Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


Graham Berry's "Watering the plants" was selected as a Finalist in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Graham Berry

Watering the plants by Graham Berry was selected as a Finalist in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Chantel Lynn Barber's "Unspoken Wishes" was selected as a Finalist in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Chantel Lynn Barber

Unspoken Wishes by Chantel Lynn Barber was selected as a Finalist in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Jason Horejs discusses should artists post online about their sold paintings

Ask a Gallery Owner | Should Artists Brag About Their Sales?

What do you think – is it a good idea for an artist to publicize recently sold artwork? How do you let your followers know about these sales? [...]

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Don't miss Eric Armusik's most inspirational post on sacrifice.

The Beauty of Sacrifice

So in summation, I encourage you to look beyond your struggles and carry on. Know that tomorrow brings infinite possibilities if we plant seeds daily. Never stop working or give in to self-pity – it will certainly delay your success. Remember that suffering can be insightful and glorious even in it’s darkest moments. Choose to believe that miracles happen every day if we believe in ourselves. And find comfort in your loving partner or supportive friend because, with their love and encouragement, the world is less dreadful. [...]

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Keith Bond discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the "Sight-size Method"

Pros and (Mostly) Cons of Sight-size Method

The problem with sight-size is that if you have become dependent upon it, you may not have the confidence (or worse yet, the ability) to accurately draw something that isn’t exactly as you see it. You become dependent upon copying. Creativity suffers. Works become technical craft and less about feeling, mood, and expression. [...]

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A Kathleen Dunphy painting at the "Going to the Sun" PAPA Paints Glacier" show at the Hockaday Museum of Art

Special Edition USA Exhibits May - June 2019 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from May 31st - June 6th, 2019 [...]

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Sara Linda Poly's "Moonrise Over Peachblossom Creek" was selected as a Finalist in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Sara Linda Poly

Moonrise Over Peachblossom Creek by Sara Linda Poly was selected as a Finalist in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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

The Life of Art, Series #98

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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Michele de Braganca's "In the Afterglow" was selected as a Finalist in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Michele de Braganca

In the Afterglow by Michele de Braganca was selected as a Finalist in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Don't miss Luann Udell's next artilce in her series, "What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Artists"

WHAT I WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME ABOUT ARTISTS: There's More Than Just One Kind of “Artist”

I wish someone had told me there are a thousand ways to be an artist in our modern world, especially with all the new material, new techniques, and new resources available to us. [...]

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Tina Garrett shares some great advice, on why you should enter art competitions

It Is Competition Season! Are You Ready?

Competitions however, are not the end-all be-all on whether or not your work is 'good'. YOU must determine that and one of the best ways to do that is to put your work side-by-side with the work of your favorite masters and determine the differences and then work to fill those gaps. [...]

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Larry Seiler's "Day's End- Juttra Lake Access" was selected as a Finalist in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Larry Seiler

Day's End- Juttra Lake Access by Larry Seiler was selected as a Finalist in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Don't miss the 1st article in Jason Horejs' series on the Benefits and Challenges of Marketing Your Art Through Social Media

The Benefits and Challenges of Marketing Your Art Through Social Media

Social media marketing isn't going to work for everyone, but my hope is that I can share insights that will help those of you who want to better understand what it takes to succeed. [...]

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Dianna Shyne's "Apple Blossom" was selected as a Finalist in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Dianna Shyne

Apple Blossom by Dianna Shyne was selected as a Finalist in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Tracy Ference shares why people still want a painted portrait

Why Portraiture?

There is something about the human experience that is revealed within a portrait and people feel drawn to that elusive thing that makes a painting so much more than a photo. [...]

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Keith Bond discusses keeping values simple and linking shapes into a larger abstract shape for a stronger composition

Shape Welding

So, the lesson for today is to see the values in your subject. Organize them into 3 to 5 values. And weld like value shapes together to create fewer shapes. Yet, within each shape, you can have all the color, texture, detail, interest that you want. Just don’t lose the integrity of each shape – which lies in its value. [...]

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A Nancy Boren painting at the "American Women Artists annual show" at the Steamboat Art Museum

Special Edition USA Exhibits May 2019 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from May 24th- 30th, 2019 [...]

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Keiko Tanabe's "Creating Mood with Color and Light" workshop in Ireland

Special Edition International Workshops 2019 - 2020 Newsletter

Special International Workshops Edition from August 1st, 2019 - January 31st, 2020 [...]

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Leonid Plekhanov's "Anne" was selected as a Finalist in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Leonid Plekhanov

Anne by Leonid Plekhanov was selected as a Finalist in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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

The Life of Art, Series #97

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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John Ratsch's "Winter storm" was awarded Outstanding Abstract in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

John Ratsch

Winter storm by John Ratsch was awarded Outstanding Abstract in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Don't miss Luann Udell discussion on "What do I wish someone had told me in art classes?”

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Artists

There’s More Than One Way to Be an Artist [...]

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Kim VanDerHoek shares "Why Artists Should be Using Instagram to Share Their Artwork"

Why Aren’t You Marketing Your Art On Instagram? Why Artists Should be Using Instagram to Share Their Artwork

Before you write off Instagram let me ask you this, how often have you logged onto Facebook and been frustrated by all the junky, time-devouring, click-bait content you see there? How often have you thought, “Where’s the art? [...]

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Denise Presnell's "Discomboblulation" was awarded Outstanding Abstract in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Denise Presnell

Discomboblulation by Denise Presnell was awarded Outstanding Abstract in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Marcie Cohen's "Serenity" was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Marcie Cohen

Serenity by Marcie Cohen was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Keith Bond shares some tips on how to keep your palette organized

An Organized Palette Leads to Intuitive Color Mixing

Mixing through intuition doesn’t mean that I resort to formulas, either. It merely means that I know by heart where the needed color is on the palette. There are many challenges to painting. Searching for the colors, because they aren’t organized, simply adds unnecessarily to the challenges. [...]

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Eric Armusik discusses how to deal with "difficult people"

Dealing With Difficult People - 5 Tips for Artists

Keep moving forward and let the negatively roll off you. [...]

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Jason Horejs discusses fine art vs. decorative art

Ask a Gallery Owner | Fine Art Vs. Decorative Art?

I feel that fine art is in the eye of the beholder. I look for artwork that interests and excites me and that will bring an interesting dimension to our gallery. As the email above says, I’m looking for art that has “emotional touch point.” That’s my fine art. A visitor to the gallery might feel the same and become motivated to buy the piece, or they may not experience any connection and walk right out the door. [...]

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A Jie Wei Zhou painting at the "East Meets West" show at Trailside Galleries

Special Edition USA Exhibits May 2019 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from May 17th- 23rd, 2019 [...]

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Kelly Borsheim's "Reluctant Temptress" was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Kelly Borsheim

Reluctant Temptress by Kelly Borsheim was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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

The Life of Art, Series #96

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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Brian Simons' " Red Barn" was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Brian Simons

RED BARN by Brian Simons was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Painting on glass for an out-of-my-comfort-zone book project ultimately led to this new body of work.

THE GIFT OF RISK: Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone Has Its Own Rewards

In the end, the choice is ours. We can play it safe. We can avoid risks, ditch change, never step outside our comfort zone. It’s up to you. I can’t even pretend to think I know better than you. As I always say, if this doesn’t work for you, don’t do it! I can only share what’s lifted my heart, write what’s helped me move forward, what restores me to my better self. [...]

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Roy Perkinson "Monhegan South Shore" was awarded 3rd Place in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Roy Perkinson

Monhegan South Shore by Roy Perkinson was awarded 3rd Place in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Jason Horejs debates should you exhibit art at a business.

Debate: Should Artists Show Work in Doctor's Offices, Banks and Other Business Locations?

Have you shown your work in a rotating exhibit at a business? [...]

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Fengshi Jin's "Portrait Series-28" was awarded 2nd Place in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Fengshi Jin

Portrait Series-28 by Fengshi Jin was awarded 2nd Place in the March 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Eric Rhoads shares some inspirational thoughts on how our work of the heart, can help others.

The Impact of Your Pebble

Our lives are meant to change the lives of others, and each of us has something to offer that needs to be heard, seen, and experienced by the world. [...]

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Ketih Bond discusses changes or reworking in a painting

Everything is Subject to Change

Remember in your work this one important principle. Everything is subject to change if it will improve your work... [...]

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A Laurie Kersey painting at "Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition" at the Illume Gallery of Fine Art

Special Edition USA Exhibits May 2019 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from May 10th- 16th, 2019 [...]

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Kyle Stuckey's "2-Day: Painting the Figure" workshop in South Carolina

Special Edition USA Workshops August 2019 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from August 2019 [...]

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