Tips and advice on gallery/artist business relationships

A Customized Storefront Blog for Artists & Creative Entrepreneurs

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 out... Here's what Jason has to say about Meylah: Meylah is the [...]

3 Tips for Artists to Promote Themselves & Their Galleries

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 is being sold by artists and [...]

June 29th, 2010|Art Business Tips, Art Gallery Tips|21 Comments

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

with Barney Davey & Jason Horejs 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 galleries? To [...]

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 the past, I paid thousands of dollars a [...]

Art Marketing Success Tips for 2010

    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 advice on small businesses and pulled [...]

How to Market Art & Illustration Online

In this article I provide advice on how to promote and how to market art and illustration and your services online whether you are an artist or an illustrator.There are literally thousands of people in the world who have a talent for art and illustration; unfortunately we will never get to enjoy the work produced by these people as they may not be marketing their skills successfully. Many artists and illustrators I know have cupboards filled with high [...]

Prepare for Gallery Night – Tips & Advice

Recently, I had an interesting request from a Twitter follower. With only two weeks left before her big art show, a photographer named Amy asked me for some advice on ‘how to prepare for gallery night’. Amy is not represented by a gallery,  or a co-op gallery, so she had to do a lot of the work herself.  I am writing this post to help better prepare any ‘newbie’ artist for his or her first art show. [...]