Daniel Smith Bellevue is offering a several session series on “The Business of Art” The schedule runs through the end of March but it will actually continue into April. After just one session, I highly recommend it if you are in the area and are selling your art!
The presenter is Ray Pfortner, educator, photographer, consultant and former Biologist. I attended today’s overview with “20 Key Steps to Making Your Art More of a Business”.
I’m not now considering selling my art. But I’m free on Tuesday noon and it seemed like it would be good to at least know about the issues. It was an excellent session. He is an engaging, articulate and knowledgeable educator! I’ll be back for every session.
He recommended artists become better at photography, if only to make better reference images from which to paint. He also suggested painters join photography outings to gather photo images for the same reason. He reitereted that if one paints from photos, they must be one’s own photos in order to have full copyright.
I am completely vindicated regarding my advice and opinion about Facebook and Instagram! From his handout: “20. Embrace the Internet …… i. use social media sites – to network and promote – but be aware of what rights you grant to the site by doing so (i.e., do not post artwork on Facebook and Instagram!)” [my emphasis].
He also told us about Washington Lawyers for the Arts. This organization offers lunch lectures, an annual tax seminar and monthly legal clinics for 30 minute intellectual property law advice.