Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


Stop Making Excuses

When it comes to our art, we all make excuses, but are you willing to sacrifice your art practice for convenience? The reality is that it's easy to make excuses and we do it without even realizing it. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Getting Your Artwork "Out There"

When people say things like, "you just need to get your work 'out there'"..... find should out exactly what 'out there' means...People usually don't have a good idea about what they mean by 'out there' and use such terminology to avoid doing the hard (but required) thinking about art marketing. [...]

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ROI - Do We Think Like Business People?

The investment world has some complicated scientific formulas for calculating ROI and comparing different investments to each other using these calculations. I have tried to simplify things here for the sake of discussion. By all means, I am not a financial adviser or accountant who can help you make these numbers work. I need one myself... [...]

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Eugen Chisnicean ~ Dynamic work that transcends the ordinary.

Eugen Chisnicean ~ Gorgeous hues and fabulous figures dominate exquisite watercolors of France and Moldavian. [...]

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Why You Should Probably Ignore My Advice

The thing about rules is...you should follow them, except when you shouldn't. And if your good enough, sometimes breaking them makes you more memorable. You just better be damn sure your good enough [...]

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Artist Etiquette: The Workshop Environment

When artists pay big money to attend the workshop of a masterful painter, the last thing they want is for other students to spout off what they know, challenge the teacher, or given unsolicited advice. [...]

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Dennis Poirier ~ provocative flare and energy

'Old Gloucester Waterfront' by Dennis Poirier was selected as Finalist - Outstanding Acrylic in the June 2010 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Lynn Miller - a playful sense of color

'Laundry Line' by Lynn Miller was selected as Finalist - Outstanding Watercolor in the June 2010 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Kind of Creative Discipline Artists Need

You need the discipline to get into your studio and start working...At that point, your love for creating should kick in and it should be fun, not a chore...If you need military-style discipline to keep you on task even after you've started, perhaps you should re-examine why you're an artist in the first place. [...]

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Samiran Sarkar - dramatic use of lights and darks

'My City at Early morning' by Samiran Sarkar was selected as Finalist - Outstanding Watercolor in the June 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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Spotlight On: Elizabeth Pollie

The Collector by Elizabeth Pollie was selected Best of Show in the June 2010 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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BrushBuzz by Day

A quick announcement: improvement on our BrushBuzz product: Each day we bring you the best art marketing and art inspiration tips from around the Internet on BrushBuzz...Now you can browse those articles by day. [...]

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Marina Dieul - provocative portraits of children

'Le Défi' by Marina Dieul was awarded 3rd Place in the June 2010 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Say the Right Thing

People who see your work for the first time need time to look and browse and think. After you greet them (at a show, at an exhibition), they want time to do that. If they like what they see, they eventually give you permission to talk to them about your work. And they usually do that in the form of...a stupid question. [...]

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John Kilroy - soulful, sensitive portraiture

'The Old Villain' by John Kilroy was awarded 2nd Place in the June 2010 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Elizabeth Pollie ~ Intriguing brush work transcends the ordinary.

'The Collector' by Elizabeth Pollie was awarded Best of Show in the June 2010 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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June 2010 BoldBrush Contest Winners!

June 2010 BoldBrush Contest Winners Announced! [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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June 2010 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

Our esteemed judge, Dan Beck, has completed the judging of the June 2010 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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Tanya Bone ~ Paintings that are a gracious tribute to her subjects.

'Bequeath' by Tanya Bone was selected as a Finalist in the May RayMar Fine Art Competition. [...]

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Art Shows and Festivals - The Professional Way

I thought that my last post would finalize the series on venturing into art fairs and festivals but in the last few days I couldn’t stop thinking that something was missing. Well, maybe not just one thing, but it occurred to me that I cannot simply close it off by the DIY display systems. I have to give a stage to the more professional ways available out there. [...]

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Walt Curlee ~ His colorful world is rich in character, charm, and extraordinary detail.

'Springtime on the Farm' by Walt Curlee was selected as a Finalist in the May RayMar Fine Art Competition. [...]

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FineArtStudioOnline Email Newsletters - Now with Avatar Goodness

We just thought for fun and giggles we'd add a bit of personality to our email newsletter module...We already pull avatars from a few public sources for our blog comment systems, and it dawned on us that we could use the same functions for the email newsletter area. [...]

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Mark Lovett ~ Beauty and allure, sensitivity and pure delight, all describe his enchanting portraiture work.

'Red Cap Girl' by Mark Lovett was selected as a Finalist in the May RayMar Fine Art Competition. [...]

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Just Do Something

Nearly every day, you are given advice and suggestions on things to further your art career. Sometimes it seems overwhelming with everything you "should" do. So how do you sift through all the advice and still leave time for creating your art? [...]

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James Crandall ~ Superb highlights and use of brush strokes capture the magic of the moment.

'Turisti al Duomo di San Martino (Lucca)' by James Crandall was selected as a Finalist in the May RayMar Fine Art Competition. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Creative and Professional Juices

For a lot of artists, combining the creative side with the business side is a real challenge. This is where using both sides of your brain can give you a distinct advantage by stirring up creative juices as an artist and a professional business person. [...]

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Jesse Powell ~ Inspired California plein-air work.

'Carmel Beach' by Jesse Powell was selected as a Finalist in the May 2010 FineArtViews Painting Competition. [...]

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Artist Statement as GPS

I think that the most important thing a good artist statement will do for you - especially if your art is not conventional - is help the viewer know what to look for and how to think about your work. [...]

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Charles Cox ~ Old World charm and grace, along with his masterful brushwork, contribute to the enchanting effect of these works.

'The Shell Hunter' by Charles Cox was selected as a Finalist in the May 2010 FineArtViews Painting Competition. [...]

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How Art Exhibition Jurors Make Decisions

During more than 30 years of judging national, regional, and local art contests, I learned that the results often depend on completely arbitrary circumstances. What that means to you is that the artistic merit of your painting is only one of the factors influencing whether it is rejected from the exhibition or wins the top award. The more you understand these circumstances, the more likely it will be that you can achieve your goals. [...]

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Facebook Like Button Count Inaccuracies

The Facebook "like" buttons you see embedded on websites incorrectly report the number of "people" who "like" something. Specifically, the button can inflate the displayed count of people. While this is fine when all you want to do is track some general level of "engagement" with a particular item, it was not accurate for the use I needed - counting each "like" as a vote in an online painting competition. What I needed is a way to get the number of actual people who "like" something. And there is a way to retreive that information from Facebook, but it is often a different number from what is shown on the "like" button itself. [...]

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Brian Jekel ~ Inspirational work that glorifies his poignant subjects: the life of Christ and immigrants to America through Ellis Island.

'The Eastern Star' by Brian Jekel was selected as a Finalist in the May 2010 FineArtViews Painting Competition. [...]

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Don't Be a Jerk

Think about it for a minute - put yourself in the collectors' shoes. You meet two artists with comparable skill and talent. The subject matter appeals to you in both cases. You meet both artists. One is a jerk. You like the other artist. Which artwork would you buy? [...]

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Ed Pointer ~ Effective design techniques in combination with traditional realism create an intriguing body of work.

'Ice Fishing' by Ed Pointer was selected as a Finalist in the May 2010 FineArtViews Painting Competition. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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How to Give Without Being Taken Part 2

Last time I gave you some suggestions on how to handle requests to donate your art work. Today, here’s a simple yet elegant way to say YES, NO or MAYBE to those requests. [...]

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