the auction minimum price (I have only had 2 competitive bidding situations in this time) and the remaining two thirds are bought via the Buy-it-Now button either before the auction has ended or shortly afterwards (or, occasionally, two or three years afterwards!)
I am very happy with DPW’s system. I think it is extremely artist friendly. I like the promotion you get from sending something to auction. However, I do set a minimum (reserve) price usually of $50 sometimes more. My thought process is, if someone won this for just one or two bucks would I cry? If the answer is ‘yes’, and it usually is, I set a reserve that won’t make me cry. If by any chance the answer is no, one or two bucks is fine, then I toss the painting. Hope that makes sense.
I am also struggling to paint big. It feels like the difference between writing a tweet and writing War & Peace, which is RIDICULOUS and I am annoyed with myself. This year I have resolved to have one large painting on the go at all times and to stand it in front of my easel so I am forced to consider it when painting small!