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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    10 Tips for Painting "En Plein Air?"

    10 Tips for Painting "En Plein Air?"
    Dear Dr. Maisel: I feel a strong desire to paint some cityscapes but I feel really blocked about going out and painting en plein air. Any thoughts about what might be holding me back? - Cynthia L., Chicago Thanks, Cynthia. What you’re experiencing isn’t so unusual. Here are 10 tips that may help! [gate] 1. You will have to do deal ...
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    How To Negotiate and Set Your Prices

    How To Negotiate and Set Your Prices
    Dear Dr. Maisel: I have a lot of trouble setting my prices but I have an even harder time when somebody wants to negotiate my price down. I have the same trouble when I’m trying to fix a price for a commission and the interaction becomes a negotiation. Do you have any tips around this? - Ron D., White Plains, NY ...
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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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    Fight Anxiety in the Art Marketplace

    Fight Anxiety in the Art Marketplace
    Hello, Dr. Maisel. My artwork is piling up and I know I have to try to make some connections in the art marketplace. But I just feel petrified. Can you give me a few tips—anything!—that might help me jump in where I don’t want to go? -- Marcia T., Queens, New York Thanks, Marcia. Let’s consider the following six obstacles to ...
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    Journal Your Way to Art World Success

    Journal Your Way to Art World Success
    Hello, Dr. Maisel: There are so many things I need to get done in order to have an art career—and I can’t keep my thoughts straight about any of it! How can I get my thoughts under better control? Leslie R., Orlando Thanks, Leslie! The trick is to identify a clear intention and then to get your thoughts aligned with that ...
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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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    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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    How To Keep In Touch with Gallery Owners

    How To Keep In Touch with Gallery Owners
    Hi, Dr. Maisel, I’m lucky enough to be represented in a few galleries but they are all very far away from my hometown. How can I maintain good contact with them from such a great distance? — Laura L Thanks, Laura. I know exactly what you mean! Virtually no one I work with in my capacity as a writer, creativity coach, ...
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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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    Are Creative People More Apt to be Addicts?

    Are Creative People More Apt to be Addicts?
    Hi, Dr. Maisel, I have the sense that as a creative person I’m at greater risk than the next person to fall prey to an addiction. Is there some truth to my worry? Ronald L., Ft. Worth Thanks, Ronald. Yes, you are absolutely right. The short story “The Bound Man,” by the German author Ilse Aichinger, is a beautiful piece in ...
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    Is Good Art About Hype or Talent?

    Is Good Art About Hype or Talent?
    Hello, Dr. Maisel, I wonder if it’s possible to make it on talent alone or is hyping your art three-quarters of the battle? You know which answer I hope to hear! But I fear that the real answer is, hyping your art is essential. Is it? Lydia L., New York City Thank you, Lydia: Let me give a slightly tongue-in-cheek answer ...
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    How To Use Tourism to Attract Art Buyers

    How To Use Tourism to Attract Art Buyers
    Hello, Dr. Maisel: I live in a place where a lot of tourists come and I have the idea of maybe connecting with them better but I don’t know what to do. Any ideas? - Ronald L., Santa F Thank you, Ronald. Artists know better than anyone that places hold meaning. That’s why they hunger for Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, Greenwich ...
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    Skip the Drama, Meet Your Gallery Deadlines

    Skip the Drama, Meet Your Gallery Deadlines
    Dear Dr. Maisel: I have a deadline coming up where I’m supposed to deliver some paintings for a show and the deadline is making me really anxious! Any suggestions? - Harriet R., Spokane Thanks, Harriet! Let’s look at this issue closely because it’s very important. Imagine the following scenario. You are part of a group show at The Downtown Gallery. The ...
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