Top Art Career Tips & Articles

Pursue your dream and learn how to sell your art with tips from our experts. If you want to take your hobby to the next level you must learn how to market through social media,
generate referrals
, build relationships with galleries and, apply for art grants. Becoming a professional artist or entering an artistic job can be exciting & challenging, so learn how to navigate the legal, technical and social elements with our art career columns and articles.

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Organizing Pastels

The more pastels we acquire the more difficult it can become to keep track of them, especially once they are removed from original packaging and labels have been removed. Initially I tried to keep copious records of which pastels made up various working palettes. When there were only a couple of brands of pastels...

Drawing basics with Katherine Tyrrell

Drawing Basics: Do This To Advance Your Art

Including the step of having your art critiqued before you consider it finished is an easy drawing practice you can implement. It's not always easy to your ego, but I can promise that you'll learn at least a little by getting advice from your peers. You might be so close to your work that...

Pastel Pointers | Artists and Their Public

Twilight is an interesting time of day to paint. It lasts for only a short amount of time. When not finessed properly, it can become cliché, looking more like a postcard than a fine art painting. Not being a person that has been drawn to painting this specific time of day, I found it...

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The Importance of Art Critiques | 4 Tips for Receiving Feedback

While a passion to communicate visually lies at the core of the desire to paint, and the diversity of individual vision ultimately leads to great artistic expression, artwork cannot be created in a vacuum. The feedback, both positive and negative, garnered from others plays its part in our creative development. Having perspective on what...

The Value of an MFA

Do the costs of an MFA degree outweigh the advantages? Deborah Bright, Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Pratt Institute says they do in an interview with John A. Parks.

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Art Business Tip: How to Prepare for an Exhibition

“Must be nice to just sit and paint all day. What a soft life!” A friend of mine had said this to me, and half of it is true; being able to paint for a living is great, but there is much more to an artist’s life than paint and brushes. For example, preparing...

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Your Art Career | Posterity versus Prosperity

There is an unrelenting sentiment among some artists, collectors, and critics that making money from making art robs the “artiste” of the purity of making art for art’s sake. Those who think this way seem to think it’s not possible to create art that is aesthetically pleasing, if not perfect, while also making art...