Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


Missed Opportunity?

Artists are professionals. In presenting work to the public it is important to remember this. All of the marketing spin one can muster will not improve the quality of the work. What is important is whether the customer connects with the work; therefore, the focus of the presentation is on the work and not on whatever fluff the artist may try to promote in order to sell the work. Simplicity, honesty, and credibility are important traits for artists vis-à-vis their public. Let the work speak in its own behalf. [...]

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Kathy Hildebrandt - eye-catching depth and dimension

'Play Ball' by Kathy Hildebrandt was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the October 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Gayle Faucette Wisbon - land of enchantment

'My Agave' by Gayle Faucette Wisbon was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the October 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Who Are YOU to Critique Art?

When you feel tempted to stop yourself by saying, “Who am I to pass judgment on a work of art?” ask yourself, “Who are the people, after all, who pass all this judgment on art? Who are the critics? Who are the magazine editors? Who composes the jurying panel of the shows and art societies?” Most of the time, you don’t know. And yet you accept that what they say is right, more right, say, than what you would think. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Ardith Starostka

Artist Ardith Starostka is known for her extraordinary realistic style. Ardith works primarily with oils, however, she is also an accomplished watercolor and pastel painter. Her body of work reveals a keen eye for detail. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Kathie Odom, Stan Rogers, Ron Bigony

For this round of Staff Picks we had three members of the FASO Team select artwork that has been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about these artists: Kathie Odom, Stan Rogers, Ron Bigony [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Spotlight On: Aldo Balding

'La serveuse et le bouquin' by Aldo Balding was selected Best of Show in the November 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Images of Christmas (Carl Heinrich Bloch)

Carl Bloch, with great skill and sensitivity, painted several paintings of the life of Christ. Many of which were created for the chapel at Frederiksborg Palace in Hillerød, Denmark. [...]

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Joanne St-Cyr - a mythical tale

'L'esprit d'arbutus / Spirit of Arbutus' by Joanne St-Cyr was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the October 2013 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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November 2013 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

Our esteemed judge, Luke Aleckson has completed the judging of the November 2013 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Joe Velázquez

Artist Joe Velázquez is deeply fascinated by the emergence of our nation. Joe's paintings explore the history of Mountain Men, Voyageurs and the northern Native American cultures. His dedication to visual story telling is marked by a passion for historical accuracy. However, Joe is quick to note that his paintings are more than the telling of a story. His paintings serve as a reminder of the fragility of the world and its people -- reminders of how quickly a way of life can change. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Jeffrey Wells, F. Michael Wood, Krystal Brown

For this round of Staff Picks we had art critic Brian Sherwin (Editor of The Art Edge) select artwork that has been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about these artists: Jeffrey Wells, F. Michael Wood, Krystal Brown [...]

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Letting Go: Of Fear and Self-Doubt

I know as I get tired late in the evening, my usual optimism and good cheer dissipate. I get cranky and sad, unable to process anything except in a dreary, hopeless way. As I get older, I wake up more and more at night to that “brain frenzy”. It’s not a good thing for creativity. Doubting our abilities, our gifts, our opportunities, shrinks us down to quivering, mouse-sized morsels of self-defeat and despair. So how do we let go of fear and self-doubt when it’s so strongly connected to physical and neurological factors beyond our control? [...]

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Kwan Yuen Tam - street scenes, city life

'Lights of Wellington Street' by Kwan Yuen Tam was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the October 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Put Past Resolutions at the Top Of This Year's List

The important thing is that your list, whether in your head, iPad or notepad - represents who you are and what you truly want. These wants are not necessarily "shoulds", but things you've dreamed of doing for a long time. [...]

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Andrew Kish III - powerful, social subjects

'Fallout' by Andrew Kish III was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the October 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Don't Use Facebook To Sell Art

I have sold work in the thousands of dollars, site unseen, that began from Facebook. But in all of these sales, at some point, the relationship went beyond Facebook and transitioned into people I viewed as real life friends. And it often takes months, if not years, for people to develop enough confort to buy something from you. It went far beyond the initial "like" on the page. Facebook is a starting point for a sale, not the end. [...]

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Timothy C. Tyler - a skilled master

'Hannah's Pitcher' by Timothy C. Tyler was awarded The BoldBrush Award in the October 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Nebulously Indefinable “World of Art”

But you do have something quite important that you do control -- your money -- and it is the one thing about you that matters to the Arrogant Artists at the top of the nebulously indefinable world of art. It is your purchases of their art, their books, their DVDs, their workshops, their magazines, their product lines, that keep them, monetarily, thriving. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Jack Walker

Artist Jack Walker has made a name for himself within the Western art scene. Jack's sculptures are reflections of his past experiences among cowboys and horsemen. He launched his art career in Scottsdale, Arizona. Jack is currently a resident artist at the Bosque County Emporium in Clifton, Texas. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: The Bennett Family, Jvoti Schon, Kiki Kaye

For this round of Staff Picks we had art critic Brian Sherwin (Editor of The Art Edge) select artwork that has been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about these artists: The Bennett Family, Jvoti Schon, Kiki Kaye [...]

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Procrastination - There’s a joke in there, somewhere

Well, I could start off this posting by saying that I was going to write a post about procrastination… but, never got around to it. It’s an old one, but I like old corny jokes (especially really bad puns). However, this is about my art work and things that I have to work through. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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The Conversation

So often in my many years of teaching adults to paint, I see the student unwilling or unable (lack of experience perhaps) to have a conversation with their painting. They do not listen to what the painting is telling them - what it needs, what it wants, what will work. Often the painting knows what the artist does not. [...]

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Three Small Words

Put my suggestions to the test. The results will be amazing. You have much to gain and little to lose. Fill your life with love. People will feel the emotion in your art, you’ll be surprised at how your career soars! [...]

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Neil Patterson - bold and vibrant works

Aspens by Neil Patterson was one of a number of pieces by Patterson that have been selected for a FAV 15% award in a BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Michael Orwick

Artist Michael Orwick states that he has always been inspired by the ability of landscapes to tell stories. Michael's landscape paintings -- specifically his Zenscapes series -- explore the pure beauty of nature. His landscape paintings are strengthened by his eye for negative space, reflections, and various aspects of minimalism found in nature. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Martin Peerson, Michael Orwick, Phyllis Cullen

For this round of Staff Picks we had three members of the FASO Team select artwork that has been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about these artists: Martin Peerson, Michael Orwick, Phyllis Cullen [...]

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Art in Life

It has been said that art imitates life. Actually, I think that art comments on life, but it is very different from life. For thousands of years artists have used art as a vehicle for observation, expression, commentary, investigation, musing, propagandizing, philosophizing, and proselytizing. Art is sometimes spontaneously expressed and sometimes carefully planned, but even when spontaneous there is structure and boundaries within which it occurs. [...]

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Bill Davidson - dynamic relationships in nature

'Seasons' by Bill Davidson was selected as a Finalist in the September 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Myth and Reality of Real Artists

I have never, for one second, divided "true" artists who support themselves from their art and "true" artists who work at something else to pay the bills and devote themselves to creating art. I do believe the distinction should die along with the myths. [...]

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Stephanie Birdsall - sophisticated representational work

'Sunlit' by Stephanie Birdsall was selected as a Finalist in the September 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Better Way

I believe that we artists have a gift. I won’t go into the talent vs. discipline/hard work argument here (I believe it is a combination of both). And I’ll save that for another article. But suffice it to say that since I believe a good portion of it is an innate, God-given gift or talent, I also believe that there is a stewardship associated with that gift. We will be held accountable one day for how we used the gift of art. [...]

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Ann Kraft Walker - smooth, expressive brushstrokes

'Eileen's Lament' by Ann Kraft Walker was selected as a Finalist in the September 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Yuni Ko

Artist Yuni Ko notes that she has been focused on a series called The Flow. Concerning the series, she has said, "The Flow is a series of mixed media pieces. I express my feelings using gold ,silver and copper paints. This choice of color is very symbolic in that it is considered good luck in Asian culture, especially the gold." She adds, "These color choices also represent my father's over 30 years in the metal business and his research lab influences -- which inspired me to put all these metallic colors into my flow paintings." [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Julia Hacker, Kathryn Hall, Brenda Wight

For this round of Staff Picks we had art critic Brian Sherwin (Editor of The Art Edge) select artwork that has been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. We at FineArtViews encourage you to learn more about these artists: Julia Hacker, Kathryn Hall, Brenda Wight [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Mind Map for Solo Exhibition

Remember, the purpose of the mind map is not to create an aesthetic illustration but to organize all of your rambling thoughts and concerns about your project on one diagram. [...]

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