Uncommonly Grateful

©2008 Ann Marquis, Golden Pears. Acrylic on canvas.

During this Thanksgiving holiday, take a moment to acknowledge a debt of gratitude for all you have. Here, let me help you get started with your list. [...]

Art Marketing Action Podcasts: Uncommonly Grateful

Audio version of the post with the same name. During this Thanksgiving holiday, take a moment to acknowledge a debt of gratitude for what you are grateful for in your life. [...]

Boo! Spook Yourself Into Action

Beth Robinson

While I usually try to be reassuring and supportive, I’m here to scare you today with a post that has become an annual Halloween tradition. I hope it spooks you into action. [...]

Do Something — Anything

Gini Lawson, The Babysitters

The alternative to doing something is inaction. The alternative to marketing your art is waiting for something to happen and watching opportunities to pass by. I’m pretty sure you don’t want this. [...]

Need Motivation? Ask “Why?”

If you don’t know why you want to accomplish certain things, you’re going to have a hard time prioritizing and moving forward. Take time to identify and write down your motives. [...]

Keeping an Eye on Other Artists

Gwen Vermeulen

Don’t think of competition as a bad thing. Instead, consider it a challenge. Competition can get you up in the morning and motivated. Competition can drive you to do better work and become more focused on your career and where you want it to go. [...]

Cowboy Up! Break Away from the Other Artists

Lisa Berry, Self-Portrait with Ice Cream.

You can’t stand out if your art looks like art by other artists or if you do everything the same way other artists are doing it. How will you distinguish yourself? How will you cowboy up? [...]

Do It So Good That You Don’t Doubt Yourself Anymore

J'Nell Jordan, Ten-twenty-five. Oil and acrylic on masonite

A certain level of doubt can be useful motivation for your art career. Dwelling in doubt can be debilitating. Conquer the doubt. In my experience, it doesn’t matter whether others believe in you or not. What matters is that you believe in yourself. [...]

Art Marketing Action Podcast: Conquer Doubt

Audio version of the post with the same name. It doesn’t matter whether others believe in you or not. What matters is that you believe in yourself. Dwelling in doubt can be debilitating. You must counter the doubt before it overtakes you. [...]

Independence from . . .

Matt Drysdale, Independence Day

Free yourself from worry, self-doubt, and small thinking. On this Independence Day, declare your independence from these states of mind that are holding you back. [...]