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]

Spotlighting Your Work by M Theresa Brown

Participating in both indoor and outdoor shows is a great way to connect with prospects and show your work.  In reality, you are  your own portable Art Gallery, bringing your work to people who often only see "live art" at such an event.If you are at an outdoor show and it's a beautiful, sunny day with moderate temperatures, Mother Nature has given you an edge to spotlighting your work!But what if you are at an indoor show? The flourescent lights are 25 feet above your allotted 10 x 10 space. You are next to John Doe with his stained glass on one side, Jane Doe with her watercolors on the other side and a whole line of artists acros... [More]

Information Overload - Feed your Client one spoonful at a time by M Theresa Brown

The advice on selling art is so numerous on the Internet nowadays  that the generic  word of mouth advice artists used to hear from friends and neighbors has gone from "You'll starve" to the Internet version of "it's easy and this is all you do!" The experts are everywhere. With so much "advice" popping up at every link, it is easy to get information overload.  There is way too much information coming rapid fire at an artist, leading to the panicked feelings of "There's not enough time!" or "I just can't do all they ask!" The interesting thing about the changing economy and businesses as a whole is that for years everyone sold ... [More]

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