How a Young Artist Sold 400 Paintings in One Year

They all said I was crazy. My family begged me not to do it. My friends laughed and said I wouldn't last a month. Luckily, I didn't listen to any of them and chased my dream of being a successful full-time artist. Here's my story of how I sold 400 paintings in one year... After graduating from art school with a degree in illustration, I was at a standstill and didn't know how to dive into the art [...]

The Marketing Tools Of Non-Starving Artists

Over the years, I have received little email 'gems' from Denver artist, Bob Ragland. Known as the Non-starving Artist in Denver, these emails are clever, concise, and loaded with nuggets of art marketing tools and information.  This post is a compilation of those emails along with Bob's Marketing Tools Of Non-Starving Artists list below. Bob has been featured on NPR, he has his own YouTube channel (see video at end of post), and he is active on Facebook. I hope [...]

Successful VS Unsuccessful Artists

The infographic above breaks down many of the traits between successful vs unsuccessful artists. Although sometimes there are circumstances beyond one's control, most barriers to success are self-generated and can be fixed. Artists are naturally born to manifest. We have a thought, imagine it and make it come true on paper, canvas or out of stone. So why do we have trouble manifesting our art business dreams? The great thing about having a successful art career as a [...]

Becoming a Successful Self-Representing Artist

Matt LeBlanc Artist Is it better to strive for success as a self-representing artist or try to get your feet wet in the gallery world? That is such a common question these days among artists. I truly believe that most artists will come to a cross road where they will have to decide on which route to take as it’s extremely hard to be successful in both worlds. About six years ago, before starting my [...]

The Secret To Doing Your Best

Recently I have learned that I don't have to be perfect, however it is important for me to always do my best, but no more and no less. The inspiring book, “The Four Agreements” reiterated this fact to me. The book explains that doing our best frees us from the self-limiting beliefs that rob us of our joy and personal freedom. But, your best will never be the same from one moment to the next. Sometimes your [...]

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 [...]

My View from the Dentist Chair: 21 Suggestions for Success

A visit to the dentist is never at the top of my list of 'fun things to do'. However, for a moment I did enjoy my view... 21 Suggestions For Success.  I was really inspired by this list of suggestions, so I thought I'd share my view with you! PS. I would make one addition to the list,  #22.  Floss. 21 Suggestions For SUCCESS by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% [...]

How to Overcome 3 Common Barriers to Success as an Artist

Artists who do not feel successful seem to run into 3 common barriers, mostly self-generated. The good news is that each of these barriers has an antidote that you already have within your grasp to becoming a successful artist. Barrier # 1: Wanting Too Much Too Soon Some artists are unrealistic about what is possible in a certain time frame and are impatient about the results they are getting. They want to sell immediately, sometimes before they even [...]

August 10th, 2010|General, Guest Articles, Inspiration & Motivation|27 Comments

5 Common Traits of Successful Artists

  Guest author/artist advisor: Aletta de Wal "There is no formula for success, except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings." ~Arthur Rubenstein STOP. Before you read this article...Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths & imagine. Now let your mind find a memory of a time when you felt successful. Walk into that memory and experience it all over again. Use all of your senses: sight, smell, touch, taste, hearing, balance and acceleration, temperature, [...]