3 Big Mistakes Artists Make With Their WordPress Websites

3 Big Mistakes Artists Make with their WordPress websites

There are 3 big mistakes artists make with their WordPress websites over and over again. BIG Mistake NUMBER ONE: Choosing a WordPress theme that competes with your art. An artist’s site should be all about the art. There are literally 1000’s of WordPress themes to choose from but it is difficult to find one that's suitable for fine art. A theme with tons of tripped-out functionality, busy graphics or way too many options just creates a … [Read more...]

Tips For Marketing To Strangers While Painting en Plein Air

plein air painting

Artists who work en plein air must deal with natural and self-imposed burdens every time we go out to paint - including the possibility of marketing to strangers. We load our packs (paints, thinner, brushes, palette, canvas panel, towels, garbage bags, clamps, bungee cords, sunscreen, hat, collapsible umbrella, water and power bars) carry our easels, set up and stand for hours at a time. We are at the mercy of the weather, the land and the … [Read more...]

Self-Promotion and Print on Demand

daffodils watercolor, print

Frequently, I am approached by people who have taken the exciting step of uploading their artwork to a Print on Demand website (POD) and have been sitting patiently awaiting their first sale. Some write with tales of disappointment while others simply wonder how to proceed when the print sales never occur. The expectation is that simply uploading work to a POD site such as Fine Art America, Imagekind, or RedBubble will automatically result in … [Read more...]

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...]

The Easy Way to Make a Google Plus Cover Photo

Google Plus cover photo

Sometimes, it seems like there just aren't enough hours in the day to keep up with social media. That's why I was happy to find this helpful video below that easily explains how to make a custom Google Plus cover photo using the free site, CoverPhotoEditor.com. This might be old news to some of you, but it seemed useful enough to pass along to my readers... Your Google Plus "cover photo" is much like the Facebook timeline cover, but with a … [Read more...]

Tips to Get Started with StumbleUpon

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StumbleUpon is a thriving website with many strategic uses for artists and bloggers. Finding inspiration is easy among the infinite content found here. You’ll need to decide how you want to use StumbleUpon, and I’m going to give you some help getting started. First things first, set up a complete profile using your real name so that people can find you and your content. Make sure that you share your new StumbleUpon profile on your blog and … [Read more...]

Google Plus – The Driving Force Behind Your Business?

Mark_Zuckerberg

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...]

A 10 Step Approach to Develop a Series of Exhibition Paintings

snow covered landscape painting

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...]

Helpful Books for Artists And Photographers

lori mcnee holding artists & graphic designer's market and photographer's market books

Along with my painting, I love to write. So it is a pleasure to be writing books again this year for the Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market and the Photographer's Market 2013 editions published by North Light Books! These books are filled with valuable information. For 38 years, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market and the Photographer’s Market have been a top resource for artist’s, illustrators, designers, cartoonists and … [Read more...]

Tracking Your Art Inventory and Contacts

messy desk

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...]


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