Make your art big enough to hold your ideas and dreams

Don’t let size or space be an issue when you make your art. Make your art it as big as it needs to be in order to hold your ideas and dreams. If it’s good enough, it will find a home. If you have to borrow a truck to haul it, you’ll do that, too.

Deep Thought Thursday: Could you make it blue instead of pink?

What would you do (as an artist) when a client wants to buy a painting, for a few thousand dollars, but requires one of the minor details be changed? Would you alter the painting or not?

The first 4 steps toward selling your art: Step #1

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When I’m asked “Where do I start?” I can cite 4 steps that an artist should take in the beginning of a career. Step #1 is to be completely devoted to your studio practice.

Deep Thought Thursday: By the master’s hand?

Deep Thought Thursday: How long did it take you to make that?

Podcast: Return to your art

The disciplined practice of making art is mandatory. Everything else is optional–even (gasp!) marketing.

http://artbizblog.com/audio/returntoart.mp3

Catch me in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this week for a keynote address to the Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council.

Visit the beautiful Rocky Mountains AND ramp up your online marketing–May 2-3, 2009!

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Art Marketing Action: Return to your art

When times are good, artists make art. When times are bad, artists make art. When time stands still, artists will continue making art.

Artists who are true to themselves do not make art for the marketplace, but for themselves–to start a dialogue with their viewers, their fans, and the world. They make art because they have something to say that is best said not with words, but through a creative act. They make art because they have to. The marketing stuff can come later.

Janet Checker, San Blase Panama. Oil, 48 x 24 inches. From the “Women of the Americas” series. ©The Artist

Through this newsletter and the Art Biz Blog, I give you ideas for promoting your art and building your business. Too many ideas. You can’t possibly implement these ideas as fast as I generate them.

Deep Thought Thursday: Going solo

Deep Thought Thursday: Can art be taught?–a 2-fer

Deep Thought Thursday: Circumstances and location