Got goals? If winning an art contest is one of them, here’s all the advice you need to know in order to get your work in the spotlight. Frank Eber, who co-juried the 99th National Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition, shares his best insights on how to bring attention to your work.Critical RecognitionIn workshops, I often get asked this question: What should I paint to get into a national exhibition?
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12 Relationship Rules Every Artist Should Know (And Follow)Building and maintaining strong relationships in life is complicated enough. However, establishing strong bonds in the arts can be just as if not more complex.You may be friendly with a fellow artist but simultaneously be a little more than envious of his or her skills.
Self-Portrait by Kristin Kunc, oil on linen, 2011.As you probably well know, Im online…a lot. And Id like to think of myself as somewhat well informed about artist websites. Im on them all the time—whether it is through an email someone sends me, a link on a blog I read, or my own searches of American art or global artists, Im always finding interesting artists through their websites.
By Beth Samek, Online Education Manager at Artist’s Network UniversityIf you’ve ever wanted to pick the brain of a professional artist, now is your chance! Building on my blog post from last week focusing on making the move to full-time artist, this week you can hear even more about the process of making art your career.
If you are like most artists, you have a clear recollection of how you felt when one of your drawings or paintings was first put on display on a school bulletin board, in an art-school exhibition, or in a commercial gallery. In fact, the importance accorded that first publicly displayed picture may have contributed to your becoming an artist today.
From the 1980s into the mid-1990s, I made a point of visiting Capricorn Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland, every time I traveled to Washington, DC. I could always count on leaving the gallery with a list of promising artists to profile in American Artist.The first time any artist began exhibiting at Capricorn, Desind would give him or her the same speech he had been offering since the gallery opened in 1964.
Art businessesArt and business combine to affect all artists differently. No matter how an artist chooses to pursue selling paintings or drawings, it is vital to present oneself professionally, photograph artwork that accurately represents the work, and maintain organized inventories and records of one’s output.
You may have been one of the lucky readers who got their hands on a hot magazine that Network published several years ago: Acrylic Artist.If you didn’t happen to get a copy (digital issues of Acrylic Artist are still available in NorthLightShop.com), then you may have missed the work of Mark Gould.
Presentation MattersI recently attended the opening of an exhibition of artwork by a group of artists, and the display raised questions in my mind about the impact of presentation on sales and career development.The exhibition was a temporary display in a community center. The organizer had little time to make the former gymnasium look like an art gallery.
An Artist’s Guide to “Gift Selling”‘Tis the holiday season of giving, so why not make it a profitable one, too? If you are planning to sell your handmade arts and crafts during the holidays, then this post is for you!To make sure you, your patrons and your wallets are filled with festivity and goodwill, we’ve put together a list of quick and easy ways to give your artistic offerings a bit of holiday cheer.
Keeping track of our finished paintings and the “lives” they’re having is something we shouldn’t overlook. When they’re fresh in our minds, we remember them, but let a few months or years pass by, and it becomes more difficult. Without good records, you’ll struggle to confirm a title for a specific painting, the place where it was painted and when, its size and outer frame dimensions, the medium used, the exhibitions and galleries where it has been shown, and the purchase information.
Placing your John Hancock on a painting is the ultimate statement of pride and ownership. Like so many aspects of paintings, it’s personal.The signature is a natural part of the visual composition and should be thought of in those terms. When we read a written page, we end at the bottom right; thus this location feels like a natural end-point in Western culture.
During this challenging marketplace a lot of artists are cutting back on their art marketing budgets. Even so, now is the time to take full advantage of the free marketing opportunities and creative ways of promoting your art business online.By creative, I mean free! Yes, there are many ways in which you can promote yourself and your art business for free and nowadays, as an artist, it’s more important than ever to leverage your expertise.
Many ask me a question that’s not easy to answer: “When was the first time you knew you were going to be an artist?” My art has morphed and changed over my life, and I’ve gone through many different phases.The first indication that I loved to draw came very early. I vividly remember watching Captain Kangaroo over a bowl of cereal when I was about 5.
Editor’s Note: The Art of Richard McKinley Deluxe Collection is now available exclusively at North Light Shop. Get yours while supplies last!The act of painting can be a solitary endeavor. The majority of an artist’s studio time is spent in contemplative interaction between subject matter and surface.
The Devil’s in The DetailsCongratulations! You have an opportunity to exhibit your work and you want to be sure you’re ready. Over my artistic career, I’ve exhibited in a wide range of settings from small local venues to museums and galleries across the country and abroad. And, as the commercial goes, “I’ve learned a thing or two along the way.
Goodbye Summer, Hello Internship!We know how important it is to land an art residency or internship. We also know how hard it is to feel noticed, and we want to help.It’s time to set aside the suntan lotion and perfect those resumes! Accomplished artist Richard Whitten is here with three steps to get you closer to your dream internship.
In a neighborhood of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, is a quaint store that will leave many artists in awe. The resale shop, Indigo Hippo, is full of colorful and eclectic art supplies that, donated by folks who no longer needed them, are waiting for their new forever home. With drawing materials, papers, paints and pieces begging to be part of an assemblage, it kind of feels like a candy store, for artists.
Here’s the good news: Artists can have economically sustainable careers. Art collectors, organizations and even art schools prey on this attitude, expecting artists to display their artwork for free and provide services as unpaid or low-paid interns and part-time staff.So, what’s to be done, and what are some of the sources of income for artists?
6 Art Gallery Essentials for ArtistsWhether you’ve decided to take the first steps in getting your work shown in an art gallery or you’re an established artist looking to expand your presence into new cities, understanding the fundamentals for how an art gallery selects its artists is essential.As both a gallery owner and an artist in one of the most vibrant art cities in the U.
You Don’t Have to Be a Business Mogul to Make a Living from Your ArtI love the fact we live in a day and age when artists have so much control over their careers. Making a living through creativity and artistic output is not only possible, but it is also very likely if you do a few things right.Even more, I’m especially thrilled to see how we can sell art online.