Tips for art marketing and branding yourself to boost your business

The Easy Way to Make a 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 [...]

Tips to Get Started with StumbleUpon

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 [...]

Google Plus – The Driving Force Behind Your Business?

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 [...]

A 10 Step Approach to Develop a Series of Exhibition Paintings

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 [...]

Helpful Books for Artists And Photographers

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 photographers looking to establish their artistic careers. Learn how to get [...]

Tracking Your Art Inventory and Contacts

As a working artist I know how hard it can be to keep good art inventory 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. I don't want to spend my time dealing with the mundane business side of things like art inventory - I just want to [...]

How to Take Better Landscape Photography

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 [...]

Things Successful Artists Do Differently

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. In this world, the value of hard work cannot be substituted. Effort is the life-force and core reason [...]

Tips for Using Amazon Mechanical Turk to Build Your Business

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 crowdsourcing. Wikipedia: Crowdsourcing is a process that involves outsourcing tasks to a distributed group of people. This [...]

How To Harness The Power of Crowdsourcing to Grow Your Art Business

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 series that explains how artists can effectively use crowdsourcing to [...]