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Liz Ruest
Jun 24, 2022
In Resources
Keep track, in a way that works for you, of your pieces: image, title, location. Nancy & I use ArtworkArchive: https://www.artworkarchive.com/ Tracking online lets you search, later, but taking notes, starting whenever you can, is good.
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Liz Ruest
Jun 23, 2022
In Professional Growth
I just listened to an informative interview with a Santa Barbara gallerist, via Alyson Stanfield's Art Biz podcast: From my notes: Be able to describe your work articulately, and have a distinct style or voice. Look for a gallery by dropping by, attending openings, and seeing if your work fits WITH the art shown there. Best way in? Through the artists already showing there, if they can recommend you.
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Liz Ruest
Jun 21, 2022
In Professional Growth
Your best bet might be a printer in your local area, but here are some print-on-demand options for creating products from your fine art.
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Liz Ruest
Jun 08, 2022
In Professional Growth
There was a mention of this topic this week, with follow-up to come, but I'd love to note it here, to share thoughts outside of the meeting. It's a BIG topic! What is your goal in creating art? If you want to treat it as a business at all, that makes for a different set of decisions than if you are just creating for yourself. Do you want to have work in a museum? That implies fine art, galleries, residences, fellowships, grants, etc. It's quite the long path. Can you make money along the way? Definitely! There are lots of options for income streams to disperse your art along. Who are you making art for, and why? How have each of you navigated that question?
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Liz Ruest
Jun 07, 2022
In Professional Growth
Here's a high-level view of approaching the business side of your art, from another good resource.
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Liz Ruest
Jun 06, 2022
In Resources
Here's a list of places to find great paper, that I've collected so far. Got more? Washi paper (in Bellingham WA & online): https://www.washiarts.com/ Black ink creative papers http://www.gpcpapers.com/products/category/black-ink-papers-by-country/ Tengucho & other fiber papers, including sized for printers! https://hiromipaper.com/ Decorative papers https://www.mulberrypaperandmore.com/ Suggested by Lynn Mikami: https://awagami.com/collections/aijp-inkjet-papers Notebooks & more, via collage friend Sarah Short: https://shop.stlartsupply.com/ From a blog I follow, Cool Tools: Swedish tracing paper, very resilient: https://shop.birchstreetclothing.com/group.php?itemID=9036&colID=28
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Liz Ruest
Jun 06, 2022
In Professional Growth
An artist coach I follow has this great list: Some of these might apply to you more than others, but a sampling: Beginning your career: start a mailing list, join a local organization, develop your style. Mid-career: teach, blog or write regularly about your work & process, enter bigger shows. Established: well, I'm not there yet, but have a look! :) See more from Alyson Stanfield here: https://artbizsuccess.com/.
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