Make It Happen - Like Santa

Katherine Tyrell

Instead of making excuses, ask yourself: “How can I make this happen?”

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Business You Is Looking After the Artist You


Guest blogger Heidi Spiegel has created two characters: the Artist Me and the Business Me. She says one is committed to making art, while the other believes in the art enough to support and promote it.

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Attracting Good Karma

Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo, Chenrezig

From time to time I have a virtual run-in with a subscriber or customer who doesn’t wait for a response before shooting off spiteful emails. This has happened to me twice in the last month, whereas it usually happens once every year or two. Whenever this happens, I question what I do and who I am. This is exactly what the author of the email wants and I know it. I write this post for myself as much as for you.

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Make It Up As You Go Along

You don’t have to have all the answers before beginning a project. Whether it’s trying a new medium in the studio, writing a how-to book, or teaching a class, just dive in! Don’t worry about how others do it. You will learn the ropes. Yes, you’ll make mistakes, but you would have made those anyway.

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6 Be’s of the Art Biz

Mara Purl

Guest blogger Mara Purl is an actress-turned-writer-performer-producer. The central character in her soon-to-be-released book is a fine artist. In this post, Mara shares what she calls the Be’s of the Art Biz: Be Authentic, Be Brave, Be Persistent, Be in Integrity, Be in Experience, and Be Creative.

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Interview with Patricia Albers, Author of Joan Mitchell, Lady Painter: A Life


I asked biographer Patricia Albers about what drew her to Mitchell’s story, how she approached her writing, and how she came to terms with Mitchell’s difficult personality.

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Other Art < Deep Thought Thursday

Pat Mitchell mosaic

What other art form (non-visual) inspires you?

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6 Steps for the Artist-Father to Help Grow Creative Kids

Marty Coleman

Guest blogger Marty Coleman (aka Napkin Dad) says: My kids liked that I was an artist as they grew up. They had a ton of things to create with and had inspiration to do so from seeing me being an artist. I learned a couple things about encouraging them that I want to share with the followers of the Art Biz Blog.”

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Twitter & Facebook Book Club Starts July 1

Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter

Join us in reading Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter starting July 1, 2011.

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Reminders for Your Art Biz

Emily Clarke, Showing a Little Leg

©2009 Emily Clarke, Showing a Little Leg. Oil on masonite, 24 x 36 inches.

It’s easy to get caught up in the tsunami of advice, marketing tools, and social media messages. Take time to remember what is most important.

It’s the annual Memorial Day post – a few days in advance. Slow down and make sure you’re on track with these reminders.

Remember that you can’t do it all. You can only take one step at a time. Don’t punish yourself for something you should have done a long time ago. Just look forward and know you’re doing the best you can.

Remember to be consistent. Your success will be the result of the habits and routines you put in place for your studio and marketing time. This is our focus in the Blast Off class launching

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