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So You’re An Artist. Now What?

So you’ve taken the jump and chosen to be an artist. Now what? Where’s the fabulous gallery opening in New York City? Where are the international collectors to lavish praise and money on you? Where’s the

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I Challenged These Artists

As artists, we challenge ourselves because that’s how we find The Muse.  The Muse doesn’t just sit around waiting for us. We have to get to work to find her. Sometimes that means opening ourselves up

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The Monster Who Hijacks Artists’ Dreams

Every artist’s journey tells a story. And every story has an antagonist. The story of your artist’s journey is no different. The antagonist is the adversary, the opponent. It’s what comes between the hero and her desire.

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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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She Looked Like Georgia O’Keeffe

Every family has a story. They called her “Grandma Ach” because of her habit of beginning each sentence with a guttural sound of disapproval. “Ach! What is this?” But her name was Mary Anne. She was the

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ArtistChoice

Every Artist Makes This Choice

  Is your life’s journey a true expression of your self? Too many people just follow what’s right in front of them, without discernment. They choose what’s easy and available. They don’t realize that we can

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What Is An Artist?

I went all the way to France to write my book. But that didn’t make it any easier. Chapter One. Page One. The bright white of the paper glared accusingly. How do I begin?   At

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List of how to do an art critique

The Best Art Critique Process

I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen a lot of art critiques in my day. Even though artistic taste is subjective, even though everyone has their own aesthetics and set of experiences and education that

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Does Your Art Suck?

Has anyone ever told you that your creative work sucks? If not, just wait. It’ll happen. And when it does, avoid the urge to hide in a hole. Instead, consider it a rite of passage… I’ve

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What Will Become of Her?

They tell me that I have always been creative. My family recognized the symptoms from the start. I often heard them wail, “She’s creative!” when they didn’t understand why on earth I made the choices I

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Portrait of Art Framer Bill Fielders

Framer to the Stars

Though he called himself “Framer to the Stars,” I never saw any stars in Bill’s Custom Frames. But I did see plenty of artists. Every artist has their favorite framers, and ever since I was in

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Artist carving the world in linoleum

What the World Needs Now

As our world seems to be spinning out of control we are looking around wildly for what we need; leadership, community, toilet paper… But what I believe the world really needs is a sense of its

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