Crista Cloutier

Embrace the Questions

"Have patience with all things unresolved and learn to love the questions themselves." Rainier Maria Rilke Artists are endlessly curious. But in life, we spend a lot of our time running away from...

Dancing with Haters

Artists often confide to me that they're afraid to put themselves "out there." Afraid of what other people will think. Afraid of what other people might say. Afraid of haters.   I get it. Both being...

Never Stop Learning

What’s the one single trait that all great artists share? Curiosity. Great artists take the time to learn their art history. They know that contemporary art does not live in a bubble and they...

Count Your Blessings

If only life were easier… if only… How often do you stress out about what you don’t have? Oh, if only I had more money, if only I had more art sales, if only I had more time to make art, to...

Believe in Yourself

It’s not about whether you succeed or fail as an artist. It’s about the kind of person you become as you do the work. Does it make you feel more authentic? Are you coming from a place of integrity? Do...

Artists Notice Things

What do artists do? Artist Grayson Perry recently spoke about a group of schoolchildren who were asked that question by a museum curator. One little girl offered, “Artists are people who sit at...

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