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How Do You Define Your Life's Purpose?

Passionate artists tend to define themselves by their work. Find out ways to create meaning in your life outside of the art world.

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Asking for Money: Part 3

Don’t send an email and take silence to mean that your email was unwelcome, rejected … people are busy and certain requests take time to process.

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Asking for Money: Part 2

In Part 1 of “Asking for Money” we looked at three tips for doing so. Here are three more. Read on…

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Asking for Money: Part 1

You need money for art supplies, building your website, your marketing efforts, and, well, just to live! One challenge is figuring out where to look for the money you need.

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8 Tips for Attending Gallery Openings

Talk to people — and listen to what they say. The dentist you chat with might be your next collector. The journalist might end up doing a story on you.

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The Seven-Word Rule: promoting your work

The bottom line is, whatever art you do — bold or serene, new-fangled or old-fashioned — you must be bold if you want to sell it.

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One-of-a-kinds: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

You get to decide what you show and what you keep, how you interact with the marketplace, and what relationship you want to construct around “multiples” and “one-of-a-kinds.”

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Grief and Your Art

omething so large, life-changing and existentially deep has happened that our usual art may seem just too ordinary and simply not up to the occasion.

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The Artists' Framing Dilemma

What artist doesn't struggle with the problem of framing her art? Are there any good answers? Read on.

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10 Tips for Cultivating Calmness

Calmness may not be your cup of tea but recklessness and drama may be preventing you from doing your best work.

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