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Trying Too Hard For That Masterpiece?

Have you tried and tried to make art that pulses with life, only to end up time and again with mediocre results? If you just can't seem to get beyond the ordinary, you may have all but given up on ..
(October 13, 2008)
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Are You Held Captive by Others' Expectations?

When I first moved in with my present husband Bill 35 years ago, I found a new job on a US military base. As graphic illustrator, I was to make signs for military exercises, and I was given a ..
(August 19, 2008)
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Does Following Your Heart Mean Leading With Your Feelings?

Blackberry bushes left too long without picking, or being cut back, can become a tangle of vines that keeps us trapped inside or outside our cabin. By then we can't even reach the berries, and the ..
(March 30, 2008)
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A Spring Tonic To Renew Your Creative Faith

If the slow start to spring reflects your own artistic lack of umph, here's a spring tonic. You might think you cannot make a painting if you can't draw anything. Or, you can work endlessly on a ..
(April 03, 2008)
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Giving Birth To Art Has To Be A Gamble

What will she say about her husband's insanity, Jack wonders. . . then he marvels at her stunning choice of words. He couldn't have made it up himself! Yet, Jack sits at his word processor, and ..
(April 30, 2008)
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How To Turn A Sabotaging Inner Critic Into An Ally

If you have an inner critic, you probably know how judgment can debilitate creativity. You could tell yourself many stories of why you're blocked in creative work at times, but the real reason may ..
(April 30, 2008)
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Art Illiteracy - Could Be Your Saving Grace

"All children are born artists, " said Picasso. The problem is we grow out of it - or more often we're educated out of it, as we grow up. We educate kids progressively from the waist up, then we ..
(May 25, 2008)
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Are Artists Flaky By Nature?

Can you afford to be an artist in this age of global warming, insanely rising gas prices, ever expanding technology, and the constant need to keep on top of your own life's details in an orderly ..
(May 27, 2008)
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Will One Surprising Success Stop You in Your Tracks?

One painting a friend made almost by accident, moves her profoundly. Since then, none of her paintings even come close. After completing a milestone work, have you ever thought you'd lost your way, ..
(August 06, 2008)
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Imagination As a Blueprint Blinds Creative Intelligence

My friend, Bill Allen, used to be a school principle in California. One day, he decided to hold the weekly fire drill at recess. To his utter horror, all the kids followed instructions to the letter ..
(July 10, 2008)
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No Superman Energy Left to Make Art?

You're overwhelmed with too many demands: a house to clean, kids to raise, a living to earn. Seems there's always something more important than indulging yourself in making art. A New Yorker cartoon .
(July 21, 2008)
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