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Why You Should Raise the Prices of Your Art and How to Do It

Two things are certain when it comes to pricing your art. First, it’s a struggle for most artists. The difficulty with pricing art is legendary. You’re not the only one who doesn’t have it all figured out. Even if you’re confident in your prices today, it’s almost guaranteed that you will question them again within a few weeks or months. Show More Summary

10 million page views!

Making A Mark achieved 10 million page views at 2.15pm this afternoon! I've been looking forward to this for a while..... I was slightly slow in catching up with the event so this is what it looked... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

How Do You Use Video? (Curious Monday)

Loyal reader Debra Disman says that she would love to see how artists are using video. Please tell us! What is the focus/subject of your videos? How long are they? Where do you post them? What kind of results do they bring you? Do you have help or do you do it yourself? What have you learned about the process? Feel free to add a link to your video. Show More Summary

Oil painting of the City of London before the Great Fire

The Museum of London has a very rare topographical oil painting of the view of the City of London from Southwark on the south bank of the Thames. It's very rare because it was painted BEFORE the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Making a Living as a Teaching Artist (Podcast)

The secret to making a living as an artist is that there are no secrets. Artists find their own paths and each path is unique. There are some qualities, however, that you must have: - Stamina - Ambition - Motivation - Talent - Resilience - Boundaries And … a willingness to learn, adapt, and grow. Show More Summary

The essence of every picture

I’ve offered a few posts recently on the craft and qualities of language in advancing purposeful work. Torbert et al’s “four parts of speech” described the different colors on the palette of a well-crafted conversation. Schein’s four forms of inquiry added detail and depth to one of those types of speech. But to me, the […]

Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2017: Call for Entries

This an overview of the Call for Entries for the 2017 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize which has a first prize of £15,000 and two prizes for young artists. This prestigious and well regarded art... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

The Pastel Society - a final Call for Entries

Did you know that if you work in pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, pencil, conte, sanguine, or any dry media you can submit work to open annual exhibition of The Pastel Society? Below is an overview... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Who's made a mark on art 161016?

I'd like to say a very sincere "Thank YOU" to all the people who wrote lovely comments on my Retirement post and on Facebook and especially to those who sent me personal messages via email. (You can... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

How to Master the Fine Art of Selling Art at Shows

Tips for Selling Art at Shows Does your art marketing business model include participating in and selling art at shows and fairs? It’s no surprise if you do. Shows are an important part of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

How to Write a Want Ad That Attracts the Perfect Assistant

You thought … It sure would be great to have someone help me with my art business. Any old warm body will be better than nothing. Boy! I am going to have all of this extra time to work on my art and I won’t have to do anything else. (Scene setup: I think you were smoking somethin’.) So you hired an assistant to work in your studio or office. Show More Summary

Top botanical artists by country

Yesterday I published a NEW website page on Botanical Art and Artists. Plus I rejigged the Botanical Art Exhibitions Page so that the links to he NEW page about the Hunt ?International... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Grayson Perry vs Jonathan Jones

I read an article today which  was just plain weird. It's is a massive snipe by Jonathan Jones who is feeling rather aggrieved with Grayson Perry. A classic case of "dealing it out but not being... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Who Could Help You in Your Business? (Curious Monday)

Artists tell me there is too much work to be the creative director, CEO, chief marketer, and social media manager of their businesses. Soooooo... If you could wave a magic wand and have help in your art business, who would you hire?Show More Summary

How Positive Thinking and Massive Action Make Success

Positive thinking without action gets you nowhere! There is so much written and talked about positive thinking. There must be something to it. I can contribute much of my success to positive... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Multiply Your Content by Repeating Yourself

You sweat over your bio and artist statement. You make a heroic effort to create interesting content for social media. You work tirelessly to craft a decent artist talk that will engage an audience. You curse at the person who told you that it was easy to use iMovie as you grit your teeth through the process of producing your first video. Show More Summary

Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition 2016

This year it's the 50th anniversary of the royal status of the Royal Society of Marine Artists. some stunning paintings of sea, waves, skies and vessels his all includes three... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

American Masters at the Salmagundi

You can see paintings by all the artists in the American Masters Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club on the exhibition website. Very oddly, there is only one photograph of the exhibition on the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Entrepreneurs R Us (Curious Monday)

The world loves labels. And, yet, many artists would walk a mile out of the way to avoid a label. Just for fun, though, try on the label "entrepreneur." I am an entrepreneur. I think you, too, are an entrepreneur, but I'm not sure what you think about that word. Show More Summary

Retirement

Today I'm changing my life - and this blog. I've been mulling over the future for some time. You may have noticed I posted much less frequently over the summer months. I've decided that as I get... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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