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The Business Of Being An Artist Painting For Profit

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Being An Artist Or Painting For Profit

The business of being an artist and painting for profit is an odd one. You would not normally associate the two. I hope you find the pointers or suggestions made here useful.  After all, you do want to sell your artworks. Running your craft as a business should only take up a small portion of your time. But you must be dedicated to it.

Planning Your Art Business

A business plan is usually developed to raise cash for the venture. Perhaps by a bank loan or some other lending institution. Artists find this type of cash subsidy hard to obtain. I would never recommend borrowing money anyway.

Painting For Profit

Can you create or use more than one outlet or method to sell your art?

Look at your biggest competitor and ask yourself if you can utilize some of their methods.

Analyse your competitor as much as possible and identify what is wrong or right with their techniques for selling

Can you give some sort of added value to your art?

What will you sell? Completed art, commissioned art, or both?

Work out your start up costs right down to the last dollar. That is, be realistic in your calculations.

Where do you plan your business to be in 10 years?

Back to costs. Where will you get the money?

Work out an estimate of what you realistically expect to make over the year to come.

Will you need to register for GST?

  • The Vale Acrylic Painting

    The Vale Acrylic Painting

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    The Vale Acrylic Painting

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    The Vale Acrylic Painting

    The Vale acrylic painting is painted on stretched canvas. The river has picked up speed as it approaches the cliff edge where it disappears into a deep valley. The word “vale” is a romanticised version of “valley”.

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    Acrylic Artwork Uluru (Ayers Rock)

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    Acrylic Artwork Uluru (Ayers Rock)

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    Acrylic Artwork Uluru (Ayers Rock)

    Acrylic Artwork Uluru, once known as Ayers Rock, still magnificent no matter what you call it.

    Surely the most famous monolith in the world, Uluru, Ayers Rock was its former name.

    I have done this in acrylics using brushes and other tools on stretched canvas.

    The actual painting size is 60 x 30cm

     

    by Chris

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  • armageddon

    Armageddon Abstract Art

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    Armageddon Abstract Art

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    Abstract Art in the Expressionistic style. As the comet blasts it’s a way through the city, the buildings come toppling down against each other like dominoes.

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  • Farm drain

    Farm Drain

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    Farm Drain

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    Farm Drain

    These farm drains are used in Western Australia on farms for the rare times when the rainfall exceeds what is needed

    Painted in acrylics on stretched canvas

    40 x 30cm

    Ready to hang or can be framed

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  • Farm Hut

    Farm Hut

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    Farm Hut

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    Farm Hut

    This is an old farm hut where transient workers stay during picking season. Accommodation is very basic for these people. You cant see the outside dunny round the back

    Painted in acrylics on stretched canvas

    40 x 30cm

    Ready to hang or can be framed

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    Waiting For A Bite

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    Waiting For A Bite

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    Waiting For A Bite

    A boy fishes at his local jetty hoping to catch a big fish at last

    Painted in acrylics on stretched canvas

    50 x 40cm

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Skills for running your business

Keep your goals firm. Do not be tempted to set them higher just because it looks nice to have a raging success in the first year.

You do not need to be a whizz at numbers to succeed, basic arithmetic is obviously important as you will need to plan a budget or at least keep track of your cash flow.

Be organized. You take your art seriously, so treat your business the same way.

Marketing

Write yourself an artists statement. Tell people what inspires you or what your art is meant to convey or which feelings it should evoke.

When photographing your art for sale, use the best quality camera you can, avoid distracting backgrounds or reflections or shadows on the artwork.

Make sure your photo is focused properly! If it is blurry it will appear to prospective buyers that you just do not care.

If you have hired a photographer to take pro images, make sure that he has signed over the copyright of the photo to you. That prevents him from using the image for his own purposes.

Lastly, keep an archive of work you have sold.

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Bona Fide Go Fund Me

Singleton House Fire
Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

artist - blogger - author

Bona Fide GoFundMe

What Is A Bona Fide Go Fund Me Reason?

The principle of a bona fide go fund me page is that of giving assistance to people who have suffered a catastrophe of some sort.

Firefighters Battle The Blaze

An example of a fair reason to set up a go fund me page is one of the tragic house fire in Singleton that cost to lives of three children. The family are left with nothing but grief. The entire house was gutted by the fire.

Neighbours fought the smoke and heat trying to prevent the total loss of the house and contents. One neighbour is reported to have pulled the children’s mothers unconscious body from the fire but was unable to save anyone else.

A Non Bona-Fide Reason

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Israel Folau

Here is a man who had an official go fund me page trying to raise three million dollars for legal fees against, I think, Rugby Australia, for sacking him for breach of contract due to his foul utterances about, essentially, your right to choose.  That page was reported to be deleted as he was in contravention of the terms of use. No kidding!

Even Worse

The Australian Christian Lobby then set up what I see as a private go fund me collection site for Israel Folau. How they can support a man whose views are amongst the most Un-Christian I have ever heard of beggars belief. He is worth millions in the properties he owns and is said to have millions of dollars in the bank.

But what is even worse is that whilst Australia prides itself as being a progressive multi-cultural nation, people are still donating money to Folau.

He is an uncharitable man and deserves nothing from the good people of Australia.

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5 Hobbies To Enjoy

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Get Fit Mountain Biking
Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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5 Hobbies To Enjoy

Jumpstart Your Hobbies

Hobbies. Why have them at all? If you have a hobby, it will provide you with the opportunity to zone out from the pressures of daily living in today’s society. Here are five hobbies to enjoy.

Hobbies, in general, are good for your soul. It does not matter if you paint as a hobby, build models, race miniature cars or play golf. No matter what you choose as your hobby, the simple act of thinking about what you are doing is going to push the pressures away, except maybe if you decide to take up the next one which can, at times, be frustrating.

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Fishing As A Hobby

Fishing As Hobby

Fishing is one of the most popular hobbies to enjoy. Some will keep you constantly on the move meaning you will get some light exercise while you fish, such as fly fishing shown above. Other fishing methods like bait fishing or match fishing may mean you are seated in the one spot at length. While concentrating on feeling for a bite you can also use the time as an opportunity to meditate a little.

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Beekeeping

How About Beekeeping?

If you were to take up beekeeping as another enjoyable hobby, you would need to invest a little money in it. You will need hives, a suit, and will need to source a Queen for your colony. You can buy these easily. I will give you a source for them. As to the hives you can get cheap as chips ones through eBay.

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Artists Brushes

Painting As A Hobby

Are interested in becoming an artist? You do not need to have formal training to succeed as an artist. There are numerous guides and video learning options around to help you get started. As an artist, you can spend very little on your materials to get started.

You can purchase a 123 piece art set in a presentation box from eBay for just $43. An artists sketch or painting pad can be bought for under $10 from Officeworks.

Creating art is something anyone can do. Plus you can advertise your paintings for sale and cover the cost of your hobby. OK, so you say you can’t draw to save your life. Well, you don’t need to. Some of the best and most expensive art ever made is abstract art.

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Photography

Photography

Photography has changed massively since digital cameras became available. The resolution on early cameras was not the best but nowadays they are almost equal to the best film and camera combinations of the 1980s.

There are camera clubs and forums galore to help you in your edification in the art of photography.

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Stand Up Paddle Board

The Sup-board or Paddle Board

Combine exercise and a commune with nature.  Hop on your sup-board and gently paddle out on calm waters in an estuary, bay or on a river. You can take your best mate with you and simply enjoy the serenity of smoothly gliding along the surface of the water.

A word of caution here though. remember that you may encounter a headwind or opposing current as you paddle back to your landing stage. So, keep some energy in reserve!

You can spend as little as $290 to well over $5,000 on one.

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New Moon Race

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Space Race
Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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The Space Race Is Now The Moon Race

The Space Race was during the Cold War between mainly the USA and the USSR. Each “side” tried to continually outdo the other in its achievements with space travel. Russia was first to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (the R-7) and put the worlds first satellite in orbit.

The Americans are said to have won the space race as they were the first to succeed in landing on the Moon. The space race lasted from 1955 to 1975. We now have a new race being referred to as the  Moon Race. Although East and West are both capable of landing on the Moon, the new objective is to

set up a base on the Moon.

The Moon Race will see a permanent base on the Moon with people living there and conducting experiments. They may set up an observatory but, ultimately, the intention will be to construct spacecraft on the site.

These spacecraft will likely be made on Earth in sections which will be shuttled to the Moon for assembly. This will give them the ability to launch spacecraft from the surface of the moon much easier than possible from Earth due to the escape velocity required being much lower as the Moon’s gravitational pull is only 1/6th of that on Earth.

Man will no longer need to rely on the photographs from probes or vision from rovers on Mars. We will be able to put a Human on Mars and get first-hand information from the planet’s surface.

Space exploration has long been the subject of science fiction movies. It will soon be a reality.

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What If?

Life Is Full Of What If's
Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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If Only or What If?

Have you ever thought to yourself, “What if?” The what if’s and if only’s of life present themselves to us almost daily.

Every regret you have or will have in the future is bound to have you thinking for example, “What if I had remembered to go for petrol this morning? I would have been here at a different time and this accident would never have happened.”

Let me tell you something. Put the what if’s out of your mind. Banish them from existence. They have no right to enter your head. A ‘what if’ scenario in your head is an event that is non-existent. Neither you nor I have the ability to make time run backwards so there is absolutely no point in thinking like that. I, personally, cannot even begin to comprehend the number of what if situations that must have occurred in my life.

I do not want to remember them either. Remembering or dwelling on one of these is detrimental to your overall health and wellbeing.

Should you start to have a what if moment creep into your subconscious, it is best to extinguish it right away with positive thoughts.

These can be in the form of self-affirmation or maybe looking forward to a happy event in the future. You could also start planning something that you would like to achieve. That could be anything from tidying the garden to a masters degree in horticulture.

The point is. Think positive. You are worthy.

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