Professional art business tips and advice for aspiring and professional artists

Alternative Investing in Art Recommended Rather Than Stocks

Tired of the economic slump we artists have been enduring, any good news concerning the art market is encouraging and worthwhile to pass along to my fellow artists and art enthusiasts. This week, CNBC announced on their blog, Alternative Investing:"Investing in Art Can Mean Pretty Profits." In the image on the left, Henri Matisse's "Les coucous, tapis bleu et rose" (1911) sold for $46,457,480 at Christie's and was record-shattering. Please read on even though this article primarily pertains to 'investment art' [...]

November 5th, 2010|Art Business Tips, General|2 Comments

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 [...]

10 Tips to Bring Visitors to Your Art Fair Booth or Open Studio

Guest article by artist/author: Benoit Philippe Recently, I took part in a local open studios event, in a public space, together with seven other artists and I tested a number of strategies to bring visitors into my art booth and keep them there to look at my art. The tips below will be helpful for artists taking part in an art fair or open studio. 1. Make your mailing list work. This one is obvious, but requires [...]

October 21st, 2010|Art Business Tips, Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles|12 Comments

What Social Media Means to Me

By now, most of us know about Social Media and its benefits. People gain information, education, and news instantly. Social Media is free or relatively inexpensive and accessible to enable anyone to publish or access information. Social Media allows private individuals to reach small or large audiences.  A blog post may reach zero people or millions of people! But in case you need a little more persuasion, Tony Hastings of  'The Top Ten Blog' spells out the main attributes [...]

10 Great Ways to Market Art & Develop Your Brand

Artists need to take charge of their art careers now more than ever. Nowadays, being a successful artist also includes being a savvy business person as well as a talented and creative producer of your craft. In this guest article, John R. Math shares this great list of of ways that you can market art and develop your brand. This list of suggestions is forever changing as technology and the public’s tastes shift. It is in no particular [...]

Is a WordPress Blog Platform Right for You?

Are you an artist or creative person who wants a blog? After reading, 5 Simple Steps to Start a Blog, you are now ready to begin. But, there are so many blogging platforms out there...so, how do you decide which one is right for you? Below is a quick overview to help you decide... Before we get started, I just want to say that I wish I understood the following information before I started blogging about 1 1/2 years [...]

September 27th, 2010|Art Business Tips, Blogging Tips, Fine Art Tips, General|8 Comments

5 Simple Steps to Start Your First Blog

There are many benefits to you as an artist to start a blog. A blog is a great way to promote your art and you, to sell your art and to offer customer service. There is no better place to connect with a potential customer then on your blog. Your goal as an artist online:  *To make your customer feel as comfortable with the process of getting to know you the artist, learning about your art and hopefully [...]

September 22nd, 2010|Art Business Tips, General, Guest Articles|14 Comments

What is a Blog and How to Become an Art Blogger

Like I've said before, artists have been on the forefront of every great era - even blogging, lol! Nowadays, most professional artists have blogs or websites. Artists should consider blogging because it is far more versatile than a website. Today kicks off a helpful series of articles about blogging and how to become a blogger. Tomorrow, professional blogger and blogging coach, John Paul Aguiar shares his guest post, "5 Simple Steps to Start Your First Blog." Meanwhile, [...]

September 21st, 2010|Art Business Tips, Blogging Tips, Fine Art Tips, General|10 Comments

How One Artist Created a Successful Art Campaign

Giving back to the community with the gift of art is a great way to benefit others as well as yourself. My good friend, abstract artist Matt LeBlanc, has shared some great articles with us in the past. However, this post is different and very inspiring. On his own, Matt has created a successful art campaign to raise money for a charity he believes in, the fight against cancer... Matt lost his sister to this heartless disease when she was only [...]

Straight Talk about Social Media with Lori McNee

The other day I spoke about the benefits of and how to use social media, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for the artist. I addressed over 200 people attending the Western States Arts Federation ZAPP Conference which was help in St. Louis, Missouri. Because of modern conveniences, I was able to address this crowd from the comfort of my own home via Skype! I recorded this 9 minute interview and thought it might be of interest to my [...]

September 15th, 2010|Art Business Tips, General, Social Media Tips & Tricks, Videos|Comments Off on Straight Talk about Social Media with Lori McNee