The joy of sharing and collaboration.

Magny Tjelta// BKFR 80 år

Having fun and being free about your art work is not something you can control. It just happens if you are open, and we have to embrace it and take advantage when it occurs.

The artist in The Artists Organisation in Rogaland have just celebrated its 80 years anniversary . I was lucky to participate in a book about the artists in the region. The book is an overview of the local professional artists. One thing I love about the book is that all of the artists came together and decorated the covers.

This was a day where I had no fixed plans about my work.  I knew just that I was going to paint, and the subject wasn’t important. I just wanted to do what ever came in to my mind. As an event Cathrine Gilje and I sat in a book store decorated some of the book covers, and soon we started to decorate the books together. At a certain time we swopped our paintings and started to work on the each other’s  work. This gave me a kick. I really love the results.

You should do the same if you want some new inspiration.

Magny Tjelta// BKFR 80 år

This books are all decorated and are original work by the artist in the Art Organisation in Rogaland.

What I like is the playful state we where in, and the result was very inspiring to me, her style is very different to my art work, but there is some things we share, such as a fascination for older photographs. This day in the book store turned out to be a lot of fun.

Have a look at Cathrine`s  homepage.

Foto: Geir Egil Bergjord
Foto: Geir Egil Bergjord
Foto: Geir Egil Bergjord
The work by Cathrine Gilje and meIMG_8312_1024DSC_0085_1024IMG_8304_1024Magny Tjelta// BKFR 80 år


Foto: Geir Egil Bergjord
Foto: Geir Egil Bergjord

My Paintings Magny Tjelta// BKFR 80 år    Magny Tjelta

Magny Tjelta// BKFR 80 år

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How artists make a living and manage money. 3


In the last blog I talked about some ways that an Artist can earn a little money to pay the bills. This time I will talk about some more.


I have sometimes been doing interior and styling for projects when they like to have something untraditional like upcycling style.  This can be for events like a birthday party, or wedding or even designing a TV-studio and also writing articles about upcycling in magazine and newspapers.

To get jobs that are styling, I recommend doing some for free first.  Then when you are known, it becomes gets much easier to get the next jobs

One idea to get started is to help someone with something spectacular or help out whit the styling in a wedding or a big birthday party or baby shower.  Use every opportunity you can, step out and offer help. And do not forget to take pictures, this is very important. And you can use your blog as you reference.

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Get a job in an Art Gallery or museum.

This can be a help to understand how things work. I learned to see things from the other side. I learned to see where I had to be organized! I saw that I had to be clearer in what I was offering to a gallery, and how to communicate when I had an exhibition. And just as important, I learned how to make a good contract. My applications for new exhibitions improved a lot.
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This painting was reproduced in parts of the big art work at the Oslo train station .

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A lot of the work was planned by using photoshop.

oslo S magnyoslo S 2009Grants

There are many grants for artists. They are very competitive to get. Don’t give up. Apply a hundred times, and then apply for some more.

Grants can be privately or publicly funded. Some are given for a specific project that you propose and some are given outright for the work that you do.

oslo S 2009Residencies

I have been to France and Spain on a residency program and it is a good way to build your professional network all over the world. The length of the residency varies and the grants you get vary too.

You can googeI for “Artist in residence” and you should find places that will accept applications for next year. Look for the places that cover the travel expenses, and materials because many places expect YOU to pay for everything.

Public Commissions

Winning commissions for public art can be a lucrative way to make money. This can be done in connection with a new building or construction project. Many countries and regions have laws that specify that a small percentage (from 1 to 1.5 %) of the total building cost have to go to art for the building. Usually city art groups have the latest information of what program is currently accepting applications.

When artists get a public work commission, we can get something between  20 to 35% of the total cost of the project as an artist’s fee. Such a commission can pay many bills.

Artists are also needed in the commission as consultants and to hold the project together. It includes finding the artist and following the project.

At the moment a friend and I are in a competition together for a commission, it is a lot of fun. There are three other great artists, so it’s not easy at all, but it is a great experience.

Do you have a part time or full time job? Is it related to art? What is the best or worst thing you did to earn some money?


How artists make a living and manage money. 2

Kids art class
I really like doing different things and use all sides of myself. I love the things that I can do.
I don’t have the same day over and over.

This are some of the things I have done. They come and go, and I often don’t know what is going to happen the next half year. But there are always something coming up.

However, I manage money means being capable handle the uncertain revenue flow.

Making the money flow, here’s how:

  • Teaching
  • Grants
  • Sales of art
  • Freelancing
  • Consulting
  • Design
  • Exhibit’s
  • Illustrations
  • Commissions
  • Workshops

Kids art school

The work is by children between 10 – 18. Kids art classA lot of the artists are having many legs to stand on, as we say here where I come from. Besides selling art, I, like many others have a part time job 1 to 3 days that provides a small but steady income. The rest of the time I can work on my art and do freelancing.


There are teaching opportunities in public and private schools, and museums, art centers, galleries and after-school programs not to mention private lessons.

I started to do teaching in my studio. I printed fliers, contacted my family and friends, put ads in the art-shops and art galleries and got enough people for my first class.  Once I got started I was asked to do it everywhere. Now, I am asked to do lectures and demonstrations I teach in a private evening school and I do it for public after-school programs for children

Here are my young art students work. Is´t this work great?

Kids art class

I myself have given courses where you learn healing and then we start to paint. Go into teaching if you love it. But, f you don’t have a passion for teaching, absolutely don’t do it.

drawing faces art class

Personal Skills like web expert.

Are you good at blogging, then you can set up blogs or design a web site for other artists, I know a lot of artists that find that to be too much to sit down and learn all about it, You can do courses in blogging or make homepages using ex: which is pretty easy if you just know a little of the basic.  Or you can offer a course in blogging using wordpress which is not to difficult.

My next blog will have some more ideas for earning a living from Art.

What do you like to do? What hobby’s do you have? What are your skills? Tell me the creative ways you have earned money to support your art.

When I started working whit this theme, I soon realized that it would become two blogs, because it is such a hugely engaging thing.

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Kids art class

How artists make a living and manage money. 1

Rude or what?If you have talked to an artist, leaned over, head tilted, eyebrows raises in concern, and in a small voice asked: “How can you manage? How much do you make? Can you make a living doing art?” This post is for you!

I’m insulted by most people’s prejudices regarding artists, almost as if they think that I live off their tax dollars. Money is a delicate subject no matter what field you are in, would you ask non-artists how they can manage? (Is that being rude or what?)

That said, no one chooses to be an artist for money, everyone knows that most artists also have to use their creativity to find income. And that’s what I have been doing!

But first; I must say I am bored by the image of artists as miserable,

starving beings, that need help .While it might have been true in the days of Van Gogh, those days are long gone, today offers many fun and bankable opportunities for artists, besides selling their artwork. …while we are at it, let’s also kill the myth of the red-wine drinking, tormented artist, that spend most of their life waiting for inspiration. Most artists I know, are so ambitious and hard working that they are not even fun to party with.

So, next time you talk to an artist, think twice, or you might just be showing how little you know about the artworld. Some might even think you are a bit stupid.

Be smart and ask something like this: “Besides painting, what other supercool art related jobs do you do?”