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Visualize Your Art Exhibition Using The Art Gallery Floor Plans

Gallery floor plan
Want help to plan your exhibit at an art gallery? Print off a few copies of your art gallery's floor plan and get going! Many galleries will have their floor plan available on their website and often in a conveniently downloadable file. If you  don't see what you are looking for you can send an email requesting the floor plan. The floor plan drawings are often to precise scale which can help you plan the exhibit down to the last detail.…

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Who Are Your Art Mentors


You want heart felt art advice


Have you taken the time to think about who you can go to for art advice? Identifying and creating a list of art mentors it a great strategy for creating your own support system as an artist. It's important to identify who you can trust and for which type of advice. Your art mentors need to be a good fit for you. 


Your art mentors can come in all shapes and form...artists who have been in the community for a long time, or total…

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How To Create A Digital Art Catalog

PDF of art catalog

Creating a digital catalog of available artwork is an amazing sales tool for artists who want to actively sell their art. In the image above you can see my first page of my digital catalog.  You can change the design of this page to whatever you want but I'd advise that you keep your contact info there.


As you create the following pages you will want to include decent sized images with the follow info clearly indicated for each…

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Bad Art Galleries: Signs to Watch For

Watch out for bad galleries


How can you predict how an art gallery will treat its artists? How do you know if your gallery is a bad art gallery? Here are a few agreed-upon signs that your gallery is trying to do you dirty. I've been in the biz a little while and heard some truly outrageous stories of galleries being unfair and duplicitous towards their artists. On the flip side I know a few artists who haven't been that "up-front" in their dealings with…

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You Can't Do It All: How To Manage Your Art Expectations

Darling you can't do it all


As we progress as artists more people will discover our work and more opportunities and inquiries will come our way. In this sense things have the opportunity to become increasingly complicated and overwhelming. Being able to turn good opportunities down can become an important skill. So, too, can seeing that some of the opportunities would have been great for you to pursue two years ago but not any longer. 


Howard Stevenson is…

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4 Amazing Art Portfolio Books

Presentation counts for so much when presenting your art portfolio to a prospective gallery or client. It used to be that presenting your portfolio meant lugging a big case that could carry a number of pieces of your original art but these days we are digital. This means that we want to show people high quality prints of our artwork. Sure you can send someone to your website to see your work but it's not the same experience as looking…

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Hot Topic: Vanity Galleries

Art of woman at a vanity table


Soooo......What the heck is a vanity gallery?


These galleries offer their gallery space for a fee which must be paid up front. Unlike other galleries this fee often pays the bills for the business so they don't need to worry as much as regular commercial galleries about selling the art. This means that there is less concern about the style and quality of the work. 


In truth the term vanity gallery is a bit derogatory. This is…

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How To Submit Your Art Portfolio To Galleries

submitting your art to galleries


Submitting your art portfolio seems like a simple task at first glance. Then when you sit down to do it it can feel very nebulous, overwhelming and downright frightening! So much so that you can put off the task again and again (I'm speaking from experience) .


Your starting point should be looking at the website of the gallery you are interested in submitting your art portfolio to. Look for an area on their website where they…

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Why Going to Galleries is so Important

You're an artist, or you want to be. You love art! You love seeing art! But of course, sometimes life and work gets in the way and it's hard to find the time to stop in at galleries and check out work by fellow artists. Here's a few more reasons to motivate yourself.


You'd want people to see your shows...right?


This is the most obvious reason. It goes both ways - you as an artist would want people to come out to your openings and…

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Artist Survival Skills: How To Make A Living As A Canadian Visual Artist

Artist Survival Skills by Chris Tyrell book


Thank-you Chris Tyrell. I read this book when it was first released in 2008 and it was a timely look at some practical examples of ways in which artists are making their living and running their business. At art school there was no discussion about business. I remember learning about writing my artist statement and being made aware of the grant system for artists. But not about the basics of running my own business. The further I…

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5 Of The Best Websites For Artistic Advice

Fine Art Tips Blog


#1. Fine Art Tips

This is the art website of artist Lori McNee and I first disovered it on Twitter and was drawn in by the short and thoughtful articles published for artists. She openly shares great information that can help you sell paintings like this great article about corporate art collections and how they can be important art buyers:…

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3 Points To Consider When Choosing a Gallery

Empty gallery


What to look for in a gallery really depends on what your idea of artistic success is. Read that again and let is sink in because it is a really important point. Your idea of success could be a long term goal to show your art eventually in an art museum or to sell your as much of your work as possible? Maybe the success is something else entirely. Some artists want it all but most of us are able to prioritize the thing we want the…

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