Expanding Your Art Expertise: 4 Ways To Use Your Talents

In my latest blog, I’ve discussed the importance of expanding your art beyond the work itself. Not only for your own personal evolution as an artist, but in a financial aspect. Everything has it’s seasons and sometimes business slows down for work. I notice for myself, the typical seasonal slow downs are holidays, back to school and summer time. Everyone is off on vacation, away from home or busy dealing with the juggling of school plays or sports practice.

For some artists, taking a break is great. For the rest of us, we need to find other ways to make money. And while our goal is to create other automatic streams of income by art licensing, we should consider our potential in working on creative projects that aren’t entirely related to our fine art.

For example, doing projects in design, mural art, teaching an art class to kids or adults and even helping put on events for other artists is an example of things we could do outside our typical work.

KEY is to find ways to make money when the art isn’t selling or sales slow down.

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Pinterest For Artists: 5 Creative Ways To Share Your Work

by Natasha Wescoat

The newest craze in social networking is the highly attractive and addictive Pinterest. Drawing artists, designers, jewelers and other creatives, it’s a fun place to compile your favorite things, pictures you love or sharing dream ideas. Immediately, when I was introduced to it, I couldn’t understand why you would want to use this site. It reminded me alot of the popular fashion bookmark networks and we already had Facebook to share our obsessions. Why use Pinterest? 

This is where it gets interesting…

1. It’s completely visual. Sharing and communicating with picture is it’s angle.

2. Demographic serves well for creatives and a buying crowd.

3. It’s newness means less spam, less noise.

PINTEREST IS PERFECT FOR ARTISTS!

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Artist Guide: When to invest and when to request

In the unconventional and risky world of art lie several different levels and types of industry. Regardless of whether you are an Illustrator catering to an online audience or a fine plein air artist selling in local coffee shops, these rules should apply. Many ask how opportunities like art events, shows or press are handled in your career. When you’re new, how does it work? and when you’re established what is done or not done?

You never EVER sell yourself short or be taken advantage of.

This is a dog-eat-dog world but you know you have to pay your bills. But dues have to be paid where they are due.

IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE ART INDUSTRY

Ask yourself these questions:

1. Am I networking with others in the industry?

2. Am I investing time and money to attend industry events?

3. Am I willing to give away time and money for my career?

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Artist Guide: Practicing Detachment From Your Work

Emotional engagement with a painting. I tend to have this problem. It can create a foggy mind. A sense of no direction. I become listless and worrisome. All I can think about is that work.

Like veteran Abstract painter, Thomas Nozkowski, I find myself glued to a piece after I’ve finished it. I can’t let go of the idea, and I find myself going back to the piece over and over to fix parts here and there.

The idea becomes an obsession, and unless someone takes it from me, or I willingly let go of it, I’d probably be working on that piece for months. I always think there’s more to the idea or that I haven’t expressed it truly perfectly enough yet. I find myself still obsessing over particular paintings 5 years later, in the hands of a collector. I’m almost tempted to call them and ask if I can come over and work on it just a little more.

What’s a very powerful key of being an Artist can go nuclear. 

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Artist Guide: Tell The Story

We forget sometimes that there is an art to presenting the work as well.

What is the story behind a painting?

What motivates you everyday to create?

Where are your personal interests?

People want to know these things. It gives spirit to your art. It helps them envision, imagine and understand. It empowers some to envision their own ideas.

How will you tell your story? How will you write the story of your art?

Sharing on the web is a magical way to share the journey with your collectors. In bits and pieces or epic blog tales. You can decide how much or how little you share, the color of your story or even if it shall be a fictional nom de brush tale (personas) or a vivid, personal experience of your real life.

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Artist Guide: The Hustle

A lot of the time that I’m working, I will spend a good majority of that time working on “The Hustle”.

What does that mean?

It’s dedication of time towards the promotion of your work and for making connections. I am asked alot, “How do you get your licensing deals?” or “How do you know this person?” “Where are you meeting these companies?”

You may not realize that one of the most important parts of your work as an artist or a freelance creative is in “The Hustle”.

WHAT “THE HUSTLE” IS

– Making cold calls

– Getting referrences from contacts and customers

– Researching companies and entities

– Creating opportunities

– Sending pitches/proposals to potential clients

DETERMINE WHAT YOUR GOALS ARE FIRST

– Do you want a licensing deal?

– Are you looking to collaborate with other artists?

– Do you want to build a relationship with certain people?

– Do you want to have your art put up in a gallery, cafe, restaurant, etc?

– Do you have an idea you want to create?

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