The New Most Expensive Painting by an American is…

 

A new record dollar amount for an American painting was realized on December 4, 2013. The gavel came down at $46 million dollars  during Sotheby’s American Art auction in New York for Norman Rockwell’s “Saying Grace.” The price does include a buyer’s premium, and the painting was completed in 1951. The previous record for a Rockwell painting was reported by the AP to be $15 million for “Breaking Home Ties”, which was sold at auction in 2006.

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What’s the Deal with All the Gold Picture Frames?

 

What's the Deal with all the Gold Picture Frames?

What’s the Deal with all the Gold Picture Frames?

Am I the only one that is sick and bored to tears with beautiful paintings framed with gold picture frames? What the hell? Yeah framing can be expensive, and when an artist is turning out paintings on a regular basis the cost adds up. I am right there with you. I get it.  I know I live all the way up here in the Northwest and not in the big city…But what’s the deal? A lot of galleries I have been to lately have way to many gawdy gold picture frames. Instead of promoting the painting, they are just a big ugly distraction in most cases. It doesn’t seem to matter what the painting is either; warm, cool, big, small, landscape, still life, modern, traditional, professional, student, abstract. Did the Old Masters send out a memo, or did I miss the gold frame garage sale of the century? What’s the deal?

 

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Check Out This Video on Pricing Your Art

I watched this video about selling art entitled “Pricing Your Artwork to Sell” by Jason Horejs and Barney Davey and thought I would share it here. Mr. Horejs is the owner of Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mr. Davey is the publishers of ArtPrintIssues.com.

 

 

If the video window is not showing, here is the link:  http://youtu.be/IONhi5I9Jvg

 

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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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25 Ways to Market Your Paintings Now from Daniel Edmondson

Artist and teacher Daniel Edmondson has a released a new video with 25 ways to market your paintings and a new Art Masters Program too. The video contains marketing ideas you probably already know about, and maybe some you haven’t thought of or pursued. The Art Masters Program is a monthly on-line program that is in addition to his on-line still life and landscape courses. Check out the video below, and click on the links beneath the video to learn more…

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10 Great Art Books for Inspiration, Education & Motivation (Part 1)

Lots of people love art books, and if you’re reading this you probably do too. I have a very nice collection, although far from complete. Below are ten favorites in my collection that I refer to time and time again for inspiration, education & motivation. While this is certainly not Oprah’s book club or a complete list of art books, these are all  worthy of a read…

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Art Marketing – What is Flootie.com?

A brand new art marketing website called Flootie is about ready to launch, and you might want to check it out. Whether you are an artist, dealer, gallery owner or collector, the Flootie concept sounds like it has some real art marketing potential. At the time of this writing the site is not up just yet, with October 30th, 2012 as the projected  launch date. The owner of Flootie describes it as “Kinda like a dating service for art”, with the networking of Facebook, marketing of Ebay, the freedom of Craigslist with a focus on the arts.

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10 Big Reasons for Painting Small

Some artists like to paint big, and some like painting small.  Either way is just fine.  Painting small does have some advantages, and below are some reasons you may want to consider when determining what size your next piece should be.

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