Professional Artist or Employee? It’s Your Choice

How do you view change? Is it frightening and intimidating? Or is it an opportunity for positive transformation? When Charles Dickens was a small boy, his father was sent to prison for poverty. As a result, the theme of imprisonment appears repeatedly in his many articles and novels. In one short story he wrote about […]

Are You a Daydream Believer?

Are you a believer?  Are you a daydream believer? Are you finding yourself getting bored in certain areas of your life or with certain tasks you have set? Perhaps it’s time to make your life more challenging: make it more complex or shoot for a higher level of performance. If you’re stymied in your job, […]

What Can 100 Percent Effort Do for Your Art Career?

Are you reluctant to act on your art career because of a fear of failure?  Are you afraid of “blowing it,” of being embarrassed or looking foolish to your friends and family? I can understand that.  We’re all afraid of blowing it, of looking like fools in front of our family and friends. But why […]

Is It Too Late For You To Become An Artist?

Have you wanted to start your artistic career, but felt that the timing was wrong or that it was too late? Do you ever feel like your real chances to be an artist have all passed you by? It is never too late to start moving your life in the direction of your choices. I […]

Artists – Do You Always Insist on Yourself?

“Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation, but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous half-possession. That which each can do best, none but his maker can teach him.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson Do you ever […]

Getting to the Root of Your Artistic Frustrations

A couple of years ago in the fall, I started having this problem with flies in my house. It had gotten cold outside and they all wanted to come in where it was warm. I tried swatting them but they came back. Every day there would be more and more. My competitive alpha male lizard […]

How to Super Charge Your Art Career With Momentum

Do you feel like you are stuck in your art career?  Do you feel that life is “against” you, that your “luck” is bad, that someone is standing in the way of your art career? Not long ago an artist came to me for help in growing his art career.  His name was Rick and […]

The Day I Went from Cheapskate to ‘Succeed at Any Cost’

It was raining the day I arrived in New York City.  It was a cold rain on Friday, May 1, 1998.  And I wondered if the inclement weather was an omen, a sign of things to come. I stepped out of La Guardia airport into the cold drizzle and hailed a cab.  It took about […]

When An Artist Should Fire Her Clients

As an artist, do you know when it’s time to fire your clients? Do you know when it’s time to throw in the towel on cheap customers and bad clients? Have you gotten the wrong message about how to properly build your art business? Do you think you need to  ‘Prove to your customer that […]

The Artist Who Loved to Help Too Much

An artist friend I’ve known a very long time lives in Brooklyn.  We met at the Art Students’ League when I first moved to NYC in 1998. She makes some awesome figurative paintings and portraits. I’ve known her so long, and rubbed shoulders with her so many times, I was tempted to assume she “knows […]