Last week I sat in the audience and listened to husband-and-wife art critics Roberta Smith (New York Times) and Jerry Saltz (New York Magazine). They were in town at the invitation of Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum. (The photo here was taken from my seat.)
What struck me most was not just how much art they see (a ton), but the wide variety of art that interests them. They go to show after show after show, and then they want to see more. They never tire of looking at art. Saltz confessed to looking for all-night galleries to satisfy their obsession.
You might be tempted to discount critics, but you would be wrong not to listen to people who have spent decades looking at artist after artist, exhibition after exhibition, and style after style.
You know the type.
She attends your show and tells you what a wonderful artist you are. This makes you feel good. You’re happy for people to connect with your work this way.
She comes to the next opening and gushes in a way that makes you blush.
She raves repeatedly about your art. I love your work! she says.
Yet, she never buys. She’s implying, I love your art, but it’s not for me.
Exercise Your Courage Muscle
Who knows why people don’t buy. Maybe they don’t dig that yellow speck in the lower left. Or maybe they just emptied their bank account to pay for a root canal.
If not closing the sale is bothering you, maybe it’s time to exercise your courage muscle and ask the repeat fan why she’s not pulling out her pocketbook.
There’s a way to do this
I want to help you with your art business. Each blog post, class lesson, consultation, or live event is designed to help you get one step closer to your dream.
In these formats …
I can teach you what you should be doing to promote your art. I can teach you how to do things. I can teach you why it’s good to be doing these things. I can teach you about other artists getting good results.
I cannot teach you how to get motivated to do the work.
©2014 Diane Gabriel, Young Girl With Icon, Nah Trang, Viet Nam. Pigment print. Used with permission.
I’d go so far as to say that I can’t teach you if you are not motivated. I could give you information, but that information is no good if it is
While you’re creating interest lists on Facebook to help you stay connected, how about adding an interest list for staying up-to-date on your art business.
You could start by adding the Art Biz Coach page. Just sayin’.
Here are the business pages on my art business interest list (just click that link to follow my list), though note that I also have individual profiles on my list as well.
Please leave your favorite art business pages on Facebook in a comment here.
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At the mastermind retreats with my coach and mentor, everyone in the group receives a “hot seat,” where we are given the opportunity to tackle one big issue in our businesses.
For my hot seat, I chose to talk about my brand.
I drop a cat photo every so often as I share peeks of my everyday life. Dharma is exploring her new cat cave, but can’t quite commit to being all in. Are you all in on your brand?
To prepare the group, I reminded them of some of the websites and programs associated with my business:
Art Biz Coach (website and business name since 2002) Art Biz Blog (blog since 2004) Art Biz Makeover (live event) Art Biz Bootcamp (online class) Organize Your Art Biz (online class) Art Biz Lift Off (online class and self-study) Art Biz Incubator
Are you still diddling around with juried shows or exhibitions with your art group?
There’s nothing wrong with either one of these as a starting point, but there comes a time when you have to leave the nest. You have to plan a solo exhibition.
Your career will grow rapidly when you start having solo exhibitions of your art.
Dora Ficher’s solo show “El Balle de Colores” at Gold Standard Café in Philadelphia, PA.
Solo shows are the pinnacle of an artist’s career, but in most artists’ dreams they usually take place at fine galleries and museums.
Those prestigious venues will happen for those who persevere. In the beginning, you will probably need to curate your solo show for less lofty places.
All possibilities are on the table: restaurants, private homes, rented storefronts, bank lobbies, salons, or your garage.
The location doesn’t
If you would like to increase your income in 2015, you must take charge of your art business.
You have to stop waiting for things to happen and start putting all of the pieces into place, so that the good stuff can settle in.
Liz Crain, Clay Dollars. Dollar bills, clay slip, underglazes and underglaze pencils, electric oxidation, 2.5 x 6 x .25 inches. Used with permission.
Money doesn’t just appear when you need it. You have to work for it. [Tweet this.]
In my experience, one of the best things you can do to improve your chances of making more money is to create a plan: an income-boosting plan.
Where Is The Money Coming From?
In order to boost your income, you first have to know what it is, historically, and where it came from.
For the purposes of this
It’s time to tie a bow around 2014 and prepare for 2015 by organizing your systems.
The ideas here should take you less than 1 hour, and they will bring peace of mind to your New Year.
1. Update the copyright notices on your website, blog, and newsletter.
Too many sites have old copyright dates on them. I’ve seen some as old as 2007! Blogging platforms will automatically update your copyright, but static sites need your attention now.
I’m not talking about the copyright notice on individual images. I’m referring to the copyright statement on the site, which is typically located in the footer of your pages.
If your website says ©2014, it doesn’t look fresh. Change that to 2015 before you forget.
I took this screen capture of my site earlier in the week. If you scroll down to