Is Your Traffic Obsession a Cry for Help?

“It’s five times more expensive to sell to a new customer than it is to sell to an existing one.” We’ve all heard the cliché hundreds of times, right? And yet, most entrepreneurs would rather spend time and money chasing after new customers. Getting us to focus on conversion and follow-up and selling to current […]

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 Foolishly Consistent?

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”  — Ralph Waldo Emerson Are you foolishly consistent? This quote comes from Emerson’s essay “Self Reliance.”  And it reveals the essence of what is wrong with modern culture. The pull of culture is toward conformity at the expense of the individual.  The individual gets lost in […]

Artists – Let Your Life Speak

“Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” – Francis of Assisi There is an old story about Quaker relief workers in Europe after World War II.  After receiving help from the workers, a refugee asked what Quakers believe. When a few of the Quakers explained that they believed helping people with their […]

Secrets of New York City Art Galleries: Chelsea Arts District

The Chelsea Arts District in Manhattan is one of the most vital and vibrant art districts in the world. There are around 1,500 art galleries in New York City operating at any given time. In Manhattan you find them in Soho, Tribecca, Chelsea, The Village, the Lower East Side, and on 57th Street. There are […]

Are You Failing Enough in Your Art Career?

“The way to succeed is to double your rate of failure.” – Tom Watson, Founder of IBM Are you failing enough in your art career?  Have you made enough mistakes this week? Those are funny-sounding questions, I admit. Nobody likes to fail or make mistakes.  But the truth is unless you are failing, and failing […]

What An Artist Can Learn From Watching the Evolution of My Blog (The Evolution Continues)

If you remember a couple of months ago, I wrote a post called What An Artist Can Learn from Watching the Evolution of My Blog. In that post I told you all about how I first got started with WordPress.  I mentioned how I started out not knowing anything about blogging. And I also told […]

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 […]

Going Through: Surviving the Swamplands of the Artistic Journey

“Truth is always on the side of the more difficult.” – Friedrich Nietzche Not too far from the small town where I grew up in northwest Louisiana, there is a long stretch of swamplands called, graphically enough, “Black Lake Swamp.” There is a paved highway with bridges that runs right through the heart of the […]

What Can an Artist Learn from Watching the Evolution of My Blog?

“Do not be afraid of moving slowly. Be only afraid of standing still.”  – Chinese Proverb Have you been thinking about starting a blog or website to showcase your art like my blog, but have been holding off for financial or technical reasons? I understand.  I did the same thing for a long time. Getting […]