Artists, do you have Business Cards?

I am so surprised how many artists do not have or carry business cards.  It’s such an easy way to share your contact information, and a way to show off your art!

Let me tell you about how I sold my last 2 paintings.  I got an email from a gentleman through my website stating that he liked my work and wanted to get more information on some of my paintings.  I emailed back and asked him a few more questions, and when he replied he stated: “Funny, I just found your card on the ground in a parking lot in SW Austin by chance.   Glad I found it.”   Well, I decided to get really nice quality cards from moo.com (this link should get you a discount on your first order, at least for a while) you can get more than one image on cards per order and I think they are well worth the money.  I really think because of the quality and the painting on it he took a closer look and picked it up.   We did end up meeting and he bought the 2 paintings and brought friends along with him!

My Moo Business Cards!

My Moo Business Cards!

I think beside having cards, as artists we should show off our art on them.  It’s so easy to do and you really do not have to spend a lot of money!  The 1st cards I got were from Vistaprint, you can add your own art on them and they are pretty inexpensive.

(Now I am tempted to ‘drop’ my card around town!  I thought my grandson had dropped the card somewhere, he likes to play with them, but I am not sure it was him!)  🙂

 

Blog Post 12.26.13 (My Favorite Art Blogs)

As a self-taught artist, I have had to do a lot of research about the business side of the art world.  Along with many artist friends I have met mostly through the Creative Arts Society here in Austin, we get together often and discuss how to sell our work and do a lot of research online to figure things out.  We have slowly come up with several blogs that we refer to often for information.  I thought I would share a few of my favorites!

I came across several of these either through friends, through other artists and on Twitter (I think it’s a great resource), or on Facebook.

Be Inspired, by my friend Maria Gatling.  She has the best ideas to spark your creativity.  Whether you are an artist or not, she has ideas that you can use every day.  She also teaches creativity workshops!  Please check out her blog and contact her if interested!

Skinny Artist, I came across Drew 1st through Twitter (He’s a great person to follow!)  I have found great posts that have been inspiring, made me think and I have even made their ’21 Artists to Watch’ list for 2013! (Which I was quite honored and surprised by the way!)

Artpromotivate, they have lots of posts on selling art, to websites, PR, and have great featured artists.  You can also as an artist submit your information to be one of their featured artists!  (And that’s where I got the idea for this blog post! 🙂 )

Fine Art Tips with Lori McNee, she has great information on creating art, art business and social media for artists.  Lori is also a great person to follow on Twitter!  She was ranked as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter and always shares great info.

The Abundant Artist, their goal is ‘Dispelling the Starving Artist Myth’.  Lots of resources on marketing, websites, etc.  They want to prove to us that we CAN sell our art!

Art Biz Coach is Alyson B Stanfield, she holds workshops, events, bootcamps, coaches and wrote the art marketing book ‘I’d Rather Be in the Studio’.  I also learned about Alyson through Twitter and is a great person to follow!

Red Dot Blog, has great art marketing and art business info on their blog.  It’s run by Jason Horejs with Xanadu Gallery.  They also have podcasts and hold workshops.

Artists Who Thrive, has great info from artist copyright to pricing artwork and more.  Very informative articles!

If you have any favorite blogs I did not mention please share them here!  I may have forgotten some also, so if I did I will add them under comments!

I hope this helps you on your way to making Art your career!

Blog Post 12.12.11 (Found great article on Buying Art)

Got my new Origin Magazine this weekend (and yes, I have work in it! Pg 63) and read the article “Trust Your Heart When Buying Art” by Origin Columnist and Owner of Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery– Lisa Russell.   It was wonderful to read, specially as an artist.

We as artists are often insecure about our art, and it was great to read her viewpoint on how people should go about buying art, specially coming from a “big gallery” owner.  If you have a chance, get the magazine, which can be found at Whole Foods Markets Nationwide.  It looks like they will have it online at some point, and If I see it posted I will definitely share it.  (Wish I could share more, but I am sure I should not) 🙁

Here’s the cover for the December/January issue: