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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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    "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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Invite Creativity into Your Everyday Life

    Invite Creativity into Your Everyday Life
    Funny, when one thinks about creativity they often associate it with the arts, music, etc. But what about other parts of your life? How can you use creativity to re-invent those? Of course, it makes since to discuss creativity in terms of the arts (as this IS an art blog) but I wanted to try to expand the perception of what ...
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    How To Deal When a Juror Thinks Your Art Stinks

    How To Deal When a Juror Thinks Your Art Stinks
    After submitting for a juried art show and being rejected, it can be quite a negative experience to the artist. Sometimes this will lead the artist to doubt their artistic talent, their technique and their overall sense of well being. Artists’ should understand that the decision as to who is accepted into a show is a very subjective and personal decision ...
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    Do You Consider Yourself an Artist?

    Do You Consider Yourself an Artist?
    Academic degrees are not required. There are no certifications. But it is anticipated that you bring passion, dedication and talent to the profession. Do you have it? Art can be tangible or intangible, practical or impractical, private or public, appreciated or disregarded. Making art exists in a vast arena with no license. But that does not make it easy; it has ...
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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 to Deal with Negative Criticism

    How to Deal with Negative Criticism
    Sooner or later, it’s bound to happen – that person that you’ve just been dying to have come to your studio or look at your portfolio finally does… and they don’t like what they see. But instead of being crushed by the experience, how can you respond to negative criticism in a way that turns the whole situation into a positive ...
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