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...]

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...]

Helpful Books for Artists And Photographers

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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

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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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

I’m Hooked! 10 Reasons Why Artists Love Pinterest

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When I received an invite to Pinterest last week, I was a bit reluctant about joining. How could I possibly manage another social media site? Was this attractive network going to be a time-suck? But, within five minutes of joining I was already hooked, or should I say - pinned! In case you do not know, Pinterest is the two-year old social bookmarking site that allows you to collect, upload and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. … [Read more...]

How to Sell Art on YouTube

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If you are anything like me, you may sit on the couch late at night surfing through all sorts of videos on Youtube. Everything from hilarious clips of your favorite TV show to short instructional videos around specific tasks. But, did you know that Youtube can be a hugely effective marketing tool for your art? Val's Art Diary - Alice in Wonderland I've been following Val for years. Her videos are the best examples of how to sell your art … [Read more...]


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