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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...more
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15 Great Artists on Beauty

November 29th, 2019

Welcome in December with these fifteen inspiration quotes! Read on! 

20 Great Artists on Nature

November 22nd, 2019

As winter descends, let's hear from twenty great artists on their relationship to nature! 

Use symbolic visualization to create deeper, richer, more significant art. Learn more here! 

Gain awareness and solve problems via creative alchemy. Take a look! 

In a war with your critical voices? Try out this peace treaty exercise! 

Do you talk yourself out of creating? Here's what to do instead! 

Not feeling all that comfortable as you create? Use that discomfort! Read on ... 

Discipline Plus

October 11th, 2019

To make art, you need a certain discipline. And you need more than that. What else? Here are eight great quotes on discipline plus!  

Allowing by Tania Kelvin

October 4th, 2019

Here's the next in the series of creativity exercises that work! It's called "Allowing" by Tania Kelvin and explains how you can use ideas from improv to help you stay in the art-making flow. 

The Creativity Exercises That Work! series continues with an offering from April Bosshard called Create Your Essence List. Check it out! 

The Creativity Exercises That Work! series continues with Fused Creative Blocks by Midori Evans. Give it a look! 

Know how to use the alphabet to reduce anxiety and increase creativity? Come take a look! 

Spiral your way to a centered creative space. Learn how here!  

Ambition is one thing. Grandiosity is something very different. Learn why you want one and not the other! 

Come take a look at the next offering in the Creativity Exercises That Work! series. 

Use this drawing exercise to break through blocks and solve creative problems! 

Flip It by Angela Terris

August 9th, 2019

Learn how to counter thoughts that make creating harder. Read on ... 

Learn how movement can help you break through creative blockage and resistance! Read on ...  

Need some help getting to the studio or to the canvas? Check out Sheryl Garratt's "Creating Bridging Rituals" Exercise! 

Can dancing help your painting? Take a look! 

Do you know what to do when you're between creative projects or otherwise in transition? Here's an exercise that can help! 

The Creativity Exercises That Work! series continues with Forge Ahead Create Every Day by Natalie Dadamio 

The Creativity Exercises That Work! series continues with an offering from creativity coach Jude Walsh on how to better understand resistant and more effectively deal with procrastination. 

Feeling in a rut creatively? Try out Stephanie Bianchi's exercise that uses classical music to inspire your muse! 

The Creativity Exercises That Work! series continues with an offering from creativity coach Nefeli Soteriou called Relaxed, Determined, Forward. Check it out! 

The Creativity Exercises That Work! series continues with Making a Space by Clare Thorbes. Read on! 

The Creativity Exercises That Work! series continues with an offering from creativity coach Danielle Raine called Any Given Tuesday: Reconnecting with Creative Joy. Enjoy! 

The Creativity Exercises That Work! series continues with Creative Focus Through Mental Rehearsal by Nick Lazaris. Please enjoy! 

The Creativity Exercises That Work! series continues with Art-Making, Sacred But Nothing Special by Sasha Boyle. Enjoy! 

The Creativity Exercises That Work! series continues with an exercise from Aneesah Wilhelmstattir called Using Your Name as a Mantra 

Looking for a regular creativity practice? Here's some help! 

The Creativity Exercises That Work! series continues with an exercise from Elise V. Allan called Birthday Present For the Muse. Enjoy! 

Break through creative blocks (and personal blocks, too) using Ariel Grace's Character Activation exercise. Learn more here! 

The Creativity Exercises That Work series starts with Nadia Arbach explaining how you can create and use your Master Project List. Come take a look! 

The Creativity Exercises That Work! series starts in one week. Check it out! 

Your Top Creativity Exercise

March 29th, 2019

Do you have an exercise you love that you use to help yourself maintain motivation, break through blocks, etc.? Care to share it with others? Read on! 

Could you use some help meeting the challenges of the creative process and the creative life, including career challenges? Get a helpful exercise every week! Read on ... 

Maybe you've decided to go away to an art convention, like a gathering of pastel artists or watercolor artists. How should you handle yourself once you get there? Read on! 

Getting Better Organized

March 8th, 2019

Staying organized is no easy matter! Here are 10 tips to keep you on track. Read on! 

Generous Self-Forgiveness

March 1st, 2019

We do lots of things in our art life and in the rest of life that we come to regret. What can help? Generous self-forgiveness! 

Julia Cameron and Me

February 22nd, 2019

in the 1990's Jeremy Tarcher published two art-related books in the same season: my book Staying Sane in the Arts (now called Creativity for Life) and a book that you may have heard of ... Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way. Read on! 

Creating in Recovery, Part 5

February 14th, 2019

Get all 5 tips as the "Creating in Recovery" series concludes! If addiction is an issue for you--or MIGHT be an issue--don't miss this series. Read on! 

Creating in Recovery, Part 4

February 8th, 2019

Addiction can derail an artist's career. Here's another tip to help with the recovery process! 

Creating in Recovery, Part 3

February 1st, 2019

Here are the first three tips in the "creating in recovery" series! Come take a look ... 

Creating in Recovery, Part 2

January 25th, 2019

Here's another tip in the Creating in Recovery series! Read on ... 

Creating in Recovery, Part 1

January 18th, 2019

You've entered into recovery to deal with an addiction. Now what? Read on! 

Picking Your Stopping Place

January 11th, 2019

Why you stopped today affects whether you'll get started again tomorrow. Read on! 

Take Creative Escapes in 2019

January 4th, 2019

Recharge your batteries throughout the year by taking creatives escapes. Learn more here! 

Does your mate bring in most of the family income? Read on! 

Your Artist Plan for 2019

December 21st, 2018

Ready for 2019? These tips will help!  

Chronic physical complaints? Mysterious ailments? They just might have something to do with not creating! Read on ...  

Artistic Anxiety, Part 5

December 7th, 2018

The key to reducing your artistic anxiety is getting a grip on your mind. Here's how to do just that! 

Artistic Anxiety, Part 4

November 30th, 2018

We can't talk about artistic anxiety without taking a peek at that thing that used to be called "mania." What about it? Read on! 

Artistic Anxiety, Part 3

November 23rd, 2018

Do you know what to do when artistic anxiety strikes? Read on! 

Artistic Anxiety, Part 2

November 16th, 2018

Know the difference between productive obsessions and unproductive ones? read on! 

Artistic Anxiety, Part 1

November 9th, 2018

Artistic anxiety -- what is it ... and what can you do about it? Read on! 

When you have a free half hour, what do you do? Further your art career ... or surf the Net? Read on! 

Your Risk for Addiction

October 26th, 2018

What are an artist's extra risks for addiction? Read on! 

How Dangerous is Red?

October 19th, 2018

What to do when passion--and color itself--feels dangerous? Read on! 

Do you procrastinate? Do you have trouble finishing paintings, updating your website, or building your online store? Here's the very best way to procrastinate! 

Some quotations to inspire! Read on ... 

The Manic Artist

September 28th, 2018

Curious about the relationship between creativity and mania? Read on! 

Your Art Website in One Day

September 21st, 2018

Need an art website? Read on! 

How to Name Your Art Category

September 14th, 2018

Into what category does your art fit? If you don't know, how will you market it! Read on ... 

10 Fall Resolutions for Artists

September 7th, 2018

Fall has arrived! Time for new resolutions ... 

Need to expand your repertoire? Here are the last four tips in the series! 

This week, three more tips for expanding your repertoire. Read on! 

Might it serve you to expand your repertoire? Read on! 

Live-Apart Relationships

August 10th, 2018

As an artist, are you better off if the person you love lives far away and you only see him or her occasionally? Read on!  

Are You a Brand?

August 3rd, 2018

What makes for a visual artist's brand? Read on! 

Art and Wild Nature

July 27th, 2018

How do artists view the natural world? Not always as a serene place! Read on ... 

How does trauma affect artists and their art? Here is the French painter Michael's story. 

Trauma and Art, Part 2

July 13th, 2018

What are the consequences of trauma in an artist's life? Read on! 

Share your best tips for surviving a day job. Your tips wanted! 

Trauma and art

June 29th, 2018

How do early trauma, recent trauma, and ongoing trauma affect your art? Read on! 

Is it discipline that makes the artist or is it devotion? Or is it both! Read on ... 

Here are the last four tips on how to prove the exception as an artist. Read on! 

If the rule is that most artists don't make it, then you will want to prove the exception. Here's how! 

If you're an artist in recovery dealing with addiction issues, boredom will prove a real challenge for you. Here's what to do! 

You've been counting on a certain event to move your art career forward -- and the event comes and goes uneventfully. What then? Read on! 

17 Artists on Beauty

May 18th, 2018

How do artists think about beauty? In many, many different ways! 

14 Artists on Loving Art

May 12th, 2018

Get inspired by these great quotes on loving art!  

More on why not creating produces illness -- and four great tips about what to do! 

Can not creating cause physical problems? Read on! 

10 Great Creativity Tips

April 20th, 2018

Some of my best tips from coaching and counseling artists for 30 years. Take a look! 

Not feeling inspired? Don't miss the concluding tip in this 5-part series! 

More on what to do on the dull days! Here's Tip #4! 

Next tip in the "not feeling inspired" series! Come take a look. 

What to do when you're not feeling inspired? Here's tip #2! 

What can you do when you're not feeling inspired? I have five tips for you! Here's tip number 1. 

A few weeks back I described sleep thinking. Now there's a complete program! Take a look. 

9 Women Artists on Nature

March 2nd, 2018

Spring may not be here yet but we can begin to anticipate it. Enjoy these inspiring quotes from nine women artists! 

My 5 Favorite Van Gogh Quotes

February 23rd, 2018

Enjoy a little inspiration from Vincent van Gogh! 

Finishing up the "completing creative projects" series. Come on by! 

Leaving too many pieces unfinished? Having trouble getting your creative work done? Read on! 

Get your creative projects finished! Here's how ... 

The Magic of Sleep Thinking

January 26th, 2018

Do you know how to use your brain's natural ability to think while you sleep in support of your art? Here's how! 

Dealing with Criticism, Part 2

January 19th, 2018

5 great tips for dealing with criticism. read on! 

Dealing with Criticism, Part 1

January 12th, 2018

Do you know how to effectively deal with criticism? Read on! 

Who Are You in Public?

January 5th, 2018

Is it better to be your real self in your dealings with the art marketplace or is it better to adopt a public persona? Read on! 

15 things you MUST know about art marketplace relating. Read on! 

Creating in the Middle of Things

December 22nd, 2017

Your #1 task? Creating in the middle of things! Read on ... 

Bountiful Holiday Gift for You

December 15th, 2017

To celebrate my more than fifty books, my webmaster and guru designer Ron Wheatley has put together a gorgeous sampling of twelve of my books that we’d like to offer you as a gift. Grab it now!  

Art Bundle for Good

December 8th, 2017

The Art Bundle for Good folks do a lovely job of collecting multiple resources for artists. Come take a look! 

Retaining Your List

December 1st, 2017

Last week we looked at building your important email list. Now let's look at retaining that list! 

Building Your List

November 24th, 2017

Want people to know about your new work? Come to a group show? Visit your studio? Build your list! 

Have you been harmed by an authoritarian in the art marketplace? Read on! 

More on improving your self-talk for the sake of improving your marketing. Read on! 

Marketing is hard enough without sabotaging yourself with unhelpful self-talk. What should you do? Read on! 

Which do you think is more likely to increase your creativity, Netflix or Zumba? Take a look! 

Is Creativity Coaching For You?

October 20th, 2017

Is creativity coaching something that might nicely supplement and complement your income as an artist? Come take a look at my new support blog for creativity coaches and see if the shoe might fit!  

Quick Meaning Repair

October 13th, 2017

What should you do when meaning vanishes? Here's a four-step technique to try!  

Get Ready For Holiday Stress

October 6th, 2017

The holidays are coming -- and so is holiday stress! What should artists do to reduce that stress? Read on! 

Top tips for dealing with criticism? Here they are! 

Nostalgia as Inspiration

September 22nd, 2017

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

Devotion and Discipline

September 15th, 2017

Want to increase your devotion and your discipline? Read on! 

Proving the Exception

September 8th, 2017

What will help you prove the exception and up your odds of succeeding in the arts? Read on! 

Trapped in Maybe, Part 2

September 1st, 2017

Last week I described the maybe trap. This week I explain how to get out of it! Read on ... 

Trapped in Maybe, Part I

August 25th, 2017

Are you trapped in maybe, that special indecisiveness that can haunt an artist? Read on! 

Loosen Your Grip

August 18th, 2017

Want to control the creative process? Don't even think about it! 

Sleep on it

August 11th, 2017

What's the best way to solve a creative problem? Sleep on it! 

When was the last time you really let your imagination run wild? Read on! 

Pick a Number

July 29th, 2017

How many days can go by without you creating? Pick a number! 

Getting a Grip on Your Mind

July 21st, 2017

The top tip for dealing with adversity? Get a grip on your mind! Read on ... 

Discipline or Devotion?

July 14th, 2017

Discipline or devotion? Which is more important? Read on! 

The sultry season is upon is. Let some artist legends inspire you now! 

A European Artist in Asia

June 30th, 2017

Every artist is born into a culture and then may travel to, live in, and work in another culture. What challenges arise? Read on!  

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! 

What are the psychological effects of attending a juried show, a trade show, or an artist convention? Read on! 

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! 

What can you do when your brain starts to race on too fast? Take a look! 

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! 

This week we start a five-part series on artistic anxiety ... and what you can do about it! Read on ... 

Improve your marketplace relating right now! Read on ... 

Don't miss these last five tips on better marketplace relating! Read on ... 

Here are five more art marketplace relationship basics that you need to know! Read on ... 

Do you know how to relate in the marketplace where you sell your art? Learn how now! 

Last week we looked at how boredom poses a threat to artists. This week: what to do!  

How are boredom and addiction related? And why is this a special problem for artists? Read on! 

Are artists more vulnerable to addiction? You bet they are! See why ... 

Relationships are difficult. Even more so for artists! Read on ... 

Building Your Mailing List

March 3rd, 2017

Your most valuable marketing tool is your own mailing list. Do you know how to build yours? Read on! 

Are you good at marketplace interactions? Get better right now! Read on! 

11 Days of Love

February 17th, 2017

How do artists describe their love affair with art? Take a look! 

Two Weeks of Beauty

February 10th, 2017

Need a little beauty in the middle of winter? Here are some quotes to inspire! 

Crafting a Starting Ritual

February 3rd, 2017

Do you have trouble getting started on your art? Maybe a starting ritual would help! Read on ... 

What If Your Gallery Drops You?

January 27th, 2017

What if your gallery drops you? What should you do next? Read on! 

15 Artists on Nature

January 21st, 2017

Enjoy some inspiring quotes from artists about their relationship to nature! 

Have you lost a little of your passion for making art? Read on! 

Your 2017 Personality Upgrade

January 6th, 2017

Ready to make a change in 2017? How about upgrading your personality! Read on ... 

The Anxiety of Success

December 30th, 2016

Why would anyone be anxious about success? But a lot of artists are! Read on ... 

The Psychology of Pricing

December 23rd, 2016

Have trouble pricing your artwork? You're not alone! Read on ... 

Your Artist Plan for 2017

December 16th, 2016

Ready to create a plan to make 2017 an excellent year? Read on! 

How to Manage Your Time, Part 2

December 8th, 2016

Time management is an essential artist's skill. Here are five more tips for managing your time! 

How to Manage Your Time, Part 1

December 2nd, 2016

Top tips for managing your time? Here you go! 

Do you give away your marketplace freedom in any of these ten ways? Read on! 

Handling Creative Disasters

November 18th, 2016

Made a hash of a painting? Ruined some good watercolor paper? What can you do about it? Read on! 

Dealing with Day Jobs

November 11th, 2016

Learn 8 essential tactics for dealing with day jobs. Read on! 

Organizing for Artists

November 4th, 2016

Need to get better organized? Here are 10 top tips for artists! Read on ... 

3 more tips for managing financial inequality in a relationship!  

What happens if your mate brings in more money from his or her work than you do from your art? Read on! 

Creating or Relating?

October 14th, 2016

Artists want to create. But does this cost them relationship happiness? Take a look! 

What gets in the way of selling your art? Here are three more obstacles -- and what you can do to overcome them! 

Having trouble getting your art into the marketplace? The following three obstacles may be in the way! 

Handling Difficult Meetings

September 22nd, 2016

Have a meeting coming up with a gallery owner? How should you handle it? Read on! 

The series concludes with a last, vital tip. Take a look! 

Ready for tip #4? It's a big one! 

Let's continue looking at what will help you keep creating in recovery. Here's tip #3! 

Dealing with an addiction isn't easy. Here's tip #2 for managing your creative life while in recovery! 

If you're in recovery, will your need to create threaten your recovery? Read on!  

For an intimate relationship in the arts to work, both partners have to make an effort. What sort of effort? Read on! 

Art Making Resistance

August 5th, 2016

Do you want to create ... but then resist? Read on! 

Artists in Love, Part 6

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! 

Artists in Love, Part 5

July 22nd, 2016

What if you and your mate aren't on the same page with respect to your art? What then? Read on! 

Artists in Love, Part 4

July 15th, 2016

Of course you want to spend time with your intimate partner. But how much time do you actually need? Read on! 

Artists in Love, Part 3

July 8th, 2016

Alone or together, which suits an artist better? Read on! 

Artists in Love, Part 2

July 1st, 2016

Can artists make intimate relationships work? They can indeed! Read on ... 

Artists in Love, Part 1

June 24th, 2016

What helps artists create strong intimate relationships? Read on! 

We're counting down to the top reasons why completing your work of art is so hard. Reason #3 is surprising! Read on ... 

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!  

Okay, we've come to the #1 reason why completing your work of art is so darn hard. Read on! 

We're counting down to the top reasons why completing your work of art is so darn hard. Here's reason #4! Read on ... 

Is your painting done or does it still need work? Can you tell? Read on! 

The sixth reason why completing your art is so hard is a fascinating one! Read on ... 

And what about those last lingering doubts? What can you do about those? Read on! 

Do you have a completion checklist or punch list? Do you need one? Read on! 

Let's continue looking at why completing your work of art is so hard. Today's reason is a powerful one! Read on ... 

Afraid that your current painting is your best idea ever? That can stop you from completing it! Read on ... 

Why is completing your work of art so hard? Here's reason #11. Read on! 

Why is completing a work of art so hard? Read on! 

Buy Bewilderment

March 25th, 2016

Does your creative work bewilder you? It should! Read on ... 

What if you don't have long stretches of time available to you for your art-making? Read on!  

Demand Grandeur

March 11th, 2016

Why is grandeur so important? Read on! 

Are you addicted to distractions? Read on! 

Settle Into Mystery

February 26th, 2016

Do you regularly settle into mystery when you create? Read on! 

Do the Tiniest Thing

February 19th, 2016

What small efforts support your creativity? Read on! 

Picking Your Stopping Point

February 5th, 2016

When you're creating do you know when to stop ... and why to stop? Read on! 

Do You Take Creative Escapes?

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! 

What Do You Call Your Art?

January 22nd, 2016

What do you call your art? Do you have troubles there? Read on! 

New Year Self-Forgiveness

January 15th, 2016

The new year is already racing by. What's needed? Maybe what's needed is a little self-forgiveness! Read on ... 

Are you a depressed or anxious artist? Read on! 

No better way to start the new year than with a little organization! Read on ... 

Check out these new year's resolutions! Read on ... 

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! 

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... 

Is your family an asset?

December 4th, 2015

How much harder is it to make your art or sell your art if your family isnt behind you or actively undercuts your efforts? Read on! 

Artists and Mental Health

November 28th, 2015

Interested in your mental health? Curious about our current underlying assumptions? Read on! 

Your class, workshop or retreat has ended. What are the very last things you need to do? Read on! 

You've got the preparations done and now it's time to run your class, workshop or retreat. Now what? Read on! 

What might get in the way of you running your class, workshop or retreat? Read on! 

After you've decided on your class, workshop or retreat, what then? Read on! 

What's the first step in running your art class, workshop or retreat? Read on! 

You may want to run an art class, workshop or retreat but find it really hard to begin. Where to start? Read on! 

What one skill will make your classes, workshops and retreats stand out? Read on! 

The art classes, workshops and retreats you run are more than just moneymakers. What else are they? Read on! 

Making Art First Thing Each Day

September 25th, 2015

Do you start your day making art? If not -- might that be an important change to make? Read on! 

The series concludes with my top tips and a case study. Don't miss it! Read on ... 

This series is winding down! Don't miss these top tips! Read on ... 

Let's continue our important discussion about how YOU can sell to tourists! Read on ... 

Don't miss this great opportunity, turning tourists into your fans! Read on ... 

You can really improve your sales by taking tourists into account! Read on ... 

Tourists can prove such a valuable asset to you! Let's continue our discussion -- read on! 

Learn more about selling your art to tourists! Read on. 

Do you know how to make sales to tourists? Are you ready to learn? Read on! 

What if your gallery owner cools to you? What should you do next? Read on! 

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 ones 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 artists 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 opportunitiesa 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

Lets 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 dont struggle with the problem of framing their art? Are there any good answers? Read on! 

Asking For Money, Part 3

November 1st, 2013

Weve chatted for the past two weeks about how to ask for money. Lets 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? Heres 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 dreamsthe 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 galleryand 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? Lets take a look! 

The more you align your thoughts with your intentions the more great painting youll 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 its 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 shouldnt 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 its 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 youre 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? Lets 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

Lets say that you have a meeting coming up with a gallery owner or a collector. Whats too much preparation for that meeting? Whats 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? Lets take a look! 

Are You a Confident Artist?

February 8th, 2013

Creating requires confidenceand life can rob you of confidence. If youve lost a little confidence over time what can you do to restore it? Lets take a look! 

Anxious About the Marketplace?

February 1st, 2013

What should you do if you dont enjoy selling yourself, if you have trouble with people who dismiss you, or if you dont 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 Lynns story  

Imagine that you could build human beings from scratch and wanted to make sure that theyd 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 deadlinesand 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 artists worst enemy and heres why. 

Focusing Your Artist Mind

November 16th, 2012

If your mind is all over the place you wont get much painting done! Lets look at how you can get a much better grip on your artists 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 youd 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. Heres a technique for helping yo... 

Meeting Your Art Deadlines

October 12th, 2012

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

Do thoughts like Im not talented or I dont 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 dont 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 youve fallen behind on your painting. Next week youre supposed to meet with the gallery owner and you really dont want to tell him how behind you are. What should you do?