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Weekly smARTips: Expansion

Bridge the gap between making art and making a living,

… one tip at a time

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Your smARTip for the week:

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Expansion
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My whole sense of spring, as the daffodils rise out of all those leaves, which I still haven’t raked out of the back yard (yet), is the effusive expansion of everything.

The sky seems wider and more open. Air currents flow more freely. Tree buds are waking up in new jackets of spring green. Bird songs trill their joy.

An abundance of life expands all around me.

And, isn’t this exactly what your art does: expand life?

Are you aware of how vital the

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Weekly smARTips: Let’s Do The Spring Swing!

Bridge the gap between making art and making a living,

… one tip at a time

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Your smARTip for the week:

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Let’s Do the Spring Swing!
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One of the most powerful influences we humans have is how we navigate the seasons.

Even areas of the world where the temperatures are flat lined (San Diego, CA for example) and you could mistake these as mono-seasoned, compared to full out four-season areas (Portland, ME, for example), the rhythm of the summer, autumn, winter, and spring still exist, albeit in a more subtle version.

Our human body, on all levels (mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual) is hard wired to be responsive to rhythms.

Only here, in the 21st Century, in what we call the “first” world countries especially, our

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Weekly smARTips: Opportunity

Bridge the gap between making art and making a living,

… one tip at a time

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Your smARTip for the week:

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Opportunity
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One of the things I miss most, after stopping the smARTist Telesummits, is the revelation so many artists had about opportunities for their work that they had never before considered.

I remember one year in particular, there was a painter from Boston who had never considered Art Fairs. They just weren’t on his radar.

Until Connie Mettler’s presentation on Art Fairs.

Suddenly, he heard information that dismantled his limited view of Art Fairs—a view that had, in turn,

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Weekly smARTips: Completion

Bridge the gap between making art and making a living,

… one tip at a time

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Your smARTip for the week:

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Completion 
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I know… completion…a bit of yawner.

But hang in here with me because I think you’re going to like this smARTip:

From Seneca, the Roman Stoic philosopher: “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.”

The **third principle of any artist’s ongoing

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