Aug
31
2010

5 Steps to Turn Negative Artist Thoughts into Positives! by M Theresa Brown

"My work is better than that!" We've all said or thought it. And we probably meant it. But what it really means, when all is said and done, is that we are, at some level, envious of that other artist. So how can we turn this negative thought into a productive, positive action that benefits your art career? It happens to all artists at some point in their art journeys and careers...A stronger word might even be Jealousy. When we see an artist making money or gaining recognition, and whose work, we feel, is beneath our own talent, abilities and performance, career jealousy slips to the forefront. The envy may be cloaked in indignation or su... [More]
Aug
6
2010

The Pleasure of Creating Art - Time to START by M Theresa Brown

The sheer pleasure an artist receives from simply creating art in some form is what motivates artists of all ages to create.  Whether it is a folded origami paper or a ten ton metal sculpture,  the pleasure derived from the very act of creating is the same.Children don't need any persuasion to dip into the paint or the clay but as they age, things begin to change. Art is the only subject where a parent, teacher or friend may look you in the eye and say "You don't have any talent" and it is accepted.  I have always found it interesting that  learning to play an instrument is an acknowleged step by step learning process (... [More]
Jul
18
2010

The REAL KEYS to PRICING YOUR ART by M Theresa Brown

On one of our several nationwide art marketing forums recently, the question posed was,"Theresa, I'm in the dark as to how to price the pet portraits. I don't know anyone around here who does pet portraits to see what they are charging. After you figure the cost of the surface (canvas or panel) and the paint (not much) do you charge by the square inch or by the hour? If it takes me 5 hours to do an 8"X10" at $10.00/hour plus the panel thats $55.00 or should I charge much more than that? I know that it is an investment for the purchaser but I'm still in the dark as to where to start." This was a great question and although I have addressed it... [More]

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