Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


Debora Stewart's "Summer" was awarded First Place - Abstract in the August 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Debora Stewart

Summer by Debora Stewart was awarded First Place - Abstract in the August 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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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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A Susan Paterson painting at the Gallery 78

Special Edition USA Exhibits November 2019 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from November 1st- 7th, 2019 [...]

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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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Larry DeGraff's "The Potter" was awarded First Place in the August 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Larry DeGraff

The Potter by Larry DeGraff was awarded First Place in the August 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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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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Karen Scharer's "Day Trippin" was awarded the BoldBrush Award for Abstract in the August 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Karen Scharer

Day Trippin by Karen Scharer was awarded the BoldBrush Award for Abstract in the August 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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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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If you do this assignment, you will take the first step in moving your career or art to the next level.

An Assignment for You

I’ll be the first to admit that goal setting has never been my strong point in the past. But I have reached the point where I want to take more control of my business. I want to grow it, not just get by... [...]

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Per Elof Nilsson Ricklund's "Dialog" was awarded the BoldBrush Award in the August 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Per Elof Nilsson Ricklund

Dialog by Per Elof Nilsson Ricklund was awarded the BoldBrush Award in the August 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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A Marc R. Hanson painting, our newest BoldBrush Signature Artist

Marc R. Hanson

Marc R. Hanson O.P.A.M., BoldBrush Signature Artist [...]

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Jason Horejs shares how to stay in touch with your art collectors

Keeping in Touch With your Art Collectors

Perhaps you haven't been as good at following up as you would like simply because you haven't had a follow-up plan in place. I want to share with you some suggestions that will help make you a follow-up expert. Better follow-up will lead to more sales. [...]

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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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A Shawn Sullivan painting at the Salmagundi Club

Special Edition USA Exhibits October 2019 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from October 25th- 31st, 2019 [...]

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Laura Robb's "Exploring Still Life in Oil" workshop in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Special Edition International Workshops 2020 Newsletter

Special International Workshops Edition from January 1st - June 30th, 2020 [...]

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Irina Ushakova's "#17" was selected as a Finalist in the July 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Irina Ushakova

#17 by Irina Ushakova was selected as a Finalist in the July 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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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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Peter Stewart's "Tingana" was selected as a Finalist in the July 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Peter Stewart

Tingana by Peter Stewart was selected as a Finalist in the July 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Don't miss Clint Watson's latest on why your email list is your #1 marketing asset.

Your Mailing List is your #1 Marketing Asset

The top goal of your marketing efforts is to build a high-quality list of customers and prospective customers with whom you are able to communicate, develop a relationship, and market your art. Your customer mailing list is your number one marketing asset. Outside of creating your art, building, maintaining and nurturing this list is your top goal. [...]

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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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J.M. Brodrick's "Morning Pose" was selected as a Finalist in the July 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

J.M. Brodrick

Morning Pose by J.M. Brodrick was selected as a Finalist in the July 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Jason Horejs shares 4 helpful tips for any easy follow-up process

Increase Your Art Sales | The Power of Follow-Up

I can’t guarantee that every follow-up effort will lead to a sale, but if you follow up consistently I can promise that you will see more of those “almost” sales convert into “follow-up” sales. [...]

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Eric Elwell's "Nidwalden" was awarded Outstanding Digital in the July 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Eric Elwell

Nidwalden by Eric Elwell was awarded Outstanding Digital in the July 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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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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A Daggi Wallace painting at the "Painting The Figure Now" show at Zhou B Haus der Kunst Gallery

Special Edition USA Exhibits October 2019 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from October 18th - 24th, 2019 [...]

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Otto Sturcke's "The Hard Truth" was selected as a Finalist in the July 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Otto Sturcke

The Hard Truth by Otto Sturcke was selected as a Finalist in the July 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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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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Ashley Kostak's "Swan Song" was selected as a Finalist in the July 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Ashley Kostak

Swan Song by Ashley Kostak was selected as a Finalist in the July 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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How do people get on your subscriber list?

How Email Marketing Works

The goal of email marketing is to build an engaged audience of fans. [...]

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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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Karen Chandler's "Venice Girl" was awarded Outstanding Digital in the July 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Karen Chandler

Venice Girl by Karen Chandler was awarded Outstanding Digital in the July 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Jason Horejs discusses how being available and providing an exceptional level of service can increase your art sales

Many Galleries are Closed on Mondays . . .

If you are an artist participating in a show or festival, stick out the full length of the show. I know it’s a huge temptation to pack it in early, especially if the show has been poorly attended, but I can’t tell you how many times we’ve had a client come into the gallery right as we were closing and end up making a purchase. [...]

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September McGee's "The Blues Singer" was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the July 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

September McGee

The Blues Singer by September McGee was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the July 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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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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A Barbara Berry painting at the Slater Memorial Museum

Special Edition USA Exhibits October 2019 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from October 11th - 17th, 2019 [...]

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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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Shana Levenson's "Painting to Portrait from Life" workshop in Texas

Special Edition USA Workshops January 2020 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from January 2020 [...]

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Elena Martino "Timeless Rhythm" was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the July 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Elena Martino

Timeless Rhythm by Elena Martino was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the July 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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