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5 common mistakes to avoid as an emerging artist

The art world is like a playground with no strict rules. You can do whatever you want in your studio, and it’s like a magical place where your ideas can run wild.

But things can get tricky when you leave your studio and try to make it in the art business world. Starting as an emerging artist is exciting and can be tough. You’ve got many ideas and are ready to share them with the world. But there are some common mistakes that new artists often make.

Being an artist is a journey; like any journey, it can have bumps. But we’re not here to scare you off – quite the opposite! We want to give you some practical tips to make your journey smoother.

We’re going to talk about five mistakes that many new artists make. Remember, we all mess up sometimes, and that’s how we learn. Let’s start and learn how to make your art journey as an emerging artist as smooth as possible!

1. Not adding a personal touch to your work

The first common mistake many new artists make is not developing a unique and recognizable style in their art. It’s like painting without using your colors or speaking without your voice. When your work lacks a distinctive visual language and technique, it can be challenging for people to remember and recognize your art.

For instance, let’s look at the famous female artist Frida Kahlo. Her art is instantly recognizable due to her distinct style. She often painted self-portraits with vibrant colors, surreal elements, and bold symbolism. When you see a Frida Kahlo painting, you know it’s hers. 

That’s the power of having a unique style—it leaves a lasting mark on the art world and helps you connect with your audience in a memorable way. So, always add your personal touch to your creations—what sets you apart!

2. Not exploring art history

The second mistake to avoid is neglecting to educate yourself about art history and contemporary art trends. It’s like being a chef without knowing the basics of cooking or what ingredients are in season. Understanding where art has been and where it’s headed is essential for your growth as an artist.

While you don’t necessarily need degrees in art history or the arts, it’s beneficial to explore the rich history of art and keep tabs on what’s happening in the contemporary art world.

You should read art magazines, follow reputable social media channels, and subscribe to art platforms to stay informed. Additionally, attending art exhibitions, visiting museums, and keeping an eye on major art events like the ATH call for art can provide valuable insights into the subtleties of art and how the art world operates.

By doing so, you’ll enrich your knowledge and gain a better understanding of your place in the art landscape, helping you create art that resonates with your vision and the world around you.

Many emerging artists fall into the trap of seeking validation through vanity art galleries and contests. Vanity here means focusing solely on showcasing your work without considering the true value of these opportunities. While wanting your art-recognized is natural, solely chasing recognition can lead to disappointment and hinder your growth.

Vanity art galleries often require artists to pay hefty fees for exhibition space, promising exposure but offering little real value in return. Similarly, some art contests may prioritize popularity over artistic merit, leading to outcomes that don’t reflect your talent.

Instead of pursuing these avenues solely for recognition, consider a different approach. Look for collaborations and opportunities that offer mutual benefits. Seek galleries aligning with your goals and values, where your work is appreciated for its merit rather than your ability to pay exhibition fees.

When it comes to contests, prioritize those with transparent judging criteria and a reputation for recognizing genuine talent. This shift in focus from vanity to meaningful collaborations can lead to more fulfilling experiences and genuine recognition for your work.

The Arts to Hearts Project is here to support artists at every stage of their creative journey, whether you’re a hobbyist, a budding professional, or a creative entrepreneur. We offer three distinct services designed to cater to your unique needs.

To discover the details and benefits of becoming a member and availing of these services, sign up and join our community. 

4. Having an unprofessional websites

The next common mistake to discuss involves unprofessional artist websites. Many emerging artists make the mistake of not creating a website that truly shows their work and themselves as artists. Your website is often the first impression you make on potential buyers, galleries, and fans, so it’s essential to get it right.

To create a professional artist website, you should follow a structured approach:

Clear Portfolio: 

Your website should prominently feature your portfolio, making it easy for visitors to view your work. Organize your portfolio by series or themes for clarity. 

(Want to create a visually stunning portfolio? Click here)

About page: 

Include an “About” page that shares your artist statement, biography, and a bit about your journey. This helps visitors connect with you on a personal level.

Contact information:

 Make it simple for people to reach out to you. Provide a contact page or clear contact details so potential buyers or collaborators can contact you.

Consistent branding: 

Maintain consistent branding across your website, including your logo, color scheme, and typography, to create a cohesive look.

Regular updates

Keep your website updated with your latest work, exhibitions, and news. An active website shows that you’re an engaged artist.

For those just starting who might not have the budget for a website, ensure that you have at least an “About” section about you pinned to your Instagram or other social media platforms. This can serve as a temporary way to introduce yourself and your artistic journey until you’re ready to invest in a dedicated website. 

Remember, your online presence is a valuable tool for connecting with your audience and advancing your career as an artist.

5. Having unrealistic expectations

The fifth mistake to watch out for is having big, unrealistic expectations. Sometimes, emerging artists hope for super-quick success or instant fame. But in the art world, things often happen more slowly.

While it’s great to aim high, it’s essential to understand that building a successful art career usually takes time. Expecting to become famous overnight or make a lot of money immediately can lead to disappointment.

Instead, try setting smaller, reachable goals. Celebrate your little wins along the way. This way, you’ll keep a realistic view of your journey and stay motivated as you work towards your bigger dreams. 

Becoming a successful artist is like a long race, not a quick sprint. Many great artists got there by working hard and not giving up.

Calling emerging women artists: Showcase your talent!

Are you an emerging artist eager to share your work with the world? The Arts to Hearts Project has an exciting opportunity for you.

Presenting “100 Artworks from Emerging Artists: 2023 Women’s Edition,” an annual publication celebrating the creativity of up-and-coming women artists worldwide. This isn’t just a showcase; it’s a platform dedicated to amplifying your unique voice.

Our goal is simple: to spotlight your talent and the narratives within your art. We want to honor your impact on critical global issues and the wide range of emotions you convey through your work.

In our inaugural edition, we’ll curate 100 artworks from emerging artists, all crafted in 2023.

Join us on this journey as we launch our very first annual compilation. Your art has the power to inspire, challenge, and move the world – don’t miss this chance to shine. 

Submit your work now and be part of a global community of women creatives making a difference through art.

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