Planning for a Studio Visit

Planning for a Studio Visit

Whether your studio is a posh loft in a fashionable arts district or a spare room in the back of your house, there are times when you need to open it up to show it to others. To visitors and clients, your studio is more than your creative and working environment; it is a reflection of your business and professionalism. Most of my work is custom commissioned, and I used to always deliver the finished paintings to my clients rather than have … [Read more...]

A 10 Step Approach to Develop a Series of Exhibition Paintings

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A lot of thought and exploration goes into developing a series of paintings for an art exhibition. Today, this has been a topic of conversation between my good friend and fellow artist, Shanna Kunz and me. This weekend, Shanna and I are exhibiting together in an all women art show, "8 Broad Brush Stokes". (Come see us in Utah, November 16-17). Shanna and I love to talk 'shop' when we are together. Today, we have been discussing the importance … [Read more...]

Tracking Your Art Inventory and Contacts

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As a working artist I know how hard it can be to keep good art records. Keeping track of my art inventory, clients, gallery contacts, competitions and other aspects of my art career can be overwhelming. At times, my desk has been like a chaotic mess of notes, spreadsheets, database software, and business cards! Yikes, I don't want to spend my time dealing with the mundane business side of things - I just want to create! I talk and work … [Read more...]

Things Successful Artists Do Differently

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Two words, success and successful, have sparked heated conversations between artists on this blog. I've learned that the definition of a 'successful artist' is subjective, and tends to vary from person to person. Nevertheless, there truly are things that most successful artists do differently. Things Successful Artists Do Differently Follow Their Effort: Successful artists know their strengths, and that's where they focus their efforts. … [Read more...]

14 Art Business Tips from the Top Pros on Twitter

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Twitter is a treasure trove filled with a bounty of knowledge from any niche including art - you just need to know where to find it and start digging! I sent out a 'tweet'  to some of the most respected art business stars on Twitter. This is what I asked, "will u share an art biz tip in 140 characters 4 an upcoming twitter art star post. u can add a link if u want & i'll link 2 u" I got a great response from the art business pros on … [Read more...]

A Customized Storefront Blog for Artists & Creative Entrepreneurs

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Over the past few weeks, I have posted some useful articles geared toward teaching the basics of blogging for the artist and creative entrepreneur. My good friend and popular guest blogger, Jason Dirks of Meylah is the owner of a wonderful and eye pleasing new online blogging platform designed for artists, handmade crafters and photographers, etc. If you are considering starting a new blog and improving your art/craft income, please check this … [Read more...]

3 Tips for Artists to Promote Themselves & Their Galleries

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As mentioned in our recent popular blog post series, "The Visual Artist's Challenge - Should I Work with Galleries, Go Direct to Collectors or Both?" and "The Visual Artist's Challenge II - Balancing Self Promotion & Gallery Representation", Barney Davey along with our guest - gallery owner/art marketing expert, Jason Horejs and myself discussed the influence of the economy and Social Media on the art market and the huge shift in how artwork … [Read more...]

Visual Artist’s Challenge II – Balancing Self Promotion & Gallery Representation

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As mentioned in the provocative article, The Visual Artist’s Challenge – Should Artists Work with Galleries, Go Direct to Collectors or Both?, art marketing expert and fellow art blogger, Barney Davey, and I both agreed on a strategy that incorporates a healthy combination of gallery representation and self promotion. But how does the artist balance promoting oneself while maintaining a successful business relationship with his or her … [Read more...]

How to Photograph Your Artwork the Easy Way! Part 1

Not all artists are natural-born photographers. In fact, photography can seem really technical and overwhelming for many of us. Nevertheless, every serious artist should be documenting his or her artwork. Getting good photos of your paintings can mean the difference of selling or not selling your art or finding the right gallery! In this two part series, I will share my simple tips on to 'how to photograph your artwork the easy way'... In … [Read more...]

Art Marketing Success Tips for 2010

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    In this challenging economy, being a successful artist not only consists of creating great art, but it is also about creating a strong business. Unless you are the next coming of artist/business mogul, Thomas Kinkade, artists should think of themselves as small business owners. Small businesses that succeeded in 2009 were based on trust, longevity, and personal branding. With that in mind, I’ve researched some of the top websites for … [Read more...]


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