Art Marketing – Hunting or Fishing, What is the Difference?

This guest post was authored by Art Collector, Art Supporter and Marketer extraordinaire, Dean Cameron. I think you’ll find it useful…

For starters, EVERYBODY who has something to sell, even art, wants to make the sale. When a sale is made it is exciting and validates you, your art, and what you have to offer.  It may or may not be our sole source of income, and maybe it is just to cover expenses, but everybody wants to complete the sale.

Herein lies the great dilemma.  If I had a dollar for every time I have heard “I am not a salesman” I would not be writing this article.  I would be in some tropical location with my feet up and a suntan. The truth is that we are all salespeople. Now before you get defensive and claim you are not like that guy on the phone who won’t hang up or the person who tried to sell you the vacuum cleaner or used car, let me explain…

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Art Prints – Canvas or Paper, Does Any Body Care?

"Yellow Sweater/Freeman Store" Colored Pencil/Gouache

“Yellow Sweater/Freeman Store” Colored Pencil/Gouache, 16 3/4″ x 26 1/2″

 

Do people really care what material your fine art prints are produced on? All this talk over the last few years about “limited edition giclee′ fine art prints” and how these prints look like the original and will last for a long time, etc. I do like them personally. I have produced several prints and they have turned out to be quite successful for me. However, recently I was having a long conversation with a gallery owner about producing some prints of my work, and she  told me nobody cares if the art prints are on canvas or paper….

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Marketing – A Quick Social Media Reminder for Creative People

Social Media Marketing? I just want to share my art work and see if somebody likes it or not. Maybe somebody might want some art to hang in their home or office. Imagine that. As you know there are a few choices out there at the social media carnival, and its way to easy to get distracted. You start out with a plan and good intentions, and before you know it, it’s two in the morning and you’re trying to figure out if you have accomplished anything or not. I found myself getting a little sideways in all of this, so I had to visualize something to help me keep focused…

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A Fantastic Portrait Drawing Demonstration (Video)

I ran across a time-lapse portrait drawing demonstration on YouTube recently and I wanted to share it. The artist is David Jamieson, and I thought the pencil portrait was fantastic. Besides the finished drawing, I found it refreshing the way the artist was measuring with pencil and hand when first laying out the proportions of the head and face. Measuring is good.

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Personal Success – Six Steps to Get What You Want

What Do You Want?  CashArtBlog

Personal Success – What Do You Want? CashArtBlog

 

Whether it’s success in art, business, relationships, athletics or horse shoes, one of the most basic things you need to do is decide what you want. What do you want? Ask yourself that one question over and over again until you get an honest answer. For some people it will be easy. Others are going to struggle because they are either not sure what they want, or they want the moon  served to them on a silver platter in about thirty seconds…

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Product Review – How to Paint Realistic Oil Paintings Step-by-Step

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“Formal Orchids” by Delmus Phelps

Have you ever wanted to paint realistic paintings, but weren’t sure if you could, or even how to go about it? If you are a beginning or intermediate oil painter and you want to learn how to paint realistic paintings that jump off the wall, this just might be what you need to take that next step. I wasn’t looking for anything to buy, but I always want to learn. I stumbled upon what looked like really solid painting  e-book/DVD product on the web. It looked good, had a money back guarantee and I thought it was a bargain, so I got out my credit card…Why wait? Let me tell you more…

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10 Reasons To Still Love the Art of Frank Frazetta

"Egyptian Queen", Frank Frazetta, 1969

“Egyptian Queen”, Frank Frazetta, 1969

Like an old friend that comes to visit every few years, I have dug out my old Frank Frazetta books and wiped off the dust. There they are. The warriors, women and creatures born from a creative mind attached to a body with enough skill to make them come alive through paint and brush. The art of Frank Frazetta is still worthy of conversation,  and there is a lot about the artist and the art that is still to be admired…

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Another Still Life Painting, Another Gumball Machine

 

Sometimes you just can’t get enough, even when it comes to still life painting. Having recently completed still life painting of an old gumball machine, I decided to paint another. I admit to having a certain affection for these older machines. They are fun, interesting, and embody a certain amount of Americana. This new still life painting is to be a compliment to and part of a set with the previous yellow gumball machine painting…

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Make Smarter Paintings By Reading These 15 Quotes About Composition

This article about composition was inspired by this one quote from the late, great Howard Pyle: “After the first hour of work, your lay-in should kill at a hundred yards.”  Whoa! With that sentence in mind, I did a little digging to come up with more excellent quotes and thoughts on composition to help remind us both of it’s importance…

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Meet Painter Mary Maxam, You’ll Be Glad You Did

"Blue Boat at Tofino" Mary Maxam, oil, 12'' x 16"

“Blue Boat at Tofino” Mary Maxam, oil, 12” x 16″

 

I’d like to introduce you to North Idaho painter Mary Maxam. If you know of Mary’s work,  then you know her paintings are full of beautiful, rich color, deliberate brushstrokes and a certain energy that goes beyond the paintings themselves. If  you have never heard of Mary Maxam or seen any of her paintings, I hope you will read on and get to know her  and her work. I think you’ll be glad you did..

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