Mar
11
2011

Getting Ready for the Summer Art Shows by M Theresa Brown

If you are like us, by the end of February, beginning of March, you are interested in the arrival of Spring. Mother Nature may yet  throw a curve ball at us and dump a few last winter storms but we remain, in North Carolina, hopeful that all the signs around us point to spring at last! However, we know for a fact, having driven clear across the US two years ago to art shows in California, that winter is not over in many parts of our country. In fact on our beginning journey  at the end of March to that series of shows, we left a rainy but moderate NC.  But enroute, we encountered such extreme weather as tornadoes, torrential ra... [More]
Feb
28
2011

Why You May Not Be Ready to Turn Your Art Into a Business by M Theresa Brown

Although I am considered a successful marketing artist, where every bill that I pay comes from money that I earn through my art sales, I am fully aware that what I do for a living, creating and selling my art as a business, is not for everyone! Self employment is hard work! But recently a long thread ran on another forum that I belong to with advice from many, various artists on "starting a fine art business" being thrown around like it was a recipe for biscuits!  I am always amazed at how quickly someone will take advice from someone who may not be where they want to be! (think about that) Why would anyone take business advice from som... [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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