May
31
2011

Are you SURE you want a critique? by M Theresa Brown

Critiques. If you are an artist, you cannot escape the universal  useage nor  overexposure of the word, "Critique."  It is used randomly about the art world to the point where you either embrace the concept or reject it entirely.  In art,  Critiques are used in grade school, in art lessons,  art lecturers and schools of every calibre. But without a doubt it has gained widespread usage on the Internet message boards! But is a critique really what all these artists are asking for? A decription of the word: "Critique has been used as a verb meaning "to review or discuss critically" since the 18th century, but latel... [More]
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]
Oct
15
2010

Prostituting Yourself - An Academia Attitude by M Theresa Brown

October 13, 2010 Right now, we are set up with our art, at a show.  Sure it's a long day, every day, for several weeks but after a few days we get into the rythym of it and we can work while we sell so to speak :-) While we work,  we chat with prospects for our art, meet with clients, answer questions, paint.....and speak with artists! In one such meeting yesterday, a mother and her daughter came up to me and the mom works in a well known pharmaceutical  company in research and the daughter is in her final year in college in a school of art as a printmaking major.  To my dismay (yet not a surprise), after chatting about ... [More]

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