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To live an artful life is to immerse yourself in something other than the mundane and enjoy life to its fullest through a world of visionary exploration.

Thomas Neel
Live An Artful Life®

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CELEBRATING THE CREATIVE SPIRIT!

Thomas “Tom” Neel has been a successful fine artist and writer for over 30 years. Primarily known for his commissioned and private collection paintings of Virginia's Piedmont, his inspirational book “Live An Artful Life” shares his depth of experience with creativity in a motivational way.

As a writer, Tom has also authored two limited release books, and a popular, decade long newspaper column titled “The Artist's Perspective." He writes a weekly blog found here, and articles for his company Live An Artful Life®. Tom is also an active contributing writer and photographer for the Porsche Club of America. With nearly 80,000 members, it is the largest single-marque car club in the world.

As a public speaker and creative consultant, Tom has an informative range of topics and a broad-based background ranging from vision assistance, management, entrepreneurism, and of course, he’s loaded with ideas!


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When Creative Decisions Are Also Financial Ones - Part Three

When Creative Decisions Are Also Financial Ones - Part Three

Loving work or not, it is a bit of a race with an endless finish line. As with any product, (which if you sell it-art is a product), making art that is sellable is important. In many cases, it drives your creativity. Yes, this is where some feel that business interrupts creative purity. I would somewhat agree, but not to the point of wanting to starve myself.

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When Creative Decisions Are Also Financial Ones - Part Two

When Creative Decisions Are Also Financial Ones - Part Two

In part one of this three-part blog post, I spoke about my love of creativity, how it became part of me from a very young age and then how creativity and a business acumen became key to the success and happiness of my art career. Additionally, I strongly made the case for the need for all creative types who plan on using their creativity for their livelihood, to become not only more business savvy but that they outright need to do so for their survival.

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When Creative Decisions Are Also Financial Ones - Part One

When Creative Decisions Are Also Financial Ones - Part One

I love creativity. I really mean that. It runs in my veins like an unbridled horse, wild and free. When I was very young a pencil or a crayon was just as much fun as toys tapping into a boy’s youthful imagination as any to be found. As I grew I used them and words to therapeutically help as best they could with my parents' divorce.

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Imagine This

Imagine This

In 1968 my Aunt Dottie, quite uncharacteristically, took a thirteen-year-old me to see Stanley Kubrick’s nerve twisting science fiction film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, at the Uptown Theater on Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C.

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A New Day, A New Year, A New Decade!

A New Day, A New Year, A New Decade!

Creativity. The very nature of the word comes in making something from nothing more than an idea. Originality. It is the essence of something new. So listen, I have an idea.

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Decorate Your Life

Decorate Your Life

I can remember as a young boy growing up in the 50s and 60s, my brother and I being schooled by my very artful mother with her lessons on decorating our Christmas tree. She was dutifully precise in her approach. Nothing about decorating was to be done willy-nilly, or at break-neck speed.

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Deck The Halls With Youthful Exuberance

Deck The Halls With Youthful Exuberance

Where age brings us wisdom, the youthful brings us energy. As someone who is in his 60s, I think sometimes youthful energy epitomizes wisdom and how best to live an artful life! When you’re young, your responsibilities haven’t jaded your attitude toward keeping life fun. It’s a lesson we all need to not just practice; it’s one we should endear ourselves to. Enthusiasm comes from a place of joy, and it is empowering. Stress, what stress? Enthusiasm is a stress crusher!

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Time Passing Is A Bit Like Flying

Time Passing Is A Bit Like Flying

Where did the year go? No, wait a minute, where did the decade go?

Time is each and every one of our’s most important resources. It is precious, and while we still find time to waste it, we certainly blow through plenty of it working.

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