Stories That Bleed | FineArtViews


This post is by Clint Watson, former artwork gallery proprietor and founder of BoldBrush, identified for FASO Artist Web sites, the leading supplier of experienced artist web sites, the $38,000+ BoldBrush Painting Competition and the cost-free each day art internet marketing publication, FineArtViews. As a self-proclaimed “art fanatic”, Clint delights that BoldBrush’s San Antonio, Texas office environment is whole of original art, as is his household place of work. You can link with Clint on TwitterFacebook or his individual web site at




Men and women are usually telling artists to “inform stories” on their blogs, but what does that indicate exactly?  


What variety of stories?


I advise you inform tales that bleed.  Those are the interesting tales that will join people today to you.


The most highly commented put up on my personalized blog has been “How do You Preserve Likely?”  In that submit, I wonder, immediately after losing my wonderful cat of 19 years, how I can quite possibly go on.  I went on to reveal how I’m doing the job through that discomfort.  


The reality is we all expertise discomfort, pleasure, panic, decline, and exhilaration in this life.  These are the tales that make us human.  These are the tales you really should share.


One of the commentors on my put up wrote the adhering to (in portion):  


“You are unable to know suffering until finally you have dropped a kid. I had shed puppies, cats, horses and my Mom and Dad, but absolutely nothing hurts like the reduction of a baby.  With out my art and my horses I could not go on.”


That took a whole lot of bravery for that artist to share!  


That story is as real as it receives,  and my coronary heart goes out to her.   That is genuine.  That is bleeding.  That is something that matters about this particular artist and her art.  We now know her art (and her horses) may perhaps extremely well have saved her existence.  And that is substantially much more meaningful to persons than yet yet another checklist of 10 goods these types of as “10 Means I Share My Art on Pinterest”.  Most persons, including artists, will not treatment about the “10 ways” articles or blog posts.  All people cares about the story of a how a man or woman who misplaced a little one is somehow acquiring that means once again in life via her artwork.


James Altucher was requested, “Is there 1 basic, frequent element, a single factor you intention to achieve in each and every web site submit?” –@rajlikes [1]


His reply was to do three factors in your posts:


1.  Bleed – by sharing something personal that is scary to share.


2.  Tell a story.


3.  Add value.



Now absolutely, almost everything that is “terrifying to share” doesn’t have to be a huge tragedy these as shedding a pet, a husband or wife or (God forbid) a little one.


Bleeding won’t have to mean  “tragic”.  Bleeding equals “personal”.  It implies you metaphorically bled a minor to muster up the courage to share your tale.  Tell us how the enjoy of your life impressed you to start portray.  Tell us about the gallery person who told you not to give up your working day career and how that inspired you to confirm him erroneous, which led to you increasing your perform.


Believe about matters you typically think of as non-public.  The factors you think wouldn’t desire your blog’s visitors.  Prospects are, a lot of of individuals tales are the most appealing things about you.


So, next time you sit down to generate a blog site post, stop, think and notify us the tales that bleed.


Right up until subsequent time, please remember that Fortune Favors the Daring Brush.




Clint Watson

FASO Founder, Computer software Craftsman, Artwork Fantatic


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


[2]  The graphic at the major is the last photograph taken of my beloved Hermes.  He loved to perform with drinking water from the sink.  It was the very last time he was in a position to do so.  You can see the scar on his leg from where the tumor that received him was biopsied.  I share this only due to the fact it’s difficult for me to share and I am getting my own assistance to share anything that bleeds.  It also seemed additional authentic than sharing stock photography.



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