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On the Heartbreaking Difficulty of Getting Rid of Books

Like a lot of avid readers, I enjoyed Marie Kondo’™s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up but bristled when it came to the section about books. The gist of her now-famous method is this: go through¦

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With 3D printing, artists enter a new dimension

The technology offers endless possibility even as it asks the age-old question: is it art?

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Motherhood vs. Art: There Is No Wrong Choice

We gathered in a boardroom. There were almost no women on the English faculty back then so three men were on my dissertation committee: a professor from philosophy, one from comparative lit, and La…

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Google’s data center walls are being turned into beautiful art murals

Data centers are boring places. Even Google’s massive facilities — with all the colorful walls and pipes inside — can get a little stale and repetitive. So to liven up the vibe a little bit, the…

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25 Online Resources Every Artist Should Know About

From simple marketing software to the best blogs on the business of art, here’s our master list of essential online resources to take your art career to the next level.

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Sales Funnel for Visual Artists Part 1

What is an online Sales Funnel and how does this apply to Visual Artists? Maximise your sales by developing a solid sales strategy.

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Success Through Failure: How Shame and Fear Made Me A Better Photographer

It’s easy to be crushed by defeat but it doesn’t have to mean you have to give up.

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How to Discover and Protect Your Most Creative Time for Writing

Not all blocks of free time are created equal. Follow these steps to find your best time to write.

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Better Aging Through Practice, Practice, Practice

I can’t promise this will prolong your life. But it will improve it.

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Schopenhauer on the Power of Music

“The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence.”

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Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy

It’s a paradox: Shouldn’™t the most accomplished be well equipped to make choices that maximize life satisfaction?

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Snowy Mountains and Undersea Worlds Encapsulated Within Wood and Resin Rings

Formed from wood, resin, and beeswax, Canadian jeweler Secret Wood forms tiny worlds within the space of a finger. These environments contain everything from snowcapped mountains to deep blue lagoons, appearing like tiny snow globes atop one’s hand.

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How Libraries Are Helping People Ditch Stuff They Don’t Need

Libraries are “the original sharing economy.”

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Why is the internet such a creepily haunted place?

With the rise of the internet has come a popular surge in people looking to be freaked out. Why?

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Ideacide: The Perils of Self-Censoring (And How You Can Stop It)

How one mistake can have a ripple effect on our creative courage for the rest of our lives.

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How to Battle Impostor Syndrome: Owning Your Writing as Art

When you cobble together various writing jobs to get by, it can be easy to forget you’re an artist, too…

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The Problem With Lower Price Points For Your Art

Have you ever created a body of work just so you could sell at lower prices? If so, you might have created a problem for yourself.

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How Sketchy Is the V&A’s “No Sketching” Policy?

People are up in arms about signs at the Victoria and Albert Museum banning not just photography but also sketching in its latest temporary exhibition, Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear.

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Van Gogh on Heartbreak and Unrequited Love as a Vitalizing Force for Creative Work

“Nothing awakens us to the reality of life so much as a true love.”

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Download 67,000 Historic Maps (in High Resolution) from the Wonderful David Rumsey Map Collection

Since 1996, the Rumsey collection’s online database has been open to all, currently offering anyone with an internet connection access to 67,000 maps from all over the globe, spanning five centuries of cartography.

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Style Over Everything

Why carving out your own artistic voice is the most important thing you can do as a creative.The ultimate goal is artistic expression, and not necessarily artistic perfection.

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Fewer Americans Are Visiting Local Libraries ”and Technology Isn’t to Blame

Only one trend is closely associated with their use.

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Why Rewrite Shakespeare?

When psychological novelists adapt the Bard’s plays, they impose a value system that he didn’t share.

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Stop Trying to “Do It All”

Limits are not, well, limiting. Framed correctly, putting a cap on your ambition and future plans is tremendously freeing.

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Visiting museums like the Louvre is terrible, and there’s no fair solution

The massive crowds at marquee museums are miserable whether you want to look at the art or photograph it.

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Shakespeare’s last act: a torrent of twisted fantasies

Thinker, lover, father, King’™s man: to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, great writers explore different sides of Shakespeare. Beginning a week-long series, James Shapiro reveals why his work took a dark turn with the death of Elizabeth

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19 Things That Great Music Teachers Do

What makes a great music teacher so effective? Below are 19 clues, taken from the approaches of three renowned artist-teachers.

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Why ‘Fake It Until You Make It’ Doesn’t Work (and What to Do Instead)

If you’re an introvert like me, who sees any ‘confidence boosting’ tip online as the tastiest link bait in the online ocean, then you’ve probably read this one: ‘Fake it until you make it’. The problem with this advice, is that it can lead to that dreaded… imposter syndrome.

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A Photographer’s Digital Journey to Produce a Lake of Shattered Mirrors

Swedish photographer Erik Johansson had a vision for a digital photograph of a lake shattering like a mirror, an image he wanted to produce as accurately as possible.

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A Vault of Color: A Peek Inside Harvard’s Collection of 2,500 Pigments

Although it’s only been a few months since we mentioned Harvard’s splendid pigment collection housed inside the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, the team over at Great Big Story just took their cameras inside for a closer look.

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My Studio Mascot

Do you have a loveable mascot in your own studio? We asked artists to share photos of their dogs, cats and other pets who keep them company and inspire them.

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The Importance of Mentally Disengaging from Work and Practice

Why failing to disengage from work in our off hours may set us up for burnout and a downward performance spiral.

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Documenting Art and Preserving Your Story

Tips on cataloging and documenting art and preserving your personal story for collectors, gallerists, and curators to help you build your art career.

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Scientists Can Now Store Digital Images in DNA

The amount of data in the digital universe — including vast collections of computer files, historic archives, movies, photo collections, and other digital information stored on devices worldwide — …

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15 Clever Offline Marketing Ideas for Authors You’ll Want to Use!

We crave offline connections—real interactions with . . . what are they called again? Humans! Use these ideas to market your work effectively.

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Etsy Shop Names: How To Name Your Etsy Shop

Your Etsy customers will judge you on a number of factors — and the name of the shop is certainly one of them. These tips can help you name your Etsy shop.

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The Top Ten Worst Composer Hair of All Time

A retrospective of the most deplorable hairstyle choices in classical music.

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Robot Authors Are Coming For Your Prizes, As Soon As They Learn To Write

Don’t hold your breath.

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Secret Rooms Installed Inside Abandoned Manhole Covers on the Streets of Milan

In this new series of outdoor installations artist Briancoshock has turned abandoned manhole covers on the streets of Milan into cramped miniature rooms complete with hanging artwork, kitchen utencils, and tiled walls.

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Why You Fail to Sell Your Art at Fairs and Festivals

Mckenna Hallett exposes the “elephant in the room” which is the artist’s fear of selling. She offers a positive, uplifting approach to selling your work.

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The web’s best kept secret? Free classic radio dramas

There are thousands of free old time radio shows available for streaming or downloading.

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A Playable Version of Pong Set Inside a Piet Mondrian Painting

Over at digital arts community a user challenged others to create images of fake video games based off of famous artworks.

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Why those subversive Bronte sisters still hypnotise us

The bicentenary of Charlotte’™s birth next month has produced a slew of events that highlight the sisters™ appeal to all ages

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How to Use Skinny News

If you’re new here, you may want to take a moment to check out our quick introductory video simply by clicking the image above.  We’ll give you a quick tour of the site and show you how easy it is to share your stories with us!

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Gallery System ArtsUp Awards 2016: Supporting US Community Arts Programs – Gallery System

Gallery System Art Displays has issued the Call for Nominations for its 2016 ArtsUp Award, which will honor two community-oriented arts organizations in the United States with awards of art hanging equipment. Now in its fourth year, the award program seeks to upgrade the art display capabilities of innovative, effective public and non-profit arts groups, to […]

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Fifty Shades of Grey: the book you literally can’™t give away

A branch of Oxfam in Swansea has asked donors to bring ˜less Fifty Shades and more 60s vinyl. Are Britain™s charity shops stuffed with more bestselling soft porn than they know what to do with?

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A Critic’s Job of Work

Art was no part of my milieu when I was growing up; nor was art criticism. I must have first heard tell of that profession in the movies. I dimly recall watching a horror film about the enmity between an artist who declares aœlive by my hand! and a critic whose motto is alive by […]

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Scientists Reveal Cause Of Red Spots Ruining Leonardo Da Vinci’s Self-Portrait

And it really, really wasn’t easy to find out.

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16 Reasons Why Print Books Will Always Be The Best

Number 5: Big books are a great arm workout, no gym required.

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Are You Easily Distracted? Good! This May Be A Sign Of Your Creative Genius

Are you easily distracted by the tapping of your co-workers pencil, by your family member talking loudly on the phone, or by a barking dog? Distractibility may just be a sign of creative potential.

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The 10 Most Literate Countries in the World (Nope, the U.S. Isn’t No. 1)

An analysis of literacy behaviors and standardized test results for 61 nations reveals some surprises…

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How to get into studio lighting without spending thousands of dollars

I hear it all the time…. “I want to get in to studio lighting, but I just don’t have the money.” Well, you actually do. And if you care that much about the studio/ engineered lighting world, jumping in to it is actually much more affordable than you think

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What You Need to Consider Before You Go Freelance: A Checklist

It seems like there’s 1,000 blog posts every month about the joys of freelance. Real life, on the other hand, is a bit more complicated.

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Why Creative People Are Rarely Seen as Leaders

Susan Cain on quiet leadership, the “creativity gap,” stigmas attached to out-of-the-box thinkers, and more…

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