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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 December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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