Legally Protecting Your Artwork

Attorney Bill Frazier, who specializes in art-related legal issues, spoke to OPA artists at the national exhibition in Fredericksburg, Texas. He told the audience that it is very important to have a written agreement rather than just a ... Read More...

Moving Beyond The Receipt Shoebox: Practical Accounting And Administration For Artists

Presented by OPA Signature Member Kurt Anderson at the 2010 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. General Rules for Good Organization All artists should keep track of their expenses.  They are deductible and will save on ... Read More...

Free Ways to Promote Your Paintings: Part I – Press Releases

Okay, we are kidding ourselves if we think that there isn’t a business side to art.  There is and, as you know, artists need to wear many hats in order to have a growing career.  One of those hats is “Marketing and Promoting your ... Read More...

How to Keep Track of Shows That You Want to Enter (and Not Miss the Deadlines)

In 1998 artist Howard Friedland and I were married. Right away we could see that keeping track of two artist’s deadlines could quickly get out of control. So I devised a simple system for both of us to keep track of our paperwork. Yes, we ... Read More...

Dealing with the Distasteful aspects of Self Promotion

The issue of successfully promoting one’s efforts is one that has always given me great pause. I know the importance of not being out of sight for to long….out of sight out of mind. Unfortunately, things move so quickly now that any ... Read More...

It’s Just Paint and Canvas

What is the true “market value” of a painting? How does a potential collector know that a fair price is being offered? After all, the price can be negotiated... It’s not like a car, a stereo system, or a suit jacket that contains technical ... Read More...

Important Website Considerations for Artists: Part 3 of 3

This article is part 3 of a 3-part series discussing important website considerations for artists. The first part laid out some general thoughts to keep in mind during the initial stages of creating your art website. The second piece ... Read More...

Important Website Considerations for Artists: Part 2 of 3

This article is part 2 of a 3-part series discussing important website considerations for artists. The first part laid out some general thoughts to keep in mind during the initial stages of creating your art website. Important ... Read More...

Paints, Brushes and Facebook Supports

Facebook could be as important to artists as their favorite supplies. I sensed this when the general manager of a prestigious Scottsdale gallery told me that when all else failed, Facebook helped him locate an artist he wanted to invite ... Read More...

Important Website Considerations for Artists: Part 1 of 3

There is no law that requires you to have a website, no one is forcing you to use a cell phone and no one mandates that you drive a car. But each of these are tools and technologies that enhance the quality of life around us, to the ... Read More...