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In praise of the older artist - Mary Anderson Grierson

It would appear that one of the perks of working for the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew for a long time is you get a bench outside the Palm House on your retirement or death. I came across a bench... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Trust (and Verify) Artist Opportunities

There are all kinds of opportunities for artists to show and to sell their work. Your inbox probably has an email from a rich oil sheik in Qatar who wants to buy your art right now. What do you do? How can you tell the good opportunities from those you should avoid? My advice is always to trust first and to be cautious second and most importantly. Show More Summary

Derwent Art Prize 2014 - Two People's Choice Awards

The Derwent Art Prize offers two opportunities for the public to vote for the People's Choice Award in relation to the artwork selected for exhibition and - this year for the first time - all entries... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

28 July 2014 - Who's made a mark?

I've had three weeks off from blogging. The first week was because I had a bit of a shock health wise, ended up in hospital facing a battery of tests and decided to take it easy for a few... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

What To Include In An Exhibition Proposal

When you ask to show your art at a venue, you need to be very clear about what you are offering. People don’t often say Yes to vague offers. Think about what ties the work together. This is your curatorial thesis – your big idea. Writing it out, as you’ll see below, helps you find the clarity you need. Show More Summary

How to Make Your Mailing List More Useful

One of the biggest excuses artists give for not being in more frequent contact with their lists is that they don’t want to bother people. You know what it’s like to receive tons of email and don’t want to contribute to the overwhelm....Show More Summary

I Love Email (But I Love Real Mail More)

You know I love email, right? I don’t necessarily love all of the spam that hits my inbox or the countless hours I spend reading and replying to email, but I can’t imagine running my business without it. How would I ever be able to help as many people as I do for such a bargain rate? And as much as I love email, I love real mail even more. Show More Summary

3 Thought-Provoking Questions for a Better Artist Statement

A strong artist statement is essential to the effective marketing of your art. There’s no skating by on this one. You need at least one artist statement for each body of work you create. Writing your statement is a process. Like any other type of writing or artmaking, you can’t expect to nail it in a single sitting. Show More Summary

Is Your Art Just Free Décor?

There are all kinds of places where you could show your work. Coffee shops would love to have your art! Salons would fawn over it! Professional offices would think they’d died and gone to heaven! This is great news for you, especially when you are just starting out. Show More Summary

Conquering Newsletter Anxiety

Most artists start an e-newsletter with good intentions of staying in touch with their list. They imagine a monthly newsletter with regular columns, special features, and a calendar of upcoming events. It starts out good enough, but then something goes wrong for some artists. Show More Summary

How I Became the Boss of My Inbox

As I write this, I’m sitting with an inbox with far more messages than is comfortable for me. I usually keep a relatively sparse inbox, but the messages accumulate from time to time. Here’s the ugly truth. I know that 177 messages isn’t a lot for most people, but it is for me. Show More Summary

There will now be an interlude.....

I'm taking a break from blogging for a week or so while I give some priority to other things going on in my life - but will hopefully be back soon. Here's a new drawing..... City of London from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Entrepreneurial Freedom

Many people become entrepreneurs because of the freedom it affords them. When you own your own business, you are free to set your own goals, get out of bed when you like, and control your brand. Of course, most people who seek this path of independence have no idea what they’re getting into. Show More Summary

Edward Sutcliffe wins BP Travel Award 2014

Edward Sutcliffe with Copycat - with Li Wu DaOil on canvas, 150 x 60cm This is the proposal which won Edward Sutcliffe the BP Travel Award 2014 (£6,000). Any artist who submits work for the BP... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

BP Portrait Award 2014 Exhibition - review and video

Read about my review of the BP Portrait Award 2014 Exhibition in which I highlight the portraits I particularly liked  and focus on key themes and points to note for those aspiring to enter. View my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Activate Your Marketing for a Bigger Audience

Is your marketing too passive? Are you putting your art out there and hoping someone will see it, buy it, or give you a show? Jack isn’t always interested in being active. I’ll confess that I’ve become complacent with my marketing. I write my blog posts every week and post to Facebook and Twitter. Show More Summary

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