Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


Though Christmas is a busy time, I still love the anticipation, the joy, the magic, and the great feelings it can provide.

Twas Was the Sunday Before Christmas

Though Christmas is a busy time, I still love the anticipation, the joy, the magic, and the great feelings it can provide. [...]

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Polly Pepper Picked a Peck of Pretty Peaches by Derek Penix was selected as a Finalist in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Derek Penix

Polly Pepper Picked a Peck of Pretty Peaches by Derek Penix was selected as a Finalist in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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

The Life of Art, Series #129

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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Morning On The Lane by Deborah Tilby was selected as a Finalist in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Deborah Tilby

Morning On The Lane by Deborah Tilby was selected as a Finalist in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The best way to sell art is to produce art that is so good they can't ignore you.

To Those Who Would be Artists: Beware of the geeks

So......beware the geeks. If you let us, we'll be happy to take your time, your money and your future. [...]

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The list is for everyone, anywhere in the world.

Make the Season Merrier

This article is a list of some things – both practical and some a bit random – to reduce some of the stress during this busy time. [...]

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Partners by Bruce Lawes was selected as a Finalist in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Bruce Lawes

Partners by Bruce Lawes was selected as a Finalist in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Motion with emotion by Zahid Saleem was selected for Outstanding Acrylic in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Zahid Saleem

Motion with emotion by Zahid Saleem was selected for Outstanding Acrylic in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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I have long maintained that it’s a bad idea to try and show too much art at once.

Choice Overload | Cramming in too Much Art Hurts your Sales

Whether the art is being shown in a gallery, or at a weekend art festival, I believe it’s better to show a limited number of pieces instead of trying to cram everything you can into your space. [...]

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As online fraud and social media interactions get more popular, scammers and spammers get much more sophisticated.

SPAM AND EGGS: One Simple Way to Validate Your Emails*

Unfortunately, scammers and spammers are way more sophisticated these days. Don’t bother “getting back” at them. Just walk around them like you would a pile of dog poo on the sidewalk. [...]

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Nancy Boren Arkansas Territory Collection Exhibit

Special Edition USA Exhibits December 2019 - January 2020 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from December 27th, 2019 - January 2, 2020 [...]

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Untitled by David Flett was selected for Outstanding Acrylic in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

David Flett

Untitled by David Flett was selected for Outstanding Acrylic in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Banded Benjamins by Lynn Pratt was selected for Outstanding Watercolor in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Lynn Pratt

Banded Benjamins by Lynn Pratt was selected for Outstanding Watercolor in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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

The Life of Art, Series #128

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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"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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Cafe Schwarzenberg by Christa Friedl was selected for Outstanding Watercolor in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Christa Friedl

Cafe Schwarzenberg by Christa Friedl was selected for Outstanding Watercolor in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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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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Off the Record by Sally Mather was awarded 3rd Place - Abstract in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Sally Mather

Off the Record by Sally Mather was awarded 3rd Place - Abstract in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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By getting in the habit of restating questions, you will also begin getting in the habit of moving your clients toward the close.

Becoming a Better Art Salesperson | Restating Questions and Objections

I would encourage you to resist the temptation to blurt out an immediate answer, and instead restate your client’s question or objection in your own words. [...]

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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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Shuang Li Town & Country 2019 - LPAPA

Special Edition USA Exhibits December 2019 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from December 20th - 26th, 2019 [...]

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Henry Yan's "Figure portrait drawing and painting" workshop in Sant Angelo in Vado

Special Edition International Workshops 2020 Newsletter

Special International Workshops Edition from March 1st - August 31st, 2020 [...]

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Shana Levenson's "Symmetry" was awarded 3rd Place in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Shana Levenson

Symmetry by Shana Levenson was awarded 3rd Place in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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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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Scott W. Prior's "market street hustle" was awarded 2nd Place in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Scott W. Prior

market street hustle by Scott W. Prior was awarded 2nd Place in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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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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Thank you cards are always appropriate, for galleries and clients alike.

Expressing Gratitude

Gratitude often begets more gratitude. [...]

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Tom Shropshire's "Quantum Entanglements" was awarded the BoldBrush Award for Abstract in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Tom Shropshire

Quantum Entanglements by Tom Shropshire was awarded the BoldBrush Award for Abstract in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Installation/Hanging Kit

Create a Mobile Art Hanging/Installation Kit

Once we understand the circumstances of the installation, we set up a time, and arrange to bring everything we’ll need for the installation. I’ve also learned over the years that it’s a good idea to have a variety of tools and hardware in my installation kit for unexpected circumstances. [...]

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William T Houston's "Kaihalulu Breathing" was awarded The BoldBrush Award in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

William T Houston

Kaihalulu Breathing by William T Houston was awarded The BoldBrush Award in the September 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Jean Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875) - "The Augustan Bridge at Narni"

Advice for Creating and Critiquing Paintings - Part 3

"Tone requires the accord of all the notes of the color gamut with some leading color, precisely as in music, all the notes are pitched in a common key to which they pay allegiance." [...]

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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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A Stacey Peterson painting at Saks Galleries in Denver, Colorado

Special Edition USA Exhibits December 2019 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from December 13th - 19th, 2019 [...]

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Kazuo Torigoe's "XV VII MMXVIII " was selected as a Finalist in the August 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Kazuo Torigoe

XV VII MMXVIII by Kazuo Torigoe was selected as a Finalist in the August 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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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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Karen Scharer's "Taking Flight" was selected as a Finalist in the August 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Karen Scharer

Taking Flight by Karen Scharer was selected as a Finalist in the August 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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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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Karen O'Brien's "Caffeinated Seattle Style" was selected as a Finalist in the August 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Karen O'Brien

Caffeinated Seattle Style by Karen O'Brien was selected as a Finalist in the August 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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