Happy Thanksgiving from The Art League Blog! Today, we’re thankful for our readers — to repay you, we’ve put together another edition of useful and interesting links for artists. Click away!
- Blogging: If you have decided to start an artist blog and you’re using WordPress, Kim Bruce at Art Biz Blog has some posts on essential plugins. Perhaps the most useful for artists specifically, NextGEN Gallery is a great way to organize and share images of your artwork on your WordPress blog. (You can see NextGEN in action on this blog in this post, for example.)
- Artist’s Statements: Online or off, you can always use a short, sweet introduction to your artwork — but writing an artist’s statement trips a lot of people up. Featured here a few years ago, but still helpful, The Abundant Artist has this guide to writing artist’s statements. (You should also come to our free Art*iculation seminar coming up January 26, 2013!)
- Artists Helping Artists: As recommended by a commenter on one of our previous posts, this podcast hosted by painter Leslie Saeta has extensive archives covering things like commissions, social media, marketing and sales, exhibiting, and interviews with lots of different artists. Check out a list of past episodes grouped by category here.
- Scams: If you’ve ever gotten a sketchy email from a prospective buyer, or if you want to know what to look out for, Art Scams has lots of useful resources for you: tips on avoiding fraudsters, a list of known scammers, and a host of non-scam-related resource links.
- Happy 500th!: Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, “the most visited room in the world,” turned 500 years old on Halloween. A recent restoration was completed in the 1990s, but the breath, dust, and humidity of visitors and “drunken tourist herds” will necessitate further restorations in the future, according to the article. (You can tour the chapel damage-free on the Vatican’s website here.)
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