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    The Creative Life: How To Follow Your Bliss

    The Creative Life: How To Follow Your Bliss
    When I was eighteen, I found myself at a crossroad. I had grown up in a family where science and mathematics made proper courses of study for university. We didn’t have the vocabulary to understand what was wrong with me, why I was different. I wrote poetry, took pictures with the camera tilted at a jaunty angle, and added purple food-coloring ...
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    10 Reasons to Date an Artist

    10 Reasons to Date an Artist
    Artists are compassionate, have an unmistakable zeal for life and can find beauty in almost everything — quite the catch, huh?! But how does an artist convince someone outside the art industry that beneath their paint-stained clothes, crazy work stories about clients with bad taste and the nasty stereotype that artists are moody and brooding, that there's a great partner there? ...
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    How To Regain Your Confidence as an Artist

    How To Regain Your Confidence as an Artist
    Dear Dr. Maisel: I’m wondering how important confidence really is to an artist—and if it is really important, what can you do if you’ve lost some of it—or a lot of it! - Rachel L., Portland Thanks, Rachel. [widget:inarticlebulleted_artist_statement] Yes, creativity requires confidence—and life can rob you of confidence. A teacher can choose you as the person she wants to humiliate ...
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    6 Ways Artists Can Prevent Winter Depression

    6 Ways Artists Can Prevent Winter Depression
    The onset of fall brings beautiful foliage, crisp days warmed by hot cider, and holidays celebrating the great pumpkin. Unfortunately, this season’s arrival also means shorter days and therefore fewer daylight hours, which can make everyone a little SAD. SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, is characterized by feelings of depression or lethargy as a result of infrequent access to light. Symptoms ...
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    8 Foods That Will Bring You Luck in 2011

    8 Foods That Will Bring You Luck in 2011
    Ringing in the new year with good company and ample spirits is one of our oldest holiday traditions. Being surrounded by loved ones and bubbly champagne during the first seconds of January 1 sets the stage for a joyous future. (Well, aside from the post-celebratory headaches that some of us will experience in our very near-futures.) The start of a new ...
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    Six Tips to Becoming a Craft Show Superstar

    Six Tips to Becoming a Craft Show Superstar
    In an age where consumers have become as comfortable with e-commerce as they have with e-mail, the prospect of maintaining a presence in the physical marketplace can be lost on many a creative entrepreneur. But being physically present at a local craft show, arts and crafts festival, or business forum can be what sets your craft-brand-business apart from the competition. Even ...
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    10 Reasons to Date an Artist

    1. They’re Passionate! (!!!) Everyone knows that passionless relationships are (yawn) boring. And because of this lack of delightful excitement, most times they’re doomed to crash and burn. Maybe it’s the fact that artists are always looking to be inspired or share in the beauty of everyday life — but as long as you're with a creative type, you’ll never again ...
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    8 Career Goals for Creatives

    8 Career Goals for Creatives
    The new year is here and 2011 can be your blank canvas. Use it to take stock of your creative career and make a plan to grow and improve yourself throughout the year. To help you keep your artistic endeavors on the right track, we’ve come up with a list of eight ideas you should consider implementing into your creative ...
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    Best Workplace Designs for Freelancers

    Best Workplace Designs for Freelancers
    When it comes to freelance, usually freelancers work from home (unless you're a lucky designer who has his/her own office space). Either way, whether you're designing from home or an office space, the workplace you design in should be spot where all your artistic imaginations can flow freely. Make the choice between working from home (literally in an office room) or ...
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    6 Tips to Making New Habits Stick

    6 Tips to Making New Habits Stick
    Are you trying to cultivate a new habit? Are you having trouble being consistent with this habit? Our habits determine our quality of life. This month I'm doing group coaching with my readers, and I was intrigued to see that many of them have goals to cultivate new habits this month. They include very useful habits like: • Meditate every day ...
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    4 Steps to Creating an Inspiring Studio Space

    4 Steps to Creating an Inspiring Studio Space
    When setting up your design workspace take care to be organized and efficient to maximize your creativity and motivation! Your projects will benefit from a workspace that is not only well thought out but inspired by your life! Creativity Ideally, your workspace should be separate from your living area so as not to confuse work/life tasks and obligations. However, working in ...
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    Is an Art Residency Right for You?

    Is an Art Residency Right for You?
    Have you ever considered applying for an Art Residency? This type of opportunity can be a great experience – or not. Guest Blogger Joseph Cavalieri has been working in glass as a fine art form since 1997. Collected and exhibited worldwide, his work can also be seen on TV in The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special and in two issues of the ...
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    How Dating Rules Can Get You a Design Job

    How Dating Rules Can Get You a Design Job
    When I lost my job, the last thing I needed was a blank social calendar and empty bed. There’s only so much disappointment one girl can take. This modern-day Dorothy wanted to click her heels and have the perfect profession and pillow pal land right into her lap. Was that too much to ask? Maybe not. Monster contributing writer Nicole Williams ...
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    8 Career Goals for Creatives

    Sketch Daily No matter what kind of artist you are, taking the time to sketch down ideas in a notebook will improve your body of work and sharpen your skills. By making a commitment to sketch out thoughts and designs on a daily basis, you’ll be surprised with just how many different directions your artwork can go. Don’t let that next ...
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    How To: Start a Creative Reuse Revolution in Your Community in 5 Steps

    How To: Start a Creative Reuse Revolution in Your Community in 5 Steps
    About this time each year many of us discover things in the drawers of our cupboards, on the shelves of our closets, and underneath our beds that are the remnants of some well intentioned (or impulsive) purchase. And though the clutter takes different forms—the too small coat or the old, scratched vinyl—those things we once valued are usually given a second ...
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    7 Ways to Turn Your Art Into Holiday Gifts

    Elisha-Rio Apilado is a Chicago based graphic designer/illustrator and studio artist whose paintings and drawings have been featured in various exhibitions. Elisha studied studio art in Dallas, TX and moved back to Chicago where she obtained a B.F.A. in Visual Communications at the IL Institute of Art. She is currently diving into the career world of design while taking on ...
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    Relaxation Tips for Over-Worked Creatives

    Relaxation Tips for Over-Worked Creatives
    There are few things that I can say to my fellow create-on-demand pros that broadly applies, but of this statement I feel pretty confident: we are busy. We’re not busy in the sense that we have a lot to do, but we’re busy in the sense that we have a lot on our minds. We are typically conceptually mulling over several ...
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    Best Art Careers for Your Zodiac Sign

    [widget:inarticlequiz_careerchange] Were you born to be rich? A 2008 survey of close to 9,000 workers determined that those born under Scorpio, Leo, Taurus, and Cancer are the most likely to earn over $100,000 per year. Sorry Capricorn and Aquarius, you folks are most likely to earn under $35,000 per year. We won’t all be rich, but we can find satisfaction ...
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    How Art Mentors Can Create Career Success

    How Art Mentors Can Create Career Success
    Thinking back on my art career, when I found my Mentor, I believe that my development and progress was accelerated by several years! Because of my Mentor’s knowledge and experience I was able to bypass a lot of unnecessary trial and error, needless expense and most of all a lot of wasted time! Think of a Mentor as someone who can ...
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    Are Creative People More Apt to be Addicts?

    Are Creative People More Apt to be Addicts?
    Hi, Dr. Maisel, I have the sense that as a creative person I’m at greater risk than the next person to fall prey to an addiction. Is there some truth to my worry? Ronald L., Ft. Worth Thanks, Ronald. Yes, you are absolutely right. The short story “The Bound Man,” by the German author Ilse Aichinger, is a beautiful piece in ...
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