EBSQ Friday Five

Harvest On Hold by CES

1. Harvest on Hold by CES is this week’s featured art from the EBSQ home page! Every Friday I browse the new art and choose one for this blog post. If you want to be featured here, keep creating, keep sharing!

2. Business 101: Basic Business and Financial Practices for Artists – A must read!

3. 20 Things you can Use your Art For – This blog post from Kiri Østergaard Leonard is from a year ago, but it’s one of those articles that don’t have an expiration date.

4. Our September Online Exhibits are open for entries! Take a look at Celebrating Fan Art and FOTM: Sedums. What will you create?

5. Looking for figure drawing lessons online? Proko has everything from beginner to more advanced, gesture drawing to details of the eye:

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EBSQ Friday Five

Pumpkin Everything by Torrie Smiley

1. Pumpkin Everything by Torrie Smiley is a reminder that October is on the horizon, which means we’ll be seeing more pumpkins and delightful spooky creations!

2. Making money from art: How to build a thriving freelance business – The title says it all.

3. No Rules: A collaborative adventure in painting – Have you ever collaborated with another artist?

4. There are a few days remaining to vote in the August EBSQ Exhibits. Do it now! Also, entries are being accepted for the September Exhibits: Celebrating Fan Art and Flower of the Month: Sedums.

5. Artist Tips: Overcoming shyness and learning to speak to clients

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.

5 Ways To Use Your Talents:  Continue reading “Expanding Your Art Expertise: 4 Ways To Use Your Talents”

EBSQ Friday Five

1. 29 Faces in May ‘Air Element’ – As a collector of Matryoshka Dolls I could not resist sharing artist, Sherry Key’s face #10 for the 29 Faces in May Challenge. Isn’t she darling?!

2. An End Leads to a New Beginning – Stephanie Amos has an informative blog post on the business of art, specifically artist blogs, that you will not want to miss.

3. Addicted to Artistic Improvement – Delilah Smith made a list of five things you can do to improve your skill as an artist. Are there anymore you would add?

4. ArtView App for iPhone – Stacey Zimmerman has the rundown on Imagekind’s new App that will let you see how art looks on your own walls. Very cool!

5. Creative Reading – I have a blog post on my other blog about creative reading (fiction and nonfiction). What are some of your favorite art books?

Have a wonderful weekend!