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And that's a goal worth risking having a few restaurant dinners interrupted!

Repeated Exposure Over Time

In the modern world there is a lot of noise. There are a lot of people and brands demanding our attention. Even if your art is great, you can't assume people will simply find it, prefer it and purchase it. You must find ways to distribute and expose your artworks to the world. Fortunately, despite the noise level, we've all been handed some of the most powerful and free distribution channels ever devised. [...]

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Rhapso by Matthew James Collins was awarded 3rd Place in the November 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Matthew James Collins

Rhapso by Matthew James Collins was awarded 3rd Place in the November 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The test got me thinking – can you learn to perceive color better?

Color Test

Can someone strengthen the ability of the cones to recognize color better? Or can someone strengthen the ability of the brain to interpret the signals better? Can there be both a physiological and mental development in color perception? [...]

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Listen 42 by Brent Schreiber was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the November 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Brent Schreiber

Listen 42 by Brent Schreiber was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the November 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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“Should I include negative or depressing details of my life in my biography?”

Ask a Gallery Owner | Should I include negative or depressing details of my life in my biography?

This is a thorny issue, and I would like to spend a few minutes today discussing it and, hopefully, provide some guidance that will help you decide how to handle unpleasant details in your biography. [...]

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Ask yourself What Would Georgia Do?

WWGD: What Would Georgia Do?

Whether we sink or soar as creatives depends on our willingness to “accept as true our own thinking” and tenaciously pursue our “own unknown.” [...]

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Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from February 28 - March 5, 2020

Special Edition USA Exhibits February March 2020 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from February 28 - March 5, 2020 [...]

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There are many ways for our work to become a part of someone else’s story, someone else’s world, and someone else’s journey.

WHY MILLENNIALS DON'T BUY OUR ART: The Hardest, Harshest Reason(s) of All

We may be angry, threatened, threatening, sad, resentful. These are human responses, normal responses, when we encounter something that seems harsh, insulting, frightening, upsetting, or baffling. It's called a flight-or-fight response. It's almost impossible not to feel these reactions when we experience something that seems to upend everything we thought was true. [...]

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Seaside Geometry by Catherine Hillis was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the November 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Catherine Hillis

Seaside Geometry by Catherine Hillis was awarded Outstanding Watercolor in the November 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Never Forget by Christopher Westfall was awarded 3rd Place - Abstract in the November 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Christopher Westfall

Never Forget by Christopher Westfall was awarded 3rd Place - Abstract in the November 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Moving fast in business is important, because speed is power.

Slow Down to Speed Up

I have found, that slowing down in this way allows my mind to fully form the idea, to consider ways to try the bet in a way that minimizes required resources, and even to consider if we should pursue the idea at all. [...]

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MARCHING BAND by James Griffin was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the November 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

James Griffin

MARCHING BAND by James Griffin was awarded Outstanding Acrylic in the November 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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You might sacrifice so much and not achieve what you want.

The Pain of Disappointment

There are different kinds of disappointment. There is the disappointment that comes with the regret of not doing. Then there is the disappointment that comes with trying, but not achieving what you want. For me, regret is a deeper wound than failing. [...]

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Traveler's Desk by Lyubena Fox was awarded 2nd Place in the November 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Lyubena Fox

Traveler's Desk by Lyubena Fox was awarded 2nd Place in the November 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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The popularity of “daily painter” sites points to the growing prevalence and appeal of this type of work.

Collective Wisdom: Finding Your Bread and Butter

While these creations may or may not be of the same caliber as an artist’s regular work, there is real business value in having a line of work that generates more predictable cash flow. [...]

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If we are listening, we may hear about the things we cannot understand.

The Art of Backing Off

Where do you need to back off? Who needs you to stop offering advice and stop trying to control them? Where are you saying too much, when fewer or no words will work better? [...]

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Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from February 21 - February 27, 2020

Special Edition USA Exhibits February 2020 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from February 21 - February 27, 2020 [...]

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When we can make our art as a vocation, that’s a good thing. Not everyone can, nor wants to.

WHY MILLENNIALS DON'T BUY OUR ART? Their Definition of "Real Art" May Be Bigger Than Ours

And "visual arts" goes beyond 2D work. There are the performance arts, theater arts, music, writing, etc. [...]

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Cais Palafitico da Carrasqueira #1 by Mark McDermott was selected as BoldBrush Award in the November 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Mark McDermott

Cais Palafitico da Carrasqueira #1 by Mark McDermott was selected as BoldBrush Award in the November 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Americans In Paris Paint Provence

Special Edition International Workshops 2020 Newsletter

Special International Workshops Edition from May 1st - October 31st, 2020 [...]

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Mystery by Almas Kabani was selected as a Finalist in the October 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Almas Kabani

Mystery by Almas Kabani was selected as a Finalist in the October 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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How can you make a bigger impact on this world?

Be Useful

"Your first responsibility is to determine your own distinctive competences—what you can do uncommonly well, what you are truly made for—and then navigate your life and career in direct alignment". [...]

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Thoughts by Dan Beck was selected as a Finalist in the October 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Dan Beck

Thoughts by Dan Beck was selected as a Finalist in the October 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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What are you willing to sacrifice to be able to pursue your art?

The Pain of Discipline

“We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.” [...]

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Rural Hideaway by John Pototschnik was selected as a Finalist in the October 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

John Pototschnik

Rural Hideaway by John Pototschnik was selected as a Finalist in the October 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Managing cash flow successfully is one of the greatest challenges for any small business.

9 Tips to Help you Better Manage Sporadic Cash Flow in your Art Business

This irregular cash flow can cause logistical (and emotional!) problems for those of us in the art business. I would like to share a few things I’ve learned over the years about managing cash flow in the hopes that my experience might help make you a better manager of your cash flow. [...]

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Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931) - "A Beauty with Lilacs" - 22" x 15.75" - Oil

Advice for creating and critiquing paintings - Part 5

The purpose of this blog, and others to follow, is to share with you some helpful guidelines, offered by Mr. Van Dyke that will help us critique our own work and the work of others. [...]

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Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from February 14 - February 20, 2020

Special Edition USA Exhibits February 2020 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from February 14 - February 20, 2020 [...]

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So who is a “real artist”?

WHY MILLENNIALS DON’T BUY OUR ART: They Don’t Appreciate the Value of a Real Artist

Continuing the series about why millennials don’t buy our art, and continuing last week’s column about why (or whether) millennials don’t appreciate or collect real art and real artists. [...]

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Welcome Glow by Jim Wodark was selected as a Finalist in the October 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Jim Wodark

Welcome Glow by Jim Wodark was selected as a Finalist in the October 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Entering Yellowstone by Matthew J Cutter was selected as a Finalist in the October 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Matthew J Cutter

Entering Yellowstone by Matthew J Cutter was selected as a Finalist in the October 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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Professionals process the pain of criticism and complaints into positive outcomes.

Professional Pain

I share it so you understand that when someone dismisses my work as irrelevant, there is some real pain that goes with that. The same pain you probably feel when your work is dismissed or criticized. [...]

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Wet Backroad by Carl Bretzke was selected as a Finalist in the October 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Carl Bretzke

Wet Backroad by Carl Bretzke was selected as a Finalist in the October 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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I want to see your voice.

Don't Be a Slave

Being a slave to your reference hinders creativity. Slavishly regurgitating what you see is not creating. It does not show me anything more than your ability to copy. [...]

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Pristine Morning by Barry DeBaun was selected as a Finalist in the October 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

Barry DeBaun

Pristine Morning by Barry DeBaun was selected as a Finalist in the October 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition. [...]

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As an artist in the digital age, chances are you have to write emails on a regular basis.

Crafting Professional Emails for Better Art Business Communication

The key to writing professional emails is to take your time to make sure you say exactly what you want to say as clearly as possible, but there are some other specific steps you can follow to craft better emails. [...]

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Don't miss The Messy Studio's Podcast on strategies and mindsets that can help artists who are in the midst of a downturn

Intuitive Color

In this episode of The Messy Studio Podcast, we discuss ways to develop color use in your work to enhance your personal voice and tips to increase your confidence in intuitive choices. [...]

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Daniel Gerhartz A Moment in Time

Special Edition USA Exhibits February 2020 Newsletter

Special Edition USA Gallery & Museum Exhibits from February 7 - February 13, 2020 [...]

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So people who appreciate “real” art, outside of rich and famous people, is a relatively new thing.

WHY MILLENNIALS DON'T BUY OUR ART: They Don't Appreciate the Value of Real Art!

So far we’ve covered the realities of this age group’s finances, home size (e.g., can they afford one, or have a small one?), how dissing the younger generations has been a thing for thousands of years, and why, if they really don’t have an appreciation for real art, it isn’t their fault. [...]

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John Huges How to Take Years off the Landscape Painting Learning Curve

Special Edition USA Workshops May 2020 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition for May 2020 [...]

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