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​Conversational Tactics at Openings

You’ve made it. You are standing in a gallery, people mingling around you. Maybe you’re clutching a glass of wine or lingering by the hors d’oeuvres table. You know it’s your job to get out there, start chatting, but there’s just one problem…you don’t know anyone here. You braved the night and...

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On Rebirth and the Promise of Spring / Interviews / Books / Resources - For Artists

Snowdrops are beginning to peek out of the earth. The hollow rush of wind is gradually being replaced by birdsong. There is an angle to the sunlight now, as it sinks later and later each day, that carries the promise of spring. Those of us who have lived our lives in the northeast know this isn’t...

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​Real Artists Case History Series: Nataly Dawn, Finding Funding Through Patreon

If you’ve been a regular reader at this blog, you know that from time to time we profile an artist who has developed a livable income selling art online. Typically these artists find success selling their work through web outlets such as EBay and Facebook. In this week’s Real Artist Case History,...

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​The Complicated Business of Gallery Commissions

If there is one topic in the business of art that is very fraught, it is the question of whether or not to employ the services of a gallery to show and sell work. On the one hand, galleries take often a very high commission with the sale of each piece—up to 60% which feels like quite a hit when...

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Tracing the Fragile Lines of Reality

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one,” said Albert Einstein. It is this illusion in which we are constantly submerged. We create our own reality, a mythology of, and for ourselves that defines how we move through the world. Each of us looks through a self-created lens....

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​How to Find and Apply for a Grant

As an artist, steady income can be something of an issue particularly early on in your career. Grants are also a significant source of funding for working artists. You may be thinking, that’s all well and good but where do I actually find and apply for a grant? Wonder no more, we have answers for...

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​Ego 101: The Eastern Take on Letting Go

In her book, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, author and American Buddhist nun Pema Chodron writes, ”To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no-man's-land, to experience each moment...

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Newsletter / Snow & Light

We sit in the grip of deep winter, snow reflecting the moonlight at last. At this time of the year, the earth slows down and so too can we. It is time for us to reflect as well, upon the year that has been and the year ahead. During these dark months, light becomes a precious thing. Something to...

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​Great Biennials, the Who, What, Where of Three of the World’s Best

In the art world, the Biennial is a way to mark the progress of the times in a sense. These large scale exhibitions around the world typically reference the socio-political and cultural ethos of the time and evolve accordingly. There are many well-known Biennials in cities around the globe, each...

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​Art and Money Don’t Mix: Examining Myths About Making Money as an Artist

It’s a fact about all of us on this great big blue marble, we gotta eat. Not only that, we need a roof over our heads and the resources to get through this life in one piece. Like it or not, the only way to provide these things for yourself and the people you love is to earn money. While it is...

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