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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Gift Ideas for Your Special Art Patrons

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The holidays make us think about giving gifts to those who are important to us, so don’t forget your most important buyers and collectors. Here are a few ideas for themed kits you can use as patron gifts. Notice how, depending on your selections, you can spend next-to-nothing on these.

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In Praise of the Handwritten Thank-You Note

Expressing my gratitude for you.

You can set yourself apart from other artists by sending handwritten thank-you notes in the mail. Every Thanksgiving I try to write something about gratitude. This year I want to remind you of the value of writing a note, addressing an envelope, attaching a stamp, and sticking it in the mail.

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You Are So Lucky

As insane as an inbox can get when neglected, I can’t imagine running a successful business without email. I am grateful for email!

Next time you feel like complaining about all you have to do to build your business, remember the marketing tools (most of them free or inexpensive) that you have at your disposal. Be grateful for everything you have available to help you share your art with the world.

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Are You Walking the Talk?

In his keynote at the World Domination Summit, Chris Brogan said almost in passing: It’s not who you say you are, it’s what you do. I have a few thoughts on how you might ensure that what you do is more important than who you say you are.

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We’re Darn Lucky

We’re lucky to be artists. We’re lucky we can make and share our work with the world. We’re lucky we can inspire, move, compel, question. But we’re luckiest when . . .

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Thank You for Your Inspiration

Colleen Attara, Alyson, and Heather Davulcu

Thank you to my readers! I do what I do because I believe that art should have an elevated role in our crazy world, and art wouldn’t exist without artists.

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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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Uncommonly Grateful

©2008 Ann Marquis, Golden Pears. Acrylic on canvas.

During this Thanksgiving holiday, take a moment to acknowledge a debt of gratitude for all you have. Here, let me help you get started with your list.

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Art Marketing Action + Podcast: Give a Gift from the Heart

If you’re too caught up in trying to promote and sell your art, now is a great time to take a break. Invoke the spirit of the season. Slow down, open your heart, and think of others this week. Here are five ways to give the gift of generosity.

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