Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


Is it OK for Other Websites to Use Your Copyrighted Images?

Do you mind if other websites take your images and use them on their site (as long as they attribute and link to you)? Is it OK if they make some revenue on their site by using your content to draw visitors (but not sell your content directly)? Does linking and possibly sending traffic back to you make it OK? [...]

Read More

Respect Your Collectors Part 9

I used to think there were two kinds of artists who sold their work: Those who talked about their art, and those who felt their art ‘spoke for itself’. Now I’ve learned there’s a third kind: Those who let their COLLECTORS talk about the work. [...]

Read More

Gary Kim - how mysterious art can be

2 Award Winners for Gary Kim! 'Museum Trip' and 'Different View' selected as Finalists in the January and February 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competitions. [...]

Read More

Spotlight On: Aaron Allen Westerberg

'Transition in Rose' by Aaron Allen Westerberg was selected Best of Show in the February 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

Read More

Maria Nash - master at evoking emotion

'Nostalgic Beauty' by Maria Nash was selected as a Finalist in the January 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

Read More

Working With Galleries: Limit The Consignment Period

Make sure you're in charge of your business. A gallery can be an important partner in sales in that they have a list of loyal collectors that you don't have access to. That may change soon - because the Internet is dissolving the middleman in music and book sales as well. Only time will tell where all the puzzle pieces will settle. [...]

Read More

Kay Polk - the beauty of childhood

'Sunny' by Kay Polk was selected as a Finalist in the January 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

Read More

Traveling with Paints

I sometimes get nervous e-mails from students who worry about having their oil paints confiscated by airport security. You can't argue successfully with a TSA agent, but there are a few things you can do to make the risk less. [...]

Read More

Dead Artists Don't Paint - But They Still Speak

...if it works for you, go for it. But if it doesn't, and you only feel a sense of discouraged lassitude afterwards, then give it up already. There's never enough time to paint as it is. [...]

Read More

Adam Clague - Portraiture to be savored!

'Sunday Afternoon' by Adam Clague was selected as a Finalist in the January 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

Read More

Walk the Labyrinth

I think walking the labyrinth is much like an artistic journey. The center may represent artistic mastery. It might represent whatever you consider success. Or perhaps you have a labyrinth for each goal you wish to attain. It could be whatever you wish it to be. For me, it represents where I will be artistically when I die. I see art as a lifelong journey. [...]

Read More

When Copyright Infringers Become Victims... Part 1 - The Corporate Angle

Fear mongering against the corporate aspects of our society has caused many to forget that individuals enjoy some of the same protections that corporations do as far as business is concerned. One of the most important protections-- especially for visual artists-- happens to involve copyright. That said, there appears to be many individuals within the art community who oppose copyright protection simply because corporations benefit from it. They fail to realize that the art community thrives because of strong copyright protection. [...]

Read More

Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

Read More

Selling Pointers

One of the best ways I know to lose a sale when the client walks in the door is to say, "Holler if I can help." "Let me know if I can help you find something." "Are you looking for anything in particular?" "Look around and if you have any questions let me know." If you worked for me I'd fire you on the spot with no second chance. Asking these type questions is a selling felony. [...]

Read More

Copyright Rules the Throne: An Art World Prince Fails to Prove Fair Use

The result of Patrick Cariou v. Richard Prince, Gagosian Gallery, et al 08 CV 11327 (S.D.N.Y. March 18, 2011)(Batts, J.) has been at the heart of art news buzz in recent days. The sabers of free culture supporters are already rattling-- declaring that Prince's loss in court is a major blow to creativity. Many have stated that the result of the case is dire for appropriation artist or any artist who utilizes some aspect of collage within the context of their art. For others, including myself, Patrick Cariou's victory in court is a triumph for those within the art community who view copyright as an art market necessity. [...]

Read More

David Kessler - profound Ah Ha moments

2 Award Winners! 'Purple Passion' for Finalist - Outstanding Abstract in the January 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competition and 'Tapestry 3' for Finalist - Outstanding Abstract in the February 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

Read More

10 Ways for Artists to Use Mind Mapping

A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. Mind maps are used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid to studying and organizing information, solving problems, making decisions, and writing. [...]

Read More

February 2011 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

Our esteemed judge, Marc Hanson, has completed the judging of the February 2011 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

Read More

Working With Galleries: Equitable Agreements

Keep in mind, that as a business person, you have responsibility and control over your assets (paintings) and income. Remember, you are paying the gallery a commission to sell your work for you - they don't pay you, and you're not an employee. It's a limited business relationship. [...]

Read More

Mary Ann Cherry

'Blur of Yellow' by Mary Ann Cherry was selected as Finalist - Outstanding Pastel in the January 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

Read More

Jim Glover - the wonder of being in his world!

'Zebra: Full Color' by Jim Glover was selected as Finalist - Outstanding Acrylic in the January 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

Read More

It's and Its - One Itty Bitty Symbol Makes all the Difference

Back when people wrote by hand more, apostrophes were easily controlled by leaving little ink splotches where the writer thought they might, or might not be, but with the advent of excessive keyboarding, this little trick no longer works. [...]

Read More

Ron Bigony - evanescent qualities of morning light

'Red Barn in Low Light' by Ron Bigony was selected as Finalist - Outstanding Watercolor in the January 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

Read More

The Secret To Art

A young painter's dream about the secret of art. [...]

Read More

Communication Breakdown: Art Dealers and Cold Calls

You don't want to come off needy or pushy when communicating with art dealers whom you hope will represent you. Contrary to artist myth, art dealers rarely put up with artists that are professionally and emotionally exhausting. Thus, coming off pushy or desperate from the start, which is often how 'out of the blue' contact by email is interpreted by art dealers, may red-flag you as an artist who is potentially a professional risk. This goes 10 fold if you can't take "No" for an answer and reply with emotive drivel or profanity laced rage-- no matter how creative your use of frank words happens to be. [...]

Read More

Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

Read More

Line in the Sand

In my four decades in the art business I have come to realize there are more myths than truths in the art world. One problem is we have people writing about how to market art who have never sold enough art to be qualified to teach others. Or they have read a lot of art marketing books written by artists and art consultants who in truth know very little about marketing art. The deceit is recycled from book to book, article-to-article. They claim themselves to be experts in a field they know almost nothing about. Therefore the myths about marketing art are perpetrated over and over. The truth is artists fail because they are getting too much worthless information with no authentic value. [...]

Read More

Charles Cox - Old World charm and grace

'Fossil Hunters' by Charles Cox was awarded 3rd Place in the January 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

Read More

Respect Your Collectors Part 8

Simply treat your collectors as real people instead of just potential buyers, and you will endear yourself to them for the long haul. [...]

Read More

Give Yourself Permission to Fail

Ideas are great, but unless someone actually acts on those ideas, nothing gets accomplished. Success is more than great ideas. It means experiencing failures without fear in order to arrive with something that works. [...]

Read More

Carol Arnold - character and personality

Coral Scarf by Carol Arnold was awarded 2nd Place in the January 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

Read More

Why Don't You Ask?

When you ask, the answer may be Yes, No, or Maybe. But if you don't ask at all, the answer is No. [...]

Read More

Frank Ordaz - spirited, expressive portraits

'Alan' by Frank Ordaz was awarded Best of Show in the January 2011 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

Read More

FineArtViews Interview: Edward Winkleman -- Gallery Owner, Curator, Author and Art Blogger

Edward Winkleman is a gallery owner, curator, author and blogger from New York. Winkleman's blog has long been a point of contact for artists who desire to learn more about how mainstream art galleries function. His blog features discussion about art, culture, and politics. Winkleman is known for being an art dealer who embraces social media and the Internet. He spearheaded Moving Image, an art fair focused on contemporary video art, and participated in VIP Art Fair. [...]

Read More

Do You Ask Questions?

Think back to your years at school. What role did questions play in your learning? [...]

Read More

Social Conditioning: Do Art Professionals Unknowingly Fuel Sexism in the Art World?

I feel that all artists should have an equal chance-- free from the stereotypes of their gender, race, and age. Obviously the merit, and dare I say power, of the art should be the most important consideration when everything is said and done-- but let us not forget the power of an individual. That is the first spark toward spreading the flames of balance within the art world. I want to see an art world that is engulfed in the flames of equality. [...]

Read More

Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

Read More

Pricing Your Artwork:Thinking, Making, Marketing + Vision

To me, as an artist, it is the Vision and how close the work comes to that Vision. And that equals meaning for me. When I create a piece which meets the expectations I have when I begin to make my Vision manifest, I have succeeded by all measure of the word. That success carries value and that value is not negotiable. [...]

Read More

Soulful Software

Often, when I retire from my software studio for the evening, an intense exhaustion washes over me...It takes me by surprise, because, while I'm working, I'm in the zone, so I don't notice how tired I'm becoming. That excitement must be due to the rush of experiencing The Maker's High. [...]

Read More

Plan for the Worst - Work for the Best

Before this year, I've never seen vacant space in a major art district. Before this year, I've never heard of a top gallery offering works for sale with sizable discounts. Before this year, I've never gotten an email from an artist saying he's hanging up his brushes and pursing another career. [...]

Read More