Make It Up As You Go Along

You don’t have to have all the answers before beginning a project. Whether it’s trying a new medium in the studio, writing a how-to book, or teaching a class, just dive in! Don’t worry about how others do it. You will learn the ropes. Yes, you’ll make mistakes, but you would have made those anyway.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Art and Business Aren’t Separate

Have you been compartmentalizing your business in your mind? Have you been thinking that it needs a different space (time, schedule) than the one you give your art? Stop it! You’ll be more more effective if you stop thinking of your business actions as separate from your art.

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Art Marketing Action + Podcast: Decide What Your Year Will Look Like

Decide how you will show up in the New Year. Choose the decisions that resonate with you, write them down, and post them in a highly visible place. At the same time, understand your motives for the decisions. Why did you make these decisions? There must be reasons for your choices.

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Art Marketing Action: Believe

Until you produce art that you believe in without question—art that you know is your best effort, art that you’re proud of, art that you can’t wait to share with people—you are going to have a hard time selling it to collectors or to galleries.

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Deep Thought Thursday: Doubt

If you haven’t read de Kooning: An American Master, you simply must! This Pulitzer Prize winning book was terrific. It told the personal and professional struggles of one of the 20th Century’s most important artists.

One of the most revealing quotes about de Kooning’s relationship to his art was from someone close to de Kooning. She said:

He was always in doubt.

Do you doubt your work?

Is it better to be sure or to doubt?

Is it possible to be sure?

©Carla Sanders

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