Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


Promises To Keep In The Artist’s Life

We all have promises to keep. And miles to go before we sleep. By all means, take a moment and admire that snowy landscape. Then get on with your responsibilities and life. There’s nobility in that. Your art will be patient. It will be there for you, when you’re ready. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Spotlight On: Bob Upton

'Clear Water, Lake Superior' by Bob Upton was selected Best of Show in the September 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Undefeated

We don’t have to re-invent the wheel or find a new list of materials. I’m extending an invitation for you to join us in refusing to give up. [...]

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Carolyn Zbavitel

'Blue City Sketch' by Carolyn Zbavitel was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the September 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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How to Enhance Your Drawing Skills Quick

To take your art to the next level, slow down. It does not matter how long it takes for a project to be complete. What matters is if you are 100% satisfied with what you have created. [...]

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Peggy Orbon

'Last Light in the Desert' by Peggy Orbon was awarded 3rd Place in the September 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Make Your Art Your Priority and Don't Feel Guilty!

Are you serious about creating your art? Do you sell your work? Well, unless you're on your computer reading this because you're in your marketing/business time, get off that chair and go paint! [or sculpt or whatever medium is your preferred art form] [...]

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Michelle Kondos

'Ruth' by Michelle Kondos was awarded 2nd Place in the September 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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A Desperate Call for the Creative Exiles

Stories such as The Hunger Games and Divergent reveal a great truth—whether they realize it or not, society needs creative thinkers, however reluctant, who can show them what it means to be alive. [...]

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Bob Upton

'Clear Water, Lake Superior' by Bob Upton was awarded Best of Show in the September 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Focus on the Story, Not the Tools

Don’t let the toys distract you. Focus on your art. Focus on the story you want to tell. By all means, use good equipment. But let’s keep our eye on the prize. And the prize is moving people with our stories, images and soulful personal expression. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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September 2015 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

Our esteemed judge, Steve Henderson has completed the judging of the September 2015 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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Obstacles vs Distractions

But deciding if a social situation, a relationship, is a true obstacle I need to overcome to move forward, or merely an annoying distraction that’s wasting valuable creative time and energy, helps me get myself back on track. It makes it easier to recognize when I’m getting entangled in someone else’s drama. It gets me back on course. [...]

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Artist Spotlight: Keiko Tanabe

Because of my previous work experience, I valued the importance of marketing from the beginning and I believed that should be one of the top priorities for success as an artist. I met artists who were either hesitant to market themselves or had no clue how to do it. I also heard that they don’t teach the business side of art at an art school. But the reality of a working artist is that you have to think seriously about how to make a living with art and be willing to spend time to make it happen. [...]

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Mary Hildebrand

'I Think I Can Fly' by Mary Hildebrand was selected as FAV 15% in the August 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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I Want a Painting That Matches My Sofa. So What?

I must create to fulfill my life and myself. It is how I see, how I think, how I interpret and make sense of the world about me. It is both a joy and a challenge. [...]

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Sara Lubinski

'Near Potosi' by Sara Lubinski was selected as FAV 15% in the August 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Frustration of Being Your Own Marketer

So much of what actually works, over the long term, and without the magical incantation of deception, is really very ordinary. [...]

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Susan McCullough

'Prairie House' by Susan McCullough was selected as FAV 15% in the August 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Your Boring Artwork And How To Revive It

It’s time to banish boring artwork and the crickets of indifference! Adopt the three antidotes, work hard, have fun and show the world the original voice inside of you. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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The Influence of Studio Wall Color

It only took a few weeks to see the shift in my work from the bright reds, yellows, and greens to a more subdued finished piece. The paints on my palette didn't change but the finished pieces all did. [...]

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Five Ways to Acquire Money

It’s all up to you how you want to “earn” your fortune. We prefer to maintain our integrity, not gamble on long shots and work hard. The key to acquiring money as an artist is to make art people can connect with. Unless buyers like your work you will not earn a living making and selling art. [...]

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Janet Dirksen

'Entwining' by Janet Dirksen was selected as FAV 15% in the August 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Risk When You Feel Trepidation? Sure, You Gain Something Either Way

Either way, even if you can't have what you want, you gain more than pretending you didn't want it. I don't think we protect ourselves by denying what we want, I think we erode ourselves. [...]

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Jennifer McChristian

'Prescription For The Blues' by Jennifer McChristian was selected as a Finalist in the August 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Art Market III

What I do know is that I'm going to make my art, my paintings, one way or another, money or no money, fame or no fame, high end market or low end market, because it is who I am. And I will not let the so and so's in the high end art market prevent it, I don't need rich people anyway. [...]

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Barbara Tracy

'Starward' by Barbara Tracy was selected as a Finalist in the August 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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When Failure Is Not An Option

Expectation is the enemy of good art. [...]

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Tom Dickson

'NIGHTFALL Calle Rosal 20 x 22' by Tom Dickson was selected as a Finalist in the August 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Unexpected Gift Of Plein Air Painting

If you’re predominately a studio painter, I encourage you to embrace plein air painting. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. It will improve your art. And it just might nurture your soul. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Artistic Perspective

What others may think has no bearing on what happens in the creative process, and it is that process, that highly individualized process, that most artist find paramount as part of their creative being-ness. [...]

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Do What I Say (Not What I Do)

Take ALL advice—even mine!--with a grain of salt. Wait for the words that feel ‘just right’—to YOU. Sometimes people just don’t know what they’re talking about (although they think they do.) [...]

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Mark Kelvin Horton

'Island Dunes' by Mark Kelvin Horton was selected as a Finalist in the August 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Yogi-isms and Painting

As each news cast revealed one or more well-known “Yogi-isms”, it occurred to me that Berra’s life philosophy was applicable to painting and painters, as well. [...]

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Sarkis Antikajian

'Carly with Red Sneakers' by Sarkis Antikajian was selected as a Finalist in the August 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Art Market II

See my market was the middle class, the middle class got scared and stopped buying everything, except for going out to dinner that is, and they still haven't gotten back to buying art, at least not original art. [...]

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