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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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How I Handle Rejection as an Artist

Today was a hard day. I have been applying to shows and public art projects, contacting blog curators, galleries, and pitching press releases for the past four weeks in an effort to break through and find an audience. My inbox held not just one, but three rejection notifications to applications I submitted. Gut punch…

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That Time Agatha Christie Boldly Requested More Flattering Author Photos

The Queen of Crime made her wishes very clear: less wrinkles, less pink.

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Surround Sound? You Ain’™t Heard Nothing Yet

At Empac, musicians and technicians are learning to work with sophisticated advances in spatial audio technologies.

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Could streaming-app password sharing soon come to an end?

Twenty-one per cent of streaming viewers between the ages of 18 and 24 said they had accessed a digital-video service by using log-in credentials from someone outside their household

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The Scream Franchise

Deconstructing Edvard Munch’s famous painting

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Top Free Graphic Design Software in 2017

Here are some free graphic design software programs that should keep you on the good side of the bell curve and your head above the dirt.

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Photographers guide to earning money on Adobe Stock

Adobe Stock allows photographers to earn cash pursuing their biggest passions but œstock sales strategies isn’t commonly found photographer’™s resumes.

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Envy Is a Chronic Poison That Secretly Kills Our Motivation Every Day

Motivation isn’t inspired by envy. When you compare with others, you kill your motivation. Know how to overcome envy and stay motivated.

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Artist’s Disturbing Anatomical Dishware Creeps Across Tabletops

Artist Ronit Baranga creates ceramic sculptural works she describes as existing on the “border between living and still life objects guaranteed to either tickle your funny bone or haunt your worst nightmares, depending on your perspective.

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Most of Your Art Marketing Will Fail. Keep Going.

Selling your art and growing a successful business is about maintaining the right mindset…

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Advice for Those Who Want to Help the Artists in Their Lives

How to support the creative artist in your life…

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How Digital Tools Are Making Children’s Art Worse

Some researchers suggest they’re also depleting the benefits of drawing and other activities…

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Classical 101 | A Guide To Classical Music Slang

Thanks to Musical Toronto, you’ll have lots of talking points the next time you mingle with the classical music crowd, young and old!

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How to Raise a Reader

The benefits of reading at every stage of a child’™s development are well documented. Happily, raising a reader is fun, rewarding and relatively easy.

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Does Diversity Actually Increase Creativity?

A look at the research…

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Why Do Orchestras Tune to an A-Note Pitch at 440Hz?

Take a seat. There are lots of meetings involved…

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Shepard Fairey talks street art in Sydney—and reveals which word he would have put on a Hillary poster

The US artist was in Australia to create his largest-ever mural, a 44-metre-tall message of “peace and harmony”

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11 brutal truths about creativity that no one wants to talk about

Humanity has revered creativity throughout time, from the ancient Greeks to modern-day painters, poets, and web designers. It’s one of those ineffable things that’™s extremely hard to define but you absolutely know it when you see it…

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Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay to become one of the world’s largest public art parks

Ambitious 20-year, $50m redevelopment plan includes a raft of art projects, from large-scale sculptures to performance

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Outlook is sunny for museum employees, AAMD survey says

According to the organisations 2017 Salary Survey, released today, US institutional pay has increased at a higher rate than the overall jobs market

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Which Books Do Americans Take on Vacation?

Our city-by-city breakdown uncovered some surprises

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Artists create huge living canvases (with grass)

They have been creating large-scale canvases of living grass, by tinkering with the natural growth process of this little plant in order to create impressive, photographic-like images.

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Make Your Art More Collectible

Strategies for creating art and handmade work that encourage repeat buying…

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Five Ways to Benefit from Embracing Spontaneity and Disorder

These days it’™s hard to avoid the admonishments of self-titled productivity gurus that we should take more control over our lives, calendars, and in-boxes. But there are countless examples of creative and entrepreneurial minds soaring to their greatest heights through the exact opposite approach.

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The Story Behind the Robot Who Names Paint Colors

“Stargoon.” “Turdly.” Is this really the best that it can do?

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How the Beatles Wrote ‘A Day in the Life’

Fifty years after its release, the sprawling closing track on “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” remains a testament to the group’s ambitious songwriting.

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If I Had To Do It All Over Again

Design leaders rethink meaningful creative and career decisions, with the benefit of hindsight.

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Rethinking The Ethics Of Photoshop

Retouching is its own form of fake news. Can an oath change a problem that stretches from fashion to product design?

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The Creative Conundrum: Pursue Your Art or Get a “Real Job”

Every creative has found themselves at the same career crossroads. One path leads where their heart desires. The other leads to “real” jobs. Mike Sager has stood there, and he reflects on why he dropped out of Georgetown Law School to live the creative life.

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Tattoo Artist Covers Up Racist Insignia For Free: ‘Enough Hate In This World’

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with tattoo shop owner, Dave Cutlip of Brooklyn Park, Md., who has offered to cover up any racist or gang affiliated tattoos at no cost. Cutlip says sometimes people change.

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27 Hard-Won Lessons about Writing from New York Times Bestselling Authors • Smart Blogger

If you’re tired of seeing writing advice from people who’ve never been published, you’ll love these real-world lessons from authors who’ve made it big.

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Can a Video Game Capture the Magic of Walden?

Henry David Thoreau’s famed retreat gets pixelated

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7 Things Authors Must Do Differently in 2017

If you’ve ever thought that the publishing industry is tough to figure out, you’re not alone. In fact, I once had an author tell me that getting into publishing is sort of like …

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You Can Reprint This Paper 80 Times Without A Drop Of Ink

Printing with UV light is much more environmentally friendly than ink-based papers today. But will human factors get in the way?

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How I Stopped Feeling Like A Fraud After Quitting My Job To Work For Myself | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

When you no longer have a flashy brand name under your job title, your self-confidence can take a pummeling.

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We Can Go Back! The Return of the Analog

Our accelerating disappearance into the digital ether now defines us—we are the mediated people, whose contact with one another and the world around us is now mostly veiled by a screen. We threaten to rebel, just as we threaten to move to Canada after an election. But we don’t; the current is too fierce to […]

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Can the Arts Address Seattle’s Homelessness Crisis in a Meaningful Way? Seattle Symphony Is Trying

A new project tries to answer two questions: “What are the arts doing about homelessness?” and “Why do the arts have to do with homelessness?”

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The Man Behind the Hugo Award

Hugo Gernsback (1884-1967) has mostly vanished from our cultural memory, which is a pity, because he was an extraordinary man, and his influence on our modern age—electrical, science-permeated, and full of wonders—was outsized.

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Defunding The NEA Would Be Incredibly Stupid–Here’s Why

The National Endowment for the Arts funds local community building, educational programs, job training, housing, and more.

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An Itemized Invoice for Clients Who Balk At Your Photography Prices

Photographer and photo educator Don Giannatti put together this simple (tongue-in-cheek) itemized invoice to show photography clients why photographers cha

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7 Legendary Artists Who Also Designed Album Covers

The work of Yayoi Kusama, Jeff Koons, and Ai Weiwei fetches millions at auction. Or $20 at your local record shop.

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Kayashima: The Japanese Train Station Built Around a 700-Year-Old Tree

In the Northeast suburbs of central Osaka stands a curious train station unlike any other. Kayashima Station features a rectangular hole cut into the roof of the elevated platform and, from inside, a giant tree pokes its head out like a stalk of broccoli.

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A Nonprofit Bookstore Grows in Pittsburgh: Has Amazon Met Its Match in New Business Models?

In Ray Bradbury’s landmark 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, outlaws commit books to memory while firemen burn their brittle pages out of existence.

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Humorous New Contextual Street Sign Interventions

Look close, or you’ll miss it. Camouflaged like legitimate street signs in public spaces around Sydney you’ll find these fun urban interventions by artist Michael Pederson (aka Miguel Marquez Outside).

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Unseen Mark Twain fairytale to be published

Huckleberry Finn author made up numerous stories for his children, but The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine is the only one to survive

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Art Market Mines Gold on Instagram

The quirkily personal Instagram accounts of taste-making specialists have become the “soft power” of today’s traders.

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How to Beat the Imposter Syndrome Feeling

Approximately 70 percent of us will experience a period of self-doubt at least once in our lives. Rebuild your confidence using these five strategies.

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Artist Transforms Old CDs Into Nature-Inspired Sculptures

Sean Avery’s “sustainable art” prevents the plastic discs from ending up in a landfill.

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Artist Turns Shadows Of Everyday Objects Into Funny Sketches

Talk about a vivid imagination. Belgian artist and filmmaker Vincent Bal turns shadows of everyday objects into whimsical doodles that are totally unrelated to the object but ingeniously clever.

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21 Photography Tips and Tricks For You To Get Creative Today

Are you having photographer’s block? Here are 21 photography tips and tricks to restart your creative engine! All you need is your camera and a tripod 🙂

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How to Write When Life Sucks

Writers write. It’s the action that defines us. What do you do, then, when you feel like you can’t write?

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I Don’t Care About Your Materials

Your techniques, materials, and process don’t necessarily “speak” to your potential collector. The “WHY” will.

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Photos, Perhaps, Show a Rare Glimpse of Gauguin in Tahiti

A German art dealer is displaying what he says are the only known images of the artist in French Polynesia.

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