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Art Marketing Ideas and Straight Talk about Selling Art, Marketing, Inspiration & Fine Living




The Artist's Statement vs Biography

by Keith Bond on 3/7/2018 8:57:54 AM

Don’t confuse an artist’s statement with a biography. Many artists often combine the two into one document that lacks the intended focus. [...]

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by Keith Bond on 2/23/2018 9:04:31 AM

There is something about seeing things in a different way that enables you to disconnect with your preconceived ideas. You can more clearly see reality. [...]

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The Crossroads

by Keith Bond on 1/24/2018 9:14:12 AM

There comes a time in your career where you reach the crossroads. You must make the decision of which road to take. [...]

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A World Without Art

by Keith Bond on 1/18/2018 10:01:06 AM

Art is powerful. Art is meaningful. It enriches our society. [...]

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Don't Be A Jack

by Keith Bond on 1/10/2018 9:03:47 AM

Your mailing list is your number one asset. [...]

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The Police Report, The Novel, and The Poem

by Keith Bond on 1/4/2018 9:37:57 AM

What kind of art do you create? What kind of art do you want to create? [...]

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On The Verge

by Keith Bond on 12/27/2017 10:24:40 AM

Being ‘in the zone’ does not guarantee great results and great art does not need to be created while ‘in the zone’. [...]

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The Art of Failure

by Keith Bond on 12/22/2017 9:26:08 AM

You must create if you want to improve. You will have failures, but they are necessary stepping stones. [...]

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The "Thank You" Card

by Keith Bond on 12/8/2017 9:43:56 AM

Don’t underestimate the value of the “Thank You” card or other personalized cards. [...]

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Joining a Group

by Keith Bond on 11/29/2017 9:42:17 AM

We artists tend to be solitary – whether by choice or necessity. Creativity comes from within and we tend to work alone. Yet, we have a need to connect with and associate with others. [...]

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Finding Your Collectors

by Keith Bond on 11/15/2017 10:12:33 AM

Go to where the collectors are, and... Bring the collectors to you. [...]

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Use Your Mailing List

by Keith Bond on 11/8/2017 9:28:19 AM

Put it to work for you. Be creative in how you use it. There are many ways to market to your collectors and prospects, and I find that a variety of methods work best. [...]

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The Triple Impact

by Keith Bond on 11/1/2017 9:06:10 AM

Your work is competing against many other equally great artists. To have the advantage of capturing a collector’s attention, you should consider how well you understand and utilize the triple effect. [...]

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Pros and (Mostly) Cons of Sight-size Method

by Keith Bond on 3/17/2014 7:27:34 AM

The problem with sight-size is that if you have become dependent upon it, you may not have the confidence (or worse yet, the ability) to accurately draw something that isn’t exactly as you see it. You become dependent upon copying. Creativity suffers. Works become technical craft and less about feeling, mood, and expression. [...]

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Shape Welding

by Keith Bond on 3/3/2014 7:38:58 AM

So, the lesson for today is to see the values in your subject. Organize them into 3 to 5 values. And weld like value shapes together to create fewer shapes. Yet, within each shape, you can have all the color, texture, detail, interest that you want. Just don’t lose the integrity of each shape – which lies in its value. [...]

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An Organized Palette Leads to Intuitive Color Mixing

by Keith Bond on 2/17/2014 7:09:43 AM

Mixing through intuition doesn’t mean that I resort to formulas, either. It merely means that I know by heart where the needed color is on the palette. There are many challenges to painting. Searching for the colors, because they aren’t organized, simply adds unnecessarily to the challenges. [...]

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Everything is Subject to Change

by Keith Bond on 1/20/2014 7:24:53 AM

Remember in your work this one important principle. Everything is subject to change if it will improve your work…everything from that one juicy brush stroke to a 3 foot high cactus. [...]

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The Strong Beginning

by Keith Bond on 1/6/2014 10:02:45 AM

For me, though, it is time well spent to take a bit longer at the very beginning to ensure the strength of design and to ensure the colors and values are accurate. The reason is, the stronger the beginning, the less reworking I need to do later on. The stronger the beginning, the more likelihood I will have a successful finish. [...]

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Images of Christmas (Carl Heinrich Bloch)

by Keith Bond on 12/23/2013 10:16:35 AM

Carl Bloch, with great skill and sensitivity, painted several paintings of the life of Christ. Many of which were created for the chapel at Frederiksborg Palace in Hillerød, Denmark. [...]

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The Better Way

by Keith Bond on 12/9/2013 7:32:30 AM

I believe that we artists have a gift. I won’t go into the talent vs. discipline/hard work argument here (I believe it is a combination of both). And I’ll save that for another article. But suffice it to say that since I believe a good portion of it is an innate, God-given gift or talent, I also believe that there is a stewardship associated with that gift. We will be held accountable one day for how we used the gift of art. [...]

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Understanding the Why Informs the How

by Keith Bond on 11/13/2013 7:34:10 AM

You are faced with many decisions as you approach a painting. First is what to paint. Second, and probably most important, why do you want to paint it? Once this second question is answered comes the many ‘how’ questions. These ‘how’ questions involve things like composition, value, color, drawing, edges, just to name a few. Each of these principles is interdependent and a change in one will affect each of the others. [...]

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Low Tech Auction

by Keith Bond on 10/28/2013 7:44:17 AM

They don’t sell for huge sums of money, but I am making enough on them that it does make economic sense to sell them in this manner when I have one that I want to sell. The price does vary a bit from painting to painting, but if I were to sell 3 or 4 a week at the average price they are going for, it would be sizeable amount at the end of the year. [...]

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Role of Student vs. Instructor

by Keith Bond on 10/14/2013 8:15:23 AM

An instructor can give example after example, theory after theory ‘til he’s blue in the face. He can encourage, correct, praise, and push the student. He can walk the student step by step through the process while holding the student’s hand. But none of this will lead to the student learning anything until the student takes responsibility to learn. That doesn’t take responsibility away from the teacher, though. It takes both for learning to occur. [...]

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The Center of Interest isn’t Always Your Subject

by Keith Bond on 9/16/2013 9:20:17 AM

It is the interaction between characters and the plot line that were composed that create the center of interest. Sometimes if you merely try to copy things just as you see them in front of you, you will have no center of interest, because you aren’t composing a story. [...]

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Can Music Help Your Art?

by Keith Bond on 9/3/2013 9:35:01 AM

Memory and emotion are closely linked to creativity, which leads to meaningful works of art that have authenticity. Music is a powerful way to tap into those memories and emotion. [...]

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What is Plein Air Anyway?

by Keith Bond on 8/19/2013 7:32:18 AM

What does en plein air really mean? It is a French term. Depending upon which dictionary you use, the English translation is a variation of the following: “in the open air”, “outdoors”, “open air”, or “out in the open”. That sounds simple enough. Paintings done on location, outdoors, and in the open air are considered plein air paintings. [...]

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Don’t Just Play it Safe

by Keith Bond on 8/5/2013 7:37:54 AM

Your so-called ‘safe’ paintings often have a higher likelihood of turning out successfully. But they usually won’t be the ‘show-stoppers’. They will tend to feel a little bit more predictable or formulaic for lack of better words. Even if they turn out good, they probably won’t represent your very best work. [...]

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I’m Not in the Mood

by Keith Bond on 7/22/2013 7:29:41 AM

If you want to be a professional artist, you will have deadlines, commitments, and maybe even demonstrations. You will need to perform and will need to show up to do the work. Even if you have no audience such as the demo, you cannot just blow off your responsibilities when you “don’t feel like painting”. [...]

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Don’t Be an Impersonator

by Keith Bond on 7/8/2013 7:21:57 AM

Although your subject inspires you, you don’t copy the likeness, pose, arrangement, or anatomy of [insert your subject here]. You capture the spirit and essence of your subject and show me why it is important to you. Originality comes when you respond to your subject and then share what it means to you. That is how you become authentic and develop your voice. You create art from within – it has meaning; you feel something; you find importance or significance. [...]

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Training for a Marathon

by Keith Bond on 6/24/2013 7:37:00 AM

In each of these cases, remember to consider the paintings exercises. Don’t worry about getting a masterpiece with each one. It never happens that way anyway. Push yourself. Consider each painting a growing experience. Exercise. Practice. Some will turn out and some won’t. Like the athlete, you will be building both your skills as an artist as well as your confidence. [...]

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Drawing Tutorials and Marketing Lessons

by Keith Bond on 6/17/2013 7:42:34 AM

The point is to consider what you have to offer your fans and collectors and find ways to fill their needs and wants. Be creative – that’s what you are as an artist, by the way. [...]

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Geology and Art

by Keith Bond on 6/10/2013 7:17:34 AM

The point is, when we converse with non artists, do we sometimes forget that they don’t understand some of the concepts and vocabulary? Speak on their level. [...]

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Angel’s Landing

by Keith Bond on 6/3/2013 7:28:30 AM

Just as the trail deceptively begins easy, so too, some artists have unrealistic ideas of what is necessary to pursue a career in art. Yet, the trail gets steep quickly, with few areas of ease. Being an artist is certainly an uphill climb with few times of relative ease. [...]

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Painting Large en Plein Air

by Keith Bond on 5/20/2013 7:29:41 AM

I find that most of my plein air works could have been greatly improved in compositional choices. This is one of many reasons my plein air work serves mostly as studies and not as finished paintings. If I do a very large canvas, I wouldn’t want to consider it a mere study. I would want a finished painting. But with all the visual stimuli out there and quickly changing light, most compositions aren’t as well thought out as they could be. [...]

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There Must Be Another Reason

by Keith Bond on 5/13/2013 7:43:06 AM

My plein air work is about responding emotionally to the moment. But, I have realized that my studio work enables me to explore other ideas, push compositional choices, or push color to create a mood. [...]

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Self Doubt

by Keith Bond on 5/6/2013 8:40:05 AM

A certain amount of self-doubt is healthy. It keeps us humble and motivates us to strive to learn, practice, and improve our art. But an overabundance can be harmful or even crippling. [...]

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Excuses are the Enemy of Opportunity

by Keith Bond on 4/29/2013 8:03:13 AM

These words resonate with me. Now, I will admit, I have had my fair share of excuses. And who knows what opportunities I have missed because of them. But, I have also seen the other side – and I try to stay on this other side. I know of the opportunities that will arise by not making excuses. [...]

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Develop Your Personal Style

by Keith Bond on 4/22/2013 7:24:48 AM

Someone recently asked me for guidance on how to develop a personal style. The short answer is not to worry about it too much. It will come naturally with time. The caveat, though, is that you need to let it develop. This leads me to the long answer. [...]

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Pieces of the Puzzle

by Keith Bond on 4/15/2013 7:18:43 AM

Now, let’s assume you sign up for a workshop. You want to understand how to fit those remaining pieces together. But what happens instead is the instructor dumps a thousand or so more pieces right in the middle of your puzzle you are trying to put together. Now your pieces and the instructor’s pieces are all mixed up. And to top it off, the instructor removes some of the pieces you put down and replaces them with new pieces. This can cause you a lot of frustration. [...]

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Learn To Fish - Part 2 in a series about Workshops

by Keith Bond on 4/8/2013 7:25:29 AM

I didn’t (and still don’t) want a fish, I wanted to learn how to fish. For me, specific techniques, methods, materials, etc. are fishes. On the other hand, learning how to fish is a combination of learning the basic foundation (the fundamentals) coupled with learning how to see and respond emotionally to your subject. [...]

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