In Praise of the Handwritten Thank-You Note

Expressing my gratitude for you.

You can set yourself apart from other artists by sending handwritten thank-you notes in the mail. Every Thanksgiving I try to write something about gratitude. This year I want to remind you of the value of writing a note, addressing an envelope, attaching a stamp, and sticking it in the mail.

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How to Be a Joy to Work With

Helen Hiebert paper weaving

What makes someone want to work with you? Sure, it might be your art, but there are a lot of talented artists out there. If you don’t approach your business with the same professionalism you give your art, you are likely to be passed over for other artists. Based on my conversations with heads of arts agencies, curators, and gallerists . . .

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Vacation Leads to Quadrupling Art Sales

Rani Garner LG show

In 2006, I went on vacation, accidentally got into a new gallery while there, and wound up quadrupling my art sales. Over the years I have come to the conclusion that having your work in exactly the right location – a very specific type of place – can change your success as an artist dramatically.

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6 Tips for Recovering Your Focus

iZoar-Focus

I’ve been thinking a lot about Focus lately – enough that it deserves a capital “F.” It’s not that I’ve never written about focus, but it seems more critical than ever to remove ourselves from the chatter of social media, family squabbles, and needy pets. We have to give ourselves space to focus on a project.

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You Are the Ringmaster of Your Life

ringmaster

When you work on your own, it’s easy to get into an unproductive rut. The demands of everyday life can pull you off track. Soon, you find, you’re taxiing kids, doing the laundry or waiting for repair people. Well, YOU are the Ringmaster of your life. You get to call the shots, and you can step up and create a structure to drive momentum and increase productivity.

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You Can't Afford Not to Hire Someone

Photographer Sam Nguyen shoots Alix Christian with her work.

There comes a point in a growing business where you can’t afford not to hire someone. It’s not easy to write those first checks to someone else for a task you know you could do, but your business can’t grow as long as you continue to do everything by yourself. Let’s look at six situations where you should get help from others.

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Tips for Working with an Accountability Partner in Your Art Marketing

Amantha Tsaros Art

Most artists work alone and flourish in their silence without interruptions. This is critical for the creative process. But when it comes to building a business, know this: You will make better progress in art marketing and business planning by joining up with an equally ambitious accountability partner.

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2 Guidelines for Requesting a Donation

please give

You’re probably accustomed to people asking you to donate your art to this or that cause, but have you ever been on the other side? Have you ever been the one making the request for a donation? There will come a time in your art career when you must ask for donations. Not just money, but also gifts of services or products.

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How to Find Anything When You Need It

Similar works are distinguished by titles, such as these in Jane Guthrie’s exhibition.

I subscribe to the theory that less clutter and a more organized mind and workspace mean more room for creativity. How can you make really good art when you’re worried about where you stored the image the reporter is requesting or wondering what you did with that exhibition contract that’s due tomorrow? If you are struggling to stay organized, here are five naming tips that will help you find anything when you need it.

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4 Semi-Unrelated Business Lessons

photo of cat and computer

Here are four semi-unrelated business lessons I either learned or shared last week. I hope they help you with your art business. 1. Capture it. Write it down. . . . My housekeeper was overwhelmed with all she had to do following her father’s passing. The coach in me kicked in: “If you don’t mind my asking, do you write things down?” “I never write anything down,” she admitted.

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