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Making Art Will Lower Your Stress Level

Turn off cable news and start molding some clay.

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Stealing Books in the Age of Self-Publishing

Many authors who sell their work directly on platforms like Amazon are having their stories plagiarized, which can take an emotional and financial toll…

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Memorizing Music: The Two Most (and the Two Least) Efficient Strategies

Not all memorization strategies are created equal. Learn which two are the best use of your time.

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Why Hardcover is the New Vinyl

Heading home on the train from class one night, a college friend recognized me and walked over. We did what many New Yorkers do when they see a familiar face in transit…

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How Giving Up TV For A Month Changed My Brain And My Life

Watching a couple hours of TV a day can have major effects on your brain. So what would happen if you quit cold turkey?

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Why music lessons need to keep up with the times

The way we experience music has changed. So, what should the 21st-century music classroom look like?

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New Magnetized Planters Allow Your Garden to Levitate in the Air

For over a year, Swedish scientist Simon Morris has been experimenting with levitating plants, growing common flora while suspended in the air…

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The Internet Doesn’t Make You Dumb, but What You Choose to Read Might

Drugs aren’t the only thing that can addle our brains. New research confirms what your brain may feel following a long, uncontrolled binge through the …

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SEO for Artists – Optimise Images for Google Image Search

How to load artwork images for search engine optimisation. This article is part of our SEO for Artists series. Practical marketing advice for artists.

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Made You Look!

We can practice and improve the core of creativity every minute of every day. In fact, we are wired for that…

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How to Get Back On Track When Your Writing Plans Go Awry

So you’ve made a plan for the next seven months. For a month or two, everything goes fine. You’re writing regularly, hitting your targets, and feeling great about your progress. And then something happens. You’™re knocked off-course…

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Serpentine Tattoos That Weave Black & White Ink

Milan-based tattoo artist Mirko Sata focuses on serpentine designs, snakes that twist around his clients’ arms, hands, and legs. The snakes he creates are typically done in just two shades stark white and deep black. Layering and curling these creatures around each other…

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How Your Low Tolerance For Boredom Might Be Making You Less Creative

Technology has abolished the “transition zones” between work and leisureand with them, much of our inspiration.

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When John Steinbeck’s Dog Ate His Manuscript

“Two months work to do over again… I was pretty mad but the poor little fellow may have been acting critically.”

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The BFA’s Dance With Inequality

Most arts majors come from money. Most artists didn’t major in the arts. What does that say about the sector?

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How Writers Will Steal Your Life and Use it For Fiction

Plagiarism in many instances should be shunned and punished; at the same time, it has been at the heart of cultural life for centuries, bringing much good and much pleasure…

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Presentation Tips for Your Art Talk

I recently helped Rob, my husband, with a presentation he was preparing on the topic of virtual reality. Now, he’s a smart guy. He has a Ph.D. in mathematical physics, so he wasn’t asking …

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How to Work Alone

4 skills needed when you work in solitude.

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Artist makes Louvre pyramid disappear

French artist’s work is a criticism of our selfie culture

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Dear Novel: On Breaking Up with Your Manuscript

You said that I was trying to turn you into a thriller when you were really a literary novel. You wanted character; I knew agents wanted plot. We fought.

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Why Trying to Become a Jack of All Trades Hurts Your Business

Roles that used to be separate are now overlapping, as print blends with digital, still photography blurs into video and social media cuts through everything. Many believe their future depends on their ability to do it all, just to get new work. However, while it’s certainly beneficial to learn more about the industry as a […]

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Why Museums Are Granting Google Free Access to Their Collections

Google Cultural Institute recently revealed that it has engineered the creatively named Google Art Camera: a custom-built camera intended to capture “ultra-high resolution ‘gigapixel…

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This “Smart Typewriter” Is Supposed to Free You From Your Computer

Does it work?

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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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