187 Tips for Artists: How to Create a Successful Art Career--and Have Fun in the Process!

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9780974653303: 187 Tips for Artists: How to Create a Successful Art Career--and Have Fun in the Process!

In one handy volume, here are 187 easy ways for you to become a more successful artist. Inside, award-winning artist and art coach Kathy Gulrich shares some of her most insightful, and helpful, artist tips. You'll learn how to:

- Get your bio, artist statement, and resume finished once and for all
- Get your artwork into galleries and shows
- Keep your collectors coming back for more
- Develop - and learn from - your artist community
- Organize your studio - and yourself
- Be even more creative!

187 Tips For Artists is perfect for the artist who wants to get off to a great start - and the seasoned artist who's looking for an extra edge. No matter where you are in your art career, you'll find down-to-earth, practical artist tips that will help you become more successful - starting today!

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About the Author:

When not creating her own art, Kathy coaches other artists, helping them deal with the sometimes overwhelming business of art – easily. How? She breaks it all down into simple, easy-to-follow steps – then adds her ongoing structure and support.

Her most unique qualification may be that she, too, is an emerging artist. She’s out there, every day, putting herself – and her artwork – on the line. And she’s proven that she knows how to do it successfully – by treating art as a business.

Kathy brings nearly twenty years experience as teacher, corporate trainer, and workshop leader to her coaching practice. And she often draws on the business skills she gained in her many years as Creative Director for leading advertising agencies in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Milan.

Kathy holds a BA degree from Rutgers University, NJ, and earned her MEd from West Chester College in Pennsylvania. She is a member of the International Association of Coaches, and the owner of smART Business Coaching, New York. Today, Kathy works out of her studio located in a beautiful 150-year-old brownstone in midtown Manhattan.

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Introduction:

Virtually every time I chat with an artist, when the subject of business comes up, I hear pretty much the same thing: "I don't know where to start," or "I really hate spending time on it."

It's not that surprising, really. Many artists who are very creative and successful at their art get a bit overwhelmed by the business of art. And that's one of the reasons I decided to write this book.

The way I look at it, there's absolutely nothing to be overwhelmed about.

In fact, I think the business of art can actually be quite EASY - if you break it down into simple steps, and get the support and encouragement you need along the way.

And I'll even take it a step further. Taking care of the business side of art doesn't mean you can't have fun. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Once you start getting the business stuff under your belt, all that's left is fun!

Want to see for yourself? Here's my challenge:

Each day, for the next 30 days, choose just one tip from this book, and do it.

You don't need to start at the beginning. In fact, you can jump around as much as you like. Just do one action, every day, for one month. No matter which tips you choose, I'm willing to bet you'll be a much happier - and much more successful - artist!

Ssmple Tips from Section 1:

NAME your paintings.
Do you want to own a painting named "untitled?" I certainly don't. Give your paintings titles that your buyers can respond to. Use titles that will make them smile, help them understand your thoughts, or tune into the emotion of the piece more quickly and easily. Titles help your collectors relate to your work, and show them how much you care about each painting.

WRITE your bio.
You can do it in less than an hour if you write just a sentence or two that answers each of these questions: How did you get started? What are you doing now (broad view)? What's your work all about (medium, technique, etc.)? What are your major accomplishments (awards, articles, recognitions) so far? Where did you study, and what degrees do you hold? That's it. Do it now!

DECIDE whether to price your artwork framed, matted, or unframed.
If how your artwork is framed is very important to you, you may want to sell your work framed. Also, works on paper often look much better framed - or nicely matted. However you decide to go, be sure to add the cost of matting and framing to the selling price!

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