24Aug
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When to Turn Down a Commission

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By Melanie Bindon, Art Gym Denver Getting a commission can be extremely exciting for artists- it means someone recognizes your skills and wants to invest in your creations. However, not all commissions are as ideal as our excitement leads us to believe. Here are some guidelines for determining if you should reject an artistic job: […]
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14Jul
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Stop! How to Know When an Artwork is Finished

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By Melanie Bindon, Art Gym Denver When you spend umpteen hours working on a project, it’s hard to know when to stop. While the process of finishing will look different for each endeavor, the feeling is often the same. Luckily, time and experience make it easier to recognize this feeling. Remember you’re the artist and ultimately […]
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16Jun
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How to Pitch Your Ideas Like a Pro

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By Melanie Bindon, Art Gym Denver The ability to pitch well is an important but understated skill in the art world. Whether you are dreaming of being a published comic book artist, looking for a new creative gig, or are seeking an artist residency, the power of a good pitch can sky rocket your artistic […]
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02Jun
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5 Traits to Increase Creativity

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By Melanie Bindon, Art Gym Denver Creativity is an increasingly important skillset for one to thrive in the modern world. As technology and communication accelerate the rate of change, so too must the creative applications of these new ideas and technologies grow. We must accommodate quickly or risk falling behind. From business to the arts, […]
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21Apr
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6 Portfolio Do’s & Dont’s

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By Melanie Bindon, Art Gym Denver What makes a portfolio stand out? What are the best practices and pitfalls to avoid when showcasing work? Here are a few tips to consider when applying for a new opportunity.   DO: Put your best piece first Consider the order of your work to craft the narrative you […]
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24Mar
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You Don’t Have to be a Starving Artist

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By Melanie Bindon, Art Gym Denver Further reading: Puttylike.com: Starving Artist Meet Web Psychcentral.com: Scrapping the Starving Artist Mythology Youtube.com: Fear and Permission with Chris Guillebeau (TEDxCMU 2010)   Join us to grow. Join us to share. Lend your voice to the conversation.     “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen […]
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05Mar
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Arts Employment in Colorado

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By Melanie Bindon, Art Gym Denver   Join us to grow. Join us to share. Lend your voice to the conversation.     “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” – George Bernard Shaw    
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18Feb
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Selfie

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Self Portraiture in the Age of Modern Technology By Melanie Bindon, Art Gym Denver We’re all familiar with the selfie pose: camera angled 45 degrees above the eye line, head casually turned to three quarters angle, pouty lips and flexing muscles. Proudly, we show ourselves off to the world one snippet at a time saying “this […]
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11Feb
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Organization For Artists

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By Melanie Bindon, Art Gym Denver Have you ever looked around your studio and seen a multitude of in-progress works nearing completion, yet been full of new ideas and ready to sketch? When working on so many projects it is hard to ensure definite progress is made on each one. It is easier to start […]
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21Jan
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5 Intentions to Improve Your Art Practice

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  5 Intentions to Improve Your Art Practice By Melanie Bindon, Art Gym Denver It’s that time of year when we reflect on how we spend our time, consider what we could have done differently and determine where we want to be next year. Often, this process results in static resolutions instead of dynamic intentions. We […]
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