Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


Keith Bond's continued discussion on having confidence in your artistic abilities.

Confidence, Part 2

Just like muscles need exercise - just like you need to constantly practice your craft - your confidence also needs exercise. [...]

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William Adolphe Bouguereau - "Le Crabe" - 31.89" x 25.79" - Oil (1869)

Advice for Creating and Critiquing Paintings - Part 1

John C. Van Dyke goes on to say that the artist should be technically skilled in order to command one's attention to his ideas. Therefore, a critical examination begins with the foundation of painting...DRAWING. [...]

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Luann Udell shares how we can choose to reply positively to the naysayers.

LESSONS FROM THE GYM: Ice Is Your Best Friend!

The things people say about our work, and what we can CHOOSE to say back. [...]

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Jason Horejs discusses how to deal with criticism from those in your inner circle

How to Deal With Art Criticism from Your Spouse, Partner, or other Close Family and Friends

A partner with an artistic education is often better able to articulate their criticism, but many artists find that the lack of artistic education of a spouse can actually be an asset. [...]

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Eric Armusik discusses how to deal with "difficult people"

Dealing With Difficult People - 5 Tips for Artists

Keep moving forward and let the negatively roll off you. [...]

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Don't miss Eric Armusik's discussion on making your own rules- to be the artist you were born to be.

Rules? You're an Artist - Make Your Own Rules

Be bold, do what you feel inside and respond to that with great talent. Make your own rules - be the artist you were born to be. [...]

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Don't miss Luann Udell's valuable discussion on "professional jealousy"

A HANDY GUIDE TO NIBBLERS: The Fifteen-Minute Read that Can Change Your Life.

We all want to make the work that means something to us, something that is a product of our story. Our story is who we are in the world, and who we want to be. [...]

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Eric Armusik discusses how to grow and embrace failure

Embrace Failure

Success is a road for the persistent. Do not make the mistake of thinking that you are the only one that has ever failed. More importantly, do not call yourself a failure. Failure only happens if you give up. If you never stop trying you will never be a failure. [...]

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Luann Udell shares the benefits of having a positive reply prepared about your "Why"

SUPPORT YOUR MEDIUM: People Are Listening!

When we are challenged by these people who imply (or outright tell us!) our materials are “less than”, we need to be prepared with a great answer.... Because other people are listening! [...]

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Clint Watson shares how professionals deal with criticism and complaints

Professional Pain

Professionals process the pain of criticism and complaints into positive outcomes. [...]

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Should You Enter Juried Exhibitions?

On our artistic journey we all meet criticism and obstacles of every kind. Keep an open mind and an attitude on self improvement and quality of work. The journey is not easy. If it were, it wouldn't mean anything. [...]

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HATERS GONNA HATE: The Unhappy BAD Baby in Action.

A problem shopper is a problem for EVERYBODY. And it isn’t about you. [...]

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HATERS GONNA HATE: “It’s Just Chalk!”

Never excuse or apologize again for your choice of materials, nor your techniques. Something spoke to you the first time you used a brush, or a palette knife, a pencil, or a fistful of clay. [...]

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Superlative

When I think about art, which for me is all the time, I do make assessments; I attempt to evaluate the art of others and that of my own. Other art I want to appreciate for what it is and for what it may say. My art I want to evaluate in order to expand and improve. [...]

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HATERS GONNA HATE: Til We Meet Again

Not everyone is our customer. [...]

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HATERS GONNA HATE: And Lovers Gonna Love

Don’t slam the door on those who truly want to connect (in a good way.) [...]

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HATERS GONNA HATE: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire

Art does not speak for itself. We speak for our art. We artists tend to believe that what we create should be obvious to others. [...]

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HATERS GONNA HATE: “I Can Make That!”

Win them over to YOUR side, and you’ll have a cheerleader for life! [...]

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Lessons Learned

The making of art is not just about creating any singular art work; it is about committing to the practice of art and to living an artistic life. [...]

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A New Year, A New Time for Change and Mind Over Matter.

Now is the time to make the changes with positive and a confident belief in yourself...and don't be afraid to be different in the new year...and do something different. [...]

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Self-doubt and the Philosophies of Others

When asking someone to review your work, know just what their philosophy is and make it clear to them what you want from your art. [...]

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How Rejection Helps

Why Rejection Is Good... [...]

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Common Issues Plaguing Artwork

Creating a work of art is not an easy thing, and the mental demands upon the artist are constant. [...]

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Why Failure is the Best Teacher

So, the next time you've spent hours working on a piece and find you hate every square inch of it, take a break, eat something and then see how far you can push it and what that painting will teach you. [...]

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The Life of A Painting

The bigger lesson for me in this was the realization that paintings don't need to be finished today. [...]

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The Assertive Artist

So, build up your self-confidence. Don't take everyone's words as gospel. Don't allow others to knock you or your work down. [...]

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Why Beauty Really Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

So take heart, fellow artists and struggling creatives. Remember to take the bad with the good in your artful journey. Try a few salvage operations now and then. And remember, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. Even if you decide to throw that stinker of a painting away, it just might get reclaimed and recycled at your local transfer station. Because one person’s trash might be another person’s art. [...]

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When Rejection Is Not About Your Art

In summary, you should understand that rejection is part of the life as an artist. Yet all rejection is not about the quality of your work. Most of the time there are other factors at work. The best strategy to deal with it all is to ignore most critiques and instead focus your time and energy of the people that appreciate and buy your art. [...]

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Boosting. The напротив Of Taking Down Someone Else's Art.

Whether it's art or life, a simple positive word can make a world of difference. [...]

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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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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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When Failure Is Not An Option

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

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Stop Listening to Critics

The life of an artist is never easy. In order to find your personal style and innovate, you must move past the judgments of those who know less. This means you will have to grow a thick skin. You must move forward with the confidence that your work can stand on its own despite harsh words from others. As the director Francis Ford Coppola explained, the things that receive the most criticism in the beginning are often the same things that brings you the most praise later in life. [...]

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Letting Go

The great thing about learning to let go is that it frees you from the weight of expectation. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Catherine Marchand

Artist Catherine Marchand is an oil painter. She says that she fell in love with oil painting after years of exploring other mediums. Additionally, Catherine notes that she is dedicated to perfecting her oil painting skills. The elegance of her work is pleasing to observe. [...]

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Aaaaarrrrggghhh!!!! Why can't I get this right?

Sometimes, you just need to give it your all and see that you really do have the magic to make it work. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Mark Yearwood

Artist Mark Yearwood is known for the interesting texture of his abstract paintings. For example, one piece contains parts of a salvaged Cello. Informed Collector has described Mark Yearwood’s abstract paintings as "compelling" -- noting the depth, texture, and energy of his work. Yearwood describes his work as a journey for the eyes and mind. [...]

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The Problem With Art Criticism

If you ignore everything, it is difficult to improve and if you follow one person, you never find your own voice. [...]

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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Connie Murray

Connie Murray is a mosaic artist and sculptor. Connie has stated that the art making process is an emotional outlet for intense feelings. Furthermore, she views her process as an outlet for intellectual processing -- one that provides an alternative form of expressive communication. [...]

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How to Ask For An Art Critique

Don't be so attached to your art that you can't let it go. Don't take the critique personally and as much as you like to believe it - YOU ARE NOT YOUR ART. [...]

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