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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How to Not Screw Up your Art Scholarship Submission

How to finally get that art scholarship by: Kristina Gehrmann There are literally thousands of available scholarships, awards and grants out there, for both art students and professional artists alike, in all fields of art: writing, painting, sculpture, dance, acting, music, ballet, photography… This mere fact is a revelation for many. You too can get […]

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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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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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Meet artist Trevor Jones

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 talk about their work, some of […]

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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 […]

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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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What is a Creative Commons License (and why should I care)? [Video]

“Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors than piracy” ~ Tim O’Reilly . Creative Commons Reference PDF: Creative Commons License Reference Sheet ..(right click and “Save File. .” or “Download Linked File”) Creative Commons License Links: http://creativecommons.org http://creativecommons.org/choose https://creativecommons.org/about/downloads http://creativecommons.org/licenses http://wiki.creativecommons.org http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons Creative Commons Controversy: What happens when Creative Commons Licensing goes too far?   […]

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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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150 Amazing Quotes to Feed Your Creative Soul

  I have always believed that the right words have a way of finding you when you need to hear them.  For me, quotes are little bite-sized messengers of courage, perseverance, and hope for the creative artist in this often overly materialistic world. Here is a collection of 150 (or so) amazing quotes that I […]

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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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Is Etsy Dying?

Etsy is a dream come true for Artists (isn’t it?) Etsy is widely known as one of the premier websites for selling arts & crafts online. They essentially took eBay’s shop concept and focused it squarely on the creative niche so you no longer had to sift through lawnmowers in order to get to beaded lanyards. […]

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