June 23rd, 2017
You attend a juried show, trade show or art convention and see excellent work that makes you doubt your own efforts and abilities. What to do? Read on!
June 16th, 2017
What are the psychological effects of attending a juried show, a trade show, or an artist convention? Read on!
June 9th, 2017
The creative life and family life are both challenging. What to do? Read on!
Do you know how to get a good grip on your mind and reduce your anxiety? Read on!
May 26th, 2017
What can you do when your brain starts to race on too fast? Take a look!
May 19th, 2017
What can you do to deal with inevitable artistic anxiety? Here are 9 strategies! Read on ...
Do you know the difference between productive and unproductive obsessions? Read on!
May 5th, 2017
This week we start a five-part series on artistic anxiety ... and what you can do about it! Read on ...
April 28th, 2017
Improve your marketplace relating right now! Read on ...
April 21st, 2017
Don't miss these last five tips on better marketplace relating! Read on ...
April 14th, 2017
Here are five more art marketplace relationship basics that you need to know! Read on ...
April 8th, 2017
Do you know how to relate in the marketplace where you sell your art? Learn how now!
March 31st, 2017
Last week we looked at how boredom poses a threat to artists. This week: what to do!
March 24th, 2017
How are boredom and addiction related? And why is this a special problem for artists? Read on!
March 17th, 2017
Are artists more vulnerable to addiction? You bet they are! See why ...
March 10th, 2017
Relationships are difficult. Even more so for artists! Read on ...
March 3rd, 2017
Your most valuable marketing tool is your own mailing list. Do you know how to build yours? Read on!
February 24th, 2017
Are you good at marketplace interactions? Get better right now! Read on!
February 17th, 2017
How do artists describe their love affair with art? Take a look!
February 10th, 2017
Need a little beauty in the middle of winter? Here are some quotes to inspire!
February 3rd, 2017
Do you have trouble getting started on your art? Maybe a starting ritual would help! Read on ...
January 27th, 2017
What if your gallery drops you? What should you do next? Read on!
January 21st, 2017
Enjoy some inspiring quotes from artists about their relationship to nature!
January 13th, 2017
Have you lost a little of your passion for making art? Read on!
January 6th, 2017
Ready to make a change in 2017? How about upgrading your personality! Read on ...
December 30th, 2016
Why would anyone be anxious about success? But a lot of artists are! Read on ...
December 23rd, 2016
Have trouble pricing your artwork? You're not alone! Read on ...
December 16th, 2016
Ready to create a plan to make 2017 an excellent year? Read on!
December 8th, 2016
Time management is an essential artist's skill. Here are five more tips for managing your time!
December 2nd, 2016
Top tips for managing your time? Here you go!
November 25th, 2016
Do you give away your marketplace freedom in any of these ten ways? Read on!
November 18th, 2016
Made a hash of a painting? Ruined some good watercolor paper? What can you do about it? Read on!
November 11th, 2016
Learn 8 essential tactics for dealing with day jobs. Read on!
November 4th, 2016
Need to get better organized? Here are 10 top tips for artists! Read on ...
October 28th, 2016
3 more tips for managing financial inequality in a relationship!
October 21st, 2016
What happens if your mate brings in more money from his or her work than you do from your art? Read on!
October 14th, 2016
Artists want to create. But does this cost them relationship happiness? Take a look!
October 6th, 2016
What gets in the way of selling your art? Here are three more obstacles -- and what you can do to overcome them!
September 29th, 2016
Having trouble getting your art into the marketplace? The following three obstacles may be in the way!
September 22nd, 2016
Have a meeting coming up with a gallery owner? How should you handle it? Read on!
September 16th, 2016
The series concludes with a last, vital tip. Take a look!
September 9th, 2016
Ready for tip #4? It's a big one!
September 2nd, 2016
Let's continue looking at what will help you keep creating in recovery. Here's tip #3!
August 26th, 2016
Dealing with an addiction isn't easy. Here's tip #2 for managing your creative life while in recovery!
August 18th, 2016
If you're in recovery, will your need to create threaten your recovery? Read on!
August 12th, 2016
For an intimate relationship in the arts to work, both partners have to make an effort. What sort of effort? Read on!
August 5th, 2016
Do you want to create ... but then resist? Read on!
July 29th, 2016
You break up with someone and realize that you enjoy being alone. But you also want a relationship! What then? Read on!
July 22nd, 2016
What if you and your mate aren't on the same page with respect to your art? What then? Read on!
July 15th, 2016
Of course you want to spend time with your intimate partner. But how much time do you actually need? Read on!
July 8th, 2016
Alone or together, which suits an artist better? Read on!
July 1st, 2016
Can artists make intimate relationships work? They can indeed! Read on ...
June 24th, 2016
What helps artists create strong intimate relationships? Read on!
June 21st, 2016
We're counting down to the top reasons why completing your work of art is so hard. Reason #3 is surprising! Read on ...
June 21st, 2016
We're at our top two reasons why completing a work of art is so darn hard! Here's number 2. What's your guess? Read on!
June 21st, 2016
Okay, we've come to the #1 reason why completing your work of art is so darn hard. Read on!
May 27th, 2016
We're counting down to the top reasons why completing your work of art is so darn hard. Here's reason #4! Read on ...
May 20th, 2016
Is your painting done or does it still need work? Can you tell? Read on!
May 13th, 2016
The sixth reason why completing your art is so hard is a fascinating one! Read on ...
May 6th, 2016
And what about those last lingering doubts? What can you do about those? Read on!
April 29th, 2016
Do you have a completion checklist or punch list? Do you need one? Read on!
April 22nd, 2016
Let's continue looking at why completing your work of art is so hard. Today's reason is a powerful one! Read on ...
April 15th, 2016
Afraid that your current painting is your best idea ever? That can stop you from completing it! Read on ...
April 8th, 2016
Why is completing your work of art so hard? Here's reason #11. Read on!
April 1st, 2016
Why is completing a work of art so hard? Read on!
March 25th, 2016
Does your creative work bewilder you? It should! Read on ...
March 18th, 2016
What if you don't have long stretches of time available to you for your art-making? Read on!
March 11th, 2016
Why is grandeur so important? Read on!
March 4th, 2016
Are you addicted to distractions? Read on!
February 26th, 2016
Do you regularly settle into mystery when you create? Read on!
February 19th, 2016
What small efforts support your creativity? Read on!
February 5th, 2016
When you're creating do you know when to stop ... and why to stop? Read on!
January 29th, 2016
It's one thing to take a break from your creative work. But is there another sort of break to take? Read on!
January 22nd, 2016
What do you call your art? Do you have troubles there? Read on!
January 15th, 2016
The new year is already racing by. What's needed? Maybe what's needed is a little self-forgiveness! Read on ...
January 8th, 2016
Are you a depressed or anxious artist? Read on!
January 1st, 2016
No better way to start the new year than with a little organization! Read on ...
December 25th, 2015
Check out these new year's resolutions! Read on ...
December 18th, 2015
Say that you don't really intend to make money from your art? Then what do you say to a family member demanding that you make money? Read on!
December 11th, 2015
If someone in your family is angry about your decision to be an artist, derides or ridicules your decision to be an artist, complains that you are not pulling your weight financially, or scoffs at your chances to succeed as an artist, you are stuck w...
December 4th, 2015
How much harder is it to make your art or sell your art if your family isn’t behind you or actively undercuts your efforts? Read on!
November 28th, 2015
Interested in your mental health? Curious about our current underlying assumptions? Read on!
November 20th, 2015
Your class, workshop or retreat has ended. What are the very last things you need to do? Read on!
November 13th, 2015
You've got the preparations done and now it's time to run your class, workshop or retreat. Now what? Read on!
November 6th, 2015
What might get in the way of you running your class, workshop or retreat? Read on!
October 30th, 2015
After you've decided on your class, workshop or retreat, what then? Read on!
October 23rd, 2015
What's the first step in running your art class, workshop or retreat? Read on!
October 16th, 2015
You may want to run an art class, workshop or retreat but find it really hard to begin. Where to start? Read on!
October 9th, 2015
What one skill will make your classes, workshops and retreats stand out? Read on!
October 2nd, 2015
The art classes, workshops and retreats you run are more than just moneymakers. What else are they? Read on!
September 25th, 2015
Do you start your day making art? If not -- might that be an important change to make? Read on!
September 17th, 2015
The series concludes with my top tips and a case study. Don't miss it! Read on ...
September 11th, 2015
This series is winding down! Don't miss these top tips! Read on ...
September 4th, 2015
Let's continue our important discussion about how YOU can sell to tourists! Read on ...
August 28th, 2015
Don't miss this great opportunity, turning tourists into your fans! Read on ...
August 21st, 2015
You can really improve your sales by taking tourists into account! Read on ...
August 14th, 2015
Tourists can prove such a valuable asset to you! Let's continue our discussion -- read on!
August 8th, 2015
Learn more about selling your art to tourists! Read on.
July 31st, 2015
Do you know how to make sales to tourists? Are you ready to learn? Read on!
July 24th, 2015
What if your gallery owner cools to you? What should you do next? Read on!
July 17th, 2015
What are the costs of remaining true to your individuality? Read on!
July 10th, 2015
It can prove a very long journey from artistic child to a genuine opportunity to pursue one’s art. Read on!
July 3rd, 2015
Did art save your life growing up? Was it a place of isolation? What sort of art child were you? Read on!
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 …
June 19th, 2015
Do you know about the power of ceremony -- and how it can help you as an artist? Read on!
June 13th, 2015
Are you an artist? Do you have trouble sleeping? Are the two perhaps connected? Read on!
June 5th, 2015
Do you have the answers to the following ten questions? Read on!
May 29th, 2015
How you present yourself to galleries, to collectors, to open studio visitors matters. Learn to present yourself with strength! Read on ...
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 ...
May 14th, 2015
Ever have trouble completing your creative projects? Here are 4 tips that will help! Read on ...
May 9th, 2015
Should painting feel meaningful every time you paint? Maybe not. Read on!
May 2nd, 2015
Is all stress bad? Or is there really "good stress"? Read on!
April 24th, 2015
Need to boost your confidence as an artist? Read on!
April 15th, 2015
Do people seem to be taking advantage of you as a person and an artist? Read on!
April 10th, 2015
What sort of mind helps you create and leads to your best life in the arts? Read on!
April 4th, 2015
Are you a painter who writes or wants to write? Read on!
March 25th, 2015
Do your moods get you down? Read on!
March 19th, 2015
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!
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!
March 6th, 2015
Having troubles with your studio mate? Here's what to do! Read on ...
February 27th, 2015
How can you handle the anxiety of art deadlines? One odd way is to ... work in a borrowed space! Read on ...
February 20th, 2015
What should you do to effectively handle the anxiety of art deadlines? Read on!
February 13th, 2015
Intrigued by San Francisco's artistic traditions? Read on!
February 6th, 2015
Do we have to keep tripping in the same spots in life? Or can we maybe do better? Read on!
January 30th, 2015
Creating is a source of meaning for artists. But life provides many other meaning opportunities as well! Read on ...
January 24th, 2015
Do you know the difference between an 'or' life and an 'and" life? Read on!
January 16th, 2015
Are you thinking thoughts that really serve you as an artist? Learn what to do if you aren't! Read on ...
January 9th, 2015
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!
January 2nd, 2015
Artists can function in one of twelve ways in society. Which is your role? Read on!
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!
December 19th, 2014
Many artists suffer from chronic illness or chronic pain. Are you one? Read on!
December 12th, 2014
Three simple suggestions from three creativity coaches to keep you on track with your art-making! Read on ...
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 ...
November 28th, 2014
What happens if you make art but don't believe that you are really an artist? Read on!
November 21st, 2014
Have you ever gotten in your own way when it comes to your art career? Read on!
November 14th, 2014
How bringing our day job home hurts our art-making. Read on!
November 7th, 2014
Would you like a daily creativity tip? If so, read on!
November 1st, 2014
What does "creativity in business" really mean? Read on!
October 24th, 2014
Should you make safe art? Or engaged art? Or maybe do both? Read on!
October 17th, 2014
Dealing with an addiction and also trying to create? Read on!
October 10th, 2014
What's the connection between artistic success and your risk for addiction? Read on!
October 3rd, 2014
Art deadlines provoke anxiety! Learn how working artists deal with the anxiety of deadlines. Read on!
September 26th, 2014
Meaning matters. Art-making is one way to create it. There are also other ways! Read on ...
September 19th, 2014
What is the "purpose" of art? Hear how some artists describe theirs! Read on ...
September 11th, 2014
Want to see your life purpose icon in Professional Artist Magazine? Read on!
September 5th, 2014
Ever thought about creating your own life purpose icon? Read on!
August 29th, 2014
Do you sometimes doubt your subject matter choices? Read on!
August 22nd, 2014
Do you work in one medium but hanker for another? Read on!
August 15th, 2014
In the wake of the suicide of Robin Williams the following is tremendously important to consider. Please read on!
August 8th, 2014
Do you know the secret of how to use small increments of time to improve your art life? Read on!
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!
July 25th, 2014
Why is creating a coherent body of work so important? Read on!
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!
July 11th, 2014
Are you a late decider? Do you know why you might want to become one? Read on!
July 4th, 2014
Is pessimism holding you back as an artist? Read on!
June 27th, 2014
As an artist you face so many emotional demands! What can you do to reduce all that distress? Read on!
June 20th, 2014
In order to stand out, you must prove the exception. Here are 5 more tips for doing that! Read on ...
June 13th, 2014
Can you get by marketing your art in ordinary ways? Or must you try some exceptional things? Read on!
June 7th, 2014
Making art is one meaning opportunity for artists. Are there others? Read on!
May 23rd, 2014
Do you struggle with your website presence? Read on!
May 14th, 2014
Do you need to rededicate yourself to your art? Read on!
May 9th, 2014
Why is it so important to trust yourself more? Read on!
May 2nd, 2014
Ready to teach an art class? What sort of class will you teach? Read on!
April 25th, 2014
Ever thought about teaching an art class? Here's how to get started! Read on ...
April 18th, 2014
What if meaning suddenly drains out of your life? What can you try? Here's an answer!
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.
April 4th, 2014
How can artists best reduce their emotional distress and heal their emotional wounds? Read on!
March 28th, 2014
Are you worried that you may be repeating yourself in your art and not moving forward? Read on!
March 21st, 2014
Are you creating what you want or what your customers want? Read on!
March 14th, 2014
Have you ever created an art stunt? Do you know what they are? Read on and learn more!
March 7th, 2014
Why do so many artists have problems with alcohol? Read on!
February 28th, 2014
Does it pay for an artist to cultivate calmness in his life? You bet it does! Learn more now ...
February 21st, 2014
For you, making art is one of your life purposes and one of your meaning opportunities. Are there others? Read on!
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 ...
February 6th, 2014
Know the simple rule for improving your sales and your visibility? Read on!
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!
January 24th, 2014
What do artists have to say about their relationship to nature? Read on!
January 16th, 2014
How might grief affect your art? Please read on …
January 10th, 2014
Criticism can stop any of us. What should you do if someone criticizes your art? Read on!
January 3rd, 2014
For 2014, resolve to get a grip on the following 4 challenges that visual artists regular face. Read on!
December 27th, 2013
What if you make a mess of a painting and experience a "creative disaster"? What should you do? Read on!
December 20th, 2013
Many visual artists have trouble letting go of their original paintings, sculptures, and other one-of-a-kinds. Do you? Read on!
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 ...
December 6th, 2013
Have an art deadline coming up? Having trouble meeting it? Here's what you should do! Read on ...
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!
November 22nd, 2013
What does confidence look like at each stage of the creative process? Read on!
November 15th, 2013
Here are eight tips for getting the most out of the next gallery opening you attend! Read on ...
November 8th, 2013
What artists don’t struggle with the problem of framing their art? Are there any good answers? Read on!
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!
October 25th, 2013
Last week we looked at three tips for asking for money. Here are three more! Read on …
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 ...
October 11th, 2013
What should you do when meaning vanishes? Here’s a four-step technique to try! Read on …
October 4th, 2013
Does your brain race? I bet it does! Read more now ...
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!
September 20th, 2013
Visual artists, like all human beings, experience significant emotional distress. What can we do to reduce that emotional pain? Read on!
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!
September 6th, 2013
Have you ever thought about becoming a creativity coach? Does the idea intrigue you? Read on!
August 30th, 2013
Are you as organized as you need to be? Read on!
August 23rd, 2013
Is it time to live out one of your dreams—the dream of sketching and painting in Paris? Read on!
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 …
August 8th, 2013
Is there a relationship between creating art and physical health at the genetic level? Read more!
August 2nd, 2013
Ready for your next big creative idea? Where will it come from? Read on!
July 26th, 2013
Have you ever thought about using nostalgia to inform your art? Read more!
July 18th, 2013
What if you are lucky enough to find a gallery—and it closes? What then? Read on!
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 …
July 5th, 2013
How do you find your artistic voice? Where did it get lost? Read more!
June 28th, 2013
Artists often find themselves needing to collaborate. Do you know what works best? Read on!
June 21st, 2013
Have you ever had trouble creating your artist statement? Read more!
June 14th, 2013
Do you magnify your difficulties and make things harder on yourself than they need to be? Read more now!
June 7th, 2013
How do you get your creative work done? By showing up! Read more now ...
May 31st, 2013
What did Van Gogh say about Japanese artists ... and why is what he said important to you? Read more!
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!
May 17th, 2013
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!
May 10th, 2013
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!
May 4th, 2013
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!
April 26th, 2013
Are you trapped in maybe, that special indecisiveness that can haunt an artist? Find out more now!
April 19th, 2013
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!
April 12th, 2013
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 ...
April 5th, 2013
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!
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!
March 22nd, 2013
Say that you want to teach an art class? How should you begin? Let’s take a look!
March 15th, 2013
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!
March 8th, 2013
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!
March 1st, 2013
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 …
January 18th, 2013
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?
January 11th, 2013
What should you do if your shared studio situation becomes a problem? Here are some good answers!
January 4th, 2013
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!
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!
December 21st, 2012
Are artists at greater risk for addiction? Indeed they are! Learn more here.
December 14th, 2012
Could you use an artist support group? Do you even know what one is? Read more!
December 7th, 2012
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
November 2nd, 2012
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!
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...
October 18th, 2012
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...
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?
September 27th, 2012
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...
September 21st, 2012
Artists often work for a very long time without finding their artistic voice. They may know that their work isnâ€™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!
September 14th, 2012
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?