What do Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, and I have in common? We're all self taught artists. I stumbled around in the dark as I started my artistic journey... I didn't know what paints to buy, how to varnish my work, or the differences between painting mediums. The mission of the Self Taught Artist podcast is to help artists (and aspiring artists) learn and fully discover the joy of making art. We will cover everything from the basics of painting, to how to sell your work, and beyond.
20. Creative Coaching: How to Start Selling Your Art with Debbie Igram (@DebbieIgram)
Thank you to our guest artist Debbie Igram (@DebbieIgram) for participating in this episode! Go check out her gorgeous art on Instagram and hit the follow button so you can follow along with her journey. https://www.instagram.com/debbieigram/
Today we have an extra special episode. You may remember a few weeks ago I threw out an idea to all of you listeners out there - I was looking for a volunteer for a new type of episode I'm calling creative coaching. I wanted to get one of you on the show with me to work through a challenge you're facing with your art. Debbie (@DebbieIgram) answered the call and volunteered. She is a watercolor and acrylic artist who wants to take a brave step forward and start selling her art.
This is a different kind of episode and we work out issues and brainstorm ideas in real-time. I loved chatting with Debbie and I am so grateful for all she shared with the Self Taught Artist Podcast community in this episode. You're going to love it, so let's get on with the show! We talk about so many things related to selling your artwork - payment, shipping, pricing, marketing, and more.
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I also mentioned PirateShip.com for shipping discounts at USPS. You can find out more at https://www.pirateship.com/
If you want to sell on Etsy, don't forget I have a code for 40 FREE Listings to get you started: https://etsy.me/2QuEqrL
19. 3 Apps I Can't Live Without (for Photographing My Art and Sharing it on Instagram)
Today on the Self Taught Artist podcast I share three apps I cannot live without! These have helped me so much as an artist to share my work and do a better job of marketing my work. If you want to share your work on social media or sell your work online, you have to get good photos of your work. It's a necessity. If you want to build up an audience for your artwork - how else will you get people's interest if you don't have good photos? As a result, I've spent a lot of time figuring out how to take good photos of my work, how to edit them, and how to share on social media to achieve my goals for my art.
3 Apps on my phone get used all the time to help me share my artwork with the world. Listen today and I'll tell you all about them and how I use them.
3 APPS - LINKS TO APPLE AND ANDROID APP STORES:
18. Etsy SEO - How to Sell More Art on Etsy
If you are new to Etsy, click this link for 40 FREE LISTINGS: https://etsy.me/2QuEqrL
This week we're talking about how to sell more art on Etsy. The secret is to invest some time improving your Etsy SEO. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. There are millions of listings on Etsy, so the question is how can you stand out? I'm sharing my practical tips for improving the reach of your Etsy shop. This episode applies to all artists, painters, and creatives who want to be selling their art on Etsy (or who want to sell more art on Etsy).
Email: laurenkristineart [at] gmail.com
Get 40 FREE ETSY LISTINGS: https://etsy.me/2QuEqrL
17. Finding Your Artistic Style
I think finding your own artistic style the topic I see talked about the MOST among Self Taught Artists. I have been collecting my thoughts for a while and thinking about three big questions: Do you need to have a distinct artistic style? If so, how do you find your artistic style? Does it make you a better artist if you have your own style? Let's discuss…
Here's what we cover in today's episode:
1. We talk about where this expectation of having your own unique artistic style comes from.
2. We talk about what happened when I tried to force my style and how I've started thinking about this concept of artistic style ever since.
3. How did famous painters of the past approach style? What about current contemporary artists?
4. Next, we take a ride in the social media time machine. My favorite part of this episode.
5. I give you my formula for finding your own unique artistic style. It's not a shortcut, but it's the one I use and 100% believe in.
6. I talk about how painting in collections can be a great "hack" to making it look like you have a style or common thread in all your work.
I hope you enjoyed this episode - please share it with a friend who needs to hear this message, too.
16. Odds & Ends - Art Shows, Artistic Style and Consistency (or lack thereof), and More
Today the agenda is pretty relaxed… we'll talk about art shows, markets, and fairs and I'll give you the update from my art show last week. Second, we'll talk about trying new things and branching out to painting new subject matter. Do you have to be consistent as an artist? Finally, I finish up the episode talking about my favorite paint colors right now and an encouraging note to keep your eyes on the long game as a Self Taught Artist. This is a great episode to paint along with - so get out your paint brushes, squeeze out some fresh paint, and let's get going!
This odds & ends episode format is new - it's where I talk about what's going on in my art studio and whatever artsy topics have been on my mind lately. I hope you enjoy this week's episode of the Self Taught Artist podcast!
15. What To Do If You Don't Love Your Own Artwork
I'm sharing why you need to LOVE your artwork and 3 secrets to creating art you love. It's an artistic pep talk to get you falling in love with your art all over again.
This episode is great for all kinds of artists, painters, and creatives of any kind.
Thanks for listening to the Self Taught Artist podcast! Happy creating my friends!
Developing your signature style can’t be rushed!
Thank you so much, Lauren! I just found your podcast last night, and am thoroughly enjoying it! Episode 17 really hit home for me on so many levels. I paint in watercolors and alcohol ink for fun at the moment, however, I make jewelry for my living. I’ve been feeling stuck and down on myself because I’ve taken many online courses that preach developing signature style, niching down, and being known for a particular style. To some degree I think they’re right, however, as an artist I agree with you that these things can’t be rushed. It takes time, experimentation, and developing skills and knowing what we’re good at and what we like. I love your perspective and excited to listen to more. You’ve really helped me take a step back and realize that it’s okay to have fun, and to try new things. -And not get so caught up in what the ads are selling. Thank you so much and I look forward to more episodes from you!
Loved the interview with Debbie Igram!
I can really relate to Debbie as a beginner in selling art. Lots of great advice and info from Lauren. I will be referring back to this episode a lot! Thank you Lauren and Debbie!
The episodes are well organized, and Lauren Kristine does a great job of presenting info that’s genuinely useful to self taught artists — both the details of technique and the big picture of nurturing a career. Highly recommend!