The Art Edge with Brian Sherwin

Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist Seth Benzel


Artist Seth Benzel utilizes various painting and mixed media techniques in order to create awe-inspiring abstract paintings. I find the energetic quality of Seth Benzel's paintings to be most intriguing. Each painting offers a bombardment of visual information -- a swirl of possibilities that beckon viewers to build upon their own interpretations. Seth has established a connection with great art movements of the past... all while breaking ground in the present. I recently caught up with Seth in order to learn more about his art and life. [...]

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Concerning Dreams, Sacrifice and Dedication

I've experienced my fair share of people telling me what I can't do. I've experienced every form of 'you can't earn a living from art' that you can think of. Yet I do. I'm one of the few people earning a living from blogging about art. I keep a roof over my head doing something that I love to do -- I worked hard, sacrificed relationships (sometimes unintentionally), missed out on some of the social life that others experienced when I was younger... all to get to where I am today. I'd do it ALL again! That is dedication, folks. [...]

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Be Selective about the Images you Choose to Promote

Clint Watson, Founder of FASO, once noted that he observes far too many blog posts that are clearly written just to write something. In other words, some bloggers end up posting content that really doesn't say anything meaningful -- they are posting just to have something to post. Clint implied that it's best not to post if you really don't have anything meaningful to offer your followers. He said, "If you, as an artist, blog, it's OK if you don't have anything to say. When you don't have anything to say... don't. When you do have something, by all means, share it. But, relax, you don't have to force it." I think the same mentality can be applied when an artist uploads images online. You need to be selective about the images you choose to promote. [...]

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Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist Greg LaRock


Artist Greg LaRock notes that he has a passion for capturing the ever-changing light and beauty of outdoor scenes. Greg's paintings offer a powerful blend of bold expression and realistic qualities. The strength of Greg's work is found in his intriguing use of light, brushwork and willful experimentation. I recently caught up with Greg in order to learn more about his life and art. [...]

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Let's Have an Ar(t)gument: Should you pay for art or exhibit reviews?

I lost an art coach friend recently. Why? Simple. I had said in passing -- to an artist on Facebook -- that I don't think an artist should pay art writers for reviews or features. My art coach friend was upset when he observed my response. Long story short, he felt I had insulted his business model. It was as if I had tainted his 'bread and butter'. With the damage already done... I figured I might as well slice it with an Ar(t)gument. [...]

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Trust in the Art Business

Artist Luann Udell spurred an interesting FineArtViews debate about trust. Luann's FAV post noted the importance of establishing trust within the context of art marketing. This is a topic we have explored extensively on the FASO art marketing forum. Additionally, we have touched on trust in various forms on The Art Edge. The message on trust is clear: It is vital to think about how you can establish trust with potential buyers if you are interested in selling art. [...]

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Let's Have an Ar(t)gument: Should you reveal mistakes to potential art buyers?

I recently noticed an interesting discussion about art studio mistakes on the FineArtViews blog. An artist asked if she should be upfront about her mistakes in a painting. She noted that she has been taught to never say anything negative about her artwork -- but stressed that she finds it difficult to not explore her mistakes when blogging about her art. She said, "I know there are mistakes in my paintings and it might be better to admit them than to let others spot them first." I think it might be better for her to self-curate her work before placing it under the scope of the public eye. [...]

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Let's Have an Ar(t)gument: What do visitors expect from an artist website?

Let's talk about artist website design. My experience dictates that the average online art buyer does not want to be bombarded with flashy graphics when visiting an artist website. They certainly don't want to visit an artist website that appears to be a complicated maze of information. I stress this because I've seen artists get carried away with website design -- to the point they actually turned visitors away because of the complex nature of navigating the site. People don't want to waste their time figuring your website out! Needless to say, I often think that artists need to go back to the basics of website design. Keep it simple! [...]

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Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist Sterling Edwards - Part 2


Artist Sterling Edwards often walks the line between representational art and abstract art. In a sense, his work serves as a bridge between these two time-honored painting traditions. Several of the pieces I observed convey a surreal, dreamlike quality -- they offer a visual feast that leaves viewers hungry to see more. I recently caught up with Sterling in order to learn more about his art and life. Additionally, I gained insight from him concerning art marketing. [...]

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Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist Sterling Edwards - Part 1


Artist Sterling Edwards often walks the line between representational art and abstract art. In a sense, his work serves as a bridge between these two time-honored painting traditions. Several of the pieces I observed convey a surreal, dreamlike quality -- they offer a visual feast that leaves viewers hungry to see more. I recently caught up with Sterling in order to learn more about his art and life. Additionally, I gained insight from him concerning art marketing. [...]

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