Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


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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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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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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Luann Udell shares how to find your story

HOW TO GET TO THE “HEART” BEHIND YOUR ART

Why do you paint/draw/collage/sculpt/sing/dance/insert-your-creative-work-here the way you do? I know artists who are capable of using any medium but CHOOSE colored pencil work. Not because they can’t do anything else, but because it feels right to them. [...]

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

The Life of Art, Series #117

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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You need enough confidence to believe in yourself and know that you can express yourself through your work.

Confidence

You need enough confidence to believe in yourself and know that you can express yourself through your work. Yet, you need enough self-doubt to be humble and realize the need for constant improvement and learning. [...]

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"Every Artist Was First An Amateur" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every Artist Was First An Amateur

Nothing worth achieving was ever easy. Remember that and forge ahead with your dreams. Never ever let go until you're in the position to assist the next generation of amateurs that need your help. [...]

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Are You a Waterfall?

"I realized that business does not define me. Art defines me. I was resistant because I did not see myself as a business guy, but now I still see myself as an artist who simply had to develop some muscles in other areas so I could continue to be an artist." [...]

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

The Life of Art, Series #116

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 let fear become the saboteur that hinders your career.

The Saboteur

Many of us put off doing certain things out of fear. I’m not talking about putting off menial tasks like cleaning the studio or doing your book-work. For most of us, procrastination of those things is not fueled by fear. [...]

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Want to Write More?

How Artists Can Write More Often: 1 Realization That Can Change Everything

The Real Reason Artists Put Off Writing and One Realization That Can Change Everything [...]

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

The Life of Art, Series #115

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 Keith Bond's follow-up post, pain of discipline vs. the pain of regret or disappointment.

The Pain of Disappointment

“But what if...I fail?” This is your fear talking. Let me turn it around, “But what if...you succeed?” Is it worth the gamble? Is it worth the sacrifice? Is it worth the discipline? [...]

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Boldbrush is a company that makes technology as a way to inspire and enable human artistic expression.

BoldBrush is Building a Cathedral Not Merely Cutting Stone

We believe that the artistic creativity of every person deserves to be recognized and celebrated. [...]

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Eric Armusik shares an inspiring message "Acknowledge that you have a unique gift that needs time, attention and nurturing..."

You Can't

Build your life from the ground up. Funnel all your energy into your dreams and envision a future as the artist you want to be. [...]

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

The Life of Art, Series #114

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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“We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.”

The Pain of Discipline

You really do only have 2 options. You can have the discipline to pursue your art - which requires sacrifices, or you can look back years later and wish that you had. You will have regret or disappointment in the dream you never dared pursue. [...]

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Meadow With Two Large Trees by Corot (1865-70)

Who Was Your Greatest Art Influence?

I've often wondered, "Why, Corot?" With a total lack of interest in and ignorance of all things related to the history of art, I've often wondered why I was so captivated by this one artist of all those studied. [...]

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"...it’s okay to simply lay back in our little boat, and drift."

TAKE ME TO THE RIVER: Slow Down When Things Get Hard

Wherever you are on your path, or on the river, know that sometimes the way gets hard. Remember, even when it feels like we are getting nowhere, we are still moving forward quietly, gently. Life goes on as we work through our grief, process our new situation, and find ways around our setbacks. [...]

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

The Life of Art, Series #113

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 helpful tips to develop your emotional voice in your art

Cultivating Emotion

Spend time developing your emotional voice, coupled with your technical development. If you do, your work will have much more meaning. [...]

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Your art is a gift.

Being a Great Artist Means You Can Never Be Happy

So whether you've just picked up a brush or you've been painting for five years and you are looking for answers, do not despair. Every failure that you rise up from puts you one step closer to that greatness you desire. [...]

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Don't miss Luann Udell's discussion on "What are we waiting for?"

Waiting

Are we waiting for a "sign from the universe" before we take on a new challenge? Do we wait until we find the perfect solution to our problem? Have a straight 8-10 hours to start that new work? Do we believe we have to clean our entire studio before we can get back to work after a hiatus, rather than just clear off that one surface we need to start it? [...]

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

The Life of Art, Series #112

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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Ketih Bond discusses how important both passion and mastery are to your art

Recuerdos de la Alhambra and Your Art

Some artists think that pure expression and feeling is all you need to create great art. It isn’t. Other artists spend years training and master technique, but fail to find their voice. A pity. [...]

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