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    How Can You Be More Original?

    How Can You Be More Original?
    This article is a continuation of my previous column in which I looked at our need to be different as a condition of considering ourselves creative: In it I shared an example of a Bielenberg-inspired “think wrong” technique for uncovering new and authentic ideas. Of course, there is no single method for generating new, interesting and relevant ideas, but here are ...
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    Creative Jolt! 6 Ways to Get Inspired

    Creative Jolt! 6 Ways to Get Inspired
    Having the ability to draw, paint, and turn our imagination/ideas into reality in a variety of media is an amazing gift. You're able to put out into the world what you visualize. The execution of making an idea an actual object/drawing has a variety of processes — and sometimes even getting to the point of formulating an idea to later convert ...
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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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    How To Bounce Back from the Holidays

    How To Bounce Back from the Holidays
    Get back in the groove. I don’t know about you, but a holiday, long weekend, or visit from family or friends can derail me from any momentum I might have built up in my day-to-day business tasks. Don’t get me wrong, breaks and vacations are vitally important when it comes to keeping your sanity. However, it can be challenging to get ...
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    Should Your Creations Be “Entirely Yours”?

    Should Your Creations Be “Entirely Yours”?
    Dear Dr. Maisel: I’m an art student and I like to copy the paintings of artists I respect so as to learn how they did what they did. Is there anything wrong with copying? Some of my friends think that there is. What do you think? -- Ashley R., Savannah Thanks, Ashley! There’s certainly nothing wrong with copying—not in the context ...
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    Creative Drive: What's Bothering You?

    Creative Drive: What's Bothering You?
    Many people think of creative inspiration as that rapture of emotion that suddenly sweeps us up and carries us off to the land of brilliance. But that isn’t necessarily the case. While many insights result from our being moved in some way by an experience, often the best source of inspiration is to simply take note of what’s bothering us. Discontent ...
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    Can You Fake Yourself Happy?

    Can You Fake Yourself Happy?
    Today is a particularly frustrating day for you; in fact, you might even categorize it as a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. (Okay, maybe you’re having a great day, but for the sake of the story, just go with me.) In this situation, you have one of two choices: wallow in misery and let your grumpy mood fester, or ...
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    Should You Disguise Your Artistic Identity to Sell Art?

    Should You Disguise Your Artistic Identity to Sell Art?
    Hello, Dr. Maisel, I’ve been wondering about the following question. Is it smarter to “be myself” when I present myself in the art marketplace (and I’m not so sure that “me” is either attractive or wanted) or should I try to adopt some persona and “be somebody” the marketplace wants (if I could figure out who that might be)? I’m guessing ...
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    What is a Good Artist Statement?

    What is a Good Artist Statement?
    Troy Muller prefers a paintbrush to a pen. He's a painter, not a writer. But that doesn't pacify those darn gallery directors, curators and art reviewers who demand some sort of explanation for his work. They're looking for a neat and clean paragraph that pushes aside hours of creation, frustration and elation and cuts to a concise meaning. An artist statement. ...
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    7 Ways to Improve Your Self-Confidence

    7 Ways to Improve Your Self-Confidence
    We live in a time when we are constantly bombarded with images, ideas, and sound bytes that tell us who we should be, could be, and ought to be. Unless you live in a cave, you can’t escape their massive barrage, and let’s face it, even from a cave you could probably still get text messages. [widget:inarticlequiz_selfesteem] Think of all you ...
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    Creative Jolt! 6 Ways to Get Inspired

    Look to the Past Art has evolved in so many ways throughout time. It's even inspired by and inspires social trends, historical events and technology. There are a number of art movements from art nouveau to pop art and so many more and taking a look at the artwork of masters like Leonardo de Vinci or Pablo Picasso can be very ...
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    "I'm Not Talented and I Don't Have a Chance!"

    "I'm Not Talented and I Don't Have a Chance!"
    Hi, Dr. Maisel: I find that my own thoughts—thoughts like “I’m not really that talented” and “I don’t stand a chance”—get in the way of my ability to create. I could use some help! - Marcia L., Seattle Sure thing, Marcia! [widget:inarticlebuttonquiz_successful_designer] There are many extremely useful tactics available from the cognitive-behavioral school of therapy that you can use to get ...
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    5 Tips for Writing Your Artist Statement

    5 Tips for Writing Your Artist Statement
    Have you ever read someone’s artist statement and said to yourself “what the heck does all of that mean” or “those are some fancy words that I have no idea what they mean?” If you were having a personal conversation with the artist and you were asking about their art, would they talk like that, in those terms? Probably not and ...
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    How to Take On a Passion Project When You Have a Job

    Yeah, it would be awesome if you could quit your job and dedicate yourself full time to that online museum you’ve been talking about for years, but realistically, you tell yourself, you need a steady paycheck. True, but that’s not a good reason not to do something you absolutely love and believe in. Whether it’s writing a book, starting a ...
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    6 Soothing Sounds That Promote Creativity

    6 Soothing Sounds That Promote Creativity
    In 2007, I had the good fortune to live on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, for a year. While I was there, fewer than sixty-five thousand permanent residents occupied this 622-square-mile Eden, which meant that there were almost as many roosters as there were humans living there. Far away from the clanging trains, rattling jackhammers, buzzing bumper-to-bumper traffic, and other city ...
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    Self-Motivating Through Creative Blocks

    Self-Motivating Through Creative Blocks
    This article was originally posted on WebdesignDepot.com. As designers, we need to be creative in order to be successful at our jobs. Coming up with ideas and creative solutions to problems is what we do on a daily basis. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy to do so. Sometimes we get blocked creatively, and it seems like no matter how ...
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    How Colors Alter Mood and Spur Creativity

    How Colors Alter Mood and Spur Creativity
    As a kid, I relished organizing M&Ms by color and eating the “best” ones first and relegating the “gross” tan-colored ones to the trash. To this day, I reach for yellow and red peanut M&Ms first, believing that they’re far superior to all other varieties without really understanding why. Then I read about a study that showed these colors to be ...
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    10 Steps to Becoming the Designer You Want to Be

    An open letter to the next generation of designers, part 1. Everyone has moments in their career when they look back and think, “If I had only known then what I know now....” After 15-plus years as a designer and design researcher at places like IBM, Trilogy, M3 Design, and now frog design, I know I certainly have. Which is ...
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    Inspirational Quotes for Artists and Designers

    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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    Artist Statement Boot Camp

    Artist Statement Boot Camp
    If you’re applying for graduate school, you’ll have to write an artist’s statement. But how do you put your studio practice into words? I recommend the following exercise to my undergraduates as a way to figure out what they need to include (and exclude). Divide a big, 18 x 24 inch piece of drawing paper, into six columns and label each ...
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