Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


Keith Bond discusses the benefits of starting strong in your paintings

The Strong Beginning

So again, I encourage you to take the time to have the strongest beginning possible. By the way, taking the time to do a thumbnail before you put paint to canvas will contribute to a stronger beginning. [...]

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A Jill Basham painting at the "FAB 4 Show" at the Crystal Moll Gallery in Maryland

Special Edition USA Exhibits May 2019 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from May 3rd- 9th, 2019 [...]

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Tina Garrett shares some amazing tips on traveling with paints

How to Travel with Paints to Europe and Beyond!

There are lots of great art stores in Florence, Italy. It is the birth place of art after all. And since you cannot fly with solvent or mediums like linseed oil or walnut oil, don't pack them. Either order them online and have them shipped directly to your hotel or the studio or buy them when you get there. [...]

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Kim VanDerHoek's "Burning Bright" was awarded Best of Show in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Kim VanDerHoek

Burning Bright by Kim VanDerHoek was awarded Best of Show in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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

The Life of Art, Series #94

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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Romona Youngquist's "Coming Home" was selected as a Finalist in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Romona Youngquist

Coming Home by Romona Youngquist was selected as a Finalist in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Don't miss Luann Udell's inspirational discussion on creating your own story.

What Is The Story Only You Can Tell? Make It A Good One!

We canít control everything in life, but we can choose how we face it. [...]

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Carol Arnold's "Spring Garden" was selected as a Finalist in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Carol Arnold

Spring Garden by Carol Arnold was selected as a Finalist in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Don't miss a great tip to ensure good quality images of your artwork.

A Lightbox & Accessory Recommendations for Photographing Small Paintings

If you are constantly waiting for an overcast day to photograph outside, or fighting glare with studio lights, this is your solution. [...]

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Rob Akey's "Marking Time" was selected as a Finalist in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Rob Akey

Marking Time by Rob Akey was selected as a Finalist in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Jason Horejs shares how you can use Photoshop to make an art sale

Anatomy of a Sale | How We Used Photoshop to Make a $5,000 Art Sale

Have you used Photoshop to help you make sales? What else have you done to provide extra service that has helped you make sales? [...]

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Keith Bond discusses how each painting decision determines the next

Understanding the Why Informs the How

You are faced with many decisions as you approach a painting. First is what to paint. Second, and probably most important, why do you want to paint it? Once this second question is answered comes the many Ďhowí questions. These Ďhowí questions involve things like composition, value, color, drawing, edges, just to name a few. Each of these principles is interdependent and a change in one will affect each of the others. [...]

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A Steve Atkinson painting at the "Miniature Masterpieces Art Show & Sale" at the Phippen Museum of Western Art & Heritage

Special Edition USA Exhibits April - May 2019 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from April 26th - May 2nd, 2019 [...]

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Valerie Blauvelt's "Free Bird" was awarded Outstanding Abstract in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Valerie Blauvelt

Free Bird by Valerie Blauvelt was awarded Outstanding Abstract in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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

The Life of Art, Series #93

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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Jay Exon's "Iris" was awarded Outstanding Abstract in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Jay Exon

Iris by Jay Exon was awarded Outstanding Abstract in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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There is an audience for everything... You just have to find it.

There's an Audience for Everything: Mourning the End of Regretsy.com and Celebrating What It Taught Me.

Do the work you truly love, using the subjects you really care about, with the medium and techniques that feel ďright to you. Create powerful titles that connect emotionally with viewers, and do it all in the way that is unique to you. [...]

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Terri Taber's "Serengeti Sunset" was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Terri Taber

Serengeti Sunset by Terri Taber was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Jason Horejs discusses how including a date on your art piece can ruin a sale

Debate: Should You Include a Date on Your Artwork?

I am an impassioned advocate of artists being organized and carefully cataloging all of their work. I encourage artists to make sure that each work of art includes an inventory number which could then be cross-referenced to the artistís inventory if and when the question of creation date arises in the future. [...]

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Connie Lynn Reilly's "Melody" was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Connie Lynn Reilly

Melody by Connie Lynn Reilly was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Eric Armusik shares why it is important to cut 'envy' out of your life

Envy - The Road to Ruin (+ 4 Tips)

Spend more time building otherís up and you will set the stage for a successful and fulfilling career. Envious people are unproductive people and in turn, unsuccessful and unhappy. Own who you are. Look at the blessings in your personal life, your history, and your abilities as an artist and know that you have a unique and special gift to give to the world. [...]

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Don't miss Keith Bond's discussion on the "center of interest" in a painting

The Center of Interest isnít Always Your Subject

It is the interaction between characters and the plot line that were composed that create the center of interest. Sometimes if you merely try to copy things just as you see them in front of you, you will have no center of interest, because you arenít composing a story. [...]

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An Alberta Geyer painting at the Whistler House Museum of Art

Special Edition USA Exhibits April 2019 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from April 19th - 25th, 2019 [...]

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Jacqueline Sullivan's "Painting the Colors, Textures and Horizons of Italy" workshop in Le Marche, Italy

Special Edition International Workshops 2019 Newsletter

Special International Workshops Edition from July 1st, 2019 - December 31st, 2019 [...]

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Ron Craig's "Reminiscence" was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Ron Craig

Reminiscence by Ron Craig was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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

The Life of Art, Series #92

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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Sarkis Antikajian's "Glass Pitcher and Oranges" was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Sarkis Antikajian

Glass Pitcher and Oranges by Sarkis Antikajian was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Don't miss Luann Udell's valuable discussion on "professional jealousy"

A HANDY GUIDE TO NIBBLERS: The Fifteen-Minute Read that Can Change Your Life.

We all want to make the work that means something to us, something that is a product of our story. Our story is who we are in the world, and who we want to be. [...]

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Kim VanDerHoek shares some valuable tips, when you don't know what to do next in your painting

What To Do When You Donít Know What To Do Next - In Your Painting

There comes a point in every painting when you donít know what to do next. You feel your painting isnít finished, not by a long shot, but, you donít know exactly what it needs in order for it to be complete. The answer is often within the painting itself and if you listen carefully it will tell you what it needs. [...]

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Poppy Balser's "Working the Parrsboro Weir" was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Poppy Balser

Working the Parrsboro Weir by Poppy Balser was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Don't miss Eric Rhoads' discussion on "doing soul work"

Doing Your Soul Work

Are you doing what you truly love, or are you shackled to something you once loved, or never loved? [...]

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Tuva Stephens' "Wisdom's Light" was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Tuva Stephens

Wisdom's Light by Tuva Stephens was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Jason Horejs discusses why artwork titles matter

Collective Wisdom | Creating Titles for Your Artwork

Titling your artwork is a challenge because you have several potentially conflicting goals with a good title... [...]

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Keith Bond discusses the advantages of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone

Donít Just Play it Safe

The purist in me says that you should always paint what inspires you most, even if that includes pushing yourself and tackling something more difficult. But the realist in me recognizes that it is very difficult to do that when you feel the pressure to perform. ĎSafeí looks very tempting. [...]

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A Gladys Roldan-de-Moras painting at the The Briscoe Western Art Museum

Special Edition USA Exhibits April 2019 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from April 12th - 18th, 2019 [...]

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Howard Lyon's "After the Dance" was awarded the BoldBrush Award in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Howard Lyon

After the Dance by Howard Lyon was awarded the BoldBrush Award in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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

The Life of Art, Series #91

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 words on finding hope, faith and inspiration in what you do

FINDING HOPE IN THE HARD PLACES: My Blog Tagline Works Its Magic Again.*

Be grateful you are able to make room in your life for your art. So many people feel they canít, that they arenít good enough, that nobody wants their work, that they arenít ďsuccessfulĒ enough. Itís okay to want more recognition, to want more skill, to make more money. Itís also okay for ďmakingĒ and ďmaking itĒ to be enough, for now. [...]

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Pauline Roche's "Gentle Roses" was awarded 2nd Place in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Pauline Roche

Gentle Roses by Pauline Roche was awarded 2nd Place in the February 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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"Day Roars In", 11x14, Oil, Private Collection

Meditation on Painting, Part 1

Painting involves bringing order and chaos together in balance so to challenge and satisfy the artist soul. More simply put, painting utilizes my natural attraction to drawing, design and color, and ultimately gives me a calm satisfaction even if Iím unstable in the process. [...]

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