with host artist Miriam Schulman
In this episode, I answer questions from The Inspiration Place Facebook group. Helping me out is my good friend and professional artist, Blenda Tyvoll. Her art has been included in the set designs of Amazons Just Add Magic and Girls Season 6. She is one of the top sellers on Etsy and illustrates stationary, children’s books and designs home décor products.
We discuss selling art at art fairs and festivals, how you close a sale and how to create mock-ups of your art in a room. The second part of the podcast is a wide-ranging conversation which includes my previous podcast with Ashley Longshore, Mr Rogers and what makes an introvert.
- (02:11) Barbara asks ‘ I have been considering getting a booth at a local arts fair. How many paintings would one want to have on hand, not including prints or cards, to have for sale?
- (03:34) Advice on how to set up a booth at an art fair
- (04:42) Why greeting cards are worth having and how Blenda and I package them
- (10:14) How Blenda and I sell our prints
- (12:08) Anna asks ‘How do you close a sale in a way that they will come back?’
- (12:52) How Blenda recently used postcards to attract people to her open studio
- (15:38) Tips on closing the deal
- (18:36) Coren asks ‘What software or app can I use to make mock-ups of my wall art in a room, for web listings?’
- (19:29) Some suggestions for places you can upload your artwork to get a room view
- (20:24) The advantages of using Photoshop to put your art in a room
- (21:20) Where to source room views
- Blenda gives me some feedback on her first podcast episode with Ashley Longshore
- (25:32) We discuss Ashley’s’ book You Don’t Look Fat, You Look Crazy
- (28:11) Why artists should buy art
- (29:39) Discussing the Mr Roger’s documentary
- (30:59) Blenda and I discuss the pivotal world events we remember from our childhoods
- (35:14) What does it mean to be an introvert?
- (40:28) Some more discussion on my conversation with Ashley Longshore
- (43:56) How sometimes artists can be an acquired taste
- (46:22) How Blenda has been working on a Skillshare class
- (48:33) I talk about the calendar I have been working on
- Blendastudio instagram
- Fine Art America
- Crash course on making prints and cards
- You Don’t Look Fat, You Look Crazy: An Unapologetic Guide to Being Ambitchous by Ashley Longshore
- Lizzie Tisch Launches LTD, An Experiential Style Venture
- Koko, famed gorilla that learned sign language, dies aged 46
- Mr Rogers Documentry Trailer
- Space Shuttle Challenger disaster
- Inside the Gallery-Studio of a Celeb-Favorite Pop Artist
- Blenda’s Lessons on Skillshare
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Blenda Tyvoll is an artist and illustrator based outside of Portland, Oregon. Since 2006 she has maintained a website selling her artworks to collectors worldwide. Her art has been included in the set designs of Amazon’s “Just Add Magic” and Girls Season 6. She also illustrates stationary, children’s books and designs home decor products. Blenda has a bachelor of fine arts degree in art and interior design from Marylhurst University.
About the host, Miriam Schulman
In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion or become better artists. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and M.I.T, I initially pursued finance but after witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and my story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. My forthcoming book with HarperCollins Leadership on how to make it as an artist is scheduled to be released in February 2023. When I’m not in the studio, you can find me hanging out with my husband, adult kids, and a tuxedo cat named Ebony. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies
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