The Art Edge with Brian Sherwin

Commissioned Artwork: What rules do you follow when accepting / pricing a commission?

I want to know how YOU handle commissions. What rules do YOU follow when accepting a commission? How do you determine the overall price of the commission process? How do you keep prices down for yourself AND your client? Can you add to the list of basic factors? Share your tips and experience. [...]

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Let’s Have an Ar(t)gument: Should copyright law be reverted back to pre-1970s rules?

I've been made aware of hundreds of copyright infringement issues over the years. In the majority of cases the copyright in question was not registered by either party -- and the 'online blitz' mentioned earlier tends to die down within a week or two. People lose interest with the story… they notice that all the 'lawsuit talk' is going nowhere. The alleged copyright infringer almost always walks away -- and I think failure to register copyright BEFORE the alleged infringement plays a HUGE role in that. [...]

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I Want You to Fail

I recently read a post by artist Rick Rotante on FineArtViews. His article, titled Freedom to Fail, noted the fact that many artists are burdened by a ‘create for the gallery’ mentality. In other words, an artist can easily forget about the power of studio play if he or she believes that every piece should be a gallery worthy masterpiece. This soul-draining aspect of the art business should be discussed further. You DO need the freedom to fail! [...]

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A Cry against Copycat Mediocrity and Mechanical Art

Artist Mark Edward Adams recently cautioned against adhering to art market trends. Mark made the following statement on FineArtViews: "Galleries, friends, and other artists will often come to me and tell me what is hot. This can range from a certain color to a particular subject. It can be very easy to fall for this trap. Soon, you are following the market trends and chasing the money. I never do it for the money. I don't follow what is hot because I know you will lose your identity." I'm in full agreement with Mark! We need to see a higher level of individuality within the art world of today. [...]

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Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist Mary-Austin Klein


Artist Mary-Austin Klein notes that she returned to landscape painting in 2001. From the first show she has developed a following of art collectors who appreciate her detailed realism documenting natural landscapes. Her paintings have been described as exquisite, small-scaled gems that capture the light conditions unique to California. Mary-Austin states that she takes numerous trips to remote desert regions throughout the year to gather new material for her work. [...]

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Basic Online Art Business Tips

Getting started is simple enough. Buying a decent computer and enduring the monthly expense of Internet connection is a good investment when you consider the ease in which an artist can connect with art admirers online. Frankly, a little initiative can go a long way if you choose to market your art online. But it does help to have some basic online art business tips on hand. [...]

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You Won’t Be Discovered

Your chance of being forgotten is much higher than your chance of being discovered by a megadealer or collector. I base my observations on the conversations I've had with hundreds of emerging and established artists over the last decade. This is why I know that reality works very different than what we read in a novel or view on the big screen concerning the art world and ideas of being ‘discovered’. [...]

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Let’s Have an Ar(t)gument: At what point does a work of art become a form of exploitation?

At what point does a work of art -- or should I say the subjects or themes that an artist chooses to explore -- become a form of exploitation? In recent years, major media sources have tackled variants of this question head-on. Many art-minded readers view variants of this question as an ‘attack’ on the art world. I, for one, think that it is a topic that deserves to be discussed thoroughly. [...]

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Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist Robert Lemler


Artist Robert Lemler is a painter known for capturing candid moments on canvas. By utilizing a naturalistic approach, Robert swiftly reproduces the beauty and emotion of the moment. His drive to reveal straightforward truth is a staple of his figure and landscape paintings – resulting in a distinctive style that can be described as both raw and informed. Bedroom Light (image above) by artist Robert Lemler (shown below) was awarded Best of Show in the September 2012 BoldBrush Painting Competition. Robert’s work has been featured on the Informed Collector newsletter. He is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America and the Northwest Rendezvous Group. [...]

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Art Magazine or Art Blog?

I’ve been thinking a lot about the changing ‘landscape’ of art coverage in the United States. For example, the days of newspaper art exhibit coverage are practically over. I’ve read that there are fewer than 10 full-time newspaper art critics working in the US at this time. That is a drastic drop from just 5 years ago! Furthermore, it has been reported that art magazines have been cutting back on exhibit coverage. This shift has allowed art blogs, such as Hyperallergic and Art News Blog, to gain ground as a go-to place for art coverage in general. [...]

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