My Commitment to the Artist Support Pledge

April 21st, 2020

Like many other artists, I’ve found myself in a tight spot due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic downturn. It might sound like malarkey, but I believe the only way to get through this is together.

As you may know, my part-time graphic design job with a coffee shop franchise had to let me go because they didn’t have cash coming in — they had to close dining rooms due to safer-at-home measures. Cash is oxygen for a business. Families, too!

A few weeks ago when this whole situation began I started seeing these red squares on Instagram, with #artistsupportpledge on them. I saw something about £200 which doesn’t mean much to me since I’m American, so I kind of ignored it for a while.

But I have seen it a few more times since, and realized that the way this works is for every $1,000 an artist makes, they turn around and spend $200 on another artist’s work. And they price their own work at $200.

The point is to sell small works at a low price point and turn around and buy other artist’s work in the same fashion.

That way we can all support each other. It’s a win for everybody. People buying art win because it’s inexpensive artwork, and artists win because it’s a sale, and other artists win because it’s a sale for them, too. I don’t believe in artists competing with each other, so let’s all help each other out.

So, I am committing to the Artist Support Pledge now.

For the foreseeable future, I am committing to selling $200 artworks, and for every $1,000 I make, I am going to buy a $200 piece of art. I would love to build a really cool collection of other artist’s art in my home! (I have plenty of my own art! 🤣) Just check out my Instagram.

This crisis is the perfect time to practice generosity.

When things aren’t going perfectly is the perfect time to practice generosity. It takes the focus off yourself and puts it on those around you. It’s not that you have it better than somebody else, because we are all suffering. It’s about helping your fellow artists (and ultimately, your fellow humans.)

Let generosity be infectious.

If you want to know more about the pledge, visit the FAQ page on Matthew Burrow’s site.

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This is the HOW TO guide to participate in ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE anyone anywhere in the world can take part. 1. post your image/s on your Instagram account 2. If possible use the ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE logo and text (swipe to see) by reposting or using a screenshot. You can also cut and paste from my website (see link in bio). 3. give details of the work and price (no more than 200USD, 200GDP, 200 EURO or 20000JPY) 4. ask for anyone interested to DM you 5. add #artistsupportpledge NB/ we Do not select work to be seen. You may not see your own work as there are so many images but others are seeing them. 6. follow the # 7. when you have sold $1000 worth of work fulfil the pledge and spend $200 on another artist/s work. 8. If in doubt do it in a spirit of generosity, that’s all that matters A creative generosity creates a generous creativity 9. Stay connected for more opportunities by following @artistsupportpledge Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists around the world have found themselves without work, teaching, technical support, gallery work, exhibitions and sales have disappeared. In an attempt to help alleviate some of this stress @matthewburrowsstudio has instigated the #artistsupportpledge The concept is a simple one. You post images of your work to sell for no more than $200 (£200, €200, ¥20000) each (not including shipping.) Anyone can then buy the work. Every time you reach $1000 of sales you pledge to buy another artist’s work for $200. So make a pledge and post your work with the #artistsupportpledge and follow the #. keep updated on news and further opportunities @artistsupportpledge Repost and tell your friends, colleagues and collectors. Stay well and live generously. #supportartists #covid19 #coronavirus #livegenerously #artistsupportpledge artistsupportpledge

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Christmas in July! Painting inventory reduction sale

June 30th, 2017

I’m trying to free up room in my studio, but I have a back catalog of paintings dating as far back as 2003. So to clear my inventory I am selling select pieces at 50% off the regular price.

Brad Blackman "McGavock" 2003. Oil on canvas, 40 x 20 inches

McGavock, 2003 Oil on canvas, 40 x 20 inches
Throughout the month of July, I’ll post different pieces with their prices on my Instagram account each morning. If you’re interested in buying that day’s piece, just let me know.

I’ll be using the hashtag #ChristmasInJuly. I know it’s not terribly original and lots of other people are using that hashtag, but that’s okay! I think people have an idea what to expect from it.

Here on the blog I’ll post a weekly recap of what I’ve put up for sale the previous seven days. The same info will go out to my mailing list as well.

If you’ve been holding off purchasing one of my paintings, this might be the time to do it!

So make sure you follow me on Instagram and keep your eyes peeled for some art you may not have seen before!

The fine print: Shipping is not included in pricing. Prices good for the month of July 2017 only.

Taking Things a New Direction

March 15th, 2016

You may have noticed my paintings have grown progressively darker over the years. It was a surprise to me, but boy did I notice at the end of 2015.

So this year, it’s my goal to paint lighter. I might have to paint dark for a while or from time to time to deal with some things lurking beneath the surface, but my plan overall is to bring back more light and peace into my artwork.

I’ll most likely continue the abstract landscapes I’ve been doing, but with a lighter approach.

It will be a change for me, but I welcome the challenge.

In addition to painting lighter, I want to experiment with video this year. I think video is a great way to look at art and talk about it since it is multi-sensory. You can watch a painting emerge and get a sense of the artist from the way he or she talks about the work.

I’m excited. I hope you are, too. Thanks for being here.

Meet Me at the January 2016 First Saturday Art Crawl!

December 29th, 2015

Mark your calendars for January 2, 2016 from 6 to 9 p.m.: I have a wall at the Erabellum Co-Op at the Arcade in Downtown Nashville.

I’m excited because it’s been about 7 or 8 years since I’ve shown anything in a gallery. I’m finally finding my voice, my style as a painter and it feels good to get it out there and show people.

If you’re going to be in Nashville for New Year’s, I hope you can make it. I’d love to see you at 61 Arcade just off 5th Avenue of the Arts. I’ll be showing some small abstracts and some of my older Nashville paintings.

See you there!

Q&A with @SaltAndSparkle

September 12th, 2015

This is just a quick post to let you know about a little interview I did with Nicky Cahill of Salt & Sparkle for her blog over on the other side of the pond.

We explore what it’s like to be an INFJ, putting family first, travel, and trying new things.

Grab a cup of coffee (or tea as they tend to do in the UK) and have a read:

Salt & Sparkle: Q&A with Artist Brad Blackman

Catch you later, and have a great weekend!

Last call for getting art shipped to you by Christmas!

December 11th, 2014

Wouldn’t you love to have one of my paintings on your walls?

Whether you want to get a commissioned original painting, order a print, or buy a painting I’ve already done, this is your last chance! I will do everything in my power to get work shipped tomorrow.

There’s not time to get a commissioned painting completed to get it shipped by Christmas, but if you want something for January, just let me know.

Accepting Painting Commissions for the Holidays

November 19th, 2014

Paintings make great gifts! I’d love to work with you to create a special, unique gift. If you’d like to commission a painting from me in time for the holidays, get in touch with me A.S.A.P.! Please place your order via the email form on my contact page no later than December 12, 2014.

This will allow me to get everything finished and shipped out by December 18. That way I can guarantee getting a painting to you in time for Christmas. That’s just four weeks away!

Because of the short time frame, I will be working in acrylic since acrylic dries quickly. (If you want an oil painting, I’ll be happy to do it but know that it will be a few months before I can ship anything to you.)


Paintings are priced by size and are on gallery-wrap canvas so no frames are required since the sides will be painted. Sizes are in inches. Framing not included. Price does not reflect shipping cost (calculated separately based on destination.) A 50% non-refundable deposit gets the project started.
  • 20 x 24 original painting on gallery-wrap canvas $495
  • 18 x 24 original painting on gallery-wrap canvas $459
  • 11 x 14 original painting on gallery-wrap canvas $275
  • 8 x 10 original painting on gallery-wrap canvas $198
If you don’t see a size you want, just let me know and I will get a price to you right away.

So hit me up!

I would love to work with you closely to create something unique that a special meaning. While my own style will be present, I will do everything I can to interpret what you want on canvas. So drop me a line and let me know what I can do for you!

Invitation: Join Me in Art Every Day Month 2014

October 21st, 2014

Nanowrimo, National Novel Writing Month. (I’m Not sure why it is national since it is on the internet, but who cares, right?)

The idea behind Nanowrimo is you write a 50,000-word novel in a month.

50,000 words is not too long, but it is enough to account for something. It’s a novella, basically.

And why November? I don’t know. I guess you have to start somewhere.

I always thought it was a neat idea, but I’m not a fiction writer.

Sure, I blog, and I would like to write a book at some point, but writing fiction is just not for me. So I dismissed the Nanowrimo idea. I mean, I’m proud of my friends who do it, but writing a novel is just not my thing.

But about five years ago, it came back up again in my mind, and I thought, “hey what if I take that same Nanowrimo idea and apply it to making something visual?” I figured I would make something every day for a month, and I called it “30-in-30” for 30 pieces of art created in 30 days.

So I made something every day for a month, almost every day, mostly photographs taken with my somewhat new DSLR or a really awful little camera phone. I only did one painting.

The experiment turned out okay. But I think what I should have done was have a tighter focus on the whole endeavour. I should have spent more time painting. I think I was afraid of it for some reason. I didn’t really have the space at the time, either, since we were living with my parents.

The real problem was I cheated.

What I did was I would go out on my lunch break and take photos. Some days I would get a lot of good photos I could be proud of, say, 4 or 5 in one session, and call it a day.

I said to myself, “All right! I have four days’ worth!”

So of course, I wouldn’t do anything for the next seven days. I didn’t reap the benefit of the exercise.

It’s like with physical exercise: you can’t do four day’s worth of, say, running, and then not run for four days.

For one thing, you’ll injure yourself.

Secondly you don’t get the benefit of doing the work. You get better at something by doing it regularly and continually, not a whole lot at once. (Tweet that.)

A commitment for November 2014

Art Every Day Month by Leah Kolidas. I knew I wasn’t the only one to think of this sort of thing, so I was excited to find an already existing community around this idea.

So this year, I am going to commit to Art Every Day Month 2014.

But now I know if I want my AEDM14 experiment to be a success, I have to have a couple of goals so I can see some kind of change once the month is over. Unless I have measurable objectives, I’ll flounder and get bored and frustrated like I did before.

Goals for AEDM 2014:

  1. I want to get better at painting. I feel like my “painting muscles” have atrophied. I’m just out of practice.
  2. I want to build my body of work. I feel like because I have not done much work the past few years I have not lived up to what I am probably capable of. I have not progressed to where I think I should have by now. I don’t think I’ve produced the amount of work I think I should have produced by this point in my life. (Granted, I’ve been doing some other very important work: raising three small children.)
  3. Finally, I want to use this as a tool for building my email list. This is probably the most important thing from a marketing perspective. It’ll be a great way to build my tribe and extend my reach.

So for a month, people who subscribe to my email list or RSS Feed will have something fun to look at every morning. I hope it is something they’ll enjoy. I know I’ll enjoy it, too.

What I won’t do

As interesting as the small daily painting format is, it is not for me. It’ll only lead me to burnout. This is because I like to paint big.

I want you to join me!

I think it’ll be a very rewarding way to spend my time, and I want to invite you to do the same. I know I will have to work hard at getting up early every morning and getting in the studio to knock something out before I head in to my day job, but I imagine plenty of you out there will do the same. After all, our writer friends will be working on their novels before the sun comes up, too!

Or if you’d just rather see what I make that’s fine, too.

Will you join me? C’mon! You know you want to.

Relaunching the newsletter

April 2nd, 2013

Two years ago I announced I would launch a newsletter. I don’t think I ever sent any out. A few of y’all are still on the list. I plan on sending out a new (first) issue later on this week (by Friday, April 5, 2013) so if you’re interested, head on over to the Subscriptions page to sign up. In it, I’ll be talking about stuff we don’t talk about here on the blog. It’ll be a bit cozier, more like chatting about life, the universe, and everything (no, not the book over coffee. And art, especially.

If you’re one of the faithful who signed up back in the day, THANK-YOU! You should be getting a note from me Friday!