Building and maintaining strong relationships in life is complicated enough. However, establishing strong bonds in the arts can be just as if not more complex.
You may be friendly with a fellow artist but simultaneously be a little more than envious of his or her skills. Or, you may dislike a gallery owner or collector but decide that the connection is too valuable to abandon. Perhaps he or she is your sole advocate or only customer.
We all could use a lesson in maintaining “positive” relationships — especially for those of us trying to maneuver our way through the multifaceted world of art. Don’t worry, though, artists. Below are 12 sensible relationship rules from Eric Maisel, a creativity coach, psychotherapist, teacher and author of more than 40 books for creative and performing artists. Continue reading.