Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


How to Avoid the #1 Obstacle to Becoming a Professional Artist

If you follow this simple to describe and hard to do recipe, you will succeed in earning a living from your art. [...]

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The Why, Which, Who, When, Where, What, and How of Fine Art Shows

No matter what happens, never give up creating art, or entering competitions. It really is subjective and art that didn’t get into one show might win an award in another. [...]

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Art Shows, Awards and Magazines

Every time something new happened I would seek out ways to promote it. It would start a chain reaction and lead to something new. After several years of repeating the process you end up with a solid track record of accomplishments. The worst thing you can do after winning an award or receiving recognition is to lean back and watch. Now is the time to take action and make it work for your art career. [...]

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The Long Tail of the Art World

The work that you create now has a much better chance of finding an audience more than any other point in history. You just need to find your tribe and help it grow. [...]

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Art World Gold Rush?

It is true that the majority of art competitions involve an entry fee. That said, they are generally NOT profitable ventures once the expense of hiring judges, supporting staff and other factors are deducted. [...]

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First You Make The Roux

And it's what an artist must do to succeed. Put out little tendrils of hope - blog, enter a competition, update your website, give a workshop, join a great art group, give lessons, design a new business card, try a new technique, send out a press release, write an article, and: keep a running list of all these "ingredients." [...]

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Online Art Competition Tips: Submit quality images of your artwork - Part 3 (Don't forget the details)

I have worked with dozens of online art competition jurors over the last seven years -- I'm speaking from experience when I say that some jurors can be sticklers concerning the lack of supporting details. [...]

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Online Art Competition Tips: Submit quality images of your artwork - Part 2 (focus on the art)

In this edition of the series I will stress the fact that submitted images should focus on the artwork itself -- anything more is a distraction... and distractions rarely win online art competitions. [...]

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Online Art Competition Tips: Submit quality images of your artwork - Part 1 (Lighting)

Lighting can make or break your online art competition submission. [...]

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Three Reasons Why Art Competition Jurors Don't Provide Artists With Feedback: Part 3 - Courtesy

This is one reason why art competition jurors, in general, don't provide written statements about their decisions. There is always the chance that specific details will infuriate an artist – he or she won't be happy no matter what direction the feedback goes. [...]

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Three Reasons Why Art Competition Jurors Don't Provide Artists With Feedback: Part 2 - Money

Needless to say, the above scenario is simply not an option for most art competition organizers... unless entry fees are raised. A $14 entry fee would end up being a $64+ entry fee to make up for the added expense of paying jurors for submission feedback. [...]

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Three Reasons Why Art Competition Jurors Don't Provide Artists With Feedback: Part 1 - Time

In this FineArtViews series I will tackle three reasons (in my opinion) why art competition jurors rarely write in detail about their selections – and why they don't contact artists who did not make their 'cut'. Part 1 deals with time constraints. [...]

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Announcing Chet Zar as the judge of the October 2012 BoldBrush Painting Contest

We at FineArtViews are pleased to announce that artist Chet Zar is the October 2012 judge for FASO's BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Do Art Organizations Matter Anymore?

I think the prestige of the art societies was a casualty of the new culture of personal branding. In the past, there were a limited number of these groups and they had a lot of power. It meant immediate exposure and sales if your art won an award. However, with the emergence of social media it became very easy to start your own group or just ignore the art societies and promote yourself. Suddenly there were a lot more voices in the room and it became very difficult to distingush one from the other. [...]

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Watermarks and online art competitions / online art exhibits don't mix

Online art competition jurors (and other online art viewers) don't want to be distracted by watermarks when viewing art online. [...]

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