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 […]

Why It’s Never Been a Better Time for Artists

Did you know that right now we’re living in an incredible era of growth for artists, writers, musicians, dancers, actors, playwrights, and creative types of all kinds? Did you know that this is only the beginning of the online and offline revolution for creators and talents of every type? Why?  How? Over the last three […]

Buying and Selling Art – NOT Rational

One time an art gallery owner, Nick, told me: “My WIFE makes EMOTIONAL decisions. Like when she buys a vacuum sweeper. But I make LOGICAL decisions.” I asked, “You only make logical decisions, Nick? All your cars and investments and business purchases are completely rational. Is that right?” “That’s absolutely right.” (Just the week before […]

Secrets of New York City Art Galleries – DUMBO Area of Brooklyn

One of the most vibrant arts districts in New York City is in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn. DUMBO is an acronym which stands for: Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.  It’s the part of Brooklyn that is in the shadow of the Manhattan bridge as it comes over the East River from Manhattan into […]

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 […]

‘Boy, Do I Feel Crabby!’

In one episode of the Peanuts comic strip, Lucy announces, “Boy, do I feel crabby!” Her little brother, Linus, is quick to try to rescue his sister.  “Maybe, I can be of help.  Why don’t you just take my place here in front of the TV while I go and fix you a nice snack? […]

Is Your QWERTY Holding You Back?

Do you know what QWERTY is?  Unsure? Then just glance down at your computer keyboard.  The first six letters at the top left spell it out—QWERTY. Do you know that these letters were arranged that way to make the job of typing more difficult? The first commercial typewriter, developed by Christopher Latham Sholes in 1873, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Letter of Desperation from an Artist Circling the Drain

In early 2008, just before the market crash, I received a desperate letter from Eli Sein, a 27 year old artist who was “circling the drain,” pleading for help. I took it to my mastermind group of art professionals and read everyone the letter, omitting his personal details. During 2008-2010, almost EVERYONE I knew in […]

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