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The Joy and Heartache of Living A Creative Life

by: Lois Sapare Working as a creative artist and getting to do what you love as a career can both be a blessing and a curse. Not many people get to do what they love and have it become their livelihood for the rest of their lives. However, behind the “We do what we love!” […]

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The Power of Creative Patience

by: Chey Rasmussen For my whole life, I’ve wanted to create something amazing. Things I loved growing up like The Legend of Zelda, Harry Potter, and Disney cartoons inspired my young mind and caused me to dream big. Human beings made these awesome things; maybe I could too! As creative people, expressing ourselves effectively and making […]

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This is What Creative Inspiration Really Looks Like

by: Amanda Truscott There’s a myth out there that stops a lot of people from creating things: the tortured genius, working feverishly in his squalid apartment while the muse whispers in his ear, which she does because he’s special… He’s talented. Jack Kerouac, the story goes, banged out his great American novel, On The Road, […]

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Avoiding Avoidance and Defeating the Distraction Gremlins

by: Vicky Rubin Many artists feel difficulties with motivation and focus. We all want to get to the studio as we were meant to do. But no matter how important making art is to us, we can easily settle into a habit of putting it off. Digital distractions are especially lethal. There’s always email, Facebook, […]

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Your Creativity Changes Lives–Know It, Believe It, Live It!

By: Liz DeMarco As creative artists, we’re very passionate about what we do. However, I think we’ve all had those times where someone you don’t know very well asks, “So what do you do for a living?” We answer the question honestly, “I’m an artist, freelancer, entertainer, musician, actor, etc.,” and even though we love […]

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How to be Creative While on the Road

by: Millie Swaby-Pritchard Taking your Creativity on the Road As a student who constantly travels around on trains, taxis and buses initially I was stumped as to how I could take all my art supplies with me wherever I wanted to go. Initially, I was lazy and just thought ‘I can work when I’m at home’ […]

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Living a More Creative Life

by: JoAnneh Nagler Can we really have it both ways? Here’s the thing: artists are sensitive creatures. Starving and struggling does not, in the end, work for us. It’s like running too much electricity through already delicate circuits. It doesn’t help us focus on our art, or our creative inspiration. We think—from years of being fed […]

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5 Critical Character Mistakes to Avoid in Your Writing

by: Stephanie O’Brien Sometimes, characters make mistakes. A character who never screws up is unrelatable and unrealistic, and every good writer adds some flaws to each member of their cast – unless a character’s unnatural perfection adds to the story in some way. But there are some mistakes that even smart characters make far too […]

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3 Ways to Get Your Creative Work Noticed

by: Angela Cross As an artist, you’ve probably felt unappreciated at some point in your career. Heck, even calling your art a ‘career’ might sound silly to you! It’s a common 20th-century misconception that popularity equals value. It can feel like you just can’t build a following unless you already have one, which is a […]

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3 Simple Steps to Spark your Creativity

  What’s your creative process? by: Tara Leaver Even if you’re not a painter or a writer or a musician, there are likely places in your life where you do have a creative process, even if you haven’t seen it that way before. If you think about it, bringing anything into existence, from an email […]

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Why Digital Artists Are (not) Big Fat Liars

Is using technology to create a work of art cheating? Is how we create something really more important than what we create?   Does the Medium Matter? by: Alison Huff Is how we create something more important than what we create? Throughout history, art has always reflected the culture of the period it was created […]

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5 Podcasts to Spark Your Creative Soul

Creative Inspiration to Go by: Rebekah Nemethy If you’re anything like me, you love to learn new things and may wish you had more time to do it. No matter how busy your schedule is, I bet there are plenty of times when you’re on autopilot and your brain could use a little engagement. You […]

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Why Creative Artists are Paying the Price

  Who Pays Who? by: Andrew MacDonald When I started out in the arts and craft world over twenty years ago, I don’t think the idea of “artist’s application fees” had been invented. As far as I remember, in order to enter submit a work to an art competition you sent some recent photos and sometimes […]

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Becoming an Archaeologist of Joy

When you change one thing, one habit, your whole life changes. Patterns renew and re-chemicalize to meet the new habit   Becoming an Archaeologist of Joy by: Niya Christine In November 2012, in a Seattle Starbucks, I painted a Starbucks cup as fast as I could for fun. And, it was. In fact, it was so […]

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How to Take Charge of your Creative Goals

  Taking Control of your Creative Life by: Michaela Cristallo You’re showing up to the studio every day, you’re making art and you feel like you’re on the right track, but do you ever wonder if you’re making the right kind of progress to get to where you want to be? It’s wonderful to create freely and […]

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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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The Brand of You

  Who are You? by: Angela Cross Brand (verb) – To mark indelibly. Think of branding as a stamp, by which people will be able to recognize you. Branding is a process of clarifying who you are as an artist and what your goals are. A strong brand can capture a potential fan or patron’s […]

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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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Waxing the Golden Rule

Waxing the Golden Rule by: Kara Brook The road to hell & litigation is often paved with good intentions I’m an encaustic painter who enjoys sharing what I have learned as I develop my own skills. I’ve found there’s a lot of information on the web, specifically video trailers often linked to a video or […]

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Copyright is Not the Problem, You Are!

Copyright is Not the Problem, You Are! by: Cory Huff Pinterest is upon us! For some reason, the Internet decided to throw a giant fit over copyright over the last few weeks. It started (sort’ve) with this interesting blog post by a lawyer who tearfully deleted her Pinterest inspiration boards. Her post spread like wildfire, […]

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How to Not Screw Up your Art Scholarship Submission

How to finally get that art scholarship by: Kristina Gehrmann There are literally thousands of available scholarships, awards and grants out there, for both art students and professional artists alike, in all fields of art: writing, painting, sculpture, dance, acting, music, ballet, photography… This mere fact is a revelation for many. You too can get […]

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