1. The janitor who cleans your gallery or apartment lobby.
2. The housekeeper who does good work, so that you can focus on your good work.
3. The gardener and lawn mower who tend to the outside of your space.
4. The tech person who was so patient with you when you thought the world was falling apart.
5. The person at the shipping company who “gets” that your art needs white-glove treatment.
6. The mail carrier who delivers important correspondence and packages.
7. The coffee shop owner who lets you mooch wifi for two hours in exchange for a $5 cuppa joe.
Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving – surrounded by people you love and filled with yummy food.
Here’s a no-calorie feast just for your eyes.
©Sylvia Tucker, Onions with Copper Bowl. Oil, 12 x 16 inches. Used with permission.
©Sarah Atlee, Lunch at Sakagura. Acrylic and colored pencil on paper, 22 x 22 inches. Used with permission.
©Jonathan Meter, Shishito Peppers with Lime. Photograph. Used with permission.
©Richard Hall, Heirlooms. Oil, 36 x 34 inches. Used with permission.
©2010 Karin Olah, Newton’s Daydream. Fabric, gouache, acrylic, and graphite on canvas, 36 x 12 inches. Used with permission.
©Sarah B. Hansen, Sunshine in a Box. Watercolor on Plexiglas, 30 x 22 inches. Used with permission.
Please share your gratitudes in a comment or even a link to your own
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 . . .
I’m grateful for artists like Colleen Attara and Heather Davulcu who bring such enthusiasm to my workshops.
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.
Thank you for reading the Art Biz Blog. I am grateful that you trust me.
I appreciate your ideas and all of the inspiration you provide me.
What’s on your mind these days? I hope you’ll leave your ideas for content in the comments below. I can’t promise anything except that I’ll listen to your needs and consider your input.
Today’s newsletter has 21+ people to be grateful for in your life and includes ways to express your gratitude. If you don’t receive the newsletter already, you can subscribe
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.