Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


Do's and Don'ts On How to Approach a Gallery for Representation

It really bothers me when an artist approaches me for representation via email and does not have current work to show me. I'm not interested in seeing artwork that was done 6 years ago. I'd like to see what this year's work looks like. All too often I hear things like oh, I haven't painted for 18 years now because I was busy raising a family - or it costs so much to update my site - or it takes so long for my web guy to update it, etc. I'd rather not hear excuses as to why you've taken the time to ask for representation but are not prepared. [...]

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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 3-30-12

This article points to recent questions asked on the BrushBuzz Art Forum. [...]

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Keiko Tanabe - soulful, expressive, masterful watercolors

'Sarlat France II' by Keiko Tanabe was selected as a Finalist in the February 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Questions You Don't Have to Answer: Why Does This One Cost More Than That One?

Human nature being what it is, I’m rarely asked, “Why is this piece I love so much CHEAPER than these other ones?” No, it’s always the other way around: “Why is this piece I love MORE expensive than those other ones?” So what do people want to know? [...]

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Share Your Experience: Art dealers you want to work with

Tell me YOUR story involving a positive experience with a current (or former) art dealer. Feel free to name drop -- and by all means, offer a link to the gallery website. [...]

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Spotlight On: Dan Beck

'Vania's Way' by Dan Beck was selected Best of Show in the February 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Zoey Frank

'Song' by Zoey Frank was awarded Third Place in the February 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Life – and Success – Is in the Little Things

We don’t live in movies, we live in real life. And while yes, fun and freaky things do happen, if we sit around and wait for the Big Day when it all comes together, we’ll miss the joy, and the excitement, of all the little things that, added up over the year, are meaningful indeed. This is an unpredictable career we are in – art. For some of us, it’s a fulltime rollercoaster ride; for others, it’s tucked in weeknights after work and weekends; but for none of us is there a sure path to more money than what we know what to do with and fame for our name. There is only the promise that, if we keep at it regularly and constantly push to improve, we will encounter many opportunities to find joy in the little things: [...]

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Jennifer McChristian - capturing real people with a beauty all their own

'Lucky Shirt' by Jennifer McChristian was awarded Second Place in the February 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Protecting yourself (and your art collectors) against art forgery

There is more to art forgery than just recognized names. Thus, I felt it was important to bring the topic up -- and offer some solutions for artists who are concerned about the impact art forgery may potentially have on their art business later down the road. [...]

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Memory Exercises

We are often in the habit of glancing very quickly back and forth between viewing the subject and looking at our canvas. This enables us to judge how closely we captured what we see, but it hinders our ability to strengthen our memory. It also hinders our ability to filter the unnecessary out. We become dependent and as a result are more apt to simply replicate the scene rather than create an interpretation of the scene. [...]

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The Hidden World of Art: Discovery at your fingertips

There is a 'world' of art out there -- art that you will not read about in the top art magazines... or view in influential art galleries. [...]

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Forum Friday: Discussions from the BrushBuzz art forum 3-23-12

Some recent questions from the BrushBuzz Art Forum. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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February 2012 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

Our esteemed judge, Fong Wei Liu has completed the judging of the February 2012 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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Top 5 Mistakes Artists Make When Trying to Sell Their Artwork

If you don't make it easy to buy your art then you will miss a lot of sales opportunities. [...]

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Marc Dalessio - powerful composition

'Farm above Rougemont' by Marc Dalessio was selected as a Finalist in the January 2012 RayMar Painting Competition. [...]

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Appropriate Fear

It’s very difficult to help artists. If I don’t tell them the truth, I’m not helping. When I tell them the truth, they get their feelings hurt. One guy offered to kick my 80 year old butt for telling him he was not gallery ready. [...]

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Stacy Barter - compelling and forceful portraiture

'Fellow Artist-Bill Orr' by Stacy Barter was selected as a Finalist in the January 2012 RayMar Painting Competition. [...]

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Spontaneous Combustion

Spontaneous to me implies lack of thought and planning, a certain what-the-heck-I’ll-jump-and-I-hope-there’s-something-on-the-other-side attitude, not to be confused with funloving, adventurous, exploratory, and bold. As an artist working to get your work out there, you are bold indeed. If you keep good records, analyze your situation and what’s coming up, plan for various contingencies, and research new possibilities before trying them, this does not take away from your boldness. It simply adds intelligence and acumen to it. [...]

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Elizabeth Pollie - transcending the ordinary

'The Cows Came Home' by Elizabeth Pollie was selected as a Finalist in the January 2012 RayMar Painting Competition. [...]

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Shirley Hove - expressive brushwork

'Time to Paws' by Shirley Hove was selected as a Finalist in the January 2012 RayMar Painting Competition. [...]

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What Art Dealers Expect From Your Artist Resume: Part 5 - artist residencies (artist-in-residence)

One of the main problems with the Artist Residencies heading is that artists want to list art workshops they have participated in as a student. This section is not the place for that. [...]

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Art and Politics: Republicans Blamed for Gender Inequality within the Art World? Part 1

I think the NY gallery world really needs to take a look in the mirror before blaming the Republican party for the gender disparity that exists within the art world. [...]

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Working from Life vs. Photography

As artists, it is our privilege to convey a person or place based on our own unique experience. Let's really make that experience shine by working from life to the best of our aesthetic and technical abilities! [...]

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Online Art Marketing is Nothing New -- Part 3

Those early online art marketing / online art branding pioneers -- a mix of artists and online art entrepreneurs -- realized the importance of having a strong online presence for art -- they knew it would be the way of the future... and that future art collectors would embrace it as well. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Brian O'Neill - elegance from the garden

'Transcendence' by Brian O'Neill was selected as a Finalist in the January 2012 RayMar Painting Competition. [...]

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Questions You Don't Have to Answer: How Long Have You Been Doing This?

So how do you answer this question? Well, that depends on what they REALLY want to know. Sometimes, they’re trying to determine if you have what it takes to be successful. Whether you’re a fresh new face or a grizzled veteran, galleries and highly motivated collectors care about this. Your answers will help them decide. [...]

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Current. Keep It That Way.

Old information is worthless information. And even worse, you just might alarm your fans into thinking you've checked out. Let'em know you're still working this gig. [...]

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Gladys Roldan-de-Moras - honest and inspired

'Song from a Secret Garden' by Gladys Roldan-de-Moras was selected as a Finalist in the January 2012 RayMar Painting Competition. [...]

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The Dragon Outside the Cave

If the answer’s yes, then do it. If the answer’s so-so, see if there is a way to turn it to your advantage, and offer your customization ideas to the asker. And if the answer’s no, just say no – politely, firmly, graciously, and guilt-free. [...]

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Deepak Patil - life, culture, history, embraced as one

'Sanskar' by Deepak Patil was awarded Best of Show in the January 2012 RayMar Painting Competition. [...]

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The Artist / Art Dealer Relationship: Poisoned flowers and the business of art

Living in constant fear of being 'backstabbed' by your art dealer won't help much when, and if, the moment arrives. [...]

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Replicating vs. Creating

I think one of the biggest reasons that some artists’ studio work fails is because they have not developed their memory skills. They are keen observers while on location. They have mastered the ability to capture the relationships of value, color, atmosphere, etc. while the subject is in front of them. However, once they are in the studio, they have nothing additional to say about the subject. They have no new insights. They aren’t searching for a better way of expression. They are merely trying to replicate their plein air success in the studio. What is the purpose, then, of painting it again? [...]

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Linda Lee Nelson - luminous and intriguing

'Wassily Chair' by Linda Nelson was selected as a Finalist in the January 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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How Bad Do You Want It?

If you want it bad enough, you will do what it takes to overcome your self-limiting beliefs - even if it scares you to death. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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What Art Dealers Expect From Your Artist Resume: Part 4 - your education info

The Education heading of the artist resume is considered by some to be just as controversial as the Short Biography heading mentioned in Part 3 of this artist resume series. [...]

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