Why the Growth Mindset Is Your Natural State

What is the Growth Mindset? How do you get it? How do you make it work for you? These are great questions for any inquiring artist. And I hope that after reading this post you will know how to use the Growth Mindset to your advantage. But I have to warn you, this one is […]

They Said You’d NEVER Be An Artist

Almost EVERYBODY dreams of someday…. Writing a book

What An Artist Can Learn From Weird Al Yankovic

I have a small confession to make. I found myself watching Weird Al Yankovic on Youtube yesterday…and I kinda liked it. I don’t typically spend much time on Youtube during my “work hours”; however, through a series of random thoughts, I ended up on Youtube watching Weird Al Yankovic. This guy has been around for […]

Your Dream Day

Your dream day. Have you ever tried to really imagine it? What would your dream day look like? I want to share a personal story that could make a huge impact on your life. In 1998 I hit the “reset button” on my life by moving to New York City. I’ll save the backstory that […]

The Crow and the Jug Principle

I always learn something new from children’s bedtime stories. One I especially like is from Aesop – The Crow and the Jug.  And it resonated with me, because I see the exact opposite of this behavior all the time. The story of the crow and the jug, in a nutshell, concerns a crow looking for […]

Do You Have the Right Artistic Mindset?

Do you have the right artistic mindset? Is your creativity running at full capacity? Or are you feeling more like you have creative block? These questions are important to artists of all types. It’s very important to stay tuned to your inner artistic voice so that you are keenly aware of your creative capacity at […]

Calm in a Burning House

Do you constantly put yourself in impossible situations – simply because you’re eager and hungry for adventure and success – and then you find those situations get really unpleasant at times? I am always pressing MY envelope. I’m always taking risks to maximize what I can achieve. And that is scary. I constantly put myself […]

6 Things The Most Productive People Do Every Day

Here’s a great blog post that Eric Barker pulled together over at  Barking Up The Wrong Tree  while he was researching that guru of The 4-Hour Work Week, Tim Ferris. I like it because he hits on a few habits that  productive people  have…

What Can an Artist Learn from Napoleon Hill?

First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination. – Napoleon Hill The greatest thinkers throughout history have always elaborated on the importance of imagination as the foundation of success, as Napoleon Hill does in […]

Artists and the Right Brain Connection

I was consulting with a client, Michael, recently and he made this comment… “Gary, I’ve been applying the Smart Art Marketing Pro principles to my life and business for the last year or so, and now I have a very odd problem. I don’t know what to do with all of my free time. Tell […]