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Success Is A Slippery Slope

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Right now, success for me is very simple. How many steps can I take on my new knee before I’m ready to call it quits?

I’m told that, once this healing stage is complete, I’ll be happy, happy, happy that I did this. Right now, I’d trade in one of those happys for a completely pain-free step.

That’s my measure of success today.

Tomorrow, I may surprise myself and success will become a whole other event. Because the one thing I’ve learned is that success is a slippery slope fraught with cultural expectations, personal striving, and an ever-changing mythical landscape dotted with alternating boulders of desire and promise, of hope and despair.

Over and over again, the gold ring of success comes spinning toward us—if only our arms were a bit longer, our aim more accurate, or the damn merry-go-round would just slow down a bit!

Thousands of books, workshops, courses and

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To Be Or Not To Be Successful

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I confess to being seriously delighted with Tony Robbins, the self-help guru. I remember decades ago, when he first hit the speaking circuit, I couldn’t stand him.

Then he, and I, grew up. He also became psychologically savvy – not just a self-help wannabe, and I found his 21st century paradigms of human relationships compelling and spot on.

So I was a little bit

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Dreaming Big Works!

Usually, the stream of emails pouring into my inbox, after the 7 days of the  smARTist Telesummit is over, comes from my amazing artist participants.

After four years of doing this, it never fails to humble me, and make me eternally grateful, that the work I’ve chosen is spinning out to light inspirational fires for those artists who are passionate and committed enough to join me, the speakers (leading authorities on different aspects of an artist’s career), and their fellow artists (the smARTist Telesummit Forum is a lively, artist-to-artist exchange of tips, tricks, and heartfelt, smart suggestions from a wealth of collective experience).

What never occurred to me, was that…

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New York City Art Fair-Is It Right For Your Art?

I have a lot of material in my smARTist library, but until this  year, Art Fairs were not high on my list.

All that changed when I met Richard Rothbard – artist, gallery owner, and art fair producer – at a CODA conference in Savannah, GA, where I was speaking this last spring.

Besides hosting CODA Conference attendees at his Savannah Gallery, Richard treated me to a very non-Southern meal of fantastic sushi and brought me on board for his Contemporary Art Fair NYC, a sister show to his American Craft Fair NYC.

I was fascinated by Richard’s enthusiasm for bringing artists to NYC at a price they could afford – since most high-end venue Art Fairs are truly exorbitant. But more than that, it occurred to me that Richard was carrying around a wealth of information on Art Fairs.

I realized, in short order, that no one had thought to…

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Back To The Drawing Board

In Motion by Lori Wolfson

It’s been great fun being here and sharing this wonderful blog, but it’s time for me to move on.  My work here is done. The canvas calls me and I must attend.

Have a wonderful time all you artists and good luck in all you do.  Until we meet again…

And thank you, Ariane, for the opportunity to spend this valuable and rewarding time here with you.  You are one of a kind and, as an artist, I can’t tell you how much your support and work out there in the world for us all means to me!

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Don’t Kid Yourself, Discipline Matters

What many people outside the arts don’t understand, is that succeeding in this gig takes as much discipline as it does for the CEO, Athlete, Lawyer, Doctor.

In many cases it takes more, especially if you also have a day job. Because, your “night job” is a calling that we almost never feel equal to, in which we regularly disappoint ourselves, and from which the check is normally late-possibley by a decade or two. 

Sticking with something, for which you may never get paid, and doing it with full-blown passion for years on end-takes…

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When Disaster Strikes, You Strike Back

This story is lifted from Living the Artist’s Life.  It happened eleven years ago now, a good time to review past disasters, and recoveries. Something to remember in these times, when people might be wondering about the nature of “recovery.”

It was in March of 1997 that the manager of the Hotel Savoy, where my first gallery was housed, called me one Sunday night.  He asked if I was watching TV…

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