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“Sometimes, you just have to demolish what you have and start all over.” ~ Jack White

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Tracey Adams: Her Process and Advice

Tracey Adams is an encaustic abstract painter who has been an exhibiting artist for more than 30 years. She has participated in more than 150 solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad.

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[Finding a new city for work] was thrilling, invigorating, exciting and scary, but it made me work harder than I ever had to work before. I was 100 percent committed to surviving, and it made me stronger and harder-working at my craft.” ~ Fred Calleri

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Julie Jilek: Wisconsin artist exposes her deft versatility by alternating between traditional and abstract styles

The lush forests of artist Julie Jilek’s Wisconsin hometown have a second home in the oil paintings, charcoal and pastel drawings she’s been producing for over a decade. And, just as nature won’t stay out of her work, Jilek won’t stay out of nature. The plein air artist has even painted from her car’s backseat to shelter herself from 25 below zero wind chills.

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Five More Studio Must-Haves

I have my studio “must-haves” that make a day of painting smoother. I recently wrote of five, and here are five more.

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Ask Your Questions, While You Still Can

My father had given me many of the books he illustrated including Moby Dick, Heart of Darkness and The Jungle Books.

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“An art career is very much like constructing a building. There are some rules to follow, but for the most part we are each on our own.” ~ Jack White

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“To promote creative tourism in your area: “every outlet where visitors gather — hotel lobbies, restaurants, art galleries, bookstores and museums — could have a ‘Meet Our Artists!’ brochure.” ~ Eric Maisel

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“Both artists and society will benefit if millions of travelers every year are helped and encouraged to interact with, learn from and support the creative communities they visit.” ~ Eric Maisel

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"Both verbal and non-verbal behavior can impact [a gallery deal]. Be in a positive mood when you walk through the door. Smiling, nodding approval and leaning forward are all positive body language cues that things are going well.” ~ Ligaya Figueras

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“Sometimes, the best deal may be no deal. Trust your instincts. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t feel obligated to sign.” ~ Ligaya Figueras

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Asking for Money: Part 3

We’ve recently chatted about how to ask for money. Let’s finish up with three more essential tips:

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Asking for Money: Part 2

In Part 1 of “Asking for Money” we looked at three tips for doing so. Here are three more. Read on…

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Asking for Money: Part 1

You need money for art supplies, building your website, your marketing efforts, and, well, just to live! One challenge is figuring out where to look for the money you need.

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Part of maintaining positive gallery relations is by pursuing galleries that would be a good fit for you, not the other way around ~ Robert C. Jackson

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“It’s your task to figure out the message you want to communicate to your target market and how to broadcast it. Product, place, pricing, promotion. Four Ps to keep in mind as you re-assess your marketing plan” ~ Ligaya Figueras

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“Besides sending materials on time as requested by one’s gallery, [send] high resolution digital images regularly. If the gallery is planning advertising or promotional materials, or gets contacted by the media, they’ll already have your images in their possession.” ~ artist Robert C. Jackson

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“The artist’s interests are not best served by just adopting the gallery consignment forms with no changes.” ~ attorney Amy B. Goldsmith

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“Remember: Each small success moves you in the right direction toward your ultimate goal, so celebrate your achievements.” ~ Elena Parashko

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“Promoting means informing your target market that you have what it wants.” ~ Ligaya Figueras

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