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Authoritarians in the Art Marketplace

I’ve been writing a lot lately about authoritarians: what you can expect from them, how contact with them harms you and wounds you, and what you can do to heal and recover from authoritarian wounding. Artists, who are typically sensitive and who are typically aligned...

Change That Self-Talk, Part 2

Change That Self-Talk! Marketing is hard enough without sabotaging yourself with unhelpful self-talk. You say that you don’t like marketing? Change your self-talk! Last week we looked at five unhelpful thoughts-and-reframes; here are the concluding five. 6. “There are...

If You Hate Marketing, Change Your Self-Talk!

Marketing is hard enough without sabotaging yourself with unhelpful self-talk. You say that you don’t like marketing? Change your self-talk! What you say to yourself helps your ability to market your art or hurts your ability to market your art. Even if the thought...

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,...

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