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Using the Sketchbook as a Creativity Tool: Spotlight on Marcus McAllister, American-French Artist based in Paris Post

American-born Parisian and full-time artist Marcus McAllister introduces himself and gives us an inside view of how he works on his distinctive sketchbook pages. As an artist who is a natural-born advisor, Marcus is a Mentor & Coach with Be Smart About Art's 'Creative Specialists' Programme. Have a look: http://besmartaboutart.com/1to1programmeSee Marcus's website: www.marcusmcallister.com  ------------------Music by Ray Sandoval www.raysandoval.com

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You'll thank yourself later: Building a contact database even when it seems like a distraction Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) What do you do when a new prospective client calls, emails or direct messages you? And if you have a team, what do they do? The ideal answer: Save the person’s details, each and every time! The reality: Immediately recording details is easier said than done.A gallerist I know told me of ...

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Help people find your art biz with simple SEO Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)  Over the years, you’ve no doubt fine-tuned the way you search for things online. Rather than type a single word into a search engine, you make the search specific by using a combination of words. This makes the search more specific, and provides a better selection of results along the lines ...

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Recouping costs at (art/artist) fairs Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) This week, my favourite artist fair, The Other Art Fair, comes to London, and better yet, it's debuting in New York City in early June. (This is in addition to established annual editions in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, as well as Bristol, England.) The show is an opportunity for artists to present ...

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How do you create good luck? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) "You're so lucky." I clearly remember once seeing this comment on Facebook, in response to a status update on a friend's personal profile. My friend, like me, hails from Arkansas, described on state license plates as "The Natural State." She'd upped sticks in her early twenties, leaving behind family and friends, and ...

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Art doesn't need deep meaning - beauty matters too Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) As a kick-off to Women’s History Month* this year, I moderated a panel discussion that contemplated “Bridging the Divide.” This was in mind of the polarization between people with differing views that’s been sweeping the USA, UK and beyond, and considered the roles of art and community in bringing people together.At the ...

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What does a coffee cup mean to you? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) In a recent trip to my alma mater in the Southern USA, I had a welcome surprise imeeting the students who currently sit on the Environmental Concerns Committee. This was significant as I was one of the ECC’s Co-Founders back in the mid-90s. It was my first experience of being in a ...

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The results are in: CONFIDENCE for Creatives - What hurts? What helps? Post

In January 2017, Be Smart About Art started a survey called CONFIDENCE for Creatives, and the responses came flooding in. The resulting first-hand insight clearly informs what knocks confidence, as well as boosts it.The various factors impacting confidence (good and bad alike) fall into two camps: 'INTERNAL' Forces and 'EXTERNAL' Forces. Watch the video below to learn more about what Tamara ...

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Guilty as charged: 'Letting yourself down with lazy communication' Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) Have you found yourself relaxing in the way you communicate with people online? Perhaps you drop formalities when it comes to direct messaging on social media?From not using formal language to signing-off with your name, social media is often a place for informality. This can also be the same for long email ...

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What knocks your confidence? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) In January 2017, Tamara Gal-On, a business coach for creatives and I set to surveying what knocks confidence and empowers it, with a focus on artists and creatives. The responses have been illuminating, so much so that my mind keeps returning to the subject. And, since it was anonymous, respondents felt free ...

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