At the end of the day, clean up and de-clutter your work area and you’ll start the next day with a clear mind. ~ Renée Phillips
Make tomorrow’s plans and write your “To-Do” list the night before and arrange the activities in order of urgency. ~Renée Phillips
Buy and/or create organization supplies that are colorful, well-designed and aesthetically appealing to you in order to make working with them a creative experience. ~Renée Phillips
If your health is impaired, your career will be threatened. Balance work with relaxation and healthy nutrition. ~Renée Phillips
Donate a percentage of your sales to a favorite charity, ideally one that is related to the subject matter of your work. This is one of the best sources of satisfaction as well as self-promotion. ~Renée Phillips
When you identify the characteristics of your customers, you will ascertain where to find them, what publications they read, what organizations they are most likely to join, and how to reach them. ~Renée Phillips
Serious gallery owners and collectors seek a focused vision from artists. Inconsistency makes you appear unprofessional and lacking in commitment. ~Renée Phillips
When you bring your art out into the art market it should reveal a consistent, cohesive body of work. ~Renée Phillips
In your studio, you can and should experiment to your heart’s desire, always evolving and improving. ~Renée Phillips
Diversify your market. Sell small and large pieces, originals and editions, and less expensive media and higher priced media, such as drawings and paintings. ~Renée Phillips
Give your collectors a reason to recommend you to their friends and associates. ~Renée Phillips
Marketing experts say that 80 percent of your sales will come from 20 percent of the people you know. Rely on repeat customers and referrals. ~Renée Phillips
If you procrastinate excessively, consider hiring a career coach. ~Renée Phillips
Avoid procrastination. This is one of the major causes of failure. ~Renée Phillips
Empowerment results from team support, partnerships, mutual support and cross-promotion. Treat other artists as you want to be treated. ~Renée Phillips
Consider artists as your allies, not competitors. Channel energy in a positive direction through camaraderie and synergy instead of negative backstabbing or feelings of envy ~Renée Phillips
Focus on creating your best work first, and then determine what your best market venues are. If you reverse the order, you will always be in disharmony. ~Renée Phillips
Maintain your Web site and/or blog with current artwork and news updates. Keep your database updated and in an easy-to-use format. ~Renée Phillips
Never leave the house without a pocketful of business cards. Keep plenty of promotional materials on hand. ~Renée Phillips
Because much of our communication now is impersonal and electronic, be among those who connect with others using more personalized methods. ~Renée Phillips
Every successful career has a foundation of strong relationships. Make a practice of building new relationships and taking care of existing ones. ~Renée Phillips
Catch yourself when you are making excuses or blaming others or circumstances for your situation. ~Renée Phillips
There are many things over which we have little or no control. But, those attitudes, decisions and actions we take can have huge consequences. ~Renée Phillips
When you tell your story in words, speak and write with enthusiasm, passion and confidence. Those qualities are infectious. ~Renée Phillips
You are different than any one else on the planet. That which makes you unique is communicated through your art. ~Renée Phillips
Create a “Dream Book” or photo collage. Fill it with pictures of your ideal home, spacious studio, dream exhibition or performance space, adventurous foreign lands, heavenly artists’ retreats and other delights that you want to be a part of your life. ~Renée Phillips
Write your goals on index cards as though they have already been achieved. Make them specific, visual and tangible, in the present tense. ~Renée Phillips
Strive to attain balance among your creative, career and financial goals. ~Renée Phillips
When your mission, values and identity are in harmony, the events in your life move with an effortless momentum, and you attract the right people at the right time. ~Renée Phillips
Performing to the best of our ability requires fitness and stamina, and in the long term, we cannot afford to neglect our bodies. Taking time out to meet our physical, mental and emotional needs will enable us to achieve our goals of excellence. ~Elena Parashko
Accept that there comes a time to let a work go and move on, even if it is not perfect. Take what you have learned from the experience and apply it to the next one. ~Elena Parashko
A good indication that a work is complete is when you have achieved what you set out to do and the artwork still carries a sense of spontaneity and freshness. ~Elena Parashko
There is a temptation to continue reworking a piece indefinitely. When you begin to agonize over minor details, it is a sign you are approaching the point of diminishing returns. Any further time spent on the project will be for little or no gain, and may even destroy what has been accomplished. ~Elena Parashko
If your mind is distracted by obligations you are neglecting, persisting under these circumstances can be a waste of time. Mistakes will be made, and the quality of your work will suffer. Instead, deal with your commitments so you are able to fully focus. ~Elena Parashko
If your artwork is not progressing the way you want, you may need to distance yourself from it for a period of time. When you are very close to something it can be hard to see the obvious. ~Elena Parashko
If a gallery does not have its submissions policy on its website, you can call and ask. To the best of your ability, adhere to the policy, submit your portfolio and follow up with a call to see if it arrived. ~Jodi Walsh
An artist must have enough business sense to find out the gallery’s submissions policy before approaching a gallery, or the gallery will not be interested in working with the artist. ~Jodi Walsh
If you want to be a success, your artwork needs to connect with people. ~Jack White
If there is a cause you are particularly close to, you can also consider initiating your own charitable program. ~Renée Phillips
Monetary gain should be secondary to being passionate about what you are doing. ~Renée Phillips
The key to giving to any charity or nonprofit, whether you’re giving money, time or art, is to be passionate about the cause. ~Renée Phillips
If you haven’t considered using your art to help charities and nonprofits before, I encourage you to make this the year you do so. ~Renée Phillips
Art brings beauty and inspiration and richness to all those who get to experience it. And, when it can go to the next step and provide genuine help in the world because of its mere existence, it answers the why… ~Margaret Zox Brown
Acknowledge the power of art is enormous, and its impact can be seen in a myriad of ways, from helping to raise funds for victims in Haiti, to donating art for healing purposes in healthcare institutions. ~Renée Phillips
To bring positive change to someone’s life and be productive in our society, one must make time for meaningful pursuits. ~Renée Phillips
The end of your photography portfolio review can also be the beginning of a long relationship. It is critical to follow up with reviewers, personally thank them for their time and keep them informed of your work. ~Elizabeth Brady Robinson
Attending national photography portfolio reviews can be great experiences for photographers seeking publishing opportunities, gallery representation or other possible exhibition venues. ~Elizabeth Brady Robinson
It’s always better to get permissions or releases before the use of anything that does not belong to you. ~Maria A. Savio, Esq.
In most cases, if the underlying work or reference work you wish to use is in public domain, you do not need to obtain permission. ~Maria A. Savio, Esq.
The purpose of a clearance is to allow you to sleep at night without fear that someone will legally come after you. ~Maria A. Savio, Esq.
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