25 Artists’ Risks for Addiction

Below are twenty-five challenges, vulnerabilities, risks, and needs in an artist’s life. Each of these can cause an artist to want to soothe himself with a substance or a behavior—and over time that soothing can result in an addiction. 1. Biological Risks. These are...

Does Your Mate Understand You?

I’ve worked with creative and performing artists for thirty-five years as a family therapist, couples’ counselor, and creativity coach. Over the course of that time I’ve acquired a good feel for why relationships in the arts prove so difficult. What do these...

Building Your Mailing List

What is your “list” and why would you want one or need one? Your list is simply the email addresses you collect of folks who might be interested in what you do as an artist, as a teacher of art, as a workshop leader, etc. It is one of the ways—perhaps your most...

5 Tips for Great Marketplace Relating!

Relationships in the arts are complicated. You may be very friendly with a fellow painter and also quite envious of her. You may actively dislike a gallery owner or a collector but decide that he is too valuable to cast aside, maybe because he is your only advocate or...

11 Days of Love

How do artists describe their love affair with art? Take a look! 1. “I love red so much that I almost want to paint everything red.” –Alexander Calder 2. “I hardly ever paint people unless I’m rather in love with them.” —...