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Artist Myth #6: Your Art is So Good, It Will Appeal to Everyone

Some artists think their art appeals to everyone because family and friends are always enthusiastic. This “captive audience” then encourages you to sell your work in galleries. You trust them, so you tend to agree. Who wouldn’t? It’s a good feeling. ~Aletta de Wal

 
 
Dead Mass Market ©2012 Lezley Davidson, watercolour, 11 x 14
 
 

 

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Any artist who wants a successful art business cannot afford to live only in the confines of a studio where making art is the only reality. If you just want to make art, and ignore the business side, then you must have other ways to support yourself.

Some artists mistakenly believe that their chosen vocation entitles them to be “free spirits.” Normal rules and schedules do not apply in their world. They do whatever they want, when they want and how they want.

“I often hear artists say that they are too right-brained to do left-brained business tasks. They imagine that getting a gallery means that they will be able to wash their hands of the filthy business side of art. They assume that the gallery will handle every aspect of marketing and selling their work.”

Artist Myth #2: Society Owes Artists a Living. Some artists feel that their contributions to society and culture merit more financial support.

I think there may be a new renaissance of illustrative traditional art on the rise. Jason Edmiston and N.C. Winters are the proof.

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I’ve been curious for awhile about the effects of certain household items on paint. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be posting my experiments.

Zig Ziglar came up with the 5 objections to buying: No NEED. No MONEY. No HURRY. No TRUST. No DESIRE.