The Art Edge with Brian Sherwin

Please Don't Blog Like This

Artist Yvonne Branchflower recently offered some helpful art blogging tips on FineArtViews. Yvonne's article, titled 5 Steps Can Increase Your Blog's Readership, offered straightforward tips on how to revitalize a neglected art blog. She covered the basics in her post: tips on how to write an irresistible headline, pointers on how to provide easy to read content and suggestions on how to promote your blog. Yvonne's article is a MUST read if you have stumbled as a blogger -- her post also reminded me of some of the negative issues that may pop up depending on how an artist approaches blogging in general. [...]

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Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist Ned Mueller


Born in Wisconsin and raised in Montana, Ned Mueller has been drawing and painting all of his life. His love for life and art is reflected in his superb paintings of a wide range of subjects and done in several mediums. Ned notes that he continues to challenge and improve his work on location and in the studio. I recently caught up with Ned in order to learn more about his life and art. [...]

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Artist Website Tips: Think about time when listing art exhibits

I've gathered a lot of insight from art dealers, art writers and artists over the years concerning how art exhibit information should be listed on an artist website. One tip that has stood the test of time involves the time frame of listed art exhibits. Point-blank, you want to avoid revealing any major time gaps when listing your exhibit history. That said, there are other things to consider -- time-wise -- when creating a list of past art exhibits. [...]

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Artist Website Tips: Think about location when listing art exhibits

You may want to think about the location of your past art exhibits when listing them on your artist website. As the old saying goes, 'location is everything'. This old saying holds true today (perhaps more than ever). Generally speaking, people tend to be impressed by location. Some locations are far more impressive than others -- you, dear artist, need to think about location when listing your past exhibits on your website. [...]

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Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist Marcos Rey


Artist Marcos Rey was born in 1978 in the Galician city of Vilagarcía de Arousa, Spain. Marcos notes that he is influenced by great masters such as Da Vinci, Bouguereau, Rembrandt and Ingres. Additionally, he is inspired by a number of contemporary artists. Marcos strives to gain knowledge that will serve to continue his development as an artist. I recently caught up with Marcos in order to learn more about his art and life. [...]

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Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist Logan Maxwell Hagege


Artist Logan Maxwell Hagege draws inspiration for his subjects from his native Southern California as well as by traveling extensively to view various landscapes in the American Southwest and the Northeast Coast of the United States. Logan finds encouragement and guidance in masters of the past such as Gustav Klimt, N.C. Wyeth, T.W. Dewing and Maynard Dixon. One idea that drives Logan's work is that evolution in art is never ending. He is constantly challenging himself with new ideas and new ways of looking at the same subject. I recently caught up with Logan in order to learn more about his art and life. [...]

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Let's Have an Ar(t)gument: Art as Investment

A FineArtViews article by artist Christine Marx spurred a fascinating debate about art and the expectations of art buyers. The topic of art as investment popped up during the course of the debate. One artist implied that art buyers expect art to increase in value after being purchased. I've been thinking a lot about this lately. I've come to the conclusion that this mentality is little more than a massive generalization about why people choose to collect art. We should not assume that ALL art collectors approach art as a mere investment. [...]

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Let Your Garden Grow

Artist John P. Weiss offered a gem of wisdom in response to a FineArtViews article written by Linwood Berry. John said, "Fear holds a lot of people back. When we choose to push past the fear we grow."... I agree with John's position and Linwood's inspirational FAV post. In a sense, you must let your garden grow regardless of the struggles -- be they inner or outer -- you face as an artist. [...]

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Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist Steven Hileman


Artist Steven Hileman describes himself as a realist with impressionistic influences. Steven’s landscape and cityscape paintings are visually powerful. His work is a reminder of the beauty that surrounds us all. Steven’s use of lighting is truly outstanding to observe. The work I viewed is marked by what can only be described as a beautiful energy. It is almost as if there is a spiritual side to his work… each painting is filled with light and love. I recently caught up with Steven in order to learn more about his life and art. [...]

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Don't be Facebook 'like' Hungry

There is no reason to be upset about Facebook's plan unless you are 'like hungry'. As Clint Watson suggested, if your profession is being a social media consultant... then it's probably important to have a lot of Facebook likes. It's proof that you're good at what you do. But if you're an artist, that's not what you do. What you do is create art. And having a lot of followers tells the world nothing about how great of an artist you are. Take note of Clint's wisdom before the stress of 'like hunger' devours your focus as a business-minded artist. [...]

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