Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


The Professional Artist

Ultimately it's the work that counts. Stop beating yourself up about your day job and just make the most out of what you've been given. If you're giving it all that you got, what more could anyone ask? [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists [...]

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QR Codes and Artists...Say What?

There is exactly one day left for 2010 before we drop that big ball in Time Square and welcome 2011. Can we squeeze in one more piece of information? I think we can! So today I wanted to share with you one piece of recently new technology which I think can be very useful for all of us. [...]

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Ryan Brown - Powerful, pensive, soulful

'An Appreciation' by Ryan Brown was selected as a Finalist in the October 2010 RayMar Art's Fine Art Competition. 'A Painter's Inspiration' by Ryan Brown was selected as a Finalist in the November 2010 RayMar Art's Fine Art Competition. [...]

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J.M. Brodrick - polished, classy work

'Oceanside Morning' by J.M. Brodrick was selected as a Finalist in the October 2010 and November 2010 BoldBrush Painting Competition. 'Chicago' by J.M. Brodrick was selected as a Finalist in the October 2010 RayMar Art's Fine Art Competition. [...]

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The Secret to Successfully Marketing Your Work

It is a good goal, and a lofty one, to make a living off of one's art. Whether one achieves this goal, however, does not determine whether one has made a success of one's life. A truly successful life is one that incorporates honesty, integrity, honor, perseverance, diligence, and a concern for others. [...]

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Kathryn Townsend - textural brush work

'Naxi Woman' by Kathryn Townsend was selected as a Finalist in the October 2010 BoldBrush Painting Competition [...]

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November 2010 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

Our esteemed judge, Keith Bond, has completed the judging of the November 2010 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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The Art of Dragging One's Heels

Not everyone is experiencing financial difficulties right now. But everyone is in some way or another being affected by the economy, artists chief among them. In the last several years we have seen a steady change in the art market and the marketing of art. The internet has transformed just about everything having to do with art; how it is presented, found, discovered, purchased and enjoyed. [...]

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Nancy L. Tankersley - transcending everyday moments and 'the common man'

'Another Draft' by Nancy L. Tankersley was selected as a Finalist in the October 2010 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Giver's Gift

Whether you say Merry Christmas, Blessed Yule, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings, Winter Solstice, or Feliz Navidad - we here at FASO want you to know that we wish you only peace and joy and love in this season and the next. [...]

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Respect Your Collectors Part 2

But people who love our work, people who support us in so many ways—by purchasing it, by recommending it to their friends, by telling us what it means to them — these people are not the “tedious little things in life. They are part of the “big thing”. They are what got us to this wonderful place, a place where we can make the work we love and share it with the world. Remember that, and you will always respect your collectors, large and small. [...]

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Brian Slawson - tantalizing contemporary realist paintings

'Crisp Morning' by Brian Slawson was selected as a Finalist in the October 2010 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Cultivating Future Collectors

If we know who our prospective collectors' profile, why and where they're likely to buy our work, then we can set up a plan to reach them. [...]

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Mary Scott - abstracts strike the imagination

RED IS MY COLOR by Mary Scott (shown below) was selected as Finalist - Outstanding Abstract in the October 2010 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Interview with BoldBrush Finalist Michelle Dunaway

A revealing interview with September 2010 BoldBrush Painting Competition Finalist, Michelle Dunaway. [...]

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LIM Isabelle V - exotic color palette and Asian subject matter

'Hong Kong Residents #10' by LIM Isabelle V. was selected as Finalist - Outstanding Pastel in the October 2010 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Creating vs. Marketing

A couple weeks ago, a reader asked for my take on the balance between marketing and creating. Great question – and a difficult one. My short answer is that it depends. [...]

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Margi Lucena - beautifully textured pastels

'Truchas Vista November' by Margi Lucena was selected as Finalist - Outstanding Pastel in the October 2010 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Artists' Personal Lives: Does it Play a Role in How You View Their Art?

I can recall a project that I was involved with while taking a college level psychology class that explored this issue. We showed a group of people images of art without saying who the artist behind the artwork was. I recall that we had to make sure that the people involved did not recognize the artist's work. The two artists that stick out in memory happened to be Adolf Hitler and John Lennon-- two names that need no introduction for very different reasons. The goal was simply to see how people reacted with their art criticism after finding out who created the art. [...]

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Reducing the Jitters

Remember: the first of anything is full of unknowns; so it can be filled with apprehension. The important thing is to not let things stand in your way. Work to overcome them, and not only will you grow as a person, it will help you grow as an artist out in the community! [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists [...]

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Ananta Mandal - complex scenes harmoniously transformed

'Kolkata III' by Ananta Mandal was selected as Finalist - Outstanding Acrylic in the October 2010 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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How Does an Artist Find Their Niche?

When I wrote last time about how to develop your niche, I didn’t realize that many of us don’t know what our niche is, and how to find it. Many of the comments you wrote were boiling down to one question: “How do I find my niche?” [...]

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Evaluating Your Galleries

Never agree to let a gallery do anything that increases their income while it restricts yours. [...]

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Mike Barr - luscious seascapes transport us

'Yachts in a storm' by Mike Barr was selected as Finalist - Outstanding Acrylic in the October 2010 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Look Where You Are Going Because You Will Go Where You Are Looking

Once you begin to go where you are looking, you are totally free to enjoy the ride. In art, as with motorcycle riding, it is all about the journey, not the destination. [...]

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Sandy Kay - essence of humanity

'Of This Time, Of That Place' by Sandy Kay was selected as Finalist - Outstanding Watercolor in the October 2010 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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What Norm Taught Me

Every magazine had a painting on it's cover. Newspapers used artists and drawings for their news stories. Books were often lavishly illustrated. And illustrators made a damn fine wage. In an age when a new automobile cost $400.00, a successful illustrator made over $100,000.00 a year. That's not exactly chump change even today! [...]

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Laurel Hart - radiant light, silhouetted shapes

'Mission Sunset' by Laurel Hart was selected as Finalist - Outstanding Watercolor in the October 2010 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Organic, Green and...Art Movement

Beautiful, uplifting, meaningful art has a purpose in the world. There is a need for more of it – a critical need. As society gets uglier, the need becomes greater. What will it take to gain greater recognition and acceptance of the value of art? Will it ever reach the mainstream? What can you do? What can I do? Let’s begin an Art Movement that reaches the scope and scale of the green and organic movements. [...]

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Interview with BoldBrush Finalist Sheldon Saint

A simple interview with September 2010 BoldBrush Painting Competition Finalist, Sheldon Saint. [...]

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Spotlight On: Nancy Teague

Bug in the Grass by Nancy Teague was selected Best of Show in the October 2010 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists [...]

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Respect Your Collectors Part 1

I was an art history major and my decorating scheme showed that. Noting my walls covered with posters and reprints of fine art and ancient art, my friend commented that for not much more money, I could have the real thing—real paintings, art and fine craft instead of the knock-offs and mass-produced stuff available in mail-order catalogs and the big-box stores. “But I like Van Gogh and Chinese scroll paintings and Egyptian cat sculptures and stuff!” I exclaimed. “And I can’t afford the real thing.” He challenged my assumptions about acquiring art. In the process, he changed my life. [...]

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Emily Schultz - enchanted portraits of children

'Solomon' by Emily Schultz was awarded 3rd Place in the October 2010 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Man in the Mirror

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that the most successful artists spend the majority of their time working. Real work... difficult work... work that stretches their abilities. Experts know what they're doing, they know where they need to get and they stay on that road steadily until they reach it. [...]

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Matt Smith - breathtaking, special moments of the natural world

Nature astounds us in unexpected ways. Matt Smith's paintings capture those breathtaking, special moments. [...]

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John Austin Hanna - visual tension that keeps the viewer engaged

Strong compositions and intriguing brushstrokes create visual tension, keeping the viewer engaged and enthralled. [...]

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Mark Haworth - all the grace and glory of Mother Nature

Sophisticated work that depicts all the grace and glory of Mother Nature. [...]

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