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    Be Productive Even in Short Studio Sessions

    Be Productive Even in Short Studio Sessions
    Dear Dr. Maisel: Like any artist, I crave long periods of time in the studio. But in fact those long periods are awfully hard to come by and I know that I’m letting all those smaller bits of time that are available to me get away from me. Any thoughts on reclaiming those lost, fleeting minutes that fly by each day? ...
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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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    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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    10 Books Every Creative Pro Must Read

    Interested in a good read? These ten books are straight from my bookshelf at home and have helped me become a successful artist. If you have a favorite read, please add your suggestions in the comments below! Featured Author: Elisha-Rio Apilado Elisha-Rio Apilado is a Chicago based graphic designer/illustrator and studio artist whose paintings and drawings have been featured in various ...
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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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    10 Ways to Save Big on Art Supplies

    As artists, we know that a trip to the art supply store can be expensive. Shopping for one item can quickly lead to a full cart, and it’s exactly these careless habits that can become dangerous, especially for artists trying to watch their budget or turn a profit. Ideally, established artists making regular sales should be able to purchase the ...
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    Why Outsiders Make Better Artists

    Why Outsiders Make Better Artists
    Artsy Shark recently spoke to David Couper, coach and author of Outsiders on the Inside, an acclaimed book on transforming your career by turning your differences into assets. We discussed how artists can use their “outsider” status to enhance their work and their marketability. AS: Artists often perceive themselves as outsiders. How do they identify and accept this? DC: Identify as ...
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    How To Tackle Hard Creative Projects

    How To Tackle Hard Creative Projects
    Dear Dr. Maisel: I am pretty good at doing work that comes easily to me but I know that I shy away from the creative work that might prove the richest and the most exciting — but that scares me by its largeness and technical difficulties. Any advice about how I can choose hard projects, instead of always choosing easy ones? ...
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    Tips for Great Beverage Packaging Design

    Tips for Great Beverage Packaging Design
    The primary goal of package design is to attract a customer’s attention. It is competing with many other similar products on the shelf, after all. Because it must stand out, it cannot simply inform the customer, but provoke feelings and emotions. The package design sells the product and must look attractive. There are many ways to be creative with package design ...
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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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    15 Awesomely Artistic Brew Labels

    St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner... And, in the spirit of the only holiday that actually condones consuming copious amounts of beer, all things green and… pinching, we’ve gathered the 15 most artistic beer labels we could find. So sit back, relax and crack open a cold one (not at work, of course!) and take a look at ...
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    10 Tips for Getting Art Fair and Open Studio Visitors

    10 Tips for Getting Art Fair and Open Studio Visitors
    This article was originally published on FineArtTips.com Recently, I took part in a local open studio event, in a public space, together with seven other artists. I tested a number of strategies to bring visitors into my art booth and keep them there to look at my art. The tips below will be helpful for artists taking part in an art ...
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    Why Snail Mail Art Licensing Submissions Fail

    Why Snail Mail Art Licensing Submissions Fail
    Before the internet, if an artist wanted to submit artwork to a publisher, agent or manufacturer, the artist either had to do it personally in a face-to-face meeting or send the art submission through the mail. Back then, artists were told that mailed submissions had to have a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) inside to make sure the recipient was able easily ...
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    How Get Started in Web Design

    How Get Started in Web Design
    Getting into web design, like any other art field, takes time and energy. It’s an industry that’s rapidly growing, and one that can be a little intimidating. But rapid growth doesn’t have to be scary. It means opportunity, after all. We use the web a little more each and everyday. And new websites are popping up every second — websites that ...
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    Are You a Sell Out Because You Sell Art?

    Are You a Sell Out Because You Sell Art?
    You love creating art. It’s your heart, your soul and essential to your sanity. But is supporting yourself with your art what you really want to do? Will you be able to maintain your integrity as an artist, with creative freedom and growth, when you have to make sales of your work to pay the bills? Would you be a slave ...
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    10 Secrets to Success in Art Licensing

    So much of the art that is submitted to us for review at Porterfield's is just beautiful, and yet is completely unsuitable for licensing. I know that sounds like a contradiction. How can beautiful art not appeal to potential licensees? Isn't that what print, card, giftware and home decor companies really want to put on their products? In most cases ...
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    7 Methods for Choosing Better Subject Matter

    7 Methods for Choosing Better Subject Matter
    Dear Dr. Maisel, Once I start painting I know what I’m doing but I have the hardest time getting started. For instance I’ll set it up a still life and then I find myself asking, ‘Well, what do I want to do with this?’ It feels like I’m really very uncertain about my subject matter choices. Do you have any suggestions ...
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    5 Wacky Ways to Ditch Your Comfort Zone

    Don't be afraid to think outside the box! Did you know that most artists never (never!) experiment outside their comfort zone? Whether it's a graphic designer who always uses the same typeface, a painter who only paints with acrylics or a photographer who just shoots portraits, most of us artists tend to settle with what we know. Does this sound familiar? ...
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    How To Sell Your Art on Facebook

    Interested in using Facebook to sell your art, but not sure how? Artists know relationships sell art. And, social media is a great way for artists to market and promote their work, connect with buyers and ultimately make the sale! ArtBistro partner, Lori McNee got the scoop from two successful artists who‘ve transformed Facebook into their very own profitable gallery ...
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    Is Research a Crucial Part of Good Design?

    Is Research a Crucial Part of  Good Design?
    To do our best work, designers must have a full understanding of the problem to solve the issues at hand. Doing upfront research is a pivotal step in the upfront design process. We must get to know the industry landscape to ensure the creative product will be unique and marketable for our clients. Our clients bring industry expertise to the table ...
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