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Portrait of Crista Cloutier

Who Will Save You?

I saw him across the crowded room at the high school reunion. The memories came flooding back. He was my hero, always coming to my rescue.That time that I lost my footing climbing the tall theater

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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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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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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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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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Working as an Artist in 2021

I recently had the honor of opening the Creative Voyage Summit, hosted by the incredible artist Alexis Cohen.  Alexis invited me to set the stage for the summit. So I created a workshop to help artists

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How Artists Find Their Brand

“It’s really easy to work as an artist!” said no one, ever. Most artists are really challenged when it comes to marketing their own work. Are you? Maybe you can’t place your finger on what your

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Never Stop Doing

The End of Procrastination

Procrastination is a word I often hear artists use. But procrastination can be about more than just postponing tasks and projects. It sometimes becomes a reason to turn on yourself, and bring all of your doubts to

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The Biggest Questions Artists Ask

Artists live in the realm of magic. But we also live in the real world, often at the fringes of culture. It’s difficult to navigate both worlds and our unique situation gives rise to challenging questions.

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Are You An Artist-Warrior?

I believe that the best artists are Artist Warriors. But instead of taking up arms, we take up brushes and cameras and clay. Artists are warriors of the spirit. Like any warrior, artists must be tested,

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CarrieMaeWeems

Artists in Love

Do you remember the first time that you fell in love with art? I do. I was just registering for college, trying to find who and what I wanted to become. Totally lost, I registered as

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Crista Cloutier

How Artists Get Heard Above The Noise

Most artists live extraordinary lives. “Extraordinary” in the sense that they’re outside the norm, the ‘ordinary’ of what other people do. In fact, many artists feel called to live their Truth no matter what the cost.

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How Artists Can Change The World

Since this global pandemic began, I’ve been calling for artists to lead. But how can an artist lead when confined to their house with no resources? How can an artist lead when the whole world seems

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JauneQuicktoSeeSmith

Art is Our Drug of Choice

Do you have a mentor? An Elder Artist who encourages you and shares words of wisdom?  I do. My friend Jaune Quick-to-See Smith is a Native American artist whose powerful paintings have been awarded and featured

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