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Finding Your Tribe

by Luann Udell on 2/16/2017 10:23:13 AM
45 Comments

Artists are people, too. [...]


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Chaos Theory, The Weather, and You

by Luann Udell on 2/2/2017 11:21:36 AM
35 Comments

Once you figure out why you make the work you do, you will already have your finger on the pulse of your heart. [...]


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Many Hands Make Life Work

by Luann Udell on 1/19/2017 9:52:22 AM
6 Comments

When people come together to accomplish a task, the energy is amazing! [...]


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Your Next Studio

by Luann Udell on 1/5/2017 10:18:44 AM
27 Comments

The beauty, the real blessing of many studio moves, is nothing is ever going to hold you back for very long. You learn what to keep, and what you can let go of. [...]


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I Don't Care About Your Materials

by Luann Udell on 12/22/2016 10:28:19 AM
19 Comments

Just like a good artist statement, your explanation of your choices should make the client want to go back and take a closer look at your work. [...]


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All Filled Up and Nowhere To Go

by Luann Udell on 12/8/2016 9:37:47 AM
24 Comments

I've learned that sometimes, when we procrastinate endlessly, there can be very small obstacles holding us back. [...]


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The Newlywed Game

by Luann Udell on 11/17/2016 10:04:07 AM
56 Comments

Our role as artists is even more important than ever...It's even more important to help others see the true beauty of this world. [...]


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Lessons From The Gym: It Doesn't Have to Be Hard

by Luann Udell on 11/3/2016 10:10:32 AM
18 Comments

The best advice for almost everything in life, is to start where you are. Take one small step forward. [...]


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Who Is A Real Artist?

by Luann Udell on 10/20/2016 11:14:31 AM
27 Comments

But if you truly love what you do, there are many ways of ?succeeding', many ways of wrapping that gift, many ways of sharing it, all of them authentic and worthwhile. [...]


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Getting To Your Happy (Creative) Place

by Luann Udell on 10/6/2016 9:48:30 AM
26 Comments

In order to create something new, we have to be open to the beauty in front of us, open and receptive to everything life throws at us. [...]


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Does Storytelling Work?

by Luann Udell on 9/22/2016 10:22:53 AM
7 Comments

We found our strong beginnings, and our thoughtful endings. [...]


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Bring Out Yer Dead*

by Luann Udell on 9/8/2016 9:33:44 AM
15 Comments

Look for your power sentence. The one that, if you were speaking aloud, would make you stand up straighter, would make your voice more sure. [...]


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Reasons Why You Don't Want To Live Forever

by Luann Udell on 8/25/2016 9:20:22 AM
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There is power in letting go of control. Letting go of the illusion of control. [...]


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Add The "Why" To The "How" To Make "WOW!"

by Luann Udell on 8/11/2016 10:04:26 AM
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So add the "why" to your "how" to make "wow!" [...]


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Learning to Fly Part 4: Trust Your Instruments

by Luann Udell on 7/14/2016 9:39:39 AM
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Check, and recheck your assumptions, constantly. [...]


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Learning to Fly Part 3: What Rudyard Kipling Said

by Luann Udell on 6/30/2016 10:19:16 AM
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Create the work YOU care about, right now. Do better, and be better, as possible. Leave as little as possible in regret. And grow as much joy as you can, today, with your art. [...]


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Learning To Fly Part 2: Who Is Your Co-Pilot?

by Luann Udell on 6/16/2016 9:02:21 AM
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Finding the best people who support you in your art-making. [...]


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LEARNING TO FLY Part 1: The Checklist

by Luann Udell on 6/2/2016 9:08:14 AM
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Get to your studio every day (or whatever is manageable for you, of course.) Get your hands dirty in your studio every time: Make something, anything that gets you to your happy artist place. Is your workspace ready for you to work? [...]


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CUTE SHIRT!: What to Say When You Don't Like the Work

by Luann Udell on 5/19/2016 9:37:10 AM
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Kindness?and the benefit of the doubt?goes a long way with your peers and in your career. [...]


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My Three Cats and the Real Artist

by Luann Udell on 5/5/2016 9:09:48 AM
34 Comments

I may not like you, and/or I may not like your art. I may not like your medium, or your process. But if you are doing your best to make your art - If all you do is make the world a better place for even one person - Then you, and your art, have a place in the world. And you are a ?good enough' artist for me. [...]


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Behind the Biggest Question of Them All

by Luann Udell on 4/21/2016 9:25:21 AM
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AND, one of our roles, as artists, is to advocate for the power that art has in our lives, over mass-produced tchotchkes and mass-produced reproductions. To stress why real art is important, especially with new collectors. To share how timeless it is, not only through our history, but is long-lasting appeal. [...]


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The Biggest Question of Them All

by Luann Udell on 4/7/2016 10:16:24 AM
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The important thing here is, if you don't really know why the person is hesitating, it is almost impossible to propose a solution or resolution. And almost every obstacle has its resolution. [...]


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What's Your Next Step?

by Luann Udell on 3/24/2016 6:10:44 AM
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Sometimes the ?next step' is so tiny, we don't even recognize it's holding us back. [...]


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Lessons From the Gym: Poor Old Michael Finnegan

by Luann Udell on 3/10/2016 6:22:34 AM
15 Comments

But if we become trapped by habit and assumptions - if we assume we know it all, if we believe have it all under control, if we are content that we have it made? Then if we stumble, it can feel like failure to begin again. [...]


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Somewhere in the Middle Part 2: Tai Chi, Lessons From the Gym, and the Circle of Life

by Luann Udell on 2/25/2016 7:20:38 AM
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Wherever we are in the process, in our journey, we can look forward, to the sides, and back. We can see where we are, and where we want to go next. If we open our eyes, and our hearts, and take a look around, we'll see we're never completely abandoned. We are always somewhere in the middle, with hope, with faith, with tiny, daily miracles, to get us through. [...]


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What Does "Successful Artist" Mean to You?

by Luann Udell on 2/11/2016 7:34:36 AM
34 Comments

But before you measure yourself against those who claim that yes, yes, money is the measure of success?. Know that you may be measuring something un-measurable with an invisible, nonexistent ruler. [...]


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Clear Your Cache

by Luann Udell on 1/28/2016 7:40:34 AM
14 Comments

What's in your cache? Too many commitments, leaving little time to make art? Feeling responsible for everyone else's comfort and happiness, at the expense of your own? A few too many coulda/shoulda/wouldas in your thoughts? [...]


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Somewhere in the Middle

by Luann Udell on 1/14/2016 9:02:21 AM
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What you do is your unique way of seeing the world, your desire to share that with others. And the unique way you choose to do that. See that middle part that as part of your creative process, and maybe it will help. [...]


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Sorry, Wrong Number

by Luann Udell on 12/31/2015 7:35:36 AM
9 Comments

In the end, I believe it's about getting our message through, without misdials and misdirected calls. The world needs your art, and you are the only person who can do what you do. If your voice is lost, there is no one who can replace it. Our belief that what we do, matters, is the most vital part of that very important message. [...]


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The Words We Need to Hear

by Luann Udell on 12/17/2015 7:14:47 AM
12 Comments

Here's the blessing of misdirected advice: The people giving it want to be helpful. Here's the downside: You feel like a crab for telling them why it won't work for you, and how it makes you feel even worse. [...]


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How to Kick (bleep) Selling Your Art

by Luann Udell on 12/3/2015 7:49:32 AM
15 Comments

I have always wanted to be a truly professional craftsperson - not only in creating my work - but in my relationships with my customers and your tape has been an important part of that process. It has changed my entire outlook on doing crafts shows and given me the skills and confidence to develop wholesale markets. [...]


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Writing an Artist Statement: Consider the Magician

by Luann Udell on 11/19/2015 7:12:27 AM
17 Comments

Be generous with your knowledge. Share your enthusiasm with your audience. Rejoice in your choice of media. But never forget what is deep in your heart, where your true story is--the story that will resonate with the hearts of your true collectors. [...]


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Obstacles vs Distractions

by Luann Udell on 10/22/2015 7:29:00 AM
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But deciding if a social situation, a relationship, is a true obstacle I need to overcome to move forward, or merely an annoying distraction that's wasting valuable creative time and energy, helps me get myself back on track. It makes it easier to recognize when I'm getting entangled in someone else's drama. It gets me back on course. [...]


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Do What I Say (Not What I Do)

by Luann Udell on 10/8/2015 7:25:01 AM
9 Comments

Take ALL advice?even mine!--with a grain of salt. Wait for the words that feel ?just right'?to YOU. Sometimes people just don't know what they're talking about (although they think they do.) [...]


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Recycling: Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose?

by Luann Udell on 9/24/2015 7:04:15 AM
4 Comments

Not everything that breaks can be made whole again. Not everything will match. Not everything is perfect. Not all that is lost, can be found again. But then, the same is true of us, isn't it? [...]


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Support Your Local Art Supply Store

by Luann Udell on 9/10/2015 7:21:25 AM
11 Comments

What do YOU do to support your local art-related businesses? How do you help contribute to their bottom line, so they can continue to be part of your art community? [...]


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Why You Should Go To Your Studio (Even If You Don't Feel Like It)

by Luann Udell on 8/27/2015 7:41:05 AM
25 Comments

But also remember that when we make the art we've carried in our heart, we are at our very best. Let it bring you back to yourself, so you have the strength, the endurance, the courage to carry on a little longer. The world needs your art. Your heart needs your art. And your art needs your heart. It's all connected. [...]


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The Power of Connection

by Luann Udell on 8/13/2015 7:46:24 AM
9 Comments

My success with my art is always--always--based on who comes back. [...]


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Just for Today: Try Something Different

by Luann Udell on 7/30/2015 8:43:21 AM
22 Comments

Ironically, isn't this exactly what art is supposed to do? One human being, sharing a different way to look at the world. Nothing?nothing? is more powerful than that. [...]


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Lessons From the Gym: Weight Bearing Exercises

by Luann Udell on 7/16/2015 8:08:14 AM
9 Comments

I love having the freedom to create my own workday, to approach my to-do list with options and strategies. I love how each day is never just like the one before, or the one coming. [...]


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