- The FAQs and Answers Really Useful Medal
- The Make Me Think Gong
- The Best Book by an Art Blogger Blue Ribbon
- regular posts on a blog wholly focused on the development of artists
- a really good series of posts on a particular topic of major relevance to artists
- a new art instruction book
- a new book about the artist and the art business
|The FAQs and Answers Really Useful Medal|
values those art blogs which aim to share useful information for artists - including what they have learned with/from others
Previous winners are:
- 2012: Belinda del Pesco (Belinda del Pesco Fine Art)
- 2011: Leslie Saeta, Dreama Tolle Perry & guests Artists Helping Artists on Blog Talk Radio
- 2010: Stapleton Kearns (Stapleton Kearns)
- 2009: Roz Stendahl (Roz wound up)
- 2008: James Gurney (Gurney Journey)
- 2007: Charley Parker (Lines and Colours)
- 2006: Justin Clayton (Daily Paintings)
Sharing is a frame of mind - it's a mindset if you like. You've either got it or you haven't. If you've got it, sharing just seeps into everything you do!
I've got a number of recommendations for this award
The FAQs and Answers Really Useful Medal: for her video blog tutorial Grow your art business online. Full of hands on and detailed information how to set up an online shop to increase your sales. I definitely will do this in January.
- Artists Helping Artists was nominated by Susan Williamson (however they won in 2011 and hence are ineligible for the award this year)
- Painters-table.com was nominated by Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco (I think it might have been better if the Painters Table had been nominated for the Showcase Shield under the Generating Art category - however I've got it noted as a contender for 2014 and will be keeping an eye on it over the course of 2014.)
Painters-table.com is a blog of blogs that selects all the most interesting blogposts of the day. I am an avid reader because it covers figurative, abstract, contemporary and old masters painting.
For the FAQ's award, I'd like to nominate http://ilardt.blogspot.co.uk/ - for her progress with monoprinting over the year, from starting out to selling on Etsy, as well as her lovely "my blog is your blog" feature, where she shares lovely work by other artists. Would nominate a fair few of her paintings, too, if I had the time and permission . . .I've not reviewed all of Roos Schuring's videos - I've only been able to dip in and out of three of them - and that's because we are talking lengthy videos. It certainly appears she's made a huge effort to address the type of questions which come up again and again for those trying to sell their art. To then invest her time as a professional artist in making the videos and the supporting documentation and then make all the videos available for free is definitely going above and beyond in the "helping out your fellow artists" stakes!
I'm certainly not a fan of all of her presentation techniques but I'm very used to doing presentations so I guess I'm being picky (but I am a strong believer in outlawing loud music from all educational videos!)
She's just published a recap of the story so far - which I think might actually be a very good place for people to start. It's called 4 Steps Towards Success to Sell More Art.
So for the effort and the content....
The FAQs and Answers Really Useful Medal
|The Make Me Think Gong|
for the person who makes me (and others) think and offers insights that are transferable to the activity and business of being an artist.
- 2012: Cory Huff's The Abundant Artist
- 2011: Luann Udell (Luann Udell)
- 2010: Joanne Mattera - Joanne Mattera
- 2009: Edward Winkelman (edward_ winkleman)
- 2008: Seth Godin (Seth's Blog)
- 2007 shared by:
- 2006 shared by:
Nominations received included
- Roos Schuring for her blog post: Grow your art business online was also nominated by Astrid Volquardsen
Hands on and detailed information how to set up your own online shop in order to increase your sales. I will follow her advise and set mine up in January
Maria Brophy is a no-nonsense businesswoman and blogger, who not only helps direct and maintain the career of internationally-known artist Drew Brophy, but frequently presents helpful guidance to avoid pitfalls of incorrect business practices where artists are concerns--invaluable lessons, illustrated by real-life experiences and examples.
I'd like to nominate Susan Mumford for her Sunday Reading blog. It's being going for a bit over a year, and provides weekly insight into the art world.
That's because I've had somebody in mind for some time as being somebody who should be awarded the Make Me Think Gong for his contributions to thinking about art business.
The key thing to remember is Alan packs in enough content to one article to provide a series of 5-10 blog posts by other bloggers. He's sort of the obverse of Twitter and very short daily tips - he's consistently long on length with lots of solid content. Read his most recent article on Everything You Need to Know About Pricing Your Art and you'll see what I mean. (By way of contrast he is brief and to the point on Facebook - see his Facebook Page for Alan Bamberger artbusiness.com). I'd go so far to say that if Alan ever got round to compiling his advice to artists in a book format he'd very probably have a bestseller on his hands!
|The Best Book by an Art Blogger Blue Ribbon|
for the most helpful book written/produced by an art blogger
- 2012: The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World by Gabriel Campanario
- 2011: Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney (Gurney Journey)
- 2010: Landscape Painting in Pastel by Deborah Secor (Landscape Painting in Pastel)
- 2009: Imaginative Realism : How to Paint What Doesn't Exist by James Gurney (Gurney Journey)
- the author MUST be somebody who blogs about art - BUT they don't have to be an artist.
- the book MUST
- have been published in the previous two years ie after 1st January 2012 in the case of the award for 2013. This is to avoid any bias towards books published in the early part of this year as opposed to those which have not yet had time to build a following.
- add value as opposed to being more of the 'same old, same old'. or just nice to look at.
- will have a structure, content and design which speaks of the passion and priorities of the artist blogger who has written it (ie "identikit books" will NOT win this award!)
- may have been produced and marketed by the artist blogger.
The book is very honest about living the creative life from someone who is doing it. It is very approachable but still informative. e.g. She answers the question "can artists have it all?" with "yes, but not all at once." The book has helped me more accurately assess where I am and what I need to be doing to move forward.
It's also important to remember that this is yet another book which was written according to the author's idea of what was important. Design and content were not dictated by a publishing house. Alyson set up her own publishing company to produce this book. What is very evident from some of the previous winners and this book is that when the experts in their field are allowed to write what they want to write and what they think is important then their books for artists often become best sellers. However it does help if you already have a following!