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Should You Dump Your Job and Paint Full-Time?
04/12/2019 | 3 Comments

Dreaming of being a full-time artist? Yearning for a life of creativity and freedom? Consider these things before taking the plunge.

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How to Handle Obnoxious Amateur Art Critics
12/11/2018 | 17 Comments

They're out there, ready to pounce.

They're the critics.And their sole purpose is to annoy the living hell out of you.

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Christopher Gallego 
01/ 17 / 2019
Guest Blogging for LINEA

Visitor: "It must be wonderful being a painter. It seems so relaxing."

At least they've got the first part right. Being a painter is wonderful.

But relaxing...seriously?
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09/14/2018

Nothing's more discouraging to an artist than the feeling of going nowhere. Why is this happening to you and why is it happening now?
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June 18, 2018  | 12 Comments

Your goal isn't to create a masterpiece. Your goal is to create a state of mind that will allow you to create a masterpiece.
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Six Time-Honored Rules Every Artist Should Consider Dumping

6/12/2018 | 20 Comments
Rules aren't mean to be broken.
They're mean to be challenged whenever a better solution arises.

5 unusual habits to keep you growing artistically
11/25/2017  |  42 Comments
Working hard at your craft is not the same as working toward growth.
Working toward growth means taking big scary chances with your art and risking failure.
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Christopher Gallego Blog Post | Why don't we fit in?

Why don't we fit in?
12/18/2017
Art that tries to please everyone and offend no one is the visual equivalent of elevator music. Art that emanates from your soul will be loved, and hated.
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Selling your art?
Stay out of the way.
09/26/2017
From the moment it’s available, ideally, from the moment you begin, don’t think of your art as your creation. Think of yourself as the caretaker. You simply helped the work along.
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Artists, Get Your Minds Off Your Paintings.
05/26/2017
The best painters connect passionately with whatever is in front of them (or inside) and their art flows from that passion.
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Why My Art Students Hate Me

Your art is the biggest impediment to creating your art.
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Christopher Gallego, American, b. 1959, Studio Interior, 2011, Oil Painting on canvas, 51 x 39 in.

Mid-Career & Middle-Age

There’s always that visual bias living inside you and making mischief, usually at the most inconvenient time. It’s important to know it’s there, embrace it, and then learn the tricks to override it.
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"How dare you not love my art."

The less time spent dwelling on a work in progress the more emotionally detached you become and the internal and external critics lose their power.
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Copernicus called, and you are not the center of the universe.

The ego is a semi-opaque screen that interferes with a painter’s vision. Take the attention off yourself and the outcome.
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Christopher Gallego, American b. 1959, "Surf #2"

The Perfect Response to Your Art. And the Worst.

Dear fellow painters…”It looks like a photo”, are not my favorite words either.
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Stop Worrying

Artists are a particularly worrisome bunch. We worry about everything,”Is my work good enough, will it be seen and appreciated, am I making any progress, will lesser talents get more recognition, can I ever measure up to the great masters?”
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11 Exhibition Tips for the Newbies

If you’re serious about showing your art then don’t wait until your training is over. Get into the game as soon as you can.
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Josephine Halvorson

Get out of the art bubble
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What Kind of Art Sells?

Answer: “Great Art Sells” While it’s impossible to define great art, artists typically sell their strongest work; subject matter is secondary. Know it or not, art collectors respond to the intangibles.
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Christopher Gallego, American b. 1959, Small Studio Jar, 2008, oil on board, 13 x 8 in., The Drawing Room Gallery, Greenwich, CT

Painting Perceptions Interview

Forget about creating a work of art. Don’t get too attached to the outcome; get attached to the process. Turn this into a challenging game that will make you better in the end.
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