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The Myth of the Full-Time Creative Artist

You don’t need 8 hours a day to be a creative artist “I just don’t have enough time to be creative.” This is something people tell me all the time. They feel as if they never have enough time to really focus on their creative projects, which is certainly something I understand. Although, I have a feeling that […]

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7 Lies We Tell Ourselves About Creativity

Why do we believe we aren’t good enough to create our art?  Maybe it’s because we keep telling ourselves the same stupid lies over and over again…   It’s time to stop screwing around. Let’s face it, we don’t have enough time to create without constantly sabotaging ourselves in the process. We are filled up to our […]

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3 Ages of an Artist

Whether you are a writer, a painter, or any other type of creative artist you know that your life and your art are constantly evolving. Like any other journey this one has a beginning, a middle, and an end (so to speak) and each stage comes with its own set of rewards and potential pitfalls. The courage to […]

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The Paralysis of Perfectionism

Perils of perfect As much as we would like to convince ourselves otherwise, perfectionism is not about having high standards or a keen eye for detail. Instead it’s like pretty much everything else we do that screws up our creative life— it’s really about dealing with our fears and trying to protect our fragile ego. […]

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For the Love of the Game

Amateur Art Amateur artists have gotten a bad rap. There seems to be a growing rift in the creative world between “professional” and “amateur” artists, writers, musicians, etc…  and I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t made things any better by writing articles with ominous titles such as “The 9 Warning Signs of […]

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Some Is Better Than None

We have an expression around our house that we tend to use on everything from solving tricky Algebra problems, to practicing instruments, to eating icky green vegetables — and that is the saying “Some is better than none”. All or nothing… Sometimes as creative artists we can get locked into this idea that if we […]

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When Life Gets in the Way of Art

In a perfect world, I would have a little writing bungalow nestled in the trees like Neil Gaiman (and 1/50 of his talent) In a perfect world, I would never have to stay up late or get up insanely early to get anything done. In a perfect world, I would never get sick, the coffee […]

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The Great Artist Statement Hoax

Artists statements, what do they really mean? by: Andrew MacDonald Whether you love them or hate them, artist statements seem to be a fixture of the visual art world. So in order to help you make sense of them, and read between the lines, I have compiled a list of frequently used terms from artist statement […]

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Stare, Share, Steal, & be willing to look Stupid

How can I create more art? How do I become a better artist? How can I get more people to see my work? What the $#!@  is a “Skinny Artist”? These are the kind of questions that people ask me all the time. Unfortunately I’m stumbling around in the dark like everyone else. Occasionally I’ll […]

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Art is Work

  Art is Work Creating art is a valid career. There seems to be this perception in our culture that art is not really a profession but more of a hobby. That creativity is a pastime, not a true vocation. It’s no secret that many of us see our day jobs as monotonous, boring, and […]

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5 Habits of Happy Artists

Do you remember happy? We’re not talking about positive thinking or grinning-like-an-idiot kind of happy, we’re talking about the kind of happy that makes you smile when you put your head on your pillow at night. That subtle feeling of contentment. That feeling like you’ve added something unique to the creative conversation that day. Maybe […]

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Is Art Really Necessary Anymore?

Hold on… Before you start firing up the torches and sharpening your pitchforks  — hear me out. Since you’re here at a site called Skinny Artist, I’m going to assume that you’re either a fan of the creative arts, or you simply ended up here by way of a misguided Google search for diet pills. Look, […]

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How to Become Famous in 3 Shockingly Easy Steps

Let’s face it, you’ve probably been working way too hard. Forget about all of those years toiling away in obscurity Forget about putting in your 10,000 hours of practice to master your craft. In fact, forget about creating any creative work at all, now it’s all about becoming famous for the sake of being famous. […]

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5 Ways to Market Your Art in Your Community

Going Local: 5 Ways to Market Your Art in Your Community by: Steff Metal As artists, we’re told again and again how vital it is for us to market online, to reach an international audience, to establish a profitable niche. And this is very true, but in extending our reach we often neglect a lucrative […]

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Let It Go

    It’s time to. . . Let go of the anger of what could have been Let go of the worry of what might become Let go of the mistakes you think you’ve made Let go of a future you cannot yet see Let go of the expectations of others, their path is not […]

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5 Ways to Rediscover your Art and Reclaim your Passion

So what happened?! Do you remember when you just loved to create? Do you remember that feeling of being lost inside your imagination while the rest of the world dropped away? When exactly did you lose that? When did creating your art become something less than it was supposed to be? As creative artists, we […]

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The Goal of Nothing & the Art of Letting Go

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ~Lao Tzu Let’s face it, having goals kind of sucks! What do you want to do, be, or have in ten years?  Where do you see yourself in twenty years?  What are your three major goals for this year?  What are […]

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Beating the Green-Eyed Bastard!

“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on.” ~William Shakespeare Jealous much? Let’s face it, now that almost every artist and their creative brother are online showing off their handiwork,  it’s easier than ever to become jealous of … their artwork/writing/music their sales their […]

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150 Amazing Quotes to Feed Your Creative Soul

  I have always believed that the right words have a way of finding you when you need to hear them.  For me, quotes are little bite-sized messengers of courage, perseverance, and hope for the creative artist in this often overly materialistic world. Here is a collection of 150 (or so) amazing quotes that I […]

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Why Art School (may or may not) Suck!

Actually, I guess that’s not really fair because as a writer, I never actually went to art school because I was stuck in “writer’s school” which I’m pretty certain sucks. What I’m really talking about is any type of  so-called “art school” whether it’s music school, design school, fine art school, or your plain old […]

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9 Warning Signs of an Amateur Artist

Are you a “Professional” Artist? I’m not talking about if you have a corporate sponsorship or whether or not you are earning the big bucks.  I’m not even talking about quitting your day job, if you have one, and living on ramen noodles and Starbucks (because even if you’re poor you still need your Cafe […]

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Stop stealing my sh*t!

  The internet is great.  With the world wide web we are connected like never before.  News travels almost instantly and communities of like-minded individuals can easily come together and share their passion. Without the world wide web, witty and informative websites like Skinny Artist could never exist. Unfortunately, as many of you already know, […]

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5 Fears that can Destroy an Artist

#1 Self-Doubt (What if I’m not good enough?) This is probably the number one fear of any creative professional.  After all, we are not creating necessities but luxuries for the most part.  As much as our art enriches our life and the lives of others, it remains something that we (at least as consumers) could […]

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