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    Invite Creativity into Your Everyday Life

    Invite Creativity into Your Everyday Life
    Funny, when one thinks about creativity they often associate it with the arts, music, etc. But what about other parts of your life? How can you use creativity to re-invent those? Of course, it makes since to discuss creativity in terms of the arts (as this IS an art blog) but I wanted to try to expand the perception of what ...
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    How To Deal When a Juror Thinks Your Art Stinks

    How To Deal When a Juror Thinks Your Art Stinks
    After submitting for a juried art show and being rejected, it can be quite a negative experience to the artist. Sometimes this will lead the artist to doubt their artistic talent, their technique and their overall sense of well being. Artists’ should understand that the decision as to who is accepted into a show is a very subjective and personal decision ...
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    5 "Shoulds" for Exhibiting at Art Trade Shows

    5 "Shoulds" for Exhibiting at Art Trade Shows
    If you are exhibiting at an art licensing trade show, here are some tips from an artist who has exhibited at more than ten shows in the past six years. Whether you have booked a booth at CHA, AmericasMart, Surtex or the Licensing Expo, here are some basic things to consider before you pack your bags and travel around the country. ...
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    No Excuses! Make Art a Serious Career Now

    No Excuses! Make Art a Serious Career Now
    This article was originally published on FineArtTips.com Are you an artistic person who loved to draw as a kid or took art classes in college, but was discouraged away from art as a serious profession? Or maybe you are a frustrated or struggling artist who has to work a ‘real’ job, or rear children with no time to create. Obviously, we ...
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    Why Do People Buy Art... From You?

    Why Do People Buy Art... From You?
    Why do people buy art, and why will they buy from you? The truth is that in order for people to be motivated to make a purchase, there has to be a connection between your work and something that they need, love or want. That connection can take many forms, but an artist who is a smart businessperson will know this ...
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    Preparing to Paint with Acrylics: 5 Video Tutorials

    Preparing to Paint with Acrylics: 5 Video Tutorials
    Extremely versatile (they can be thinned with water and used like a watercolor), fast-drying and easy (they can be used straight from the tube!), acrylics are the go-to medium for many artists. Want to get started? We’ve assembled 5 video tutorials to help you prepare to paint with acrylics. Benefits of Painting with Acrylic Paints >>
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    The Starving Artist Myth — Debunked!

    The Starving Artist Myth — Debunked!
    Aletta de Wal calls herself an “Artist Advisor”. She is actually a powerhouse of a coach who guides artists from starving to successful, and helps them do this while feeling great about their careers. Aletta’s gift is teaching artists how to structure their lives and activities to get the most out of every plan, think in new creative ways and celebrate ...
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    How To Price Your Artwork with Confidence

    How To Price Your Artwork with Confidence
    Are you tired of playing guessing games to price your art? Pricing is more than costs plus a profit margin. Pricing is a marketing strategy. Clear justification for the pricing of your work is simply good business practice. Assigning prices for your art is more than throwing down numbers and hoping you get it right. Pricing helps position you and your ...
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    Do You Consider Yourself an Artist?

    Do You Consider Yourself an Artist?
    Academic degrees are not required. There are no certifications. But it is anticipated that you bring passion, dedication and talent to the profession. Do you have it? Art can be tangible or intangible, practical or impractical, private or public, appreciated or disregarded. Making art exists in a vast arena with no license. But that does not make it easy; it has ...
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    Draw the Human Form: 10 Video Tutorials

    Draw the Human Form: 10 Video Tutorials
    Learning to draw the human form is a helpful skill for any visual professional to have in their back pocket. These 10 tutorials breakdown each feature of the human face and body so you can perfectly portray every detail. Watch and learn to draw everything form soulful eyes and facial wrinkles to superhero muscles! Have a video that's helped you master ...
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    Mac or PC: The Better Choice for Designers?

    Mac or PC: The Better Choice for Designers?
    Designers need the right tools to create. It's been proven that the Adobe Creative Suite is an essential tool for designers. But the most important choice a designer or design company must make? Choosing between PC and Mac. It's no secret that the Mac has been labeled the "designer" machine, whereas PCs are solely for stuffy businessmen. But is Mac really ...
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    Start Building Your Promotional Identity

    Start Building Your Promotional Identity
    Start By Building Your Presence Your audience sees your promotional pieces one at a time, in different places and contexts. You want to build a unified image of your brand in their minds, not fragments. Define a brand identity before you create the bits and pieces you plan to send out. Choose a consistent theme for all of the promotion you ...
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    10 Tips for Painting "En Plein Air?"

    10 Tips for Painting "En Plein Air?"
    Dear Dr. Maisel: I feel a strong desire to paint some cityscapes but I feel really blocked about going out and painting en plein air. Any thoughts about what might be holding me back? - Cynthia L., Chicago Thanks, Cynthia. What you’re experiencing isn’t so unusual. Here are 10 tips that may help! [gate] 1. You will have to do deal ...
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    Is Sleeping In is Exhausting Your Art Career?

    Is Sleeping In is Exhausting Your Art Career?
    Anyone who knows me will tell you that I love to sleep. I’m like a baby in that regard—if I don’t get enough rest, I’m a zombie of Evil Dead –esque proportions the next day. I used to pride myself on the fact that I catch more Zs than most people I know; while they chug coffee and sleep in till ...
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    7 Ways to Get your Target Gallery to Represent You

    7 Ways to Get your Target Gallery to Represent You
    This article was originally published on FineArtTips.com. After the following the 3 Steps to Find Art Gallery Representation, you should be ready to approach your ‘target gallery’ and sell yourself! There are a number of ways to approach an art gallery for representation. I have broken it down into 7 creative ways… 7 Ways to Get your Target Gallery to Represent ...
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    Grow Your Art Business Using Referral Love

    Grow Your Art Business Using Referral Love
    Would you like to have appreciative customers telling their friends and associates about your work, and suggesting that they patronize you also? Referrals are like gold – they are the best advertising you can get, and one of the most effective. Cultivating referral business is not that difficult, but many artists and other entrepreneurs don’t pursue them as often as they ...
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    The Creative Life: How To Follow Your Bliss

    The Creative Life: How To Follow Your Bliss
    When I was eighteen, I found myself at a crossroad. I had grown up in a family where science and mathematics made proper courses of study for university. We didn’t have the vocabulary to understand what was wrong with me, why I was different. I wrote poetry, took pictures with the camera tilted at a jaunty angle, and added purple food-coloring ...
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    Show Appreciation While Promoting Your Art

    Show Appreciation While Promoting Your Art
    If you're a freelance graphic designer, or working for yourself, it may be a little more difficult to reach your clients and intended clients through normal channels. It's important for clients to know you're still out there and available to help them out with their design problems. How do you do it without spending most of the hours of your day ...
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    How To Deal with Slacker Clients

    How To Deal with Slacker Clients
    You've just landed this heaven-sent project. You know that this one will be perfect for you to show off your skills. You're also stoked because this project is something you really believe in. And, the best part, there's a budget for it. When things are too good to be true, are they really? Sometimes they can be, especially when the client ...
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    Alternative Spaces for Exhibiting Your Work

    Alternative Spaces for Exhibiting Your Work
    Some of the alternative spaces with entrepreneurial aspects/frameworks are: Art registries and flat files; online galleries; artist communities; co-ops; collaborative spaces; artist run spaces; non profit galleries and art centers; artist fairs; open studios; private art salons; studio galleries; public art commissions; online auctions; eBay. Plus of course corporate lobbies, subways, taxi cabs, street corners, cafes, restaurants; empty lots, building walls, ...
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