Aug
31
2010

5 Steps to Turn Negative Artist Thoughts into Positives! by M Theresa Brown

"My work is better than that!" We've all said or thought it. And we probably meant it. But what it really means, when all is said and done, is that we are, at some level, envious of that other artist. So how can we turn this negative thought into a productive, positive action that benefits your art career? It happens to all artists at some point in their art journeys and careers...A stronger word might even be Jealousy. When we see an artist making money or gaining recognition, and whose work, we feel, is beneath our own talent, abilities and performance, career jealousy slips to the forefront. The envy may be cloaked in indignation or su... [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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