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#ArtsyTuesday: 4 Useful Tips For Artists Starting Out

By Joanne Perkins

1. Be persistent

Building up a successful career takes a lot of time. You’re not going to become a successful artist overnight. Persistence is key. If you aren’t prepared to invest a lot of time into becoming a successful artist, it isn’t going to happen for you. It will more than likely take you a long time to get where you want to be and you will encounter bumps in the road along the way. It’s important to remain persistent even when something doesn’t happen or something turns out different to what you thought it would be. You have to be prepared for every eventuality and you have to let yourself get past any stumbling blocks.

2. Build up connections

It’s essential that you build up a network of connections if you want to become a successful artist. Build up an email list and notify your contacts whenever you have something to advertise, such as an exhibition or the fact that your work’s being featured in a magazine. Get your friends and family involved as well. Whenever someone supports you in any way by attending an exhibition or by buying one of your pieces, for example, maintain your connection with them by thanking them for supporting you. An excellent way of building up connections is to get yourself on as many social media sites as you can.

3. Put yourself out there

There’s a lot that can be gained from putting yourself out there. Do everything you can to learn about art and what it takes to become a professional artist. Take advantage of any opportunities that you think will be of help to you and your career, even if they don’t seem like much at the time. It’s going to take a while for you to get a sell-out exhibition at a top gallery. Until you can do that, make do with simply getting your work shown at smaller exhibitions. Start small and work your way up. Another good idea is to become involved with your local art scene. Attend events and get to know other artists in your area. Doing this is a really useful way of finding and establishing important connections.

4. Have a clear vision and realistic goals

It’s important to have an idea about what you want to do in your art career. Of course, this may well change over time, but as long as your vision’s clear, you can go about achieving your career goals more effectively. You stand a better chance of being successful if you offer something different from others, so have a think about what your unique selling point is. Once you’ve got a clear idea of what sets you apart from others, always bear this in mind. Be true to yourself and your unique vision. When it comes to goal setting, it’s important that you set goals you can realistically achieve. By all means, be ambitious, but don’t set your goals too high, otherwise you’ll just end up feeling frustrated and disappointed when you don’t achieve them. It’s better to achieve lots of smaller goals than not to have achieved any bigger goals.

Joanne Perkins is a Berkshire-based artist with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. She specializes in painting Berkshire landscapes and loves capturing the natural beauty of her local countryside. She is happy to accept all queries and questions. For more information about Joanne, her work and her current projects visit:

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#ArtsyTuesday: 4 Secrets To Developing Your Own Style

art-styleBy Joanne Perkins

1. Start with what you love

You don’t just choose your style; your style is something that comes to you as you create art. The best way to go about developing your style is to start with what you love and go from there. If you’ve been creating art and you know what you love, simply go for that. If you’re not too sure, simply create lots of art and experiment in lots of different ways. Being versatile in your art is a good way of helping you realize what particular type of art you love above all others. If you create lots of different types of art, you should sooner or later come across something that you find really appealing.

2. Create lots of art

What your love is the basis for developing your style. Once you’ve got this, you can go about exploring and developing your style. Work as much as you can and create as many pieces as you can. The more you create, the more your style will develop, evolve and grow. It’s worth bearing in mind that it can take a long time for you to develop a unique style. Many artists spend years creating art in order to find their unique style – finding your style can be a long process and can therefore require a lot of your time and patience.

self_portrait_in_different_styles3. Think about what sets you apart from others

Pick an artist and look at their works to gain an idea of what their style is. What sets this artist apart from others? What’s unique about this artist’s style? Is there something common to all this artist’s pieces? Ask yourself these questions to give yourself an idea of how artists make themselves stand out. Then ask yourself these questions about your own works: what sets you apart from others? What’s unique about your style? Is there something common to your pieces?

4. Be prepared for your style to change

If you know what your style is and you’re confident it makes you stand out from the crowd, great. What you have to be prepared for is for your style to change and evolve over time. Some artists are happy to find their style and work with it for the rest of their careers. For others, sticking to one way of creating isn’t enough to satisfy their creative needs; they feel the need to always push their creativity and experiment with new styles. Even if you’re happy to stick with one style, you should be prepared for change, as changes may eventually show themselves in your works.

Joanne Perkins is a Berkshire-based artist with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. She specializes in painting Berkshire landscapes and loves capturing the natural beauty of her local countryside. She is happy to accept all queries and questions. For more information about Joanne, her work and her current projects visit:

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#ArtsyTuesday: 11 Fascinating Facts About Art

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By Joanne Perkins

1. Red Vineyard at Arles was the only painting that Vincent van Gogh sold during his lifetime. Though he didn’t enjoy much success throughout his life, after death he went on to become one of the world’s most popular and influential artists. While Vincent van Gogh was alive, he created over 900 paintings, as well as over 1,000 sketches and drawings. His wife dedicated herself to getting his work recognized. It’s safe to say she succeeded.

2. The word ‘art’ is very subjective; the Oxford Dictionary offers 12 definitions of what art actually is.

3. Paint tubes may not seem that important today, but without them, art as we know it would be a lot different. The invention of paint tubes allowed artists to venture outside with their painting supplies and capture the world around them more easily. This led to the Impressionist movement, which continues to influence and inspire many artists all over the world to this day.

4. Studies have found that children who study art are more likely to have higher grades than those who don’t study art.

5. If Monet’s father had his way, his son would have been a grocer, not a painter.

6. Pablo Picasso completed his first drawing when he was nine. It was of a man riding a horse during a bullfight. He completed his first serious painting, which depicted his father, mother and sister kneeling at an altar, when he was 15.

7. Michelangelo worked for a total of nine consecutive popes. His art career was extraordinary in itself: he worked for some 70 years and was widely regarded as one of the leading creatives and visionaries of the Renaissance. Pope Julius II was the first pope Michelangelo worked with and Pope Pius IV was the last.

8. Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night is a depiction of the view of Saint-Remy-de-Provence, a small town in the South of France. Vincent van Gogh created this painting while staying at the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, a psychiatric hospital. The painting is actually the view from his window.

The_Scream9. The Scream by Edvard Munch is a very famous painting, but did you know the artist actually created five different versions of this painting? He created the first two in 1893 using crayon and tempura on cardboard and the third with pastels. The fourth version is a black and white lithograph. The fifth version was created owing to the popularity of the previous versions.

10. Before the 19th century, artists would have to mix their oil paints by hand whenever they wanted to paint.

11. The Olympic Games used to award medals for works of art inspired by sports. These medals were handed out in the games from 1912-48.

Joanne Perkins is a Berkshire-based artist with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. She specializes in painting Berkshire landscapes and loves capturing the natural beauty of her local countryside. She is happy to accept all queries and questions. For more information about Joanne, her work and her current projects visit:

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#ArtsyTuesday: 4 Easy Ways To Get Your Artwork Noticed

By Joanne Perkins

1. Get on social media

It goes without saying that social media is an incredibly useful marketing tool. The vast majority of marketing experts would strongly recommend all brands have some social media presence. Get yourself on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any others you want. There are some networks just for artists: DeviantArt, for example, is a very social and friendly online art community with 20 million members. Another good one is PaintingsIlove, a social network where you can get friendly feedback on your artwork.

2. Write a blog

Writing a blog gives you the chance to talk about whatever you want and share it with people. Of course, as an artist, you may well want to focus on your latest projects and how they’re coming along, but you also broaden your horizons and write about more general art topics. If you’ve managed to build up an audience for yourself, post content to your blog regularly and give your readers content they want to read. Find other bloggers who write a similar sort of content and offer to do a guest blog for them. They will then do a guest blog for you. The benefit you get from this is that you get to promote yourself to a different blogger’s audience.

guerrillagirls3. Get a website

Create a website for your artwork and your brand. Your website should be a welcoming place where potential customers can learn about you, your artwork and why you’ve chosen to go down this particular path. You should have lots of digital copies of your artwork on your website and people should easily be able to purchase any pieces they like the look of. Your website should also contain links to your social media accounts and your blog. Your blog and social media posts should hopefully bring people to your website, which is essentially your brand’s home, so to speak.

4. Make friends, build connections

Simply being online isn’t enough. You have to put yourself out there and establish connections. If you’re online and you don’t build up connections with others, you won’t get noticed, and neither will your artwork. Getting yourself online is the first step; the second is to interact with people. When doing this, you should be friendly, positive and genuine. Don’t bombard people with messages all about your artwork because they will be put off and won’t look at your work. Take a more subtle approach: engage in conversation, make positive comments on what others are doing and be more social. If you’re friendly and complimentary, people will be more likely to respond.

Joanne Perkins is a Berkshire-based artist with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. She specializes in painting Berkshire landscapes and loves capturing the natural beauty of her local countryside. She is happy to accept all queries and questions. For more information about Joanne, her work and her current projects visit:

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Acrylic, Latex & Ink on 34” x 22½” Pine Table Top (23 January 2013)

#ArtsyTuesday: Meet Brooklyn Born Artist – ZbOROVAN


Click to see the online gallery of ZbOROVAN.

I was born in Brooklyn, New York at 6:35 PM on the 10th of December in 1953. It was on an inordinately cold Thursday. The same day PLAYBOY made its debut at the newsstands in Manhattan. And I have no idea what that means, but it probably means something. Anyway, I was born Paul Buroran to a drunken, Czech father and narcissistic, sociopathic, Puerto Rican mother. Oh yeah. My childhood was loads of laughs.

The 12th of February in 1969 was a pivotal point in my life: I picked up my first drink, and climbed on a roller coaster for parts unknown.

I paint under the nom de la brosse of ZbOROVAN. My pre-Ellis Island family name in honor of my paternal grandfather, who was also a painter. I figured ZbOROVAN beat the hell out Buroran, since Buroran was a typo made by some over-worked clerk in 1923.

15 x 35 Particle Board (18 March 2014)

I sold my first painting for $200.00 at a Greenwich Village Street Exhibit on the Ides of March in 1973. As soon as I felt those crisp bills resting in my hand, a paraphrasing of Rene Descartes’ axiom popped into my head: “Ego Pingere, Ergo Sum.” Translation: I paint, therefore I am.

When I headed out on my adventure, I was shooting for the fame and fortune of Pablo, but more often than not, my life leaned in the direction of Vincent, but I didn’t have a Theo to take up the slack.

Acrylic, Latex, Particle Board, Wood, and 19-Gauge wire

Back in the early 80’s (which a great decade for me, by the way), I fell into a dark hole commonly known as a Painter’s Block. I had never experienced anything like it before, so quite naturally it freaked me out. But I figured if I got into something creative that didn’t involved painting, it would pull me out of that abyss. So I started to write. 26 short stories and 8 months later, I was free. I even converted a few of the stories into screenplays, but didn’t do anything with them.

I climbed off that roller coaster on the 1st of May in 2010.
It was a wild and fuzzy ride.

Well, 42 years after my first sale and 4 ex-wives later, I now reside in Holly Springs, NC with my 5th wife, Angela, and our son, Morgan.

And that’s the man behind the paintings.

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#FeedArt Fashion: How To Keep A Street Artist Warm During Winter

Street Art by Cof and Animalito LandArtists are like the postman; they create in the rain, sleet, or snow…if they have to.

It’s October so that means if you live in the Midwest or the East Coast it’s about to get cold as hell!

But the show must go on.

Heated clothing is the perfect investment and solution to staying warm and toasty during the winter months for graffiti artists, street performers, or Art Walk participants and patrons.

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Gyde heated clothing, powered by Gerbing, is designed with revolutionary technology created to ensure you can truly enjoy the winter weather.

Enjoy wireless heat control. Gyde developed the Bluetooth Powered Thermgauge adapter and a super friendly app for your IOS or Android device. Now, you can pair multiple 7 volt or 12 volt garments and seamlessly manage your heat at any time and any place right on your smartphone.

You have no excuse not to go out in the cold.

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#ArtsyTuesday: Ariana Richards – Jurassic Park Meets Botticelli

arianarichardsjurrasicparkTake a trip back in time to June of 1993 when Jurassic Park was released and the young girl eating green jello in the image above screams of terror were heard in movie theaters across the world.

She no longer caters to the big screen, she now creates beautiful landscape and figure paintings so realistic that you’d swear they were photographs.

Who knew?!

Ariana Richards is her name and she has a degree in Fine Arts and Drama and her genealogy can be traced back to the Italian Renaissance with Carlo Crivelli, a contemporary of Botticelli, so the gift is in her genes.

Ariana is an award-winning artist and her work has been featured in People Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, and Good Morning America, just to name a few!

Her website doesn’t say just how much the investment will cost, but you can request an original oil painting to be created to your specifications. I’m sure you’ll be out of a few thousand dollars in the process but it’ll be worth it.


Looks like Kirsten Dunst, doesn’t it? Click to see more of Ariana Richard’s online gallery!

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#ArtsyTuesday: How To Competitively Price Your Art In Four Simple Steps

How-much-should-I-chargeHave you ever looked at what you consider to be a mediocre piece of art that had a price tag in the thousands and wondered – $5,000 (or whatever cost in the thousands) for that???!

Have you ever looked at a piece of art that you adored and thought the same?

Or, are you the person that looks at the price of art and doesn’t bat an eyelash when you see that the price is five or even six figures?

In fact, the higher the better as far as you’re concerned. Your wallet is open and ready!

First off, let me say I’d love for you to spend some quality time with my artwork and make a purchase but as a newbie (I’ve been painting less that ten years) I often wonder if I am charging too little or too much for my pieces.

I’m sure I’m charging too little which means I’m cheating myself but who and where are these people who buy art worth thousands? Are my pieces even worth thousands of dollars? If I am being totally honest with myself, I don’t think so. Not yet.

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Cleopatra Jones – She’s currently priced at $100. Should I charge more? Would you pay more?

I haven’t sold a piece in years (I don’t even remember what I charged for the pieces I’ve sold in the past but I’m sure it wasn’t enough) and I really have no idea who my art buying audience is and to be quite honest I’m not that educated or informed on how things really work in the art world but I’m learning.

What I do know is that I love to create art. Or at least I used to. My muse has been on strike but she’s starting to get tired of the fight.

Creating and selling art is a legitimate business, so there comes a time when you have to take your talent, work and time seriously so that you can go from starving to thriving.

Creatives can make a living from their work.


Step 1: Define your market. Where do you sell your art? Do you sell locally, regionally, nationally or internationally? The art, artists and prices in your market are the ones you should pay the most attention to.

Step 2: Define your type of art. What kind of art do you make? What are its physical characteristics? In what ways is it similar to other art? How do you categorize it? If you paint abstracts, for example, what kind of abstracts, how would you describe them? This is the type of art that you want to generally focus on for comparison purposes.

Step 3: Determine which artists make art similar to yours either by researching online or visiting galleries, open studios or other venues and seeing their work in person. Pay particular attention to those artists who also have career accomplishments similar to yours, who’ve been making art about as long as you have, showing about as long as you have, selling about as long as you have and so on.

Step 4: See how much these similar artists charge for their art. Their prices will be good initial estimates of the prices you should charge for your art.

Learn more about pricing art by visiting

These 5 Street Art pieces are worth more than $1,000 each!
Multi Skull

Multi Skull by Seen – $1,500

I Love My Psy

I Love My Psy by Speedy Graphito – $4,000


Broken by Gregory Siff – $6,000

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Journey #7 by Natasha June – $2,150

Liberty Head

Liberty Head by Peter Max – $6,000

What do you think? Would you shell out thousands for any of these pieces?

Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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