From: New Jersey
Welcome, your work is really wonderful!
Re. posting your own thread in paintings - generally that section is more for painting related questions & discussions (as you noted). We have a section here called "shameless self promotion" that is more geared towards what you're looking for. On the other hand, that topic is public so I can see why you would want to post your work there as opposed to "self promotion" which is only seen by members. I believe there was some discussion about making that public (or a similar section) but I'm not sure what became of that idea, I'll follow up on it.
I see you have a lot of your work on your ebay page, which is a great idea. Unfortunately self promotion has never been my strong point so I'm probably not the best one to help you with this, but I can offer a few suggestions. One ebay-related way to have your work seen by a larger audience would be to join some of the artist groups & participate in their monthly contests & challenges (such as Nibblefest, which I happen to run, or the ACEO groups, etc.), it's a good way to get exposure since a lot of people will check out those contests. Another idea is to participate in Illustration Friday (I think it's illustrationfriday.com), I've done a few of those & gotten tons of hits. You would need a site to link to though, which leads me to my next suggestion of starting an artist's blog. Then there are other sites you can sell your work on, such as etsy and bonanzle. If you don't mind paying for exposure, you could try something like creativeshake.com (formerly portfolios.com), they have a paid service as well as a free service. I haven't had any luck there but you might.
Can I ask why you took down your online portfolio? You should definitely use the portfolio which EBSQ membership provides, that is viewable by the general public.
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