May
18
2011

If I Sell out at this show, I won't have enough art for the next one... by M Theresa Brown

I chatted with a potter recently about entering an upcoming show that I thought would be good for her.  She surprised me when she laughingly confessed that the previous year she had skipped that opportunity because she was afraid that she would have no time to re-stock her pottery when she sold out at the show held two weeks earlier.In my  twenty one years of selling my art for a living, I have stumbled near or into many pitfalls known to beginning businesses......and I have a seasoned amount of "Things Not To Do" stories. It doesn't stop at one thing of course. Rather it's more like a Folder on my computer with numerous categories&... [More]
May
9
2011

The Total Art Experience by M Theresa Brown

The dew on the grass was wet, the morning almost chilly, but Saturday, May 7 was our scheduled "Paint in the Garden" START (www.startart.com) class and we had a dozen people coming in at 10:00 am to learn or re-experience painting "Plein air" or from life outside at our studio. Right on cue, the sun peeped over the trees and scattered light across the garden flowers and roses.  Students ranging from 12 to 72  gathered in the studio and we started a day that for most, was a first! They were all painting scenes, not from photographs, but from the actual subjects themselves! My artist husband, Stephen Filarsky,( www.smfilarsky.com) ... [More]
Apr
25
2011

Listening to the Advice of Jack White by M Theresa Brown

I have admired the advice of artist Jack White for a long time. He is not one of those online marketing artsy gurus who blows smoke at you. He tells it like it is when it comes to the real life of the real working artist.  He never went all glossy and high tech and showered his readers with a fantasy "artist's life". But if you are a working artist (as in paying your bills with the sales of your art) you know immediately that he speaks the ral truth. And one of the  real truths is that self employment in any field is hard work.  But if that is your excuse for not creating your art, then maybe it's not the profession for you!&nb... [More]

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