On Sharing Without Attribution

A very poignant post by David Newhoff on the pitfalls of “sharing” without crediting the artist:


This is not just an issue for photographers by the way. What’s your stance?

© Petra Raspel 2014


Selling art: 17 top tips from the experts

Since the question “How do I sell my art?” came up a few times during my series “Finding your inner artist in 30 quotes“, I thought this article might be of interest to some of you. Here a little excerpt to get you started:

Mary-Alice Stack, director of ArtCo Projects, Arts Council England:

Put the customer first: I’d say that the sector as a whole could do more in terms of this. I know that from the artist’s perspective the process of creating and presenting contemporary art to an audience isn’t necessarily always about making a sale, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be clear about the opportunity to buy, if it exists.

Make it fun: The process of discovering a piece of work, bidding, buying it and taking it home for the first time is an exciting and rather addictive experience! That’s the thrill of collecting – no matter what you are interested in or how big your budget.

Stop chasing ‘collectors’ only: Too often both artists and galleries are concentrating so hard on that elusive and mythical ‘serious’ collector that they completely overlook the opportunity to foster the potential interest from ‘normal’ people. Even serious collectors were once first time buyers. Let’s not forget that.

Bare all: We all need to work together to help customers develop an understanding and appreciation of the way in which art is created and produced, so that they are able to get to grips with way in which work is valued and priced.

via Selling art: 17 top tips from the experts | Culture professionals network | Guardian Professional (this is where you can find the whole article, which is a condensed version of a live chat).

Would you like to share your own experience with your fellow artists? Please leave a comment below!

Finding your inner artist, day 30: About tackling your personal building-sites

I can’t believe how quickly this month of inspirational quotes and related thoughts has went by. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I did.

First of all, here comes the last quote:

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. ~ Rabindranath Tagore.

Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel prize for li...

Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel prize for literature. It is the first Nobel prize won by Asia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is obviously a quote about being pro-active. And what better way of bringing this series to end than asking you(rself) what you feel your art is lacking at the moment. Is it related to the creative side of things, or do you think you could do with better business skills? Or maybe a mix of both?

Knowing this alone won’t help, but it is a first step – only awareness can lead to actually making changes.

And because I obviously don’t intend to stop blogging as of today, I would like to add a little poll to this post, because I’m interested in what you would like to read next. I obviously cannot write anything specifically related to an art-form I am not familiar with (I am predominantly a musician), but I can write something about artist coaching – both in the personal and business sense. So here comes:

Please also feel free to add any other options you are interested in. I look forward to your replies, and thanks again for stopping by!

Finding your inner artist, day 29: About initiative

Today’s quote:

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. ~Andy Warhol

English: Andy Warhol

English: Andy Warhol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Andy Warhol’s quote applies to art itself, but also to the business side of things.

Be honest: When did you last feel annoyed that financially, things aren’t going as well as you would like them to go?

And if this is the case: What are you doing to change this?

Many artists I know spend all day creating art, truly incredible art on top of that. And then they wait. And wait. And wait for the buyers to come. Sadly they don’t, and they won’t if you don’t also devote time to your business. Your business is not just creating art – it is also selling it if you want to make a living. The skills needed for this are what some artists are sorely lacking. So if you are not a natural salesperson, there are only two ways:

  1. Become a better one (even if you still don’t love that part of your work).
  2. Have someone else doing it for you.

Most artists I know, especially when they are starting out, feel they are not able to afford option 2 off the bat. However, working through an agent (or manager) is always a possibility. This is a subject on its own, and one with many pitfalls, but it still IS an option.

If you want to go it alone, you HAVE to invest in your business skills. No one will know how amazing your art is if you don’t learn how to sell it. Which will most certainly be something I will discuss on this blog sooner or later, so keep your eyes peeled 😉

© Petra Raspel 2013

Finding your inner artist, day 23: About being independent

Today’s quote:

If it adapts itself to what the majority of our society wants, art will be a meaningless recreation. ~ Albert Camus

Albert Camus

Albert Camus (Photo credit: Mitmensch0812)

Now, this is a tricky one – don’t we all need to make a living?

It is very easy to fall into the trap of creating what the audience wants, in an attempt to get a sale. We probably all read magazines, watch features on TV, have a look at the Internet to find out the flavour of the month – to see what other people do, to find out what sells…

The problem with this approach is that you won’t be the one who is in control of your art. Ask yourself if that’s what you really want. And because this is such an important question, I will actually give you a second quote today:

Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. ~ Jack Kerouac

© Petra Raspel 2013