GAIA ORION

Art for a peaceful and flourishing world

Integrity and Being Successful

Integrity and Being Successful

When I was writing this article, I had been traveling through Guatemala for 3 weeks. I was a client of many businesses during this time. Sometimes owners (of restaurants, hotels or shops) were pushy, sometimes they acted friendly but turned into unhappy people as soon as they didn’t get what they wanted from me. Some tried to rip me off with fake taxes, wrong totals or made small lies to...

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The Advantages of Being an Artist Today

The Advantages of Being an Artist Today

Unless you are born in a family of artists, most heard that “being an artist” is not a real job and that if this is what we really want to do we are mostly doomed to living in poverty. Then today you will hear that the good times are over, this is the crisis, people don’t buy art, even galleries are having a hard time selling original art. I’ve been doing my art...

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Arts and Crafts Shows In Ontario

Arts and Crafts Shows In Ontario

My husband and I have been making a good living for 15 years from selling our hand-dyed clothes and also my art (7 years), at Arts & Crafts shows in Ontario. Every summer I meet new artists or crafters that want feedback and tips about the show circuit. I am always open to share all the information I have learned along the way.  I learned a lot from other artists and artisans because I have...

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What’s In The Price Of A Painting?

What’s In The Price Of A Painting?

Before I was an artist, I, too, thought that it is just outrageous that anyone would put these price tags on a bit of paint on canvas. Now that I make a living from my art, I realize everything that goes into selling a painting and you will see that a lot more goes into the final product.  The common question: In the same line of classic question, people will often ask “how long did it...

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Framing Our Artwork

Framing Our Artwork

I am very fortunate to have a supportive husband who has a natural sense of business and marketing, and is also an artist himself. Dolphin is the one that encouraged me to spend the necessary money to frame my art. Some of my artist colleagues frown upon the words ‘business and marketing’ as if they have nothing to do with art. They are correct that the process of creating is pure,...

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Being an Organized Artist

Being an Organized Artist

Most people think that being an artist is pretty basic: you paint, you find a place to hang your paintings and hopefully you sell your art! This article is to bring you the behind the scenes of an artist that sees her career in a whole other level. In the 7 years that I have been doing this professionally, I am still learning about the business side every day. One of the biggest challenges and...

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A Trip to Europe with My Art

A Trip to Europe with My Art

Today I want to share how I ended up being fortunate to be able to travel to Europe with my art. Living in Canada, but originally being from Paris, France, I always felt that it is a great opportunity to work and expand my art on both continents. On a professional level, it is a wise move and on a personal note, it allows me to reconnect with my country of origin in a renewed manner. Before I...

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Knowing the worth of your artwork

Knowing the worth of your artwork

Many people are artists but only a portion feel right about selling their art. Out of those that don’t mind selling their artwork only a very few will want to do it professionally which means that when they paint they have in mind that the painting will be for sale. For many artists their paintings are too personal and they simply cannot part with the created piece or even put a price on it as...

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