Art Business Advice: Real Strategies to Help you Succeed in the Business of Art



Artists like to feel that their work is out in the world, in homes and offices, being looked at, being enjoyed—being criticized even—so long as it’s out there. Earning a living from it is great too, of course, but it’s not always easy to get started. Friends and family are. . . read more
As a working artist, you probably spend the majority of your days creating or promoting your work in whatever way you can. You may even occasionally think or talk about the fact that you wish there were more opportunities for you in your community. But how much time do you spend supporting. . . read more
For a variety of reasons, many of us artists work inside our homes rather than a separate studio. If you’re working with art materials inside your home, here a few tips to consider—particularly if you share your space with family or pets. When you’re not painting: store it! While. . . read more
Welcome back to “The ABC’s of Art Marketing”—an alphabet guide to marketing your art, from A to Z. In today’s article, I’ll be focusing on the letter “O” for Obstacles & Opportunities. Let’s say you’ve been working hard in all the usual ways to market your art.. . . read more
Until I stumbled across the Road Less Traveled Kickstarter project I didn’t realize how I rarely experienced photography of children with special needs. So today, I want to take a minute to add awareness to an important issue in many people’s lives. The founders of this project,. . . read more
November and December are not normally months that you would plan on taking a painting class outdoors, but this winter has been warm enough that on some days we brave the elements. With each class, I wait until the night before to decide whether I will take them out or not, and each morning I. . . read more
Wouldn’t it be great if your next big art project was paid for—all your materials, all associated costs—before you even started it? Hatchfund.org is a non-profit organization that aims to do just that, and more. It’s a crowdfunding website (similar to Kickstarter, or. . . read more
We live in a world where information is hyper-visual. Nowadays, it seems like everyone wants to be a photographer or visual artist, which is no surprise, considering most people are visual learners too. Luckily, with the introduction of Instagram and other similar platforms, it has become. . . read more
Art is an evolutionary act. The shape of art and its role in society is constantly changing. At no point is art static. There are no rules. -Raymond Salvatore Harmon, BOMB: A Manifesto of Art Terrorism Street art is constantly changing. One day it’s there and the next it’s gone. But. . . read more
Sometimes, despite all the potential sources of inspiration around me, artist’s block sets in. I typically use this time to do other things like updating my websites, tidying the studio and sorting out my paints and brushes. I enjoy cooking and gardening too. But the ultimate cure for. . . read more
There are many times as an artist when you might want to take a break from painting. For me, lately, it’s because I have some everyday tasks around the studio (organizing, cleaning, etc) that needed to be taken care of. Here are a couple of ideas to have some creative fun while still. . . read more
Many years ago, I attended art school at the University of Michigan and like many idealistic young painters, I dreamed of becoming a full-time artist. I envisioned days painting major works and living a life full of color and creative possibilities. At some point, however, reality set in. I. . . read more
Have you ever seen something amazing, yet kind of obvious, and said to yourself, “Wow, I wish I had thought of that!”? Designer Duncan Shotton actually does think of those things, and then creates them for the world to enjoy. From Loch Ness thumbtacks to tape dispensers that looks. . . read more
Welcome back to “The ABC’s of Art Marketing”—an alphabet guide to marketing your art, from A to Z. In today’s article, I’ll be focusing on the letter “N” for Negotiating. How often have you flinched when someone says: “That’s a really nice painting but it’s more than I. . . read more



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