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The Most Precious Thing . . .

. . . your clients can give you is their attention. Be sure to deserve it. [...]

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FineArtViews Classiques Revisited, May 25-31, 2007

Some FineArtViews articles from this time last year that are worth another look: Well-Meaning Art Galleries Come to Wrong Conclusion Posted by Clint Watson on 5/29/2007 6:56:54 PM Van Rainy Hecht-Nielsen Posted by Clint Watson on 5/25/2007 10:23:12 AM [...]

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One Page You Absolutely Must Have on Your Art Website

It is essential for you to have a “Join Email List” link on your website. And moreover your site should manage subscriptions and un-subscriptions to that list automatically. Successful marketers know that the best strategists take their offers to the customers rather than waiting for the customers to come to them. That's why the primary goal of your web site is building your "house" email list. In fact, art marketing guru, Alyson Stanfield says that neglecting a mailing list is THE Biggest Mistake artists make when it comes to marketing. But why do I insist upon [...]

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Start Working When You're Inspired . . . but Finish Later

Sometimes, when planning to write a blog post, I look at the screen and just don't know where to start or what to write. Perhaps, as an artist, you've experienced a similar feeling when starting a new artwork. A few months ago, I added a new feature to our blogging platform that lets me start and save unfinished blog posts as "drafts."  The drafts don't appear on the blog, they are just a repository of started....but unfinished ideas. This has been greatly beneficial. Now, whenever inspiration strikes, I just fire up a draft, bang out a few [...]

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FineArtViews Classiques, Revisited - May 18-24, 2007

Some FineArtViews articles from this time last year that are worth another look: A $71 Million Dollar Fool? Posted by Clint Watson on 5/24/2007 4:21:01 PM [...]

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Make Contacting You Easy

Make sure that, on your website, your contact info is easy to find, otherwise you will likely miss out on opportunities. A magazine writer once told me that she wanted to interview a certain artist and planned to submit the piece for publication in a respected art magazine. She didn’t know the artist, so, naturally, she pulled up the artist’s web site. She scoured the site for contact information, but couldn’t find any. Finally, hidden in the bowels of the site, she found an email address and sent an email, only to have it bounce as a [...]

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Clint's Must-Read Articles for Artists, May 11-17

Dear artists, Here are some great articles we've found on the internet over the past week that are directly applicable to helping you with art, marketing, inspiration and fine living: Lori Woodward Simons Explains that There Are No Shortcuts to Great Painting: "You see, as I try desperately to paint gorgeous, final pieces from start to finish, I inevitably fall on my face about half way through the process. Not because Iím such a crummy painter, but because my mindís image of what should happen on the canvas and what ends up being there are two very different things. . . ." (Read Original >>) Empty Easel shares [...]

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Do You Twitter?

6 Rules for Navigation Links on Your Website

Navigation through your site should be obvious and easy. People understand text links (and search engines do, too!) Don’t try to get creative with your navigation links by using flash, images, javascript or other technologies that create "mystery meat" navigation. A proper online presence for every artist begins with a good old-fashioned website. Your website is you “home base”…your “hub.” If you branch out into other online tools……great…..but your website is where you and your visitors begin and end.  As such, make sure that people understand how to navigate through your web site. Rules [...]

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Clint's Must-Read Articles for Artists, May 4-10

Dear artists, Here are some great articles we've found on the internet over the past week that are directly applicable to helping you with art, marketing, inspiration and fine living: Empty Easel suggests that artists can sell more art through affiliate marketing: "If youíre online, this could be done by placing images of each othersí artwork in the sidebar of your blog or website. Depending on your agreement, those images would either link directly to the other artists directly, OR to a contact form where visitors could request more information from you (so you could get a commission)." (Read Original >>) The New York Times reveals some secrets [...]

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What's YOUR favorite
art book?

Your favorite art books?

What are your favorite art books and why? I want to share great art books with our whole community!  That's what FineArtViews is all about.....sharing view about art from different people. Please just post a comment with the title and author of your favorite book about art.  It might be a coffee-table book featuring works by a famous artist, or it might be more of a "hands-on", "how-to" kind of book.  Also, I'd appreciate a quick one-liner letting everyone know why that's your favorite art book. There are no rules for the comments....you can share one book or many....the idea for us all to [...]

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FineArtViews Classiques, Revisited - May 4 - 10, 2007

Some FineArtViews articles from this time last year that are worth another look: So Easy a Caveman Can do It Posted by Clint Watson on 5/9/2007 9:04:41 AM [...]

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Life and Art, Recursively

The secret to success in life and in art is to live life recursively. In programming, a recursive function is a strange animal that can call itself . . . a function that can build upon itself.  In certain applications, recursive functions can be extremely powerful and effective. upon what you Structure your life, art and business as recursive algorithms. Living recursively means that it's not enough to just be "good" at what you do . . .it's not even enough to "build upon what you have".....you've got to learn to, as Darren Rowse of problogger [...]

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Clint's Must-Read Articles for Artists - April 27 - May 3

Dear artists, Here are some great articles we've found on the internet over the past week that are directly applicable to helping you with art, marketing, inspiration and fine living: Yet Another Reason to Avoid Facebook: The popular social networking site allows users to add a variety of applications to their profile. . . But a malicious program, masquerading as a harmless application, could potentially harvest personal data. (Read Original >>) A Secret to Success - Build Upon What You Build: Hereís a ísecretí that I think sets highly successful people apart (in all walks of life) from the rest of us. They donít just take what theyíve [...]

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5 Design Rules Your Art Website Must Follow

When designing your website, let your artwork shine! Don’t clutter your website with “cleverness,” like animation and moving visuals. Keep it simple and visitors will look at your artwork. A proper online presence for every artist begins with a good old-fashioned website. Your website is you “home base”…your “hub.” If you branch out into other online tools……great…..but your website is where you and your visitors begin and end.  As such, make sure that your website utilizes a design that is clean and consistent. Rules for Making Your Art Website Design Clean and 1. Navigation links [...]

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