[Guest Post] How to Get Your Art Noticed

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Getting Started

The art business is notoriously tough to break into. Getting your art noticed by art galleries, potential employers and art enthusiasts requires a lot of hard work, the right platforms and persistence. Building up your portfolio, creating a strong social media strategy and online art presence, and making connections are the key steps to gaining recognition for your art.

 

Harness Social Media

These days, social media is one of the most effective ways to get your name out in the world as an artist. The right social media strategy can make all the difference in how many people view and share your artwork. Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook are all excellent tools for promoting art.

Think carefully about the content you post. You need to give people a reason to follow you in the first place. Post content that you don’t have on your blog or website, like beginning sketches or the first stages of home sculptures and home paintings. Works in progress are a great way to let fans see your artistic process.

But posting good content isn’t the only part of a good social media strategy. Interaction is key. If you want to gain followers, you need to actually get involved in the online art community. Follow accounts similar to yours, leave comments and ‘likes’, and you may find yourself gaining much more followers. It’s also a good idea to join online communities exclusively devoted to posting art online and connecting with other artists. DeviantArt – the largest online social community for art enthusiasts and artists – is a prominent example.

 

Build Your Portfolio

Every artist should have a media kit with a portfolio. If you want your artwork noticed by the curators of art galleries, you need to build up a substantial and impressive body of work. Without it, there is not much chance you will be taken seriously.

As most artists know, the art world is very competitive and you must stand out to be noticed. Your media kit should accurately represent who you are as an artist, and should include a portfolio of your artwork, an artist statement, a brief biography, your press releases, published articles, and an artist business card and brochure.

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Interior Design

Targeting the art gallery market is not the only way to go. There are other ways to sell your art and get exposure. The interior design market is a great example of a massive industry that is always in need of new art. Interior designers are constantly in need for home paintings and home sculptures.

Before approaching designers, do research to make sure their work is in sync with your own, then put together a wide array of pieces for them to choose from. If they find the piece they’re looking for, they won’t mind if you lack experience and training.

Interiorart designers often hang around studio tours, art shows and art galleries – from where you can also gain inspiration. Remember, connection and interaction is essential to getting noticed in the art world. Going out to these places is a great way to meet potential interior designers, employers, art lovers and other artists.

 

Harper is an Auckland-based freelance writer who loves discussing home and lifestyle topics. She has enjoyed the privilege of writing content for local businesses such as Sea Containers. Harper keeps her home simple by choosing minimalistic décor and design. You can find more of her written work on her Tumblr page: Harper Reid.

 

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[Guest Post] Creating a Clean and Orderly Home: Decluttering the Eco-Friendly Way

If you’ve ever wondered why you can’t quite get your home clean, you could be overlooking a problem that’s right in front of you — and all around you. It’s called clutter. People who live amid clutter sometimes get used to living that way. That may work for some, but it gets in the way of the down-and-dirty cleaning that’s necessary to get a home truly clean. Getting rid of clutter means a cleaner home, and if you’re devoted to preserving the natural environment, the good news is you can declutter your home without adding clutter to the environment.

Cleaning Tools

Of course, once you’ve decluttered the eco-friendly way, make sure you have the tools you need to keep your nice, orderly home clean. Make sure you have a good vacuum cleaner, one that’s lightweight and has plenty of attachments so you can reach easily into corners.

Dump the Dump

We’re all paying the price for generations of dumping old and unwanted items like mattresses, couches, and electrical appliances. Landfills are overflowing with such items, and more space is needed to accommodate more. Rather than burdening the environment with refuse, you can recycle it by taking your clutter to facilities that accept electronics and bedding items like mattresses. If that old dryer is still functional, why not drop it off at a local charity? Appliances can often be rehabbed and made useful again at homeless centers.

Digitize

It’s nice to have photo albums that the family can leaf through on special occasions and reminisce about the past. But photos can quickly become a clutter nuisance, especially if someone in the family is a notorious shutterbug. Rather than allowing them to pile up, take advantage of digital technology by scanning those old pictures and storing them in “the cloud.”

Clothing

Go ahead and admit it — you’re hanging onto pants that fit you three years ago, but which couldn’t possibly fit today. It’s natural to believe you’re just one diet away from having a 32-inch waist again and to hang onto old clothing for that reason. But if you look around the house with an objective eye, you’ll see accumulated clothing items, many of which you probably don’t even remember buying. That makes clothing a major contributor to clutter. Local charities would be glad to take it all off your hands. If your clothing items are in good condition, consider taking them to a consignment store or selling them in a garage or yard sale. It’s a responsible and eco-friendly thing to do, because cast-off clothing is a major problem in landfills.

“Green” Grocery Bags

Most of us take for granted that groceries come home in small plastic bags. They’re convenient, easy to carry, and make handy lunch bags, but they represent a tremendous threat to wildlife and they’re a major source of pollution. Break the plastic bag habit by switching to reusable grocery bags, made of eco-friendly cloth material. While you’re at it, ask someone at your local grocery if they have a place where you can dispose of plastic bags, which can be recycled.

Bathroom Clutter

Half-empty shampoo bottles, old hair brushes, and small mounds of disposable razors create a lot of clutter in the bathroom and add tremendously to landfill waste. Try switching to a reusable razor, and keep your shampoo in refillable containers so old bottles can be recycled.

Decluttering is a good way to protect and preserve your personal environment. Doing it in an eco-friendly manner is an excellent way to do your part in conserving our natural environment.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

Guest Author: Alice Robertson

Alice Robertson began her career in the home organization industry as a professional house cleaner. After cleaning and organizing her clients’ homes for years, she decided to open her own home organization business. Over the years, she has built an impressive client list, helping to make spaces in homes and businesses more functional. She recently created tidyhome.info as a place to share the great cleaning and organizing advice she has developed over the years.

 

American Riviera Design Conference 2018

After the success of last year’s first American Riviera Design Conference, ASID Los Angeles Chapter once again held the event in beautiful Santa Barbara, California this year.
The weather was perfect. The format followed last year’s event with an improved scheduling and more presentations. It was great to spend time with friends I already knew and made new friends. It was a tremendous effort of the organizers, sponsors, presenters and the attendees to made the two-day conference go smoothly.
Another mission of this year’s conference was to support the local communities that have been severely impacted by fire and flood. ASID LA held a raffle with 75% of the proceeds benefiting the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigate.
Below is the event timeline. I have added links for quick access.
Thursday, June 7th, 2018
11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Kick off Lunch
Riviera Ballroom at The Canary Hotel
11:15 am – Speaker: Ed Paulsen and Lisa Masino, Kravet Fabrics
            “Modern Tailor”
12:15 pm – Speakers: Shannon Ratcliffe and Venessa Kogevinas, LUXE Interiors + Design
            “Mad for Marketing”
My takeaway from the LUXE presentation was sending follow-up emails to new contacts right after the events no matter how tired you are. I always thought it was best to wait until the next business day, and I almost always got so busy and procrastinated until it didn’t make sense to email those people. 
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Tour Kogevina’s Luxury Properties Landmark Estate, “Robledal”, situated in the most exclusive part of Hope Ranch
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Tour of Armstrong Associates Arlington Village Santa Barbara, a mixed-use residential and commercial development
Architects: Peikert +RRM Design Group
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Luxe Interiors + Design Reception  
Champagne Reception and hors d’oeuvres
Speaker/CEU: Julie Arcelay, Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove
        “Luxury Outdoor Kitchens”

Ready for another day of fun!

Friday, June 8th, 2018
9:00am – 10:30am – Breakfast and Presentation 
Presentation: Raina Cox & Eric Runner, Farrow & Ball Inc.
11:00am – 1:00pm – Lunch & CEU’S
Pullman Room at The LARK
11:15am- 12:00pm Speaker/CEU: Barry Cik, Naturepedic
“Flame Retardant in Home Furnishings”
12:00pm-12:45Pm Speaker/CEU: Guy Elston, Morris Tait Associates
“Disguise and Hide- Designing for Technology”
1:30 – 3:30pm – Montecito
William Laman, Furniture Garden Antiques
Elizabeth Ribons- Walking Antique Tour in Montecito
        The list of shops curated by Elizabeth Ribons can be download from http://www.mentormeresource.com/ when you provide your name and email.
4:00pm – 7:30pm – Tour of SBIFF The Riviera Theatre, and Movie
4:30 Speaker/: Shelby Fowler, Sherwin Williams
4:45 Speaker/: Leslie Delli-Venneri, Victoria + Albert
5:00 pm -7:30 Movie: RBG, Ruth Bader Ginsberg

The Art of Gift Giving

It is not always easy to know what to gift to show our appreciation. I try to choose something that’s meaningful and suits the recipient. And within my budget.
Arts and Crafts:
Luxurious home fragrances. All the fragrances work with each other beautifully.
These soy candles are soothing. The simply white color doesn’t compete with any decor. 
Beautiful leather flower accessories.
Robot illustrations
Charming leather creations.
Handmade Creations under one roof!
Monthly pop-up shows throughout Southern California
Cultural Experiences:
Museum memberships
tours to local places/events
concert/performance tickets
books
magazine subscriptions
Food & Beverage:
Le Vert thé (available through White Peony Style in the U.S.)
High quality tea from Taiwan.
Baked goods and desserts from local bakery.

Cake, macarons, and cookie from Belwood Bakery Cafe in Northridge, California.

Time Together:
This is the ultimate gift. The best part is you give and receive at the same time!
No matter what I decide to gift, a handwritten card or note is always a nice touch.

Office Decoration

A manager of a medical group was seeking some advice on re-decorating one dental clinic without spending a fortune. The areas she was thinking included the waiting area, hallway, and individual patient “cubicles”. 
Without seeing the actual space and the surrounding areas, I could only give some general ideas as guidelines. My suggestion was using images of the nature. And not buying from big box store to avoid getting something too common.
Framed botanical prints are versatile to fit the size of room/wall. A group of the prints work for a bigger area, and a single print is great for individual “cubicles” and have a theme.

Moonlight Fern – Set of 6 Z Gallerie

Liz Williams Interiors

Other ideas for art can be abstract, still life drawings, floral, music, dance,…  Besides framed or canvas art,  wall decals are inexpensive and give impacts.

Jane Malinina

GChome

My last idea was to group small frames with photos or postcards. This is inexpensive and can be impressive. You can be creative with the composition. IKEA has this collage frame that already did the thinking for you.

IKEA Vaxbo

I am happy to report the office manager took my advice and had a satisfactory result!