There are always required costs: Materials; Time; Talent; Persistence.
Every time you post "free" art -- you are spending resources. Plan your posts. Recoup your investments.
Share process posts -- with timelines of various stages -- to educate your followers. Document your artWORK. Understanding the process helps fans appreciate the value. Urge them to move beyond "like" and "share" and participate in the art they love through their support.
No one can afford to work for free. If you want to make art and post it -- make your art work for you.
Here are some examples from self-taught needle felt artist Hannah Stiles.
Her creations achieve amazing levels of realism. Her pet portraits capture the soul of the animals. How does she do it?
Materials. Time. Talent. Persistence.
Considering how time intensive her work is, she is amazingly prolific. Not only does she create remarkable animal sculptures and portraits, she photographs them in natural settings that add to their charm. Her wait list is often full. Her commissions are a minimum of several hundred dollars.
Make it once. Make it work on many platforms.
Art is never free. Be art smart.
Photos and comments here are Hannah's from her Facebook page.
Ainigmati Studio 11.14.19