The Art of your Heart

The Art of your Heart

Do you ever feel distracted by the world of art outside your studio? So much so that it can distract from your art? We don't want all those outside voices to drown out the internal voice emanating from you. There is a solution, and it has to do with balance. Have a look here: Balancing the internal with the external is the key to making art that feels the most like you. The external world can give you inspiration and a fresh perspective, but your internal musings are what makes your art, your...

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Confidence is a con / Austin Kleon + Nicholas Wilton

Confidence is a con / Austin Kleon + Nicholas Wilton

It seems like everyone always wants to feel more confident. We are told that this comes from experience and just putting in the time. But what if confidence isn't what is needed so much in art making? Join me in conversation with Austin Kleon, best selling author of "Steal Like an Artist," writer, artist, and fellow explorer of life, as he throws out the idea that confidence shouldn't be where we put our focus. Check this out. It might just make you feel a lot better about where you are now in...

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The miracle that is free

The miracle that is free

Don't you love when someone shares something helpful with you- a tip, a hack, or something that makes your life better? On the flip side, if you share, it almost helps you even more. Today I am talking all about sharing... Have a look here: It takes an abundant mindset to share freely. Worrying about not having enough or concerns that we will lose something irreplaceable creates resistance where there doesn't need to be. Sharing helps all involved. The act attracts energy, positivity, and...

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How to get a breakthrough in your Art

How to get a breakthrough in your Art

I love it when I get a breakthrough. But it rarely happens. So the question for me that is floating out there is how? How can I create the conditions or mindset to have more breakthroughs? How can we more frequently make the kind of art we love, more than what we have done in the past? Well, I got part of the answer when I walked by Artist Anki Gelb's studio last week. She shared a recent breakthrough with me, and it was so good, I thought I would share it with you. Join Anki and me in her...

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Did your parents hang your art up?

Did your parents hang your art up?

Did your parents hang your art up? It seems like a minor question at first blush, but having approval about anything we did by those we loved mattered as little kids—especially art. I have listened to many artists over the years talking about not being so supported when, at an early age, they were beginning to make their art. Even though I have taught for many years, I never heard a question that more gets at the heart of this delicate matter. Did your parents hang your art up? This question...

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Does your goal scare you a little?

Does your goal scare you a little?

Happy New Year!!! As part of my new year, I always think about what I am looking to achieve this year. I have a particular way of setting goals, and that is what I am talking about today. Check it out. Have a look here: For me, the litmus test as to whether the goal is juicy enough to pursue is if just the thought of it makes me a little scared. I call these the big scary goals. These are usually the ones that are worth pursuing. I also never set a goal for a year as I usually don't succeed....

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How to make your best Art next year

How to make your best Art next year

As we are about to cross over into a new year, I thought I would share a few ways to set yourself and your art up for success in 2021. All 5 of these ideas are made possible by planning. When I take time to revisit what I am making or desire to make, it almost always goes faster, easier, and with far better results. Have a look here: I go over 5 key ideas in this video today, but the 5th one is probably the most important. So here it is: In 2021, be extra vigilant about raising the bar on the...

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The 3 Best Things about the Art Journey

The 3 Best Things about the Art Journey

I want to remind you of something that gets me super fired up. It has to do with being an artist. There are tons of hard things about art-making. So many, in fact, that sometimes we can forget all the great parts. There are three big ideas in relation to the journey we are all on. And that is what I am talking about today. So, if you have been feeling a little low energy lately, maybe this will help. It works for me. Have a look here: The three best things about the artists' journey: 1. It is...

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How to scale up your Art Thinking

How to scale up your Art Thinking

I am standing in my new studio in Sausalito, California. Compared to my other studio, this one is way bigger, has a view of the harbor and will allow me to shoot better videos of making and teaching art. It is all very exhilarating but honestly, taking this step was kind of scary. From my experience, moving into something new always comes with a degree of uncertainty. It takes a different kind of thinking. And that is what I am talking about in today's video. Have a look here: Over time, the...

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Where is the Value of your Art?

Where is the Value of your Art?

I spent a lot of time worrying about if people understood what I was trying to say with my Art. It turns out this is almost impossible to ascertain. It also is a waste of energy. And this is what I am talking about in today's vlog. Have a look here: People are all so different, and everyone will see and feel different things when they experience your Art. I believe we make our best Art when we are free of any mental restrictions. The day I decided to give up caring what people might or might...

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