The Art Edge with Brian Sherwin

A Personal Website Should be the Pillar of your Social Networking and Online Art Marketing Efforts

I have long advocated the importance of social networking for artists. It is very important for artists to have a presence on Facebook and other social networking websites-- that presence can make it easier to gain recognition. However, it is also important for artists to remember that a personal website should serve as the pillar of their online art marketing and social networking efforts. [...]

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Let's Have an Ar(t)gument: Can wealth and fame trigger creative decline?

We have all heard stories about famous artists who struggled in poverty while creating outstanding works of art. Vincent van Gogh and Amedeo Modigliani come to mind. The art created during their short span of life continues to inspire us today. However, there are also famous artists who became very wealthy during their lifetime from selling art -- it could be argued that some of them lost their artistic flare for exploration as time progressed. In other words, their passion and creativity seemed to deteriorate as wealth increased. These situations force one to ask the following question: Can wealth and fame trigger creative decline? [...]

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Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist John McCartin


Artist John McCartin displays great versatility in his ability to work effectively in most mediums to capture a very diverse range of subjects. He possesses extraordinary drafting skill and is a very adept painter of landscapes, seascapes, floral/still life, human figure/portraits and animals. Informed Collector stated the following about artist John McCartin's paintings: "Versatile subject matter with a talented use of color, McCartin's scenes are convincing and powerful." [...]

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Pricing Art Online: If you want to sell art you must list prices for your art

If you do not display prices for your art on your artist website you should not sit around expecting potential buyers to contact you. After all, there is a world of art online -- and chances are a potential buyer will move on to the next artist if you make something that should be part of the basics of your artist website and online art marketing strategy difficult for them. I realize that pricing art can be difficult for some artists -- but if you want to profit you must list prices. [...]

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Concerning Artist Luc Tuymans and Copyright

I view situations like this with a wide scope. I think ahead. Granted, situations like this are viewed in a case by case basis... but with a enough court precedent against copyright -- well, copyright law could end up neutered, for lack of a better way to put it. Freedom of expression is one thing... freedom to profit from YOUR hard work without having to compete against yourself (if someone infringes upon your work) is another. [...]

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Value Your Art

I've been beating the 'need to define success for ourselves' drum for years. Unfortunately, many artists base their vision of success on what others have achieved. Let's just say that they stack the deck against themselves in the process. Point-blank, it is easy to trigger negative thoughts when an artist decides to compete against his or her art world heroes. [...]

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Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist Jennifer Diehl


Artist Jennifer Diehl has explored a wide range of subjects in her studio. She has garnered acclaim for her fantastic city scenes, landscapes and still life paintings. I recently caught up with Jennifer in order to learn more about her background and painting practice. Additionally, I asked her to share some of her art marketing knowledge. [...]

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The Origins of Original Art: The stepping stone of originality in art

Nothing is truly original -- one can easily question if originality exists. What we must look for is unique adaptations -- individual responses to ideas that have been expressed visually in one form or the other for centuries. Every work of art is a continuation of our collective story -- and as any avid reader knows... some stories are better than others. [...]

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The Location Trap

We need to kick the myth surrounding artists and location to the curb. This much I know: artists AND art collectors can be found throughout the United States. I've met my fair share of both during my travels in rural communities throughout Illinois, Missouri and other states. Not to mention that we are all connected online. Focus on where you are... keep your feet planted in your art studio as much as you can -- everything else will come in time. [...]

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Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist Rob Tomlinson


Artist Rob Tomlinson has explored a wide range of directions in his studio. His portrait and still life paintings are loose and painterly -- yet they maintain a superb level of draftsmanship. I recently caught up with Rob in order to learn more about his art and studio process. Informed Collector stated the following about Rob Tomlinson's art: "Capturing and portraying an intense, provocative quality of light in what appears to be a common everyday action transcends the ordinary - turning this one moment of time into an extraordinary event. Tomlinson's gift is that of sharing and acknowledging that each moment is precious...even the seemingly mundane." Note: Last One by artist Rob Tomlinson (shown above) was awarded Best of Show in the June 2014 BoldBrush Painting Competition. Last One was selected by judge Whitney Lau. [...]

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