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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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