April 1, 2021 | Alyson Stanfield

Spring Cleaning to Streamline Your Art Business

Spring is here in the Northern Hemisphere and it’s the perfect time to consider the aspects of your life that are weighing you down without contributing to your happiness and success.

©2020 Jan R. Carson, Not At One With. Pieced silk and LED light, 42 x 48 inches.

April is the month for cleaning out in the Art Biz Success community. In this episode of the Art Biz Podcast, I’m highlighting some of my previous interviews with artists who have discussed cleaning out in one form or another, from removing physical items to cleaning out business ideas and strategies, modes of working, and even the venues where you show and sell your art.

If you are ready to deep clean your art business, to release what isn’t serving you and banish all that is getting in the way of your productivity and creativity, then you won’t want to miss the insights and inspiration from these successful artists.

Music by Wildermiss

Highlights

  • April is the month to focus on cleaning out your art business. (0:01)
  • Is there one single best way to get organized? Heather Powers says no. (2:23)
  • Tips to help you get started on cleaning out and organizing your spaces. (6:09)
  • Redefining your relationship with things so that you can let go. (10:41)
  • How to prepare your studio for a big move. (14:50)
  • Take control of your business so that it works for you, even if it means emptying out your galleries. (19:16)
  • Control your income by controlling your inventory. (23:29)
  • Connecting with buyers outside of galleries. (27:02)
  • Releasing old work so you can focus on what is most meaningful now. (28:21)
  • Increasing your creativity begins with cleaning out the cobwebs. (34:32)

©Ali Cavanaugh, Weld. Modern fresco, 8 x 8 inches.

Mentioned

Creative Organizing with Heather K. Powers (episode 10)

A Year of Cleaning Out with Daryl D. Johnson (episode 49)

Reinventing Your Art Career with Ali Cavanaugh (episode 33)

Reaching the Other 99% for Your Art Business with Adele Sypesteyn (episode 36)

Leaving Behind What is Safe with Jan R. Carson (episode 23)

Round Top Antiques Fair (Texas)

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

©2019 Daryl D. Johnson, Dawn Rising. Oil on canvas, 24 x 48 inches.

Quotes

“For some creative people, their tolerance level or their way of organization is going to be a different process than what might work for me.” Heather K. Powers

“For me, I wanted to grow by making better work and bigger work with more complexity by pulling myself in and becoming more intentional with everything.” **— Ali Cavanaugh

“That experience really made me think, what can I do to work that hard for my own business?” Adele Sypesteyn

“If my work wasn't resonating with others, I'd likely reconsider my decision. But it's obvious the more I expose in my art and reveal in my writing the greater the reward.” — Jan Carson

“You can’t live a creative life until you face the cobwebs and start cleaning them out.” — Alyson Stanfield

Music by Wildermiss

2 comments add a comment
  • Thanks for the timely podcast Alyson! I’m cleaning out my physical space that I know will lead to clearing out in other places as well. Insights and inspiration are just what I need to keep me going.

  • LOVED Heather Powers ideas about “go high”, zones, working triangle and go mobile. There’s a scene in the move Das Boot where the sailors are running through the submarine because they were under attack. Hanging from the pipes overhead were bunches of bananas. That made a huge impression on me to “go vertical” – use that space!

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