Have a Good Day with Me - Time Sensitive

Alyson Stanfield

Today, February 3, is my birthday and I hope you’ll celebrate with me. It would be meaningful to know that you had a really good day on February 3. So I outlined 8 (my favorite number) things that I thought would make for a next-to-perfect day.

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How to Motivate Yourself to Work During the Holidays

One of our Thanksgiving tables. Photo courtesy Cynthia Morris.

With less than 1 month to go before Christmas, it’s about this time that we start using the holidays as an excuse to neglect our income-generating businesses. Don’t do this. Enjoy the holidays as much as you can while also keeping your business on track. There are other people out there who can counsel you on self-care and enjoying the season. It’s my job to remind you that your success depends on the daily commitment you show to your business.

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How to Feel More Abundant in Your Life and Art

Buy $10 bouquets in a bunch at the grocery store and divide them into small glasses or vases to spread the joy of fresh flowers.

I recently wrote about the importance of embracing an abundant mindset in your marketing. Now let’s look at some ways that you can start feeling more abundant that will help you break out of that frugal mindset. How do others treat you? How do you treat yourself? How do you treat others?

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Produce Pete Bought My Art Because of the Title

Dorothy Lorenze Painting

Guest blogger: Dorothy Byers Lorenze . . . One Saturday morning I was watching Produce Pete – the veggie guru on the NBC New York affiliate station who chats about seasonal fruits and vegetables each week. On that day, Pete was expounding on the glory of asparagus and he stuck the stalks in a glass of water, held it aloft and proclaimed, “THIS is how you keep asparagus fresh!”

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Summer Reading - Novels About Artists

Summer is for light reading by the pool or on the deck, but you can still enjoy lots of books while maintaining a tie to your art business. Here is a list of novels that have artists as their main character. My Favorites: The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova; Spending by Mary Gordon; and An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin.

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4 Ways to Graduate to a More Fulfilling Art Career

graduates throwing their mortarboards in the air

Whether or not you are getting a diploma this month, you can still participate in the springtime graduation ritual.Take stock of the things you’re doing that are holding you at the same place and make a plan to graduate away from them and toward something better. Consider these four ways to graduate your career to a higher level.

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When You Can't Decide

man with chairs

When you are struggling with a decision, remember this . . . You have everything you need to make the right decisions for your art business. You have read the books, listened to the recordings, and taken the classes. You have paid attention.

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3 Artists Inspiring Me Right Now

Photo of Kristina Wentzell

If you’ve read chapter 14 of I’d Rather Be in the Studio you’d pick up some great ideas from artists who are promoting their work in creative ways. I love telling these stories and plan to keep sharing them with you as long as you let me. Here are two more of the same ilk and a third one for extra inspiration.

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You Are So Lucky

As insane as an inbox can get when neglected, I can’t imagine running a successful business without email. I am grateful for email!

Next time you feel like complaining about all you have to do to build your business, remember the marketing tools (most of them free or inexpensive) that you have at your disposal. Be grateful for everything you have available to help you share your art with the world.

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The Fears That Haunt You

©Leah Palmer Preiss

Your fears around building an art business are real to you. Whatever fears you have, you can bet that other artists share them. Still . . . you’re a warrior! You can conquer your fears, but only after you identify them. Here’s a look at 7 common fears that artists have shared with me.

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