Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


It does take a lot of practice to learn to see as an artist.

Disconnected

So where do you start if you can’t seem to get your mind to separate the ‘thing’ from the shapes? [...]

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"Sometimes it’s better to just be quiet, to not think of anything at all. Out of silence comes the greatest creativity." - James Altucher.

Out of Silence Comes the Greatest Creativity

If quiet time and creativity truly are correlated (and I suspect they are), then I suggest you think about how you spend your artistic time and what distractions you can eliminate. [...]

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Keeping a moderate, yet steady pace will get you to your goal as easily, if not easier, than rushing to the top.

Happy Hiking

The top of the mountain was great, but so was everything along the way. In fact, in some ways the things along the way were even better. [...]

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By sandwiching marketing posts between passion posts you gift yourself and your reader

51 Blog Post Topics for Heart-Centered Artists

You may fear your personal stories about your passions aren’t snazzy enough. I say, they are plenty snazzy. [...]

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Challenges can be just enough to keep us moving forward

LESSONS FROM THE GYM: The SAID Principle

If everything is working for you, then the “challenges” can be just enough to keep us moving forward, or comfortable with staying in the same place. [...]

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See where Art's adventures take him next...

The Life of Art, Series #127

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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Kevin Macpherson, a Master, in his studio.

What We Learned In Taos About Protecting Creative Time

Both mastery and production require long stretches of uninterrupted creative time in your studio, so you must set limits to protect your creative time. [...]

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Not all parts of the creative process are fun…

THE ECSTASY AND THE AGONY: Your Creative Cycle at Work

So when things get hard, when it feels like no one wants our work, when it feels like we aren’t “enough”, take some time to think... Maybe you are at the hard part of your creative cycle. [...]

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See where Art's adventures take him next...

The Life of Art, Series #126

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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“I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” - Mark Twain

The Importance of Editing in Art

A painter shows me what he painted, but an artist shows me why she painted. [...]

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Clean color does not necessarily mean pure color straight from the tube.

Clean Color

But first, what is clean color? Clean color does not necessarily mean pure color straight from the tube. Ironically, clean color can be gray, neutral, muted, subdued, etc. Or it can be bright and pure. The color’s chroma does not determine whether it is clean or not. The Russians have beautifully sophisticated grays. Yet they are clean. How or why? In his book Alla Prima, Richard Schmid defines muddy colors as a mixture of color that is simply the wrong temperature. So, if that is true – and I agree with Richard - then it follows that clean color is simply a mixture in which the temperature is correct. The key to the Russian artists’ sophisticated grays is proper temperature. [...]

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Image from a beloved collector's home.

Popular Room Decor: A Guide for Creators and Collectors on How to Know What to Paint and What to Buy

So as I work with artists of all kinds, as a teacher and a mentor, I fully understand their desire and need, to be an artist and I try very hard to share with all of them the tools to help them be who they are and make the best work they are capable of creating. [...]

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Be Careful What You Wish For...

ON GIVING AND GETTING ADVICE: Be Careful What You Wish For

When we get advice, if someone says something that resonates in a good way, pay attention. It’s a reflection of what we’re leaning towards, yearning for. It may take a while to uncover the gold. But it’s worth waiting for, and worth working towards. [...]

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See where Art's adventures take him next...

The Life of Art, Series #125

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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... "if only I had time to do art."

A Matter of Priority

Remember this one important truth: we have only one life to live. What we choose to do, how we choose to live is completely up to us. [...]

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They are here to help no matter how many questions I have, how many times I change my template, color scheme, navigation bar, and on and on.

My website; My partner.

My website; my partner. If it weren't for my website I would not be sharing this. This is what I mean when I say "one truly feeds the other." Don't be afraid, a lesson that applies to me both on and off the canvas. Life experiences create growth and contribute to our shared humanity, and with growth both on and off the canvas the world becomes more connected and even more beautiful, if we just let it. [...]

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There are no “instant cures”, just building good, daily habits.

LESSONS FROM THE GYM: Building Strength

If we love what we do, and we’ve found our audience, and our work is selling like hotcakes, then clearly we’re doing it right. We can just keep doing the same thing, because it’s working. But if we haven’t found our happy work/life/art/income balance, we may need to seek help to put that together. [...]

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See where Art's adventures take him next...

The Life of Art, Series #124

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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Keith Bond shares his take on a test that may improve the ability to see color.

Color Test

Can someone strengthen the ability of the cones to recognize color better? Or can someone strengthen the ability of the brain to interpret the signals better? Can there be both a physiological and mental development in color perception? [...]

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Jason Horejs shares his love for art in this love letter.

A Love Letter to Art, Or What it All Means to Me

Some of the deepest, most transcendent experiences of my life have occurred as I’ve taken in great works of art. I’ve come to love the technical aspects of the art and the craft involved in creating it. Ever more, though, is my love of an artist’s ability to communicate with me. [...]

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But sometimes, all we need is to trust our best instincts, to sense our highest purpose on earth, instead of focusing on our greatest fears...

Scrambling for Clarity

We may calm ourselves down by recognizing how making our art restores our heart and soul, which is ultimately more enriching than how much money we made this year. Not sayin’ sales aren’t important, just that sometimes that means we have to give up other things involved, things we might miss even more. [...]

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See where Art's adventures take him next...

The Life of Art, Series #123

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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Many artists, myself included, will overcorrect when we realize improvement is needed in some aspect of our art.

Overcorrection

If you suffer from overcorrection, don’t worry, it is part of the growth cycle and you will eventually find the middle ground. As you move back and forth from the right to left of your ideal, you will find that your swings or overcorrections become less severe each time. You are moving ever closer to the middle ground that you are seeking. [...]

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Lessons Learned from the Fires, My Aging Brain, and My Notebooks

What We Lost

It’s our greatest flaw, and our greatest super power. Especially because we are artists, makers, creatives, constantly striving to use our work to have our say in the world, to tell our story, in ways that are good for the world. [...]

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See where Art's adventures take him next...

The Life of Art, Series #122

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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Paint Mentally While Observing Your Subject

Memory Exercises

We are often in the habit of glancing very quickly back and forth between viewing the subject and looking at our canvas. This enables us to judge how closely we captured what we see, but it hinders our ability to strengthen our memory. It also hinders our ability to filter the unnecessary out. We become dependent and as a result are more apt to simply replicate the scene rather than create an interpretation of the scene. [...]

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My art. My words. My voice.

Post Hoc Fallacy

There are a lot of reasons we tell ourselves why our work doesn’t sell. But not all of them are true! [...]

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See where Art's adventures take him next...

The Life of Art, Series #121

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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Build your own value

Be an Artist: Don’t Settle for the Status Quo

Be impatient. Don’t wait. Take your art and art marketing into your own hands. Build your own value. Produce art that others will gladly pay for. Enable yourself to dream. And take initiative to act on those dreams. [...]

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Eric Armusik shares 8 steps to help you get up and fight when you've hit rock bottom

What To Do When You've Hit Rock Bottom

What do you do when something you’re hoping for doesn’t work out? Or worse, what do you do when a string of things fail to gel in your art business? These are the questions we all have to ask when we dedicate ourselves to making it in this business. [...]

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We can get lost in the crowd, OR honor our own voice in the world. You choose!

One In A Million

But the power of embracing where we are right now, the power of telling our story with the work of our heart, the power of starting where we are and stay focused on doing better, is heady stuff. [...]

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See where Art's adventures take him next...

The Life of Art, Series #120

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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There is a huge difference between how many games you've played, and how much you've stretched yourself with each successive game.

Dance at the Edge of Incompetence

If you want to become a better dancer, then you must dance just at the edge of your incompetence. And once you become competent at that level, you push yourself to the edge of incompetence again. [...]

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The Freedom Gained From Letting Go of Approval

Letting Go of Approval: A Story for Artists (That Involves Underwear)

Less time apologizing = more time for painting. [...]

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The gift of a “false alarm” is knowing where the gaps are in our preparedness.

FALSE ALARM: Lessons From the Fire

There’s a huge difference between thinking about being prepared, and actually being prepared. [...]

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See where Art's adventures take him next...

The Life of Art, Series #119

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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If you create works that are authentic, you can find an audience.

Sage Covered Hills

The point of the article is that you should not worry about anyone’s voice but yours. Create what inspires you. Create authentic and honest work. Be true to yourself and your art. [...]

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The hardest and most courageous thing you can possibly do is get back up when life knocks you down.

Artists and Rejection

The key principle to keep in mind is that it is your responsibility to succeed. In the grand scheme of history, it is YOU who will be remembered, not the people that rejected you. [...]

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Sometimes we have to lose our power before we realize we've had it all along.

NO POWER: Lessons From the Fires

What is the power source of an artist? And what happens when we lose that source, even temporarily? [...]

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See where Art's adventures take him next...

The Life of Art, Series #118

Art, an aspiring fine artist who works full time as a police officer. Art is surrounded by supportive and well-meaning family and friends who don't always get his passion for painting, and he often finds himself in strange situations that make you just want to laugh out loud. [...]

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