16 Ways to Demonstrate Your Art Has Value

Sarah Snavely demonstrates how she packs her sculpture – securely and professionally. Image used with permission.

Sometimes we get sloppy and forget that everything we do and say around our work affects how others perceive it. You teach people how to treat you and your art. Make sure you’re sending the right signals. Here are 16 things to consider.

15 Steps to Take After Completing Your Artwork

Kerry Thompson, Café Friends Nursery

On the heels of last week’s post about the importance of systems link to last week, here’s a system framework inspired by a question from Kerry Thompson.

What do you do after you’ve finished a work?

©2011 Kerry Thompson, Café Friends Nursery. Acrylic on cotton canvas, 61 x 77 centimeters

Finish the Details

The work shouldn’t be considered complete until you do the following with the physical piece.

Sign it! Sign your art wherever you can, and however you do it best. Add the date on the front, back, or underneath – where and when it’s appropriate for your medium. Many artists don’t like to date their work on the front because it doesn’t look as fresh. That’s fine, but date it somewhere. Dating is a way that helps you claim credit for copyright and will be used by

Separate Your Business from Your Personal Finances

When you decide to turn your art into a business, separate your financial records. Open a business checking account, order a credit or debit card, keep separate files, and be diligent about tracking your expenses.

5 Reasons to Title Your Art

Mary Susan Vaughn, Hope Road

Are the titles of your artworks working for you? Do they help people relate to your art? Do they at least cause viewers to stop and think, “Hmmm . . . I wonder what that means”? There are five very good reasons for spending time on your titles.

Art Marketing Action Podcast: 5 Reasons to Title Your Art

Audio version of the post with the same name. Don’t neglect titling your art. Titles can help people find you, writers write about you, and help you distinguish among your works.

Conservation of Your Artwork: Intent and Keeping Records

Future generations have no idea what your intent was in making a piece of art. You have to spell it out if it isn’t obvious. If you want your work preserved in a museum one day, make a conservator happy. Keep notes about your working materials, techniques, and intent.

Deep Thought Thursday: Bookkeeping and Other Sexy Subjects

Do artists need both financial software and inventory software? Or is there a single solution that can do everything? I think you need both, but I’m willing to be proved wrong. Share your thoughts.