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    6 Most Photogenic Places in America

    San Francisco, CA [photo:297516] The most beautiful small city in the U.S., San Francisco continually surprises photographers. Local pro Thomas Hawk recently compiled a list of his favorite spots in the city and called it “infinitely visual” because its vast variety of “micro neighborhoods” contain extremely distinct residents, buildings, and nature spots. The blue-collar, multihued Latino Mission neighborhood looks and feels ...
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    How To Regain Your Confidence as an Artist

    How To Regain Your Confidence as an Artist
    Dear Dr. Maisel: I’m wondering how important confidence really is to an artist—and if it is really important, what can you do if you’ve lost some of it—or a lot of it! - Rachel L., Portland Thanks, Rachel. [widget:inarticlebulleted_artist_statement] Yes, creativity requires confidence—and life can rob you of confidence. A teacher can choose you as the person she wants to humiliate ...
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    Do Watermarks Prevent Online Art Theft?

    Do Watermarks Prevent Online Art Theft?
    Do watermarks protect you from online art theft or devalue your work? Let’s face it. Art theft is a reality. We see it happen all the time. If you post your work anywhere online, you’re immediately vulnerable to those who want to grab it and use it for their latest article, T-shirt, company logo, etc. It’s simply a risk you take ...
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    How To Bounce Back from the Holidays

    How To Bounce Back from the Holidays
    Get back in the groove. I don’t know about you, but a holiday, long weekend, or visit from family or friends can derail me from any momentum I might have built up in my day-to-day business tasks. Don’t get me wrong, breaks and vacations are vitally important when it comes to keeping your sanity. However, it can be challenging to get ...
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    6 Ways Artists Can Prevent Winter Depression

    6 Ways Artists Can Prevent Winter Depression
    The onset of fall brings beautiful foliage, crisp days warmed by hot cider, and holidays celebrating the great pumpkin. Unfortunately, this season’s arrival also means shorter days and therefore fewer daylight hours, which can make everyone a little SAD. SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, is characterized by feelings of depression or lethargy as a result of infrequent access to light. Symptoms ...
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    Does Your Portfolio Make a Good First Impression?

    Does Your Portfolio Make a Good First Impression?
    In the first 5 seconds that an Art Director visits your website, they are making critical judgments about you and your work, for better or worse. That’s why it’s so important to give your landing page the attention it deserves. While I’ve always believed in the power of making a strong first impression with your portfolio website, I have gained a ...
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    8 Foods That Will Bring You Luck in 2011

    8 Foods That Will Bring You Luck in 2011
    Ringing in the new year with good company and ample spirits is one of our oldest holiday traditions. Being surrounded by loved ones and bubbly champagne during the first seconds of January 1 sets the stage for a joyous future. (Well, aside from the post-celebratory headaches that some of us will experience in our very near-futures.) The start of a new ...
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    How to Best Copyright Your Work

    How to Best Copyright Your Work
    You can’t be a successful artist without creative innovation, a proper education, and … an extensive understanding of legal rights? It’s sad but true: Most artists would be helpless victims of theft without the protection of copyright laws. In an age where your art can be copied, uploaded to the web, and made available worldwide in seconds, it’s good to know ...
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    Fight Anxiety in the Art Marketplace

    Fight Anxiety in the Art Marketplace
    Hello, Dr. Maisel. My artwork is piling up and I know I have to try to make some connections in the art marketplace. But I just feel petrified. Can you give me a few tips—anything!—that might help me jump in where I don’t want to go? -- Marcia T., Queens, New York Thanks, Marcia. Let’s consider the following six obstacles to ...
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    Six Tips to Becoming a Craft Show Superstar

    Six Tips to Becoming a Craft Show Superstar
    In an age where consumers have become as comfortable with e-commerce as they have with e-mail, the prospect of maintaining a presence in the physical marketplace can be lost on many a creative entrepreneur. But being physically present at a local craft show, arts and crafts festival, or business forum can be what sets your craft-brand-business apart from the competition. Even ...
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    How To Price Your Interior Design Work

    How To Price Your Interior Design Work
    You’ve worked hard. You have experience, resources, access to products, materials and finishes not always available to the general public. You are trained and have solutions for your clients. They are coming to you to save time and money, and of course, have a new, beautiful, finished project. But….How will your clients pay you for your services? There are a variety ...
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    10 Reasons to Date an Artist

    1. They’re Passionate! (!!!) Everyone knows that passionless relationships are (yawn) boring. And because of this lack of delightful excitement, most times they’re doomed to crash and burn. Maybe it’s the fact that artists are always looking to be inspired or share in the beauty of everyday life — but as long as you're with a creative type, you’ll never again ...
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    Alternative Spaces for Exhibiting Your Work

    Online Galleries and Art Registries I really like online galleries and art files/registries. I run an online gallery which features works by photographer John Sumner and others. Many curators and gallerists find artists for group shows by looking through online galleries and art file sites. Curators of non-profit galleries and alternative art centers will use them to curate their own shows. ...
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    Top 10 Cheap Mobile Photography Apps

    1. FxCamera (Platform: Android OS) FxCamera (Platform: Android OS): FxCamera is the most popular mobile photo application on the Android operating system. It has cyan filters, Polaroid and Fisheye simulations, and light aperture sequences, among many other features. Pros: It’s constantly updated, every two months in the last year. If users know their favorite app produces good pictures and catches up ...
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    7 Ways to Get your Target Gallery to Represent You

    This article was originally posted on FineArtTips.com. #1. Specific Gallery Requirements Check your ‘target gallery’ (this is the gallery you think is your best match) website and see if it has a specific protocol for artists’ submissions. • If it does have guidelines, follow them (or be a rebel and do it your own way, but you might get shut down). ...
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    How to Photograph Your Artwork: Warping and Proportions

    How to Photograph Your Artwork: Warping and Proportions
    Photographing your work can be tricky. But it is important to photograph it well. With Photoshop these days one can hide many photography sins, but there are a few things that are better handled with the photograph itself before you get the image into Photoshop. In part one, we talked about backgrounds in the photography of your work. In part three ...
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    How to Photograph Your Artwork: Backgrounds

    How to Photograph Your Artwork: Backgrounds
    Four times a week I look through your portfolios to choose work to go in the Featured Portfolio on the home page. This is one of the best parts of my job. I get to see what you are working on and often am very impressed with the caliber of work on ArtBistro. There is one main way that I think ...
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    8 Quick Tips to Improving Your Art Website

    8 Quick Tips to Improving Your Art Website
    When was the last time that you thoroughly checked and edited your art website to see that everything was in order? I mean going through your website page by page, post by post and image by image to see if everything was labeled, titled, tagged and in proper order? Like most of us, since we are all very busy, I am ...
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    Tricks to Pulling Off a Successful Open Studio

    Tricks to Pulling Off a Successful Open Studio
    Anytime can be a great time to do an open studio. Anytime is a great time to recharge your studio practice. And knowing you have a bunch of people coming over to see your work is a great motivator to finish some projects that may have languished. [widget:inarticlebulleted_making_money] The first thing to consider when putting together an open studio is where ...
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    Journal Your Way to Art World Success

    Journal Your Way to Art World Success
    Hello, Dr. Maisel: There are so many things I need to get done in order to have an art career—and I can’t keep my thoughts straight about any of it! How can I get my thoughts under better control? Leslie R., Orlando Thanks, Leslie! The trick is to identify a clear intention and then to get your thoughts aligned with that ...
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