Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


Seven Ways to Improve Your Artfulness

I believe that embracing an artful life is one of the most rewarding ways to live. There is great beauty in the world. Be it nature, art, literature, film, music, crafts or whatever quickens your creative heart and soul. But learning to build more artfulness in your life requires some focus and intentionality. As Robert Henri put it, “If you are to make great art, it will be because you have become a deep thinker.” [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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December 2015 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

Our esteemed judge, Eric Bowman has completed the judging of the December 2015 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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Clear Your Cache

What’s in your cache? Too many commitments, leaving little time to make art? Feeling responsible for everyone else’s comfort and happiness, at the expense of your own? A few too many coulda/shoulda/wouldas in your thoughts? [...]

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Rita Romero

'The Writer' by Rita Romero was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the November 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Artist, Know Thyself (6 Questions to Ask Yourself)

All artists, no matter which art form they follow, have to understand themselves and know why they want to make art. Without a purpose they can’t create inspired work [...]

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Chuck Larivey

'Gold Oak Leaves' by Chuck Larivey was selected as a Finalist in the November 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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There Are No Rules

So here is the point: each artist must discover for themselves what it is they want from their creative endeavors. [...]

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Anna Bain

'May Flowers' by Anna Bain was selected as a Finalist in the November 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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But Isn't Goal Setting the Harbinger of Success?

1) I want to sell my work. Yes, that’s insanely simple, and yes, you’ll probably need to build upon it with concrete ideas like, “Try to get a presence in the town next to me,” or, “Check out various magazines and see if there’s a way to get my name there,” or, “Determine what demographic of people I’m trying to reach.” But don’t waste time with whiteboards and charts and statements of intention and resolutions of your commitment to excellence. [...]

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Kristi Grussendorf

'Magdalene Religious Goods' by Kristi Grussendorf was selected as a Finalist in the November 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Memories Are Roses In Our Winter

With that, the professor became quite serious and said, “Johann Sebastian Bach’s music wasn’t broadly appreciated until after his death, 80 years later. When another composer, Mendelssohn, played it all over Germany. Same with Thoreau. His Walden Pond wasn’t embraced by the public until after his death. So, you just keep painting. You never know when or how your art will impact others.” [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Art, The Mother Tongue

I accept that while art is my first language, I can't use it as an excuse to withdraw from social settings. No matter our limitations, we all have something of value to contribute, always. [...]

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Relentless

I fully believe that being relentless was the key to my success. When you discover what works then go after sales with a vengeance. I am not exceptional in any field, I’m a man filled with weakness. My feet are made of clay. I believe if I can find a way to make it, anyone can. [...]

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Rafael Andueza

'Vasijas' by Rafael Andueza was selected as a Finalist in the November 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Aiming for Our Ultimate Target

Goals are great for getting us where we want to go, but first you need to know where you want to go! [...]

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Greg Navratil

'Giganto' by Greg Navratil was selected as a Finalist in the November 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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A Lifetime of Looking at Art

I judge how a painting speaks to me, if it speaks to me. A lifetime of looking at art, learning about art, has opened my mind to the different forms of art, the different schools of art. An abstract can move me as much as a portrait or landscape. [...]

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Blair Atherholt

'Immortalis' by Blair Atherholt was selected as a Finalist in the November 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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How to ask Strangers for Help

In summary, I believe artists should reach out to other people for help. But the process must be done in a way that is both respectful and mutually beneficial for each party If you follow these tips you are headed in the right direction and this person may eventually take on the role of a mentor and friend. [...]

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Carol Staub

'Urban Reflections 2' by Carol Staub was awarded Outstanding Abstract in the November 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The 4 Letter Word You Need To Love

Fall in love with the power of personal grit. That special courage, resolve and strength of character inside you. I believe we all have it, but some tap into it more easily than others. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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10 Reasons Not to Create Art

Finally, I hope you realize that most excuses are just that! Exercising our creativity feeds our soul. So please, don't starve. [...]

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Somewhere in the Middle

What you do is your unique way of seeing the world, your desire to share that with others. And the unique way you choose to do that. See that middle part that as part of your creative process, and maybe it will help. [...]

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Sharon Pomales

'Little Girl With a Big Guitar' by Sharon Pomales was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the November 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Quality vs Quantity in Fine Art Exhibits

It is important that artists learn how to tell good work from bad, especially when the work is your own. If you are interested in competing in art exhibits, set high goals for yourself and learn how to create quality work. [...]

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Sonja Caywood

'Zelma in the Morning' by Sonja Caywood was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the November 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Rightful Action

Perspective is a curious state of mind. One can be so involved with a personal discomfort that beauty or truth or possibility are ignored or are never even recognized. Illusion and delusion are partners in crime. They conspire against the real. The real struggles to contain both, but in truth reality is but another illusion. Nothing is permanent but change, so says the cliché, and in the end (which never comes, for every end is only another beginning) even the permanent is illusory. [...]

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Linda Wilder

'Dinner at Hardware Grill' by Linda Wilder was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the November 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Mission Statement You Really Don't Need

Whether we call it a Mission Statement, a Manifesto, a Creed, a Proclamation, a Declaration, or a Statement of Belief, this matter of writing down our beliefs and/or goals has become a mania with us, no doubt because our entire culture is infected with psychological/corporate-speak, influencing us in the way we do and say things. [...]

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Radhika Srinivas

'New York New York' by Radhika Srinivas was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the November 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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How Minimalism Will Absolutely Improve Your Art

Embracing simplicity and minimalism will absolutely improve your art. Whittling away the excess, simplifying your schedule and politely saying no to commitments will free you. Your mind will be less distracted. You’ll have less stuff to worry about. And the artwork you’ll end up creating will be magnificent. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Spotlight On: Beth Sistrunk

'Preoccupation' by Beth Sistrunk was selected Best of Show in the November 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Looking Ahead

You can etch this in stone. In the future, art that is well done will find a buyer. High quality art is always in demand. [...]

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Brienne Brown

'Morning Stroll to the Patch' by Brienne Brown was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the November 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Are You Painting with Tea or Butter?

In a watercolor workshop I took years ago, the instructor taught me about the “Tea to Butter” method for thinking about paint consistency and I have used it ever since. Think of the consistency for the following foods to help you with understanding paint consistency… [...]

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Kent Sullivan

'City of Gold' by Kent Sullivan was awarded 3rd Place in the November 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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