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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Breaking Rules is Good Once in a While…or Every Day

“Holding Pattern” Craig Shillam, colored pencil, 11 3/8″ x 19 3/8″

 

Sometimes you need to play it safe, and other times breaking rules is absolutely necessary. There are some basic guidelines in our everyday life and in creating art, but doesn’t it feel good to be a little defiant once in a while?

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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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West Coast Road Trip – 1700 Miles of American Grandeur

west coast road trip

Mt Hood in August, CashArtBlog

Having just completed a fantastic west coast road trip from Spokane, Wa., to Southern California, I thought I would share some of the highlights (and there were many) from a west coast road trip that covered small towns, big cities, mountains, beaches, wildlife, forests, deserts, rivers, the windiest road I have ever been on in my life, some 1700 miles, and 3 wrong turns…

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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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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…]

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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10 Steps for Staying Relevant

Staying Relevant in you art and your business is important for you to think about in the fast paced world we live in today. When you and your work are relevant, you put yourself in a position to benefit and stay ahead of those who are not paying attention. [Read more…]

Do You Really Know Who You Are?

Who are you really? Do you think you are important? Do you respect yourself? Do you believe in yourself and your abilities? Do you carry the same vibe with you wherever you go, or are you a much different person when you are alone versus when you are with friends or out in public? [Read more…]