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Art Marketplace Relationship Basics, Part 3

Over the past two weeks we’ve looked at ten rules for effective marketplace relating. Below are five more—that completes the list! 11. Negotiate. It is part of our repertoire of relationship skills to negotiate but we tend not to use that skill with marketplace...

Art Marketplace Relationship Basics, Part 2

Last week we looked at five sensible rules for effective marketplace relating. Below are five more. Next week we’ll finish up with an additional five. 6. Expect people to come with shadows. Everybody you’ll be dealing with is a human being who comes with all of the...

Art Marketplace Relationship Basics, Part 1

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...

Artists, Boredom and Addiction, Part 2

Last week we chatted about the special challenges that artists face with regard to the issue of boredom. This week: what to do! We have a billion videos to watch to fill up our spare time, a trillion blog posts to read, and a zillion tweets to send and receive. We...

Artists, Boredom and Addiction

Boredom is a serious psychological and existential problem for many people and an especially serious problem for creatives in recovery. If you’re creative, you’re likely to find boredom unbearable. That dreadful feeling is a trigger for using drugs or alcohol or...

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." -- Sylvia Sleigh 3. "Every picture shows a spot...

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