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Create a painting in your favorite graphics software (Photoshop, GIMP, ... ) and upload it to SL as a texture.  Your image must be uploaded as a TGA, PNG, JPG, or BMT file with no dimension larger than 1024 pixels.  Pixel dimensions are automatically reset to the next lowest power of 2 (so, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512,1024) if you have not already redimensioned the image in your own software.  For testing purposes, you may upload an image temporarily as a Local Texture at no cost. Otherwise, it costs $L10 to upload a single image file.

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The art market is quite saturated with talent, lots of people make art and try to sell it and the number of people who buy it is relatively small. To buy a painting a person has to have a place to put it, and having a home isn't a requirement in SL. It can be very rewarding to do, but if you have dreams of getting rich in SL, you should find something else to do.

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Are you asking about how to Paint?

First step, log out of Second Life and take a class IRL. If you are not already creating art with a unique voice, no one is going to care about what you do. You have to create pieces that make an impact, or carry weight under your style alone. If you don't know how to do this outside of Second Life, you won't have a chance in hell inworld...

You are NOT going to sell any art unless A.) You already have a group of friends or a clique that will support all your ventures, B.) You have managed to infiltrate the tight knit art scene, and somehow you are drumming up interest around your personal projects using one-on-one networking and notifications, or C.) You are creating Artwork that is simply too beautiful and impressive for anyone to NOT pay attention to. 

Unfortunately that is how it goes. Not to say you cannot have a ton of fun both learning how to paint and showing off you artwork inworld. Just don't expect to make a single dollar profit (as a matter of fact, you will most likely be in the red, if you find yourself uploading many works or renting gallery space.) If you're only looking to make money, I suggest creating mesh versions of your artwork and selling them as decorations in Gachas or on Marketplace. You will have to sell them for a lot cheaper than you would full canvas pieces, but you will open your market up to a lot of people who just want to decorate, not necessarily collect art. 

Just go explore galleries in second life. Use this tool. Find out what other residents are doing and see how you might fit in. Good luck.

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