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A podcast for artists that provides Business Solutions. We discuss all aspects of being an artist - the good, bad, and the ugly. The goal of each podcast is to provide solutions so artists can focus on creativity.

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A podcast for artists that provides Business Solutions. We discuss all aspects of being an artist - the good, bad, and the ugly. The goal of each podcast is to provide solutions so artists can focus on creativity.

    Art Podcast for Artists: Artist problems - too many supplies and too much art.

    Art Podcast for Artists: Artist problems - too many supplies and too much art.

    In this art podcast Jules, Rachel, and Stephanie chat about what to do with old art supplies, artwork that you've collected, and more. 
    If you have a question you'd like us to discuss feel free to  email us at hello@artistssoar.com
    Key Talking Points
    Sometimes we get drained, so we just chatted about what perked us up.  Shout out to Pizzelle's Chocolate.
    How many art supplies do you keep?  And when do you let them go?
    What do you do about artwork that you want to display?
    We'd love to hear from you, what are your thoughts on what we chatted about,  Email us at hello@artistssoar.com 
     
    Rise with us! On Artists Soar!
     
    Our Websites and Shops
    Are you an avid reader?  Then sign up for Rachel's newsletter here: https://bubblybibbly.com/
    Love illustrations and bright colors?  Then sign up for Jule's newsletter here: https://www.juliemstudios.com/
    Want to learn how to paint, or be part of a growing and active community? Or just love painting? Then sign up for Stephanie's newsletter here: https://www.stephanieweaverartist.com/artist-newsletter
    Got a Listener Question? 
    Email us at: hello@artistssoar.com
     

    • 17 min
    9 Tips to Grow Your Instagram From Zero with guest Jess Miller

    9 Tips to Grow Your Instagram From Zero with guest Jess Miller

    Jules, Rachel, and Stephanie chat with Jess Miller!
    If you have a question you'd like us to discuss feel free to email us at hello@artistssoar.com
    Key Talking Points
    Jess made her Instagram account in 2020 as a result of losing her job during the pandemic and started taking Skillshare classes to get a creative outlet.
    Grew her Instagram from 0 to 92k since 2020.
    Curate your feed.  Treat your Instagram like a Portfolio.
    Use Keywords, including your name and what you do when you name yourself and your bio.
    How does Jess work in Collections: 
    Colors are consistent because of Jess's style.
    Directors like to see collections.

    Share your process, you don't have to show your face. You don't have to dance. 
    When filming - just re-draw an aspect.  By Shop Canvas Co

    Check out the Trends using Planoly and Later.com
    Use Mockups to show how the designs would look on products. such as Creative Market, Creatsy, FreePik, Canva, and Placeit.net.  
    Print-on-demand providers also do a good job of creating mockups.

    Participate in drawing challenges.
    Host your own drawing challenge.
    If Content is King, then Engagement is queen! - tell the story behind the art.
    Be Authentic.
    We'd love to hear from you, what questions do you have for us three girls with the gift for gab? Email us at hello@artistssoar.com 
     
    Rise with us! On Artists Soar!
    Companies and resources mentioned:
    Skillshare - fabulous place to learn new skills.
    American Greeting Company
    Logan Elliot - The Flammible Entrepreneur
    The Kernference
    ShopCanvas.co - for filming using your camera
    SocialBee - social media scheduler 
    Planoly.com - great to see trends
    Later.com - great to see trends
    Creative Market - mockups
    Creatsy - mockups
    Placeit.net - mockups
    FreePik- mockups
    Canva - mockups
    Contrado - leather print on demand
    For More Information and Fabulous Resources:
    For more information from Jess Miller, be sure to go to: 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jessmillerdraws/
    Skillshare classes
    Website: jessmillerdraws.com

    Our Websites and Shops
    Are you an avid reader?  Then sign up for Rachel's newsletter here: https://bubblybibbly.com/
    Love illustrations and bright colors?  Then sign up for Jule's newsletter here: https://www.juliemstudios.com/
    Want to learn how to paint, or be part of a growing and active community? Or just love painting? Then sign up for Stephanie's newsletter here: https://www.stephanieweaverartist.com/artist-newsletter
    Got a Listener Question? 
    Email us at: hello@artistssoar.com

    • 46 min
    15 Best Books For Artists

    15 Best Books For Artists

    Jules, Rachel, and Stephanie chat about the best books for artists that inspired their art or art business. 
    If you have a question you'd like us to discuss feel free to  email us at hello@artistssoar.com
    Artist Spotlight
    Lucia Heffernan - Fabulous animal artist with adorable naming conventions and amazing realistic oil paintings. 
    Key Talking Points
    Note: the following is a list of books with an amazon affiliate link, so while this costs you nothing, if you choose a link to purchase a book we receive a commission from Amazon.  We consider this a tip and thank you for valuable information. 
    Our Top 3 Artist Books (if we had to just pick one)
    Artists Way by Julia Cameron
    Art, Money, Success by Maria Brophy
    Picasso's War: How Modern Art Came To America by Hugh Eakin
    But other artist books we LOVE
    War of Art by Steven Pressfield
    I'd Rather Be In The Studio by Alyson Stanfield
    The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict
    Launching Your Art Career by Alix Sloa
    Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
    The Secret (book or movie) by Rhonda Byrne
    Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
    Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
    Legal Roadmap for Your Creative Business by Kiffanie Stahle
    Oil and Marble by Stephanie Storey
    Letters of Vincent Van Gogh by Mark Roskill
    The Art Collectors Daughter: A Stylish Historical Thriller by Derville Murphy
    We'd love to hear from you, what questions do you have for us three girls with the gift for gab? Email us at hello@artistssoar.com 
     
    Rise with us! On Artists Soar!
     
    Our Websites and Shops
    Are you an avid reader?  Then sign up for Rachel's newsletter here: https://bubblybibbly.com/
    Love illustrations and bright colors?  Then sign up for Jule's newsletter here: https://www.juliemstudios.com/
    Want to learn how to paint, or be part of a growing and active community? Or just love painting? Then sign up for Stephanie's newsletter here: https://www.stephanieweaverartist.com/artist-newsletter
    Got a Listener Question? 
    Email us at: hello@artistssoar.com
     

    • 31 min
    How to Increase Energy. It is all in the Power of the Word ’No’.

    How to Increase Energy. It is all in the Power of the Word ’No’.

    In this episode, we chat about the Power of Saying No. We found that when you say no to what doesn't serve your "why", you'll experience an increase in energy and you'll protect your energy to enable you to drive toward your why!  
    Join in on the conversation with Jules, Rachel, and Stephanie two other podcasters and artists:
    Jessica Libor from the Inspired Painter Podcast and
    Katrina Berg from the Candy Colored Studio
    If you have a question you'd like us to discuss feel free to  email us at hello@artistssoar.com
    Key Talking Points
    When you say no you are preserving your energy to work toward your why.
    Be intentional with what your why is and preserve your time toward what matters to you. And say no to what doesn't serve your why.
    Saying no is a way of creating boundaries.
    You don't want your excellence to suffer. When you spread yourself thin you aren't able to produce the level you want.
    Sometimes it is a hard choice.  
    Jessica talks about How to increase your energy.  
    trampolining - she listens to some great music and bounces for 15 minutes to gain a ton of energy.
    dancing - energizes Jessica for days. 

    Rachel discovered that what feeds your soul feeds you energy.
    Jules loves to do headstands to get her blood flowing differently.
    Called Feetup. 

    What questions should you consider when you need to decide yes or no?
    What does your body say? 
    What is in your gut?
    Will this expand your experience?
    Take a minute "that's an interesting opportunity, let me get back to you in the morning".
    How much energy is the client going to zap from you?  Do you need to add a PETA fee (pain in the 'A' fee :) )
    Do you like the way the relationship is going?

    Set standards as to who you will take on as a client.
    Always say no to art scams.  Those fabulous emails we all have seen "I can send you a check".  "stormed onto your artwork"...
    Give it a timeline for what you'll focus on and evaluate it at the end of the timeframe.  There may be some trial and error.
    Saying no to lowering your prices.  
    Provide direction to your end-of-year sale/offers.
    As an artist, is our job to educate our collectors.

     
    We'd love to hear from you, what questions do you have for us three girls with the gift for gab? Email us at hello@artistssoar.com 
     
    Rise with us! On Artists Soar!
    For More Information and Fabulous Resources:
    For more information from Nathan, be sure to go to: https://artignition.com/
    https://www.pinterest.com.au/artignition/

    Our Websites and Shops
    Are you an avid reader?  Then sign up for Rachel's newsletter here: https://bubblybibbly.com/
    Love illustrations and bright colors?  Then sign up for Jule's newsletter here: https://www.juliemstudios.com/
    Want to learn how to paint, or be part of a growing and active community? Or just love painting? Then sign up for Stephanie's newsletter here: https://www.stephanieweaverartist.com/artist-newsletter
    Got a Listener Question? 
    Email us at: hello@artistssoar.com

    • 39 min
    Professional Advice from Nathan Hughes on Getting Found By Google!

    Professional Advice from Nathan Hughes on Getting Found By Google!

    Jules, Rachel, and Stephanie chat with SEO (search engine optimization) expert Nathan Hughes!.  
    If you have a question you'd like us to discuss feel free to  email us at hello@artistssoar.com
    Key Talking Points
    Search happens in Pinterest, Google, Youtube, and even Etsy.  Search Engine Optimization is the criteria within the content that tells Google or the other search engines that your article/product is relevant to the search.
    Google my business profile is a profile that a local business - great for brick-and-mortar or local search results.  Which is local SEO. 
    Keywords are what people search for.  To find out what people are searching for, use tools like:  
    hrefs, ubersuggest, or Google keyword search tool

    What is the best way to enable your images to be found when searching?
    Put the search keywords into the file name.
    Use Alt Tags to help Google crawl the images and serve up content that is better aligned with helping visually impaired individuals. 

    Links back to your website is a great indicator to Google that this is valuable content and can help you rank higher in Google.
    For image optimization: 
    make sure it is the size that is actually needed by the webpage. 
    Tinypng.com can help you compress an image to help the image load faster. 
    Canva will allow you to compress and alter the file pixel size before you download. 
    72dpi is the recommended image size for web pages.
    Imagify is a Wordpress plugin and is available on their webside. 
    Use PNG if you flat colors or hardline images. 

    Paid vs. Organic SEO 
    Paid ads are bidding against other people to be at the top of the page.   That said, the ad still needs to be relevant to the search.
    If you do paid ads, you want to use high-search keywords. 

    301 Redirects - when you change a URL, you'll need to set up a redirect to the newer content or a relevant piece of content or the homepage.  AKA SEO Link Juice.
    Some additional resources: 
    Beginner's Guide To SEO - MOZ.com
    Advanced SEO - Diggity Marketing - The Affiliate Lab
    Advanced SEO - Authority Hacker - Affiliate SEO

    Three things to do right away for artists' search engine optimization:
    1. Be clear on your goals and who you want to target.
    2. Determine what your target audience is searching for. 
    3. Consider the buyer's intent when defining keywords: are they just investigating buying options, or informational?  
    4.  With the informational content, get them onto their email list. 
    5.  Investigate who else is writing content with that keyword and what they are saying in their article.  Look at the headings, this is what Google also looks at. 
    6.  Tools to help determine the SEO Keywords: SurferSEO.
    WHEW!  That was a lot of fabulous information!!!
    We'd love to hear from you, what questions do you have for us three girls with the gift for gab? Email us at hello@artistssoar.com 
     
    Rise with us! On Artists Soar!
    For More Information and Fabulous Resources:
    For more information from Nathan, be sure to go to: https://artignition.com/
    https://www.pinterest.com.au/artignition/

    Our Websites and Shops
    Are you an avid reader?  Then sign up for Rachel's newsletter here: https://bubblybibbly.com/
    Love illustrations and bright colors?  Then sign up for Jule's newsletter here: https://www.juliemstudios.com/
    Want to learn how to paint, or be part of a growing and active community? Or just love painting? Then sign up for Stephanie's newsletter here: https://www.stephanieweaverartist.com/artist-newsletter
    Got a Listener Question? 
    Email us at: hello@artistssoar.com

    • 59 min
    Listener Q&A: 13 Ways to Loosen Up Or Find Your Style. & 6 Ways to Meet Fellow Artists.

    Listener Q&A: 13 Ways to Loosen Up Or Find Your Style. & 6 Ways to Meet Fellow Artists.

    Jules, Rachel, and Stephanie answer your questions about art and art business in their inspired way.  
    If you have a question you'd like us to discuss feel free to  email us at hello@artistssoar.com
    Artist Spotlight
    Ali Kay - she creates gorgeous vibrant paintings!  
    https://alikaystudio.com/
    Key Talking Points
    Check out Rachel's new artist shop!!  Show her some LOVE!!! https://rachelbelleart.com/
    Listener question: What can Denise do to move towards the style she would like? 
    Search for these challenges in Instagram:
    DTIYS (Draw this in your style challenges)
    June in Bloom
    Jules is having a spring challenge so follow Jules at juliemstudios so you'll be the first to know. 
    Sign up for Cat Coquillette for her weekly challenge. 
    Courses like Matt's Portfolio Bootcamp
    Make Art That Sells
    Skillshare classes to practice drawing
    Challenge yourself to try different styles, different color palettes, mediums
    Tom Froese. The style class - a four-hour class to help you find your style.
    Paint it twice, the first time with the reference image and the second time without the reference image.
    Switch to your non-dominate hand.
    Use a big brush with a limited palette.
    Turn on different types of music or a podcast to see what happens with your style.


    Listener Question: I would like to have some real-life artist friends to chat with to like you; what would you recommend I do to meet people like you?
    Special Note: it takes some time to find the group that you mesh well with who are like-minded/like-hearted.
    Find a local artist community/league. 
    Find some groups on Facebook that might resonate with you and make a connection. 
    Make a connection within a class or retreat. 
    Make connections by directly interacting with someone on social media, authentically. 
    Networking groups like BNI.
    Look into local stores that have creatives who sell products and reach out to them.


    We'd love to hear from you, what questions do you have for us three girls with the gift for gab? Email us at hello@artistssoar.com 
    Rise with us! On Artists Soar!
    For More Information and Fabulous Resources:
    For the Art Business Checklist go to: https://www.stephanieweaverartist.com/art-business-checklist
    Art Pricing Calculator - the calculator is available to Art Business Program Members.  The book will be released in June at the latest.  You can pre-order yours now at artpricingcalculator.com
    Our Websites and Shops
    Are you an avid reader?  Then sign up for Rachel's newsletter here: https://bubblybibbly.com/
    Love illustrations and bright colors?  Then sign up for Jule's newsletter here: https://www.juliemstudios.com/
    Want to learn how to paint, or be part of a growing and active community? Or just love painting? Then sign up for Stephanie's newsletter here: https://www.stephanieweaverartist.com/artist-newsletter
    Got a Listener Question? 
    Email us at: hello@artistssoar.com

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

1705 betty ,

Great resource

I think I have listened to all of these podcast. They are very informative especially for new artists. Their conversations are very natural and have a good flow. They talk in a manner that everyone can understand.

jpmc3 ,

Best artists podcast around

I look forward to listening each week. The conversation is real and authentic. They talk about their experiences and bare all. That’s what I love! Makes me feel like I am right there with them and having fun together. I will say that they are down to earth and know there stuff! Thanks for sharing so much with your listeners.

katm0831 ,

Wonderful, fun group of friends

This is such a great podcast! I learn so much everytime I listen and most of all I learn that I am not alone in this art business journey. I seriously think I am sitting with a group of friends talking shop. Keep them coming, I anxiously wait each week for the new episode.

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