How to Motivate Yourself to Work During the Holidays

One of our Thanksgiving tables. Photo courtesy Cynthia Morris.

With less than 1 month to go before Christmas, it’s about this time that we start using the holidays as an excuse to neglect our income-generating businesses. Don’t do this. Enjoy the holidays as much as you can while also keeping your business on track. There are other people out there who can counsel you on self-care and enjoying the season. It’s my job to remind you that your success depends on the daily commitment you show to your business.

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Artists and Illness < Deep Thought

Deep Thought

I’ve had the fortune of nurturing fairly close relationships with artists in the virtual world since 2002. Because I’ve been at it for so long, I have witnessed too many artists deal with illness – temporary, chronic, and fatal. I feel hopelessly inept to provide any guidance for artists in these situations. Can you help?

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In the Zone of Discomfort


Attendees at Art Biz Coach workshops are deliberately placed into uncomfortable situations. They are asked to 1) meet everyone in the room before the end of the event; 2) share workshop exercises with people they don’t know; and 3) change seats so they sit next to someone new. I do this because dealing with discomfort is necessary for growth as an artist and as a businessperson.

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4 Ways to Graduate to a More Fulfilling Art Career

graduates throwing their mortarboards in the air

Whether or not you are getting a diploma this month, you can still participate in the springtime graduation ritual.Take stock of the things you’re doing that are holding you at the same place and make a plan to graduate away from them and toward something better. Consider these four ways to graduate your career to a higher level.

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Read Listen Watch Do Write Teach: How to Really Learn Something

©2008 Libby Hintz, Serenely Happy Energy Cells As Seen Under A Microscope. Stained glass, millefiori, glass, beads, chalcedony cabochons, and pearls, 16 x 16 inches. Used with permission.

Think you can take a few classes or attend a workshop and you’re suddenly a genius at business? Of course you don’t. Being an Art Biz Blog reader, you know better.There’s so much to learn, know, and do. Every step forward reveals even more options, and we only begin to understand the implications of an action after we have been implementing it consistently. Here’s how to immerse yourself and really learn how to promote your art effectively.

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Ambition And The Artist

Blocks spelling Ambition

Lots of questions about this subject. Deep Thought(s) . . . What role does ambition play in your art career and business? How do you see the ambition of other artists? Has your ambition changed over the years? How so? Has your ambition changed with success?

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Clean Up, Wrap Up, Gear Up

blank canvas to start the new year

With less than a week to go before the New Year, we are all feeling the promise of a fresh start. Oh, the anticipation of attaining big goals. But wait! There’s a lot of crap in the way of those promises and goals. Wouldn’t it feel good if the New Year felt . . . well . . . new? Kind of like a blank canvas?

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Year-End Review

Woman Writing in Note Book

You probably did more in 2012 than you are giving yourself credit for. Take time over the next two weeks to outline your accomplishments for the year. This exercise has been an annual Art Biz Coach tradition for many years. Subscribers who complete the exercise say they are surprised and proud of all they accomplished during the year.

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How to Know It’s Time for a Change

©Gina Barry Harris, Joyful Tree. Acrylic on wood, 18 x 24 inches. Used with permission.

Change helps us innovate and become better leaders. I understand that change can be debilitating for many people. If you are open to change, there are two criteria I advise you to use when deciding whether change is necessary.

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Choosing to Live Excuse-Free

In my book, I’d Rather Be in the Studio, I share my philosophy of no-excuses art marketing. Accept full responsibility for your life and do the work required to get you where you want to be. Choose to live excuse-free.

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