Earlier Work Hasn't Sold: What to Do?

Deep Thought

You are up to your eyeballs in unsold work!

What you’d really like to do is just get rid of it. It’s taking up your energy and you can’t afford to rent storage just for early work.

Deep Thought: What do you do with early work that hasn’t sold and no one seems to want?

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An Appreciation of Fathers and of My Dad

Dad's love of animals has led him to feeding the stray cats in Oklahoma City for two decades.

Here’s to the fathers who are artists.

And to the fathers who raise healthy, informed artists who make the world a better place.

To My Dad

Neil Stanfield’s love of animals has led him to feed, neuter, and spay the feral cats in downtown Oklahoma City for two decades. Just don’t ask to put anything in his trunk because it’s full of cat food.

Who loves history and culture and encouraged this curiosity of the world for me.

Who paid for all of my extracurricular art lessons that Mom found for me.

Who praised my art.

Who paid for my undergraduate and graduate degrees in art history, even when I didn’t know what in the world I was going to do with them.

Me at the Musée Rodin in Paris. 1989. Thanks, Dad!

Who sent me to France for two weeks while

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Twitter Tweekly for June 13, 2014

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It’s a very lucky Friday the 13th, indeed, for you. It’s time for my top tweets (according only to me) from the past two weeks!

Art & Marketing

Strict anti-spam law goes into effect in Canada on July 1. Are you compliant?

See @lisacall ’s weekly schedule. Marvel at the detail! blog.lisacall.com/2014/06/spendi…

RT @kiffaniestahle: Stellar advice by @mariabrophy on how to deal with a client who doesn’t want to sign contract. shar.es/PcBHi

Google Is Documenting Street Art Around the World buff.ly/1s5UGvu

I’m asking for “how you got started as an artist” stories on my FB page. Please tell us your story facebook.com/artbizcoach/po…

Being Organized

If you schedule a lot of appointments with students or clients, I recommend @timetrade It’s a life saver for us!

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Your Life’s Work: The Artist's Retrospective

Virginia Folkestad discovers insights into her life’s work by using a visual timeline.

A retrospective is an exhibition that shows off the entire oeuvre of an artist’s career. Typically arranged chronologically and later in an artist’s life, retrospectives treat art viewers to the progression of the work in a single space.

I try to visit as many retrospectives as I can for artists I admire, which sometimes involves traveling and going out of my way as necessary. You never know when they will happen again since it’s difficult to borrow or gather the work in one place.

Retrospectives aren’t just for viewers. They provide an excellent opportunity for artists to examine their accomplishments.

Even without an art venue for your retrospective, you can take stock of your life’s work by creating a virtual retrospective.

Virginia Folkestad discovers insights into her life’s work by using a

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Trends In Website Design

The Art Biz Coach home page from January of 2005 looks dated with the small images, dense text, and out-of-control menu.

Is your website overdue for an overhaul?

It used to be cool to have a white website with a light gray font. It was even cooler if the font required a magnifying glass to read it.

This was the rage, oh, about 12 years ago. Then we realized how hard it is to read tiny pale fonts.

Artists also latched on to black backgrounds for their sites thinking it made the work “pop,” when it actually did the opposite: weighed down and overpowered the art. Black backgrounds with light text, we have discovered, are also notoriously difficult to read.

Things change. Are you adapting?

The Art Biz Coach home page from January of 2005 looks dated with the small images, dense text, and out-of-control menu.

The average age of Internet users has skyrocketed. Older eyes just don’t have the capabilities of younger

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Twitter Tweekly for June 1, 2014

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An annotated and curated list of my top tweets since May 17, 2014.

It’s okay if you don’t add dates to your artwork online, but do keep good records of dates

Like I always say . . . Trusting Yourself to Make Decisions Instead of Always Seeking Advice zite.to/1mLPUOW

A family contemplates The Wish by Helen Hiebert, a member of my Art Biz Incubator.

Bookstore opens Art store. Cool concept. hyperallergic.com/127842/booksel…

Email Subject Lines: 5 Tips to Attract Readers buff.ly/1nbVbSH < #artists please read this!

Hilarious! Online game lets you smash Ai Wei Wei vases aiweiwhoops.net

RT @ArtistTaraReed: SURTEX thoughts and musings – part 1 #surtex ht.ly/xeOa2 <insights if interested in #artlicensing

The Paradox of Art as Work – NYTimes.comow.ly/xgKxf < You really should read this

Selling & Promoting Art

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Taking Imperfect Action

Alyson Stanfield with students

You know that I’m all about action.

But I’m also about reading, researching, and learning, which is a good thing because my primary work is teaching. You have to learn before you can teach, although you’ll learn even more by teaching.

And there comes a time when you must stop the learning phase and start taking action – however imperfect it might be or however reticent you might feel.

Students at my workshop in Burlington, VT commit to taking action.

I think we stay in information-gathering mode rather than taking action for one of two reasons:

1. We’re afraid to make a mistake (failing). 2. We don’t have enough fire in the belly to get moving. We aren’t hungry enough.

Let’s look at these.

Go Ahead and Make Mistakes

You don’t learn simply by reading

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Powerful Questions That Lead to Progress

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Questions, when used in business planning, are more powerful than statements because they make us think and formulate our own answers. They encourage us to consider our situation, environment, abilities, and resources. See if any of these serve you at the moment.

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Twitter Tweekly for May 17, 2014

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An abbreviate list of my top tweets from the past two weeks since I’m away. Sometimes artists have awesome newsletters that I’d like to share with people. Try including an online link to yours. . . . Frieze Fair interpreted by @artadvocate huffingtonpost.com/paul-klein/buo…

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A Mission for Each of Your Social Media Channels

©Sherri Woodard Coffey, The Zebra in My Head. Weft-faced ikat, hand-dyed wool on cotton warp, 27.75 x 48.25 inches. Used with permission.)

“I am setting up a social media plan, and I am a little confused about how to use external sites (like Facebook, Twitter, etc.) in addition to my blog. . . . I feel like any update that I could post on Facebook, I’d also like to post on my blog. In other words, how can I avoid duplicate content everywhere?” – Sarah Good question for evaluating your social media strategy. Let’s establish from the get-go that there’s nothing wrong with duplicate content. Odds are quite slim that the same people would see the same content in all places.

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