As part of my continuing education, I follow (and actually read the posts!) a few art blogs. Some of them are more business oriented; some of them cover the gamut from tutorials to reviews, but all of them relate to growing your art business. These are my favorites and most helpful in my opinion in no particular order:
- http://www.artbizblog.com/; Alyson B. Stanfield, Art Biz Coach. No excuses! Alyson is hands down the best resource for beginning and mid-career artists on the web. Her no excuse approach is something the every artist needs to embrace to succeed. My only regret? That I didn’t follow more of her advice back in 2008 when I bought the first edition of I’d Rather Be In The Studio.
- http://designinganmba.com/; Megan Auman, Designing an MBA. Megan doesn’t blog so much as teach. The Designing an MBA class was invaluable to me in working out a business plan and the rough outline for a marketing plan a few years ago.
- http://reddotblog.com/; Jason Horejs, Xanadu Gallery. I have followed Jason for a few years now, bought his book, and love his advice from the perspective a gallery owner. His no-nonsense approach to the art business is refreshing.
- http://emptyeasel.com/; Empty Easel is a collaborative blog with art, business, critiques, tutorials and advice from a variety of writers and guest bloggers. It is a one-stop shop for information on pretty much everything art related.
- http://springboardforthearts.org/; Springboard is more of a resource than a blog. They offer classes, coaching, and resources to help artists. Their mission is to connect artists with the resources to make a living and a life.
While not every post is useful to me, there is always some tidbit that is helpful or relevant. I look on these resources as my mentors, and am thankful for them sharing their knowledge.