Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


Tibor Nagy

'Under the Bridge' by Tibor Nagy was awarded 3rd Place in the February 2016 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Without a Net

Starting a painting without a preliminary drawing is scary, you have to have a strong will, a hearty disposition, stamina and a great tolerance to pain. No, actually you just need to be willing to try it. To be willing to fail. But then even with a preliminary drawing failure is standing right at our shoulder, isn't it? [...]

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Jonathan Hayes

'Our Woods' by Jonathan Hayes was awarded the BoldBrush Award in the February 2016 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Healing Power of Art Part 2

When an artist creates something, it can become a unique expression about the subject and experiences of the artist. Then, when a viewer is touched by that piece of art, they bring their own unique experiences when viewing the painting and can be touched by something through how the artist created it. [...]

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Greg LaRock

'Roasted Reds' by Greg LaRock was awarded Best of Show in the February 2016 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Ugh - That Creative Block

There is fear when looking at the blank paper or canvas. It can almost give one a feeling of defeat before even beginning. [...]

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Good Galleries vs Great Galleries

When you are starting out it can be difficult to tell which galleries will work for you. It takes a lot of trial and error. But with experience you will begin to develop an intuition as to the best places for your art. Please use these tips as a guide to evaluate different galleries and remember it is all a learning process. [...]

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The Art of Spark Plugs and Quiet Living

Artfulness is everywhere, improving our lives and injecting more beauty into our midst. The trick is to slow down and adopt a bit of my father-in-law’s quiet living. Because when we do, a creative awakening will be there to greet you. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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February 2016 BoldBrush Painting Contest Winners!

Our esteemed judge, Laurie Kersey has completed the judging of the February 2016 BoldBrush painting competition. [...]

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Susan Hong-Sammons

'The Baptist' by Susan Hong-Sammons was selected as FAV 15% in the January 2016 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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What's Your Next Step?

Sometimes the ‘next step’ is so tiny, we don’t even recognize it’s holding us back. [...]

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Diane Morgan

'Rainy Day Rose' by Diane Morgan was selected as FAV 15% in the January 2016 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Does Your Passion Change the World?

In a world of human failing, it is important to find our own beauty, to share that beauty unashamedly and liberally. Our world desperately needs more beauty. [...]

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Preparation

The inspirational moment doesn’t just strike out of the blue; it is received because the artist is prepared to receive it. The creative process is an ongoing process. [...]

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Vicki P Maguire

'Sunday Morning' by Vicki P Maguire [...]

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Yes or No -- Am I An Artist?

Interestingly, when we answer this question, we know instinctively that the answer involves money, to wit, we are to respond with the activity that provides us with a regular paycheck. If we are retired, we say, “I’m retired”; if we are unable to work, we reply, “I’m disabled,” as if the many tasks we perform throughout the day are meaningless unless accompanied by remuneration. In other words, we are what we do for pay. [...]

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James Crandall

'Young Woman at the Fruit Vendor' by James Crandall was selected as a Finalist in the January 2016 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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What No One Tells You About True Happiness

What no one tells you about true happiness is that beyond health and love of family/friends, true happiness resides in your deepest self. It’s your unique authenticity. It requires no approval, no parental consent or permission from others. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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Dear Artist - Know Your Worth

So thank you for your service. Thank you for being brave and letting your silver-lined, triple-glazed, watercolored light shine. Keep seeing the beauty. Keep on balancing and harmonizing our world. Keep inspiring the rhythm and leading us to love with your song. And the next time someone asks you “what do you do?” Go ahead and tell them proudly, “I am an Artist”, as you flip your cape back over your shoulder and feel that badge of honor beating deep within your chest. [...]

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Eat Your Vegetables

What happens is we may have an area or object in a painting that we are unsure of, maybe it even scares use to attempt to paint that object, so we hold off, waiting for the right moment. The right moment though is not at or near the end of the painting process. Those scary things need to be tackled early on. [...]

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Ann Kraft Walker

'The Little Visitor' by Ann Kraft Walker was selected as a Finalist in the January 2016 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Decide on One Center of Interest

There are many more stories to tell. I can change my color palette for different moods. I can change the design and choose a different center of interest. I can zoom in closer or zoom out further to get different stories. The point is that it is important to decide before you start painting what it is you want to emphasize. What will be your one center of interest? [...]

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Jarek Klimczak

'Windy Sunset' by Jarek Klimczak was selected as a Finalist in the January 2016 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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9 Things to Look for in a Website Host

Many artists still don’t have a website, email or social media. Older artists, in particular, resist the changes computers are making in the art world. They haven’t recognized that computers are here to stay and are the way we communicate with other artists, buyers, dealers and how we enter most art shows. [...]

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Karen Blackwood

'Pounding Surf' by Karen Blackwood was selected as a Finalist in the January 2016 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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What to do When the Workshop's Over: Becoming Your Own Teacher

Although I had all the time in the world to paint and no need to schlep my supplies to school on the train and deal with all the hassles of assignments and deadlines, I had no one to turn to with questions, no fellow classmate to gripe to, no instructor recommending this technique or that theory to help solve my problems. Life as a "real" artist wasn't exactly what I had imagined. [...]

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August Burns

'Burns-ARollerDerbyQueen_small' by August Burns was selected as a Finalist in the January 2016 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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How Dad and Aunt Cynthia Shaped My Creative Soul

Traditions are meant to be carried on, and it’s my turn to ink those artful, fatherly letters to the next generation. So that the joy of creativity is carried on. And so that he’ll know, even many years from now when my old letters are found in the attic, that he was loved dearly. [...]

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Selected Upcoming Exhibits by Informed Collector Artists

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

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The Challenge of Maintaining Focus on Your Subject While Interacting With Interested Spectators

I think Tim Deibler, an amazing Colorado artist and friend, once told me that 98% of the people who stop to look are in absolute awe of what we are doing! If we can help these inquirers and admirers bridge the seeming distance between them and our "brush magic" by "inviting them in," they'll see that we aren't paint zombies, but ordinary people with a special passion for communicating our vision in color on our canvases. And maybe they'll take one home with them! [...]

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Lessons From the Gym: Poor Old Michael Finnegan

But if we become trapped by habit and assumptions - if we assume we know it all, if we believe have it all under control, if we are content that we have it made… Then if we stumble, it can feel like failure to begin again. [...]

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Tai Meng Lim

'A Beggar With His Companions' by Tai Meng Lim was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the January 2016 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Art of Juggling

History gives us many stories about those artists who sacrificed all for their art, and many of these are considered eccentric, egomaniacal, or socially inept. [...]

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Lorraine McFarland

'Max Lit' by Lorraine McFarland was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the January 2016 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Speaking in Pictures (Part 2)

Then it dawned on me: instead of painting things as I saw them, I should be painting my subjects as I want them to be seen. [...]

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John Mansueto

'Block' by John Mansueto was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the January 2016 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The Definition of Art, by Me

Many people -- especially those who make money off their answers -- are ready to voice their opinion, but ultimately, the person who needs to answer these questions, to his or her own satisfaction, is the individual artist. [...]

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Jane Casnellie

'Wolfie cropped' by Jane Casnellie was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the January 2016 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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