RSS Feeds for Successful Artists

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Earlier this month I posted, Top 2013 Art Business Tips From The Pros and promised to share more tips about RSS feeds for successful artists... RSS Feeds for Successful Artists Today, more than ever an artist needs to increase their exposure on the Internet in order to reach their target audience.  An art website setup with an RSS feed can help an artist to achieve this goal. An RSS feed on an art website can increase the following and the … [Read more...]

Top 2013 Art Business Tips From The Pros

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With the holidays behind us, it's time to get back to business. To help get the new year off to a good start, I asked some of your favorite Art Business industry leaders to share their top art business tips for 2013. It's an honor to have my colleagues share their expertise with us. There is a wealth of knowledge in this short post, and I hope to encourage you to visit their amazing art business blogs too. Here are your mentors in alphabetical … [Read more...]

Google Plus – The Driving Force Behind Your Business?

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Recently, my social media friend, and fellow artist,  Rodney Pike hit an amazing social media milestone - 1 million Google Plus followers in just one year! I am so impressed with his achievements, as both an artist, and a social media user, I asked Rodney to share his Google Plus secrets with us here. I hope you enjoy his inspiring story... Social Media - The Driving Force Behind Your Business? I was asked by Lori McNee to write a guest … [Read more...]

Struggling With Your Painting? Turn It Upside Down

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Each painting creates its own special set of problems, because each one is its own lesson in itself. As you are painting, you are going to discover things along the way that will alter your original approach. Are you squinting a lot when you are viewing your unfinished painting? Leaning your head to one side, hoping that this will make it all look better? At a loss as to what your next moves are going to be? Like a punch drunk boxer, … [Read more...]

How to Take Better Landscape Photography

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Do you often take reference photography of a scene for later use in the studio? Does it sometimes lack the detail you would like to have either because the shadows are too dark, or the sky is a blaze of white? Recently, Lori referred us to a helpful article by Texas artist Rusty Jones entitled, "How to Use Good Reference Photos for Landscape Painting". Rusty explains the importance of using photography in addition to using site sketches, and … [Read more...]

Tips for Using Amazon Mechanical Turk to Build Your Business

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Did you know Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) can simplify your small business tasks through the use of crowdsourcing? This process was introduced in Part 1, How To Harness The Power of Crowdsourcing to Grow Your Art Business. However, in today's post you will learn how to put Amazon Mechanical Turk to good use. Marketing expert/photographer Todd McPhetridge shares his tips for using MTurk, and the power of … [Read more...]

How To Harness The Power of Crowdsourcing to Grow Your Art Business

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Crowdsourcing is a buzzword we hear a lot about these days. But, what is crowdsourcing and how can artists use it? On his popular blog, Jeff Bullas explains, “Crowdsourcing is the name used to describe how companies access resources from large groups of people around the planet."  In the post below, fellow artist and marketing guru, Todd McPhetridge generously shares his expertise with Fine Art Tips once again. This is Part 1 of a two part … [Read more...]

Tomatillos: A Still Life Demo in Green

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Lately, on my Fine Art Tips Facebook page, I keep getting asked how to mix the color green.  I plan to make a Youtube video on color mixing, but until then I thought you'd enjoy this little still life demo in green. My Facebook friend, Dorothy Lorenze painted the charming little still life below which successfully illustrates how to mix interesting greens. Tomatillos: A Still Life Demo in Green Tomatillos are odd little specimens, and the … [Read more...]

Understanding The Health Standards of Your Art Materials

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Do you understand the health standards of your art materials or know the meaning of ASTM 4236 on your tube of paint? ASTM International, formerly known as The American Society for Testing and Materials, is a large body made of volunteers that gather together twice a year to create quality standards for numerous consumer products. For the art material industry, the subcommittee, is notated as “ASTM D01.57” and is part of the paint and coatings … [Read more...]

Clean PaintBrushes With This Quick Tip

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Keeping our paintbrushes in good working condition is not only important to the artist's productivity in the studio, but it is also important to the artist's pocketbook! Paintbrushes are expensive. Nevertheless, sometimes we get rushed, or even lazy, and the end up with 'hard to clean' paint brushes.  Below is a quick tip to cleaning hardened acrylic paint from your brushes. I plan to give this one a try... ~Lori ***** Clean Paintbrushes … [Read more...]


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