Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art

Keith Bond shares the importance of letting your natural style emerge in your art

Develop Your Personal Style

This holds true with your art. You can focus on the techniques to the point that you can mimic any style. But when you focus instead on content or expression you will revert to your own personal style. And your natural style is more likely to emerge when you are in the zone... So, in short, don’t worry about forcing a style. It will come naturally as long as you don’t hinder it by failing to learn and grow as an artist. [...]

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Luann Udell discusses when to push yourself a bit and when to take a break in your art

EXERCISE FOR SUCCESS Tip #10: Vary the Intensity.

Know when to push through, and when to take a break! [...]

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Ketih Bond shares his thoughts on original creations

The Spirit Within Your Art

An original creation emanates something from within that is felt. Not by your fingers, but within you. Felt by your spirit. I don’t know how or why, but somehow, through the hands of labor and through the labor of love, you imbue within your artistic creation a portion of you. Not your physical self, but in a way part of your spirit self. [...]

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Keith Bond shares the importance of replenishing your creativity.

Refilling the Well

You must refill the well if you wish to access it again....Much of the refilling occurs naturally for artistic and creative types. [...]

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Jason Horejs shares how to ensure a smooth commissioned art process

Navigating the Commission Process

While commissions can certainly be a challenge, they can also be rewarding as your client gets to become part of the creative process and have a work of art that perfectly suits her needs. With a little forethought and planning, you can handle a commission professionally, keep your sanity, and provide excellent customer service. [...]

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Clint Watson discusses why you should aim to be original in your art business

Be the One Everyone Else Compares Themselves To

Be original. Do you better than anyone else. And be the one everyone else compares themselves to. [...]

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Keith Bond discusses the importance of practice, study, and discipline

Practice Your Art

Neither musicians nor athletes perform without a lot of practice. In most cases more time is spent practicing than performing. Yet, many visual artists think that once they reach the professional level, they no longer need practice. [...]

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Clint Watson discusses the power of branding

Branding is the Only Power Artists Have

Branding, in the sense of being a power, is defined much more narrowly than the way most marketing people use the term. [...]

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Keith Bond discusses the importance of how to strive for style naturally

Strive to Not Have a Style

According to him, it is critical to develop a personal style, but it is equally critical that it isn’t forced. Experimentation and exploration of a variety of styles, media, motifs, etc. are important. In the process, a personal style will eventually emerge. Let it emerge, don’t resist it. [...]

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Keith Bond shares how creating instead of replicating can help improve your artwork

Replicating vs. Creating

Allowing your memory to distill the information is a powerful tool. It frees an artist from replicating, and allows an artist to orchestrate and rearrange. [...]

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Lori Woodward discusses how to charter your own art career.

Charting Your Artistic Course

Like it or not, if your work can be recognized as "Your Work", you'll have an easier time attracting an audience for it. [...]

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John Weiss' continued discussion on the three important words to help you be successful.

The 3 Words You Need to Know for Greater Success, Part 2

As a creative, consider the work you’re producing. Does it stand out? If not, try doing the opposite of what you’re currently doing. Switch things up. [...]

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John Weiss discusses the three important words to help you be successful.

The 3 Words You Need to Know for Greater Success, Part 1

There are three words you need to know that can help you achieve greater success. Those three words are: Do the opposite [...]

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Lori Woodward's discusses how to build your skill set by narrowing your focus.

For Love and Money

What if I could make just as much, or more money painting the subject matter that truly motivates me? Since it is a given that in order to attract a collector clan, I'll need an easily defined, connected body of work with a unique style, why not make that body of work something that I'll never tire of? [...]

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Lori Woodward shares the value of always being a student...

Adding Value to Your Artwork

Never settle... as soon as you think you've learned everything there is to know about making fine art, your work is in trouble. [...]

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THIN SECRET FOR SUCCESS No. 4 Part Two: Where (Besides Colorado) Is Your Happy Place?

The world is a big place, and there is a place for you in it, somewhere. [...]

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The Crossroads

There comes a time in your career where you reach the crossroads. You must make the decision of which road to take. [...]

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The Suffering Artist

Paint like no one will ever see it, so the only person you’re pleasing is yourself. You’ll have breakthroughs unlike any you could otherwise experience. [...]

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The Police Report, The Novel, and The Poem

What kind of art do you create? What kind of art do you want to create? [...]

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Who Are You; Who Were You?

Beware of changing your art simply to emulate others who seem more successful than you. After all, each of us is unique, and we can take advantage of that. [...]

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Who Are You - Part 2

Let Your Art Evolve In Your Way [...]

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Be Involved in the Creative Process from the Start - Use Your Own References

Don't let a reference dictate what your finished painting looks like. Remember your painting is your voice - let it sing out loud and clear. [...]

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Making and Selling Giclee Prints - Part 1

Leveraging Income From One Original [...]

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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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The Importance of Technique

We all strive for originality but with so many artists out there it would be hard for one artist's work to not, somewhere in the world, have their work resemble another artist' work. [...]

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Inspiration Is Real, Surreal, Fleeting but Practical

“Artists need to allow themselves time to perfect what they do, without the worry of producing and producing and producing. We do not manufacture paintings – we create art.” [...]

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What Is Your Artistic Identity?

When you say an artist's name, does a type of image pop into your mind? [...]

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Master your Tools, Not Rules

Your artistic license is the only rule you need to follow, and your tools should help you achieve it however you see fit. [...]

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Hitting the Wall or Bouncing off It

So my new method of working is to keep a number of paintings on my Merry-Go-Round of an easel and hope that when the time is right, I'll see exactly what each painting needs to graduate and fly off into the world. [...]

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Little Words of Wisdom

Make the work of your heart, make what lifts your heart, and get it out into the world. [...]

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The Wordless USP

You're not selling insurance, you're selling art: what you need is a wordless USP. I'm redefining "USP" for artists. Your "Wordless USP" is your Unique Style of Painting. [...]

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Original Artwork

Every industry I know must change in order to maintain and grow. The old axiom of “grow or go” is absolutely the truth in any business. [...]

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The Necessity of Taking Photographs

When you take those photographs, they are yours. No one else has taken the same photograph in the same way... at the same exact moment. (Just as when you do a drawing or a painting.) And as an artist, that is what can help make your painting inspirations, concepts and ideas yours and yours alone. [...]

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This Is How Abandoning The Herd Can Bring Success

Exceptional craftsmanship and exemplary art stands on its own. [...]

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Painting Is Dead!

Learn what it takes to do what has been done so many times already but still carries on. Because you, us, we are the hope of original paintings once more being sought after, admired and desired. [...]

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The Next Rembrandt and the Search for Character

While likeness can and will be easily captured by our cameras and created by our computers, they will never replace the artist touch and the selective ability to draw out character. [...]

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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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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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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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Being Literal

That by perhaps changing the mood, the environment, and numerous other aspects of what they truly see and paint what they want to see and how they feel, that they just might make us feel the same way about that teapot as the artist does, or at the very least see it with their own memories or emotions. And isn't that the artist's job - to get the viewer to feel something? [...]

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