How to Use iPhoto + 1 App for Your Art Inventory and Exhibition Entries

All artwork ©Elaine Luther.

Were you, like me, crushed when FileMaker discontinued Bento? I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t prepared to restart the search for new inventory software. Instead, I asked, how I can maximize what I’m using already?

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In the Service of Society < Deep Thought

Marina Abramovic from MoMA video

Artists have to be the servant to society. – Marina Abramovic. Discuss.

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Are These 4 Time-Stealers Robbing You of a Successful Art Career?

©July Cady Ryan, The Time Stealer. Acrylic, 12 x 12 inches. Used with permission.

A student in my Art Biz Bootcamp asked last week on a coaching call, “Where do you find the time?” After I gave him my answers and we hung up from the call, I thought: There’s no such thing as finding time. We have time. It’s up to us how we choose to use it. Then I thought about time bandits. I came up with four big things that rob us of that time.

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Twitter Tweekly for March 9, 2014

@abstanfield on Twitter

My top tweets from the past couple of weeks @abstanfield. >>> You might benefit fr this intvw I did with @nordicArtists nordicartists.com/alyson-stanfie… Art is the worst performing collectible fw.to/gObQ3hkContinue Reading…

Turn On Your Cell Phones

Ayn Hanna and Barbara Gilhooly at the Visionary Art Museum. Photo courtesy the artists and used with permission.

What if, instead of worrying about everyone with a cell phone camera in front of your art, you encouraged taking photos and sharing? Don’t dismiss this right away. Let me explain. On two occasions I have witnessed audiences embrace a speaker or situation that encouraged photography. Here’s how those went down.

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New to Art Biz Coach and Art Biz Blog?

artist video lessons

The Art Biz Blog is the blog for Art Biz Coach, which offers services and products to help artists build profitable businesses. One of my goals for Art Biz Coach over the next year or so is to simplify and streamline. I want to make it easy for new visitors to figure out where they should go on my sites. If you’re new here, I offer 6 tips for finding your way through the 2400+ posts as well as the artist services and products.

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Your Job Is In the Studio

Don Sahli’s still life set-up in his studio. Photo courtesy the artist and used with permission.

I work every day to give you solid business advice through my blog, classes, social media posts, membership programs, and this newsletter. This is not only my job, it’s also my purpose. I don’t write about how you can improve your technique, try fresh materials on the market, or remove creative blocks. Your #1 job as a professional artist is to be working consistently in the studio.

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Twitter Tweekly for February 23 2014

@abstanfield on Twitter

I’ve been riding the stationary bike every morning, which means I have time to catch up on reading. I found some good stuff to tweet during the past couple of weeks. Here are the best of them. Craft Artist Income Survey: Income survey of craft artists – good to know craftemergency.org/outreach/repor… via @craftemergency . . .

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Resilience: An Interview with Mark McGuinness

The bigger the dream the bigger the fear

Last summer I had the pleasure of interviewing Mark McGuinness, author of Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism on the Road to Success. Originally recorded for my members in the Art Biz Incubator, I am able to share this interview now that my members have benefited from it for a number of months.

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How Artists Can Apply Youtility Marketing

chisel

Jay Baer, author of Youtility: Why Smart Marketing Is About Help, Not Hype, says “If you sell something, you make a customer today. If you help someone, you may create a customer for life. Artists are often left out in the cold with marketing practices that seem to be suggested for more service- or product-oriented businesses. You can create resources for your buyers and collectors, students, other artists, and/or your local community, which are as helpful to them as your tools are to you.

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