Back to School for Shay!

Well, sort of 🙂 I have signed up to today! I felt like it was finally time to work on developing my skills as a watercolor artist and her work is absolutely beautiful. I was very pleased to find out that she offers monthly subscriptions to her tutorials.

I am very excited to start, and will post my paintings here as I progress through the course.

I joined CARFAC BC today!

Artist Survival Skills - Chris Tyrell
“Artist Survival Skills is a primer on business and growth strategies for a Canadian visual art career. It is designed to help visual artists and crafts persons understand basic principles that can maximize the chances for success. It covers subject areas such as business planning, taxation, copyright, gallery representation, internet sales, and marketing.”

While reading the Artist Survival Skills : How To Make A Living As A Canadian Visual Artist, written by Chris Tyrell, I picked up a plethora of useful information about running a small business as an artist. Even though the book was originally written in 2008, there is a great deal of information that is still relevant. I would highly recommend reading this book if you are a Canadian Artist!

Regardless of if you are just starting out, or if you already successfully show/sell your work, this book can encourage and support artists who want to manage their business professionally.

While reading this book, I learned about CARFAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation/le Front des Artistes Canadiens). This organization, which was established in 1968, is “a democratic, non-profit, national artist-run organization for visual artists. … As a non-profit association and a National Art Service Organization, our mandate is to promote the visual arts in Canada, to promote a socio-economic climate that is conducive to the production of visual arts in Canada, and to conduct research and engage in public education for these purposes.” Learn more about CARFAC at

Sounds pretty good, right? Their website has several resources available on it if you are a member, including information on Artist Fee Guidelines, Gallery Guides (In Canada), Copyright information, Exhibiting and Selling Art outside of Canada, Certificates of Canadian Origin (Members get a discount!), International Associate of Art card, Legal Resources, Contracts, Estate Planning, Best Practices and more.

There is a an abundance of valuable information available on the CARFAC website – I would definitely suggest checking it out.

I have just joined for a modest fee of $52.00. This membership fee works to bring the Artist’s Resale Right to Canada and make it possible for CARFAC to fight for minimum artists’ fees at the National Gallery of Canada. I am okay with that! There are also some pretty snazzy membership benefits – check them out here.

To summarize, I will steal a quote right off of CARFAC BC’s webpage:

CARFAC BC is the collective voice for professional artists in British Columbia advocating for artists’ legal rights and offering practical advice and skill development to support the professional practices of cultural producers.

I was in no way sponsored to write this post – CARFAC and “Artist Survival Skills” are just two resources that I think are pretty incredible. According to Chris Tyrell’s website Art Marketing Blog, he is sponsored by Opus Art Supplies, thus the link in the article to purchase the book goes there!

I think it is so important for artists to stick together – Let’s raise each other up and encourage ourselves to be the best we can be.

Are you a member of CARFAC? Comment below, let me hear how they have helped you!