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Photography, inventory, merchandising, sales, pricing, copywriting-- it's all part of being an arts entrepreneur.

On Competence

    There are areas in your practice that you need to demonstrate competence. Even if you hire professionals,  you should have some things in your knowledge base in order  to run your business.      Many of us as artists want little or nothing to do with sales, finances, websites, marketing, or shipping and receiving. […]

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This painting was made using borrowed paints, borrowed tools and in a borrowed studio. Share all you can!

On Giving

     Be generous with what you know. This is not just for artists, but I have known artists (even those who profess to be teachers) who hoard knowledge that they perceive to have been hard-won. I try very hard not to do this for several reasons.      The best reason is that I […]

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Practice makes perfect! The Music Lesson, woodcut 1989

Find Your Rhythm

    After a month or two of working on your daily studio practice, doing your writings, creating your work, and reflecting on it, you should have a fair amount of information. This valuable data will help you refine your practice and further increase the satisfaction it brings.      Knowing which times of the day […]

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From the Imagined Artifacts flag series, this depicts a flag which has been conquered and defaced.

Make a Series

 Any idea can be turned into many ideas, and if you think about it, working in a series is good for creativity, for production, and ultimately for sales. Here is why.      From a creative standpoint, inspiration appears, and maybe even making that first piece comes easily. Now, taking the time to analyze a […]

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This little cold wax/oil painting sums up some of my future plans. How about you?

On Planning

    This post is nuts-and-bolts, because we all need reminders about the importance of planning. Since I missed a post because of poor planning, it seems timely as well.      The first thing I want to address is planning for failure of the plan. For example, I planned to write my blog post last […]

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Don't let others set the standard by which you assess your own achievements. Vanity Case, linocut in six colors

On Envy

When we are reluctant to celebrate the success of others, it really feels awful. Artists are especially susceptible to it, as we have all endured the fickle favor of the art world. Rejection is commonplace, but when we start to feel ‘passed over’ or pitted against each other, we can’t function as creative beings. What […]

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Journal Entry I (2003) SOLD
Having a written panner or journal of your practice helps with periodic reviews of what is working and what needs attention.

Check Your Progress

     I have written eighteen days so far on important aspects of the studio practice, and I am just getting started. Who has time for all this stuff? Let me show you how to self-review and keep yourself on track without feeling you have to do everything all the time.      Ask yourself […]

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A studio need not be this messy, but don't be too precious about your supplies. They are meant to be squirted, spread out, layered, folded, glued and sometimes ripped and thrown away.

Play With Your Toys

     When I was a kid, I loved my mother’s art supplies. The fancy brushes, the colorful tubes of paint, precious pastels and bits of charcoal called out to me. (I joke that I became an artist so I could have my own.) The spools of silk thread in her sewing case lined up […]

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How to Be Lucky

    Old sayings are so annoying when they are absolutely right. One of my favorites is something like “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” I can’t tell you how many times I got offers to show my work because I had work ready to show. Jobs fall into the laps of people who […]

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Letter To An Occupant was one of several pieces I did on the recurring theme of time slipping away.

About Now

      I had a car with a dashboard clock that was unusually difficult to set. It was often behind the seasonal time changes by months. When it was wrong, I would mentally correct the time every time I looked at it rather than attempt to fix it. Finally, my husband dug out the […]

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