10 Paths to Help You Emerge from a Creative Slump

We all have creative slumps. Whether you have no interest in promoting your art or are anxious about getting back into the studio, a slump is a slump. Here are 10 things you can do to hasten your emergence from a slump.

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Art Too Big? No Such Thing!

Rebecca diDomenico, Pallucid

I often write about making art big enough to hold your dreams. Pallucid was built in Rebecca diDomenico’s large living room over the course of a year, but she didn’t think much about how she was going to get it out of her home and into the museum. She said: You find a way.

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Studio vs. Business Time

Do you find it hard transitioning between studio and business/office time? What kind of downtime do you need in between?

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What is a body of work?

The definition of a body of work varies from artist to artist. For one artist, a body of work might be defined by size. For another artist, it might be color, media, or subject matter.

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Making Art as a Battle Between Artist and Material

Bruce Nauman profile. Artist as observer and synthesizer of words and ideas. And nothing is easy. Every piece of art is a struggle. If you struggle with your work, you’re in good company.

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Correct Your Reference Photos

Most compact digital cameras have significant barrel distortion. The wider the lens, the worse the effect. So when you take a picture of someone, their nose looks bigger than it should. Guest blogger Jeremy Lee shows you how to correct for this in your reference photographs.

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Get Back in the Studio and Make Art!

Every week I give you an art marketing action to try or to tweak. What I don’t say in each issue is that your art must be your priority. I’m here to give you ideas for promoting and selling your art. It’s your job to put your art first—before the marketing.

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Conservation of Your Artwork: Intent and Keeping Records

Future generations have no idea what your intent was in making a piece of art. You have to spell it out if it isn’t obvious. If you want your work preserved in a museum one day, make a conservator happy. Keep notes about your working materials, techniques, and intent.

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What is Artistic Style?

Julie Blackman

In order to project a professional image as an artist, you must be able to define yourself and your art in a sea of untold numbers of artists. To do this, you must first find your style.

What is Artistic Style?

“Style” is a word we use freely and without much thought. But what does it mean? In her book Living With Art, Rita Gilbert writes that “style is a characteristic or group of characteristics that we can identify as constant, recurring, or coherent.” She goes on to say, “Artistic style is the sum of constant, recurring or coherent traits identified with a certain individual or group.”

An artist’s style is not good or bad. It just IS. The execution might be criticized, the colors might be perceived as ugly, or the composition seen as weak, but the style is what it

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Art Marketing Action + Podcast: Devote 15 Minutes a Day to . . .

If you are one of the artists wrestling with a commitment to your studio, I have a solution: Spend just 15 minutes a day checking in with your art. This is all you need to promise yourself at this point.

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