Professional art business tips and advice for aspiring and professional artists

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 [...]

Branding Tips For Artists with @LoriMcNeeArtist and @LoriMoreno

Recently, I had a great time tweeting the Emmys in Studio City at CBS in the OMG Insider studio. After our 'tweetup' Lori Moreno, aka @LoriMoreno on Twitter,  interviewed me for her blog. She asked me to share some of my branding tips for artists. As many of you know, I love Twitter and social media in general. Over the past 5 years, social media has enhanced my art career and literally changed my life. In fact, that's [...]

2013-10-12T14:01:54+00:00 October 12th, 2013|Art Business Tips, Art Marketing & Branding, Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles, Videos|Comments Off on Branding Tips For Artists with @LoriMcNeeArtist and @LoriMoreno

How To Take Photos Of Your Artwork Like A Pro

Once you have finished your artwork, the next logical step is to create a digital copy that you can store in your computer. This is done so you can share your work online with other artists for comments or print it out to be included in your portfolio. One way of creating a digital copy of your artwork is to take a picture of it using a camera. However, if you want the best copy to be [...]

Best And Worst Times To Post On Social Media

In order to be successful, we artists and other creatives need to be efficient with our time - online and off. Learning the best and worst times to post on social media helps us optimize our time. The infographic below illustrates a guideline for the best and worst times to post on social media. Following these times will help our content reach more people and grow our online presence. Think about this: 48% of the US population runs of [...]

5 Common Website Mistakes Made By Artists

This guest post by ArtWeb.com is very informative because they currently host over 10,000 artists' websites, so they know their stuff. As website experts, they have noticed several common website mistakes artists make when creating their sites. This post highlights the most frequent mishaps and how to avoid them. 1. No prices or artwork information If you want someone to buy your artwork, you need to let them know how much you're charging. It's a simple rule [...]

2013-09-24T22:41:15+00:00 September 24th, 2013|Art Business Tips, Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles|13 Comments

Art Buying Secrets from Top Interior Designers

Interior designers are at the forefront of the hottest design trends and can keep you on the cutting edge of what is happening. This knowledge is an invaluable tool as you create new art, seek new sales avenues and grow your collector base. Through social media I've met a lot of wonderful people, especially interior designers. They're such a great group of people who truly love what they do for a living. As an artist, if you're [...]

How to Create a Great Online Community

Do you know how to be a good person? Bravo! Then you also know how to create a great online community. Just like any familial endeavor or offline community, one must be present and attentive. But it takes more than that too. Passion. Passion will set the compass for your community and its focus. It will be the vision for why people happily carve out time in their busy lives to show up and add their own [...]

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 Relationship Between The Housing Market And Art Sales

Did you know there is a close relationship between the housing market and art sales?  It might seem obvious, but many artists seem to overlook this fact: artists need new homes to be built and existing homes to be sold so there will be blank 'walls' on the market to hang art! For nearly 30 years I have lived in a resort community where I have witnessed the synergy between the housing market and art sales. But, none as [...]