Motivation and Inspiration for Aspiring and Professional Artists

Film director Robert Wise stated many years ago that his three P’s were “passion, patience, perseverance. You have to do this if you’ve got to be a filmmaker.” Well, passion, patience and perseverance is what the MAPS Media Institute is all about—and now, students from this amazing. . . read more
When I was a boy my sister and I spent most of our spare time entering painting competitions. We were both quite successful and won a lot of prizes, everything from bicycles to holidays. People told us that we had talent and should become artists. But I wasn’t so sure. I also had an art. . . read more
Dear artists, There’s a little known skill that all current and future successful artists possess. Unfortunately, many artists themselves don’t realize how important this skill is. It’s the ability to fail. “What’s the big deal about failure?” you might ask.. . . read more
Sometimes the most innovative ideas are simply a reconfiguration of existing ones. The trick, of course, is finding that magical combination that makes people say “Wow!” Prynt (currently on Kickstarter here) is that amazing combination of old and new. Its founders took the idea of a. . . read more
Can a creative process like painting be streamlined? David Lemyre and David Kassan think so. . . and to prove it, they’ve invented the parallelPALETTE, an innovative new kind of palette that stands vertically alongside your painting as you work. As they state in their Kickstarter. . . read more
As a working artist, you probably spend the majority of your days creating or promoting your work in whatever way you can. You may even occasionally think or talk about the fact that you wish there were more opportunities for you in your community. But how much time do you spend supporting. . . read more
Until I stumbled across the Road Less Traveled Kickstarter project I didn’t realize how I rarely experienced photography of children with special needs. So today, I want to take a minute to add awareness to an important issue in many people’s lives. The founders of this project,. . . read more
Art is an evolutionary act. The shape of art and its role in society is constantly changing. At no point is art static. There are no rules. -Raymond Salvatore Harmon, BOMB: A Manifesto of Art Terrorism Street art is constantly changing. One day it’s there and the next it’s gone. But. . . read more
Sometimes, despite all the potential sources of inspiration around me, artist’s block sets in. I typically use this time to do other things like updating my websites, tidying the studio and sorting out my paints and brushes. I enjoy cooking and gardening too. But the ultimate cure for. . . read more
Many years ago, I attended art school at the University of Michigan and like many idealistic young painters, I dreamed of becoming a full-time artist. I envisioned days painting major works and living a life full of color and creative possibilities. At some point, however, reality set in. I. . . read more
Have you ever seen something amazing, yet kind of obvious, and said to yourself, “Wow, I wish I had thought of that!”? Designer Duncan Shotton actually does think of those things, and then creates them for the world to enjoy. From Loch Ness thumbtacks to tape dispensers that looks. . . read more
It’s too easy to let others steal your dream of being an artist. Often it’s the people who are closest to you, or the ones that you perceive to have authority, that cause the most damage and can easily destroy you and your precious idea. Yet they will happily tell you it’s. . . read more
There is something magical about taking REAL photographs. . . the process of seeing, capturing light, then transferring it to paper is almost a mystical process. Nowadays, high-tech digital cameras allow this process to happen without effort, but what if you could achieve the magic of. . . read more
Pablo Picasso once said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” As artists, you and I know he was right—art is magical. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to it. Enter Robert Caswell and Holly Wherry, two art therapists with a very unique idea: bringing art. . . read more

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