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...]

Demystifying Social Media for Artists

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Okay, let me say this right off: there is no social-media magic bullet. None. I know, because I spent months trying to find one. A word of introduction: "I've been using social media in its various forms for more than a decade, but it's only in the past year and a half that I really stepped up my efforts. The results couldn't be more obvious - sales and commissions are up by close to 300%." ~Bret Taylor I read countless articles, went to … [Read more...]

Tips for Selling Art on Facebook: A Success Story

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In order to help other artists and myself, I am always on the hunt for great success stories of other creatives. Recently, one of my valued readers shared her success story with me. After reading the popular FineArtTips.com post entitled, How to Sell Art on Facebook - One Artist's Way, Kelli tried out some of these Facebook selling techniques herself and the results were phenomenal! I am so grateful to have helped a fellow artist in some small … [Read more...]

6 Free Ways to Promote Your Art Business Online

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Guest author:  Zuly Gonzalez As a cash-strapped small business owner, I had to come up with creative ways of promoting my business online. And by creative, I mean free ☺ There are many ways you can promote your art business for free, but there is one thing that ties them all together. And that’s you. You are an artist, an expert, an industry leader…you know your business, and you know it well. So why not leverage your expertise when … [Read more...]

How to Use Your Art-Making Skills to Create a Compelling Video

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Youtube and other video sharing websites are a great way to market your art, make art or craft demonstrations and share your artistic knowledge. Creative marketing advisor, Stacey Cornelius helps take the mystery out of video making by explaining how you can use your art-making skills! How to use your art-making skills to create a compelling video Guest artist/author: Stacey Cornelius Online video like Youtube and Vimeo are gaining … [Read more...]


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