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Book Review - The Great Pottery Throw Down

The first series of The Great Pottery Throw Down had me fixating on the potter's wheel and raku firing. I ended up taking a trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum and writing this post - The Ceramics... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

How to Be More Successful and Lucky

Our first grade classroom photo was taken on St. Patrick’s Day. I was the only one who wasn’t decked out in green that day. Mom had just made me a beautiful red and white dress, and I guess that seemed like a better choice for such a formal photo. Show More Summary

Gareth Reid is Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2017

Last night, it was revealed that Gareth Reid was the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2017 - and had won a career-changing £10,000 commission to paint Graham Norton (who for the uninitiated is a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

London and its River by The Wapping Group

The Annual Exhibition of the Wapping Group of Artists is titled 'London and its River". The Wapping Group is somewhat curious. Originally formed to record the River Thames and shipping in the Port... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Review: The Big Painting Challenge - Episode 5 (Movement)

So - we now know who's in the Final of the The Big Painting Challenge 2017! I won't spoil it for those who don't yet know but will be revealing who went after this Semi Finals episode near the end... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

How to Get Results You’ll Love? Start with Art Business Basics

It’s Not Sexy, But Start with the Basics! If you lack in knowledge and implementation of art business basics, you deprive your career. It’s easy enough to know why so many of us rush... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Portrait Artist of The Year 2017 Social Vote RESTARTED

If you live in the UK you have until midday on Monday 13th March to vote for the eliminated artist you think should join the other finalists in the Final of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Ash to Art - over £500k raised for Glasgow School of Art Fire Appeal

25 major international artists were each sent debris from the remains of the fire at the Glasgow School of Art and asked to make art for the Ash to Art Auction Each artist was sent a piece of debris... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Checklist for Crediting Your Art

It's not unusual for artists to be concerned about protecting their copyright, but what I can't seem to reconcile is when artists aren't taking precautionary steps to claim copyright in the first place. I'm not talking about officially registering for copyright. Show More Summary

Christopher Green wins Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2017

The winner of the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2017 is a large scale ink drawing by Christopher Green. He wins the £15,000 First Prize and the Gold Medal funded by The Lynn Foundation. This post... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

The Top Botanical Art Show in the World - Video

I made a video at the weekend about the RHS Botanical Art Show 2017. It's now available to view on my YouTube Channel - and below. I think it's the first time that a video has ever been made showing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Review: The Big Painting Challenge - Episode 4 (Portraits)

This week we had the The Big Portrait Challenge! and my particular challenge was this post. It's rather long! In the BBC Big Painting Challenge this week: Jennifer had to paint hair rather than use... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

How to Use Personal Branding: It’s One of Your Most Valuable Assets

Use branding to promote your art and your business. As a solo entrepreneur, you, your art and your business are inseparable factors. Art patrons. gallerists, jurists, and any who promote and help... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

4 Levels of Business Insurance for Artists (Podcast)

Business insurance! That’s our topic for this Art Biz Podcast. Listen in as Claudia McClain, founder of HomeBusinessInsurance.com, addresses the various levels of an artist’s career and the kinds of insurance you need at each point.Show More Summary

A Guide to the British Museum

British Museum - Great Court and stairs It's interesting how sometimes those who do not live in a country produce some excellent guides to national institutions relating to the Arts The New York... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 - call for entries

For all those undeterred by television programmes about painting, applications for Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 - run by Sky Arts - close on 28th April 2017. You could win a £10,000... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Rural Artist Market (Curious Monday)

Start local, and then expand. This is a piece of advice I offer clients who are trying to build an audience for their art. The problem is that this solution doesn't always work for artists who live in rural areas. When you live in a rural area, is your best bet to expand your online following? I'd love to hear from rural artists who have faced this dilemma. Continue reading...

Review: The Big Painting Challenge - Episode 3 (Animals)

Episode 3 of the The Big Painting Challenge was painting animal antics and they were at Whipsnade Zoo.  They seemed to enjoy a bit of sun in contrast to the previous four seasons in one day... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

RHS Botanical Art Show 2017

The RHS Botanical Art Show 2017 is open to the public today and tomorrow at the RHS Lindley Hall in Westminster.  Admission is free. I was at the Preview last night. Bridget Gillespie with her RHS... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

The #1 Priority for Artists

I am frequently on the receiving end of artists' complaints about all of the computer work they have to do. There’s Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and then writing a blog post, sending an email, organizing photos … you know the list. Show More Summary

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