Mind Mapping Your Ideas and Events

I seem to be recommending mind maps to artists with great frequency these days, so I thought it would be useful to review what they are and how you can use them in your art business. A mind map is a tool for brainstorming or organizing your ideas. Mind maps are great for creatives and artists because they put words and ideas in a visual format.

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Happy Birthday to This Blog

9 birthday candles

The Art Biz Blog is 9 years old today! To date there have been 2,400 posts and 24,000 comments. Thank you for being a reader. And a special thanks if you participate in the discussion here.

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Why I Teach Artists How to Get Organized

Piles of Paper

What is someone who wrote a book on self-promotion doing teaching an organizing class for artists? I teach Organize Your Art Business for two reasons. 1) You Need It . . . Well, maybe not You, but artists in general need to have access to this information. When you are disorganized, your business suffers. When you are disorganized, you miss deadlines and commitments.

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Twitter Tweekly for October 20 2013

@abstanfield on Twitter

Love this performance artist on #TED Hetain Patel: Who am I? Think again on.ted.com/coY8 . . . Stand Up Bag from @evernote is brilliant evernote.com/market/feature… One of my members shares how she gave herself a big challenge janetvanderhoof.com/2013/blog-2/ch… @JanetVanderhoof

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Why You Should Read Eric Fischl's Memoir

Eric Fischl Painting

Eric Fischl was one of the first contemporary painters I remember embracing in the 1980s. I loved his memoir, Bad Boy: My Life On and Off The Canvas, and suggest that every serious artist should read it. Here’s a quick video review of the book.

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Best Gifts for Budding Artists

Art Biz Coach post on Facebook

Last week I posted this question on the Art Biz Coach Facebook page: A kid just graduated from high school and is headed to art school. What would you give him as a graduation gift besides fair warning? Some people were glib, but most of my fans too the question seriously.

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If Your Blog And Website Are Separate

ArtBizCoach navigation menu

If your blog is very separate from your website, you might want to model what I just did on the new ArtBizCoach.com and ArtBizBlog.com sites. It was a last-minute decision, but a big Duh moment. . . . We used the same navigation menu for each site. The only difference is the logo. Otherwise, visitors feel like they’re on the same site. This is a game changer for me. It’s a solution for something that’s been bugging me for years.

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Do You Need a Marketing Foundation or a Focus on Implementation

Upon announcing my plans for the No-Excuse Art Marketing Bootcamp and the Art Biz Incubator, a number of artists have asked which option is best for them. Only you can decide, but I can help by giving you a comparison.

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DIY Rescue for Artists

Your art is your present to the world, but it isn’t a gift until someone has received it. That means you have to make the work and market it (get it out of the studio!). To do this effectively and sanely, you must first acknowledge you need help whenever and wherever you can get it.

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Provide a Resource Guide for Local Artists

OVAC Resource Guide & Member Directory

Attention arts councils, arts organizations, and anyone else serving local artists . . . Here’s a plea to put together a resource guide and member directory like the one I received from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC). In addition to the staff and member directory, the OVAC publication includes local and national resources to help artists build their businesses, enter exhibits, apply for funding, or join a local artist organization. (Thanks, OVAC, for including Art Biz Coach!)

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