When To Give Up On Your Art Business

White Flag

You have to have thick skin and and iron stomach to endure the rejection and hard work that come with being an artist. Most artists weren’t born with this gene, but many of you have adapted. If you are missing the gene or haven’t been able to adapt to running an art business, there is no reason to feel like a failure. [...]

Choosing to Live Excuse-Free

In my book, I’d Rather Be in the Studio, I share my philosophy of no-excuses art marketing. Accept full responsibility for your life and do the work required to get you where you want to be. Choose to live excuse-free. [...]

Why I Never Advise You To Follow Your Passion

If “Follow Your Passion” works for you, heed the call! I’m not going to tell you not to follow your passion. You just won’t hear me offering those words as quick-and-easy business advice, which is often how they appear in print. Here’s my alternative version, which I hope serves you. [...]

Beware of “I Am Not”

Stop defining yourself in the negative, and define yourself in terms hopes and aspirations. How you choose to define yourself will influence how others look at you and think of you. [...]

Task List Navigation for Peace of Mind

Everyone feels overwhelmed at times. I find myself in this position more than I would like to admit and thought I’d share a process that has worked for me. First, make a list of everything that needs to get done, including the small steps necessary to complete the larger tasks. Everything! [...]

Freedom To Be an Artist

In recognition of the Fourth of July holiday and celebrating independence, I interviewed Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup, who’s book is all about freedom. [...]

Restart Your Intentions for 2012

The year is half over. Are you halfway through accomplishing your intentions for 2012? Don’t sweat it if you’re not. There’s still time! Just start over. Right here, right now. Let July be a fresh start for you. Let’s talk income goals since this is a business blog. [...]

Organizing Your Projects Visually

Guest Blogger: Sally J. Smith

After your teleseminar with Carolyn Edlund, I was inspired to map out a system that would help me manage all the details of my very full list of goals.

I sat down and wrote out what my ultimate goal was and then the various opportunities I have to get there. Then under each one of these projects, I described the steps needed to get me to completion for that particular activity.

Artist Sally J. Smith shares how she organizes her projects.

I realized that having this information written down in list form wasn’t enough. I wanted a way to track my progress, so I made this visual organizer.

On a piece foam core, I made trajectory lines for each project. Dots mark specific steps that need to be taken to get to complete that project .

As I complete steps, I move the colorful “markers” from left to right, [...]

Attention: Big Thinking Required

Stop going through the motions with days filled only with meaningless tasks. Don’t wait for your big project to find you. Make plans now. Take charge! [...]

Winner of The 200-Word Artist Plan Contest

The winner of a copy of The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau is Alyson Sheldrake, who, I promise, received zero extra points because she has a cool name. I liked Alyson’s plan for the following reasons . . . [...]