11 Ways to Work Through Your Grief and Return to the Studio

Barbara Muir painting

For artists making art is life’s main goal, so what happens when we quit producing? When my 13-year-old dog died in September, I thought I’d hit the depths of sadness. Then my mother died in October, and I was suddenly sidelined by my own grief. The direct result of losing someone or something you love is profound grief. And that hollow, meaningless feeling that accompanies loss does not lead to art. Yet we know art is the answer. [...]

Clarity

planning photo

My word for 2014 is clarity. I didn’t sit down and randomly select a word or force it. I paid attention to what’s going on in my life. I listened to what I was asking for. I have been feeling a little discombobulated and even unsure about how I can best serve you. In the last few months, I found myself repeatedly asking for clarity in specific situations. [...]

Twitter Tweekly for November 17 2013

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Just in case you missed these tweets from my fingertips >>> 50 tips for free publicity via @PublicityHound pinterest.com/publicityhound… New pics of Art Biz Makeover day 2 at facebook.com/media/set/?set… Artist shares how she turned real-estate article into a mention of her art artistmarketingguide.com/1/post/2013/11… [...]

Twitter Tweekly for November 3 2013

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6 Tips for Recovering Your Focus

iZoar-Focus

I’ve been thinking a lot about Focus lately – enough that it deserves a capital “F.” It’s not that I’ve never written about focus, but it seems more critical than ever to remove ourselves from the chatter of social media, family squabbles, and needy pets. We have to give ourselves space to focus on a project. [...]

There’s Only One Way to Fail

only one way to fail

I run my life and my business as if I have never failed. I never thought about failure until I asked people on the Art Biz Blog about the role of failure in their art practices. It might seem strange to you that I have never, until now, considered failure, but it’s true. True failure is rare. It’s more likely that one experiences disappointment or dissatisfaction. [...]

4 Moves To Ignite The Passion For Your Art Business

©Frances Vettergreen, One Hundred. Oil and wax on panel, 36 x 36 inches. Used with permission

Is that the sound of July 4th fireworks I hear? Or is your art business on fire? I would love to hear that it’s your business – that you are Hot – Hot – Hot for what you have to share with the world. If you’re only hearing fireworks outside your walls and not inside your head and heart, there are four things you should do – and keep doing – to ignite the passion for your art business. [...]

Beware of Poisonous Relationships

poison

The second principle of no-excuse self-promotion, according to I’d Rather Be in the Studio is: “Connections are critical to your success. To succeed, you must make an effort to meet new people and to maintain relationships.” But not all connections are equal. Some connections can be detrimental to your art, your emotional well-being, and your growth. [...]

Rejection Rituals

Girl covering her eyes with her hands

One of my Art Biz Bootcampers recently asked a question of our group that I think deserves a bigger stage. Deep Thought: Do you have any rituals around rejections? Maybe something involving screaming, hiding, crying, or throwing things? [...]

Empowering Art Viewers

That’s me looking at Mel Ristau’s sculpture inside a locked building.

One of the most valuable things you can do in your marketing is to teach people how to look at and appreciate your art. It’s not just good for you, but a gift that will last throughout the lives of those who experience it. I learned long ago when I worked in a museum that teaching people how to look at art empowers them and gives them confidence. Teaching people how to look at art empowers them and gives them confidence. Empowering them with skills is invaluable – to both you and them. [...]