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8 Hyper-perfectionism

Dear Artist, Work can sit on the easel for months, even years. The afflicted artist may be dedicated, hard-working and obsessive. In mild cases he takes a very long time to get to signing, let alone to making a delivery.…

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15 Satisfactory strokes

Dear Artist, Caroline Morse, from Southern California, wrote, “I often find I am not satisfied with the brushwork. I may have pulled off a painting I am relatively satisfied with, except for the brushwork. It may be messy or scribbled…

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11 The case for visualization

Dear Artist, Yesterday, Stephanie Quinn of Dallas, Texas wrote, “Athletes are taught to visualize winning and to set goals. Often, when I visualize my finished product and set out to work on a piece, it doesn’t turn out as well…

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17 Create or die

Dear Artist, Researchers at the University of Granada in Spain and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have published a study that says we weren’t always this creative. Creativity, they say, has been the deciding factor in…

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14 The unschooling of art

Dear Artist, “Unschooling” is an educational philosophy and practice that allows children to learn through natural life experiences. Play, games, fantasy, hobbies and social interaction are supposed to take the place of traditional schools. The theory is that current curricula…

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18 How to be original

Dear Artist, “Because nearly all good ideas are based on others that came before them, clothing that resembles a vintage style or an earlier design may be praised as “smartly referential,” wrote Ezra Marcus recently for the New York Times.…

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19 Voluntary graduation

Dear Artist, Yesterday Leslie Kimball of Tehachapi, CA wrote, “I paint with a bunch of wonderful women. We are a tight group, no envy, etc., but I have begun to understand my needs better. I need more but I’m afraid…

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28 The power of frustration

Dear Artist, Zorana Ivcevic Pringle, director of the Creativity and Emotions lab at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, recently surveyed artists to learn what emotions they feel when working. While love, happiness, sadness and nostalgia were heavy hitters, the…

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14 Creativity and Fundamentalism

Dear Artist, My recent mention of “Can fundamentalists be creative?” had readers scurrying to the Psychology Today article. When neurologist Ken Heilman and technologist Russ Donda’s observations were first made public in 2007, there was, of course, a great howl…

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15 The One-Percent Gambit

Dear Artist, This is a risky, time-consuming maneuver that involves pulling out a bunch of staples with the dream that I can do it again, only incrementally better. I used to beat myself up for this neurosis, thinking of it…

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