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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You Are Not Your Art

Julie Anderson artist

One of my coaching mentors used to say that she couldn’t separate business coaching from personal coaching. “It’s all personal,” she would say. If you read enough business motivation, you will come across attempts to help coach you through rejection and criticism with some form of the following. . . . “You are not your business.” . . .

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Get Over Blog Envy and Learn to Love Your Blog Again

Janice McDonald Collage

Guest blogger Cynthia Morris writes: “There’s a certain someone in my field who has a huge following. This certain someone also has a great blog. I found myself constantly referring to the blog as an example of what a good blog should be. And I admit it, I had blog envy. . . . ”

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Artist Donations: Testing the Limits of Your Love

©Andie Freeman, Fragile Heart. Oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches. Private collection. Used with permission.

All artists are, at some point, asked to donate their work for a good cause. Most artists have soft hearts and want to help out anyone who asks. You need to be prepared with a response that reflects your boundaries while educating those doing the asking.

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Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Book Review

Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, a book of 40 artist essays edited by Sharon Louden.

I highly recommend the book Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, a book of 40 artist essays edited by Sharon Louden. From these successful artists, you’ll discover: You are not alone . . . The life of an artist doesn’t get easier with success. More people depend on you as you add to your list of obligations . . .

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Twitter Tweekly for February 9 2014

@abstanfield on Twitter

This Tweekly seems particularly juicy – my best tweets from the past two weeks. >>> Take Two – Preparing for Baltimore < big show insight fr @lisacall zite.to/1d50Yhm . . . A little gem about shipping/insuring #art internationally in this articlemetroframe.com/blog/2014/01/m… Fun! @amanthat studio makeover amanthatsaros.com/2/post/2014/01… also very impressive

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The Mythological Artist Rep

Tracy Miller represents herself and other artists through her gallery in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

If you become an effective artist rep, the world is your oyster. Many artists will be knocking at your door. You might find them lining up in the comments here. And I will want to interview you to see how you made it happen. I’m not saying it can’t happen. I’m just skeptical.

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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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