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Getting The Most Out Of A Critique

Posted by Gail Daley on Thursday, October 13, 2016, In : Developing Your Skills 

For many of us, giving our work over to an individual or a group to be analyzed is scary, but so much can be learned by having someone not intimately connected to you evaluate your work. An unavoidable truth in the art world is that all through your career all kinds of people are going to say all kinds of stuff about your art.  Some of them will even tell you to your face. Others may write about it, post about it or gossip behind your back. An artist not only has to learn how to handle this n...


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PROTECTING YOUR ART ON-LINE

Posted by Gail Daley on Friday, February 6, 2015, In : Business Development 

Watermarking for Digital Images

Watermarking your work can be a way to protect your art from pirates, but nothing is foolproof. There are a couple of different types of watermarking you can use: visible and invisible.

Invisible Watermarks: Can be used for copyright protection and recognition of digital images. Unfortunately an invisible watermark may slightly alter your image. Also the technique is so new that there is not yet an “industry standard.” Please be aware also, that waterma...


Continue reading ...
 

IS YOUR DISPLAY BOOTH READY FOR THE ART SALE?

Posted by Gail Daley on Friday, January 16, 2015, In : Business Development 

Spring is coming soon, and with it comes events and fairs to sell your work. I call these “Booth Events” because usually you set up your own sales booth.  Generally there are 3 types of these events Outdoor, Indoor and Tabletop .  Events can be geared to sell only art or allow different types of vendors. Outdoor events are usually larger than the...


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New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Gail Daley on Saturday, December 6, 2014, In : Developing Your Skills 

Ø  Resolution 1—Improve myself and my art by joining one or more of the local art groups

Ø  Resolution 2--Take Advantage of the opportunities offered to improve my skills

Ø  Resolution 3—Become an active member of each group I join

Ø  Resolution 4— Remember that it is time to pay my yearly dues!

 2015 is coming sooner than you think! It is that time of year when many of us take time to look back on the past year and study how we can improve on what we accomplished. Did we acco...


Continue reading ...
 

DOES YOUR COMPUTER HAVE THE FLU?

Posted by Gail Daley on Sunday, November 9, 2014, In : Business Development 

Now that you have discovered the ease of internet publicity, internet sales, and computer record keeping, it is time to discuss some of the pitfalls of being a member of the Internet generation. The world wide web is the wild west and your neighborhood sheriffs are rare, so you need to do what first generation settlers did: learn to protect yoursel...


Continue reading ...
 

CHOOSING A SOFTWARE PROGRAM

Posted by Gail Daley on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, In : Business Development 

Art is a business, and like any business, it is necessary to keep track of expenses as well as income. I have been searching for a comprehensive program for my art business for years. Currently I would recommend QuickBooks to track your expenses and income. While there are some all-inclusive programs beginning to be developed, I have usually found some flaw in the program; either they were hard to use, or had an incompatible photo program for thumbnails of my art, etc. There are a couple of...


Continue reading ...
 

FRAMING ON A BUDGET: PART 4--Repairing A Plaster Frame

Posted by Gail Daley on Monday, May 26, 2014, In : Business Development 

As I stated earlier, I don’t recommend re-fitting ornate Plaster Of Paris frames. However, if it means the difference between repairing an existing frame you are already using and purchasing a new one there is a way to fix chipped or broken edges. First, I want you to notice that on most plaster frames such as this one shown in the photo, there is a repeating pattern on the corners and sides. To do this repair, you will need to make a clay mold of the unbroken matching side of the frame, ...


Continue reading ...
 

TIPS FOR SHIPPING ORIGINAL PAINTINGS OR PHOTOGRAPHS A Guide To Packing Art For Shipping

Posted by Gail Daley on Saturday, September 14, 2013, In : Business Development 

Congratulations! You sold some art from your web site! Now you have to figure out how to get it to your buyer. Unless you are hand delivering your work you will need to ship it to the buyer. In order to reach your buyer in a condition that does credit to you as an artist there is a real need to select both your shipping method and your packing container carefully. For packing you are going to need a lot of tape, foam core board, acid-free paper, acid-free plastic bags and foam peanuts. To p...


Continue reading ...
 

DO YOU REALLY NEED A PROFESSIONAL TO SELL YOUR WORK?

Posted by Gail Daley on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, In : Business Development 

I haven’t had a lot of luck using professional agents or web site sponsored promotions to help me sell my art. I am going to avoid mentioning either of the two sites I talk about in this blog by name because I am not really interested in slamming them. I used them only to illustrate the pitfalls of not really knowing much about marketing or how artists’ agents work, and especially not doing your research ahead of time. I freely admit to my ignorance in these matters when I first started...


Continue reading ...
 

How Do Copyright Laws Affect You As A Visual Artist?

Posted by Gail Daley on Saturday, July 27, 2013, In : Business Development 

How Do Copyright Laws Affect You As A Visual Artist?

The visual arts category on the U.S. Government website, involves pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including two- and three-dimensional works of fine, graphic, and applied art. Examples include paintings, photographs; original prints; art reproductions; cartographic works (maps, globes, ...


Continue reading ...
 

FINDING THE RIGHT SUPPORT AS AN ARTIST

Posted by Gail Daley on Monday, July 8, 2013, In : Developing Your Skills 

When I started to take my art seriously, I knew that peer group association was important for me to grow as an artist, but finding the right art group to join was a little frustrating.  Why is it so important to associate with other artists? Well, although you can create art in a vacuum, if your art is never evaluated by your peers, you may simply be stuck repeating the same type of art and art subjects at the same skill level forever. Peer groups challenge us to stretch our skills, reach f...


Continue reading ...
 

TIPS ON PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR ART

Posted by Gail Daley on Thursday, June 20, 2013, In : Developing Your Skills 

Presentation is everything; especially on the internet where the only impression you can make is what is seen by the viewer. A poor presentation can make the difference between getting a sale or not and being accepted into an on-line show. For the judges to get an accurate idea of your art, the image you send must match the colors in the art and be sharp and clear. For many of us, taking a good photograph of our art is hard. Before sending off the photo of your art your art 1) make sure tha...


Continue reading ...
 

MURALISTS NOW NEED CONTRACTOR’S LICENSE

Posted by Gail Daley on Monday, May 27, 2013, In : Interesting Facts 

Artists may not be aware that they could be violating California state licensing laws if they were paid more than $500 to paint a mural on a permanent structure i.e. a house or office wall, outside building, etc... The C-33 Painting and Decorating license section covers painting a mural on a permanent structure. Individuals who limit their practice to that of an artist could also be covered under either D-64 (non-specialized contractor designation) or C-61 (Limited Specialty contractor clas...


Continue reading ...
 
 

Showing Tag: "art" (Show all posts)

Getting The Most Out Of A Critique

Posted by Gail Daley on Thursday, October 13, 2016, In : Developing Your Skills 

For many of us, giving our work over to an individual or a group to be analyzed is scary, but so much can be learned by having someone not intimately connected to you evaluate your work. An unavoidable truth in the art world is that all through your career all kinds of people are going to say all kinds of stuff about your art.  Some of them will even tell you to your face. Others may write about it, post about it or gossip behind your back. An artist not only has to learn how to handle this n...


Continue reading ...
 

PROTECTING YOUR ART ON-LINE

Posted by Gail Daley on Friday, February 6, 2015, In : Business Development 

Watermarking for Digital Images

Watermarking your work can be a way to protect your art from pirates, but nothing is foolproof. There are a couple of different types of watermarking you can use: visible and invisible.

Invisible Watermarks: Can be used for copyright protection and recognition of digital images. Unfortunately an invisible watermark may slightly alter your image. Also the technique is so new that there is not yet an “industry standard.” Please be aware also, that waterma...


Continue reading ...
 

IS YOUR DISPLAY BOOTH READY FOR THE ART SALE?

Posted by Gail Daley on Friday, January 16, 2015, In : Business Development 

Spring is coming soon, and with it comes events and fairs to sell your work. I call these “Booth Events” because usually you set up your own sales booth.  Generally there are 3 types of these events Outdoor, Indoor and Tabletop .  Events can be geared to sell only art or allow different types of vendors. Outdoor events are usually larger than the...


Continue reading ...
 

New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Gail Daley on Saturday, December 6, 2014, In : Developing Your Skills 

Ø  Resolution 1—Improve myself and my art by joining one or more of the local art groups

Ø  Resolution 2--Take Advantage of the opportunities offered to improve my skills

Ø  Resolution 3—Become an active member of each group I join

Ø  Resolution 4— Remember that it is time to pay my yearly dues!

 2015 is coming sooner than you think! It is that time of year when many of us take time to look back on the past year and study how we can improve on what we accomplished. Did we acco...


Continue reading ...
 

DOES YOUR COMPUTER HAVE THE FLU?

Posted by Gail Daley on Sunday, November 9, 2014, In : Business Development 

Now that you have discovered the ease of internet publicity, internet sales, and computer record keeping, it is time to discuss some of the pitfalls of being a member of the Internet generation. The world wide web is the wild west and your neighborhood sheriffs are rare, so you need to do what first generation settlers did: learn to protect yoursel...


Continue reading ...
 

CHOOSING A SOFTWARE PROGRAM

Posted by Gail Daley on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, In : Business Development 

Art is a business, and like any business, it is necessary to keep track of expenses as well as income. I have been searching for a comprehensive program for my art business for years. Currently I would recommend QuickBooks to track your expenses and income. While there are some all-inclusive programs beginning to be developed, I have usually found some flaw in the program; either they were hard to use, or had an incompatible photo program for thumbnails of my art, etc. There are a couple of...


Continue reading ...
 

FRAMING ON A BUDGET: PART 4--Repairing A Plaster Frame

Posted by Gail Daley on Monday, May 26, 2014, In : Business Development 

As I stated earlier, I don’t recommend re-fitting ornate Plaster Of Paris frames. However, if it means the difference between repairing an existing frame you are already using and purchasing a new one there is a way to fix chipped or broken edges. First, I want you to notice that on most plaster frames such as this one shown in the photo, there is a repeating pattern on the corners and sides. To do this repair, you will need to make a clay mold of the unbroken matching side of the frame, ...


Continue reading ...
 

TIPS FOR SHIPPING ORIGINAL PAINTINGS OR PHOTOGRAPHS A Guide To Packing Art For Shipping

Posted by Gail Daley on Saturday, September 14, 2013, In : Business Development 

Congratulations! You sold some art from your web site! Now you have to figure out how to get it to your buyer. Unless you are hand delivering your work you will need to ship it to the buyer. In order to reach your buyer in a condition that does credit to you as an artist there is a real need to select both your shipping method and your packing container carefully. For packing you are going to need a lot of tape, foam core board, acid-free paper, acid-free plastic bags and foam peanuts. To p...


Continue reading ...
 

DO YOU REALLY NEED A PROFESSIONAL TO SELL YOUR WORK?

Posted by Gail Daley on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, In : Business Development 

I haven’t had a lot of luck using professional agents or web site sponsored promotions to help me sell my art. I am going to avoid mentioning either of the two sites I talk about in this blog by name because I am not really interested in slamming them. I used them only to illustrate the pitfalls of not really knowing much about marketing or how artists’ agents work, and especially not doing your research ahead of time. I freely admit to my ignorance in these matters when I first started...


Continue reading ...
 

How Do Copyright Laws Affect You As A Visual Artist?

Posted by Gail Daley on Saturday, July 27, 2013, In : Business Development 

How Do Copyright Laws Affect You As A Visual Artist?

The visual arts category on the U.S. Government website, involves pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including two- and three-dimensional works of fine, graphic, and applied art. Examples include paintings, photographs; original prints; art reproductions; cartographic works (maps, globes, ...


Continue reading ...
 

FINDING THE RIGHT SUPPORT AS AN ARTIST

Posted by Gail Daley on Monday, July 8, 2013, In : Developing Your Skills 

When I started to take my art seriously, I knew that peer group association was important for me to grow as an artist, but finding the right art group to join was a little frustrating.  Why is it so important to associate with other artists? Well, although you can create art in a vacuum, if your art is never evaluated by your peers, you may simply be stuck repeating the same type of art and art subjects at the same skill level forever. Peer groups challenge us to stretch our skills, reach f...


Continue reading ...
 

TIPS ON PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR ART

Posted by Gail Daley on Thursday, June 20, 2013, In : Developing Your Skills 

Presentation is everything; especially on the internet where the only impression you can make is what is seen by the viewer. A poor presentation can make the difference between getting a sale or not and being accepted into an on-line show. For the judges to get an accurate idea of your art, the image you send must match the colors in the art and be sharp and clear. For many of us, taking a good photograph of our art is hard. Before sending off the photo of your art your art 1) make sure tha...


Continue reading ...
 

MURALISTS NOW NEED CONTRACTOR’S LICENSE

Posted by Gail Daley on Monday, May 27, 2013, In : Interesting Facts 

Artists may not be aware that they could be violating California state licensing laws if they were paid more than $500 to paint a mural on a permanent structure i.e. a house or office wall, outside building, etc... The C-33 Painting and Decorating license section covers painting a mural on a permanent structure. Individuals who limit their practice to that of an artist could also be covered under either D-64 (non-specialized contractor designation) or C-61 (Limited Specialty contractor clas...


Continue reading ...