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BP Portrait Award 2016 - Artists with their paintings

The BP Portrait Award over the years has developed an increasingly international dimension.  On Wednesday I was delighted to meet and photograph a number of the artists - with the portraits they... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

This Is Motivation from the Inside Out

Motivation [Publisher’s Note: This week’s post is penned by Lori Woodward. She is a terrific artist and writer. She also is a good friend to me and the fine art community. See her bio at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

The NEAC Annual Exhibition 2016 at the Mall Galleries

It was a lot easier to see the paintings at the NEAC Annual Exhibition 2016 yesterday than it was last week at the Private View.  I had meant to return sooner but my dodgy knee and ankle had other... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Nestle In to Your Artist Community

As a student of art history, I love reading about communities of artists that evolved organically over the centuries. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall in the Cedar Tavern in the 1940s and 50s! Oh, to have been a fly on the wall inShow More Summary

Clara Drummond wins £30,000 BP Portrait Award 2016

The winners of the prizes at the BP Portrait Awards Ceremony last night are as follows.... BP Portrait Award 2016 - £30,000 First Prize Clara Drummond won the first prize in the BP Portrait award... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

John Moores Painting Prize 2016 - shortlist announced

Over 2,500 artists entered the £25,000 John Moores Painting Prize 2016. This is an an open competition for artists working with paint held every two years. It is regarded as one of the premier art... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

How Do You Take Care of Yourself? (Curious Monday)

We're busy. Busy in the studio, busy at home, and busy in the office. Everyone is so busy that it's a boring topic. I've even made it an important goal to never utter the words I'm so busy. But lots of the busy-ness involves sitting on our butts. Show More Summary

10 artworks of merit at the RA Summer Exhibition 2016

This post is about the ten artworks which remain most clearly in my mind at the end of my visit to the 248th Summer Exhibition at the RA 10 days ago. Plus: images of the same  my general commentary... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Noticing before knowing

My favorite books about writing are really books about thinking, and crafting those thoughts into powerful, public form. So, whenever I’m in a thinking thicket — as I was for the development and delivery of my aesthetics/entrepreneurship course this past semester, “The Art of the Arts Venture” — I look for insight in books about […]

Ten Right Ways How to Be A Happy Artist

  You Can Choose to Be a Happy Artist. Then Choose to Make Sure You Are. Over the years of reading forums and comments on sites and blogs for artists, I have noticed a trend. There are unhappy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Changes | How to Make More from Less

We all face changes, nearly daily. Some are big, many are little and insignificant. How you adjust to changes regardless of size often is the pivot point that separates happiness and gloom, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Prizewinners at the New English Art Club Annual Exhibition 2016

It's really interesting having the annual exhibition of the New English Art Club on at the same time as the Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts. That's because some are members of both... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Why You Need an Editorial Calendar (and How To Make One)

An editorial calendar is a roadmap for your marketing content. An editorial calendar buys you peace of mind because you don’t have to scramble for what to say or share. Ideas are stored and worked on over time rather than in a panic at the last minute. Show More Summary

RA Summer Exhibition - open and online - with prints for sale

The Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition 2016 opened to the public today and I'm sure they had a lot of visitors. However you can now also view the entire exhibition online via the Summer Exhibition... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

What’s Your Social Media Schedule? (Curious Monday)

Creative Content Camp begins on June 17. For 6 weeks this summer, artists are going to be developing loads of ideas for their newsletter, blog, and social media platforms. One of the things we do in Content Camp is create an editorial calendar so you know what you'll be posting and when. Show More Summary

About Curious Monday Posts

Curious Monday is a weekly question that is sent only to subscribers. I'm curious about how you live your life as an artist, how you juggle the demands on your time, and what you're thinking about. I hope you'll read the responses from other artists. Show More Summary

Get the Best, Easy How to Profit at Art Show Secrets

Get the Low Down on How to Make Art Show Sales! There are some smart, experienced people roaming the art patch. Some have art show secrets. My friend, Owen Garratt, is a perfect example. He’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Pricing prints for the Summer Exhibition

One very small artwork on display at the 2016 Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts very neatly illustrates a very important point about pricing for art competitions and the Summer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Shock and ‘Eh’

I’ve been to enough ‘creative economy’ presentations to know how they generally flow: They draw a big circle and then flash a big number. The big circle includes lots of creative industries — from nonprofit to full-on-profit. The big number comes from their aggregated economic activity. The message is, essentially: Holy cow, we’re big. Therefore […]

Seeking Inspiration While Topic Hopping

It’s Friday. My calendar says "Writing Time." Every Friday at this time is blocked out to write. I like going into my weekend knowing that I have written something that will contribute to next week's newsletter and blog post. I wish I could say it's as easy as marking off to write, and it will happen. Show More Summary

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