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10 Fall Resolutions for Artists

1. I will create every day. Or almost every day! 2. I will market every day. Or at least on lots of days! 3. I will make some new, excellent connections. And not just Facebook friends and twitter followers! 4. I will find at least one person who wants to write about...

Expanding Your Repertoire, Part 3

Over the past two weeks I’ve shared six tips for expanding your repertoire. Here are the final four. Enjoy! 7. Stretch in a new direction If you’re moving in a genuinely new direction, that movement is likely to feel risky as well as exciting. Remember that risky...

Expanding Your Repertoire, Part 2

This week we look at three more tips for expanding your repertoire. 4. Investigate your fears We often hide from ourselves the fact that something is making us scared or anxious. Maybe we have real fears that our drawing skills aren’t up to snuff but keep dodging that...

Expanding Your Repertoire, Part 1

There may be some new creative projects that you want to begin or some new ways of marketing and promoting yourself that you know would be smart to attempt but something seems to be holding you back. Over the next three weeks I’ll provide ten tips for expanding your...

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...

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