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    Should Creativity Be Exhausting?

    Should Creativity Be Exhausting?
    Hello, Dr. Maisel: There’s so much talk everywhere about burnout, chronic fatigue, and overwhelm that I wonder if we are all doing too much or maybe we are just getting used to complaining about how much we do! If you love what you do and want to do it a lot, is it really so bad to exhaust yourself? - Lisa ...
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    How to Approach the Canvas with Confidence

    How to Approach the Canvas with Confidence
    Hello, Dr. Maisel: There’s something missing from my life and my art-making that I just can’t identify. It has to do with the “bigness” that I would like to feel and the “smallness” that I actually feel. That’s probably too obscure to make much sense, but maybe you have some ideas about what I’m feeling? -Cynthia L, San Jose, California. Thank ...
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    Do You Think About Audience When Creating?

    Do You Think About Audience When Creating?
    Hi, Dr. Maisel: I wonder if it makes sense to create solely for myself or should I take my audience into account? I have the feeling that this is a really complicated question but I don’t know even how to begin thinking about it. Any thoughts? - Holly Y., Logan, Utah Tweet Let’s look at just one aspect of what you ...
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    How Much Emotion Should Go Into Your Art?

    How Much Emotion Should Go Into Your Art?
    Dear Dr. Maisel: I’ve experienced a lot of pain in my life and I’m not sure if I should try to heal from all that pain or keep it alive and use it in my painting? What do you think? Marcia S., Savannah Hello, Marcia: Thank you for your question. The answer is: both. It goes pretty much without saying why ...
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    Why 'Maybe' Creates Unproductive Artists

    Why 'Maybe' Creates Unproductive Artists
    Dear Dr. Maisel: I spend a lot of my day thinking about painting rather than actually painting. Probably you have a lot of things to suggest but what would your number one tip be to help me get more painting done? - Frank W., Taos, New Mexico Thanks, Frank. My number one tip is: kill maybe. When I coach an artist ...
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    Meet ArtBistro Creativity Coach, Eric Maisel

    Meet ArtBistro Creativity Coach, Eric Maisel
    Eric Maisel, PhD, is a California licensed marriage and family therapist, creativity coach, meaning coach, and the author of 30 books. He founded the professions of creativity coaching and meaning coaching, trains coaches worldwide, writes a monthly column for Art Calendar Magazine, hosts two shows on the Personal Life Media Network, provides workshops at venues like the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology ...
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    How to Tell a Gallery Owner You're Behind

    How to Tell a Gallery Owner You're Behind
    “Hello, Dr. Maisel, I’m a painter with a gallery show coming up in a few months. I have a meeting with the gallery owner next week and I really don’t want to tell him that I’m behind. Help! What should I do?”Frank, Brooklyn, New York. Thank you, Frank, for your question. Let’s start with a few things that you shouldn’t do: ...
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    Artists Tell All: How to Meet Deadlines

    Artists Tell All: How to Meet Deadlines
    Dr. Maisel, I have a deadline coming up in a few months and I’m finding myself procrastinating badly. Any tips? - Barbara L., Minneapolis Thanks, Barbara. Here are some tips from artists and writers about how they meet their deadlines—and how you can meet yours. Jerry, a portrait painter, explained: “The thing that works best for me is to have a ...
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