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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...

Bountiful Holiday Gift for You!

To celebrate my more than fifty books, my webmaster and guru designer Ron Wheatley has put together a gorgeous sampling of twelve of my books that we’d like to offer you as a gift. With selections from The Van Gogh Blues, Coaching the Artist Within, Mastering Creative...

Art Bundle for Good

The Art Bundle for Good folks do a lovely job of collecting multiple resources for artists and then providing them at one low price. Their current bundle has 111 items in it, including several by me. Mine include Connect with Gallery Owners, Curators, Collectors and...

Retaining Your List

Last week I chatted about building your list of email addresses. You absolutely want to build your list; but you also want to retain that list! A blog post that strikes the wrong note can lose you 10% of your list overnight. One well-known artist, whose large list...

Building Your List

“Your list” is shorthand for your ability to reach folks. You might reach folks via an electronic newsletter that you send out regularly or intermittently, a physical flyer, a brochure or a postcard that you mail, or an announcement that you make on your blog, via...

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...

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