Dealing with Criticism, Part 2

Anyone who puts creative work out in the world invites criticism. What are the best ways to deal with the criticism that may be coming? Here are five useful tips: 1. Grow a thicker skin Your prime strategy is to grow a thicker skin and let criticism bounce right off...

Dealing with Criticism, Part 1

When you enter the marketplace, you open yourself up to criticism. You might as well accept that fact. Some people will like what you do and others won’t—and those who don’t may well share their unflattering opinions with you. Nothing injures the psyche more...

Who Are You in Public?

To what extent ought you to be your “real self” in your public interactions in the art marketplace? Think of the elementary school teacher who would love to smile but who has learned that to maintain order in her classroom she must adopt a certain stern attitude until...

Basics of Relating in the Art Marketplace

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...

Creating in the Middle of Things

Unless you are impervious to the facts of existence—and no one is—you must learn how to create in the middle of things. You must learn how to create when wars are raging and when your own hormones are raging. You must learn how to create even if you hate your...