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13-Dec-2019

As you can see from the title of this blog there are several groups of people in our artworld.

At the top of my list are…..

Art Collectors

The first group are  ‘Art Collectors’, and anybody else interested in art. These good people are very important in the art-world. The...

12-Feb-2017

Quit your day job, become an artist.

If you like making art you might want to progress from hobby artist to professional artist. But you will soon find that you cannot get a job as an artist. Professional artists are self-employed. They have to be. There are no paid job...

2-Jan-2017

Skylarks singing, dewdrops on cobwebs, and flowers.

January the first 2017. I am getting dozens of emails, Facebook posts, Twitter, and other messages about the perils of 2017 and what it will be like.

But this blog is not another one. There is nothing about Trump, or Br...

6-Dec-2016

Starve, strive, survive, then thrive. That is the basic formula for an artist to go from the starving artist phase to the thriving artists phase.

'Art Business Today'  magazine  Jan 2011

Amateurs and professionals in the art business.

I have heard it estimated that there are 100 thousand artists in the UK. Most of them are happy amateurs while just a few hundred are full-time working professionals. An am...

5-Aug-2016

Article from Art Business Today magazine

Technology has changed everything!

For most of my long and illustrious professional art career [he says modestly] I have had to ‘paint pictures and sell them’. In fact that was the phrase I used to answer the question “what do you...

22-Jul-2016

In the late 50’s we saw these strange words describing some of the latest art from the USA, ‘acrylic on masonite’. What was masonite and what were acrylics? Masonite, we found, is a trade term and actually what the USA call, what we Brits call, hardboard. But what were...

15-Feb-2015

The artist’s role in the art industry.

The art industry is huge with an annual global turnover in zillions of dollars. The top auction houses sell art for incredible amounts. Governments allocate multi million pound budgets to support national art galleries. Libraries a...

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