It's Okay To Jump From Idea To Idea

Kirstin Borror writes: “My difficulty seems to be staying focused on one creative idea at a time. Any tips?” Creativity coach, Romney Nesbitt responds, “Dear Kirsten, You may be fighting a losing battle. The natural tendency of creative people is to carry the seeds of many ideas at the same time; the trick is keeping all ideas moving forward. . . . ”

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What Did You Learn From Your Art Teachers?

I knew I was an artist when we made cut-out bunnies in grade school because mine was the only bunny with a hula skirt on. I was fascinated with Hawaii at the time. Two other art teachers have also left a big impression on me.

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Fight Complacency

When is the last time you promoted your art without relying solely on email and social media? Apply a similar mindset to your marketing that you use in the studio when you’re trying to work through a problem. Try something new. Anything!

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6 Things Nick Cave Said That Made Me Pay Attention

Listening in on a conversation with artist Nick Cave, I was taken by his dedication to his art (DEEP dedication), his interest in seeing his art remain alive and relevant, collaboration, preparation, and more. See what I mean.

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Attracting Crowds at the Coffee Shop

Like many of us, Barbara McKee gets cabin fever and just needs to get out of her home studio. About 3-4 times a week, she packs up her watercolors and heads to the local coffee shop – to paint. The biggest advantage is meeting new people. The bonus advantage is that no cats are around to paw at her water or get hair in her work.

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Interested or Interesting

©2005 Rona Green, Party Fink. Linocut and watercolor, 33 x 33 centimeters.

In Letters to a Young Artist, Julia Cameron writes: Remember that art is about being interested, not about being interesting. True?

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Stop Making Art : Deep Thought Thursday

Stop Sign at Sunset

It’s a simple question: When is it okay to stop making art?

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There Aren’t Enough Read Hours

Ken Munsie Sculpture

I gave away a copy of my book to an artist unknown in the faraway land of Australia. Something very cool happened as a result. Read about it.

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Materials < Deep Thought Thursday

Have you ever used a material that you could no longer get a hold of? What would you do if they stopped making a certain kind of paint, paper, dye, glaze?

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Finished? < Deep Thought Thursday

How do you know when an artwork is finished? When is it time to sign the work and move on?

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