May
12
2010

The Changing Faces of Art Marketing by M Theresa Brown of Art Career Experts


Yes, I admit it. I am on a quest to share what I have learned with those artists whose goal has been to use their creative talents to make money! But the quest goes deeper than just the results and affirmation of art sales. Just the act of bringing in income to support one's family from the sales of one's own art product is achievement and fullfillment on an unparalleled level. That would be wonderful, wouldn't it? Yet for so many years, success at that level for artists has been hard to come by. Why?

Ask yourself this:
Haven't you wondered WHY, with the art marketing methods promoted by the Art Community and colleges over so many years, there are STILL so few artists making a living at their craft? What's wrong with this picture?

And as we discovered, it is a question that is in the forefront of the minds of many artists. Our first 2010 seminar on the Myth Busting Facts of Art Marketing sold out quickly and the overflow has gone into a second session. Is it a sign of the times?
Well, the first group has met and are ready and eager for a change in marketing their art. Many of these participants are artists who have spent a decade or two trying to do it "the right way." But the "right way" or the acccepted methods that have been promoted during the past century are only a recent phenomena. Prior to the 20th century and the rise of art galleries and the thinking that artists "should not have to sell their art," artists have always been responsible for creating and supplying the art for the available markets. A search through world history combined with art history and artist biographies will reveal fascinating facts, details and even confirmation along with the means and methods the artists used.

It is unfortunate that an artist even needs confirmation that thinking in terms of marketing his art is acceptable. But the times are indeed changing for those who have faced disappointment in their inability to sell their art. We all know that over a period of time, with no sales and no income, discouragement sets in and before long," being an artist" is just a lost dream to most.

Or is it? Hold on a minute! Life is too short to keep walking down the same path and fall into the same hole! How about taking another path instead?
With art galleries closing by the thousands and grant money drying up, the need to "think outside the box" suddenly makes sense. The fact and reality is, there is no one secret formula to the selling of one's art.
Simply a re-structuring of prior learned beliefs, a major shift in attitude plus the always present need to work hard, opens the door to success! The tried and true means and methods of successfully selling anything are available in any bookstore. "Thinking outside the box" means challenging the accepted norm of how an artist should do business and apply the marketing world's proven methods of selling to your art product!

It seems very appropriate to start the New Year with a re-structuring of attitude! Because the most difficult obstacle facing the entrepreneur artist will be erasing the years of art marketing myths that he has been exposed to. Start with a blank slate!
That's why January truly is the month for not only looking back at where you have been, but looking forward to where you want to go.

New attitude in place? Great! Now you have to have a business plan to set your goals for marketing your art. Not an art plan, but an art business plan.
It's a roadmap to your destination. No matter how many detours or stops you make on this road, you still have your destination in sight. That's the beauty of a plan.
Enthusiasm is the driving. Getting there is putting gas in your car!

Go for it!

www.ArtCareerExperts.com
May
12
2010

Sunset Paintings by Wilson Bickford

 love to paint sunsets! I could paint nothing BUT sunsets and never be bored with it. It's the strong value contrasts of the light and silhouetted darks that really grab me!

"FIRE IN THE SKY" is on a 12" x 16" panel and was painted wet-in-wet using Jerry's own SOHO Oils. I like the interplay of that little touch of cool Blue against all the warm Reds and Yellows. Repeating those hues in the water ties the whole painting idea together.


"EVENING SILHOUETTE" is on a 10" x 20" panel and was also painted Alla Prima, but the finer, tighter details were added after it had dried.

I like the delicacy of all the tree branches against the lighter sky backdrop.

Every sunset is unique and different, so we as artists have an unlimited amount of reference material at our disposal. Whether you take photos to act as your guide or work from imagination, the possibilities are truly endless.
Another day, another sunset!

 

www.wilsonbickford.com

May
12
2010

TMNK on Being an Artist


We're all walking through a vast forest, a wilding wilderness. None of us know where we'll come out. This strange and bewildering journey is no different for the artist; except he/or she chooses to talk to themselves along the way, purposely leaving tracks, drawing on the walls of discovered caves, leaving, arranging bird seeds for others to interpret or follow.

I believe we're all artists, or rather we're all capable of creating art. Yes, we are all capable of communicating our thoughts, feelings or emotions. The artist simply chooses to do it perhaps more visually, or perhaps abstractly, or with collaged images or sounds. The artist simply believes his or her chosen form of creative communication is important enough to record, to preserve for future generations, to share with an audience. The same could be said for writers, I would think. We all have stories, experiences, dreams, and thoughts. The writer simply chooses to record his or hers, and to believe they are important enough or interesting enough that they should be preserved and shared with, read by the masses.

Throughout history, critics have debated the merit, talent or ability of this artist versus that artist. But the truth be told, none of these intellectual discussions or criticisms, over time, have much to do with defining who is or isn't an artist. Certainly history shows that some were more masterful in one technique over another. And there are some because of their artistic mastery who have been proclaimed great. Yet, the annals of art history are equally filled with those whose creations showed little ability or technique in execution. Random splatters and drips of paint, or the absence thereof, have also been proclaimed as art, and their creators as great artists.

So the challenge is, despite the critics, despite adversity, to continue the search, to explore and define their own creative voice. The artist must find the courage to scribble, sketch, arrange, sculpt and paint, and to believe these creative musings are worthy of sharing with the masses, despite harsh rebuke, or occasional praise.

Today I will continue my exploration. I will continue to walk through the forest, talking to myself, creating art along the way.
- TMNK

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