Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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The Toughest Critics

I have found as an artist most people who you meet will either tell you they like your work or say nothing at all. It is rare when a stranger will tell you anything negative or offer some constructive advice. However, I have found an entire group of people that doesn't hold anything back. Children. [...]

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Add an Art Challenge to your New Year's Resolution List: Learn something new with a focus on art

I'd suggest that this art challenge is the easiest to follow out of all of the art challenges I've offered so far. That said, meshing two directions of art can be a real challenge. [...]

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Tibor Nagy - paintings resonating with substance, energy, emotion

'OnTheField' by Tibor Nagy was selected as a finalist in the October 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Crowd Funding for Artists

Crowd Funding is a way to collectively get financial support for a project from “the crowd” rather than from individual investors. Each individual in the crowd gives a small portion of the required support, without attaining any ownership in the supported project. Instead, the project’s producer sells some incentives to the funders, such as products produced via the project. The funding crowd can be of any size, but the bigger it is, the higher social approval to the project. [...]

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Do Art Appraisers need to get with the times?

My research of art appraisers online has lead me to think that perhaps art appraisers need to get with the times. [...]

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Add an Art Challenge to your New Year's Resolution List: Sweating to art

The goal for this art challenge is simple -- break a sweat with art in mind. [...]

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Spotlight On: Fongwei Liu

'Lunch Time' by Fongwei Liu was selected Best of Show in the November 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Pauline Roche

'Checking the Nets (Alexandria Egypt)' by Pauline Roche was selected as a finalist in the October 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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No More Bad Days

I find when new artists exhibit too much enthusiasm in the beginning they tend hit a flat-line as they move forward. When they run into the doldrums, the area in the ocean where there is no wind to fill their sails, they sit down and declare defeat. They start with intense energy, then when things don’t go as easily as hoped these newbies begin to wilt like an unwatered sunflower in the hot, Texas summer sun. [...]

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Add an Art Challenge to your New Year's Resolution List: Quality art time with friends and family

The following art challenge is a way for you, the artist, to invite friends and family into your world... the world of art. [...]

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Encapsulation

It was tough, but we made it – stronger, leaner, closer, more persistent, creative, thoughtful, patient and open minded, so that as we go into this next, new year, we’re better prepared than we were for the year before. [...]

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Add an Art Challenge to your New Year's Resolution List: For the Smokers

Cigarette packs tend to have twenty cigarettes -- I challenge you to create twenty works of art using the funds that you will be saving from reducing or quitting your addiction to smoking. [...]

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Paul Bachem - charming down home, grass roots feel

'Art and Jazz' by Paul Bachem was selected as a finalist in the October 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Add an Art Challenge to your New Year's Resolution List

I have a few suggestions for New Year's resolutions that involve an art challenge. [...]

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Make the Season Merrier

Have gratitude. Gratitude is more than being thankful. Gratitude is a step further. It is expressing or showing how thankful you really are. [...]

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Scott Brems - seductive Plein Air work

'Weathering the Storm Mt. Wilson' by Scott Brems was selected as a finalist in the October 2011 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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Forum Friday: Discussions from the BrushBuzz art forum 12-23-11

Each Friday we at FineArtViews point to a few discussions on the BrushBuzz art forum that we feel are of interest to the FASO community. [...]

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Don't be like Ebenezer Scrooge with your art

I recently thought about how the message of A Christmas Carol can apply to art -- more specifically, art marketing. [...]

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November 2011 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

Our esteemed judge, Brian Slawson, has completed the judging of the November 2011 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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Eugen Chisnicean - transcending the ordinary

'Paris' by Eugen Chisnicean was selected as a finalist in the October 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Questions You Don't Have to Answer: Where is This Place?

Of course, to do this with integrity, you’ll have to do some deep thinking about what inspires you, and why. Why what you do really matters to you, rather than being some intellectual painterly exercise. But you know me by now. And you knew that was coming, didn’t you? [...]

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Marketing Art On The Internet, Part 1

So what's the "Good" of a bad economy? It's given me a different perspective on things. The way I work, what's important to me, etc., while at the same time, it has opened up a "window of opportunity" for those who would like to own original artwork...one that might not have existed otherwise. With respect to changing my perspective... It's also made me realize that I want to get more out of my work, and I do by trying to put more into it! [...]

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Yen-Ching Chang - a true sense of the divine

'Little Girl with Toy Cars' by Yen-Ching Chang was awarded Second Place in the October 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Will artists benefit from Facebook Timeline?

In my opinion, Facebook Timeline looks to be a visual mess -- kind of like dropping a stack of photographs on the floor hoping that some form of order will come from the random fall of images. [...]

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Down in the Midst of a Pit of Vipers

But the options are out there, just waiting to be part of our marketing plan, if only we can figure out a way to learn how to use them because it can’t be that difficult, can it, when other people, who are about of our level of intelligence, are using this stuff, and using it well? [...]

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The Risk of Exhibiting Controversial Art

Artists and exhibit / lecture organizers have been sued for exhibiting controversial art. A story from 1999 is a good reminder of that -- a reminder of the risk of exhibiting (even if in the form of a university art lecture) controversial art. [...]

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Sage Covered Hills

If you create works that are authentic, you can find an audience. [...]

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Scott Johnston - personable and real portraiture

'Shelby's Tulips' by Scott Johnston was selected as a Finalist in the September 2011 RayMar Art's 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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Wow! It really WAS better than...

If you were to ask me two weeks ago if I had a relationship with my art, I'd have thought for a moment and felt, in a vague way, that it was a relationship of sorts, but a contentious one; I do a lot of fighting and arguing, frequently feeling a lot of disgust and frustration. If I had a human life partner and we shared the sort of angst I have had with my art, we would soon be divorced. No one likes to live like that! [...]

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Christmas Gifts for Artists: Find out what the artist in your life wants

What are your thoughts concerning Christmas gifts for artists -- or gifts for artists in general? Do you have any suggestions? Do you agree that -- if possible -- it is best to simply ask the artist outright what he or she would desire gift-wise if the gift is art-related? [...]

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Forum Friday: Discussions from the BrushBuzz art forum 12-16-11

Lori Woodward offered her thoughts on the discussion thread, stating, "I've decided that rather than make my prices lower and lower, I'll cultivate two levels of collectors.". [...]

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Jim Beckner - tantalizing urban landscapes

'Moving Geometries' by Jim Beckner was selected as a Finalist in the September 2011 RayMar Art's Fine Art Competition. [...]

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Wiki Working for Artists

We are the sole proprietors of our own business. We create products, which we need to sell. We have to deal with expenses, marketing, sales, financing, legal, and all other business aspects, not in this specific order necessarily, but in some way that will make our business viable, thriving and sustaining. [...]

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Are Traditional Landscapes Passé?

Recording the natural world in a traditional way, capturing a moment of serenity or breath taking beauty can never be outdated. We all walk this earth, and each of us wishes for those moments of connection to last. [...]

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Courage

The bottom line is what you think is more important than the reality of who you are. If you think you will fail, you will. If you believe you can make it, then you will find a way [...]

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Bob Beck - landscapes resonating with character and depth

'Spring on rosebud lane' by Bob Beck was selected as a Finalist in the September 2011 RayMar Art's Fine Art Competition. [...]

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Art Appreciation: Looking for (and appreciating) the hideously beautiful within the conversation of art Part 2

The artist who strives to find meaning -- hours spent in the studio trying to find a hint of understanding -- in the experiences that haunt us strikes at the core of what it means to be human. Again, that in itself holds a beauty of its own. [...]

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