I want to especially thank my core group of readers that have been with me for quite a while, when no one was reading this blog. I thank you all for your positive encouragement and support; you don't know what your feedback does for my soul.
Now, with that said I also want my readers to understand that I don't just come up with all of this information on my own, I have done quite a bit of reading on the subject of marketing art and I am under the counsel of many wonderful gallery owners who have offered me their great advice. Here are just some of the books that I own on the subject, many of these can be found at your library or at your favorite retailer.
- Art Marketing 101- A handbook for the fine artist by Constance Smith
- Art Office- 80+ Business forms, charts, sample letters, legal documents and business plans for the fine artist by Constance Smith and Sue Viders
- How to survive and prosper as an artist- Selling yourself without selling your soul by Carol Michels
- The Artist's Way- Julia Cameron
- How to become a famous artist and still paint pictures- by W. Joe Innis
- Art & Fear-Observations on the Perils (and rewards) of art making by David Bayles and Ted Orland
- The War of Art-Break through the blocks and win your creative battles by Steven Pressfield.
Also I do frequent Alyson B. Stanfield's Art Biz blog as well. She offers a lot of helpful information, and I recommend it.
In my blog I try to synthesize all of these resources along with my own personal and practical experiences and then break it down into manageable chunks for you. I want to make sure you know that I am no art biz wizard- just someone like you who read and skimmed a few books and then decided to go for it to the best of my ability, just like you can. I do wish you luck on this journey.
On a different note, last night I went to sleep listening to music (the play list on my MySpace page no less). I love to fall asleep with music as it helps me linger into nostalgia and then guides me into dreams. I was thinking about the concept of acceptance and community and how crucial they are for our well being; acceptance of our true nature, of where we are in our lives, and in our art. A community of our peers is also incredibly important, I think especially for artists of all mediums; a place to express ourselves and receive acknowledgment.
Due to all the support and encouragement I receive from my readers, friends, and patrons; I am now enjoying feeling a part of a community and the acceptance that comes with it. It seems once you find this you are one step closer to freedom. When I feel free, I walk around with a smile on my face. Thank you for being a part of that smile. I have an old "post it" on my studio wall, it reads, "When I paint I feel powerful, clear, and challenged- this is the key." Perhaps, I need to write a new one that says, "When I blog, I feel connected, loved, and with purpose- and it feels great."
Until next week friends- make it creative...