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Quick Meaning Repair

Every day we’re bombarded by small (and sometimes large) threats to our experience of life as meaningful. Maybe you get a painful rejection from a gallery. Suddenly painting (and life itself) may seem that much less meaningful. Or maybe you’ve invested meaning in a...

Get Ready for Holiday Stress!

Stress mounts up during the holiday season—and that season is coming! Life with all of its stresses doesn’t stop. Piled on top of those stressors are the calories of holiday indulging, the oh-so-right gifts to purchase, the interactions with family members we manage...

Five Tips for Dealing with Criticism

Five Tips for Dealing With Criticism Anyone who puts work on public display invites criticism. What are the best ways to deal with the criticism that may be coming? Read on! 1. Grow a thicker skin Your prime strategy is to grow a thicker skin and let criticism bounce...

Nostalgia as Inspiration

Have you ever thought about using nostalgia to inform your art? Read on! Nostalgia is a powerful emotion that connects us to the sweet and the bittersweet. We all possess a reservoir of special feelings about the toys and games of youth, the smells and sights, the...

Devotion and Discipline

Do you want to increase your discipline and your devotion? Here are a dozen inspirational quotes to help you do just that! "People think I am disciplined. It is not discipline. It is devotion. There is a great difference."-- Luciano Pavarotti "I had what it takes to...

Proving the Exception

What will help you prove the exception and up your chances of succeeding in the arts? Here are three tips: 1. Understand why “proving the exception” is vital First, understand this point. There are many places in life where you might want to “prove the rule” and not...

The Maybe Trap, Part 2

Last week I chatted about “the maybe trap.” Each of us knows why we shouldn’t hang out in maybe. This week I chat about how to break out of the maybe trap! Maybe is a state that puts us right the verge of meaninglessness. Maybe plays to our weaknesses, our anxieties,...

The Maybe Trap, Part I

Are you trapped in maybe, that special indecisiveness that can haunt an artist? Find out more now! What does being trapped in maybe sound like? Q: “Which will be your painting days this week?” A: “Maybe I can get in some painting on Tuesday and Thursday.” Q: “Will you...

Loosen Your Grip

Creativity isn’t something to control. We love to feel like we’re in control and endeavoring to be in control in really appropriate in many situations, like when we’re operating a band saw. But creating requires that we loosen up, engage in process, and see what...

Sleep On It!

If you’re trying to solve a creative problem—or any problem—there’s no better method than to sleep on it. Whether it’s a nap or a night’s sleep, your brain thinks while it sleeps when it isn’t dreaming and this sleep thinking often produces some of our best...

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