The Artist Roadmap
Artist Insights: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901)

Toulouse-Lautrec did his best creative work at night, sketching at cabarets or setting up his easel in brothels. The resulting depictions of fin de siècle Parisian nightlife made his name, but the cabaret lifestyle proved disastrous to his health: Toulouse-Lautrec drank constantly and slept little. After a long night of drawing and...

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Artist Insights: Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse (1869–1954)

“Basically, I enjoy everything: I am never bored,” Matisse told a visitor in 1941, during a tour of his studio in the south of France. After showing his guest his working space, his cages full of exotic birds, and his conservatory stocked with tropical plants, giant pumpkins, and Chinese statuettes, Matisse talked about his work habits.

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Artist Insights: Joan Miro

Joan Miró (1893–1983)

Miró always maintained a rigidly inflexible daily routine - both because he disliked being distracted from his work, and because he feared slipping back into the severe depression that had afflicted him as a young man, before he discovered painting. To help prevent a relapse, his routine always included vigorous exercise - boxing in Paris; jumping rope...

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How To Resize Your Images

There are a few reasons why you may need to resize your images. The main one is that photos taken with your iPhone or camera tend to be quite large in size, so need to be reduced before going onto your website. Website images are only seen on a small screen so don't need to be too large or high in resolution, also large images take a long time to load and can slow your website speed down.

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Five Habits Of Successful Artists

1. Focus on the major things not the minor things

So many people seem to mistake movement for achievement and end up just frantically doing 'busy' work, but feeling so stuck and wondering why they’re not making progress. The problem is that a lot of us focus 80% of our time on the minor stuff, rather than the major stuff that’s actually going to move the needle. One of the best...

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Should You Include Shipping?

For the first time, I included shipping (in Australia) in the price of my paintings during my latest exhibition. Usually, a shipping estimate is added on to the cost of the painting, and can be up to $300 for some of my larger works. While most people expect to pay this, it is a nice surprise when I tell them it’s included.

It's had a great response from customers! I thought it might make...

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Do You Need A Virtual Assistant?

While dreaming of having a studio assistant to clean your brushes, deal with customers and make you coffee may seem like a faraway fantasy, a virtual assistant may actually be closer than you think!

Virtual assistants (VA) are big news right now, and while it may not be possible to employ someone to work with you in your studio full-time, an overseas or remote virtual assistant could assist you...

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How To Create Content For Your Art Business

There is a certain amount of content we need to regularly produce for our art businesses. This may be blog posts, social media posts and newsletters. Rather than spending time creating these each week, why not put aside a day or two at the beginning of each month, and get it all done in one go!

Content planning days make batch-creating your content so much easier, so that you never get stuck...

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Why You Should Organise Your Art Files

Ever needed a statement or resume in a hurry, and had to search around on your computer through old files to find the latest version? I certainly have. It can be stressful and overwhelming, and more often than not, I end up creating the whole document again from scratch.  No more! I now keep a document folder on my computer called 'Art Files' where I store all my artist statements,...

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