It is interesting to see & compare the comments of those who have been on here for some time, and those that are new. Those of us who have been at it for a while have surplus inventory & look back to see diminished sales. Those that are new see a couple of sales as a positive thing and suggest to just keep painting. I have to chuckle a bit, because those newbies will one day have their surplus painting pile & wonder what to do with all of them! LOL
My original post pertained to the DPW sales, although most online is feeling the same pinch. Even the gallery I work at has seen sales decline even among their well-known artists. I took a look at my number of online sales - I started on DPW in 2011 and have been active (and have sold) every year. My high was in 2013 when I did about 50 online sales. My low is this year, so far, at only 7. Fortunately I do diversify on where I show & sell - my eggs are not all in 1 basket, so to speak. Still, online was easier to work & maintain. Perhaps the drop off was just a phase and it will rise up back. But I agree that diversity is key.
BTW - I stopped doing “daily paintings” some time ago. I found my quality went down as I rushed to get a painting done every single day. So I agree with J_Dunster - slow down & don’t rush (I am guilty of that too).