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Rejection Is Great

It’s difficult to not feel mortified when your art is rejected. Unlike being passed over for a job or not making a sports team; an artists work being rejected is much more akin to being dumped by someone they love or having all their personal belongs thrown outside and set ablaze if they are….. A. Not used to being Rejected B. Looking at rejection negativly C. Lacking coping skills in that department We never want rejection to creep up in our email, mailbox, through sneaky little text messages or through the words of a human mouth hole as is cascades into our ear canal. And we all know, rejection shows up when we are barely holding onto hope….. to knock us for a loop. It’s a slap in the face to our aspiring hopes and…

10 Ways To Not Upset Galleries When Submitting Work

As a gallerist, curator and artist I am honored to be a part of many aspects of the art world. This article is written to help artists understand and identify problem areas that upset galleries and take away from building professional relationships with them. I hope the 10 pieces of advice below are helpful in aiding you build stronger relationships with galleries so that you can advance your career. Do not (and I repeat) DO NOT half ass anything when it comes to your art career especially your artwork. Your artwork is your voice, your brain-child, your first impression to many and of course your heart and soul. Do it exceptionally well. If opportunities come knocking on your door, great! However, understand that does not mean take on a ton of exhibitions to build your…

What Artists Should Expect From Professional Galleries

Over the years in the art world I have come across numerous artists that have been wronged by galleries and of course the other way around. The world of art can be very cutthroat and ego driven on both sides, however there are wonderful people on both sides of the fence with fantastic moral caliper. I work with many of them, however I have worked with galleries and artists alike that lack tact or professionalism. The sad truth is most artists are scared to speak out about things with galleries and rightfully so when it’s based in simple miscommunications or just having personality conflicts. That’s interpersonal and business relationships and not everyone is going to like one another. One should never bring public attention to such frivolous things –…

12 Tips For Submitting Art To Exhibitions/Galleries

In this blog, I present basic information to digest and possibly follow that will help make your artwork submission more favorable during the jurying process while alleviating the risk of being dropped before you are even given a chance. Below are some standard “Do’s” and Dont’s”. 1. FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES Follow the rules/guidelines, it’s just that simple. If you are submitting your artwork for an exhibition, most often they have guidelines that you will need to follow to get your submission seen for consideration. (Exp: correct image size, titles, dates of work, etc.) If you don’t submit your work in the format requested, or with all the information needed you will be placed in the “deny pile” before your art is ever seen. 2. SOCIAL…

How The Internet Has Changed How We Do Business

Business today has been greatly impacted by both positively and negatively by the Internet. As an independent artist and business owner I have seen these impacts first hand and have had countless discussions with my peers and colleagues over the last 10 years being in business. There are three areas of importance in this dramatic change in how we do business today, which I feel, can demonstrate an understanding of this transformation, they are: communication, competition and marketing. COMMUNICATION First communication is a necessity to any business whether it’s communication with clients, employees or associates. In the years before the Internet business communications relied heavily on in-person meetings, telephone conversations and standard mail, however in the last 20 years the Internet has provided major advancements…

5 Ways An Artist Can Maximize Credit Card Benefits

Article By: Luciano Martinez As artists leave school, attain a job, and begin to pay off their student loans, they are suddenly thrust upon the harsh reality of acquiring debt. For many people, this debt can be very distressing and at times leave a person to feel like the debt will never subside. Even though the goal is not to acquire more debt, one must still learn how to use their future spending to their advantage. I asked Eric J. Friendrichsen M.D., a careful financial planner on a few ways artists could save money by using their credit cards appropriately. Here is what he had to say: 1) Examine Your Life And Use Your Credit Cards Accordingly Some artists travel frequently while others are more homebodies….

5 Tips To Assist Artists In Multitasking

Article By: Luciano Martinez For many artists, the reality of everyday work life can be harsh. Not only does one have to work a full time job but also manage their own social networks, mail/deliver art to galleries, and contact magazines and art blogs – not to mention find enough time to create actual art. For many, this “multitasking” can be exhausting and unbearable leaving one feeling defeated. The good news is that multitasking can be learned and practiced on a daily basis making everyday life enjoyable and productive. Taking On Many Roles In One Day Wearing many “work hats” on a daily basis is not an easy task. Creative directors and project managers often have to do so when working on a complex assignment. Even…

5 Ways for Artists to Sustain A Professional Relationship

Article By: Luciano Martinez Sustaining a professional relationship is not an easy task. Much like personal relationships, one must maintain a positive attitude and environment in order to sustain a mutual working relationship. Many artists tend to work alone and get used to their daily routines that they have created for themselves. Unfortunately, that is not enough. Artist must often reach out and continue to make connections with magazine editors, collaborators, collectors, and galleriests in hopes that their new work will be seen and exhibited. One of the downsides of working alone is that one begins to lose touch with the outside world and what seems like a week of limited human contact can easily become a month. There are a few ways you can maintain…

3 Factors To Help You Become A Successful Artists

So many factors can contribute to your success as an artist but there are three that are absolutely critical: 1. Skill. An artist’s talents are vital. After all, at the end of the day – your craft, your ability – the skill that you have honed – is what defines you as an artist right? Still, your skill alone isn’t a magical golden ticket to success… 2. Hard Work. Hard work is also an important factor in any artist’s career. I don’t care how skillful you are, if you don’t put in the time and effort to make your work then exhibit, sell and promote your work – then your art career might not be as financially rewarding as you hope. 3. Opportunity. So many…

6 Ways to Improve Your Art & How You Create

1. Don’t Let Other People’s Judgments Impact Your Work This idea is important since so many artists and creative people get caught up in what everyone else thinks about their work and are focused less on the personal meaning, feeling and experience they get just by being a creator and making something. What a gift it is to be a creator – don’t lose that magic. When you are focused on respecting yourself and creations first, doing it for yourself and enjoying the process you will be able to better impact the world around you! (Read More: A Confidence Boost: It’s All About You & Not About Them) 2. Practice, Practice, Practice Even those that are gifted, award winners and those who are born with natural talent practice. Olympic athletes, concert pianist, and…

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