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15 Attainable Goals for Artists in the New Year

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Bob and I work as a team, and it sometimes takes two of us to keep up with everything! Here are a few of the goals I set for myself to help him concentrate on his painting.

  1. Make a list of competitions and exhibitions NOW, both local and national that you want to enter this year and create a calendar
    1. I posted a blog about this, and now I’m creating a calendar on Google Calendars to add to it.  If you use Google Calendars, you can create several calendars for personal use, business use, exhibitions, etc. and then merge them or view them separately.  It works GREAT for us.
  2. Make a plan to document and organize your work
    1. I photograph everything he paints with my smartphone, then scan the ones we want to put online.  I try to organize them on my computer in file folders according to year completed, and subject matter.  When a painting is sold, I mark it with the name of the buyer.  If we consign paintings to galleries, we print two lists, one for us and one for the gallery.  The key is to just make a plan and keep up with it.  And that’s not easy!
  3. Contact other artists in your community and make plans for regular meetings
    1. Bob is a member of several local art communities but plans to pursue membership in national watercolor societies this year.
  4. Join an online forum group to share ideas – Here’s a good one:  Artist Daily or for technology, I love this one:  Tech Soup
  5. Experiment with new technology
    1. I’m trying to learn how to use Evernote effectively
    2. I want to start making video blogs showing Bob’s technique
  6. Take a trip for inspiration – This doesn’t have to be a big or long trip.  Just a change of venue with the goal of finding new material to paint will work!
  7. Teach a class – You learn lots when you teach.  We’re trying to schedule some seminars this year.
  8. Educate yourself via a seminar or online.  And conversely there are several seminars that Bob would like to attend.  Here’s one of the very best!
  9. Brand yourself with business cards, email signature, logos
    1. We’re still working on this one with a new website.  But I’m also rebranding Twitter, CafePress, email signatures, and am creating business cards and letterhead this year.
  10. Explore galleries and art representatives
    1. One of our favorite local galleries closed last year.  We need to find another one!
  11. Organize your workplace.  We both work better when we’re not buried in stuff!
  12. Update your mailing list.  We use Constant Contact but there are lots of good applications out there.  Don’t forget to add family and friends!  I still haven’t added all these names
  13. Find new vendors and compare pricing.  We primarily use the ones posted HERE
  14. Join organizations that are helpful to you.  A few good ones posted HERE
  15. Have a BACK UP PLAN!  We have so many images on the computer, this is imperative for us.  I’m exploring options this year, as we’re using Time Machine and an external drive but I want to consider another alternative.

If you want to win, you have to enter! The Best 2011 Opportunities

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Now that Bob finally has more time to seriously concentrate on painting, we  want to enter his watercolors in some of the best competitions, both locally, and across the country.  It’s often hard for artists to track all the deadlines!  So here are a few that we hope to consider.  We’ll be updating this list as we track and enter competitions!

American Artist
Annual Cover Competition – Submissions due September 30th, Scholarship awards

Artist’s Magazine’s 28th Annual Competition
Annual Competition, cash prizes, and publication in Artist’s Magazine.  Submissions due April 15th, 2011

Art Show.com
National Call for entries in art competitions nationwide in order of deadlines

Alabama Watercolor Society
Cash awards and juried exhibition at Tennessee Valley Museum of Art May 15th – July 8th, 2011. Deadline for receipt of entries February 11th, 2011. Please download prospectus above

American Watercolor Society
Annual Exhibition. Submissions are due in November, Exhibition is at the Salmagundi Art Club in NYC in April/May. Any artist who has exhibited in 2 previous AWS Annuals may be considered for signature membership.

National Watercolor Society
“The National Watercolor Society brings before the public the best of water media painting, representing a wide range of directions and technique, from experimental to traditional and encourages support for watercolor as a vital, enduring and expressive medium.”

Signature membership in National Watercolor Society
“A non-member or NWS Associate whose painting is accepted for annual exhibition will be contacted by the Society President and will be invited to apply for Signature membership by submitting three matted paintings (not including the exhibited work) that will be reviewed by the Jury of Selection. Artists whose work meets the qualifications of this Jury will be invited to become Signature Members of the Society.”

Paint America
Includes two Annual Competitions “The PaintAmerica Top100 is an annual juried competition and exhibition designed to showcase the finest emerging and established representative American painters. Representative art may depict any subject matter, including the beauty and grandeur of American nature, landscape, seascape, cityscape, still-life, wildlife, portraits, cityscapes, figurative, etc.”
2010 Submission deadline was December 1st, 2010

Art Deadline
“The art world’s source for income & exhibition opportunities” A free subscription service

Art Calendar
Founded in 1986, Art Calendar is the industry’s foremost business magazine for visual artists — a beacon to guide artists on their journey toward making a living with their art.

Written by knowledgeable industry pros and successful working artists, Art Calendar offers artists practical business advice on subjects such as art marketing, art law, portfolio development, exhibition presentation, communication skills and sales techniques, as well as advanced technical applications of photography, computer and Web tools. It also offers the most extensive and recent listings of Calls to Artists, including galleries reviewing portfolios, juried competitions, grants, fellowships, festivals, publishing opportunities and residencies.

Best described as “The Artist’s Guide to Making It,” Art Calendar is the only subscription-driven, business-oriented magazine published specifically for visual artists. There are no “how-to-paint” articles — Art Calendar readers have already found their voice and established their own unique style. Art Calendar enables professional artists to make a living doing what they love, providing them with fresh and innovative ideas, along with the all of the necessary tools to sell their work and further their careers. Offering professional artists more than any other art publication, Art Calendar has established itself as the ultimate resource for visual artists.


Mountain Brook Art Association 3rd Annual Holiday Art Show

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Mountain Brook Art Association presents the Third Annual Holiday Art Show and Benefit.  What’s it like?  Here’s some VIDEO!  Visit the website of the Mountain Brook Art Association for more information!

Third Annual
Holiday Art Show & Benefit
4 PM – 8 PM
Thurs., Nov. 4 or 11 (TBA) 2010
Park Lane in English Village
2117 Cahaba Road

Mountain Brook Art Association Holiday Show on YouTube


Third Annual
Holiday Art Show & Benefit
4 PM – 8 PM
Thurs., Nov. 4 or 11 (TBA) 2010
Park Lane in English Village
2117 Cahaba Road