Professional art business tips and advice for aspiring and professional artists

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 [...]

Planning for a Studio Visit

Whether your studio is a posh loft in a fashionable arts district or a spare room in the back of your house, there are times when you need to open it up to show it to others. To visitors and clients, your studio is more than your creative and working environment; it is a reflection of your business and professionalism. Most of my work is custom commissioned, and I used to always deliver the finished paintings to [...]

3 Free Tools to Create Awesome Images and Graphics

Studies have found that images bring in the most engagement on social media platforms. Images and graphics are also a great way to drive traffic to your website or blog. But, have you ever felt as though you’ve run out of creative images and graphics or blogging ideas? Well, I have found 3 online tools that will help you get your blogging mojo back.  The following tools will inspire you to create viral content for sites like [...]

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 [...]

3 Reasons Why Triptych Art Is Successful

Adriaen Isenbrandt (circa 1485–1551) Triptych art is made up of three panels that are intended to be displayed together. A triptych is from the Greek adjective τρίπτυχον meaning "three-fold". The first triptychs were from early Christian art, which were a popular format for altar paintings from the Middle Ages onwards. Today triptych art is still defined as a work of art, usually panel paintings, digital art or photography divided into three sections. When the triptych art form is applied to photography or fine [...]

Let Me Introduce You To My Friend Marketing

"Marketing" is an intimidating word for many visual artists. Marketing probably finishes in a close 2nd behind "selling" as one of the least favored pastimes for any painter, sculpter, or potter. In all honesty, "anything" that draws creatives away from their artistic process is often viewed as utterly contemptible. Am I exaggerating? Perhaps, but perhaps not... There are other artists who view marketing and selling as necessary evils in today's economy.  Although they don't like this aspect of [...]

2014-10-11T21:02:16+00:00 January 21st, 2014|Art Business Tips, Art Marketing & Branding, Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles|Comments Off on Let Me Introduce You To My Friend Marketing

The Apps You Need to Take Your Blogging on the Go

 Inspiration for blogging can often strike at any time.  While lying in bed, sitting on a bus or walking through a grocery store, an idea may suddenly come that has to be acted upon immediately. Since content is king with blogging, it takes more than just fancy premium WordPress templates to keep people coming back, it requires compelling topics. A person can try to write down the idea or the topic, but by the time they get to the [...]

2014-04-29T06:31:51+00:00 December 19th, 2013|Art Business Tips, Blogging Tips, Fine Art Tips, General|2 Comments

The Best Art Festivals Across America

Over the years, I've discovered some of the best art festivals in the world are right here in the good old United States. Ten years earlier, I remember being in the Bellagio and looking at the Ploughman. It was the glow that got me. Yes, it glows! It was my first Van Gogh, and standing there, staring into that brilliant, shimmering, priceless wheat field, I was hooked. Art books, prints and digital imagery would suffice no longer. [...]

2014-07-11T08:40:47+00:00 November 18th, 2013|Art Business Tips, Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General|1 Comment

5 Reasons Why Social Media can Help Boost Your SEO and Increase Traffic

Social media has been being used by successful people since it first came out. The thought of having so many people using these sites can be intimidating, but really social media can make your website thrive. Even if you only attract a very tiny fraction of the people within social media sites, your site will be successful. So to help you realize why you should be getting yourself into social media as soon as possible, here are [...]