Art Masterminds: Introducing the Topics

Art Masterminds: Introducing the Topics

Spring is here.  Which means, in Dallas, it’s hot and there’s potential rain at a moments notice.

The purpose of this blog post is to go into a bit more detail on the intent of Art Masterminds and to break down each section that will be used for discussion.  If you see any glaring holes, feel free to respond back to the blog with more topics to add to the master list.  Also, if you have a question you want me to research, and you don’t feel comfortable responding to the blog, you can always e-mail me at info@artadu.com.

The Main Topics

The blog will be broken down into a series of potential topics.  Sometimes I may do a “Featured Artist” and other times I may stick to the actual main topics used for Art Masterminds discussions and information sharing.  I break down the topics below.

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Learn Art

Learning art is a whole entire topic unto itself and will only be considered an occasional discussion point for Art Masterminds.  At some point I hope to bring a learning portal online but that is more than likely still a few months away.  If you have any desire to teach, let me know and I’ll keep you in mind when I am ready to develop the portal.

Do Art

doart1This is a no brainer right?  I mean, how can you sell or show the stuff if you’re not “Doing” the stuff?  The truth is, it’s easier said than done.  Especially if you are a part time artist.  I work eight hours a day, exercise when I get home from work, help with dinner, relax in front of the television, and the next think you know, it’s 10 or 11 PM.  Not one paint brush used, nor pencil sharpened.  The next thing you know a couple of months have gone by and I have nothing.

 

Doing has so many ramifications and we will explore many of them in future blogs.  Here are a list of a few sub-topics related to Doing Art:

  • Practice Practice Practice
  • The Contest
  • Make Believe
  • Doodle
  • Body of Work
  • Find Your Theme

Show Art

showart1 Showing art is pretty self explanatory, and not everyone really wants to show art.  There are plenty of topics out there where it is   suggested that artists bypass the traditional art shows and go straight to the public.  I think ultimately it really depends on what   YOU want.  Here are a few sub-topics we will cover from time to time:

 

  • Galleries
  • Museums
  • Art Fairs
  • Conventions
  • Websites
  • Auctions
  • Preparing the Pieces
  • Artist Statements
  • Promotional Material

Sell Art

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This is the one you’ve all been interested in right?  It’s certainly the topic that has the most discussions about it online.  After all, don’t we all want to make money off art?  You’ll see some duplicates here with “Show Art” and probably some of the other main topics.  Here are the sub-topics:

 

  • On-line Stores
  • Personal Website
  • Galleries
  • Art Fairs
  • Conventions
  • Retail
  • Stock images
  • Pricing Art

Promote Art

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This one plays hand in hand with social media and other sources related to getting your name and art out there.

  • Post Images
  • Create Videos
  • Stock images
  • Friends
  • Art Share blogs

Teach Art

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Teaching art has plenty of positive effects beyond just making some money.  It can help you hone your skills, it will develop contacts, it gets your work out there, it keeps you relevant.

 

  • Online Sites / Youtube
  • Art Stores
  • Art Parties
  • Studio
  • Affiliates  / Sponsors

Connect

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I’ve seen it written and heard it with my own two ears: Connecting with other artists is not an easy thing to do.  Here we will explore some suggestions.

 

  • Friends
  • Meet Up Groups
  • Art Parties
  • Local mastermind groups (like this one)
  • Forums
  • Seminars / Webinars
  • Don’t be shy

The Money

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  So, you have all these different approaches out there trying to bring in some revenue, you have your studio space, your art   supplies, your customers, but how do keep the books and manage the money?  Do you really have to pay THAT MUCH to have  someone else do it for you?

  • Bookkeeping
  • Taxes
  • Tracking
  • What’s deductible?
  • Outsourcing

The Tech

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There are a bunch of tools on the web now that will help you streamline your operation.  Do you know what they are?

 

  • Website or No?
  • e-mail lists.
  • WordPress and Blogging
  • e-Commerce
  • Social Sites
  • Traffic and SEO

Anything Else?

This is where you come in.  If you see anything I’ve missed, or if you have specific needs that aren’t mentioned here, I’m sure others feel the same way.  You can either respond to the blog or send me an e-mail.  This is by no means a complete list and will continue to grow as we all learn together.

Remember, the topics I’ve provided are on the table for discussion.  Naturally this won’t happen all at once.  I will usually bounce around based on what kinds of questions I receive or what kind of issues I’m encountering that may cause me to do the research to solve the problem.

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