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The Psychological Effects of Artist Conventions

If you’re an artist, you may sometimes find yourself in one of the following situations. Maybe you enter a juried competition, one of your paintings is accepted for the competition, and, although you discover that you haven’t won a coveted ribbon, you nevertheless...

Artists and Their Difficult Families

Family life, the creative life, and just plain human life all present their challenges. Do they ever! Today I wanted to invite you to take a look at my new book, Overcoming Your Difficult Family, which can help you a lot with the challenges that come with family life:...

Artistic Anxiety, Part 4, Handling a Racing Brain

As we discuss anxiety and anxiety management, we also want to take a look at the thing commonly called “mania.” Mania can hit anyone, since it can be induced by street drugs and by other causes as well as by the dynamics of one’s own racing, needy brain. But I want to...

The Inevitability of Artistic Anxiety

This week we start a five-week series looking at artistic anxiety. The creative process, the creative personality, and living the artist’s life all generate a substantial amount of anxiety. The sources of all this anxiety are many: the need to go into the unknown to...

6 Obstacles to Marketplace Relating

Maybe your artwork is piling up and you just know that you have to make some connections in the art marketplace. Still, you feel paralyzed. Let’s consider the following six obstacles to marketplace relating that may be stopping you—and what you can do to handle them....

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...

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