New Project: Justifiable Purchases

Justifiable purchase: when the awesomeness of an item outweighs its cost.

Since beginning work on The Practical Art World, I’ve had the chance to connect with many artists and drool over their amazing work. I started a new blog, Justifiable Purchases, as a casual, fun place to share images of artworks that I have found for sale online that make me pause and say OMG.

My plan for Justifiable Purchases is to source out and compile a list of awesome, affordable art and draw attention to some incredible emerging (and established) artists.

I welcome your comments and feedback. Please send me an email: thepracticalartworld [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Summer Vacation! Resource Roundup and Apology

Happy summer everyone! My deepest apologies for the lack of new content on the site recently… I’m going to blame it on the sunshine and swimming. I am currently working on several new topics for posts, as well as a project involving artists which I am very excited about. In the meantime, I offer you a list of excellent art websites run by people who DO update their content regularly. Happy art making!

PS: you can always suggest topics for new posts by emailing me, or by leaving a comment below.

Joanne Mattera Art Blog

Joanne’s blog is a well rounded read that is useful to artists and fans of art alike. She writes excellent reviews of art shows (which include images), as well writes a practical art advice in a series called Marketing Mondays.

Alyson B. Stanfield’s Art Biz Blog

The Art Biz Blog offers concise, focused, useful advice to artists in the departments of creativity as well as business, marketing, and self-promotion.

Artsy Shark

Artsy Shark has a huge library of posts for artists on topics such as art licensing, inspiration, networking, websites, and more. The author Carolyn Edlund consistently delivers relevant advice for emerging artists.

Chris Tyrell’s Art Marketing Blog

Chris Tyrell writes a very engaging and unique blog about self-marketing, copyright issues, pricing, and much more. All the posts are informative but also great to read because of his unique style.

Am I missing any fantastic art resource blogs here? Feel free to share links and tell us why they are great!

An Artful Week

Who says we only have time for art on the weekends? No matter what your schedule looks like, I wish you all an artful week!

Sunday
CASV Studio visits and artist talks

The Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver is one of the best ways to become acquainted with the Vancouver art scene. They often hold studio visits or talks on Sundays for members of the society. Membership costs $185 per year for a single person or $220 for a couple, and with this you receive excellent benefits as well as intimate studio visits with such artists as Ian Wallace, Gordon Smith, Paul Wong, Jeremy Hof, Geoffrey Farmer, Liz Magor, and many more.

Monday
Marketing Mondays – Joanne Mattera blog

Joanne Mattera is an artist and writer living in New York. While maintaining her art career, Ms. Mattera also takes the time to write an art blog where she reviews other shows as well as offers sound, practical advice once a week in a series called Marketing Mondays. The posts include gallery contracts, studio insurance, pricing, art dealers, ethical dilemmas, and many more timely and useful topics. For the full list Continue reading

An open letter to all artists not selected for The Cheaper Show

In the last decade, The Cheaper Show has grown from a small, hand-made art show into a sensational one-night event.  The formula is tantalizing in every way: the exhibition is popular with artists as submission is straightforward and open to anyone, and acceptance now means massive exposure. It is popular with Vancouver because people get the chance to see and buy an amazing array of local and international artwork, most at a fraction of its value. The frenzy that now characterizes The Cheaper Show is no surprise, neither are the line-ups to get in, the quality art that is hung in the show, the press coverage, the crowds, or the red dots.

The announcement of artists for The Cheaper Show is equally sensational. Instead of corresponding individually to artists who submit, the reveal is starkly public. Yesterday, a video was released on The Cheaper Show website listing the artists who will be included. That means that the majority of artists who submitted (as The Cheaper Show only selects 200 out of approximately 1200 submissions) learned of their rejection by Continue reading