Visual Art is Worth a Thousand Words

Visual Art is Worth a Thousand Words

Guest blog post from Vicki Krohn Amorose
Author of Art-Write: The Writing Guide for Visual Artists

The Power of Words

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Online and offline, artists need to set aside some time to write about their work and really focus on that task. The web has increased the necessity to build bridges to your audience and express yourself in words. Words are powerful.

I’m very familiar with how artists resist and resent the task of writing. Many are recovering from their educations, and writing a statement or promotional materials feels like homework.

I also understand, as an artist myself, how ideas are expressed in the “languages” of art because words aren’t enough. But here we are in a culture of self-promotion. Selling and marketing revolve around the written and spoken word. Words bring the opportunities and connections that artists need to sustain a career.

Remember, you are writing to connect. Visual artists need to reach gallery owners, show jurors, news writers, bloggers, funders, and fill out forms for grants and residency awards. (Fill in the blanks for your own art form and goals.)

If you can clearly express yourself, in words, you can call attention to yourself. No one can predict how the Internet, the economy, and other factors will impact the art world in the future, but one thing is fairly certain: if you are not willing or able to communicate in written language, you will greatly reduce the chances of getting your artwork noticed, taken seriously, and sold.

patrice murcianoI dislike snarky criticism of artist statements and the lack of real help out there. So I wrote a concise, clear book on the subject. I’m an artist advocate and I see how the information is needed.

You don’t have to be a marketing expert to understand this: Avoiding your written communication until it becomes a despised last-minute chore makes no business sense, and you are in the business of art.

There is no need to write lengthy manifestos full of artspeak. A small amount of simple and authentic text will serve you well. And once it’s written, you’ll have the confidence to put yourself out there. Education happens all your life. You can learn to sort out your thoughts so you’ll be able to write and speak about your art with clarity!

#ArtsyTuesday: Here’s What Tattoos Look Like on Aging Skin

#ArtsyTuesday: Here’s What Tattoos Look Like on Aging Skin

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The tats hold up pretty good but those piercings are another topic :/

With more and more of the general population getting tattooed, there’s always the thought of how body art will look as people age.

This question is answered through photographs of senior citizens who’ve partially stripped down and show us how their tattoos are faring in their twilight years.

Some of the ink quality is better than others, of course, but a lot of what we see still is recognizable and looks relatively sharp on their aging skin.

These images give you an idea of how your own tattoo(s) might mature, especially if you take good care of yourself.

See and read more – Senior Citizens Reveal What Tattoos Look Like on Aging Skin – My Modern Met.

#ArtsyTuesday: Annika Connor Makes Scarves from Her Paintings and They’re Pretty Cool!

#ArtsyTuesday: Annika Connor Makes Scarves from Her Paintings and They’re Pretty Cool!

annikaAnnika Connor is a Contemporary Romantic painter. Her work depicts a sense of haunted mystery and a fascination with beauty. Overall, her paintings read as fragments from a daydream and portray a longing for lost fantasy and abundant pleasure.

Connor has worked professionally as a painter in New York, London, Stockholm and participated in numerous national and international exhibitions. Annika is Swedish-American; she currently resides in Brooklyn where she maintains an active studio.

Learn more about Annika and her scarves!

Marylin Multiplied scarf
Marilyn Multiplied scarf


ShawLux is delighted to introduce this line of wearable art and is excited to give clients the opportunity to “wrap themselves in luxury and wrap themselves in art.” The Annika Connor by ShawLux collection blends the uniqueness of an original painting with the wearability of a functional and chic accessory. When speaking about the collection, Connor says, “I hope this project will tap into the creative in all of us, that the scarves will pull from the closet an added artistic edge and bring a bit of whimsy to anyone’s style.”

Each of the scarves are 85% cashmere, 15% silk, and have an approximate dimension of 80″ x 28″. 

Your work can be featured on #ArtsyTuesday too!

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5 Must-Have Social Media Marketing Books for Artists

5 Must-Have Social Media Marketing Books for Artists


It’s often said that people don’t read anymore and that things have to be dumbed down or posted in 140 characters or less for people to pay attention.

I must admit that I also find myself scanning over the hoards of information I encounter daily and I have also become a woman of few words, written or otherwise, but I do know when to give full and proper attention to pertinent information that will benefit myself or others.

There are thousands if not millions of artists using social media to promote, share and sell their work. Some are successful, many unfortunately are not. The successful artists use many techniques and strategies but I assure you that reading and research is among the list of reasons why they are making a living from their work.

I have compiled this list of 5 Must-Have Social Media Marketing Books for Artists just for you!

Read and Enjoy :)

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#FeedArt on Ms. Nix: TIDAL – A Wake Up Call For All Artists

#FeedArt on Ms. Nix: TIDAL – A Wake Up Call For All Artists

tidalAffluent artists must keep investing in themselves and their art to make sure that they remain wealthy. Money can be lost as fast as it was earned.

However, TIDAL is not just about the rich getting richer…

Deadmau5 says, “TIDAL is as an opportunity to cut out the unnecessary middleman that labels have become, so that the artists, especially independent ones, can have the ability to enter in a direct relationship with the streaming platform, thus minimizing royalty splits and loss of income for the artists.”


tidal-for-all-jay-zI encourage all artists, whether you are a writer, musician, visual artist, photographer, performance artist etc. to join together with other artists in your network. It’s hard being an independent artist and there is power in numbers.

Instead of seeing each other as competition, join together to build something amazing that will benefit all artists involved and become a beacon for other aspiring artists.

Read full article via #FeedArt: TIDAL – A Wake Up Call For All Artists – Ms Nix in the Mix .