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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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    How 5K Facebook Friends Can Fast-Track Your Career

    How 5K Facebook Friends Can Fast-Track Your Career
    Mixed media artist Destry Sparks originally got a Facebook account when his wife set it up as a joke. Now, not only has he embraced the idea of social media, but has taken it to the next level to promote his art, his shows, other artists, galleries and discussion. What merits attention to this Facebook user is that not only has ...
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    How to Break into Advertising

    How to Break into Advertising
    What's the most important qualification advertising agencies look for in young candidates, whether their interests lean toward the creative professions, account management or media buying? Industry experts say it's all about having the right instincts (and preferably some training) about how to deliver a crafted message to a targeted audience in the complex universe of advertising media. Here's a look at ...
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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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    The Art of Good Collaboration

    The Art of Good Collaboration
    How to find an art partner and share artistic ideas successfully! Collaboration is another word for teamwork. It's the art of merging two or more creative whizzes, whether it is an artist and a writer, an artist and a photographer or an artist and a musician. This powerful partnership has the ability to create a massive explosion of creativity and result ...
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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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    25 Ways to Spread the Word About Your Art

    25 Ways to Spread the Word About Your Art
    You’ve put in tons of studio time, developed a signature style, created a body of work and are serious about selling your art or crafts and building your business. Even if you’re an experienced pro, are you doing everything you can to market yourself and create opportunities for sales every day? Here are 25 ways to spread the word, spur interest ...
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    Should Artists Blog?

    Should Artists Blog?
    This article was originally published on FineArtTips.com. Professionals artists and novices alike would agree that art lends itself to solitude. From the studio to the gallery — both creating and viewing art tends to be an individualized experience. But is this a necessity of the field, or just a bad habit? Art blogs help artists to reach beyond the canvas or ...
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    How To Write a Press Release for Art Events

    How To Write a Press Release for Art Events
    Press releases can be a helpful tool for artists who want to bring awareness to their art, successfully market and advertise their brand, as well as get people to their website or portfolio. But what exactly is a press release? A press release is defined as “a prepared statement about something deemed newsworthy that will be distributed in the news media ...
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    Recognizable Style or Variety of Art - What's Better?

    Recognizable Style or Variety of Art - What's Better?
    When I was a part of the smARTist Telesummit, I got a question that I seem to answer a lot: Is it better to have a consistent, recognizable style or can you create a variety of art and still succeed in art licensing? I have talked with a lot of coaching clients about this decision and, while there is no right ...
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    Art Submissions Getting You Nowhere?

    Art Submissions Getting You Nowhere?
    ...often the answer has nothing to do with you or your art. I'm always amazed when artists thank me profusely for responding to their art submissions, especially when I turn them down. They seem to just be glad that someone actually took the time to respond to them, because with most submissions they never ever hear back. Not a positive, not ...
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