Top 10 Art Blogs to Follow

By Joseph Armstrong

We all use the term “starving artist”; it’s a moniker that’s often a prerequisite for an artists’ success. But no one strives literally become a starving artist. Artists derive success from their passion to create art in which they have invested a certain amount of emotion. Here are some of our favorite blogs, with success as the goal and passion as the driving force, that cater to helping starving artists eat—or at least kill some time.

1. Barney Davey, the voice of Art Print Issues, has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry and helps visual artists market themselves in more effective ways. His blog offers advice on how, what and where to sell your art, as well as video clips and links to helpful books and inspirational pieces to boost morale. artprintissues.com

2. Carolyn Edlund spent 20 years running a full-time production studio, representing artists and selling their art and is now executive director for Art Business Institute (artbusinessinstitute.org). Her blog, Artsy Shark, provides many useful tips on better art business practices, artist vignettes and interviews with gallery owners. artsyshark.com

3. Art Biz Coach is another useful site, offering direct consultation from the site’s curator, Alyson Stanfield. The site offers videos with advice on how to be successful showing your art. Find out what to expect from galleries, how to avoid alienating perspective buyers, resources that can help, and how to get emotional fulfillment from your art. Her site also provides links to workshops nationwide, books and other helpful websites. artbizcoach.com

4. How many artists, when asked how they became artists, have answered, “Well, I wasn’t any good at sports, so…?” For starving artists trying to explore every avenue of exposure, the weekly podcast at Bad at Sports features contemporary artists and people in the art community discussing the art world and a range of related topics. A blog also discusses the art world from ideological and practical perspectives. badatsports.com

5. Daily Art Fixx comments on art history and promotes unknown artists. It has links to facts, historical pieces and artists and quotes and links for art subgenres, including painting, photography, sculpture and video art. For artists hoping to use this blog as a self-promotion tool, site creator Wendy Campbell offers numerous options for submission: in a group gallery, where your piece will be displayed with works from others; in a short feature with one to four pieces; or in a full feature with six or more pieces and a short artist bio. A neat feature of Campbell’s site is the art-related prize- giveaway contest for any- one who chooses to enter. dailyartfixx.com

6. Connecting art lovers with exhibitions in South Carolina started DailyServing, but it grew to become an international network of artists. More than 30 writers contribute editorial here. Each month its “Fan Mail” section provides a portrait of an artist, whom the editor selects, making this a great way for unknown artists to gain recognition. dailyserving.com

7. We just can’t keep our eyes off another obscure, yet interesting site: Doodlers Anonymous. It focuses primarily on publishing fan- and artist-submitted works of—well—doodles. A database of featured artists is available, as are myriad interesting tools for the potential doodle star. If you’re feeling particularly inspired—or bored—try the site’s Showcase feature, which challenges visitors to submit doodles that conform to a set of parameters. For example, one challenge may be to draw a book cover from a class you wish you could have taken in high school. Download doodle wallpapers or order a Doodlers Anonymous coloring book of submissions, which the site publishes each year. doodlersanonymous.com

8. Art dealer Edward Winkleman’s blog, edward_winkleman, details the do’s and don’ts for artists striving for success. Many posts focus on the trade of art from dealer and gallery owner perspectives. For artists looking for exhibition or increased sales and exposure, this site gives the all-important perspective from the other side of the tracks: the promoter. Many film directors will tell you about the experience they gained by dabbling in acting and gaining perspective in front of the camera. Winkleman’s blog is a useful tool in applying that logic to the art business. edwardwinkleman.com

9. Although it accepts submissions and suggestions from anyone, Happy Famous Artists focuses on promoting art from all realms that have already attained some level of success. Creators—Intelligensius Anarchus, The Great Attractor and Rick B—provide the site with an edgy feel. It features a huge amount of content, ranging from art, music, architecture and television to perspectives on pornography, travel, top-10 lists and a perfectly captioned “WTF?” section. Although not necessarily the “anarchist of art,” happyfamousartists.com certainly fits into that niche. happyfamousartists.com

10. Dan Johnson, creator of Right Brain Rockstar, has given his site a credo: “Make creativity your day job.” Johnson offers advice based on his experiences of the transition from art as a hobby to art as a profession. The site focuses on but is not limited to the topic of building a successful art website. His archive proves as inspirational as it is instructional, and he offers links to many useful books and products. rightbrainrockstar.com


  1. Barney Davey

    28 December

    Thanks for mentioning my Art Print Issues blog in your article. You put me in some very good company!

  2. Katherine Tyrrell

    29 December

    I’m confused. Are you conflating ‘art business and marketing’ with ‘talking about contemporary art’ and/or “blogs we like”?

    While reviewing your recommendations it struck me that while some of the blogs are totally obvious (and are certainly ones I regularly highlight and recommend to others), others in the list above had very few posts about the art business (e.g. a blog with a total of 5 posts in 2013 = a recommendation?) and/or really aren’t focused on the art business side of art at all.

    I don’t normally do “look at me” posts – however you might like to try reading the regular tips I provide on Making A Mark in relation to Art Business & Marketing in my regular column on “who’s made a mark”.

    Plus I also have regular opinion polls which often relate to art business matters. These give context for art bloggers in terms of other people’s approach to the art business.

    Plus regular blog posts related to matters relating to the art business both generically and specific to the UK

    In total 414 posts about Art Business & Marketing in the last 7 years

    However, you have given me a really good topic for a post in 2014 – and I thank you for that! 🙂

  3. I am an artist here in Montpelier, Vermont. I just got back fromt he Florence Biennale and won 5th proze for my installation. Kinda proud of that. I would love to subscribe to all these blogs and Art BUsiness. I too have a blog that started last year called http://www.s-amuse.com which showcases some of my interests and products.
    Glad you exist! Thanks for your time and happy 2014!
    saM tK
    http://www.samtalbotkelly.com

  4. David

    22 April

    Thank you for this inspiring list of resources.

  5. Jonathan

    27 April

    Bookmarking this post, right meow!

  6. thanks for the info.

  7. Excellent article, and Thanks for sharing such a valuable info !

  8. MAS

    21 February

    Many thanks for the list. I’m an art business blogger myself. I evaluate art galleries through the perspective of a retail connoisseur, looking at customer experience, sales tactics, and atmosphere. – https://mysteryartshopper.wordpress.com/

    cheers!
    MAS

  9. Nice article.

  10. thomas mulholland

    20 March

    interesting

  11. Nice Article…

  12. Michael

    5 July

    Nice Article. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. great post giving great details about great things , like it very much.

  14. Overall an article is good & informative, But some thing is missing. I know that summarize every thing in a single content is a bit tough. But information of some other art forms could be a part of this article.

  15. Shivangi

    29 August

    Thank you for the list. I am also a self taught artist and love to learn new things in art. I make all types of oil, acrylic, water color paintings. Also do sketching. These blogs are useful for me 🙂

  16. Nice list. Thanks for sharing

  17. Kim

    9 November

    I love all the info that Alyson Stanfield at artbizcoach.com offers, I am a professional full time artist and still utilize all her ideas and information on a weekly basis. ArtsyShark is another great blog for finding upcoming or established artists, not to mention inspiration and a wealth of information.

  18. thanks for sharing nice information

  19. Milan Pew

    21 December

    Wow! Cool post. You make a nice post. It will help us a lot. I want to say thank you very much 🙂

  20. Abhijeet Pratap

    22 December

    Great list! Thanks for sharing the information!1

  21. Amit

    25 December

    Excellent article, and Thanks for sharing such a valuable info .love it….

  22. Gustavo Woltmann

    5 February

    Really enjoyed this, great links.

  23. Skye

    25 March

    That was a very interesting read looking Looking for future post .

  24. Velma serrano

    27 March

    Very informative.
    stop by serranoartstudio.com

  25. Tina Stoffel

    17 April

    I’m also bookmarking. I’ve followed Alyson Stanfield for some time now as well as Artsyshark. They have both been full of valuable information. I had to laugh at the badatsports.com. What a great sense of humor. I look forward to checking out some of these other blogs. Thanks

  26. John

    18 April

    The overused “starving artist” phrase is so abused in everyday culture that it has become known as a fact. Unfortunately.
    People need to realize that like the 10 individuals in this list it all boils down to doing the work. Thanks for the article. It helps me in my research.

  27. Anakha

    2 May

    Excellent article. Really enjoyed. look forward to reading out these kind of excellent articles. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  28. Awesome work.Just wanted to drop a comment and say I am new to your blog and really like what I am reading.Thanks for the share

  29. Charles K Banting.

    12 August

    I would like to have someone look at my paintings. The ones I have seem to be quite old. 1 is a old painting of a Spanish lady and I think the signature is L. Genate. The 2nd ones are are the allies from War 1 or 2. Those paintings of the soldiers are all individuals.

  30. Vaidik

    21 August

    Nice post..

    Keep writing

  31. Nilam sangle

    1 November

    such a Wonderful blog! And Very valuable information you have share. Thank you for sharing this blog.

  32. Topher

    2 December

    Don’t forget about http://culturehog.com It’s a great online arts and culture magazine. Check it out 😀

  33. There are lots of blogs I am finding to follow in the art industry and you can spend lots of time reading and looking at all the wonderful talented artist and their work. My problem is that my Wife loves all types of art and we don’t focus just on one style with our business. I have been able to get us focused down to murals, fine art and foam sculpting. Do you have a good top ten list for these areas that I could focus my attention and follow? Being in business every minute counts and we need to continually be learning about our styles of art and how to run our business. I want to be able to share with my wife the best information I can about what she is working on and how others are working within that field. I would also like to know how they are marketing themselves in the areas they live and work so I can help grow our business. Thank you for providing great information into the world of art and growing an art business.

    Richard Burnham
    In The Light Artistry
    inthelightart.com

  34. Linda Blondheim

    9 December

    Interesting group. Katherine’s blog, Making a Mark should be included in any top list of blogs about the art business.
    Linda Blondheim

  35. Beautiful blogs. These people are inspiring and I love how you can learn something from each one of them. Thank you for this article.

  36. josephine

    13 June

    I love fine Art but am not an Artist. Thank you for sharing the Art tips.

  37. jay

    20 June

    Excellent article. Really enjoyed this, great links.

  38. Anshul

    12 July

    That’s a great list and a brilliant work on curation of the blogs list. Awesome work

  39. Jenn

    14 August

    Nice article!

  40. Andrew Wielawski

    8 September

    Barney Davey is someone I’ve been reading forever! He has been active in commenting on blogs I used to write on Absolutearts, and has given me useful insight throughout the years.

  41. Valentina

    12 November

    These are great resources, some of which I have been reading for years but also some new!

  42. Jolly

    27 November

    Really, enjoyed this blog. Great information.

  43. Cristina

    30 December

    Hi!
    I find this list of blogs quite inspiring. I am one of those people who quit their job to become a “starving artist”. But I don’t care as long as I do what I love. Thank you for this list. I will study each one of them.

  44. One of the best blog. Getting new ideas and concepts.

  45. ArtRepublic

    15 January

    This is the best list of Art bloggers I have seen on the internet. I was planning on starting my own Art Blog and really needed inspiration on how and where to start from.. Trust me, these blogs have really guided me and I thank you for helping me

  46. Stephen Flemming

    15 February

    Very valuable information, Excellent article. Thank you for sharing this blog.

  47. Tiana Parker

    28 February

    Very helpful list that I found here. as I am a artist & painter myself and try to adopt techniques of these blogs in my gallery https://pastelartprints.com/

  48. mhel

    17 March

    I love kenya art is beautiful because they represent Some communities such as the Masai have managed to retain most of their traditional way of life and a cultural safari is a good way to experience their culture.
    https://www.nyeri-art.com

  49. amezing art

  50. manohar

    4 April

    Thank you for sharing this information. nice blog.

  51. Mahree

    15 June

    It’s great when your a huge fan of art ! https://bit.ly/2WLVEmd

  52. Rayan Jose

    16 June

    First of all thanks to webmaster to share top 10 art blogs. me also an art and crafts blogs reader. I also created a blog that name is toolgeeky.com. in this website publishing arts and crafts related article for my arts and crafts lover, readers.

  53. Great list, thanks for sharing!

  54. Thanks for sharing such a piece of valuable information. As I am also related to this business and it’s the platform to get some new and innovative ideas. Great job!

  55. sumitra sen

    26 August

    Hi,
    The information shared here about the artists blog i really appreciable. Art dealer Edward Winkleman’s blog, edward_winkleman is the blog I liked the most. Thank you for this list. I will study each one of them.

  56. Finelineartacademy

    18 September

    Excellent article , Thanks for sharing !
    Sketching Institute In Delhi

  57. Sagarworld

    7 October

    Thanks for sharing such amazing posts on these talented artists. It will really help the young artists to learn from the experiences of these talented artists.

  58. Awesome list of art blogs.

  59. Alex

    3 May

    I like your blog.

  60. riya patel

    20 May

    Thank you very much, you have written this post through your thoughts and this post is really beautiful, such post has seen very little till date and I am thankful that you wrote this post.

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