Selling Your Art Online

Selling Your Art Online

Selling Your Art Online
by Beth Cole

We just finished our art club’s annual art and photo competition, whew! We displayed over 130 entries from around the area, what a beautiful exhibition. Especially fun was the interest from young people, we had lots of grade school age entries as well as those in the high school years.

Which brings me to what I am writing about today. I was asked by a young person and others as well, “how do you sell your art online?”.

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Problem Solve Your Paintings

Problem Solve Your Paintings

One of the things I have come to realize on my painting journey is that painting is all about problem solving. When you begin to think of each painting as a puzzle to be solved, it makes the process less about you and your self-talk (I’m no good at this, I want to break this brush, why am I even trying…..etc. sound familiar?) and more about the painting and its potential.

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What Piano Taught Me About Painting

What Piano Taught Me About Painting

I am a music nerd. To the core. Piano lessons were the highlight of my seven year old life, and yes, I am often reminded by my piano-lesson-taking-sisters that I did hog the piano. 

The piano has been my friend, my disciplinarian, my therapist and my voice for many years. No matter how much time passes, I can still sit down with her and we have a beautiful exchange as all best friends do.

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Carnegie Arts Center Show - Alliance, Nebraska

Carnegie Arts Center Show - Alliance, Nebraska

Gary and I will be doing a joint exhibition at the Carnegie Arts Center in Alliance from May 16-June 25, 2017. You're invited to a reception on Saturday, June 24, from 1:30 - 3:30.

The Backroads in Pixels and Paint

We love driving the backroads with our cameras on nice days, foggy days, even snowy days. Gary likes to shoot anything unusual especially old buildings, vehicles, rusty things, etc. I also gravitate toward this subject matter and I like looking for light and shadow with my camera. These photos are inspiration for when I get back in the studio with my paints. 

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Art After Fifty

Art After Fifty

This is a new series on the blog for those over fifty who have always wanted to create ART. Is that you? I'm glad you're here. Truly. 

Art After Fifty

I was 54 when I picked up a paintbrush. It was something I have always wanted to do, but never made time for because of life – raising kids, business responsibilities, etc. Maybe it’s the same for you. If so, I want to encourage you. It’s not too late! You are in the prime years of your life. You may still be working full or part time but chances are your nest is empty and you have a little more time to explore art.

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Painting With Oils - Part Four

Painting With Oils - Part Four

This is the fourth in a series about painting with oils, sharing what I have learned so far. You can read the first, second, and third posts here.

Applying Paint

In this post I want to write about the best part of painting – applying the paint! I usually don’t start with a white canvas, instead, I mix a background color (usually in the pinkish family) and dip my brush in mineral spirits to get it nice and thin. Then I brush this all over the canvas. Sometimes I mix a warm and cooler color and apply one for land and one for sky, it just depends. Drips happen sometimes, and I really like that, but I usually take a tissue and wipe everything fairly dry so my actual paint doesn’t mix with the mineral spirity paint.

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Painting With the Masters - Edward Seago

Painting With the Masters - Edward Seago

I love this painting by Edward Seago. The grays are so delicate. There is a variety between cool and warm. And the horizon line with the buildings is beautifully painted in such close values. I love the contrast of light and dark - the standing water against the dark buildings. The sky is at once warm and cool and full of lively clouds. I just like the feel of this painting - it takes me there. These are the reasons I chose this painting to study. I have others from Edward Seago that I want to paint in the coming days. There is something about his style that I really like.

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