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    How Proving the Exception Makes an Artist Successful

    How Proving the Exception Makes an Artist Successful
    Dear Dr. Maisel: I don’t see that many artists really making it. Is there something special I should be doing to help myself stand out from the pack? Martha R., Los Angeles Thanks, Martha. Tens of millions of people produce visual art of one sort or another. It is a straightforward matter of supply and demand that not all of these ...
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    Finding Your Own Artistic Voice

    Finding Your Own Artistic Voice
    Dear Dr. Maisel: I’ve been painting for a long time but I have the feeling that I still haven’t found my own voice as an artist. Do you have any suggestions for how an artist can go about discovering what she really wants to say? Leslie T., Flagstaff Thank you, Leslie. Artists may work for a very long time, even a ...
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    Keep Your Creative Career Fresh

    Keep Your Creative Career Fresh
    As designers, it's essential that we stay inspired, motivated, and continue to learn and evolve in our craft. Given the opportunity to shift roles in this industry, it's important to stay fresh and keep the creative options wide open. Following are some techniques that can help clear and prepare your brain for original design thinking. Keep your eyes wide open Inspiration ...
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    Make Your Childhood Dream Career a Reality

    Make Your Childhood Dream Career a Reality
    What do you want to be when you grow up? Do you think we ever stop asking ourselves that question? It seems to be one of life’s great mysteries. When I was young I yearned to be a child prodigy. It seemed an easy way out. Let fate and genetics take the wheel, it was exhausting trying to sort life out ...
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    Expanding Your Creative Repertoire

    Expanding Your Creative Repertoire
    Dear Dr. Maisel: I have a certain style and I’m pretty comfortable doing what I currently do. But I also have the itch to stretch and try some new things. Do you have any suggestions for how I might expand my repertoire? Lionel F., Detroit Thanks, Lionel. There may be some new creative projects that you want to begin or some ...
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    How to Know When You're a Professional Artist

    How to Know When You're a Professional Artist
    Anyone can consider himself or herself a professional artist, but that doesn’t make it so. Here's how you can know when you're really a professional artist. 1. First, You Must Think Like a Professional Artist 100% of the Time. Everything starts in your mind. You must think like a professional artist all of the time. Become aware of all your attitudes ...
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    3 Barriers to Becoming a Successful Artist

    3 Barriers to Becoming a Successful Artist
    Artists who do not feel successful seem to run into 3 common barriers, mostly self-generated. The good news is that each of these barriers has an antidote that you already have within your grasp to becoming a successful artist. Barrier # 1: Wanting Too Much Too Soon •Some artists are unrealistic about what is possible in a certain time frame and ...
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    5 Secrets to Everlasting Optimism

    5 Secrets to Everlasting Optimism
    When you see a glass filled to the midway point with water do you automatically wonder why there is no ice? It’s not unusual to be a cynic, in fact a little bit of the glass half empty attitude can be a healthy way to keep emotions and expectations in check. Hope gives us sustenance - even the slightest bit of ...
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    10 Ways Artists Can Overcome Spring Fever

    10 Ways Artists Can Overcome Spring Fever
    This article was originally posted on FineArtTips.com. This winter has been a bit too cold, long and confining for this native, California girl! I must admit I’ve caught Spring Fever, a common woe that strikes when the days begin to get longer and warmer. This time of year it is customary for people to blame Spring Fever for their restless or ...
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    "You’ll Never Make a Living as an Artist”

    "You’ll Never Make a Living as an Artist”
    Who said that to you? Was it your parents, who wore concerned looks while they tried to steer you into declaring a business major? Did your eyes glaze over as you imagined a noose around your neck, dragging you to a windowless cubicle in a nondescript office building where you would face a dreary existence for the rest of your life? ...
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    How To Handle Creative Disasters

    How To Handle Creative Disasters
    Hello, Dr. Maisel: Last week I finished a painting and it was an unmitigated disaster. There was nothing about it I liked! Do you have any hints for dealing with situations like this where the thing you just finished is a complete wreck? -Raphael J., San Francisco Thanks, Raphael. [gate] [widget:inarticlebulleted_interview] If you had high hopes for your current painting and ...
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    Vital Safety Tips for Outdoor Painters

    Vital Safety Tips for Outdoor Painters
    This article was originally published on FineArtTips.com. Painting pretty pictures in the great outdoors is not a walk in the park. In fact, plein air painting is tough work. It takes us from the controlled environment of our studios and into the unpredictable environment of Mother Nature. Outdoor painting with a pochade box is a wonderful experience, but believe it or ...
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    7 Ways Artists Make Their Own Luck

    Some folks have all the luck. Want to be one of them? Most artists could use a little luck. After all, the starving artist stereotype does exist — even if it’s just a myth. No artist should ever give up because they’re feeling uninspired or a painting doesn’t sell. Luck isn’t just some magical force that only shines down on ...
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    How To Finish What You Start

    How To Finish What You Start
    Not finishing what you start can begin to eat away at you in small, insidious ways and can lead to feeling overwhelmed, lethargic, tense and unconfident. This has always been an issue for me and I’ll admit that I used to love starting things, but never seemed to finish them. It wasn’t as if I intended to NOT finish them, I ...
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    5 Reasons Why Some Artists are Successful

    5 Reasons Why Some Artists are Successful
    This article was originally published on FineArtTips.com Guest author/artist advisor: Aletta de Wal “There is no formula for success, except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.” -Arthur Rubinstein STOP. Before you read this article, close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths and imagine. Now let your mind find a memory of a time when you felt ...
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    10 Ways to Save Big on Art Supplies

    As artists, we know that a trip to the art supply store can be expensive. Shopping for one item can quickly lead to a full cart, and it’s exactly these careless habits that can become dangerous, especially for artists trying to watch their budget or turn a profit. Ideally, established artists making regular sales should be able to purchase the ...
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    Why Outsiders Make Better Artists

    Why Outsiders Make Better Artists
    Artsy Shark recently spoke to David Couper, coach and author of Outsiders on the Inside, an acclaimed book on transforming your career by turning your differences into assets. We discussed how artists can use their “outsider” status to enhance their work and their marketability. AS: Artists often perceive themselves as outsiders. How do they identify and accept this? DC: Identify as ...
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    Selling Your Work Online: The Etsy Option

    Selling Your Work Online: The Etsy Option
    Imagine a place where you could sell your art to an international audience. A place that was friendly and easy to work with, whose commission fees were small, and where you were able to control what the audience saw and read about your work. Such a place is not just a figment of the imagination! It is real, and more and ...
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    Invite Creativity into Your Everyday Life

    Invite Creativity into Your Everyday Life
    Funny, when one thinks about creativity they often associate it with the arts, music, etc. But what about other parts of your life? How can you use creativity to re-invent those? Of course, it makes since to discuss creativity in terms of the arts (as this IS an art blog) but I wanted to try to expand the perception of what ...
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    Is Sleeping In is Exhausting Your Art Career?

    Is Sleeping In is Exhausting Your Art Career?
    Anyone who knows me will tell you that I love to sleep. I’m like a baby in that regard—if I don’t get enough rest, I’m a zombie of Evil Dead –esque proportions the next day. I used to pride myself on the fact that I catch more Zs than most people I know; while they chug coffee and sleep in till ...
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