Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


Keith Bond shares why you should keep all aspects of your art business separate

Compartmentalizing Your Art

How do you compartmentalize your art – or do you? [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #106

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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“Be strong when things get hard. Listen more. Think slow. Love deep."

BE THE HERO IN YOUR OWN STORY: Framing Is Everything!

Be the hero of your own story. Tell the story only you can tell. Because your story might just inspire someone else to be a hero. [...]

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Eric Rhoads shares 5 tips that can be applied in all aspects of life

5 Tips That Change Everything

It took me decades to discover the power of these five tips. I discovered them one at a time, and they had a huge and powerful impact on my life and my business. They are simple principles that I have found amplify everything disproportionately. They can apply in life, in business, in charity, and in anything you do. [...]

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Keith Bond discusses how to be a giver with your art.

The Giving Artist, The Taking Artist

My intent is that you look at yourself and at your own motivation. What does art mean to you? Why do you create? What role do you think art has in society? Do you share your art or just sell your art? [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #105

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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Eric Rhoads shares how simplifying "what owns you", can lead to happiness.

What Owns You?

My number one goal is happiness in life. Everything we do should focus on that, because without it, all the hard parts of life become only a burden. [...]

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Eric Armusik shares how facing your fears can open up your creative flow

Face Your Demons

No one wants to suffer. Most of us will go out of our way to avoid anything unpleasant. But as artists, we can always find something beautiful even in the most tragic circumstances. It's our job. [...]

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Keith Bond shares how to use studies as hand-made thank you cards

Hand-made Thank You Cards

I (and many others) have suggested that you should send “Thank You” cards on a regular basis. Most of the time I send a card that has an image of one of my paintings printed on it. But recently, I wanted to send something a bit more personal and significant. [...]

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Setting up for outdoor painting when a collector comes by

The Life of Art, Series #104

Art realizes anything can be art if the collector likes it enough. [...]

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WHAT I WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME ABOUT ARTISTS: We Will Never Know Our True Legacy

I hope we can all find a way, and a reason, to keep on ‘making’. I hope we can let go of envy of the success of others, and our own fears of failure, and simply rejoice that we have the luxury, and the privilege, to be able to do this work. [...]

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

The Life of Art, Series #103

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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Eric Armusik discusses the value hard work can have on your success

Never Underestimate the Value of Hard Work

Becoming a Successful Artist = Hard Work [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #102

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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Luann Udell discusses how to keep creative work in our life.

WHAT I WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME ABOUT ARTISTS: Make Room for Art in Your Life!

Life is not “all or nothing”, you can make as much—or as little—room for art as you like! [...]

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Clint Watson shares the many ways art changes lives.

Art Transforms Lives

One of our core values at FASO is: We Know that Art Transforms Lives for the Better [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #101

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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Luann Udell shared how to be focused and diverse in your art career

WHAT I WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME ABOUT ARTISTS: You Can Be Focused, You Can Be Diverse, It’s All Good!

You get to choose what you do, how you do it, how many things you do, and you can change it whenever you’re ready. [...]

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Embrace Change in Order To Make A Difference

When I first started BoldBrush (the company behind FASO), things were pretty simple. I was the leader, the boss, and all the employees. [...]

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Eric Armusik shares the importance of embracing humility

Embracing Humility

Fear keeps us from moving forward, and pride keeps us stagnant – I understand this more than ever. Fear keeps artists from quitting their day jobs and believing in themselves. Pride prevents them from asking for advice or congratulating someone who made a big sale. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #100

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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Luann Udell discusses how easy it can be to lose track of our own vision.

WHAT I WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME ABOUT ARTISTS: Be Inspired, But Be Yourself

When we follow someone else’s vision, it’s easy to lose track of our own. [...]

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Ketih Bond discusses the two different ways to share your art story

How versus Why

As you speak or write about your art, as you share your story, remember tell WHY, don’t worry about telling HOW. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #99

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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Don't miss Luann Udell's next article in her series "What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Artists"

WHAT I WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME ABOUT ARTISTS: We Have to Make Room for It

Maybe we can earn a living with it. Maybe we can’t. But it has to have a place in our lives. [...]

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Don't miss Eric Armusik's most inspirational post on sacrifice.

The Beauty of Sacrifice

So in summation, I encourage you to look beyond your struggles and carry on. Know that tomorrow brings infinite possibilities if we plant seeds daily. Never stop working or give in to self-pity – it will certainly delay your success. Remember that suffering can be insightful and glorious even in it’s darkest moments. Choose to believe that miracles happen every day if we believe in ourselves. And find comfort in your loving partner or supportive friend because, with their love and encouragement, the world is less dreadful. [...]

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Keith Bond discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the "Sight-size Method"

Pros and (Mostly) Cons of Sight-size Method

The problem with sight-size is that if you have become dependent upon it, you may not have the confidence (or worse yet, the ability) to accurately draw something that isn’t exactly as you see it. You become dependent upon copying. Creativity suffers. Works become technical craft and less about feeling, mood, and expression. [...]

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

The Life of Art, Series #98

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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Don't miss Luann Udell's next artilce in her series, "What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Artists"

WHAT I WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME ABOUT ARTISTS: There's More Than Just One Kind of “Artist”

I wish someone had told me there are a thousand ways to be an artist in our modern world, especially with all the new material, new techniques, and new resources available to us. [...]

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Keith Bond discusses keeping values simple and linking shapes into a larger abstract shape for a stronger composition

Shape Welding

So, the lesson for today is to see the values in your subject. Organize them into 3 to 5 values. And weld like value shapes together to create fewer shapes. Yet, within each shape, you can have all the color, texture, detail, interest that you want. Just don’t lose the integrity of each shape – which lies in its value. [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #97

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 some tips on how to keep your palette organized

An Organized Palette Leads to Intuitive Color Mixing

Mixing through intuition doesn’t mean that I resort to formulas, either. It merely means that I know by heart where the needed color is on the palette. There are many challenges to painting. Searching for the colors, because they aren’t organized, simply adds unnecessarily to the challenges. [...]

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

The Life of Art, Series #96

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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Painting on glass for an out-of-my-comfort-zone book project ultimately led to this new body of work.

THE GIFT OF RISK: Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone Has Its Own Rewards

In the end, the choice is ours. We can play it safe. We can avoid risks, ditch change, never step outside our comfort zone. It’s up to you. I can’t even pretend to think I know better than you. As I always say, if this doesn’t work for you, don’t do it! I can only share what’s lifted my heart, write what’s helped me move forward, what restores me to my better self. [...]

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Eric Rhoads shares some inspirational thoughts on how our work of the heart, can help others.

The Impact of Your Pebble

Our lives are meant to change the lives of others, and each of us has something to offer that needs to be heard, seen, and experienced by the world. [...]

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Ketih Bond discusses changes or reworking in a painting

Everything is Subject to Change

Remember in your work this one important principle. Everything is subject to change if it will improve your work... [...]

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The Life of Art, Series #95

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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Luann Udell shares how preparation, persistence, and opportunity can equal luck.

What's Luck Got To Do With It? The True Meaning of Luck

Luck = Preparation plus persistence plus opportunity. [...]

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"Top of Laguna", 24x30, Oil, Private Collection

Meditation on Painting, Part 2

As painters we will sometimes operate out of pure devotion, but lets not kid ourselves, money and praise are often behind our maneuvers. [...]

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