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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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