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Live-Apart Relationships

Artists struggle as they try to balance their desire for relationship with the many real and perceived drawbacks of relationship. Some come to feel that they do best with a partner whom they see relatively rarely—and then they wonder if that is really a completely...

Are You a Brand?

What makes for a visual artist’s brand? Is it: + An instantly recognizable style? + A consistency of style, a consistency of subject matter, or both? + Imagery that strikes a commercial chord? + Branding around the cult of personality, where you get known for your...

Art and Wild Nature

Nature is not a placid sort of thing, not to artists! Here are ten artists on wild nature: ** "I try to work all over the canvas at once, because I feel that the forces of nature are unpredictable."-- Nell Blaine "Snow. Beauty everywhere, nothing but beauty. And...

Trauma and Art, Part 3, Michael’s Story

The following report is contributed by the French writer and visual artist Michael: I was sexually abused as a child at age eleven by my uncle and I also suffered prolonged emotional, psychological and physical abuse while growing up, in particular from my father. The...

Trauma and Art, Part 2

Trauma can harm us in two ways. First, it can live on in memory, exploding into consciousness and flooding us with powerful, painful emotions. Second, it is a change agent that can transform us in seriously unfortunate ways, turning us into a weaker, sadder, more...

The Daily Grind

Just making enough money so as to be able to live is a painful part of virtually every creative individual’s personal story. Some opt for second careers that then consume them; others become dependent on loved ones; others struggle with poor-paying, demeaning day...

Trauma and art

There are many diverse and complicated ways in which early trauma, recent trauma, and ongoing trauma affect your ability to create, influence your subject matter choices, and make living the creative life that much more difficult. I am currently researching the...

Is It Discipline or Is It Devotion?

Is it discipline or is it devotion? Or is it both! "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 make a good artist: sensitivity and tremendous willpower." -- Alice Neel...

Proving the Exception, Part 3

Here are the concluding four tips on how to prove the exception. Enjoy! 7. Become really available You could act as if relating in the marketplace is a tremendously burdensome thing and make yourself only grudgingly available—for meetings, for interviews, for audience...

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...

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