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    Creating Commissioned Work as an Artist

    Creating Commissioned Work as an Artist
    Commissioned Work Clients commission an artist for one main reason: They want a work that is in someway personalized. Whether it is a portrait of a family member or a rendition of a landscape — the work holds personal significance. The best way to acquire a commission? Find interested clients already familiar with your work. This way you’ll have a better ...
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    25 Ways to Spread the Word About Your Art

    25 Ways to Spread the Word About Your Art
    You’ve put in tons of studio time, developed a signature style, created a body of work and are serious about selling your art or crafts and building your business. Even if you’re an experienced pro, are you doing everything you can to market yourself and create opportunities for sales every day? Here are 25 ways to spread the word, spur interest ...
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    Best Practices for Selling Art Online

    Best Practices for Selling Art Online
    More artists are selling their work online. Have you ever thought of just making some art that people might like to buy (the kind you mother wishes you would make) and sell it on Ebay? Who knows it could be a lucrative second career! Or perhaps you just love to photograph or paint anything and everything and you are are talented. ...
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    How to Get Commercial Gallery Representation

    How to Get Commercial Gallery Representation
    The Big Picture: Like many things in life, reaching an important goal involves a lot of hard work. It also takes time, patience and a little luck. It is impossible to achieve an important goal, such as getting gallery representation alone. It takes a network of people and supporters. Whereas a very few artists seem to land in a gallery with ...
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    How To Sell Your Art on Facebook

    Interested in using Facebook to sell your art, but not sure how? Artists know relationships sell art. And, social media is a great way for artists to market and promote their work, connect with buyers and ultimately make the sale! ArtBistro partner, Lori McNee got the scoop from two successful artists who‘ve transformed Facebook into their very own profitable gallery ...
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    Should Artists Ever Work for Free?

    Should Artists Ever Work for Free?
    This post is a little different from the kind of thing I’ve been writing lately, but I thought it might be helpful to young artists out there. Some of my absolutely favorite students have graduated over the last couple of years, which means that I’ve been getting pleas for advice on how to navigate through this crazy art world of ours. ...
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    Open Studios and Selling Your Artwork for a VW

    Open Studios and Selling Your Artwork for a VW
    Would you sell your work for a Volkswagen Bus? Find out how one artist chose to do so rather than make no sale at all. Selling your work out of your own studio is a common and often successful practice for many artists. What are the best practices for doing so? If you do not have a gallery affiliation or if ...
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    What to Do When A New Logo Goes Bad

    What to Do When A New Logo Goes Bad
    I recently came across an online review/rant about a new logo design for the New York City taxi fleet. We all love that sea of yellow that comes rolling downtown in NYC, right? (especially when it's raining). Well, come to find out that what was to be an idea of upgrading the look of the cars and giving a new brand ...
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    Oh, Those Design "Competitions"

    Oh, Those Design "Competitions"
    As I've been out in the design world more, I receive a lot of "Call for Entries" postcards and email messages for various design competitions. They come from design magazines, most of the time, but they also come from professional organizations looking to showcase some current work from their memberships. The CFEs from the magazines, usually for their Design Annuals, are ...
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    Five Tips for Marketing During a Recession

    Five Tips for Marketing During a Recession
    1. Blog where your clients are Find websites and blogs that offer content and resources that your clients need to keep informed. Where do they get their critical information? We’ve written articles for World-at-Work’s Workspan Magazine and Training Magazine to reach clients and prospects in the employee communication sectors. If you don’t know where your clients get their business information ask ...
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    An Artist’s Guide to Social Media Success

    Getting connected online is practically a requirement these days. It's the latest way to make new friends, stay in touch, and — best of all — network. And with HR departments adding social media recruiting to their repertoire, it's also a great way to get a job! But jumping online isn't as easy as you might think. If you're going ...
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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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    What is Your Work Worth: Everything or Nothing?

    What is Your Work Worth: Everything or Nothing?
    It is a perennial struggle for most artists to price their work in a way that reflects the enormous input of time, energy, materials and life experience without making it so expensive that no one can afford to purchase it. Perhaps next to writing a coherent artist statement, pricing one’s work is the source of the greatest frustration and confusion for ...
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    Why Artists Get Discouraged

    Why Artists Get Discouraged
    Today, I see many artists who want more exposure for their art and in order to achieve more sales of their art. In order to meet this goal, artists will begin to promote their art work with a marketing program. When that marketing does not produce the results that were hoped for, the artist becomes discouraged and gives up their marketing ...
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    A Boost for your Online Boutique...

    A Boost for your Online Boutique...
    If you're really looking to boost the sales in your online store ask your web designer about web analytics. Not now....but right now! Analyzing your site can make a world....yes...yes...a WORLD of difference in your sales and conversion rates (the number of viewers that become buyers). There's a lot you can learn from your web analytics but If I had an ...
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    10 Tips for Getting Art Fair and Open Studio Visitors

    10 Tips for Getting Art Fair and Open Studio Visitors
    This article was originally published on FineArtTips.com Recently, I took part in a local open studio event, in a public space, together with seven other artists. I tested a number of strategies to bring visitors into my art booth and keep them there to look at my art. The tips below will be helpful for artists taking part in an art ...
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    Should Artists Blog?

    Should Artists Blog?
    This article was originally published on FineArtTips.com. Professionals artists and novices alike would agree that art lends itself to solitude. From the studio to the gallery — both creating and viewing art tends to be an individualized experience. But is this a necessity of the field, or just a bad habit? Art blogs help artists to reach beyond the canvas or ...
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    How To Properly Photograph Your Artwork

    How To Properly Photograph Your Artwork
    In a recent coaching session, someone asked me if they their art photography represented their actual work. I knew this person’s work (as I have seen the actual physical pieces) and, honestly, they really didn’t do the work justice. That led to my thinking . . . how many others’ digital images of their artwork are just not “cutting the mustard?” ...
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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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    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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