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]
Jul
7
2010

The Refreshing Art of Entrepreneurship by M Theresa Brown

They started early in the morning, long before most of the tourists were up and about. From the balcony of my sixth floor room I saw the sellers park in the distant empty lot by the ocean and trudge through the sand with their goods. A few had  umbrellas. They needed the umbrellas on this beautiful but hot sandy strip of shoreline where the  Sea of Cortez mingled with the distant Pacific Ocean. Cabo San Lucas resorts in Mexico are justly proud of their pristine beaches and go to unusual means to keep them beautiful, clean and safe for the huge tourist industry. There was a low rope stretched across the entire length of the beachfro... [More]

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