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The Top Five Online Art Galleries

The Top Five Online Art Galleries

Pushing your artwork on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter can be a daunting task. It takes a whole lot of time, commitment, studying and networking until you get to see your Facebook Art Page pay off. Similarly, on Twitter, you will have to have established a good base of followers until your artwork will get noticed. This can be pretty frustrating for an artist who would much rather spend their time creating, rather than trying to determine the best hours to post on Facebook or Twitter.

Spare yourself time, energy and possibly money, by finding a platform that specializes in art and art only. By exhibiting your artwork on a platform that targets only artists and those looking to purchase unique paintings, drawings, mixed media collages etc., you will attract the audience you want without having to spend too much time figuring out ways to gain more exposure.

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Here are some of the best online art galleries you should check out if you’re looking to exhibit or buy artwork!

ArtSlant

Founded by Georgia Fee in 2007, ArtSlant is a platform that merges art, media and community. ArtSlant has a strong focus on providing a social perspective on art and invites artists to contribute pieces that open up social, racial, economic and political issues for discussion. The website is home to more than 200, 000 profiles of artists and art professionals, and also includes artist interviews and highly interesting write ups. ArtSlant hosts the biannual Georgia Fee Artist & Writer Residency, as well as the annual ArtSlant Prize which is open to all members of the community.

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The Talent Bank

Aimed at amateur artists wanting to upload their work and even add videos of what inspired these pieces. Not only can you exhibit your drawings, paintings and photography here; you can also upload your music, films, poetry and animation projects too!

Create your own gallery on The Talent Bank and your work will be rated by the ever-growing community of artists, musicians and writers. This system allows people who are looking to purchase particular artwork, or those looking to collaborate with an artist, to get a clearer idea of the artists’ capacities and following. The team sends out promotional material to agents, promoters and publishers on a regular basis ensuring plenty of exposure and opportunities for our community of creative folk.

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Etsy

Etsy.com was first founded in 2005 and has established itself as one of the most popular communities for creative entrepreneurs on a global scale. Setting up an Etsy shop is extremely simple and costs as little as $ 0.20. Whether you’re the proud owner of your own fashion line, a sculptor or a painter: Etsy welcomes all art forms and attracts people from all over the world who are looking for that special birthday gift or the right painting to adorn their living room wall.

ArtSpace

If you want to exhibit your artwork on the very same platform as renowned artists like Damien Hirst, Barbara Kruger and Jean-Michel Basquiat, then ArtSpace is the place for you. ArtSpace have made it their mission to offer art lovers an easy way to purchase art directly from galleries, cultural institutions and artists world-wide. The page comes equipped with its very own design store where you can find an exciting selection of hand-made and custom designed skateboards and surfboards, jewelry, artist books and even small furniture.

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Artspan

For more than fifteen years, Artspan has offered a home for artists, photographers, designers and artisans to exhibit their work and market their pieces. Artspan allows you to build your own artist website within their online community, where connoisseurs and potential buyers can follow your work. A 10% commission applies ONLY if the buyer finds your work through Artspan and not your site within the community. The different art genres and mediums are extremely varied; here you can find beautiful metal art designs by Kim Heath, stunning, handcrafted glass solar lights by Sunlit Creations and unique jewellery by Sally Shore Bijoux or Michelle McKibbin-Kable.

Featured photo credit: Online Art Galleries via lifehack.org

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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