Stories That Bleed | FineArtViews


This post is by Clint Watson, former artwork gallery operator and founder of BoldBrush, known for FASO Artist Web-sites, the foremost supplier of expert artist websites, the $38,000+ BoldBrush Painting Competition and the cost-free each day artwork advertising and marketing newsletter, FineArtViews. As a self-proclaimed “artwork fanatic”, Clint delights that BoldBrush’s San Antonio, Texas business office is entire of initial art, as is his property office. You can hook up with Clint on TwitterFacebook or his individual website at




Men and women are often telling artists to “tell stories” on their weblogs, but what does that indicate particularly?  


What type of stories?


I recommend you inform stories that bleed.  Those are the fascinating stories that will link individuals to you.


The most very commented put up on my personal web site has been “How do You Keep Likely?”  In that put up, I question, following getting rid of my lovely cat of 19 yrs, how I can probably go on.  I went on to demonstrate how I am functioning by means of that ache.  


The truth of the matter is we all expertise ache, joy, dread, decline, and pleasure in this everyday living.  These are the stories that make us human.  These are the tales you should share.


A person of the commentors on my write-up wrote the pursuing (in aspect):  


“You can’t know suffering until you have missing a baby. I experienced misplaced pet dogs, cats, horses and my Mom and Dad, but nothing at all hurts like the decline of a boy or girl.  Without having my art and my horses I could not go on.”


That took a large amount of courage for that artist to share!  


That story is as serious as it receives,  and my coronary heart goes out to her.   That is actual.  That is bleeding.  That is anything that matters about this specific artist and her artwork.  We now know her artwork (and her horses) may possibly quite well have saved her lifetime.  And that is significantly more meaningful to persons than but yet another checklist of 10 products these as “10 Techniques I Share My Artwork on Pinterest”.  Most persons, which includes artists, really don’t treatment about the “10 means” article content.  Anyone cares about the story of a how a man or woman who missing a boy or girl is by some means locating that means yet again in everyday living by way of her artwork.


James Altucher was asked, “Is there one straightforward, widespread element, just one element you goal to achieve in each individual web site put up?” –@rajlikes [1]


His remedy was to do 3 items in your posts:


1.  Bleed – by sharing some thing intimate that is scary to share.


2.  Tell a story.


3.  Add worth.



Now unquestionably, almost everything that is “scary to share” doesn’t have to be a massive tragedy this kind of as shedding a pet, a wife or husband or (God forbid) a kid.


Bleeding doesn’t have to imply  “tragic”.  Bleeding equals “personal”.  It usually means you metaphorically bled a tiny to muster up the bravery to share your tale.  Tell us how the appreciate of your life impressed you to start out portray.  Tell us about the gallery individual who told you not to stop your working day job and how that motivated you to prove him incorrect, which led to you enhancing your do the job.


Feel about matters you commonly think of as non-public.  The factors you imagine wouldn’t desire your blog’s readers.  Likelihood are, lots of of individuals stories are the most intriguing points about you.


So, upcoming time you sit down to write a weblog article, stop, think and notify us the tales that bleed.


Until finally up coming time, you should try to remember that Fortune Favors the Bold Brush.




Clint Watson

FASO Founder, Software Craftsman, Art Fantatic


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[1] Source of James Altucher facts: page 188 of his e book “FAQ  Me”:


[2]  The graphic at the top is the final photo taken of my beloved Hermes.  He beloved to engage in with drinking water from the sink.  It was the final time he was capable to do so.  You can see the scar on his leg from where by the tumor that bought him was biopsied.  I share this only due to the fact it truly is challenging for me to share and I’m using my individual suggestions to share anything that bleeds.  It also seemed additional genuine than sharing stock pictures.



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