This post is by Clint Watson, former art gallery operator and founder of BoldBrush, recognized for FASO Artist Web sites, the main provider of skilled artist web sites, the $38,000+ BoldBrush Painting Competition and the cost-free everyday art advertising and marketing publication, FineArtViews. As a self-proclaimed “artwork fanatic”, Clint delights that BoldBrush’s downtown San Antonio, Texas place of work is entire of first artwork, as is his household workplace. You can connect with Clint on TwitterFacebook or his own website at




Advertising and marketing is challenging.  To make a sale, you must arrive at individuals when a number of problems flawlessly align:  You will need to access people In which they want your concept, WHEN they want your message and the message has to be Relevant and Private to their present-day demands or dreams.  This is what I am contacting the “The Personal, Well timed, Appropriate Framework.” [1]

In pondering about how the “Personal, Timely, Suitable” framework notion applies to artwork, I consider it provides a valuable context to understand why the following points appear to be true:

1.  Art galleries provide improved than restaurants (far more relevant)
2.  Art openings provide greater than “standard” days in the gallery (far more well timed)
3.  Open studio occasions sell improved than just “stroll ins”  (extra well timed)
4.  Artwork sells far better when the artist is portion of the conversation  (more individual)

I’ve spoken often about owning discussions and telling tales bordering your artwork.  I’ve penned about altering the environment.  And, I experienced an full submit about major your collector clan, which talked exclusively about email publication marketing, which I assume is something each one artist should be doing.

But how do you start or grow or nurture a team of dedicated followers?  How do you guide your “tribe”? 

By being personal, well timed and pertinent.

You will have to “be there” at the ideal time, and in the ideal put to personally link with an individual, to start off a “conversation” (on line or offline) with that particular person, and your purpose, at that stage, is not to promote them your artwork instantly (whilst it’s fantastic if you do).  Your goal, at that point of initially call, is to get permission to continue the discussion.  In the genuine globe, this commonly manifests alone as permission to increase that man or woman to your electronic mail listing, to insert them to your clearly show mailing record, or maybe even merely to schedule a observe up cellular phone connect with.

Here’s an example:  Let’s say you paint landscapes of the New England location.  A regional restaurant operator strategies you and desires to exhibit some of your art.  So you cling it…and very little (or really little) takes place.  Why?  Because men and women go to places to eat to consume, not seem at art.  Context issues.

Your concept (the artwork) is not suitable at the time the person is taking in in the restaurant, and it’s not well timed either.  So as an alternative, you come to a decision to exhibit your artwork in a area artwork fair above the summer season.  Presume there are a lot of tourists in the location in the summer (escaping to New England to get out of the brutal warmth we have right here in Texas).  A couple walks into the artwork truthful hunting for mementos of their summer getaway in New England.  They see your artwork and they are now engaged.  Now, at this place your artwork is appropriate, it’s well timed and it’s particular to them.  Your intention is to get permission to continue on the discussion with this pair You want them on your electronic mail record.  You want them to be part of your enthusiasts.  You want their authorization to continue to keep chatting to them in the foreseeable future and demonstrating them your amazing artworks.  If you get that permission you’ve got elevated the dimension of your tribe.  If you sell your painting, that’s excellent, be confident to get authorization to remain in touch with them.  If they obtain your painting, they’ll be even more committed to your tribe.  (Of system, make all sensible attempts to provide the artwork even though they are existing, in your booth, but no matter whether they obtain it or not, make sure you get authorization to keep on the conversation).

Email Advertising


Previously mentioned I stated that your primary objective is acquiring authorization to continue on a dialogue with your prospect.  And getting authorization to send out a prospect electronic mail messages is a impressive tool.  This is what Seth Godin phone calls a Permission Asset.  And, like Alyson Stanfield states, “Your contact list is your #1 asset – if you use it.

Electronic mail newsletters are so effective due to the fact, if you send out them to people today who have already provided you authorization (ie you are not spamming), then they are almost generally personalized and appropriate.   They’re just not always timely.  Immediately after all, you can’t know when your prospect is pondering about getting artwork, or when they have some “time to kill” and are in the temper to stop and study your newsletter, or when they want to surf your site and seem at your art.  You merely can’t know if your e mail publication is heading into their trash folder or if it really is going to be read.  

That’s why, and this is an crucial position, you’ve got acquired to send out your electronic mail publication generally.  You have to have to use it continually.  When your prospect is in that temper to browse your publication…..then you need to be there, ready in their inbox.  And the only way to be certain that you are there is to deliver your e mail blasts often – 2 times a thirty day period, or just about every week, two times a 7 days, or even each individual day. 

I as soon as interviewed an artist who determined to paint 100 painting in 100 times.  He sent an email newsletter just about every solitary working day, featuring each and every day’s painting.  Even with a small record of subscribers, he bought around 90 of the paintings and garnered at the very least 3 commissions.  Plus the undertaking grew his electronic mail record even further more.  This project labored simply because when men and women have been prepared . . . he was there.  The simple fact that this artist was emailing his record each working day was driving revenue of his paintings.  Because his messages were particular, appropriate…….and on the times that a certain enthusiast was in the mood, they were being well timed.

Remember, your make contact with record is your quantity one asset…..if you use it.

As I wrote the past paragraph, I recognized a little something shockingly unhappy:  I hardly ever receive any marketing email messages from the artists’ whose functions I presently personal.  None of them even asked me if I required to be on an e-mail record when I purchased individuals artworks.  What a squandered opportunity! Certain I could have gone to their websites and/or requested it. . . but I failed to feel about it.  That just goes to clearly show you:  do not be bashful – check with folks if you can incorporate their name to your e mail listing. (And that goes double if they essentially make a buy!)

Base line:  Have discussions.  Start and expand an email listing.  Use it usually, even if it can be tiny.  In my future post, I’ll give you an thought to amplify your attempts and expand your e mail listing even quicker.




Clint Watson

BoldBrush/FASO Founder  & Art Fanatic



PS – You want a way to encourage supporters to indicator up and provide their electronic mail addresses on your internet site.  You also will need an simple way for you to increase folks to your list.  And you will need an uncomplicated way to ship your newsletters that makes sure good supply, makes certain good cellular formatting, avoids spam filters, take away bounces, monitor open rates and so forth.  We supply all of that in our ArtfulMail solution, in excess of at our sister site FASO.  Our users enjoy ArtfulMail, an electronic mail e-newsletter module built correct in with their internet site, finely tuned for the needs of leading artists.  We also offer a host of other environment course advertising and marketing channels and equipment.  You really don’t have to spend a bunch of further dollars for a individual email newsletter service.  Occur and give us a try . . . it truly is the same method the artist I mentioned earlier mentioned utilized.  It labored for him and it can do the job for you.





[1] This put up was motivated by a Seth Godin online video I saw several years back, where he described that marketing and advertising messages only get by way of to men and women when these messages are personal, well timed and suitable.  I apologize, but the link to the primary online video no more time functions.  This put up is a reworked and updated model of the a person I wrote quite a few years in the past.



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