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



According to Artnet the art market has experienced double digit growth for the past few years. Yet only a small percentage of artists can support themselves solely from their creative practice. Instead, most supplement their income by teaching art or pursuing a job in an unrelated field. From. . . read more
I’ve been an artist for a long time but I still remember what it was like to be young and enthusiastic. The world lay at my feet. The sky was the limit! We didn’t have the internet back then and I lived in a rural area. I didn’t know where the nearest museum or gallery [.... . . read more
Sometimes the most innovative ideas are simply a reconfiguration of existing ones. The trick, of course, is finding that magical combination that makes people say “Wow!” Prynt (currently on Kickstarter here) is that amazing combination of old and new. Its founders took the idea of a. . . read more
If you plan to show and sell your art, rejection is a part of life. And, no matter how many times you experience rejection, it still stings when it catches you off guard. So in the spirit of encouragement, I thought I would share two up close and personal experiences I had with rejection. The. . . read more
Most of us reading EmptyEasel would probably identify ourselves as either hobby artists or professional artists. Hobby artists create art for the sheer joy of creation. Sales are great, if they happen, but they’re really not THAT important. Professional artists enjoy creating art just. . . read more
Of all social media, Pinterest is especially art and artist friendly. . . after all, it’s a platform based entirely around sharing visual images! I’ve always been a little wary of social media for personal reasons. But I’ve become quite a fan of Pinterest, and it has nothing. . . read more
I’ve been a artist for a long time—I’ve been drawing since I was old enough to hold a crayon, so we can safely say it’s been over fifty years. I remember well what it was like to be young and enthusiastic. The world lay at my feet as an artist! The sky was the limit. [...]. . . read more
So you’re thinking about striking out on your own as an artist? Congratulations! Small business ownership can be the single best opportunity for success as an artist. Go into the process with your eyes wide open, though. . . Success of any kind in not guaranteed, nor is it likely to happen. . . 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 “P” for Perfection and Procrastination. That’s right. . . those two pesky things that keep you from progress and. . . read more
It’s every freelancer’s worst nightmare—you’ve done all the work for a big project, but instead of paying you, your client disappears into the night as soon as you hand it in. Non-freelancers don’t have to worry about that. Every 2 weeks your company gives you your. . . read more
Can a creative process like painting be streamlined? David Lemyre and David Kassan think so. . . and to prove it, they’ve invented the parallelPALETTE, an innovative new kind of palette that stands vertically alongside your painting as you work. As they state in their Kickstarter. . . read more
Many artists and collectors are drawn to the bright colors and unique textures of pastels, even before they know much about the medium. Naturally, as a pastel artist, I’ve found that many of my interactions with people interested in my art involve answering questions about the pastels. . . read more
At the Global Art League, the highlight of our year is the annual exhibition of emerging artists. An entire year of reviewing art, contacting art buyers, and marketing on behalf of our member artists all comes to a head. . . It’s truly a magical moment. But we mustn’t get carried. . . read more
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



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