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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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    "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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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