Connect With Your Ideas

Art is more than just pretty pictures. The best art explores ideas, and ideas need time to develop and to grow. In fact, they demand it.

Respect the process and give yourself permission to take time for your work. Schedule it—or, better yet, make it a part of your daily routine.

Each day I take an hour or so to have a conversation with my work.

I live nomadically, all over the world. When I’m in Arizona, I ride my bike; when I’m in the countryside, I ramble through forests; and when I’m in London and New York, I walk to museums.

It doesn’t matter where I go—the destination is always the same: inside myself. This space, this precious time by myself, allows me to connect with my thoughts on a deeper level. This is where I think through my ideas: making connections, solving problems, understanding bigger pictures.

This is my real work, and this is my workspace.

Just because reading books and blogs, visiting museums, and taking long solitary walks looks like more fun than other people’s jobs doesn’t mean that it’s not part of your work.

You’ve sacrificed a lot to be an artist. Don’t deny yourself this.

And it’s a revolution. A call to arms. As the world moves away from quiet contemplation, someone must lead the way back. This is what art does.

By taking this time to think—or to simply be—you can change the world.

Crista Cloutier is a Professional Arts Career Advisor who has worked in and around the art business throughout her career. She’s been honored as an “Influencer in the Contemporary Art World” by LinkedIn. She spent a decade as the director of an influential gallery, is recognized internationally as a curator, has contributed articles and books about art to major publications worldwide, and she’s an artist herself.


Crista is also the founder of The Working Artist, an online professional practices resource for artists who want to get their work seen and sold.


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The Working Artist Masterclass

For artists who are ready to go deeper into their professional development; over the span of 8 weeks, you’ll be walked step-by-step through this unique program on a journey that you’ll never forget.

  • • Explore who you are as an artist, so your branding and marketing message are completely authentic.
  • • Understand how to price your art, create compelling promotional materials, and navigate the art world.
  • * Learn how to connect with collectors and art world-decision makers.

This is an online, on-demand comprehensive workshop that also includes Art Fair Essentials, an intensive program that will help you to achieve more sales during a fair. In addition, you’ll be invited to Crista’s monthly Coaching Calls that will continue to support you even after you finish the course.

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"Crista Cloutier is an extraordinary facilitator for change, creativity and prosperity.” Griselda Cann Mussett


  1. EA Hay

    20 July

    Nicely stated, thank you. I have missed those conversations with myself. We shall meet again, and soon.

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