Top 10 Articles on Artsy Shark for 2011

By Carolyn Edlund

This year’s countdown of the ten most read and shared articles on Artsy Shark.


10. Making Art and Making a Living – Do you have to support yourself through your art to be an “artist?” Or does the financial pressure hurt your creative growth and your sanity?

9. “You’ll Never Make a Living as an Artist” – Are you surrounding yourself with supporters, or naysayers? Who is holding you back? Your family, your friends? Or is it you?

8. Matching Artists with Corporate Buyers – Joyce Creighton’s fascinating story of how she is connecting artists whose work is appropriate for corporate settings with clients looking for their work.

7. How to Make Your Customers Fall in Love with You Want more business and repeat customers? That’s right – spread the love.

6. Do You Want to be a Childrens Book Illustrator? Cherish Flieder discusses the steps in childrens book illustration, and how to get started in the business.

5. Creative Marketing for Artists Think outside the box when it comes to promoting your work. Here’s some examples of how other artists did it.

4. 6 Ways to Improve Your Greeting Card Sales Is your line balanced? Is it big enough? How often should you update? The basics on what you must do to have a successful greeting card business.

3. What’s Wrong with Your Art Website? – Artsy Shark asked the experts for their pet peeves when visiting art websites. Are you guilty of any of these sins?

2. A Guide to Pricing Your Artwork – Professor, TED speaker and entrepreneur Karen Atkinson gives great advice for artists on this perplexing but essential topic.

1. Are Your Prices Unrealistic? – Are your prices too high? Too low? How your competition affects your perspective. Lots of comments and opinions about pricing.


  1. Thanks for pointing to these posts. As a newcomer to your great blog, this is a great list of articles for me to refer to. After looking through them, it looks like I have a lot of work to do. But I really appreciate your encouragement and positive approach to the business of art.

    • Thank you for your kind words – and it was a pleasure meeting you in person! You’ve got a wonderful group of artists to work and grow with. All the best in 2012!

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