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Drew is a writer, teacher, and head custodian of the Skinny Artist creative community. You can also find him online at OutmatchFitness.com where he writes about fitness, nutrition, and his continuing battle with father time.

Evicting the Annoying Roommate (inside my head)

  Why I stopped talking to myself Back when we first met, we all seemed to get along okay. He was always kind of chatty but it didn’t really bother me because it was usually nice to have a familiar voice nearby when I stumbled into a new or uncomfortable situation. For whatever reason he […]

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Create or Quit?

Time to create or cut bait? Have you ever been in the middle of a project only to discover that you have completely lost your enthusiasm for it and now it seems you’re just going through the motions? So how do you know when you should continue working on a project, and when you should […]

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Too much of a good thing

Where do I even start? Have you ever had one of those days where you felt completely overwhelmed because you had too many ideas swimming around inside your head and you just didn’t know where to begin? Perhaps you drank one too many Red Bulls that day, or maybe you went somewhere that really inspired […]

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A Simple Act of Courage (it’s not what you think)

The Courage to be Imperfect If you’ve read anything I’ve written in the past for this site, it will probably come as no surprise to you that I often misuse (some say abuse) the English language.  So I frequently find myself scurrying about the internet searching for a definition or origin of a particular word until […]

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For the Love of the Game

Amateur Art Amateur artists have gotten a bad rap. There seems to be a growing rift in the creative world between “professional” and “amateur” artists, writers, musicians, etc…  and I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t made things any better by writing articles with ominous titles such as “The 9 Warning Signs of […]

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Some Is Better Than None

We have an expression around our house that we tend to use on everything from solving tricky Algebra problems, to practicing instruments, to eating icky green vegetables — and that is the saying “Some is better than none”. All or nothing… Sometimes as creative artists we can get locked into this idea that if we […]

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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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What Are You Afraid Of?

So what scares the crap out of you? People always tell me they can’t think of anything to write about on their blog. For me the problem has never been coming up with ideas, but instead it has always been about having the courage to sit down and expose myself to the world.  I’m not […]

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Don’t Break the Chain!

  Practice, practice, blah, blah, blah…. Okay we get it. By now we’ve all heard the great secret of success is that you have to sit down and practice more. Then again if we did everything we are supposed to do, we probably wouldn’t have all of these infomercials trying to sell us the latest […]

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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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Stare, Share, Steal, & be willing to look Stupid

How can I create more art? How do I become a better artist? How can I get more people to see my work? What the $#!@  is a “Skinny Artist”? These are the kind of questions that people ask me all the time. Unfortunately I’m stumbling around in the dark like everyone else. Occasionally I’ll […]

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Art is Work

  Art is Work Creating art is a valid career. There seems to be this perception in our culture that art is not really a profession but more of a hobby. That creativity is a pastime, not a true vocation. It’s no secret that many of us see our day jobs as monotonous, boring, and […]

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How to (not) Crush It!

How to ship your art safely without breaking the bank I was recently talking to one of our fellow community members (the always awesome Toni DeBiasi) and she was telling me about how difficult it was to find good information online on how to ship art safely to customers without having to spend a ton of […]

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21 Artists to Watch in 2013

  Each year we publish 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 some who are already highly successful in their field.  Now obviously we continue to keep a close eye on all of the artists we have featured in […]

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Is Art Really Necessary Anymore?

Hold on… Before you start firing up the torches and sharpening your pitchforks  — hear me out. Since you’re here at a site called Skinny Artist, I’m going to assume that you’re either a fan of the creative arts, or you simply ended up here by way of a misguided Google search for diet pills. Look, […]

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Introducing Skinny Pins!

You know we love this stuff! Those of you who have been around the Skinny Artist community for awhile know that we like to do whatever we can to encourage artists to follow their dreams and find a way to live their art every day.  We love to share images, quotes, and writings that inspire […]

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Creating the Artist not the Art

Tweak!  Tweak!  Tweak! No that’s not the sound of some deranged bird, it’s a creative perfectionist who just doesn’t know when to stop. Just one more… How many times have you said something like this to yourself? “Just one more edit.” “Just one more color.” “Just one more layer.” “Just one more ______  and I’ll […]

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Dive In and Don’t Look Back

From fearless to fickle… Back when I was a kid, I remember experiencing that moment when you felt invincible and like nothing bad could possibly happen to you.  Maybe this was a result of youthful naiveté (or general stupidity), or perhaps it simply evolved from years of swimming in a murky green rock quarry growing […]

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Let It Go

    It’s time to. . . Let go of the anger of what could have been Let go of the worry of what might become Let go of the mistakes you think you’ve made Let go of a future you cannot yet see Let go of the expectations of others, their path is not […]

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Hey you, get off of my cloud!

Dude, where’s all my stuff?! These days it seems my head and pretty much my entire digital life is “in the clouds” Yes, I’ll admit (grudgingly) that I’m old enough to remember things like CD’s, printed photographs, DVD’s, computer software that came in a box, and even those weird looking papery things with all the […]

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Does Your Website Suck?

  Let’s be honest for a moment. . . Does your current website suck? Do you frequently suffer from website shame and embarrassment? Do you sometimes avoid telling people where to find your website because you haven’t updated in over 6 months? Does it seem like everyone else online has these really cool websites, while […]

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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 Zen of Inbox Infinity

  You’ve got more #$@% mail! Those of you who have been online long enough may remember when getting email was an exciting event. We all loved hearing that bossy little AOL voice telling us that we got mail.  Our pulse would quicken and we would race to our email inbox to see what technological […]

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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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Meet artist Connie Hozvicka of Dirty Footprints Studio

Every once in awhile when we get our act together here at Skinny Artist, we have the pleasure of introducing you to a new featured artist.  We have them sit down and talk to us for a few minutes about their experiences working as a creative professional. We’ll talk to them about their work, some […]

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