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10 Inspirational Quotes for Summer

Summer is upon us! Here are ten inspirational quotes for this sultry season: 1. "I have gone into roses and have over a thousand planted. There is nothing like making pictures with real things."-- Mary Cassatt 2. "Wherever I go I need a period of incubation so that I...

A European Artist in Asia

Here are the thoughts of one artist raised in Europe and living in Asia about her experience of culture. Ingrid explained: "I have been living in cultures other than my own for the last ten years, in Canada, in Europe and now in Asia. Living in Singapore and creating...

The Psychological Effects of Artist Conventions

If you’re an artist, you may sometimes find yourself in one of the following situations. Maybe you enter a juried competition, one of your paintings is accepted for the competition, and, although you discover that you haven’t won a coveted ribbon, you nevertheless...

Artists and Their Difficult Families

Family life, the creative life, and just plain human life all present their challenges. Do they ever! Today I wanted to invite you to take a look at my new book, Overcoming Your Difficult Family, which can help you a lot with the challenges that come with family life:...

Artistic Anxiety, Part 4, Handling a Racing Brain

As we discuss anxiety and anxiety management, we also want to take a look at the thing commonly called “mania.” Mania can hit anyone, since it can be induced by street drugs and by other causes as well as by the dynamics of one’s own racing, needy brain. But I want to...

The Inevitability of Artistic Anxiety

This week we start a five-week series looking at artistic anxiety. The creative process, the creative personality, and living the artist’s life all generate a substantial amount of anxiety. The sources of all this anxiety are many: the need to go into the unknown to...

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