Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


Someone Wants to Buy FIVE of my Paintings!

If you have a website on which you sell art, and you havenít received a scam email yet, wait for it. It will happen. [...]

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Shana Levenson

'Donna' by Shanna Levenson was awarded Best of Show in the October 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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A Phone Booth in the Woods

We donít have to stumble upon a miraculous phone booth in the woods to reach out to the ones we love. We just have to reach out. Through our art, our words, our actions, our forgiveness and our love. In this season of Thanksgiving and holiday cheer, take a moment to find your own phone booth in the woods. And when it rings, do yourself a favor and have the courage to pick up the receiver. [...]

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October 2015 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

Our esteemed judge, Phil Couture has completed the judging of the October 2015 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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Seeing a Long Way

He was trying to short-cut the process, but his creative insight suffered as a result of his lack of foresight. He did not see and, consequently, did not learn to see. [...]

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6 Ways For Fine Artists To See Values

It is important to do value studies, especially if you have difficulty seeing values and shapes. Value gives representational work form and depth, and helps leads the eye around the painting in non-representational or abstract paintings. If your painting looks flat, the values are probably wrong. [...]

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Do You Hear Me Now? The Art of Paraphrase

Smile. This isnít an interrogation. People really want to know about you and your art. [...]

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Debra Keirce

Ring My Bell to Stir Things Up by Debra Keirce [...]

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Surprise! You are the Needle in the Haystack

What you want to do is embrace your passion. Believe in it. Share it with others. Be that needle in the haystack. Through your uniqueness you have the power to improve the lives of others and find artistic fulfillment. Sounds to me like a fine way to live oneís life. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Did You Make That Up? What I Learned Today

I have had time and I find that one of the most enjoyable things about creating a composition is deciding what to leave out, what to move slightly and what to emphasize. And yes, I get to decide, so I realize that yes - I am making it up! [...]

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Writing an Artist Statement: Consider the Magician

Be generous with your knowledge. Share your enthusiasm with your audience. Rejoice in your choice of media. But never forget what is deep in your heart, where your true story is--the story that will resonate with the hearts of your true collectors. [...]

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Walker Stevens

"Oats" by Walker Stevens [...]

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The Best Way to Leverage Facebook to Grow Art Sales

Collectors donít just buy art, they buy the story behind the art and the artistís story. So tell that story and tell it authentically. Feeling inspired? Share that. Feeling frustrated? Share that, too. The more you reveal about yourself and your creative process, the more likely youíll keep collectors engaged. [...]

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John Schisler

'Dinner For Two' by John Schisler was selected as a Finalist in the September 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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This is the Real Life of an Artist

I have come to realize that the real life of an artist is not based on how many paintings you produce in a week, but living your authentic life and bringing that joy to the easel (or whatever your mode of expression). When that happens, the contentment and energy you feel will cause you to overflow with inspiration. [...]

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Stephanie Rew

'Harvest Gold' by Stephanie Rew was selected as a Finalist in the September 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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How to Make an Intelligent Artist Feel Stupid

Worrying about what other people think is a waste of time and energy, diverting us from learning from our mistakes. [...]

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Rachel A Pettit

'Riverfront Nocturne' by Rachel A Pettit was selected as a Finalist in the September 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Your Art is the Path to Happiness

Thatís my antidote for todayís generational malaise. Find the art inside you. Stoke those embers of creativity. Fan the flames and warm your soul. Itís a gift that keeps on giving, nourishes your spirit and sustains you over the long haul. Your art is the path to happiness. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Masculine and Feminine

Perhaps there will be a time when it truly does not matter whether art is created by either male or female. The only question will concern the efficacy of the work rather than the gender of its maker. [...]

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So You Want to be a Better Painter? Make More Paintings

Workshop students ask me "How can I be a better painter?" My advice to them is two-fold: 1. Learn the basics: the fundamentals of design, composition and color; 2. Make more paintings. You cannot ever be a good painter if you don't learn the basics. [...]

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Harumi Kiyota

'Le Triomphe de Flore' by Harumi Kiyota was selected as a Finalist in the September 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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It's a Gift

So forget about having a 'gift', look in your closet for your 'talent', buy a ruler and develop some patience, and go do your 'IT'. [...]

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Douglas Girard

'Yellow-Trees' by Douglas Girard was selected as a Finalist in the September 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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How I Painted My Way To The Middle

Paint because your soul screams to paint. Paint because it's your total passion in life and you can't imagine doing anything else in this life. [...]

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Joyce Gabiou

'Dragonfly in Amber' by Joyce Gabiou was awarded Outstanding Abstract in the September 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Story We Tell Ourselves

I believe artists must create a personal story about their art. What made you want to create art and how will you determine the success of your work? I think the sooner we can figure out our own story then we can begin to enjoy the process. All the galleries and attention may fade away with time, but the story we tell ourselves will outlast all the good and bad times. [...]

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Rick Petersen

'Beach Colors 2' by Rick Petersen was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the September 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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How Your Creative Spirit Will Save You

I believe the greatest gift is our creative spirit. She dances with us, even in the throws of Alzheimerís and fragility of old age. She will accompany us beyond the indignities of infirmity, to the ultimate mysteries of living and dying. It is our creative spirit, that gentle lifelong companion, that will save us in the end. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Art as Memory, Memory as Art

It is possible that the mind uses visualization, thought, feeling, and desire for completeness, for resolution to mold a partial memory into something complete like a work of art. [...]

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Lessons From the Gym: The Dangers of Playing It Safe

If youíve been playing it safe lately, push yourself a little. Try something new. Approach a new gallery. Start that new series youíve been dreaming about. Check out that new show. Rewrite that tired old artist statement. (I visited an art show recently. I just about died of boredom after reading too many statements in such a short time.) [...]

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Nancy MacDonald

'The Deal' by Nancy MacDonald was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the September 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Why Is She Painting Like That (Part 2)

I like to think of abstract art like instrumental music. It doesn't need lyrics (details) to tell you what it's about. It is powerful in its own right. I'm not saying realism is bad and abstract is better. I'm just pointing out that people love those realistic paintings because the essence of that painting is strong abstract design. [...]

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Spencer Meagher

'Broken Dreams' by Spencer Meagher was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the September 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Entertainment System and the Painting

I guess when you're really inspired and not just trying to create a clever painting to sell, things go a little better. [...]

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Alisha Ard

'Two of a Kind' by Alisha Ard was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the September 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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