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The Value of Community for Artists (Podcast)

Community is essential for artists. Not just for your well-being, but for the well-being of your art. In this episode, Michael Keen and I talk about his background with artists’ communities and the value of community. In particular, community can provide: -Validation - Inspiration - Motivation - Constructive feedback As you’ll hear, other things came up. Continue reading...

Art Collecting in the Digital Age

I came across a report about a survey of art collectors - Collecting in the Digital Age - done back in 2014 - which I'd not seen before. It's worth highlighting the key messages. The survey was done... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

About Marianne North

Marianne North is a woman who painted 800 paintings of plants and flowers, representing over 900 species from 17 countries on 6 different continents in 14 years. Below is a map at the beginning of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Thinking and speaking

Most of us have been admonished from an early age to “think before you speak.” But it turns out that speaking doesn’t work that way. Studies in psycholinguistics (Smith and Wheeldon 1999, for example) suggest that humans routinely dive into spoken sentences without a plan for how they will end. We do some basic preprocessing […]

Your Weekly Work Rhythm (Curious Monday)

Some time ago, I learned to block out days for no scheduled calls or appointments. These "free days" are rarely free, but they allow big chunks of time for tasks such as writing and planning. They are usually Mondays and Fridays, which means my Tuesday-Thursday calendar is pretty jam-packed. Show More Summary

35 of the Best, Free Social Media and Online Marketing Courses

There are plenty of places online where you can pay for social media and online marketing courses. Many of them are excellent. If you are hesitant, on a budget, or just careful with your money, here... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Review: 3rd Derwent Art Prize Exhibition

I'm writing this review more for the record and the benefit of those thinking of entering the competition for the Derwent Art Prize (sponsored by Derwent Pencils ) in future years. This week has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Review: Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2016

Earlier this week I visited the 29th exhibition of Sunday Times Watercolour Competition at the Mall Galleries and this is my review of this year's selected paintings. This post is about: he... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

4 Steps for Saving Money on Your Artist Website

Ready for a new website? Yes, you could do it yourself by using any of the template sites available. But when you take the step to have a site thoroughly customized to your branding and goals, there are things you can do to lower your monetary investment. Show More Summary

Four Forms of Inquiry

In my last post, I shared four forms of speech (Torbert et al) that define a richer and clearer palette of conversation in meetings (or in life). The two I find most absent or abused in purposeful conversation are inquiring and framing. So I wanted to dig into each of them in turn. Inquiring, according […]

Impressive solo exhibition by 2016 Threadneedle Prizewinner

Yesterday I was really impressed when I walked into the Threadneedle Space at the Mall galleries and saw Lewis Hazelwood-Horner's solo exhibition which is part of the The Columbia Threadneedle Prize... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Derwent Art Prize 2016 - Prizewinners

A pencil drawing about "Refugees" by Agim Sulaj has won the £6,000 First prize in the Derwent Prize 2016, sponsored by Derwent Pencils. Prizewinners received their prizes from Eileen Cooper RA,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Written Contracts & Agreements (Curious Monday)

Doing business on a handshake seems to be the easiest and best way to do things - until we realize it was a really, really, really bad idea. Putting terms and conditions on paper will save your butt. And... I know that artists don't always go to the trouble to get things in writing. Show More Summary

Who's made a mark - 18th September 2016?

A round of some of latest posts on this blog and my various Facebook Pages (see the side column) Art Competitions The Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition opens this week at the Mall Galleries. I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Reasons That Will Expose How the Internet Changed the Gallery Business and Print Sales

The gallery business is not for the faint of heart. It never was. It was never easy for a brick and mortar gallery to make impulse sales. Successful galleries work contacts for years and months to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Art History: JMW Turner and the Industrial Revolution

The BBC has made The Genius of Turner: Painting the Industrial Revolution available again via iPlayer. You have 26 days left to watch the programme that was first broadcast in 2013. Painting the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Jerwood Drawing 2016 (Part 1) - Solveig Settemsdal wins First Prize

The Jerwood Drawing Prize "....aims to celebrate the breadth of contemporary drawing practice within the UK." It also claims to have the longest and largest open exhibition for Drawing in the UK.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

How to Turn Your Collectors Into a Sales Force

You have a sales force right under your nose: your collectors. The people who loved your art enough to buy it and live with it are your biggest fans and are probably itching to share your art with their friends, families, and colleagues. Show More Summary

13th Florum Exhibition in Sevenoaks - a review of art and artists

Artwork at Florum 2016 I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the Private View for the 2016 Florum Exhibition on Friday evening. It's not just that it has some wonderful artwork and the best ever hors... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Coloured Pencil Junkie - I need more greens!

I'm a coloured pencil junkie and every now and again I place a big pencil order. Very often it's associated with working on artwork when I become concerned that I've run out of a colour or I'm down... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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