20 Great Quotes on Success when You need a little Pick-Me-Up

I don’t know what success means to you, but it’s probably somewhat different than what it means to me. While looking up quotes about success for this post, I was reminded how differently success is viewed by people of all ages and professions. Check out some of these great quotes on success, print them, and when you need a little pick-me-up, dig ’em out of the drawer and read them again. Just might be what you need… 

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4 Smart Life Lessons from…an Ant?

Life lessons come in all shapes and sizes. Some life lessons are invaluable, well-earned and never forgotten. Other life lessons are simply passed down from our parents or other family members. Sometimes life lessons can be pretty damn funny at someone else’s expense. I bet you never thought you could learn any life lessons from an ant, did you? The next time you see an ant, think about this…

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Thanksgiving and Gratitude – 12 Worthwhile Quotes

 

"Autumn Centerpiece", Craig Shillam, oil, 14" x 24"

“Autumn Centerpiece”, Craig Shillam, oil, 14″ x 24″

What exactly is gratitude anyway? It’s not a word heard often these days. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought I would set the table and offer up a modest banquet of quotes about gratitiude and being thankful in life and in art. It’s just so easy to focus on ourselves and what we want, and forget about what we already have… [Read more…]

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As an Artist, You Must Never, Ever, Be This

As an artist you can and must do many things. First, you create  your art, whatever it may be. Then you have to show your work, market it, talk about it, plan events, enter shows, photograph it, and take care of your website. After all that, you need to make a few bucks from your efforts so you can do it all over again. But as an artist and creative person, there is one thing you must never do or be…

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Steve Jobs – Stay Hungry & Stay Foolish, Stanford 2005 Revisited

It goes without saying that Steve Jobs is one of the most influential people in the world, and has been for some time. When I heard a successful investor talking on the radio about getting inspiration from a commencement address that Steve Jobs gave at Stanford a while back, I had to check it out… [Read more…]

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10 tips for Making an Impact in Life & Art

Let’s face it, making an impact in a fast paced, highlight saturated world is a challenge, to say the least. But there are people every day making an impact, so why not you? If you want to make a difference in your world, you can, but it’s probably not gonna happen just by pure luck. 

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Personal Success – Win by Never Losing Big

There are many tasks that one must do on the road to personal and creative success. This article is about none of those things. [Read more…]

Better Paintings – 20 Great Oil Painting Tips

Having recently attended the Oil Painters of America 20th Annual Exhibition, I came away with some great oil painting tips I would like to share with you. Some you may already be aware of, and some might be new to you. But if there is just one good tip here that you can use, it’s worth reading on… [Read more…]

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QR Code – What is it, and do artists need one?

What is a QR Code and would an artist benefit from having one? Have you seen those things popping up here and there, those crossword puzzle-like looking deals without any numbers on them? They are called a QR Code. QR is short for quick response, and is essentially a different and more exciting way for people to access your website, contact information, or anything else you want to promote.

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A Casual Conversation with a Serious Art Collector

 

Peter Max, Andy Warhol with a Mustache

It is an absolute pleasure to visit a home of a real art collector, full of original art, and It’s an absolute crime that I don’t get to do it that often. I recently had the opportunity to visit the home of Dr. Jim and Paulie Harken, and talk to them about collecting art.  [Read more…]