The Universe Gives you What You Need
I travelled the world, only to find myself back where I began 7 years ago. It’s been 7 years since that day someone made the offhand remark, “Don’t you wish you could sell it all and
College Art Students Ask These Questions
Say what you will about young people today. this generation makes my heart sing for the future of the planet. Over the course of my career, I’ve worked with hundreds of university art students all over
It Takes A Village
As this extraordinary year draws to a close, every artist I know is looking forward in hopes that 2021 will bring happier surprises than 2020. But I want to take this moment to cast my gaze
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,
How To Be The Greatest
I imagine that you’ve heard of the boxer named Mohammad Ali. When he passed away, the whole world mourned. But Crista, you’re probably asking, what does a boxer have to do with art? A lot, actually.
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
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
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.
How Seth Godin Answered This Artist’s Question
One of my favorite writers is Seth Godin. I’ve been reading his books and blog for years because his advice for creatives is paradigm-changing. But life was throwing me some challenges. I wished I could ask
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
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
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
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
Why Must a Woman Be Naked to Get in a Museum?
I was speaking to a group of university students. As I finished, a young woman approached the stage. “May I ask you a question?” Of course! I asked if she was an artist. I inquired about
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
How Can Artists Give Right Now?
I’m thinking a lot about the art community and about you during this challenging time. I’m looking for ways that I can help, and I have a proposal for us as well. As artists, it’s time
Organization for Artists
I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather hang out with The Muse and make stuff than create an inventory. I think we can all agree on that. But anyone can chase inspiration, that’s the
A Conversation with Erik Durschmied
Throughout my career, I’ve worked with many other creative professionals. But my inspiration doesn’t always come from the art world. I’m inspired by people who forge their own path. Artist or not, these are the people