How to get your name out there as an Artist

Becoming an artist can be a daunting challenge. Most fear ending up like Van Gogh, who only sold one painting in his entire life. But in this modern era, there are so many ways to be discovered as an artist.

  1. Instagram
    Instagram is one of my most favorite platforms to display my art because of how easy it is to use. Most of you already have an IG account, so why not add a few paintings or pieces of art to it?Β Hint: Make sure to have an open account, that way people can view your art without having to request to follow you.
  2. Facebook
    Honestly, I still haven’t gotten the hang of this one, but what I like about it is that you can link Instgram to it, so whatever you post on IG shows up on Facebook! Easy peasy!
  3. Business cards
    Another great way to get your name out there is to purchase business cards. Add your name, phone number, website and Email if you’d like! Pass them out to your friends or leave them at a local library or restaurant (Obviously with permission of the managers)
  4. Word of mouth
    This one I have used the most and it has worked wonders for me! When talking to your friends… mention it casually. If they find it interesting keep the conversation going. Make sure to let them know what your goals are. For example, my goal is to sell paintings and to direct art classes. I told one of my friends this and she offered to host an art class at her home, she even got a small group together for me! Now my first art class is on April 20th!

    Make sure to connect with people on a more personal level.

    Don’t try to sell your art to everyone. Find the viewers who really care for your pieces, the ones who are wowed by them and talk to them, get to know them. That way you can better understand their points of view and create more pieces that speak to your potential costumers.

  5. Personal Website
    Having a personal website helps others to know you not only as an artist, but as a human being. What your likes/dislikes are. What interests you and what sets your soul on fire.

Don’t be afraid of being an artist. Don’t be afraid to share your work with the world. Many people decide not to follow their dreams because of fearing what others will say or think about their goals, dreams or pieces. Don’t let that be you.

I must say it was not easy for me to decide to follow my dreams of becoming an artist, all because so many people out there viewed it as an unattainable dream. They truly believed, and still do, that I will never be able to make it as an artist. But I have proved them wrong. I have sold several paintings already, I will have my first freelance art class in April, and work as an art teacher at a local arts school.

My advice to you: Don’t ever give up on your dreams, just to settle for someone else’s reality. Follow them with all your heart (but don’t forget to take your brain with you.) I cannot assure you it will be easy, but it will be worth it.

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5 Tips on how to organize an at-home studio

Many artists start out small. They don’t have a glorious art studio or fancy art supplies. Generally artists start out with primary colors and painting in their bedrooms.

Now, you’re just starting out and you wish you had a huge art studio with large windows, high ceilings, concrete floors and a few bare, brick walls. But you don’t have it yet, instead you must tough it out in a cramped bedroom, alongside your bed, desk (which also doubles as a vanity).

It’s frustrating I know. I’ve had to deal with not having enough space for my art supplies pretty much since forever. Constantly reorganizing all my furniture trying to find the best layout for everything to be of easy access to me, while not looking disorganized or messy.

If you’re having trouble setting up your bedroom/art studio, here are a few tips that might help you.

  1. Place all art supplies close together
    The problem generally is that the supplies are strewn all over the place. Have one place for all your supplies, that way when you want to paint or create you can go to a drawer or nightstand or shelf and take it all out at once.
  2. Hide less used art supplies
    Now if you’re reading this, it’s probably because you don’t have a lot of space. Most artists have more than 2 or 3 sketch or notebooks. My suggestion is: those new sketchbooks you haven’t gotten your hands on yet, hide them and take them out when your old notebooks are trashed.
  3. Prioritize art supplies
    We all have our favorite or most used supplies. Make sure you have easy access to these. Keep your favorite sketchbook and pencils, or paint and paintbrushes at easy reach for when inspiration strikes.
  4. Space for all canvases
    If you use canvases you know how delicate they can be. It’s a good idea to keep all canvases together. But make sure they’re rested properly. Don’t let one corner rest on the canvas of another painting, if you leave them in this position for too long, it can cause a gauge.
  5. Have proper floor and wall protection
    If your art studio is in your bedroom, you’ll want to purchase a large drop cloth. This will help to protect your floors from spilled art or dirty paint water. If you do pouring art, you’ll want to fold the drop cloth several times so that if you do spill any low density paint it won’t easily soak through.

 

These have been just 5 tips on how to organize your at-home studio that have helped me the most. I hope you found this article interesting and helpful.

 

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An introduction: The life of an Aspiring Artist Pt. 1

Hi, my name is Alexia. I am an aspiring artist.

I just graduated high school and people often ask me what my career is going to be. They look at me funny when I tell them I am going to be an artist. And I mean, I get it. I don’t blame them, I too have often had doubts about choosing to go down this path. But you know what. I am going to need to work the rest of my life anyhow… might as well do something I love doing!

I know it won’t be easy. But I prefer becoming an artist, doing something I truly love for the rest of my life and have a small income than waste my life at a horrible 9 – 5 desk job. But, that’s just how I feel about it anyhow. I know some people who love desk jobs, but I am not that kind of person. I need to be excited with the work at hand, I need to have the ability to do something different everyday, or else I will get extremely bored!

I do know however that I will need a job so I can pay all my bills on time, and the cash to buy my art supplies with. But I’ll have my art as a side job for a while and slowly merge over completely to it once I have a regular, steady income.

I cannot lie, it is hard. Knowing that there are so many people out there who doubt you. Even family and friends, sometimes look down on you just because you’re chasing your dreams. They look at you as a dreamer, nothing more. Just some kid with their head in the clouds. They think it will never come true for you. And it’s saddening because when you need the most support from your loved ones, you get exactly the opposite.

Everyone has dreams when they’re little. But children are expected to outgrow their dreams just to take their place in the “real world”. And to a certain degree that is true, and lately I have realized it even more so. You have to come to realize that you will need a job, you will need to pay bills (even if you don’t want to), you will experience heartbreak, you will see loved ones become elderly and sick, you will experience sadness. I have experienced these all first hand, and it ain’t pretty. That is the sad fact of life. But that does not mean you have to give up all your dreams. Because in this sad thing we callΒ life we must still have ways to find joy and happiness, even if others mock or ridicule you for it. I feel pity for those kinds of people, because they settled. They found out how sad, depressing, difficult and miserable life can be and they allowed all their dreams and hopes to just be thrown out the window. They did not strive for their dreams to become reality. At least I am trying.

I have heard many comments that lead me to believe that people do not believe I will make it. I’ll never sell, I’ll never become rich or famous. And that is probably true. I’ll probably never become super famous or exceedingly rich. But, I can proudly say that I have only been at this for a few months and I have already sold 3 paintings and I have 2 commissions coming my way. I’m doing it! I am an artist!

So to all those people who call me a dreamer. YesΒ I am a dreamer! I am not going to let this world get me down so easily. I am going to chase after my dreams as best I can. And if it doesn’t work out… well it did’t work out. But at least I tried.