Eric Maisel - Fine Artist

Eric Maisel

Walnut Creek, CA - United States








Eric Maisel

Walnut Creek, CA - United States

Eric Maisel - Fine Artist

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About Eric Maisel

Dr. Eric Maisel is the author of more than 40 books. His interests include creativity and the creative life, the field of creativity coaching that he founded, and natural psychology, the new psychology of meaning that he has recently developed.

Dr. Maisel’s recent books include Making Your Creative Mark (New World Library, 2013), Natural Psychology: The New Psychology of Meaning (Natural Psychology Press, 2012), Rethinking Depression (New World Library, 2012), Mastering Creative Anxiety (New World Library, 2011), and (with his wife Ann Maisel) Brainstorm: Harnessing the Power of Productive Obsessions (New World Library, 2010).

His books for creative and performing artists include Fearless Creating, Coaching the Artist Within, The Van Gogh Blues, The Creativity Book, Affirmations for Artists, Performance Anxiety, Write Mind, Deep Writing, A Writer’s Space, A Writer’s Paris, A Writer’s San Francisco, and Creativity for Life.

Dr. Maisel, widely regarded as America’s foremost creativity coach, maintains a coaching practice, trains creativity coaches, and provides core trainings for the Creativity Coaching Association. He leads workshops nationally and internationally, presents at workshop centers like Omega, Kripalu, Esalen, Hollyhock, and Rowe, at events like the Paris Writers Workshop, conferences of organizations like Romance Writers of America and the American Psychological Association, and sponsored events in venues like San Francisco, New York, London, Paris, Berlin and Rome.

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What are the costs of remaining true to your individuality? Read on! 

It can prove a very long journey from artistic child to a genuine opportunity to pursue one’s art. Read on! 

Did art save your life growing up? Was it a place of isolation? What sort of art child were you? Read on! 

Artists and Stress

June 26th, 2015

Life produces stress, the artistic personality produces additional stress, creating produces even more stress, and living the artist’s life is the topper! Read on … 

Ceremonies for Artists

June 19th, 2015

Do you know about the power of ceremony -- and how it can help you as an artist? Read on! 

Artists and Insomnia

June 13th, 2015

Are you an artist? Do you have trouble sleeping? Are the two perhaps connected? Read on! 

Do You Have the Answers?

June 5th, 2015

Do you have the answers to the following ten questions? Read on! 

How you present yourself to galleries, to collectors, to open studio visitors matters. Learn to present yourself with strength! Read on ... 

Want To Make New Art?

May 22nd, 2015

Do you want to try your hand at some new art but feel resistant? Here are four tips for getting started! Read on ... 

Ever have trouble completing your creative projects? Here are 4 tips that will help! Read on ... 

Should painting feel meaningful every time you paint? Maybe not. Read on! 

Is all stress bad? Or is there really "good stress"? Read on! 

Need to boost your confidence as an artist? Read on! 

Are You Getting Walked Over?

April 15th, 2015

Do people seem to be taking advantage of you as a person and an artist? Read on! 

The Painter Mind You Want

April 10th, 2015

What sort of mind helps you create and leads to your best life in the arts? Read on! 

Are you a painter who writes or wants to write? Read on! 

Do your moods get you down? Read on! 

It's hard to pay attention to everything in life – to our art, to our career, to all of our other responsibilities … and to our eating. If this is an issue for you, read on! 

Five Meaning Opportunities

March 13th, 2015

Making art is no doubt one of your primary meaning opportunities. But for a rich and complete life, human beings need multiple meaning opportunities—a full menu of meaning opportunities. Here are five to consider! 

Shared Studio Blues

March 6th, 2015

Having troubles with your studio mate? Here's what to do! Read on ... 

Working in Borrowed Spaces

February 27th, 2015

How can you handle the anxiety of art deadlines? One odd way is to ... work in a borrowed space! Read on ... 

What should you do to effectively handle the anxiety of art deadlines? Read on! 

Painting in San Francisco

February 13th, 2015

Intrigued by San Francisco's artistic traditions? Read on! 

Do we have to keep tripping in the same spots in life? Or can we maybe do better? Read on! 

Creating is a source of meaning for artists. But life provides many other meaning opportunities as well! Read on ... 

Which Life Will You Choose?

January 24th, 2015

Do you know the difference between an 'or' life and an 'and" life? Read on! 

Are you thinking thoughts that really serve you as an artist? Learn what to do if you aren't! Read on ... 

Last week I described a dozen roles you might play in society as an artist. Which one will choose? Here are 9 keys. Read on! 

Artists can function in one of twelve ways in society. Which is your role? Read on! 

Working While in Pain

December 26th, 2014

Last week I wrote that artists frequently must deal with chronic illness and chronic pain. Here is a response to that post from one artist ... Read on! 

Making Art in Sickness and Pain

December 19th, 2014

Many artists suffer from chronic illness or chronic pain. Are you one? Read on! 

Three Simple Suggestions

December 12th, 2014

Three simple suggestions from three creativity coaches to keep you on track with your art-making! Read on ... 

Big Changes Coming?

December 5th, 2014

Do you know how long it takes to make big changes in life? I bet the results will surprise you! Read on ... 

What happens if you make art but don't believe that you are really an artist? Read on! 

The Art Show She Might Have Had

November 21st, 2014

Have you ever gotten in your own way when it comes to your art career? Read on! 

Sadistic Chairs

November 14th, 2014

How bringing our day job home hurts our art-making. Read on! 

Daily Creativity Tip

November 7th, 2014

Would you like a daily creativity tip? If so, read on! 

Creativity in Business

November 1st, 2014

What does "creativity in business" really mean? Read on! 

Safe Art or Engaged Art?

October 24th, 2014

Should you make safe art? Or engaged art? Or maybe do both? Read on! 

Dealing with an addiction and also trying to create? Read on! 

Artistic Success and Addiction

October 10th, 2014

What's the connection between artistic success and your risk for addiction? Read on! 

Art deadlines provoke anxiety! Learn how working artists deal with the anxiety of deadlines. Read on! 

Art-Making as Meaning Opportunity

September 26th, 2014

Meaning matters. Art-making is one way to create it. There are also other ways! Read on ... 

Artists on Purpose

September 19th, 2014

What is the "purpose" of art? Hear how some artists describe theirs! Read on ... 

Be in Professional Artist Magazine

September 11th, 2014

Want to see your life purpose icon in Professional Artist Magazine? Read on! 

Creating Your Life Purpose Icon

September 5th, 2014

Ever thought about creating your own life purpose icon? Read on! 

The Apple of Cezanne

August 29th, 2014

Do you sometimes doubt your subject matter choices? Read on! 

Hankering for Another Medium?

August 22nd, 2014

Do you work in one medium but hanker for another? Read on! 

On Robin Williams

August 15th, 2014

In the wake of the suicide of Robin Williams the following is tremendously important to consider. Please read on!  

Art in 15 Minutes a Day

August 8th, 2014

Do you know the secret of how to use small increments of time to improve your art life? Read on! 

The 20 Traits of an Artist

August 1st, 2014

What if you wanted to "upgrade" yourself so that you created more and met the marketplace better? Which traits would you choose? Read on! 

Why is creating a coherent body of work so important? Read on! 

One New Connection

July 18th, 2014

Let’s say that you want to make one new connection in the service of your career. What should you do? Read on! 

Late Deciding

July 11th, 2014

Are you a late decider? Do you know why you might want to become one? Read on! 

Art and Optimism

July 4th, 2014

Is pessimism holding you back as an artist? Read on! 

Artists in Distress

June 27th, 2014

As an artist you face so many emotional demands! What can you do to reduce all that distress? Read on! 

In order to stand out, you must prove the exception. Here are 5 more tips for doing that! Read on ... 

Can you get by marketing your art in ordinary ways? Or must you try some exceptional things? Read on! 

Making art is one meaning opportunity for artists. Are there others? Read on! 

What About Your Website?

May 23rd, 2014

Do you struggle with your website presence? Read on! 

Deciding With Power

May 14th, 2014

Do you need to rededicate yourself to your art? Read on! 

Trusting Yourself More

May 9th, 2014

Why is it so important to trust yourself more? Read on! 

Ready to teach an art class? What sort of class will you teach? Read on! 

Ever thought about teaching an art class? Here's how to get started! Read on ... 

What if meaning suddenly drains out of your life? What can you try? Here's an answer! 

Emotional Healing Tip #1

April 10th, 2014

What if you were born a little sadder than the next person? Don't let that sadness drag you down as an artist! Read on. 

How can artists best reduce their emotional distress and heal their emotional wounds? Read on! 

Repeating Art

March 28th, 2014

Are you worried that you may be repeating yourself in your art and not moving forward? Read on! 

What Art Customers Want

March 21st, 2014

Are you creating what you want or what your customers want? Read on! 

Art Stunts

March 14th, 2014

Have you ever created an art stunt? Do you know what they are? Read on and learn more! 

Art and Alcohol

March 7th, 2014

Why do so many artists have problems with alcohol? Read on! 

Cultivating Calmness

February 28th, 2014

Does it pay for an artist to cultivate calmness in his life? You bet it does! Learn more now ... 

Art and Life Purpose

February 21st, 2014

For you, making art is one of your life purposes and one of your meaning opportunities. Are there others? Read on! 

The Seven-Word Rule, Part 2

February 14th, 2014

Last week I chatted about the seven-word rule and why it's so important to use. This week, learn when and where to use it! Read on ... 

The Seven-Word Rule

February 6th, 2014

Know the simple rule for improving your sales and your visibility? Read on! 

Do You Also Perform?

January 31st, 2014

Creative people often do more than one thing. Are you a performer as well as a visual artist? If so, learn more about your top 10 challenges! 

Artists on Nature

January 24th, 2014

What do artists have to say about their relationship to nature? Read on! 

Art and Grief

January 16th, 2014

How might grief affect your art? Please read on … 

How Criticism Stops Us

January 10th, 2014

Criticism can stop any of us. What should you do if someone criticizes your art? Read on! 

For 2014, resolve to get a grip on the following 4 challenges that visual artists regular face. Read on! 

What if you make a mess of a painting and experience a "creative disaster"? What should you do? Read on! 

Many visual artists have trouble letting go of their original paintings, sculptures, and other one-of-a-kinds. Do you? Read on! 

Secrets of a Creativity Coach

December 13th, 2013

This week I want to send you directly to my new book SECRETS OF A CREATIVITY COACH. Come see how I work with artists worldwide! Visit now ... 

Meeting Your Art Deadlines

December 6th, 2013

Have an art deadline coming up? Having trouble meeting it? Here's what you should do! Read on ... 

Handling Holiday Stress

November 29th, 2013

The holidays are no picnic! And they're doubly hard for artists. See why -- and see what you can do about it! 

Confident Creating

November 22nd, 2013

What does confidence look like at each stage of the creative process? Read on! 

8 Tips for Attending Openings

November 15th, 2013

Here are eight tips for getting the most out of the next gallery opening you attend! Read on ...  

Framing and Other Indignities

November 8th, 2013

What artists don’t struggle with the problem of framing their art? Are there any good answers? Read on! 

Asking For Money, Part 3

November 1st, 2013

We’ve chatted for the past two weeks about how to ask for money. Let’s finish up with three more essential tips. Read on! 

Asking For Money, Part 2

October 25th, 2013

Last week we looked at three tips for asking for money. Here are three more! Read on … 

Asking for Money

October 18th, 2013

You need money for art supplies, building your website, your marketing efforts, and, well, just to live! Here are three tips for asking for the money you need! Read on ... 

What should you do when meaning vanishes? Here’s a four-step technique to try! Read on … 

The Racing Brain of an Artist

October 4th, 2013

Does your brain race? I bet it does! Read more now ... 

5 Tips for Handling Criticism

September 27th, 2013

Anyone who puts work on public display invites criticism. What are the best ways to deal with the criticism that may be coming? Read on! 

Art and Pain

September 20th, 2013

Visual artists, like all human beings, experience significant emotional distress. What can we do to reduce that emotional pain? Read on! 

Is a New Style Your Next Step?

September 13th, 2013

Have you been thinking about working in a new style but finding that something seems to be holding you back? Read more! 

Is Creativity Coaching For You?

September 6th, 2013

Have you ever thought about becoming a creativity coach? Does the idea intrigue you? Read on! 

Are Your Organized?

August 30th, 2013

Are you as organized as you need to be? Read on! 

The Dream of Paris

August 23rd, 2013

Is it time to live out one of your dreams—the dream of sketching and painting in Paris? Read on! 

The Smart Artist

August 16th, 2013

Are you pretty intelligent? And is that a problem for you? Take a look at the fifteen challenges that smart people regularly face! Read more … 

Art and Genetic Happiness

August 8th, 2013

Is there a relationship between creating art and physical health at the genetic level? Read more! 

Your Next Big Creative Idea

August 2nd, 2013

Ready for your next big creative idea? Where will it come from? Read on! 

Have you ever thought about using nostalgia to inform your art? Read more! 

Closing Galleries

July 18th, 2013

What if you are lucky enough to find a gallery—and it closes? What then? Read on! 

Stop resisting painting

July 12th, 2013

Most artists experience at least some resistance getting to the canvas, in part because creating can feel risky. This resistance is of course mental – but it is also has a physical part! Read more now … 

How do you find your artistic voice? Where did it get lost? Read more! 

Artists often find themselves needing to collaborate. Do you know what works best? Read on! 

The Artist Statement

June 21st, 2013

Have you ever had trouble creating your artist statement? Read more! 

Do you magnify your difficulties and make things harder on yourself than they need to be? Read more now! 

Showing Up

June 7th, 2013

How do you get your creative work done? By showing up! Read more now ...  

What did Van Gogh say about Japanese artists ... and why is what he said important to you? Read more! 

Think Big

May 24th, 2013

What would help you think big and see yourself mastering large projects and getting known in the world? Let’s take a look! 

The more you align your thoughts with your intentions the more great painting you’ll do. Here are some simple ideas for getting a better grip on your mind! 

An interviewer asked me some interesting questions about the value of a morning art practice, why it’s so important to get a grip on your mind, and more. Read my answers now! 

Last week I chatted about “the maybe trap.” Each of us knows why we shouldn’t hang out in maybe. This week I'll show you how to break out of the maybe trap!  

Are ou Trapped in Maybe?

April 26th, 2013

Are you trapped in maybe, that special indecisiveness that can haunt an artist? Find out more now! 

Is there a certain sort of art that you would like to do but fear that your drawing skills aren't up to the task? Read more! 

Some artists are a little afraid to try their hand at creating "without images" and therefore steer away from abstract art. See how Jane learned to deal with this very common fear ... 

Last week I explained why it’s wise to maintain our global contacts if we want to have a career in the arts. Here are some tips for doing exactly that!  

Connecting Globally

March 29th, 2013

Say that you’re lucky enough to be represented in some galleries that are all located very far away from your hometown. How can you maintain good contact with them from a great distance? Here are some ideas! 

Say that you want to teach an art class? How should you begin? Let’s take a look! 

Have you ever thought about teaching art classes or workshops or giving individual lessons? If you haven't, maybe it's because one of five characteristic negative thoughts have gotten in the way. Learn more now! 

Last week I provided 5 tips to help you feel more comfortable painting en plein air. If that subject interests you, here are five more tips. Taken together, these ten tips will get you outdoors and painting away! 

Sometimes artists feel anxious about painting en plein air and avoid leaving the studio. If you find yourself wanting to paint en plein air but avoiding it, here are some tips that can help! 

The Tao of Preparation

February 22nd, 2013

Let’s say that you have a meeting coming up with a gallery owner or a collector. What’s too much preparation for that meeting? What’s too little preparation? Read on! 

Publishing Your Art

February 15th, 2013

Artists are confronted by many different ways of “publishing” their art nowadays. What are the pros and cons of these new opportunities? Let’s take a look! 

Are You a Confident Artist?

February 8th, 2013

Creating requires confidence—and life can rob you of confidence. If you’ve lost a little confidence over time what can you do to restore it? Let’s take a look! 

Anxious About the Marketplace?

February 1st, 2013

What should you do if you don’t enjoy selling yourself, if you have trouble with people who dismiss you, or if you don’t feel up to asking for what you need? Here are some simple strategies! 

Making It In New York

January 25th, 2013

Every artist who makes it in New York has a different story to tell. Here is one fictionalized story that will open your eyes! Learn some really important lessons from Aster Lynn’s story … 

Imagine that you could build human beings from scratch and wanted to make sure that they’d turn out creative. What traits would you give them? What do you suppose? 

Shared Studio Blues

January 11th, 2013

What should you do if your shared studio situation becomes a problem? Here are some good answers! 

Maybe your artwork is piling up and you just know that you have to make some connections in the art marketplace. But you feel paralyzed. What should you do? Learn more now! 

Tips for Meeting Art Deadlines

December 28th, 2012

Do you have an art deadline coming up? Here are some tips from artists and writers about how they meet their deadlines—and how you can meet yours! 

Are artists at greater risk for addiction? Indeed they are! Learn more here. 

Your Artist Support Group

December 14th, 2012

Could you use an artist support group? Do you even know what one is? Read more! 

Maybe you live in a place that a lot of tourists visit. What can you do to make a better connection with them and turn them into your art customers? Here are some ideas! 

Your Marketing Assistant

November 30th, 2012

Do you need a marketing assistant to help promote and market your artwork? Here are some things to think about before you go down that road! 

Get More Painting Done

November 23rd, 2012

Do you want to get more painting done? Then kill maybe! “Maybe” is an artist’s worst enemy – and here’s why. 

Focusing Your Artist Mind

November 16th, 2012

If your mind is “all over the place” you won’t get much painting done! Let’s look at how you can get a much better grip on your artist’s mind. 

Be The Exception

November 9th, 2012

How can you stand out from the crowd? Do you want to do what every other artist is doing or something smarter? Learn how here! 

Do you feel like you’d like to expand your repertoire of creative projects and maybe expand your marketing efforts too? Here are ten tips for doing exactly that! 

Negotiating Your Prices

October 26th, 2012

A visual artist who has had only a moderate number of sales and for whom each sale is a “big event” is likely to have a hard time negotiating higher prices and better deals. What can you do to make sure that you are ready and able to negotiate your p... 

An artist needs to get many things done in order to have a career. With so many things to keep straight, one trick is to identify a clear intention and then align your thoughts and your behaviors with that intention. Here’s a technique for helping yo... 

Meeting Your Art Deadlines

October 12th, 2012

Say that a deadline’s looming where you’re supposed to deliver some paintings for a show and you’re getting really anxious. What can you do to effectively handle this situation? 

Do thoughts like “I’m not talented” or “I don’t stand a chance” get in the way of your ability to create? What can you do to silence negative self-talk and other thoughts that don’t serve you? Here are some good ideas for banishing negative self-talk... 

Finding Your Artistic Voice

September 21st, 2012

Artists often work for a very long time without finding their artistic voice. They may know that their work isn’t that fresh but not know what to do to break through into personalized work. Here are ten tips for finding your voice as an artist!  

You have an important gallery show coming in a few months but you’ve fallen behind on your painting. Next week you’re supposed to meet with the gallery owner and you really don’t want to tell him how behind you are. What should you do?