Eric Maisel is America’s foremost creativity coach and the author of more than 40 books including Making Your Creative Mark, Coaching the Artist Within, Fearless Creating, The Van Gogh Blues, and Mastering Creative Anxiety. Coming soon: Secrets of a Creativity Coach. Dr. Maisel presents two live one-hour teleclasses every month with the Academy for Optimal Living. You can visit Dr. Maisel at or contact him at

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Grief: How Does it Change Your Art?

Eric Maisel discusses how your work may change in grief and the aftermath of crisis and loss.

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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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Four Tips to Handle a Gallery Closing

Make sure, as best as you can, to come to a “clean end” with the closing gallery, including getting your art back and getting paid.

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Should Nostalgia Inform Art?

Often embedded in our best mature work are things from long ago and far away that are just unforgettable, if only we stop to remember them.

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What’s Your Next Big Art Idea?

Big creative ideas that really matter to us can easily get lost. One way to help prevent such losses is to write a big idea on an erasable board.

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The Smart Artist: 15 Challenges You Might Face

Are you pretty intelligent? And is that a problem for you? Here are 15 challenges that smart people regularly face.

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Artists Dream of Paris

What visual artist or writer doesn’t respond to the way Paris looks and feels? As a result, many artists, even today, pine for the dream of the ex-pat Parisian life. …

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Is Coaching For You?

Since you’re likely looking for revenue streams to supplement your art income, you might want to become a creativity coach yourself.

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Is a New Style Your Next Step?

Why not paint for a portion of the day in your current style and a portion of the day in a new style?

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