Do you want to sell your art? Did you just start painting and now have a little collection that you want to capitalize on? Have you decided that you have the ‘soul of an artist’ and want to learn how to promote yourself, gain exposure for your work, get recognized?
In my inbox today is a tip from Smartist-telesummit (if you’d like to get your own tips, join their free mailing list: http://www.smartist-telesummit.com). It warns me against playing “Wizard of Oz”, or creating an overblown sense of self image. This is a great thing to remember, and I need to go through my own site as well. Try to keep it simple, and explain honestly why you paint what you paint. Using a bunch of silly art jargon, while the standard, puts you on a pedestal; that just work in today’s ‘social networking’ environment. People will see right through you. Be yourself, connect with people, be likeable.
I could write a whole post about that and probably will later, but this post is to recommend the smartist-telesummit. Now first off, I don’t recommend going out and spending a lot of money if you’re a beginning artist. Spend about 5 years learning how to paint first! There is serious competition, (Russian and Chinese painters have flawless painting skills) and while you can sell your flower and cat paintings to relatives and neighbors, becoming a professional artist may elude you unless you have a unique and recognizable style.
Nevertheless, it helps to get familiar with the basic rules of self-promotion as an artist, and I recommend you join their free newsletter.
However, if you’re a serious artist, with vision, genius, mad skills, and you still can’t get any recognition, then Smartist is an investment you might want to make. There is definitely a ‘right’ way to do things, and studying and following the Smartist tips on becoming a professional artist can make a huge impact on your career. Sure, you could find similar information spread out over hundreds of websites, but time is money; in my opinion, you should stick with a 20%/80% ratio – 20% promoting, working on your website, etc, and 80% actually painting or doing your art. Smartist will help you make your promotion time much more effective so you can get back to what’s important.
Is it expensive? “Hell yes!” (Says the starving artist mentality). But if it helps you realize your dream of exhibiting frequently, traveling the world, selling paintings for thousands of dollars, being a recognized, successful artist, then isn’t worth every penny? When you’re ready to push you career ahead, give it a shot.
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