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There Are No Artists

 You win, I lose! As creative artists we have been trained to see things in a particular way which is if you win, then I lose. We either get the publishing or recording contract or we get rejected. We either get the gallery show or it goes to some other artist We either get the […]

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21 Artists to Watch in 2012

  The last several years, Skinny Artist has published a list of “21 Amazing Artists to Watch” in an effort to recognize some of the best up and coming artists online, as well as a few who are already highly successful artists in their field.  Now obviously we continue to keep a very close eye on all […]

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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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Turn Off Facebook, Tune Out Twitter, and Rediscover Your Life

Turn Off, Tune Out, and Rediscover Your Life It’s probably no surprise to you that these days we are under a constant barrage of media input. If it’s not television, music, moves, or video games consuming your time these days — it’s probably email, blogs, apps, YouTube, websites, Twitter, and Facebook. I mean it’s gotten […]

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An Artist’s Invocation

I have always loved invocations like this because they remind us of the mysterious and quite possibly magical creative process that inspires all artists regardless of their craft.  I forget how many times I have read this particular piece by the late great Irish poet John O’Donohue, but I do know that each time I […]

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Check out the Artist Online Community Directory

  Artist Online Community Directory As a community-based site, our purpose is to not only give you the opportunity to interact with this amazing worldwide creative community we have here at Skinny Artist, but also to connect with one another beyond this particular website. So many of us have multiple websites and social media accounts […]

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The Muppets Guide to World Domination

The Muppets guide to life and personality development I distinctly remember watching the old Muppet Show growing up and thinking that the vast majority of these muppets characters were completely insane. For those of you who may not remember the show, it consisted mostly of slapstick chaos and really bad jokes.  Kermit the frog would […]

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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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Dear Facebook, what’s the point?!

  It all seemed so simple in the beginning… These days it seems as if everyone is telling you that you need to find a way to “engage” your fans in social media (whatever that means) if you are to have any hope of surviving as an artist/writer/musician in the 21st century. So you sign up […]

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21 Artists to Watch in 2011

. As many of you know, last year Skinny Artist published a list of 21 Amazing Artists to Watch in 2010. Since then, I’ve gotten to know many of these artists better, and I consider myself lucky to be able to call so many of them now my friends. If you haven’t already had the […]

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What are you willing to give up?

Every year about this time I have this absurd tradition of sitting down and coming up with a small list of New Year’s resolutions for myself.  Fortunately this is a fairly easy exercise because I find myself making the same exact resolutions each and every year.  Not only that, but I somehow still manage to […]

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A Return to Innocence

  Success can be a bit of a double-edge sword sometimes. . . On one hand a little bit of commercial success gives us the confidence we need to continue creating our art, but on the other hand, it can also lull us into a sense of complacency and prevent us from taking risks and […]

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A (brief) Moment of Gratitude

We spend a lot of time on this site talking about all of the things we should be doing in order to build our online reputation as an artist/writer/musician/etc…  What happens, however, is that we spend so much of our time running after these goals, that we sometimes forget to take a step back and […]

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Parting with your Art

If you love something you have to set it free (right?) Question: When you sell a piece of your art/writing/music, do you feel. . . (a) Elated — Yay! Let’s go grocery shopping (b) A little sad to see it go, but that’s part of being a professional artist isn’t it? (c) Racked with guilt […]

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The Care and Feeding of a Muse

  This is not the way we had imagined it to be. . . When we first come to our art, we came to it filled with hope, secret wishes, and visions of unseen worlds.  We imagined our muse taking us gently by the hand and whispering inspiration into our ear as we recreated those […]

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The Delusional Freedom of an Artist

The only limits artists have is their imagination (right?) Let’s face it, part of the fun of being an artist/writer/musician is being able to do whatever the hell you want.  After all, if we wanted people telling us what to do, we would have become an accountant or a manager at Taco Bell. But what […]

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Who’s in Your Five?

Gimme Five You’ve probably heard it said before that we become the average of the five people we hang around with the most.  This supposedly not only determines our level of career, success, and income–but our general attitude and outlook on life as well. Twenty years ago, this essentially meant that whatever motley group of […]

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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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Peering into the Future. . .

  What is a peer group (and why should I care)? When we’re growing up, there always seems to be a lot of talk about our “peer group”, but what exactly is a peer group and why would I be talking about any of this now? Well according to our good friends in the  dictionary […]

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21 Artists to Watch in 2010

Now that we are entering into the second half of 2010.  I wanted to take a moment and share with you 21 amazing artists I have had the pleasure to meet over the past six months, and artists that you’ll certainly want to keep your eye on in the years ahead. Some of these artists […]

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Follow me Dammit!

Dear Twitterite, We know that it was a bit rude to unfollow you this afternoon, but let’s face it, we seemed to be growing apart these past several months.  Even though I saw you there in my Twitter stream each and every morning, I found myself ignoring you more and more and I just wasn’t listening […]

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Are you Afraid to be an Artist?

“But you’re a writer, you’re not an artist!” (insert mildly derisive tone here) I hear this from people all the time when I tell them that I help run a website called “Skinny Artist”, and then reveal that I am a writer and not a visual artist.  To many people (mostly non-artists) it seems almost […]

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There’s no place like home

  Where’s your online home? As an artist marketing yourself and your work online  do you have a home or do you find yourself virtually homeless? In other words, after you spend a long hard day schmoozing with your groupies on Twitter and Facebook and displaying your wares on Etsy, Amazon, ImageKind, and deviantART, do […]

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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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