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10 Books for Professional Artists (and those who want to be!)

Being an artist can be a lonely business. Not only that, even if you were lucky enough to go to art school, it’s likely that they didn’t really teach you about the business side of your art career. That’s why many of us turn to books, blogs, and other artists to try to figure it all out. And that’s also why I’ve put together this collection of 10 books for professional artists, and those who…

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Meet the Artist: Adri Luna Studio

I’m so excited to share this interview with you today! My long time readers may have already heard me mention Adri Luna, as we met in an art class in 2007 and have been close friends ever since. We’ve also worked on several projects together over the years (from afar — Adri is currently in Kansas City, MO and I’m in Portland, OR), and she is my trusted business and art accountability partner each week….

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Getting into Creative Flow

Ever since I started creating the Creative Coaching for Introverts program, I’ve been feeling in flow (which happens to be my word of the year for 2017). But how can you start getting into creative flow and what does being “in flow” really mean? Surprisingly, I really love the Wikipedia definition: “In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized…

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Artist Interview: Nancy from prettylittlethieves.com

  I’m so excited to share this interview with one of my favorite artists, Nancy from prettylittlethieves.com!  I originally saw her work on Etsy many years ago, and I’m super proud to say that I have two of her portraits on my wall (now I just need to get some of her abstracts!) Let’s get to the artist interview and all the eye candy, shall we?   Jules: First, please tell us a bit about yourself?    Nancy:…

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3 Ways to Make White Space in Your Creative Business (and Why You Need It!)

Ah, white space: those wonderful (and sometimes elusive!) pockets of quiet time that allow your mind to refresh, recharge, and bring you more creative ideas than ever before. Actually, the term “white space” is a design term that refers to the blank places on a page, website, or in an ad, etc. This white space not only makes the design of ads more effective, it also gives the reader’s eye and mind room to breathe…

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Think eBooks and Courses are the Only Way to Make Passive Income Online? Think again!

Creating ebooks and courses are certainly a popular way to make passive income online these days, not everyone — or every business — is right for that path. Ebooks are pretty simple to create, but if you’re not much of a writer or designer, they may not be that easy for you. And there is a reason there are courses on creating courses: they involvd huge learning curves for most people (like recording and editing…

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Grow Your Creative Business with an Accountability Partner

There are so many ways to measure success in our creative businesses. Of course, money is one of them (and possibly the most commonly used.) But there are others that I believe are just as important — if not more important! Like your happiness and fulfillment in what you do, your contribution to the world, being able to travel and do other fun things you enjoy, the number of hours you work each week, being…

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50 Modern, Minimal, Feminine WordPress Blog Themes

When you sing-up for website hosting with companies like BlueHost or SiteGround, you automatically get a few free WordPress themes. But these themes are typically pretty boring and because they’re free, your blog could end up looking like so many others. So I’ve put together this list of modern, minimal, feminine WordPress (.org) blog themes.   Oh, and all of these links will open in a new tab, so you won’t have to worry about…

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How to Take Better Photos for Your Etsy Shop

You hear it all the time, “if you want more sales on Etsy (or Shopify or Amazon Handmade) you have to take better pictures of your products!” But what does “better” mean, anyway? Also, they give you that advice without actually telling you how to take better photos for your Etsy shop in the first place! Well, today I’m going to share some simple hacks and ideas for creating better art and/or product photos, as well…

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How to Paint the Moon Phases

Are you looking for a fun art project you can do in a weekend or less? Or do you just love to watch people paint and learn from it? Well then, look no more! In my latest Skillshare class, How to Paint the Moon Phases, I’m encouraging some fun creative exploration by painting the moon three different ways: With black watercolor (pan or liquid) With traditional Chinese ink, Sumo ink or India Ink And finally…

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