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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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Building An Etch a Sketch Coffee Table

Putting together a coffee table sized etch a sketch was quite an adventure. The results are pretty great too!

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How cat hair brought down a pair of art forgers

And other tales from the intersection of art and science

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7 Ways to Make Your Instagram Marketing More Awesome

Get better at marketing on Instagram and grow your small business with tips from Erin Dollar of Cotton and Flax.

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Science peers into Van Gogh’s Bedroom to shine light on colors of artist’s mind

A technique called x-ray fluorescence has allowed a glimpse of the original hues of two versions of Van Gogh’s room in Arles that he painted in the 1880s

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Website aims to offer images of all publicly owned art in Britain

Artist Bob and Roberta Smith launches Art UK, which already covers more than 200,000 paintings, many of them hidden from public view

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Books Smell Like Old People: Do Teens Read Seriously Anymore?

Digital culture has enveloped us more quickly and more thoroughly than most of us had imagined. But what can be done about it?

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Is Your Desk Messy? Don’t Clean It Up—You Could Be Hampering Your Creativity

A little bit of clutter, and especially tolerance of that clutter, can be good for the soul.

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Ageism and Creativity

Psychologists generally consider creativity to be the domain of the young…

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How to Promote Your Art Exhibition on Your Website

If you have an important exhibition coming up, give it the space it deserves. Create a special page on your website just for your show.

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When to Give Up On Your Work-in-Progress (and When to Keep Going)

Have you ever given up on a writing project part-way through, perhaps after months or years of work? I’™ve abandoned plenty (three novels and two blogs, at the last count). I’™ve also stuck with others even when I thought […]

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The artist’s guide to starting a business

The basics of business registration and protecting your work.

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Trademark and Copyright 101 for Entrepreneurs & Creatives

Trademark and copyright laws are getting more complex every year. That’s why our in-house attorney is offering up her best practices for entrepreneurs.

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Grotesque and Gorgeous: 100,000 Art and Medicine Images Released for Open Use

The Wellcome Library in London announced this week that they’re releasing more than 100,000 high-resolution images online for Creative Commons use.

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Chemical Compound Stickers for Crayons Help Teach Kids Chemistry While Coloring

The folks over at Que Interesante created this clever sticker pack for crayons, effectively turning color names into the chemical compounds the correlate with each hue.

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This is What Happens When Kids’ Creative Strengths Are Leveraged

More than ever today, it is essential that we look at all students individually to try to understand their strengths, abilities, interests, and motivations.

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Klein Artist Works Course #17, Introduction

An explanation of why all artists can succeed and how Klein Artist Works facilitates it.

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The Most Defensible Thing You Can Do for Your Career: Build an Audience

The practical case for sharing your work often with those outside of your company…

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The Cameras That Captured Winning Shots in World Press Photo 2016

World Press Photo yesterday announced the winners of its 2016 contest, honoring the best news photos captured in 2015. Above is a breakdown of the cameras

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How Your Art Makes People Feel

People don’t buy what you do or why you do it. They buy how it makes them feel…

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Why Creativity Is a Numbers Game

It’s a great myth that creative geniuses consistently produce great work. Whereas consistency may be the key to expertise, the secret to creative greatness appears to be doing things differently—even when that means failing

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An Artistic Discovery Makes a Curator’™s Heart Pound

A retired doctor visited a Paris auction house in March with a portfolio of drawings. It contained a work now attributed to Leonardo da Vinci and valued at about $15.8 million.

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Expansive New Geometric Drawings Trampled in Snow and Sand

Driven by super-human forces and undaunted by the powers of nature, artist Simon Beck (previously) trudges across sand or through knee-high snow to create massive geometric drawings left behind in his footprints. From sandy expanses on the shore of New Zealand to frigid outlooks in the Swiss Alp

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What Do You Want as an Artist?

Want to build an art business? What are you willing to put up with to get there?

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Artists Evolve: The Dangers of Creatively Typecasting Yourself

Reinventing yourself isn’t just a stunt, it’s required to survive.

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Why Social Skills Are Trumping Cognitive Skills

The future belongs not to the strongest or the smartest, but those who can collaborate—with humans and machines—most effectively.

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6 tips for taking creative criticism

Turbo-charge your creative projects with Fred Deakin’s advice on seeking outside perspective.

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10 photography trends to watch in 2016 | Photography

Stocksy gives its verdict on the photography trends of the year.

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Why So Many Artists Are Highly Sensitive People

Psychologists have found that the creative personality contains layers of depth, complexity and contradictions.

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Download thousands of free images from the New York Public Library

New public domain release makes high-resolution photos, illustrations and more available for free.

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You Can Have an Easy Life or an Awesome One. Choose Wisely.

Every choice, from the leather couch you buy to the business you start, will cost you.

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Shakespeare Underground

The First Folio is the first printed collection of all of Shakespeare’s plays, assembled by two of his buddies after he died. Without it, plays like Macbeth and Twelfth Night might not have survived.

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