Business of Art

Stage Fright, Perfection, Flow, Teaching, and Art

Stage Fright, Perfection, Flow, Teaching, and Art

Stage fright has been part of my life for as long as I can remember.  It’s very selective.  I’m fine in front of a crowd of thousands, especially in halls where the lights are on me and I can’t see the faces of anyone past the first row or two… and even they are too(…)

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Art and the Economics of Giving

Art and the Economics of Giving

Are your usual fans in a temporary financial jam? In recent years, that’s been sadly commonplace. The fact is, as of 2011, Half of Americans don’t have $2000 for a rainy day. In an emergency, even with 30 days to come up with $2000, only 25% of Americans are sure they could beg, borrow or(…)

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Copyright, Flickr and Google Images

Copyright, Flickr and Google Images

Well, my recents posts on the topic of copyright — especially related to Flickr and Google Images — seem to have opened a can of worms. I did a little more research so I could refer people to the best resources & opinions I could find. Here they are: Flickr photos and images are not(…)

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Copyright and Free, Royalty-Free Resources… again!

Copyright and Free, Royalty-Free Resources… again!

Many people — perhaps most people online today — aren’t aware of how copyright laws apply to what’s on the Internet. I know no one who deliberately breaks copyright laws.  They’re just misinformed, or misguided by how they see copyright laws ignored online. Often, people believe that anything online is okay to borrow, at least(…)

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Spam and Negative Reviews

Spam and Negative Reviews

This morning, an email advised me that my website has one or more “negative reviews” and I can pay a business to counter the negative effects of those reviews. In other words, another company (and probably a dozen or so) have launched a new campaign to create anxiety among website owners.  Ick. If you receive(…)

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In Business? Who Are You Reading?

Are you a professional artist, or launching an art career? Whether you’re a gallery veteran or simply considering selling your art, it’s vital to remain current about the art field as well as business trends in general. So… who are you reading, to stay current? One of the most important recent books is Seth Godin’s(…)

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Required Reading for Working Artists

You can earn a living as an artist.  Really. If you’re not a happy, full-time artist earning at least a good living in art, here’s the most important thing you can do: Subscribe to Art Calendar. Here’s what I recently wrote in my Squidoo lens about Art Careers. If you want to earn a living(…)

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Magpie logic

I’ve been completely redesigning my office/studio this week. The room is a normal bedroom size, about 12′ x 12′, and it serves two important purposes:  I write in this room, and I create art here. Writing The writing requires lots & lots of reference books within easy reach.  I write on a variety of topics(…)

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Cheap Art Manifesto

Many years ago during the hippie era, we dreamed of a free society where everyone had access to what’s important in life… including art. The following flyer, distributed by the Bread & Puppet Theater, is a classic example of our dreams. The date on this flyer is (ironically?) 1984 — when the hippie movement was(…)

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You’ve never seen art like this

Years ago, when I worked in fashion in Los Angeles, a co-worker at the May Company told a great story about a desperate ad campaign. He’d had just a few hours to write a newspaper ad for the ugliest argyle socks ever made. He wrote this headline: “You’ve never seen socks like these!” The socks(…)

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