Make That Art

Being an artist means pursuing excellence as we push ourselves to do our best. But what if I told you that focusing too much on excellence might actually make your art worse in the long run? In a previous post (, I talked about the need to iterate, to create small-scale versions and work the […]

Measure Once, Cut Twice

Some people imagine that artists come to their work with an idea perfectly conceived by their genius intellect, and it springs from their minds fully formed like Athena from the head of Zeus. And we as artists can fall for this lie even though we should know better. We imagine that if we were real […]

On Giving and Receiving Feedback

Feedback: it’s a crucial part of any artistic endeavor. And yet, it’s often one we’re not particularly good at as artists. Feedback is a place of intense vulnerability, and we fear the pain that often comes from seeking criticism. Sometimes we’re the ones doing the hurting when we criticize. And so I thought I’d offer […]

Steps of Growing as an Artist

Growing as an artist isn’t a science. It’s… well, it’s an art. But I’ve still found there’s a certain rhythm and pattern to developing artistic talent, and I’d like to outline that for you. I see six steps in growing as an artist. ExplorationThe first stage of growing as an artist is simply experiencing what […]


“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity There is a […]

Sowing and Sabbath

I am a writer. There’s nothing that brings me more joy than having written something excellent. And there’s nothing that brings me more despair than trying to write something excellent. Some days I get a wonderful idea in my head, but as soon as I sit down, that crystal-clear picture turns milky and fades. Other […]

The Artist’s Conscience

In analyzing my experiences as an artist, I’ve come across a phenomenon which I haven’t found a satisfactory name for, so I’ll give it one: the artist’s conscience. In the same way that your moral conscience tells you if your actions align with ethical principles, your artist’s conscience tells you if your creation aligns with […]

What Is an Artist?

This is the first in a series of articles on the life of an artist written by Cameron Miller. What defines an artist? What makes them who they are? The obvious answer is that they’re people who create art. That’s how the world would define it, surely, from looking at the surface. But I think […]

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