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 […]

How Small Steady Actions Move Us Forward to Our Artistic Goals

“Do not be afraid of moving slowly.  Be only afraid of standing still.”  – Chinese Proverb Have you ever thought about the importance of the small, steady actions you take every day toward your artistic goals? You can’t imagine how important these really are. Most of us have a very distorted notion of how things […]

The Song Unsung

“I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument while the song I came to sing remains unsung.”  –  Rabindranath Tagore Several years ago the American Medical Association found that most heart attacks occur around nine o’clock on Monday mornings. This undoubtedly has something to do with what most people are doing at around […]

Hymn to the Barely Brave

This blog is for the barely brave and beginning lovers like me, who refuse to abandon their dream, now more humble and real, and struggle to meet life and even death head on. It is for those who value personal freedom as their most precious gift and want to make of life the joy it […]

3 Simple Steps for Staring Down Creative Block

Creative block feels like the end of your world. Firstly, there’s the frustration — not being able to do something you love, that normally works like a dream. Like getting into your finely-tuned, lovingly-polished car, turning the key and hearing a pathetic splutter. Or hitting the ‘Jump to Lightspeed’ button and watching the stars just […]

Are you a Real Artist If You Have A Day Job?

How do you define being a real artist? Are you a real artist if you have a day job? Are you a real artist if your primary source of income is not from your art? Many artists definition of success rest solely on being able to support themselves entirely from their artistic endeavors without having […]

Are You Waiting for a Magic Bullet in Your Art Career?

Do you ever find yourself looking for more information than you need? Do you catch yourself reading and reading (and clicking and clicking) and never taking action? Are you caught in analysis paralysis? Always continually getting ready, making plans, trying to figure it all out in your head so that you will be totally and […]

Don’t Believe Your Own Thoughts: What Can An Artist Learn From Mark Twain?

“I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”        –Mark Twain, US humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit (1835 – 1910) It’s been estimated by psychologists that during the course of a normal day the human brain will produce around 60,000 thoughts. And for some reason that the […]

Do You Recognize These 10 Mental Blocks to Creative Thinking?

Do you have mental blocks to creative thinking? Whether you’re trying to solve a tough problem, start a business, get attention for that business or write an interesting article, creative thinking is crucial. The process boils down to changing your perspective and seeing things differently than you currently do. People like to call this “thinking […]

What Can An Artist Learn from Don Quixote?

To dream … the impossible dream …                                                                   I prefer the madness of Don Quixote to the sanity of most other men. Cervante’s Knight […]

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