When I’m Not Marketing…

In case anyone was wondering why I haven’t posted any lessons in the past few days…

We’ve been doing some redecorating on the main level of our home, and I decided to create some new paintings for the walls.

Here’s what I did…

We’re going for more of a modern look in the living room, so I made this 2-panel abstract to go over the piano:
abstract painting
It’s called Psalm 1 (can you see a tree?) (48″x 72″ acrylic on canvas)

Then I painted this one, titled Fields of Grace, pictured here still on the easel:
dancer painting
The dancer is modeled after my wife, and I painted it in one sitting today. (36″x 48″ acrylic on canvas)

I really enjoy painting, but I typically only do it a couple times a year. When I’m done with the whole internet marketing thing, I hope to spend a little more time working on my technique and developing my style.

I’m back to working on the lessons tomorrow.

Art is 100% subjective, so feel free to post your comments and let me know what you think of my paintings, good or bad šŸ˜‰

Have a great day!

140 comments on “When I’m Not Marketing…

  1. Joel Naphin

    Awesome paintings! Did you go to school for art? Or is it natural talent? I especially like the dancer.

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  2. Eric Post author

    Thanks Mohamed, Gary, Karen, Prosen, and Ron šŸ™‚

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  3. Eric Post author

    @ Russ- thanks!
    @ Mia- good reference, thanks šŸ™‚

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  4. Eric Post author

    Actually yes I have considered being a professional artist. But there are a zillion artists much better than me, and relatively few internet marketing experts in the world, so for now this is where it seems I should be šŸ™‚

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  5. Eric Post author

    Cool… I just went to your blog but could not find the slideshow.

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  6. Eric Post author

    I’m never fully satisfied with a painting, but I’ve learned to settle for good. I’ve also learned that you don’t want to mess up a good thing… we often have tendencies to keep adding one more brush stroke… and then one more… but if you push it too far you may end up destroying a good thing.

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  7. Eric Post author

    Yes she did šŸ˜‰

    jk

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  8. Eric Post author

    Very cool, thanks for sharing those links!

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  9. Eric Post author

    Yeah I agree its good therapy. Internet marketing is creative too, but pure art really lets me relax the marketing side of my brain.

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  10. Eric Post author

    Hehe I think you’re right. If I could tap into that market I’d be more than happy to create conceptual art all day long šŸ˜‰

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  11. Eric Post author

    Very cool analysis, thanks Michaela šŸ™‚

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  12. Eric Post author

    Yes that could be cool šŸ™‚

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  13. Eric Post author

    Amen, He is the true artist šŸ™‚

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  14. Eric Post author

    Thanks Sabrina. Actually oil is toxic, and most of the acrylic is not. I prefer oil in most cases, but in the past few years I’ve given it up for acrylics because it’s so much easier to use and clean up. With oil you have to use turpentine to thin it and to clean the brushes, and you’re breathing it in constantly. And then it takes weeks to dry. With acrylics you thin it and clean it with water, and it’s dry within an hour.

    Our kids have their own art boxes with colored pencils, pastels, paints, etc. They know they aren’t supposed to get into my stuff. They enjoy watching me paint, but of course they don’t have the patience to sit and watch šŸ™‚

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  15. Eric Post author

    I took a couple art classes in high school, but it’s just a God given passion šŸ™‚

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  16. Mike

    Wow! You paint real well. I’m very impressed.
    hanks for sharing them.

    Enjoying the lessons. Thanks for sharing them also.

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  17. Nadine Fletcher

    Hello Eric

    I love your paintings. Art is truly an expression
    of one’s self. I paint and I draw which are really
    two different things. Because drawings are not paintings. But I especially love to paint mermaids. There are a lot of multi talented people
    in the world today. The Bible says God is not partial. But what sets you apart is that you are a very inspirational person. You are humble yet you inspire others. Eric you have many gifts and showing others what we can do if we set our
    minds to it is one of those gifts. Keep on painting and doing whatever you do. You are so Motivational, keep on inspiring us.

    Warm Regards

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  18. Graham

    Hi Eric
    as they all say…………
    Don’t give up the day job!!!!!!!!!!!
    Ha Ha
    Look forward to next video lessons soon
    regards
    Graham in U.K.

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  19. Tally

    Hey Eric,

    Psalm 1: Had you considered that the tree is also providing the light that’s illuminating the page? Your subconscious spelling out the truth? that it doesn’t matter how many words are written, it’s the understanding of them and the call to action they represent that makes the difference. Abstract it may be, but it speaks to the depths of our souls … if we have ears to listen!

    Fields of Grace: Fills me with energy, light, love of life, and a sense of hope that’s seldom conveyed so simply and beautifully. Your love for your wife, and her love of life, shine through. It’s love that makes our lives and our work so great, and that’s divine.

    I would soooooo love to talk to you about my life’s work, as it’s all very integral to the marketing stuff. (If you’re interested take a quick peek at my website, which sorry to say is horribly in need of lots of work/updates and the homepage is a jumbled up mess you have to go half way down to get to the beginning of šŸ™ ) I’m good at the creative bit, writing the novels and having the brilliant ideas, but pretty hopeless at the IM and desperately in need of help to market my BIG IDEA … but I’d never be so undignified as to publicly beg for it or discuss my failings in a open forum whilst in the process of praising you for your lovely successes … oh, hey, I think I just did! šŸ˜®

    Thanks for the sense of hope, the honesty and love in your work.

    Brightest Blessings,
    Tally

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  20. Ali

    WOW,Eric,Are you a paintist
    good job

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  21. eroms

    very very nice good luck and keep it up waiting for your next lesson.

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  22. lee

    cool go with the creATIVE THINGS YOU DO . yOU;RE A TRUE TESTAMENT OF A CREATIVE GOOD BEING . THANKS FOE SHARING ALL THAT YOU DO .lee

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  23. Jayenn (Juergen Nuhn)

    Hi Eric,
    not only your lessons are great your paintings also are more than beautyfull. I like them and it’s enviable be able painting like you.
    Keep on with the good work, both, teaching
    and painting.

    a great time to erverybody

    Jayenn – The part time Cabdriver

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  24. Marsha

    Very beautiful pics. Did you paint them? I am an artist myself. I do landscapes.

    Wishing you all the best!

    Marsha

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  25. Eric Post author

    Tally, that’s very insightful šŸ™‚ Actually I did not consider that, but I think you are right about my “subconscious spelling out the truth”. I intentionally just went with the flow for some of the piece, and left it open for interpretation. Thanks very much.

    I just looked at your website. It looks like a terrific idea. I’m not entirely sure of how you plan to monetize it. For now I will assume you are trying to sell the concept to obtain funding.

    My advice for the moment is for you to focus on appealing to emotion rather than intellect. All the academic stuff on the site is great, but it needs to be tempered with emotional appeal and salesmanship, otherwise people won’t buy it.

    Here’s an example of a site which may give you an idea of what I’m talking about:

    http://www.ruralvillage.org

    They did such a good job of casting their vision and painting an elegant picture that they had 100’s of people lined up to buy land from them, sight unseen. It was based entirely on a “concept”. (their project is currently on hold due to zoning problems… something which was probably overlooked by all the romantics who were ready to buy into it).

    I am not currently doing any 1 on 1 consulting, but I am hoping to open a personal coaching program late this year, or early 2009.

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  26. Sandra

    Dear Eric,

    Love the paintings. Really nice. Wish I could paint like that. I like the titles too.

    Thanks for sharing them with us.

    I am also enjoying the lessons. You make them so informing and interesting it is hard to wait for the next one.

    Sandra

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  27. Money Mingle

    I can see it now…..Eric Recommends!!!! with the bonus…..an Eric Original!!!!

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  28. Keenan

    Finding ways to express Self is juice for the soul. Even though this may have not been an intended lesson, it sure flows with revelation knowledge. Thanks Mr. E.T.

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  29. Charley

    Thank you so much for sharing your paintings Eric, not to mention the step-by-step lessons I so need. Your paintings are uplifting to the spirit. I too used to sketch and paint when I was younger and had the time. My vision is to have the time to do the things the Lord has placed in my heart.

    The Lord is good, I am so glad he brought us together.

    May your cup overflow!

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  30. Tom

    Eric good work on the paintings I myself decorate my home with my own artwork and cant wait until I can spend more time painting and less time worrying on how the bills get paid. Keep up the good work.

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  31. Halina

    Hi Eric,
    I am happy to be in a team.
    Thank you for that.
    Halina

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  32. Teresa Caldwell

    this is the slideshow if my artwork
    http://www.4urworld.com/my-artwork-warning-nudity-is-art-not-pornography/

    This is the video I was kinda proud of for being creative. You work with Joel Comm, Right? I have been to a session where Joel Spoke at the Affiliate Summit, and I also follow Dean Hunt who is a friend of Joel Comm. Dean gets reader involved with different challenges one was to adopt one of his blog post and this is what I did.

    http://www.4urworld.com/this-may-be-confusing-but-i-adopted-a-blog-post/

    I have really enjoyed your tips they are very helpful to a newbie in this online world. Thank you so very much for sharing your knowledge in an awesome way.

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  33. Amelia

    Beautiful paintings, Eric. You are very talented

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  34. Paul R

    Great job on the paintings. Shows a lot of talent. Also a great mind refresher from your net talents. Don’t lose the luster

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  35. Bill Eller

    Great looking painting. Like your tips also. Thanks very much………….Bill

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  36. Billy Davis

    Just curious Eric, what do you mean by “done with the whole internet marketing thing”?… hope you’re not ready to throw in the towel just yet! =)

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  37. Kathleen

    Hi Eric…You said:
    When Iā€™m done with the whole internet marketing thing, I hope to spend a little more time working on my technique and developing my style.
    Let me tell you…You already have “A Great Style”!…in both your paintings & your teachings!
    Thanks for sharing both!
    Kathleen

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  38. Ollie

    Eric beautiful paintings! YOUR the Man!

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  39. Tally

    Hi again Eric … I don’t know what to say … You know how it feels to struggle on with visions in your mind, knowing that their success is probably so far away that you don’t really need to mentally prepare for it, just keep on dreaming the dream? Well, you just facilitated one of those quantum leaps that brings the idea of success so close that it takes on a life form and demands to be born! I had no idea that there might be people out there who have big “alternative lifestyle” visions too, much less that they would actually build them. I had intended to extend the Roman villa and estate centre idea into a small town myself, much like the rural village, with a forum and homes for artisans/experimental archaeologists, so this is a very good website model for me to be learning from. I’ve progressed slightly on the monetizing front, thinking it might be possible to go with a membership opt-in? Still needs to be thought out much more, but you can have no idea just how much you have helped me today. Mysterious ways and movement are the words that spring to mind šŸ™‚

    A personal coaching programme sounds exactly what I need … keep me posted šŸ™‚

    Many thanks once again and of course many more blessings,
    Tally

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  40. Jerryl

    I like your paintings Eric, I have a friend who paints in his spare time and makes some good extra money. I think you have the talent to do the same!
    Looking forward to your next post as always.
    Jerryl

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  41. Brian Lee

    Eric….Marketer extraordinaire, now we find out you’re a talented artist. Who knew? God has blessed you richly!

    Best regards,

    Brian

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  42. Igor

    Hi Eric, Love your Paintings,accidentaly two days ago i was went to another city and took a little walk down the main street and i saw a guy who paints with car-color spray’s some unique and totaly sureal paintings, and i thought, this i can sell on the net, as i never saw anything similar like this. Although it’s not a info product, what do you think, can i go with this paintings. That guy sold a bunch of paintings(offline) while i was exchanging phone numbers with him.

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  43. Jose Damaso Ramon

    Eric:
    The paintings are great. Besides your marketing wisdom it is awesome to share with family your artistic values.
    Best regards,
    Jose Damaso Ramon

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  44. Eric Post author

    I just took a look at your artwork and was very impressed. Some great figure studies. Well done!

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  45. barnard e barrett

    pretty cool eric i might send these to all my friends in fort collins colorado and my daughter and family too im formerly from the fort 2025 n. college ave to be exact barney

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  46. Jeanette Colburn

    Eric,
    The painting are beautiful. You are so talented. Do you play, the paino, also, or does you and your wife play.
    I’m glad you are so willing to share things with your people, and being honest is one of the most important things in life.It is so good to have honest people around you.
    I enjoy your lessons. Keep up the good work

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  47. Eric Post author

    Cool! I think an opt-in is a great idea. In lesson 21 you will hear me talk about how some niches are best conquered by building a list on the front end and monetizing the back end.

    Since your niche is fairly small and obscure, I definitely recommend focusing on building a list, rather than “selling” something to a first time visitor. You need to capture like minded people onto your list and build a relationship with them to instill your vision. I think that’s going to be a key point to taking the next step toward your ultimate goal.

    I’ll be teaching about list building in the lessons. If you or anyone is planning on working ahead in that area, I recommend Aweber to host your list.

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  48. Eric Post author

    haha that’s not a bad idea šŸ˜‰

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  49. Eric Post author

    No I won’t be throwing in the towel just yet. First I need to finish ALL the lessons, and do a couple more things after that. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel though šŸ™‚

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