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



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
It’s too easy to let others steal your dream of being an artist. Often it’s the people who are closest to you, or the ones that you perceive to have authority, that cause the most damage and can easily destroy you and your precious idea. Yet they will happily tell you it’s. . . read more
How many of you have a festival or art fair coming up in the next few weeks? You’ve probably already sent in your paperwork, paid your fees, perfected your booth setup, and packed all the little necessities. Pretty soon it’ll be time to load up the artwork—but how do you know which. . . read more
There is something magical about taking REAL photographs. . . the process of seeing, capturing light, then transferring it to paper is almost a mystical process. Nowadays, high-tech digital cameras allow this process to happen without effort, but what if you could achieve the magic of. . . read more
Whether it’s due to a sudden life change or a bunch of little things piling up, it happens to the best of us: you find yourself separated from your painting routine. Maybe you’ve had a medical issue, or a family crisis. Perhaps you’ve put your painting on the backburner to take care of. . . read more
I have always wanted to make large sculptural art in wood, stone, or metal, but I have never had the space (or facilities) to do so. That hasn’t stopped me from creating, however. Instead, I have begun using balsa wood to make models that might, eventually, become full-size sculptures.. . . read more
Artists may be limiting themselves with regard to their clientele. We think in terms of art galleries, art museums, art festivals, and the like. We think of our customers as individuals who want to start or enhance a private collection. We think of trendy hipsters trying to fit in to a. . . read more



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