How to be an Artist

How to be an Artist

An episode of How to be an Artist

By Caylee Grey
Making art should be easy. But let’s be honest: Art is messy. (Heck, life is messy!)

Together with me, Caylee Grey, we’ll explore what it REALLY means to be an artist. Practically. Warts and all. So that you can be an artist, today, now, even if you work a day job, have a million and one commitments, and own a cat that likes sitting on your art.

No more excuses. Okay? Okay.

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