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    Artists Explain Their Work to Their Parents

    Artists Explain Their Work to Their Parents
    These videos made by Dutch filmmakers Lerner & Sander are a fitting tie-in with this season's Work Issue. Nine creative people working in abstract fields—ranging from a craft-beer maker to a video artist to a photographer—sit down with their parents and try to explain to them what, exactly, they do. The series, "How to Explain It to My Parents?," is at ...
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    8 Best Ways Artists Can Combat Wrist Pain

    8 Best Ways Artists Can Combat Wrist Pain
    If you are an artist, you understand how very important your hand, arm and wrist are. I have heard of concert pianists who have "hand insurance". Sounds a little weird until you stop and think about it -- if they broke their arm or hurt their hand, they'd be out of business, right? It's like professional athlete's who are injured, they ...
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    Is Creativity More Reinvention or Invention?

    Is Creativity More Reinvention or Invention?
    I used to really get hung up on this, that is, really trying to come up with some creative project/thing that the world has never seen before and that will make me/them instantly rich (and famous). But, in actuality, most of the wealth created created in the world comes from the reinvention of an existing product or service. Nothing could be ...
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    Top Ways to Fail as an Artist

    Top Ways to Fail as an Artist
    In the spirit of Ben Stein’s How to Ruin Your Life, the following is a starter list on how not to succeed in your art career. How many can you add? Share your wisdom in the comments below! • Believe in the myth of the starving artist. • Take all of your own portfolio shots (preferably out-of-focus with poor lighting). • ...
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    Myths About Passion and Your Art Career

    Myths About Passion and Your Art Career
    If you Google “find your passion” you will get 39,000,000 hits. Go to the self-help section of any bookstore and you will see 50 or more volumes on finding your passion, following your passion, living your passion. Every other social media bio has a reference to “passionate about.” Passion, as they say, is the new black. So I was hardly surprised ...
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    Artists Tell All: How to Meet Deadlines

    Artists Tell All: How to Meet Deadlines
    Dr. Maisel, I have a deadline coming up in a few months and I’m finding myself procrastinating badly. Any tips? - Barbara L., Minneapolis Thanks, Barbara. Here are some tips from artists and writers about how they meet their deadlines—and how you can meet yours. Jerry, a portrait painter, explained: “The thing that works best for me is to have a ...
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    How To Make Every Day Your Masterpiece

    How To Make Every Day Your Masterpiece
    I wanted to discuss a bit about creating a masterpiece but a masterpiece of a different kind. I’m referring to your creativity. I have been thinking quite a lot about what legendary college basketball’s coach John Wooden was often fond of saying: "Make every day your masterpiece." Of course, there is the play on the word masterpiece but it goes a ...
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    How to Create Bold Art Goals

    How to Create Bold Art Goals
    So what’s in store for 2010? Have you set any goals? Any milestones you want to hit? Anything that would make 2010 extra super spectacular and mega cool? A lot of people I know don’t even like to think ahead in fear that they will reach too high and then be disappointed – like all the other times before that they ...
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    Boosting Art Sales Via Practical Creativity

    Boosting Art Sales Via Practical Creativity
    Creativity is such a huge subject but I wanted to take a stab at one issue that I think might be helpful for artists and creatives (at least something to think about) There is such a prevalent myth out there that’s it’s good to be more creative. Now this can be a snake pit, bear trap and maze all rolled into ...
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    Understanding the French Auction House System

    Understanding the French Auction House System
    The chaotically charming Hôtel Drouot in Paris’ 9th arrondissement is the epicenter of the French auction house world, where dealers, collectors and the simply curious flock to daily public auctions featuring fine art in all styles, furniture, jewelry, books, silver, china, wine, and objets d’art. Approximately 800,000 lots are sold each year with prices in the hundreds of euros to several ...
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    How to Design Responsibly

    How to Design Responsibly
    “Dubai Shares See Biggest Fall This Year” read the headline in the business section of the BBC World Service Web site near the end of 2009. As soon as we saw it, my architect friends and I began discussing crisis and chaos in the middle east’s wealthy city state. The architects directed most of their ire at bankers. Last year was ...
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    What Not to Wear to a Holiday Work Party

    What Not to Wear to a Holiday Work Party
    December is great time year! The work load lessens and social calendars fill up. Most employers get into the spirit of the holidays by hosting a party to celebrate the year's accomplishments. It's a time to kick back, relax, and get to know your fellow coworkers on a more personal level. If you've worked hard on your professional reputation, don't throw ...
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    Top Inspirational Stories of 2009

    Top Inspirational Stories of 2009
    ArtBistro has collected stories of success in the arts from 2009. At the year-end it is valuable to recognize what went well in your career and what you can improve in the next. Below are stories of success from artists and designers from around the world that will inspire you to reach to your highest goals and desires in 2010. There ...
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    Inspirational Quotes for Artists and Designers

    There's nothing more frustrating to an artist than a creative block. You strain your brain to make something happen, but nothing comes out. You’re out of ideas. And it seems like there's nothing you can do to fix the situation. But as a professional artist, you know you must get back in the zone — your job depends on it! Here ...
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