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More Tips for Proving the Exception

In a past post I provided three tips for proving the exception as an artist. In this post, I’ll provide three more and next week I’ll conclude with a last four. Proving the exception is vital: I hope these tips help point the way! 4. Step into the shoes of “someone...

Creativity, 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...

The Pain of Dashed Hopes, Part 1

Most artists experience fewer marketplace opportunities than they want or need. When one of those precious few opportunities nets little or nothing, the pain is tremendous. How can you deal with the reality that even marketed, promoted, and hyped events may produce...

17 Artists on Beauty

How do artists think about beauty? In many, many different ways! “The pain passes but the beauty remains.” -- Pierre Auguste Renoir “The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.” -- Francis Bacon “If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon nd...

14 Artists on Loving Art

"I love red so much that I almost want to paint everything red." -- Alexander Calder ** "I hardly ever paint people unless I'm rather in love with them." -- Sylvia Sleigh ** "Every picture shows a spot with which the artist himself has fallen in love." -- Alfred...

Not Creating and Physical Problems, Part 2

Last week I asked you to think about the following question: “Is there a connection between my relationship to creating and my physical health?” This week I’d like to continue our discussion by providing you with some tips to help you deal with any mysterious physical...

Not Creating and Physical Problems, Part 1

It has surprised me to learn how many of my creative and performing artist clients are burdened by physical problems. Almost every client has a persistent, chronic ailment of some sort, many of the mysterious variety that can’t seem to get diagnosed properly. What is...

10 Great Creativity Tips

1. Be consistent in showing up. Getting to your creative work only once in a while won’t keep it alive. Make “routine” and “regularity” sacred words! 2. Who knows how many artists fail because the light that shines through them is refracted in a thousand directions...

When You’re Not Inspired, Tip #5

An artist had better not wait to be inspired before beginning to work, since inspiration typically only comes to artists who are willing to work when not inspired. Tchaikovsky put it this way: "I'm inspired about every fifth day but I only get that fifth day if I show...

When You’re Not Inspired, Tip #4

An artist had better not wait to be inspired before beginning to work, since inspiration typically only comes to artists who are willing to work when not inspired. Tchaikovsky put it this way: "I'm inspired about every fifth day but I only get that fifth day if I show...

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