How to deal with criticism –some funny clips in this helpful video:
How to deal with criticism –some funny clips in this helpful video:
I don’t know about you, but I’m eagerly anticipating the first signs of warm spring weather–and hoping that it will come soon! Over the years, providing resources for visual artists, I’ve noticed that many artists do a big push to submit their art in April and May each year, and then again in September and October. In anticipation of that early Spring art submissions push that many artist do, now through the end of March I’m offering 3 submission resource lists for $30.
That’s right, for the entire month of March, any 3 resource list for only $30. — just let me know which 3 you want in an email to, Marie Kazalia, at: MarieKazalia@gmail.com . I’ll send you a PayPal invoice (or a Google Pay invoice if you prefer). Once you pay the invoice I will send you the 3 PDF Resource lists you selected. This offer includes my ebook as well. This offer is only valid in the month of March. Select 3 from the list below–
1. International Art Gallery list PDF (170 pages) normally 19.95, only $10. with this offer.
2. Art Licensing companies, artist agents and artist representatives list PDF: (173 pages) normally $19.95, only $10. with this offer.
3. Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions ebook (90 pages) normally $21.95, only $10. with this offer.
4. Directory of Art Consultants PDF (over 200 pages) normally $19.95, only $10. with this offer.
5. 1,100+ Places to Sell Your Art PDF list (60 pages) normally $19.95, only $10. with this offer.
I’ve been working on these lists for over 4 years–and continue to research, expand, edit and update each PDF resource list.
To get an idea of what these lists are like, take a look at the free new list I’m giving away–
The Art Magazines and Publications list PDF: is currently only about 15 pages of links, but in a similar format as the large lists above.
On February 2nd, I posted news of the upcoming Houzz webinars. Yesterday, on the 4th, I attended one of the webinars hosted by the Houzz Marketing Manager. The webinar lasted about 20 minutes, and consisted of by a slide presentation to illustrate each point verbally presented. There was no sales pitch, as with many webinars–it was simply a how-to on improving your Houzz profile.
I thought I would share a couple of points from her presentation:
Houzz has 12 million monthly site users and 90% are home owners interested in home decor. There seems to be a great deal of interest in the work of the artists who do have profiles and post art images on Houzz. Artists can set up a free account with unlimited upload of images.
When adding your images, select your 5 best and designate them cover photos. Those five images then appear in the Professional Directory in a montage associated with your individual profile.
If you need information on How To do anything within your Houzz account, go to http://info.houzz.com/howtohouzz where you will find recorded webinars. Or for direct one-on-one assistance, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, visit the How-To Houzz Tumblr blog http://howtohouzz.tumblr.com
Click, send, deliver your gift of the ebook Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions to your artist friends this year. Do you have an artist in your family? Give them the ebook Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions using the new Give as a Gift option on Smashwords.
Here’s how it works:
Dear [Giftee’s name]:
[Your name, as listed in your Smashwords profile] has given you a gift of the ebook “Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions” by Marie Kazalia on Smashwords! To pick up your gift, please click the following link, or copy it and paste it into your web browser:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/55939 (the full link will give them access to the book contents)
If you already have an account on Smashwords.com (we’ll prompt you to log in, if necessary) you’ll have instant access to this book. If you don’t have an account on Smashwords, you will be asked to create one — don’t worry, it’s easy and free!
We hope you enjoy your gift!
The Smashwords Team
Here’s how to read Smashwords ebooks!Step 1: Click to the book page by clicking on the book title above.
Step 2: You’ll be prompted to log in to your Smashwords account. If you don’t yet have an account, you’ll be prompted to create one. It’s quick and free to create an account. Sign up, we’ll send you a confirmation e-mail, click the hyperlink in the e-mail and you’re in. Come join hundreds of thousands of readers around the world who use Smashwords to discover, purchase and read over 90,000 ebooks!
Step 3: Once you’re logged in, your gift will be saved for you and you will be able to click to get your book (or click to your Library to find your book) and click the download format you prefer.
Step 4: Read! Here’s our FAQ on how to download Smashwords ebooks to any device: https://www.smashwords.com/about/supportfaq#Reading.
Plus–We send a copy of the gift e-mail to you the gifter as well, so that if for some reason your giftee doesn’t get the e-mail, you can pass it along to them yourself.
Many artists hard at work making multiple submissions weekly may send email to an art publishing company, for example, requesting their submission policy and guidelines. In the email subject line should the artist type Artist Inquiry or Artist Enquiry? Which is correct?
According to the Grammar Monster entry on inquiry vs enquiry, in both the USA and UK they are interchangeable words. However, in the UK the word inquiry denotes an investigation, while the word enquiry refers to a question asked.
In the USA, the word inquiry is more widely used and often the word enquiry is thought to be a misspelling of the word inquiry.
So, in practice, enquire and enquiry are more common in British English, and inquire and inquiry are more common in American English. This usage difference may be something to consider to help smooth over differences when doing business internationally. Little things can matter. Also, consider that Australia, India, South Africa, Hong Kong still commonly use British English, while American English may generally be preferred in other parts of the world, such as in Japan, S. Korea, Philippines, and Mexico. In Canada, it may be case by case–some use British English, some American English. When sending email to an arts professional in the USA perhaps it is best to use inquiry to avoid the appearance of a misspelled word. When sending an email to an arts professional in the UK you may want to use the preferred enquiry.
Artists, do you want feedback from your website visitors but are unsure how to create interactions? Do you wonder how visitors to your website feel about your site design, or the over-all look of your site and ease of navigation?
If you are trying to come up with new ways to interact with your website visitors and gain feedback from them you might try your own version of a survey and giveaway (like in the example below). You could create a survey and send it to your mailing list or site subscribers, or post it to your blog. Perhaps you could ask for survey feedback and give one lucky winner an art print. I know these things may seem trite or corny, but everyone loves a giveaway! Giveaways generate excitement and interactions.
A few months ago, I received sample art canvases from a manufacturer to review on my blog. I liked the quality and price of the canvases so I asked the manufacturer to do a giveaway on my blog. Yes, one of our blog readers, in our very own Artist Marketing Resources blog giveaway, received a free canvas shipped to them at no cost by the manufacturer. Our blog post and giveaway offer created enough of a buzz that the manufacturer was pleased and offered to do another giveaway with us in the future.
You could also set up a giveaway with an art supplier or manufacturer in exchange for a similar small promotional campaign.
As a giveaway, you can do this one-on-one. Contact an individual at an art and design company and offer placement of their logo on your site (for a set amount of time) in exchange for a review of your site and their professional feedback for improving your site design and navigation. These sorts of exchanges are commonly done.
You can also offer logo placement on your site or blog to art suppliers or manufacturers in exchange for artist materials.
I received this survey recently, with a giveaway offer:
Artspecifier and Photospecifier needs your help.
Please take a few minutes and complete the attached evaluation/survey.
By so doing you will be assisting us in serving you better.
When you submit your completed evaluation, you will be entered into a lottery to win a lovely dinner for two in the city you live in! It is that simple.
We thank you for your valuable contribution and for being an integral part of creating vibrant, creative communities.
Just a few years ago, getting an app made featuring your artwork for viewing on iPhone was a major project and expense. You had to hire an expert with the right software and pay them thousands of dollars. According to experts, iPhone users shop on their phones, but also, perhaps surprisingly, they read books on their iPhones. So there are more sales of ebooks to iPhone users than to Kindle Amazon users. Visibility on the economically upper-levels of iPhone owners and users pays, but at that time may not have been worth the investment for many artists
Even very recently, I noticed a company promoting on Facebook–they create an app of your artist website for iPhone and Smartphone for just under $800.USD. While that price offer is better than the thousands it used to cost for such an app, I have even better news. Now you can get an app featuring your artwork free, at Conduit Mobile http://mobilecp.conduit.com
You can create a mobile-friendly version of your website in minutes.
It’s true! I tried it. I entered my URL and the rest was completely automated. About two minutes later my app was ready.
Conduit Mobile also helps you promote your app and site to get more mobile users with their set of promotional tools and tips.
So you may have to invest some time into learning how best to promote you new app.
Lena Levin shares instructions on how to create photo albums of your art on Google + :
If you add photos not from the main Google+ page, but from the “Photos” tab, you can do either of two things:
1. Add one or several photos from your computer and create a new album out of them; after you have done that, Google+ automatically offers you to share (at which point you can add some text to make a post to accompany the photos). If there are three photos or less, the post will include a “panel” with all of them; if there are more, it will show a panel with the first three.
2. Essentially the same thing happens if you add your photos to one of your already existing albums: Google+ offers you to share, and, by default, it will include in the post only newly added photos: if there are three or less, they will be all visible together, in a panel.
The latter option works better if you have “thematic” albums — in this way, if someone clicks on a photo to view a larger version, they might also browse the whole album (note: if you click “Photos” from my profile, you will see that I have lots of such albums). It works as a “gentle nudge” to the followers to browse more of your work. 🙂 Quite often, this really happens — I see that someone goes through the older images and adds “+1″s or comments.
And it also offers those willing to share your work to their followers an option to share a whole album, rather than a single post or a single image.
I cannot give you links, because I am figuring this all myself, more or less (especially because they rather frequently change how it all works… :).
Lena Levin’s website is www.lenalevin.com.
Course Is Based on NYFA’s Book The Profitable Artist
NEW YORK and NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Are you an artist who, having mastered your craft, now finds that your career has hit a wall? Do you have a specific project or goal that you want to accomplish but lack the resources?
Artists from all disciplines facing these challenges will learn everything they need to know about how to plan and organize their careers through the new online course entitled “The Profitable Artist.”
The course, from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, is based on the book The Profitable Artist, which was published last year by Artspire, an online community that supports artists and is a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). The new course is taught by NYFA’s team of professionals and focuses on the essential topics related to entrepreneurship in the arts, and debuts in October of 2012. Expert presenters will lead students through important subjects like:
* Strategic Planning in the Arts
* Financial Management and Budgeting
* Legal Issues for Artists
* Marketing in the Arts
* Fundraising for Artists
By the end of this course, artists will have built an action plan for their career or project, and will have developed the skills needed to execute it.
“NYFA has initiated a number of programs to help artists learn how to be business people and entrepreneurs, so that they can concentrate on what is most important – their work,” said Michael Royce of NYFA. “This new course is another avenue designed to help artists, regardless of background, career level and art from, achieve this critical goal.”
Space is limited, so for registration and more information, please visit: http://www.masongross.rutgers.edu/content/profitable-artist
For questions about the curriculum or course specifics, please email email@example.com
Whether you sign up to the above course or not, Artist Marketing Resources provides über economical resources to compliment your plan of action.
International Art Gallery PDF list http://artistmarketingresources.webs.com/apps/webstore/products/show/2969593
Art Licensing contact list PDF: http://artistmarketingresources.webs.com/apps/webstore/products/show/2969565
Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions ebook http://artistmarketingresources.webs.com/apps/webstore/products/show/2969635
Directory of Art Consultants http://artistmarketingresources.webs.com/apps/webstore/products/show/2969601
900+ Places to Sell your Art http://artistmarketingresources.webs.com/apps/webstore/products/show/2969611
Thanks to artist Harriete Estel Berman for creating and sharing this series of SlideShare presentations on the best methods of packing your art for shipping to buyers and exhibitions.
Some artists openly comment on their reference materials–such as Shepard Fairy who has used vintage Russian posters as resources for his art-making.
Many other artists wish to keep their reference sources hidden. Perhaps with some digging, you can uncover some of the obscure images for your personal use within the United States Library of Congress in Washington DC– a massive collection that comprises tens of millions of books and manuscripts as well as 15 million prints and photographs. The good news is that the images are free to download.
Through the website you have access to the online catalog Prints and Photographs that consists of 69 very diverse collections, including 18th century British cartoons, 19th century American baseball cards, old Japanese prints, theater posters, black and white photographs of the Middle East, promotional posters from the First World War and of course beautiful pictures of recent American history.
Unfortunately, not all collections are accessible online. But the images of the collections that are available are often very large TIFF files for download, making them perfect for large format printing.
How do you go about a search within such a massive collection? If you only want large images, here is a research tip. Once you click on one of the 69 collections, you are taken to a page “About this collection” in the left column. Above is ‘View All’. If you click on *view All*, you will be shown all the images. If you select the check box ‘Larger image available’, only the large files come up.
Need to get better organized to increase your sales? Art Butler is a software to organize your art. Art Butler turns ten years old this month and offers 50% off their regular prices as part of their anniversary celebration.
This free guide, released in partnership with Outdoor Photographer magazine, Selling Nature Photography explores how successful nature photographers have built their businesses and the secrets to getting the attention of leading buyers. You’ll also discover the most popular avenues for selling nature photography today, and how personalizing your pitches could get you sales.
The PDF covers 4 main areas:
Get this Free 34 page PDF here . Painters, sculptors and all artists — reading this guide may spark ideas for making sales or help you polish your sales pitches for your artwork.
Painter Alessandro Brentel turned his online art portfolio into a sales event which he titled “100 ARTWORKS 1 ARTIST !!” The event offers one hundred of his paintings for sale in his Ebay Wikipediart online store. The artist invited buyers to attend the sale using Facebook event invitations. This is clever and perhaps the idea will work for you as well.
There is a co-op advertising opportunity in American Art Collector Magazine w/ Xanadu Gallery for a two page spread in the September issue of the publication. You can share your work with art collectors as part of this co-op ad for only $120.
Simple steps to participate:
If the ad is already sold out when you try to register you can try for stand by status by going to:
Only register for stand by status if you receive a message that the ad is sold out.
Artists who sign up for standby but don’t make it into this issue will automatically be placed in the next issue. In essence, signing up for Standby status guarantees you placement in the next ad.
|Upload your image to Xanadu Gallery website by going to:
Follow the instructions on the upload page to send us your image and information
Please Upload your Image As Soon as Possible to Guarantee Placement in the September Issue
Many American and European artists would like to tap into the Asian art market.
UK, German and American artists exhibit in Japan and several are represented by the Tokyo art gallery Tomio Koyama Gallery http://www.tomiokoyamagallery.com/en/
located in the popular Shibuya district of Tokyo. View the Tomio Koyama Gallery print editions, here: http://www.tomiokoyamagallery.com/editions_en/
To help artists with their research, we’ve put together an extensive list of international art galleries that current includes over 40 art galleries in Tokyo, Japan, with more researched and added continually.
Plus, we have over 40 Art Licensing Agents, Artist Reps, and Art Licensing Companies in Asia–in Japan, China/Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand–listed in our 150+ page Art Licensing PDF.
I’ve discovered an art gallery that is based in Europe and exhibits their artists all over the world–from New York to São Paulo–and guess what? They also sell their artists’ paintings from their website and offer limited edition print options too! And they have a great reputation and are well-respected in the artist community. So what are your waiting for…oh, that’s right, I didn’t give you that information.
And I didn’t give you that great art licensing site I just added to my 150 page PDF list–a site where lots of artists sell their art printed on various upscale home products and personal accessories.
Oh, and those great online art collectives and galleries I just updated to my gallery list of thousands of links.
Well, guess what again? Today is * no free samples* day here on the Artist Marketing Resources blog. That’s right. We’ve given away lots of information to you already since our start in February 2009. So today, if you want these great resources, and thousands of others gathered and researched over the years, (along with recent new additions to the list) it’s going to cost you $18.95.
That’s right–a collective share list of nearly one thousand places to sell your art is only $18.95! And that includes all future updates! Here is the link: http://artistmarketingresources.webs.com/
One artist said once–“Hey, I can go online and do my own research!” to which I replied, “Sure you can–and hundreds of hours and four years later you could have the equivalent list offered by Artist Marketing Resources. If you calculate your time and effort at $20. per hour plus expenses, you’d rather invest over $20,ooo.00 rather than pay $18.95 for the same information? Plus, for only $18.95 you have all the links together in one PDF and you have access to them right away. (Creating the PDF took a lot of time! I’m an artist and I know how much time and effort it takes to research this stuff! And I know how artists just love sitting for hours and hours in front of their computers doing clerical work! NOT!)
So, it’s up to you! What do you want to do?
(Mona is smiling because she knows which way to go on this one.)
There are many variations on similar scams targeting artists. Many artists wonder how these sorts of scam works. Even owners of large artist sites have been asking how the scam works. Well, an artist named Judy played the scam out far enough to get a check and explains the scam below:
I frequently post Calls for Artists to Submit on this blog. Two days ago, I posted information about a fine art publishing company that is currently accepting submissions from artists.
Artists asked—How do I submit? Where can I find info on how to submit my artwork to art licensing companies?
Yes, you are on the right track by asking questions! Art licensing companies receive many submissions daily. It is important to make a professional looking submission. Why? If an artist submission is sloppy the company representative reviewing submissions may deleted it! Yes, this is true. In your art licensing submission it is important that specific words are used, or your submission may be deleted. Why? Because professionals in this industry do not have a lot of time to educate artists. It is up to the artist to find out the correct approach before contacting the companies about their artwork.
You will find information on the correct ways to make submissions in my ebook the Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions. The ebook format gives artists immediate access to the information they need.
Visual artists, the Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions contains tips, 100’s of resource links, and cover letters for you to adapt and use for making your own submissions, in any media, to get your art viewed by art licensing company reps, fine art publishers, art gallerists, museum curators, corporate art consultants, and others in positions to help you take the next step up in your art career. Artists use the information in this book to create their own opportunities and income streams that will support your art-making practice.
The sample letters in this ebook are based on actual letters used to obtain solo exhibitions, lucrative art licensing contracts, representation with top artist agencies, and contracts for lucrative Giclee print sales internationally. Adapt and use the cover letters in this ebook to make your own submissions.
Copyright Marie Kazalia 2011
ebook: 90 pages
My past three posts on ways for artists to cut costs, included– how to make your own paints, buying fine art paper in bulk and how to make your own pastels. What I like about the tips I have shared is that quality is never sacrificed. In fact, if you make your own paints with pure quality pigments and binders you may improve the quality of your studio paints since the paints you make yourself will not contain the additives or fillers that some manufacturers use.
In part 4, on ways to cut costs, I am bypassing retail and going directly to fine artist paint manufacturers.
C.A.S. paints is a manufacturer of high quality artist alkyd oil paints located near Chicago. They are a smaller manufacturer that has grown in recent years and you can now buy C.A.S. alkyd paints from large retail suppliers such Blick. I first purchased C.A.S. paints a few years ago during one of their dented tube sales. From time to time C.A.S. offers dented tubes of paint at greatly discounted prices. I order several dented tubes and when they arrived I looked them over– all had only the smallest and most minor dents. When I used their paint I was impressed by the quality. When C.A.S. decided to stop producing their oil paint line to manufacturer alkyd oil paints exclusively they wanted to clear their shelves of their oil paint stock. I purchased several pints of their richly pigmented oil paints at about 1/3 the price. Sign up for their newsletter to receive notification of dented paint tube sales. Also, C.A.S. has sought artists to demonstrate their paints. Perhaps this is an opportunity that will work for you. There is an upcoming C.A.S. paint demonstration scheduled at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Check the C.A.S. website for details.
If you live in the Los Angeles area, Nova Color Paint, a manufacturer of artist acrylics, has a factory store where you can buy discount acrylic paint supplies. Perhaps a paint manufacturer near you offers discounts you don’t even know about.
Some fine art oil paint manufacturers: Archival Oils,Blockx, Daniel Smith, David Davis Oils,Gamblin,Grumbacher, Holbein Artists’ Oil Colors, Lapis Arts Oils, LeFranc & Bourgeois Oils, Liquitex Oil Colors,Maimeri Oils, Old Holland, Rembrandt Oil Colours,Rowney Oils, Schmincke Mussini Resin Oil Colours, Sennelier, Shiva Oils, Utrecht Oil Colors, Williamsburg Oil Paints,Winsor & Newton Oils & Alkyds,Yarka Oils
Some acrylic fine art paint manufacturers: Atelier Interactive, Brera(Maimeri),Daler-Rowney, Daniel Smith,Golden, Grumbacher, Lascaux, Liquitex, Matisse, M. Graham & Co., Sennelier, Schmincke,Utrecht, Windsor & Newton