Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


Robert Bootier - fabulous, fun, dog portraits

'Sienna #3' by Robert Bootier was selected as a Finalist in the December 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Biggest Mistake on Most Artist Websites

I reply to the artists whose works I particularly enjoy and ask them if they have an email newsletter and let them know that I'd like to be on it. And even when I go to the trouble to beg these artists to add me to a newsletter list... they don't. I have yet to receive even one newsletter from any artist in this group. [4] Multiply that mistake dozens of times over and you're costing yourself, over your career's lifetime, thousands of dollars in sales (if not more). Make this mistake enough times and perhaps it will even cost you an art career at all. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Laura Den Hertog, Libby Pantazis, Andrew Orr

Carrie Turner, Editor of FineArtViews, has selected three works of art featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. [...]

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Advice on Getting Advice Part 3

Don’t make a half-hearted effort and quit halfway through. Don’t slink away with your crazy horse and sigh, “Well, I tried…” Give it your full attention, your highest intention, and your best shot. Give your art the opportunity it—and you—truly deserve. [...]

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Ginger Oglesby - an innate sense of color

'Dark Trail' by Ginger Oglesby was selected as Outstanding Abstract in the December 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Tuva Stephens

Artist Tuva Stephens paints primarily with watercolors and other watermedia. Tuva explores a variety of subjects and themes with her artwork. [...]

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Rebekah Sisk - intense wildlife portraits

BONOBO by Rebekah Sisk was selected as Outstanding Pastel in the December 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Being the Best Doggie We Can Be

The happiest people -- and those who are best at what they do -- are those who are secure in who and what they are. [...]

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Anneke Newman - endearing animal portraiture

Bella by Anneke Newman was selected as Outstanding Pastel in the December 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Keep Your Artist Website Updated: Remember to provide current information

As a writer I strive to offer current / factual information about artists to readers -- artists should strive to offer the same to their website visitors (which may include potential buyers, gallery owners, and art writers). [...]

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Stop Worrying About Yourself – Focus on Others (Part 2)

Creating is a very personal inward endeavor. We, as artists, create from within. “You” focus on what “you” want to say with “your” art. “You” get inspired by “your” muse. “Your” work is an expression of “your” emotions or ideas, etc. And it should be. Your art needs to be genuine. Just as the desire to teach needs to be genuine. But how do you bridge that gap between creating for self yet focus on your collectors? [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Susan Jansen

Artist Susan Jansen works with a variety of mediums. Susan is known for the expressive quality of her artwork -- which includes oil paintings, charcoal drawings, pastel paintings, and watercolors. [...]

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Art and Business: Why do art galleries refuse to share their client list with represented artists? Part 2

Art galleries are protective of their client lists for several reasons. There are financial and legal factors to consider. Keep that in mind before assuming that a gallery is 'out to cheat' artists by 'hiding' the client list. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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January 2013 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

Our esteemed judge, Mark Lague has completed the judging of the January 2012 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Doug Fuchs

Artist Doug Fuchs has garnered attention for his digital painting techniques. Doug has an academic background in traditional mediums – but he now paints exclusively on a computer. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Doug Fuchs, Michael Kellner, Linda Monfort

For this round of Staff Picks we had art critic Brian Sherwin and Carrie Turner (Editor of FineArtViews) select artwork that has been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. [...]

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Joseph Gyurcsak - contemplative self-portraits

'Self_portrait_121212' by Joseph Gyurcsak was selected as Outstanding Acrylic in the December 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Do People Buy More Art in the Bad Economy?

This downturn is real and some sobering and tragic stories have come out of it. But many people are still refusing to acknowledge that we're in a "new normal." Now I certainly don't mean to minimize anyone's difficulties, but for many smart, talented, able-bodied folks, if they would actually accept this as the new normal and be willing to make the necessary changes, they could continue to thrive. While the economy is sluggish, it's still a huge, huge, huge, innovative 15 trillion dollar economy and you are entitled to your piece of it. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Jeffrey Sparks

Artist Jeffrey Sparks is the co-founder of the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Sandra Pearce, Jeffrey Sparks, Dina Gregory

For this round of Staff Picks we had three staff members select images that have been featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. [...]

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Coko Brown - peaceful, calming watercolors

'First Snow On Volcan' by Coko Brown was selected as Outstanding Watercolor in the December 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Four Most Harmful Addictions

You can certainly make it as a full time artist but I caution you to make sure you know you can replace your present income before you totally cut ties with your current job. Art is a business, treat it as such. [...]

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Art and Business: Why do art galleries refuse to share their client list with represented artists? Part 1

I understand why art galleries, as a business, are protective of their client list. After all, the client list IS the livelihood of the gallery AND the represented artists (that goes 10 fold if the represented artists have an exclusive contract with the gallery!). Point-blank, to reveal that information would be like committing 'business suicide'. [...]

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Denny Bond - evocative symbolism

'Illusion' by Denny Bond was selected as Outstanding Watercolor in the December 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Loud, Brash, Irritating People

Well, it looks like we’re dealing with some emotional insecurity here, and that’s okay. If our person were simply loud, brash, and irritating, we would move on to another table, but when our loud, brash and irritating colleague possesses something we want but don’t have, then he has an effect on us. [...]

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Art Press Release: Think outside of the box

I, for one, think that artists limit themselves (and their art business) when adhering to a limited view of how, when, and why a press release can be used to garner press. It is time to think 'outside of the box'. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Brighton Smith, Faye Jones, Kanit Boonwit

Art critic Brian Sherwin has selected three works of art featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Dean Buhler

Artist Dean Buhler focuses primarily on oil painting. Dean is known for creating impressionistic and colorful figures and portraits. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Painting Supports

There are lots of options to paint on. It is important that professional artists use the highest quality materials possible and to communicate to their galleries and collectors not only about the their artwork, but also about the materials they choose to use. [...]

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FASO Featured Artist: Artist Nancy Bass

Artist Nancy Bass is known for creating farm themed paintings with a modern twist. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Lonalee Virgo, Carol Lee Thompson, June Dudley

Carrie Turner, Editor of FineArtViews, has selected three works of art featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. [...]

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Cynthia Feustel - phenomenal portraiture

'Widow's Mite' by Cynthia Feustel was awarded 2nd Place in the December 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The New Gallery Template

The old 'shotgun' approach of splattering 60+ artists on the wall to see what sticks, is dead. They will have to choose artists who are honest, have long term business goals and some genuine skill. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Robert Lemler

Artist Robert Lemler is a painter known for capturing candid moments on canvas. [...]

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Staff Picks from the FASO Daily Art Show: Shanna Kunz, Mike Bagdonas, Ellen Klim

Clint Watson, founder of www.faso.com, has selected three works of art featured on the FASO Daily Art Show. [...]

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Advice on Getting Advice Part 2

So listen to all of us here who write for FineArtViews. Some of us think one thing, some of us another. Maybe they’re right for where you are now. Maybe I’m right for where you’ll be in a few years—or never! Some things will sit well with you, some things won’t. The one thing you can bet on? It’s all good. For somebody, somewhere, sometime. Maybe even you. Right here. Right now. [...]

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Daniel Keys - extraordinary

'Susan's Treasures' by Daniel Keys was awarded Best of Show in the December 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Art Market Transparency: Should artists be open about their past and present art pricing? Part 2

I think that establishing a consumer friendly / transparent environment for art buyers is a vital step for the majority of business-minded artists and art galleries...IF they desire to thrive in the future. [...]

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