Jun
17
2010

When Art Grants End by M Theresa Brown

  The art world is all up in arms. Every place you turn to there is some article about the government or the states reducing or eliminating public money for artist grants. Frantic emails are sent out, art groups gather to protest the fund reductions and open Facebook polls. But there is not an organization out there in today's economic climate who has NOT had to tighten their belts. So why the fuss?  Let's examine the world of art grants a little less passionately and you may find that reducing or even ending art grants could, in the long run benefit more artists than grants! How many artists do you know who have benefited from a... [More]
Jun
8
2010

Painting and Selling Portraits - the Family Dog by M Theresa Brown

  Two of my five dogs think they have achieved stardom because they are featured in a 2 hour DVD!   There's  Louie, a shaggy little cockapoo rescued from an uncertain fate, and DaVinci, an impressive looking Rottweiler who, in truth, is a little dog trapped in  a big dog body.Both are my models at the Burning Oak Studios where I filmed the DVD Painting and Selling Portraits-the Family Dog.  They were perfect gentlemen while working among all the equipment and lights and took all the attention in stride. After all, they had  everything they needed: doting people, squeaky toys and dog biscuits.  Lights, ... [More]
May
27
2010

Art Business Marketing - 6 Steps to Re-Energize Slumping Art Sales by M Theresa Brown

Follow this six step plan to get your art business back on track and re-energized!There is nothing harder to do than to walk into your studio and start (or finish) a piece of art when you already have a number of unsold pieces sitting around. The energy is suddenly not there. The phone is not ringing. And every time you turn on the news, the top story is the downturn of the economy. If you need to sell what you create in order to make ends meet, then motivation becomes critical. You may be in enough of a panic to be unorganized and not thinking clearly. There is a direct correlation between need and motivation and the key is to organize that ... [More]

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