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Crista Cloutier at Scottsdale Arts Festival

How To Share Your Creative Gifts

I once dragged a film crew to the Scottsdale Arts Festival. The cameras followed me as I collected wisdom from exhibiting artists. I wanted to capture the artists’ stories, learn tricks of the trade, get their

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The Questions every artist must ask by Crista Cloutier

The Questions Every Artist Must Ask

As artists, we’re constantly questioning ourselves. And questions are good things, it’s important to ask questions. But are you asking the right ones? It’s easy to get caught up in questions such as: Am I good

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Are you an artist

So You’re An Artist. Now What?

So you’ve taken the jump and chosen to be an artist. Now what? Artists are always telling me what a struggle it is to succeed. They complain that the challenges can be overwhelming. I get it.

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Portrait of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

The Artist Who Is “Quick-To-See”

Jaune Quick–to–See Smith is an internationally renowned artist with a seriously impressive bio: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith is one of the most acclaimed American Indian artists today.   Reviewed in most art periodicals, Smith has had over

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Photo of a sculpture that says fine art

Who’s Your Art Hero?

I like a hero as much as the next girl, maybe more. Probably more. But my heroes aren’t action stars, sports legends, nor Kardashians. They’re not even all artists. My heroes tend to be the special

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Hands on bars

Are You a Liar? Or a Thief?

Have you ever done something that scared the pants off you? When I was new to writing, but determined to succeed, a prospective client asked, “Can you write copy for business websites?” I really, really needed

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Dancing With Haters

Artists often confide to me that they’re afraid to put themselves “out there.” Afraid of what other people will think. Afraid of what other people might say. Afraid of haters. I get it. Both being an

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Enter The Working Artist World

“The true job of an artist is to create an artist,” said art historian Harold Rosenberger. I believe that’s true. Don’t you? Like most artists, the road to creating the artist I am and the artist

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Hand drawn map for Crista Cloutier

Have You Ever Felt Lost?

It’s been nearly 20 years since I first spent time in France. Nearly 20 years since I met a beautifully talented artist from Hawaii named Maria Lee. Maria was teaching at a small art school for

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who do you think you are? How many of us are afraid to say who we are and what we want? Afraid of disappointing our parents, our friends, lovers, colleagues? Almost every artist battles the accusing

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Crista After the Dive

How Artists Achieve Breakthroughs

This picture of me is not the most glamorous, yet it’s my favorite. Let me explain. All my life I’ve been terrified of sharks. Truly terrified. My fears grew so big that I became unable to

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Shop window Art for Sale

How to Price Art

Are You Pricing Your Art Wrong? Knowing how to price your art can be really intimidating. Trust me I know. It’s one of the things that artists ask me about the most. Do you price your

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No graffitti

Are You Playing In The Land Of No?

As she wiped away the tears, the artist told me her story. She’d applied for a project that was a perfect match for her work. She had all the right qualifications. She was certain that she’d

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price tag that says I want to play guitar really well

Validation

One of the first questions I ask aspiring artists is, “What is it that you want?” Invariably the answer has to do with wealth and fame. Heroes named include Damian Hirst and Andy Warhol. And then I sigh,

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Unique Art sign photo by Crista Cloutier

Is Your Art Making You Wealthy?

“But Crista,” the artist asked, “How can I make a living from my art?” “I wanna be wealthy! I wanna live on a beach! I wanna be dripping in jewels! And I want my art to pay for all of

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