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 […]

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 […]

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