Essays

I’ve written over 100 essays on living, working, and making as an artist. These essays are like a personal journal that allows me to reflect on the ongoing process of discovering and developing myself as an artist. Some common themes are overcoming creative obstacles, developing a personal style, and pondering what it means to live as an artist.

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Six Rules for Making Art. Christine Nishiyama, Might Could Studios

Art, Worth, and Living

A few weeks ago I wrote about realizing and embracing my tortoise nature. It was an important shift because it’s a step towards accepting myself

Why We Should All Draw Like Children. Christine Nishiyama, Might Could Studios.

Why Art is Taught Wrong

Do you remember when you were a kid and drew just for the sake of drawing, not really caring about the outcome? And do you

Never Good Enough

There seems to be a prevalent stereotype of artists being free-spirited, easygoing, and carefree. But in both my experience, and the experiences I’ve heard from

Your Artistic Style Should Be Evolving. Christine Nishiyama, Might Could Studios

Give Up Control

This is the fourth in a series on how to balance the ups and downs of art making as culled from advice from the Buddhist, Pema

Focus on Today. Christine Nishiyama, Might Could Studios

Focus on Today

This is the third in a series on how to balance the ups and downs of art making as culled from advice from the Buddhist, Pema