Art Juice: A podcast for artists, creatives and art lovers

By Louise Fletcher/Alice Sheridan

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A podcast for artists, aspiring creatives, and art lovers. Two artists share their thoughts on art, life and everything in between. Join Alice Sheridan and Louise Fletcher for honest, generous, and humorous conversations that will feed your creative soul AND get you thinking.

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How to Stay in Your Own Lane [125]
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This week we are talking Teflon bubbles, and how to be completely normal to avoid all criticism!

We had some listener feedback which prompted us to consider how we manage to stay focused, and also feeling less hurt when you receive feedback which could throw you off-track. In the 'old' days we both would have felt this harder - so what's changed? 

As artists one of the things we need to learn is how to keep going and not be swayed by opinions. We recognise that some feedback can be helpful and share how we distinguish between them, two opposing views to keep at arms length, and a magic question to keep asking yourself so that you can get more grounded in whatever YOU are showing up and sharing. 

It's the last chance to join Louise's Find Your Joy 2021 and if you take one thing from this week - go out and do one bit of promotion for yourself. xx

Mentioned

Last chance to join Louise's Find Your Joy here:
https://www.louisefletcherart.com/find-your-joy

Just Bloody Post it podcast from Helen Perry (look for Episode 4 with Nat Lue)
https://www.helen-perry.co.uk/the-just-bloody-post-it-podcast/

Robert Pagliarini article in the Chicago Tribune
https://www.chicagotribune.com/ct-tribu-pagliarini-stop-pleasing-everyone-column-column.html

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Credits: "Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Jun 15, 2021
Curating Your Art [124]
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This week we're responding to a question from Sara, a listener who recently exhibited a series of paintings. Sara hung 49 paintings in a "gallery wall" style display and she asked "do you think less is more when it comes to displaying your work?" This prompted a great discussion about curation when it comes to our art and why it matters so much. We both believe that curating our work is a way to guide the viewer's experience. Just as we edit a painting, we should also edit our exhibitions or online galleries in order to guide the viewer and help them understand or appreciate the work. But how to do that is the question? What do you include and what do you omit? We discuss the idea of creating a coherent story, the importance of not creating a visual onslaught, and the value of putting yourself into the shoes of buyers in order to understand what they are experiencing when they look at your work. Our key question is 'what do you want people to think or feel when they look at your work?'

Mentioned

Jason Stephenson meditations on Youtube

I Can't Believe it's Not Bhudda Podcast 

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Credits: "Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Jun 08, 2021
Finding your Colour mojo with Kellee Wynne Conrad [123]
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It's kind of magical how one thread of an idea can carry through so many different projects in so many different ways. And for Kellee Wynne Conrad that has been colour (or color!)

With a Virtual Art Summit coming in June 2021 listen how this single focus has lead her through creating courses, memberships and a book deal. Having this focus has helped Kellee through what she calls 'the curse of all artists' and maintain a core vision for what she creates. 

We talk about circling back on your own creative journey and how collaborations with other artists can propel you... in fact it was promising to record a lesson for Kellee which was the first (and so far only!) online workshop Alice has created. 

The upcoming Virtual Art Summit 2021 will include lessons from both Alice  and Louise, and offer you live conversations with all artists taking part as well as lessons you can re-watch anytime you need some colour inspiration so do sign up to take part. 

Mentioned

Join the Virtual Art Summit here: www.virtualartsummit.com/go

Get Alice's lesson in the True Colors bundle here: alicesheridan.com/courses

Visit the home of the Color Crush palettes here: www.colorcrushcreative.com/


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Credits:

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Jun 01, 2021
Building an Art Career (Louise's story) [122]
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This week, we’re discussing Louise’s story with Alice leading the conversation. We track back through Louise’s life and discuss the touchpoints - three key moments when things shifted for her.  These include moving back from New York to Yorkshire, meeting Alice and following her instincts, and finding a life coach who helped her move past her limiting beliefs. 

We also discuss Louise’s journey into teaching, which came about in a slightly unusual way when the idea for a course came to her almost fully formed. That course is now in its fourth year and we discuss the philosophy behind the life-changing concept that simply following what you love is all you ever need to do.

Mentioned

Louise's free Find Your Joy taster course: https://www.louisefletchercourses.com/wait-list-FYJ-2021

Alice's Connected Artist Club is open now  https://soulrocketstudio.com/connected-open

Find out more about Georgina Noel https://www.georginanoel.com/

BBC: The Life and Times of Hans Holbein by Franny Moyle HERE

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Credits:

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

May 25, 2021
Building an Art Career (Alice's story) [121]
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Have you ever wondered how we came to be doing what we're doing? If so, the next two episodes are for you. This week, we're diving into Alice's story, in a conversation led by Louise. You'll learn all about Alice's journey from graphic design to a full-time career as an artist, and what exactly that entails. We travel through Alice's past, talk about the role depression played in making her an artist, and explore the idea of intentionality ... how much of what we do is clearly envisaged from the outset versus that which is arrived a gradually and in incremental steps. Finally, we discuss Connected Artist Club, the online membership group that Alice built from fledgling idea into thriving community. If you have ever wondered about how to build a successful art career, this episode is for you.

Mentioned

Alice's Connected Artist Club  https://soulrocketstudio.com/connected-interest

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Credits: "Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


May 18, 2021
Launching a Collection of Paintings [120]
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Recently, we both launched a series of paintings via our websites, and in this episode, we discuss the experience and what we learned. For both of us, this was a relatively new experience - Alice usually launches her new works at in-person events and Louise has traditionally added paintings to her website on an ad-hoc basis, rather than as a series. Both our launches went well, and we hope our experiences can help you plan something similar.  In a wide-ranging conversation, we cover the benefits of building (and communicating regularly with) a mailing list; the importance of storytelling in sales, and the value of thoughtful presentation. We also discuss the downsides of selling this way, including the inevitable fear of failing in public, and the amount of time required for emailing buyers, packaging, and arranging shipping. As an extra bonus, we introduce the word "wally" and "sodding" to listeners outside the UK (you're welcome).  

Correction!! I made a mistake (blame menopause brain!) the artist I mentioned is Amy Dury (not Sarah) and you can find her on Instagram @amy_dury 

Mentioned Louise's private view page: https://www.louisefletcherart.com/private-view 

Alice's Wild Swimming collection 2021 https://alicesheridan.com/wildswimming/ 

See a previous more complete virtual event listing here: https://alicesheridan.com/artistsathome2020/ 

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Credits:
"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

May 11, 2021
Managing Expectations [119]
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This week we're celebrating our one millionth podcast download, something neither of us imagined when we started. And it made us think about expectations ... where do they come from? What effect do they have? And how can we learn to manage them? During the course of the discussion, we unpick the difference between intentions and expectations and discuss whether Shakespeare had it right when he declared that "expectation is the root of all heartache.” 

This episode starts with a rather long discussion about technical challenges, which is so on the money - because none of us expect that, when we decide to become an artist, we will spend large amounts of our time solving technology problems. But, it turns out to be a large part of the life of a working artist. As always, that gap (between what we expect and what is reality) can really catch us out. Perhaps the answer is to have no expectations, but neither of us can claim to have attained that level of enlightenment just yet. But maybe being aware of the trap, and catching ourselves when we fall into it, is all we need to do.

Mentioned

Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers https://www.amazon.co.uk/Small-Pleasures-Between-Covers-Book/dp/147461390X/

Alice's Connected Artist Club is opening soon - sign up to be notified here: http://alicesheridan.com/artists/

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May 04, 2021
Finding Inspiration for Your Art [118]
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We start today's discussion with a quote from artist Chuck Close, who said "inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work." This sounds a little confrontational, but the he continues with an explanation: "If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightening to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.” We both agree that this is the way it works for us - we paint and the ideas come. If we simply waited for an idea, we both think nothing would happen -the  bolt of lightening would never strike. But we wonder whether there are some people who really do have to wait for the spark of an idea? Who have to respond to external stimuli rather than stimuli that come from within. This leads us to contemplate how the pandemic has effected our inspiration, both in positive and negative ways. For many artists lockdown took away their source of inspiration but in many cases that resulted in new and creative ideas. Finally, we ask how you can find inspiration when it has gone, and offer some of our own solutions for getting past that stuck feeling.


Mentioned:

Louise course: https://www.louisefletcherart.com/

Gary Peters' manifesto: https://garypeters.info/manifesto

This Naked Mind: https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Naked-Mind-Annie-Grace/dp/0008293430

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Apr 27, 2021
Making eco-friendly art with Scott Denholm [117]
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Scott Denholm is a rapidly emerging and award winning ocean artist, living on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. It was his love of the natural world and previous work which first inspired his art, and also to find ways of making better choices for less impact on the environment. He has gathered a decade of research into The Artist Guide to Eco Friendly Art.

We asked, and you had questions; lots of them! So listen to the conversation and see what changes you can bring to your practice. Which materials make a greener choice? Does it matter what canvas you choose? What else might you want to consider around packaging and marketing? The book has covered a lot of ground and is a thorough guide with links and suppliers and will save you loads of time. So if this is something you have been meaning to look into this is a great start. 

While Alice starts by feeling a little guilty that she could be doing more, every decision can add to the impact (or not) we are making so Scott's advice is just to start with ONE thing... what will be yours?

Mentioned

Buy the book here: https://theartistguide.to/books/artist-guide-to-eco-friendly-art/   
(ebook $7US or paperback or buy from Amazon)

Find Scott's art on his website:  scottdenholm.com

Find Scott on Instagram @scottdenholm_oceanart

Andy Goldsworthy video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPDH8yCnlk0


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Apr 20, 2021
Is Your Personality in Your Art? [116]
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What kind of person are you? What are your personality traits and what are your quirks? This might seem like an odd question for an art podcast, but we both believe that it's a vital one and in this episode, we get into why. For us, the ancient greek aphorism "know thyself" applies perfectly to art-making and may impact our style, our medium and our process. If you love detail and precision, you may prefer slow and deliberative forms of art. If you like to pre-plan, you may be suited to complex printmaking or ceramic techniques. And if you love surprise and lack of control, intuitive abstracts might suit you to a tee. Our choice of media can also be totally related to our personality preferences - want the element of surprise? Maybe inks or watercolours would appeal most. Love to work fast and furious? Quick-drying acrylics might be your forte. And finally, our process and workspace will work best for us if they are aligned with who we are.

Our discussion takes a quick detour into enneagrams, whizzes past the Myers-Briggs test, touches on the role of age, and wends its way through various rather tortured analogies - all in an effort to spark thought and discussion about this most important of topics. Above all, we are asking: where you think your personality is already in your work - and where you think there is room to bring more of yourself into your art.


Mentioned

Shrine of Duty podcast https://open.spotify.com/show/53IJZX2FH4pLtrAZl9yR5m

Obsessed with Line of Duty podcast https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0742833/episodes/downloads

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Apr 13, 2021
Are you Guilty of Crowd Pleasing? [115]
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Probably! We all are to some extent... After all, it's not unusual to enjoy it when other people like our work. However there are times it can become a problem and block you from moving forward. 

We discuss times when we have been guilty of making work with too much consideration for what other people may think of it and have some ideas about how to spot when this may be having a detrimental impact on your own work. It's a fine line sometimes between caring too much and thinking "f*ck it" with pure abandon, so perhaps it's about honing your own personal criteria. After all - YOU are the artist. 

Hopefully this conversation will help if you are ready to release yourself from other people's ideas and get closer to your own vision. Louise shares where this has also shown up recently in her book project and Alice shares the thrill of seeing other people's wins in her Connected Artist Club membership - not surprisingly usually when people have taken that brave step to try something which feels adventurous and personal.

Mentioned

Alice's video on Youtube: Starting a New Series

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Apr 06, 2021
Abstracting the Landscape with Lewis Noble [114]
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This week, Louise is joined by special guest Lewis Noble. Lewis is a UK-based contemporary landscape painter with a unique style and a well-established reputation. He exhibits widely and has been teaching workshops for over 15 years.  In this episode, we discuss his approach to abstracting from reality, a unique process that involves a combination of plein air painting and studio work. Our wide-ranging discussion covers issues such as getting away from the horizon line, the role of collage, and how to know when a painting is done. Lewis also shares his experience of turning in-person teaching into an online learning experience and the discoveries he has made along the way.

Mentioned

Lewis's website: https://www.lewisnoble.co.uk/

Lewis's online workshop: https://www.lewisnoble.co.uk/online-workshops

Lewis on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2ojuGFqdy4DO8Tf7tsVBfA

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Mar 30, 2021
Finding Time for Art & Dealing with Overwhelm [113]
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This week, we're discussing the challenges of finding time to make our art when we all have so much else going on. Many of us balance family, work and art-making and then somewhere in there, we also need to find time to market the work and manage the admin side of things. This means posting on social media, managing a website, keeping inventory, dealing with galleries, communicating with buyers, packing and shipping, doing our accounts .... the list goes on and, truthfully, it can be a challenge. Neither of us claim to have this all worked out, but we have found some ways to make things a little easier on ourselves. These solutions include creating good systems, asking for help, making clear choices, and being careful not to bite off more than you can reasonably chew (something we both find easier to say than to do!)

Mentioned:

Laura Horne Art podcast https://www.laurahornart.com/thepodcast

Unforgotten  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mLwTNqJLRw

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Mar 23, 2021
Artists on Instagram: Tips and Strategies for Success [112]
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This week, we're diving into the world of Instagram. This is perhaps the most popular social media platform for artists, but it can feel overwhelming, confusing or just downright frustrating. What are the right hashtags? Why do some posts do better than others? How can you increase your following? Do your clothes have to match your paintings? And what on earth is a reel? In this wide-ranging discussion, we share our own strategies for success on Instagram and explain how we have built up a following over time. Our tips include taking things slowly, considering your grid, having conversations, and only using extra features such as stories, reels and IGTV if they really appeal to you. We also discuss the dreaded algorithm and explain the simple secret to making it work for you. This might not be the definitive guide to Instagram - we'd need more time for that! - but we hope it sparks some ideas, eliminates some fears, or inspires you to get more active on the platform. Instagram really can be fun!

Mentioned

Heavyweight podcast: https://gimletmedia.com/shows/heavyweight

Bibby G: www.bibbyart.com

Word Hippo https://www.wordhippo.com/

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Mar 16, 2021
How to Use Sketchbooks to Develop Ideas [ep: 111]
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We recorded this episode in response to a listener question about the ways in which we both use sketchbooks. The ensuing discussion demonstrated how different we are in this regard. Louise uses many of her sketchbooks as judgement-free playgrounds, places in which to relax and explore while Alice does this kind of work on loose sheets of paper and keeps her sketchbook for a more thoughtful development of ideas. We both also have a practice of journalling about our art, although again in slightly different ways. During today's chat, we also share how we've worked in the past, debate our favourite sketchbooks, and share the different ways that our sketchbook work feeds into our finished paintings. As always, we agree that sketchbooks are intensely personal - there is no right or wrong - and we hope our ideas help to make sense of your own feelings about your sketchbooks (or lack thereof!)

Mentioned:

Seawhite sketchbooks (regular): https://www.amazon.co.uk/SEAWHITE-Hardback-Artists-Sketchbook-195X195/dp/B0067JPQR0

Seawhite concertina: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Seawhite-A5-Concertina-Sketchbook-Case/dp/B00BUPIPMO

Moleskine sketchbooks: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=moleskin+art+sketchbook&adgrpid=54075308395

Stillman & Birn books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=Stillman+%26+Birn&ref=bl_dp_s_web_3818381031

Hannemuehle sketchbooks: https://www.hahnemuehle.com/en/artist-papers/sketch-drawing/sketch-books.html

Handbook sketchbooks: https://www.jacksonsart.com/brands/hand-book-journal-company

Robert Motherwell Storming the Citadel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9V1ccTOBoQ

Artholes Podcast: https://artholespodcast.com/

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Mar 09, 2021
Nasty or Nice? How our Attitudes Shape our Reality [110]
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This week's main topic was inspired by some recent events within online art communities. These included an anonymous letter intended to hurt and intimidate one artist, an ill-informed discussion of Cy Twombley's work, and an angry email that turned out to be the result of a mistake. We discuss how our attitudes shape our experience of the world. It is true that our assumptions often determine not only the outcome of any situation, but how we feel on a day-to-day basis. Neither of us is perfect (no really!!) but we share how we look at challenging situations and some of the ways we turn things around in our minds. 

We also answer a listener question about the amount of work we produce - do we just have lots of ideas or is it something about our process that allows us to produce so many paintings in a year? This leads to a discussion about the value of working in series, and the extent to which one idea can feed many paintings.

Mentioned

Elaine Tobin on Instagram

Jon Clayton's website (look under books)

Joan Mitchell book


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Mar 02, 2021
Loose Representation & Disrupted Realism with Gabriel Lipper [109]
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This week, we are joined by representational painter Gabriel Lipper who has been painting professionally for over 20 years and teaching for more than 15 years. In this conversation, we discuss Gabe's transition from classical figurative work to a much looser style that brings in elements of abstraction and he shares his reasoning for making this move. During our chat, we learn about Gabe's passion for daily drawing an, his desire to portray the beauty of our world, and his commitment to sharing more of himself in his work. (We also discover that Alice has an aversion to the word "sketch!") Gabe is about to teach his "Learning to See" course, which ran for the first time last year, and we discuss both the course content and his experience of teaching it. Finally, we share two inspirational artists for you to check out.

Mentioned:

Get access to the Learning to See free workshop classes HERE
Perfect for exploring that hybrid between realism and abstraction

Learning to See course is now open (end Feb 2021)
Gabe would love you to watch the free classes first which you can do on the link above.
Find out more about joining the full program  HERE

Gabe's website

Roger Cecil: A Secret Artist 

Raimonds Staprans: Full Spectrum (out of print)


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Feb 23, 2021
The Process of Abstraction [108]
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This week, we're digging into the subject of abstract and non-objective art. We consider the different types of abstraction, from its beginnings with Hilda F. Klimt through the abstract expressionists and their focus on emotion, all the way to the more conceptual modern day abstraction. We also consider where to draw the line between art and simply making marks, and we share our own experiences with abstraction. Finally, we offer suggestions for those artists interested in abstraction, but unsure how to go about it, including the importance of identifying your 'why.' We explain why having an idea behind the work will sustain you when things get challenging and how it helps you make decisions, strengthens your desire to keep working, and protects you against ill-informed criticism. This feels like a topic we need to come back to again and again, because there is so much to discuss. But we hope this first conversation sparks some ideas or spurs a discussion.

Mentioned:

Join the free Art2Life workshop HERE. (started February 15th but you can still join)

Vitamin D:New Perspectives in Drawing: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vitamin-New-Perspectives-Drawing-Themes/dp/0714845450

Ways of Drawing: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ways-Drawing-Royal-School/dp/0500021902/

Anna Sigmond Gudmundsdottir https://www.gudmundsdottir.com/

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Feb 16, 2021
5 False Beliefs that Hold Artists Back [107]
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This week saw us both experiencing self-doubt brought on by limiting beliefs. This inspired us to create a list of the most common beliefs that we feel hold artists back. This is so important, because these beliefs are often unspoken and we might even experience them, not as beliefs but as facts of life. When this happens, we don't even realise there is anything we can do about them. By bringing them out into the light and questioning them, we can often gather the courage to move forward despite our fears or doubts. So, join us as we discuss these pesky beliefs and share our thoughts on how to manage them. 

Mentioned: 

Join the free Art2Life workshop HERE. Starts February 15th

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Feb 09, 2021
Take your Art to a New Level with Nicholas Wilton [106]
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This week our special guest is Californian artist and Art2Life founder Nicholas Wilton. Nick has been helping artists to raise their game for many years and he has been a pivotal figure in both our careers. In this conversation, we discuss what it takes to elevate your work, whether talent has anything to do with success, and the magic that can happen when you start to make unique and personal work. The conversation goes deeper when Nick reveals the personal issues that made him finally commit to his art, and he also shares the vulnerabilities that come with greater success. Finally, Nick explains why teaching is so important to him and his art practice. This is a conversation you won't want to miss - and be sure to sign up for the free workshop he is teaching later this month. This once a year event has the power to transform your life (as we know all too well!)


Mentioned:

Join the free Art2Life workshop HERE. Starts February 15th

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Feb 02, 2021
Creating Your 100 Day Project [105]
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Have you found your creative well has run dry of inspiration? Especially recently? This week we have two projects to share with you which will help inspire and re-invigorate your art.

The 100-day project was started by the designer Michael Beirut and has since become an annual free global art project for creatives. Just pick an action, do it consistently for 100 days and share it. Today we meet Lindsay Thomson who has been involved in co-ordinating the project since 2017

We talk through some tips on how to pick your project - maybe choosing one of the three key areas projects often cover: play, practice or produce. We also discuss how specific to make it, how figuring out your motivation can really help, what your starting point might be, and how to find time.

The project kicks off on 31st Jan and runs until May 10th.

What to do now:

1. There are some great FAQs and tips on the website page where you can also sign up for the newsletter.  http://the100dayproject.org

2. Go to @dothe100dayproject account on Instagram to share one of their recent posts to announce your commitment :-) Look in the Stories for a Q&A session done earlier this month

3. Think of your project and share using #the100dayproject and your own personal invented hashtag

Artist, psychologist and creativity coach Rachel Davis, who some of you may know from her AJ visits, will be offering free support, accountability, inspiration and humour through her IG account @racheldavisart.bayarea as she embarks on her third #100 day project. Rachel knows this terrain really well and is ready to help you stay on the creative track, even when self doubt, boredom and frustration show up, as they inevitably will. Follow #100daysupportwithrachel to keep up with what she’s offering and so she can comment on your journey.

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Don't forget to join the free Art2Life workshop HERE which starts on 15th February. These online lessons are a great guide for you to learn a new approach to making personal, powerful and authentic art. If you follow and learn from these we are happy! 

Follow and find Lindsay @lindsayjeanthomson 

“Does this sound like fun? I'm not sure. But some years, up to two dozen students start the assignment. And some years, more than half drop out before the end. Everyone starts with high hopes. But things get repetitive by day ten. By day twenty, no matter what you've decided to do, it feels like you've been doing it forever. And bridging the end-of-year break is always a big challenge. But the students who get past day thirty or forty tend to get in a groove that will take them through to the end. Here's a sampling of what's been done through the years, including some of my favorites.

Read about the original Michael Beirut project here: https://designobserver.com/feature/five-years-of-100-days/24678

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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Jan 26, 2021
How to Sell Art Online [104]
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This week, we answer a listener question from Maxine, who asked about the best ways to sell art online. This is a huge topic and perhaps a little ambitious for a one-hour episode, but we decided to give it our best shot! In a wide-ranging discussion, we discuss the importance of a website and email list as a "home base" for your marketing, so that no matter where people find you, they can sign up to stay in touch. But we also cover other options and ways to get started if you don't yet have a website, including social media, licensing opportunities and third party websites such as Saatchi Art.  And we stress that even when you do have a website, it's not enough to just set it up and then wait for people to arrive. You will always need to drive traffic to your site and finding ways to do this is an important element of your marketing strategy.

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Louise's Art Tribe membership group is currently accepting new members. Join for a free trial month at: https://thispaintinglife.mykajabi.com/art-tribe

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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Jan 19, 2021
Social Media for Artists: An Introduction [103]
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As working artists, we have both used social media to build an audience and make sales. In this episode, we discuss how we approached social media when we first started, what we learned along the way, and how it plays into our marketing strategies today. This is an honest and open discussion that includes what we didn't understand, what we got wrong, and where we still need to improve. But having built solid and loyal followings on platforms such as Instagram, Youtube and Facebook, we both have sound advice about different ways to leverage these free resources to build your art career. 

Building a following on social media is a slow process, but the results speak for themselves.  These platforms certainly have their downsides, but artists have never been able to take such strong control of their own marketing or been able to reach so many people free of charge. We hope you find our conversation thought-provoking and perhaps inspirational.

Mentioned:

Sketchbook Project: https://www.sketchbookproject.com/

Patrick Gale book 'Take Nothing With You': https://www.amazon.co.uk/Take-Nothing-with-You/dp/B07C2V4F5N/

Link to episode 59: https://anchor.fm/dashboard/episode/eb63c0

Mini Seawhite concertina sketchbook: https://www.cassart.co.uk/drawing/paper-3/sketchbooks/seawhite-concertina-sketchbook-70-pages-140gsm.htm

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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Jan 12, 2021
Artist Studios - Home or Away? [102]
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As we look ahead we ask if the creative space you have suits the artist you want to become and look at some ideas to help you grow.

This week we're discussing the pros and cons of our different studio set-ups. Louise has a studio in her garden while Alice recently took the leap and rented a large studio away from her home. As our discussion reveals, there are pros and cons to both arrangements. For example, home studios are ultra-convenient and allow for quick pop-ins, while studios away from home can give much more space and also more privacy. We also share some tips for maximising the space you do have and suggest that sometimes there are options we haven't allowed ourselves to consider. 

As you think about your plans for your space, Alice recommends thinking a few years ahead - what kind of artist do you want to be and what kind of space will that artist need? In this episode, we also catch up with what's been happening over the holiday, and share where we are with our planning. Finally, we would like to wish all of you the happiest and most creative of new years and to thank you for your ongoing support. We couldn't do it without you!

Mentioned:

If you are clearing your existing working space, this post gives you some key pointers to help: How to kon mari your studio

Charlie Brooker's Death to 2020

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Jan 05, 2021
Artist Plans for the Year Ahead - Bonus workbook episode [101]
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As we develop our plans for the coming year, we dive into a discussion about our goals. This episode was recorded two weeks in advance, so it’s early in our planning process, but we already have some ideas forming. Our discussion includes how we each use Trello as an organisation tool; the value of clear mission statements; and the role of limiting beliefs (how much do we shape what’s possible through our beliefs about what is impossible?). Alice also shares her new system for checking whether commitments overlap, and we discuss the need to balance teaching with time spent developing our own work. Above all, we stress that this has to be personal for you and not based on what anyone else thinks. And finally to close the episode - and the year - Louise reflects on what she wants for her work, Alice stresses the importance of flexible goal-setting and we both wish you a very happy, creative and productive new year.

Mentioned: 

Best Art Year Ever download

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Dec 29, 2020
Are you a Painter or an Artist? with Seth Godin [100]
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For our 100th episode, we are delighted to welcome Seth Godin to the podcast. Seth is a bestselling author and all-round amazing guy and his new book "The Practice" is subtitled "shipping creative work." With this book, Seth is on a mission to inspire everyone to make a powerful commitment to themselves and their art. In this lively conversation, he explains why the world doesn't need any more paintings (and what it actually needs instead); challenges us all to be artists not painters, explains why he never reads his reviews, and shares his thoughts on balancing art and commerce. We also discuss the importance of knowing your audience, and why  picking that audience determines the course of your art career. As you will hear, Seth is a genuine art lover and has lots of interesting stories to tell. Grab a notebook and prepare to be inspired!

Mentioned

The Practice by Seth Godin https://www.amazon.co.uk/Practice-Seth-Godin/dp/0241470048/

Seth's Blog https://seths.blog/

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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Dec 08, 2020
Best Art Year Ever? A Look Back at 2020 [99]
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Last year we ran a special event called Your Best Art Year Ever, in which we led 3,500 people through a planning process to ensure that 2020 would indeed be their best year ever. Of course then Covid came along and threw everything up in the air. Nevertheless, life continued and this week, we’re looking back on our plans to see where they went well, where we had to change course, and whether we learned anything that we can take into 2021. Our conversation spans dreaming big dreams, setting clear goals, understanding your motivation, and the need for flexibility when things change. We also answer a listener question from Jennifer, who is struggling with how to stay authentic in her work.

Mentioned

The Practice by Seth Godin https://www.amazon.co.uk/Practice-Seth-Godin/dp/0241470048

Buy the Purely Abstract artist lesson bundle HERE

Find the full Artist bundle including Alice's lesson HERE


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Dec 01, 2020
Crushing it in 2020: A positive lockdown story [98]
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This week, we feature our third positive lockdown story - this time, our guest is American artist Rachel Davis, who transformed her attitude and her art business when Covid forced the closure of an important show and the cancellation of all her plans. Initially depressed and listless, Rachel was inspired into action after a friend held a successful online event. Despite her lack of technology experience, Rachel decided to launch her own virtual open studio and subsequently designed and managed a successful online fundraiser. She also had work selected for several prestigious shows and made a rather special sale. We both found Rachel's story super-inspiring and we hope you enjoy it too.

Mentioned:

Rachel Davis https://www.racheldavisstudio.com/

This American Life Kid logic  https://www.thisamericanlife.org/605/kid-logic-2016

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Nov 24, 2020
Do we have to like you to like your art? [97]
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This week's episode was inspired by two different listener questions. Cathie asked whether likability matters when it comes to appreciating art (for example, does it matter that Gauguin might not have been the nicest person?). Meanwhile, Pam asked how much she has to reveal about herself in order to sell her work. We decided it would be interesting to debate this idea of the artist persona and how much it matters. Our discussion begins with great artists who were, let's say, less than perfect. Does the fact that Caravaggio committed at least one murder mean that we can't appreciate his art? If he had been alive today, would he have been shunned by galleries and collectors, thus depriving us of his work and influence? And how much does it matter if we find out that our favourite artists have traits and habits we don't like?

We then go onto to discuss the importance of persona when it comes to selling our own work. How much - if anything - do we need to reveal? How honest do we need to be? Is it enough to simply show our work - or do we need to show more of ourselves? And what are the key messages we should be sending?

Mentioned

Alice's Connected Artist Club https://alicesheridan.com/artists/

Maggi Hambling documentary https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000nx23

Mary Wollstonecraft statue https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/10/mary-wollstonecraft-finally-honoured-with-statue-after-200-years

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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Nov 17, 2020
Success Stories: A Winter Boost [96]
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This week, we're returning to a listener question from episode 93, when Cherrie asked if we knew of any positive lockdown stories. As the UK enters a second national lockdown, we decided to talk with two artists about how they have made the most of this strange year. First, Alice talks to Faye Bridgewater, who has really stepped up her game in 2020, earning success after success as a result of her courage and hard work. Then, Louise chats to Gwynne Penny, who shares a heartwarming story of turning negative feelings into a beautiful and inspiring creative project. Both these conversations are a reminder that we cannot control what happens, but we can control how we react to it. We also discuss our progress on our work and send our best wishes to Tracey Emin as she recovers from major surgery following a cancer diagnosis.

Mentioned

Faye Bridgewater https://www.fayebridgwater.com/

Gwynne Penny https://www.gwynnepenny.com/

Gwynne's book https://www.gwynnepenny.com/memories-of-st-ives-in-print/

The Painter and the Thief trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ohk9IQrmSc

Pamela Caughey video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6CsWdF-854

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Nov 10, 2020
Titling, Finishing and Framing - How to Present your Art [95]
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This week, we answer listener questions from Maroulla, Caroline, Helen and Jane, who all wanted to know about finishing and presenting work. We start with titles... how important are they? Is it OK to go with 'untitled' or can a creative title enhance the impact of a painting? And how do we come up with titles for our own work? We also share our secrets for sealing and varnishing work, cover a variety of framing options, and finally discuss our approach to packaging (including where we think we can improve). As usual, we also catch up with what we've both been up to (spoiler alert - lots of painting this week!) and enjoy a special letter about creativity written by the author Kurt Vonnegut to a class of schoolchildren.

Mentioned:

Morten Lassen contemporary painter

Rebecca Hossack Gallery

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Nov 03, 2020
Marketing Art for Holiday Gifts [94]
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With only two months until Christmas, this seems the perfect time to revisit a topic we first discussed in episode 43 - how to encourage people to consider giving your art as a holiday gift (or requesting it as one for themselves!) This time, we cover the importance of good copywriting; the benefit of a flexible returns policy; and the value of offering gift certificates. We also suggest ways to create and market less expensive items such as prints, coffee table art books, mugs, and calendars, and we discuss how "drop shipping" firms can reduce costs and workload. In other news, Louise has had a breakthrough on some large paintings that she feels have really pushed her into new territory and this sparks a discussion about what that means. What does it feel like to be working in a new way? How do we recognise what works and re-create those conditions over and over again? 

Mentioned

Contrado https://www.contrado.co.uk/

Red Bubble https://www.redbubble.com/

The Rabbit Hole  https://www.nytimes.com/column/rabbit-hole

Kate Green http://kategreenart.com/


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Oct 27, 2020
Let's get positive! Upbeat stories to lift our spirits [93]
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Back in March, as we all went into lockdown, we speculated about how the pandemic would affect artists. (see episode 66)

This week, we are revisiting the topic to find out. The episode was prompted by Cherrie Trelogan, who asked if we knew of any positive lockdown stories and we both rubbed our hands in glee because we know of too many to list in just one hour! 

Our discussion begins with our own situations, and as seems to be customary, we find ourselves in very different places. Lockdown has left Alice feeling a little out of sorts, although new ideas are bubbling up. Meanwhile, Louise has resolved what she will do with her Ted Hughes paintings and this has given her new energy and focus. But going beyond ourselves, we share just a few of the positive stories we know including fundraisers, books, virtual events, online sales, and the surprising success of art supply retailers. The conversation is really uplifting and just proves that, as creatives, we are better placed than anyone to make a go of things in tough times.

We also answer a listener question about gallery relations - "what to do when a gallery returns your work?" - and Louise shares an inspiring letter.

Mentioned:

Carlene Bronner https://www.newartforyou.co.uk/artist=Carlene%20Bronner

Rachel Davis fundraiser https://www.racheldavisstudio.com/fundraiser

Abigail Bowen's Dark Days series http://www.abigailbowen.com/dark-days-part1

Gwynne Penny https://www.gwynnepenny.com/memories-of-st-ives-in-print/?v=79cba1185463

Tracy Elizabeth Downing https://www.traceyelizabethdowning.com/my-poetry-book-moems-in-mind

Faye Bridgewater https://www.fayebridgwater.com/

Karen Stamper episode 63 https://anchor.fm/dashboard/episode/ebq61i

Ted Hughes letters https://www.amazon.co.uk/Letters-Ted-Hughes/dp/0571221394


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Oct 20, 2020
Inspiration or Imitation? [92]
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This week’s topic was inspired by a question from Sharon Mayfield who wrote “can you discuss imitation and originality. Is there any such thing as ‘original’ work these days? Is it ‘wrong’ to reflect styles of work or techniques we’ve seen used by other artists?”

This week, we discuss the difference between ‘stealing like an artist’ and copying. Of course we are all influenced by those who have gone before - it could not be otherwise. So how do we distinguish between taking an idea or technique and using it to inspire our own unique work, and simply copying what someone else has done? What does it mean to be influenced? How can you tell that's what's happening and when do you know you've crossed a line? And what does Austin Kleon mean by his idea of 'stealing like an artist'? We also share some information on copyright laws in the UK and US - but be warned that we are not experts! It does, in the end, all come down to common sense. And usually, if you are taking from someone else, you know when we have gone too far.

Mentioned

Steal Like an Artist : Austin Kleon  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Steal-Like-Artist-Austin-Kleon/dp/0761169253

Ted Hughes - Poetry in the making https://www.amazon.co.uk/Poetry-Making-Handbook-Writing-Teaching/dp/0571233805

US copyright:
https://www.artbusinessinfo.com/copyright-and-fair-use-for-artists.html

UK copyright digital images and the internet: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/481194/c-notice-201401.pdf

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Oct 13, 2020
What Moves You Forward? Internal vs. External Motivation [91]
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This week, we're discussing the ways in which we motivate ourselves and move our work forward. Sometimes that comes from external input such as workshops, groups and one-on-one coaching. Sometimes we find the inspiration within ourselves. In this episode, we share our experiences of workshops, discuss how we choose the right teachers, and make suggestions on how you might evaluate a course before signing up.  Questions to ask include whether you prefer learning in a group, how much instruction you want (vs exploring on your own), and whether you enjoy listening to the person leading the workshop. Alice makes the point that when we are drawn towards a specific workshop, it can often be a sign that we should explore that topic on our own. Often it's worth asking whether you can teach yourself what you need to know, either from online videos, books, or just through practicing in your studio. We also discuss finding the motivation internally - how can you ensure that you feel good about your work so that you want to go into your studio? How can you find the motivation to show up regularly? And how can you create the right emotional state for yourself so that you can move your art forward? 

Mentioned:

Trust by Jonathan Hall https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000mb2k

Ghosts - BBC -https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/m00049t9/ghosts

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Oct 06, 2020
How To Build a Following for Your Art [90]
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This week, we discuss how to attract a following for your art - a topic that was prompted by a question from Maureen, who wrote:  “Could you discuss the challenging task of selling artwork? It’s all very well to produce a good selection of work, maintain a well-designed website, upload to Saatchi (or wherever) and add the best hashtags until you’re blue in the face! However the stumbling block in my case is clearly apparent. I, like many other artists, have no great following. Building a following takes years for the average person. I’d love to hear your thoughts.”

We actually agree with Maureen - all those things mean nothing without a following and yes it takes years to build a big following - but it doesn’t take years to start attracting new people to your work and it doesn't take much for you to start selling paintings. In this episode, we share how we each developed our audiences, particularly via Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Our tips include choosing one or two platforms rather than trying to do everything; showing up consistently; acting like a pro even at the very beginning; focusing on sharing things that are of interest to others rather than just selling; engaging with others; and above all - being yourself.

Mentioned:

Ira Glass: The Perpetual Struggle to Find Your Creative Voice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAMbguAg1zM

"Ted Hughes: an unauthorised Life" by Jonathan Bate: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00W0TMW7S/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

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Sep 29, 2020
How do you measure your success as an artist? [89]
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This week we’re discussing the idea of success… what does it mean to be a successful artist and how do you know if you are achieving your goals? Many of us shy away from numbers and spreadsheets, but we both believe it’s vital to track key metrics in order to measure your progress. These metrics change at different stages of our career - in the early stages we can track the numbers that tell us if we are showing up consistently (things like hours spent painting and number of social media posts). Later on, we might be more interested in sales, expenses, web traffic, and social media engagement. But before you can decide what numbers to track, you really need to understand what success looks like for you - everything else flows from that key decision. Are you more interested in selling your work or in living a fulfilling creative life (or both)? Once you know where you are heading, you can determine what to measure.

Mentioned

Abigail Bowen Dark Days http://www.abigailbowen.com/

Hicks Gallery https://www.hicksgallery.co.uk/abigail-bowen-dark-days/

Jackson Pollock documentary Mural https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY9leqZUMIk

Yvonne Lyon https://yvonnelyonmusic.com/

Susan Hart https://www.susanhartart.com/

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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License




Sep 22, 2020
Go Big! Should you scale up to larger work? [88]
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Is there a perception in the art world that big is better?  Do you gain more respect if you make larger paintings? This week we debate wether size matters and share our own personal experiences of scaling up our work. We discuss the challenges of working larger, including the need to think differently, choose the right substrate and tools, and - most of all - buy enough paint. We also challenge the notion that big is better and discuss the importance of finding your own desired way of working. We feel that so much of this depends on what your work is about and what feels right to you. The right work will always find an audience, no matter the size. And if it doesn't, does that really matter if you are painting what you love?

This week's chat also covers internet scams, inspirational emails, school reports that miss the mark, and Alice's first in-person art event in 2020.

Mentioned

Ethan Hawke TED talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRS9Gek4V5Q

Polly Dutton https://www.pollydutton.co.uk/

Rachel Davies https://www.racheldavisstudio.com/abstractportraits

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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Sep 15, 2020
Recognising transitions in changing times [87]
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As we approach "back to school" in the UK and Louise's course comes to end, we are both thinking about transitioning back to studio work. But the  Covid-19 pandemic has taken its toll and in this episode, we discuss how that has manifested for each of us. From a general feeling of being scattered (Alice) to a fear of public transport (Louise) and the over-riding sense that very little is certain anymore. But since uncertainty is our new reality, how do we stay upbeat and motivated? Our wide-ranging discussion spans meditation, managing moods, enjoying the present moment, insomnia, self-knowledge, the joys of a Sunday newspaper, and how we can make more time for things we enjoy. We also discuss what keeps us from doing what we want, including the fear of becoming totally selfish, the habit of staying busy, and the danger of failing in public. In the end, we both believe that this strange lockdown time has made us re-evaluate our priorities and tune in to what we really want out of our lives.

Mentioned:

See Alice's latest work at The Cowshed Collective:
https://www.artwavefestival.org/2020venues/cowshed-collective

Alastair Campbell “Living Better”:
https://www.theguardian.com/global/2020/aug/30/alastair-campbell-surviving-depression-how-i-learned-to-live-with-my-enemy

Annie Nightingale: “Hey, Hi, Hello” 5 decades of popular culture
https://www.waterstones.com/book/hey-hi-hello/annie-nightingale//9781474616683

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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Sep 08, 2020
How to make decisions (when you can’t know the outcome) [86]
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Our podcast reached 500,000 downloads this week and we are celebrating by looking back on our decision to start recording together. This led to a discussion about how we make decisions and how we judge success. What would have happened if we hadn’t done this together? And would we have continued if no-one had listened to the first 20 episodes? How do we even judge success, given that we never set a target in the first place?

Alice suggests that one way to decide anything is to ask ‘does it feel fun?’ Louise suggests that there has to be some kind of reward to keep you going - and sometimes the reward is simply the enjoyment of the process.

We both agree that (a) your decisions should be guided by what feels good (b) the rewards have to be internal (external validation is less important) and (c) that we shouldn't look for results too quickly; everything takes time to build.

In this episode, we also take a detour into our school days via Alice’s school reports and answer a question from a listener about selling styles - when are we helping people decide and when are we just being pushy?


Mentioned:

Cowshed Collective  https://www.instagram.com/cowshedcollective/

Tracey Ross Art https://tracey-rossart.co.uk/

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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Sep 01, 2020
You Thought What? False Beliefs About Art-Making [85]
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This week, we tackle some of the false beliefs that can bring artists down.  So many of us accept our thoughts without questioning them - especially when it comes to the thoughts that hold us back. To shine a light on this issue, we decided to share some of our own past beliefs (and how we got past them). Louise's false beliefs included the idea that you have to be born with talent, the notion that artists can't make money, and the firm conviction that she would never be able to use colour (which is now her favourite part of painting).

Alice's limiting beliefs included you must paint with oils, you need hours at a time to make good work, and you must have gallery representation to be taken 'seriously.'  During the conversation, you'll learn about Alice's childhood prize for colouring and Louise's 'compare and despair' relationship with 8 year-old Dale Arey.  But most of all, you'll see just how many ideas and thoughts could have stopped us in our tracks.

Mentioned:

Francis Bacon studio http://francis-bacon.com/artworks/studio
Dreadzone 360 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOfWV4_2llU

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Aug 25, 2020
Is Content Creation the Best Art Marketing Strategy? [84]
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This is one of our more contentious episodes. A respected and highly prescient marketing guru says marketing is about to change and at least one of us disagrees. We debate his ideas along with other marketing approaches, to see if we can find the sweet spot for artists. When is it a good idea to create long-form blog posts? How can content curation help with our networking? And when is it preferable to simply share what we're doing in short emails and social media posts? 

During the course of the conversation, Louise also shares a new idea she feels will help her build a new audience for her work, but Alice has her doubts. As always, we feel marketing is another area where we all have to find our own way. For some, committing to a monthly newsletter may feel good and for others it might feel like one too many commitments. Some might love the idea of curating from different sources while others prefer to simply report as they go. We hope this lively debate helps you decide what's right for you.

Mentioned

Alice's one-on-one coaching https://bookme.name/alicesheridan

Brian Clark's podcast https://unemployable.com/podcast/

Gary Vaynerchuk You tube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCctXZhXmG-kf3tlIXgVZUlw

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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Aug 18, 2020
Money Matters: Freeing Financial Blocks [83]
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This week, we’re tackling that most sensitive of topics - money. We didn’t have much of a plan for this episode - we just decided to start talking and see what happened. And what happened was a fascinating conversation about how we view money and why. Where are we generous? Where do we hold back? How does upbringing show up in our current relationship with money? Why will Alice happily buy a new car, but haggle for a £2 discount on a canvas? Why is Louise perfectly happy spending money on other peoples’ stuff, but sometimes struggles to charge a fair price for her own art? And how are we working to change our relationship to money? We also get into the financial side of an art career- for those who want to make a living from art, we consider the questions to ask yourself and the conscious steps you can take in the right direction. 

Mentioned

Parasite https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEUXfv87Wpk

Reply All podcast https://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all

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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Aug 11, 2020
Art Breakthroughs (and what comes after) [82]
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What does it feel like to have a breakthrough in your art? How do you know it’s actually a breakthrough and not just a fluke success? And how do you keep the momentum going once the initial serotonin rush has subsided and you realise there is a lot of work still to do? Last week Alice predicted that a breakthrough was on the way for Louise, and that turned out to be very prescient. In this episode she shares what happened, what she plans to do next and why power tools will play an important role. We also answer a listener question about whether it’s acceptable for a workshop leader to physically change a student’s work, sparking an interesting discussion about teaching styles and student boundaries.


Books Mentioned: 

No Night is Too Long - Barbara Vine https://www.amazon.co.uk/Night-Too-Long-Barbara-Vine/dp/0517799642
Moon Tiger - Penelope Lively https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=moon+tiger&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss_1
The Pilot’s Wife - Anita Shreve https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pilots-Wife-Anita-Shreve/dp/0349110859
How to Paint a Dead Man - Sarah Hall https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Paint-Dead-Sarah-Hall/dp/0571315631/

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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Aug 04, 2020
Help - why is my art going so wrong? [81]
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This week, we discuss how to handle a slump... those times when you turn up to work, and put in the hours, and yet nothing goes right; somehow the well has run dry, When this happens it's so easy for us to start berating ourselves, but actually we both believe this is a natural part of the process. Alice has always believed in taking breaks, but Louise finds that difficult since painting is the most joyful thing she does. So we brainstorm solutions and offer tips and strategies for anyone experiencing the same thing. Alice's suggestions include stepping back to assess what has been working and what hasn't. Louise thinks getting outside input might be one solution.  Whatever the solution turns out to be, Alice believes this is a breakthrough moment and so we end our discussion with a challenge for Louise - go explore her newest idea and just see where it leads. This is an honest and open look at one artist's process - the good and the bad - and we hope it encourages you if you ever feel down about your work.

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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Jul 28, 2020
Expectations, disappointments, and emotional (over)reactions [80]
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Do you find it difficult to keep emotions out of business - especially when you feel let down? Many of us do it, but is it the best way to make decisions?  This week we discuss the issue of disappointment and how we deal with it (or don’t!). Our conversation leads into the idea that disappointment is always closely related to expectations - when we expect something specific of a person or situation, we can feel hurt, angry or extremely disappointed when those expectations are not met.  We have recently experienced a number of situations where we have either witnessed disappointment, caused disappointment, or felt disappointment and we examine this issue from each of these 3 perspectives. In this episode, we also discuss egotistical gurus, inspiring leaders, and the power of starting the week in creative flow.

Mentioned 

Kyle Cease https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nDqMhZoEq8

Mahamed Hashi  on Four Thought  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000ktq6


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Jul 21, 2020
Improve your creativity with flexible thinking [79]
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The idea for this episode was sparked by the book "Coaching the Artist Within" by Eric Maisel which Alice has been revisiting. If you've ever caught yourself thinking you must be 'this' or 'that' in order to be a creative success this might help you shift your ideas.

We talk about the author's ideas on dualistic thinking. Too often, Maisel suggests, we feel we must choose one way or another, without allowing for the possibility that we could actually be both.  In fact, he argues, a truly creative life requires us to allow in one more than one possibility.  We discuss this idea in the context of self-judgment, defining our art style, and the rules we place on our work.

We also debate the idea of doing 'meaningful work' and answer a listener question about selling prints. We both believe that prints can be a valuable addition to your business, but as with anything their success will depend on the time and energy you put into them. 

Mentioned: 

"Coaching the Artist Within" - Eric Maisel


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Jul 14, 2020
The Value of Your Artist Network [78]
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Do you ever find yourself wishing you had fewer artist followers on Instagram? Do you worry that you're not reaching enough buyers? Do you strive only for gallery owners and interior designers? This week, we're flipping this issue on it's head to highlight the positive aspects of a strong artist network.  As we discuss this issue, we share our own experiences and the benefits we've gained from building relationships with our peers. These benefits include painting sales, business advice, collaborations, and surprising opportunities - not to mention the fun we've had! We also answer a listener question about framing, share the inspiring story of an American singer-songwriter, and touch on the cycle of expansion and contraction in our work.

Mentioned:

Jason Isbell's Youtube concert

Shilpe Agash on Instagram

Tara Leaver's IG story highlights 

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Jul 07, 2020
New and Exciting Ways to Sell Art Online [77]
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Alice just held a virtual open studios and it sparked so many ideas for both of us.  It turns out that when galleries close, and art fairs cancel, and open studios can't happen, we are forced to come up with new ways to market our work. The possibilities are infinite - each of us just need to find our own unique way. Don't feel it all has to be polished and perfect. In this episode, we discuss ways to create a personal connection over the internet, how an edited video differs from a live presentation, and how the approach Alice took might translate into other online exhibiting opportunities such as how Janette Phillips is creating unique flower paintings. 

We close with a call to action ... how might you make the most of this exciting time?

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Mentioned

See what Alice created for a virtual Open Studio event here: https://alicesheridan.com/artistsathome/

See Janette Phillips idea for unique flower paintings here: https://www.janettephillips.com/workshops/

Gabriel Lipper's free video workshop has started but you can still catch up and see more here: https://artofgabriel.com/


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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Jun 30, 2020
Growing Pains [76]
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This week's topic was inspired by a busy and stressful week for both of us - a week in which we had to learn, adapt, and employ what Alice calls "just-in-time" learning. Our discussion covers growing pains in both our art and our business. We discuss the importance of failure or mistakes (and how we learn from them) and debate Seth Godin's idea that sometimes we are struggling because we are in a dip and will soon start to come up out of it, while at other times we are struggling because we actually went into a cul-de-sac, from which we can never emerge. In this case, he suggests, the best course of action is to give up and find something else to do. In the end, we both lean towards the idea that learning and growing are essential, which makes growing pains not only inevitable but actually desirable. If you've ever send a marketing email with a dead link, started a project with no idea how to manage it, or spent years trying to make the wrong thing work, this episode is for you!

Mentioned

Louise's Find Your Joy course opens at 6pm GMT on June 23rd - join at https://www.louisefletcherart.com

Amanda Pickles website

Seth Godin - The Dip

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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Jun 23, 2020
Finding the Creative Spark [75]
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This week we're discussing creativity and specifically how to spark new ideas or creative energy. For Louise, the impetus seems to come when she is most busy, so that she has less time to think and dabble and is forced to take action quickly. For Alice, space and time and quiet are very important ... without that, she doesn't feel there's room for new ideas. But we both agree that outside input or external stimuli are vital, whether that is a conversation with another artist, an exhibition, a book, or just a trip on the tube. And we both feel that the best ideas often come from unexpected sources. - something just ignites that spark. We also discuss how we choose which ideas to bring to fruition and which to leave on what Alice calls "the idea shelf." As always, we have some points of similarity and some differences, so hopefully this conversation will help you think through your own creative process - maybe there are things you could do to create the ideal conditions for maximum creativity?

Mentioned:

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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Jun 16, 2020
How to avoid the over-thinking trap [74]
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Has over-thinking in your studio ever frozen you in your tracks? But you also want to bring more consideration to you art than pure intuition? This one is for you!

During our conversation with Brian last week, Alice asked “Is it enough to just focus on a buttery brush stroke?” and this led to a discussion of the role of the intellect in painting. Brian suggested that thought must only happen outside the studio, with instinct and intuition being the guide while he is working. So today we thought we’d dive more into this topic.

The balance of feeling and thinking in painting - how much do we need a concept? How important is intellectual thinking? Does working intuitively just mean throwing paint around willy-nilly? At what point is it most effective to think - before, during or after a painting? And is it the same for each of us?

We also play "ask the Brian oracle" with a listener question...

And Louise's final inspiration (Brian’s statement ‘humidity made me a painter’) might leave you with a question: "What is the one thing we continually come back to in our work?"


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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Jun 09, 2020
The Magic of Thinking and Feeling in Painting with Brian Rutenberg [73]
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“You can’t have a thought unless you have a feeling first. So the idea in painting is to freeze the feeling and then let the person have the thought.”

Today we are talking with New York painter Brian Rutenberg about all the way in which artists must show up for their work in order to find a deeper truth. Amidst a currently enforced break from his studio it’s reassuring to hear he has the same fear of starting again. We talk about the arc of creating a painting, how to exaggerate to clarify and if painting serves no purpose why is it ultimately such an essential process in understanding and sharing feeling.


Mentioned

See Brian's work on his website: http://www.brianrutenbergart.com/

Brian's books on Amazon HERE

Outside the US, Brian's book can be ordered by emailing gallery@forumgallery.com

Watch Brian’s videos from his studio on You Tube HERE


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Jun 02, 2020
Three questions artists should probably never ask [72]
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This week, we share 3 of the questions that we are most often asked, and discuss why they're really not helpful. Often, especially when we are starting out or when we are switching to a new medium, we ask questions as a kind of shortcut ... it feels easier to ask than to work it out for ourselves. But the truth is that the answers to these questions are unique for each of us. Only you can find the answer that works for you. That said, we do have some suggestions that we hope are helpful. This week we are also moving back to working on larger paintings, which feels really good, and we are both working hard on our membership groups. As an added bonus, Alice shares her lockdown TV recommendations!

Mentioned

Last chance to join Louise's Art Tribe at the founder's discount rate: https://thispaintinglife.mykajabi.com/art-tribe

Sally Hirst free courses on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCewJ2YXT8hN8Gb3g7LMkQKw

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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


May 26, 2020
Should Artists Work for Free? [71]
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This week's main topic was prompted by Alice's decision to lend a painting to a leading home decor magazine. The painting appears on the front cover this month, but some people were critical of her decision to loan the piece free of charge.  So in this episode, we discuss whether it's OK to work for free and what criteria you might apply when deciding. We cover loans like the one Alice made as well as charitable donations, fundraising events, speeches and workshops, and we weigh up long-term brand benefits versus short-term financial gains. In the end, each artist has to decide where he or she draws the line, but we hope this conversation helps you determine what might be right for you.

Mentioned:

Sign up for the Connected Artist Wait List here:  https://alicesheridan.com/artists/

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May 19, 2020
Art and Motherhood (or just a busy life) with Marissa Huber [70]
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Ever felt that the odds of making art were stacked against you? Busting this myth was what prompted today's guest Marissa Huber to start a series of interviews with other artists. She wasn't prepared to sit back and be told there was no longer time in her life to do what was important for her.

Two children later and still with a full time job she has just published 'The Motherhood of Art' with Heather Kirtland and we talk about when self-care came into existence, following the natural flow of any creative project and the reality of current situations vs. your dreams. 

We also touch on boundaries of sharing online and how collaborations with others can help propel you forward. Whether you are a mother or not there will be ideas here to encourage you. The book is beautiful, but real,  and would make an amazing gift for any woman balancing her own creativity along with raising a family. Do take a look ...

Mentioned:

Read Interviews and Find the book: http://www.carveouttimeforart.com/the-motherhood-of-art

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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

May 12, 2020
Frayed nerves, broken glass, and really ... what's the point? [69]
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This week, we address an email from a listener who writes “Could you and Alice address the “what’s the point of art”, “what do I do with all this crap” sort of issues? I’ve not listened to the news for a while now, but am actually listening to very little at all. Sometimes I find people too jolly, too positive, so I guess I’m looking for gentle, encouraging, empathetic. I can’t seem to pull myself up at the moment.”

In response, we discuss how much it is our responsibility to change our mental state ... and how can do it. We also suggest that the question should be 'what is the point of art for ME?' Understanding this gives you motivation to show up even when you don't feel like it. Interestingly, we feel differently about this question and have different solutions, so hopefully you will resonate with one of us. We also discuss the 'butterfly effect' and why it might be a good thing and we share the ways in which we change our own moods (including a rather drastic strategy Alice recently employed - and is not recommending to others!)

Mentioned:

Extras outtakes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_thjUPE1i4 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQMg8Ve1Gy0

Abraham Hicks: https://youtu.be/1ddJyJoSOrg

Art in Isolation episode 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoqTM4IljJM

Gretchen Rubin Four Tendencies Quiz HERE

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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


May 05, 2020
Can You Sell Art During a Crisis? [68]
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You can't sell luxury items like art during a global pandemic. This seems to be a widely held belief and yet artists all over the world are discovering that it's not true. In fact, many artists are now selling online for the first time and finding more success than they ever expected. Indeed, we both  posted work for sale recently as part of the #artistsupportpledge initiative, and we were both pleasantly surprised by our results. In this episode, we share our experiences and tips for succeeding with online sales during this crisis, discuss the importance of finding marketing strategies that work for you, and chat about ways we can use our art to raise funds for our favourite causes. We also discuss the ways in which this initiative might change how we market our own paintings in the future, and offer advice on what to do if you post work and it doesn't sell right away (spoiler alert: we don't think it's anything to worry about!) And finally, we say goodbye to Louise's (slightly surprising) childhood hero.

Mentioned

#artistsupportpledge on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/artistsupportpledge/?hl=en

Alice's small paintings - sorry - all sold out!

Louise's small paintings: https://www.louisefletcherart.com/small-works/

Norman Hunter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awoxabZSS9c

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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Apr 28, 2020
How to Fall in Love with Your Art [67]
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This week's episode was prompted by a question from Kate, an Australian artist who asked: "Should you like your own work? Do you ever stop fighting that inner critic (and external critics) and just start enjoying the process?" We both believe that loving your own work is crucial, touch on how we evaluate our work (and the importance of doing so) and share our feelings about where we find ourselves currently. We also ask whether  what we love changes,  whether this is an issue, and what to do with those older pieces that no longer make us feel excited. As for the inner critic ... Alice suggests there is a difference between criticism and critique. Can we analyse/assess our work without ever allowing that self-critique to stray into negative thoughts about ourselves or our level of talent? Finally, we each offer concrete steps that we believe artists can take to begin making work that they love.

Mentioned:

Alice's Connected Artist Club: https://alicesheridanstudio.mykajabi.com/connected-interest

Louise's Art Tribe: https://thispaintinglife.mykajabi.com/art-tribe

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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Apr 21, 2020
How will Covid-19 change our ways of working? [66]
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This week, we’re considering the shifts that we see happening in our artist communities. As galleries closed and art fairs were cancelled, many artists began to look for different ways of selling art.. Many are setting up (or re-designing) websites or sending out their first newsletter or getting more active on social media and we are both thrilled to see it. We have both long been huge advocates for this approach and so we find it exciting and energising to watch artists taking control. In this episode, we also discuss new approaches to open studios, the limiting beliefs that might be stopping us selling at this time, and the importance of building connections.

We also have a rare disagreement about Tik-Tok but concur on the power of a tidy studio space.


Mentioned:

Alice's Marie Kondo blog post: https://alicesheridan.com/how-to-kon-mari-your-studio/

Funny Journalist on Tik-Tok

Gary Vee on Tik-Tok


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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Apr 14, 2020
Creating versus Producing ... a Chance to Reset? [65]
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As the UK lockdown continues, we discuss the unfolding situation and the continual emotional shifts we are all experiencing. Here in Britain we are seeing some of our most well-known artists responding in different ways. Tracy Emin wrote an online diary; David Hockney is making new paintings; and Grayson Perry is filming a new TV show designed to encourage people to make art. We ask whether these are helpful reactions. In troubled times, what is the point of it all? Is art relevant? And is this an opportunity for us to switch from a focus on producing work for shows to a new emphasis on creativity and exploration? We also discuss the importance of mental health for our physical well-being, debate potential societal changes, and ask whether we are currently in the midst of a global existential crisis.

Mentioned

Mark this time on Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/markthistime2020/?hl=en

Mark this time on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/markthistime2020/

Tracey Emin - online diary https://www.instagram.com/whitecube/?hl=en

David Hockney paintings https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52109901

Grayson Perry/Anthony Gormley art kit home.https://firstsite.uk/art-is-where-the-home-is/

Lewis Howes podcast with Dr. Joe Dispenza https://youtu.be/RTuf7OfZ-yY

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Credits"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Apr 07, 2020
Responding Creatively [64]
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In this episode, we address the massive changes that so many of us are experiencing and discuss how they affect our lives and our creativity.  Very few artists seem able to continue as normal. Instead we are dealing with new realities, creating new routines, managing anxieties, and finding new ways to express ourselves creatively (including Alice's ongoing experiment in using up out of date food, just to find out what happens!) This week, we share the very real changes in our own lives and discuss our different responses - how do we continue to express ourselves creatively when everything around us is so uncertain?  We also debate the role of the artist in challenging times and share a new idea that we hope will inspire you. 

#markthistime is our response to the current situation - it is early days and the idea is evolving. There is more to come. For now, we very much hope you will join us and make art to mark this time.

Mentioned:

Our manifesto reads:

We are experiencing an unprecedented situation. One that calls for artists to step up. We need positive messages. We need reportage. We need insights. We need community. We need to mark this time.

The media mark this time with dramatic exaggeration. The politicians mark this time with obfuscation  — it falls on artists to mark this time by bearing witness, by being present, by documenting,  by connecting, by offering perspective - most of all by sharing our experience and letting it shine a light on the experiences of others. It falls to us to truly mark this time.

So come join the movement. Make art to mark this time.

Make whatever you feel called to make and share your work on Instagram with the hashtag #markthistime. We will be curating and sharing images each day on IG , the Facebook Page and on the new website we will create at markthistime.com

Mark This Time on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/markthistime2020/

Mark This Time Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/markthistime2020

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Credits"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Mar 31, 2020
Teaching (Online and Offline) with Karen Stamper [Ep 63]
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This week, we are joined by special guest Karen Stamper. Karen is an accomplished painter and collage artist with a special passion for sketchbooks. She teaches workshops in person and online and in this episode, we pick her brains about helping adults loosen up, have fun and learn. As a former art teacher in high schools, Karen has an interesting perspective on the difference between adult students and kids.

We also discuss the importance of being generous with your knowledge and have an extensive conversation about how artists can take their teaching online, an important topic in this time in which workshops are being cancelled around the world.  Our discussion includes how to know if you will enjoy teaching, how to get over fear of the camera, which platforms work best. how to build an audience for your online course, and the importance of encouraging and supporting students through the challenges of learning new things.  

Mentioned:

Karen's website: https://karenstampercollage.com/

Karen's online workshops: https://karenstampercollage.com/blog/online-concertina-sketchbook-course/

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Credits"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Mar 24, 2020
The Times They Are a Changing - BONUS EPISODE [62]
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Things are changing so quickly. Last week, we recorded a normal episode … a few days later and we are preparing for a lock-down. As Brits, we tend towards the "keep calm and carry on"' wartime spirit, and yet we are also human. So we feel anxiety, and stress about lost income, and worry about relatives, and wonder if we will ever again be able to buy toilet roll and pasta…. BUT, there are also reframes here; there are ways to look at the positives as well as the negatives; there are ways to manage our emotions; there are options.

We don't have answers. We have no expertise. We just wanted to talk to each other, to connect, to share, to console and to giggle, and we thought you might like to listen in. Hence this bonus episode. Stay safe … but more than that, stay calm and keep a sense of perspective. We can live without pasta!

Also please join us on the #artjuicekitchendrawerchallenge (catchy, I know!) by sharing your before and after!

Mentioned

Louise's Your Art Tribe membership site: https://thispaintinglife.mykajabi.com/art-tribe

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Credits"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Mar 20, 2020
How to Build an Art Business That Suits You and Your Lifestyle [61]
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This week, we are joined by a special guest. Laura Horn is an Australian abstract artist who is also a successful podcaster, teacher and businesswoman. Over the years, she has worked to establish a regular art practice and build a full-time business while also juggling responsibilities as a wife and mother.  In this episode, we learn how Laura turned a short sabbatical from her office job into a full-time art career - at first simply as a painter and then later as a creator of online courses. We discuss how important it is to build a business that aligns with your values and share our challenges with balancing work and rest-time.  Our conversations also spans blogs, Instagram, social media trolling, podcasts and the challenges (and joys) of working closely with your spouse.  In 'what's inspired?' Laura shares her love of mixed media, Alice is thrilled with new frames, and Louise has decided you're never too old for something you really love.

Mentioned:

Laura Horn Art: https://www.laurahornart.com/

The Laura Horn Podcast: https://www.laurahornart.com/thepodcast

Louise's Your Art Tribe membership site: https://thispaintinglife.mykajabi.com/art-tribe

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Credits"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Mar 17, 2020
Studio visit in person: lighting tips and allowing your work to develop [60]
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This episode is a little different, Usually we record with hundreds of miles separating us, but this week, we take a rare opportunity to meet up and spend some time chatting about studio spaces, art careers and whatever else comes up. We drink tea, drive through London, and eat sugared chickpeas while we geek out about recording equipment, discuss the importance of resilience, and visit both of Alice's studios (old and new). During the visit to the new studio, we discuss Alice's newest paintings and share how it feels when your work moves into surprising new territory.

You can watch the accompanying short video on YouTube and get a sneak peek at Alice's new work HERE: https://youtu.be/TchzUtqwUaM

And also see images of the lighting products and paintings at each of our websites:
https://alicesheridan.com/artjuice60/

Surrey Contemporary Art Fair 13-15th March 2020
https://contemporaryartfairs.co.uk/surrey-spring/

Royal Watercolour Society 6-18th March 2020
https://www.royalwatercoloursociety.co.uk/exhibitions/36-rws-contemporary-watercolour-competition/overview/

Lighting products discussed:
Simple ring light and phone holder for livestreams HERE
Arm clamps for phone and ring light HERE
Day Light Umbrella Continuous Lighting Kit HERE
LED lights HERE


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Credits"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Mar 10, 2020
Beginner's Guide to Content Marketing for Artists [59]
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Marketing is a thorny topic for many artists - viewed as a necessary chore. But what if you approached it in a different way? This week, Louise is flying solo and sharing her experience with, and enthusiasm for, content marketing.  This means promoting yourself and your art by sharing content ... either on social media, on a blog, in videos, or on a podcast.  In this episode, Louise shares her tips for building awareness for your art through content creation. Her tips include documenting rather than creating; telling a coherent story; and engaging your audience rather than talking at them. Along the way, she shares her favourite content marketing gurus, and offers ideas for how to research topics.

Mentioned:

Gary Vee: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCctXZhXmG-kf3tlIXgVZUlw

Copyblogger: https://copyblogger.com/blog/

Seth's Blog: https://seths.blog/


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Credits: "Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License



Mar 03, 2020
Is it Time to Leave Your Comfort Zone? [58]
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This week, we’re discussing comfort zones. This is a phrase coined by a business consultant called Alasdair White who described it as: “a psychological state in which things feel familiar to a person, and they are at ease, and in control of their environment, experiencing low levels of anxiety and stress. In this zone, a steady level of performance is possible.”

That doesn’t sound too bad does it? But psychologist Robert Yerkes suggested that to perform at our best we need to be in a state of what he called ‘optimal anxiety.’  Too anxious and our performance goes down, but it seems that we are at our most creative when we are just outside of what is comfortable for us.

This week, we discuss these ideas and debate whether it’s necessary to stay comfortable and safe in some areas so that we can be brave and bold in others. We also offer some questions you can use to determine whether you are working at ‘optimal anxiety’ or whether you are holding yourself back. Those questions are:

  • What areas are your comfort zones? Is this where I want to be?
  • How am I feeling about this? (What beliefs are holding me in this energy space?)
  • Where might a risk it take me? (Long-term benefit)
  • Where am I over-complicating this? (how could I make it easy?)

Other topics this week include the value of community, an unusual approach to painting edges, and a new way of looking at an ‘impossible’ project

Mentioned:

CVP sign-up: https://workshop.art2life.com/cvp-2020/

Art Juice Buddy group for CVP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/JUPbuddies2020CVP


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Credits"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Feb 25, 2020
Is This Your Year? Bonus Episode [57]
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If you are an artist, this is the time of year when you start to hear about CVP, the online 12-week course taught by Nicholas Wilton. (Full name: The Creative Visionary Program). We have both taken this course in the past and Alice now works as a CVP coach. In this extra episode, we discuss our own personal experiences with the program and answer some of the questions that we are most frequently asked. Our discussion covers financial considerations, the logistics of online learning, how much individual guidance you can expect, how much time is needed, and which kinds of artists can most benefit. Does this work for you if you are a beginner? How about a skilled professional? Should you take it if you paint realistically? Or is it just for abstract artists. We cover all this and more in a frank and wide-ranging conversation.

We also invite you to a special Facebook group that we will be hosting for anybody who signs up through our link (bit.ly/cvp2020). Please note we have to check each name with Nick’s team, so please be patient as we admit you into the group. You can find that group by searching Facebook for JUP CVP BUDDIES 2020 or clicking the link below.

Mentioned:

Sign up for CVP via Art Juice at bit.ly/cvp2020

See stories from others who have taken the program here: https://workshop.art2life.com/cvp-2020-inspiration/

Then come and join us in our special Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/JUPbuddies2020CVP/

Sue McNenly on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suemcnenly/?hl=en 

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www.alicesheridan.com

www.louisefletcherart.com

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 @alicesheridanstudio

@louisefletcher_art

Credits: "Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Feb 21, 2020
Dealing with Overwhelm & Making Time for What Matters [56]
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Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Do you find that your painting time is being eaten up by admin and emails and marketing and social media ... not to mention spouses and kids and parents and pets?  Even when we love what we do, it can be stressful to cope with competing demands on our time. This week Alice is fiercely protecting her painting time despite pressure to do other things, while Louise is facing up to her tendency to put others' needs ahead of her own.  We discuss our strategies for managing overwhelm, offer tips for prioritising what matters, and debate whether it has ever been possible for an artist to simply make their art on a full time basis. We also discuss the value of good framing and Alice shares her experience of receiving a very special letter.

Mentioned

Juiced Up Buddies group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/juicedupbuddies/

RWS Contemporary 2020: https://www.royalwatercoloursociety.co.uk/exhibitions/36-rws-contemporary-watercolour-competition/overview/


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"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Feb 18, 2020
How Do I Find My Style? [55]
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This week's episode was inspired by a question from an artist who wrote: "I can draw well, and I paint in watercolour and acrylics but my style is all over the place. How can I find a style and settle on it?" We discuss whether you need to settle on a specific style, or whether it's OK to have multiple strings to your bow. Perhaps this varies depending on your goals for your art. We also share our own individual journeys,  and debate whether there are concrete steps you can take to find your own style. An artist's style, we agree, is the result of many different choices (subject matter, media, process, and decisions about colour and design and value among many other things). But it is also something that evolves - and that is perhaps never fully defined. After all, many of the "greats" changed styles multiple times as they explored different ideas or different ways of making their work. Most of, we both feel that your style is something that comes through doing rather than thinking - you must make work and in the process of making that work, you find your style.

This is also one with giggles over builders, a few tears and even disagreements over confectionery!

Mentioned

Join the free Art2Life online workshop HERE: https://www.louisefletcherart.com/for-artists/art2life/

Lesley Birch: https://www.lesleybirchartist.com/

Alice Sheridan - Canopy: https://alicesheridan.com/landscape-unlocked/

Laura Horn Art podcast: https://www.laurahornart.com/thepodcast


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Credits"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Feb 11, 2020
Content Marketing for Artists [59]
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Louise is flying solo as Alice prepares for an art fair. Many artists dread the idea of marketing, but this week, Louise shares her belief that marketing doesn't have to feel pushy or unpleasant. With content marketing, it can be as simple as  letting people know what you're up to. In this episode, she shares the lessons she learned from corporate marketing including why documenting is so much easier than creating, how storytelling can attract your ideal art buyers, and why engagement is so important for your success.   But this is not just an episode about the theory of marketing - there are also practical tips and strategies to help you think how you could use these ideas in a way that feels good to you.

Mentioned

Seth Godin: https://seths.blog/

Gary Vee: https://www.youtube.com/user/GaryVaynerchuk/videos?view=0&sort=p&shelf_id=11

Copyblogger: https://copyblogger.com/blog/

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Credits"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Feb 04, 2020
Creating the Impossible & Making Bold Moves [54]
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This week's chat was inspired by Michael Neill's book "Creating the Impossible." The book, which is subtitled "A 90 Day Program to Get Your Dreams Out of Your Head and into the World," argues that we can accomplish more than we ever imagined without the constant stress and pressure associated with high achievement and asks "what if creating what you want to see in the world isn’t dependent on believing in yourself, or even believing that it’s possible?" In other words, if we get out of our own way, and stop telling ourselves something isn't possible, new possibilities and opportunities start to reveal themselves. In this episode, we discuss the idea of the mind as a "virtual reality generator" and explore what happens when we change the way we are thinking. If we allowed for the possibility that our wildest dreams might be attainable, how would we act differently? And what might unfold as a result?

We also celebrate reaching dizzy heights on the Apple podcast charts and share our excitement about letting loose and making some bold moves on works-in-progress.


Mentioned: Michael Neill Creating the Impossible: https://www.michaelneill.org/ctibook/

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Credits"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Feb 04, 2020
Lessons Learned (with Nicholas Wilton) [53]
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This week American artist Nicholas Wilton returns to discuss the question: "what do you wish you had known 10 years ago?" Our discussion ranges from materials and brushes, to deeper more personal realisations, including tough lessons about authenticity, the need to find your own process, and the importance of relaxing into who are you really are.

We also discuss our experiences as teachers and the lessons we have watched our students learn and Nick shares a particularly challenging experience he had as an emerging artist. It is always inspiring to discover that all artists experience the same highs and lows and that we make many of the same mistakes. As you listen to this conversation, it will become apparent that you are never alone ... your struggles are the same as ours, your triumphs feel the same as ours ... we are all on the same path and we can all offer a helping hand to anyone who is behind us.

Finally, we share our plans to do just that by building a supportive community in a Facebook pop-up group. You won't want to miss this!

Mentioned:

Art2Life free workshop: https://bit.ly/art2life2020

Juiced Up Workshop Buddies 2020 (Facebook group): https://www.facebook.com/groups/juicedupbuddies/

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Jan 28, 2020
Daring Greatly: Celebrating Courage in Art and in Life [52]
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This is our one-year anniversary. When we started the podcast, it felt like quite a risk ... neither of us had any idea how to make a podcast and we had to figure it all out on the fly. Reflecting back on the last year sparked a discussion about courage inspired by the Brene Brown book "Daring Greatly."  The title for her book came from this Teddy Roosevelt quote: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”  We discuss the role of vulnerability in connecting with our audiences, the importance of allowing ourselves to be imperfect, and the need to act even when you are terrified. 

We also respond to a question from Susan, who wrote: "There is a hilarious song by Morrissey called 'We Hate it When Our Friends Become Successful' and I am wondering if you have lost any friends along the way. Do you notice some people just getting standoffish, angry or acting differently the more you succeed?"

Mentioned:

Sign up for Free Art2Life workshop

Brene Brown TED talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjNtWRBdXws

Caroline Goyder ‘Find Your Voice’ book - available for pre-order: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Find-Your-Voice-Confidence-Situation/dp/1785042831

Caroline in action with some tips for speaking with confidence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0325A8-_A4

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Jan 21, 2020
What to Do When You feel Like Giving Up [51]
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At one time or another, most of us have considered giving up making our art. In this episode, we share our own experiences and discuss why this feeling arises. Perhaps we have ambitions that exceed our current skill level and this leads to disappointment with the results. Sometimes, we are not creating what we really want to create, leading to boredom and burn-out. It is also common for people to become discouraged when they lack a support system and even when they have a spouse or partner who actively discourages their art-making. The conversation leads us to conclude that all these issues can be addressed - we can find support elsewhere, we can improve our skills through education and practice, and we can start to make art that we really love instead of just doing the same old thing.

This week we also tackle the topic of returning after a break and offer our different perspectives on how to get back into your work after the holidays.

Mentioned

Find out about Alice's Connected Artist Club and join the interest list here: https://alicesheridan.com/artists/

Link to louise’s Flickr album of self portraits https://www.flickr.com/photos/63799511@N05/albums/72157663186899771

Link to studio tidy post How to Kon Mari Your Studio

See Alice's sketchbook progress page HERE

Nour the artist/Ocado delivery driver!


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Jan 14, 2020
How do You Define Success? [50]
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In our first episode of 2020, we tackle the idea of success. Many of us have been planning for the new year, but what is it that we want to achieve? Is money the ultimate measure of success? Is recognition more important? What about our success as a friend or spouse or parent? In this episode, we dig into our own personal definitions and, as with most things, we find that there is no one right answer. We also discuss how much our ideas of success change over time - what we wanted at 25 is never going to be the same as what we want 20 years later. 

Our conversation also covers second-hand art books, a Tate Modern exhibition that Alice really didn't like, and the newest star on Tik-Tok (the world's fastest growing social media platform).

Mentioned:

Alice's Wait list for Connected Artist Club: https://www.alicesheridan.com/artists

Charlie D'Amelio on Tik-Tok: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF0ysSzsNFc&t=56s

Gary Vee interviews Charli D'Amelio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpEszCguMJU

Olafur Eliasson at Tate Modern: https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/olafur-eliasson 

Youtube millionaire: https://www.youtube.com/user/SunnyLenarduzzi

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Jan 07, 2020
Looking Forward to 2020 [49]
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We had planned to take break this week, but we just couldn't do it! So, here we are with a bonus episode all about preparing for a new year. This year, we are taking very different approaches - Alice is relaxing into letting things happen in an easy way, while Louise has spent some time defining clear goals and then breaking them down into scheduled tasks. This is a reversal of roles from prior years and so in this episode, we dive into what is driving both of us. Why has super-organised Alice not yet started to develop a plan? Why has laissez-faire Louise suddenly  decided to create highly structured plans? It turns out that we have both made these changes to address what didn't work for us in prior years and to suit our individual preferences. And this is so important ... there are many different ways of approaching new year's planning and there is no right or wrong. What most matters is to find a way of working that is right for you.

We also share what has excited and inspired us ... for Alice it was watching Brian Rutenberg's YouTube videos (specifically Studio Visit 48) and for Louise, it was realising how important social media has been in finding her target audience.

Mentioned:

Find out about Alice's Connected Artist Club and join the interest list here: https://alicesheridan.com/artists/

Brian Rutenberg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp3017D6Tkc

The book recommendations episode: https://anchor.fm/dashboard/episode/e6chml

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Dec 31, 2019
Risk and Adventure (in Art and Life) [48]
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The last module of Louise’s Find Your Voice course is all about risk and adventure. Alice has just been on an adventure of her own - one that Louise also could have experienced but chose not to. This week, we discuss how important risk and adventure are in our work and in our lives. Can we have one without the other? Do we tend to take risks in some areas of our lives while avoiding them in others? And what is the payoff when we do venture out of our comfort zone?

We also discuss the emergence of new things in our work. How do we know when a new direction is meaningful as opposed to being an aberration? How do we choose which ideas to follow and which to let go? Do we actually need to decide anything or can we just let the work develop? 

Mentioned:

Haramara, Mexico https://haramararetreat.com/ 

Barns Courtney https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrV90gXmOpA

Guilt TV show https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0009qm2/guilt-series-1-episode-1

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Dec 17, 2019
Who Do You Think You Are? Imposter Syndrome with Rachel Davis [47]
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Rachel Davis joins Louise as a special guest this week for a fascinating mindset discussion.. Rachel is an artist, a practicing psychologist, and a creativity coach, making her especially qualified to discuss this week's topic - imposter syndrome. First identified in 1978, this is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a fear of being exposed as a "fraud."  Imposter syndrome can be pervasive (affecting all areas of your life) or situational (for example, only arising when you have your own gallery show or the first time you book a stand at an art fair) but it is estimated that 70% of the population has experienced it at some time. Rachel and I discuss our own experiences with imposter syndrome, debate whether artists are especially vulnerable to it, and share our strategies for overcoming the issue when it arises for you.  

Mentioned

Rachel Davis art and creativity coaching: https://www.racheldavisstudio.com/

Rachel's psychology website: http://www.drruthkalb.com/

ICB Building (regular open studio events): http://icbbuilding.com/

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Dec 10, 2019
When Does It Pay to Plan Ahead? [46]
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As artists sometimes we are not that organised... we like to be free spirits, right? But this really doesn't work if we want to move our careers forward and take advantage of all the opportunities available to us. This week, we discuss our own approaches to planning for events such as exhibitions, contests, art fairs and workshops. Louise admits that she has missed out several times because of a lack of planning, while Alice has developed a system to ensure this doesn't happen. As we chat, we share practical tips and strategies including how to find the opportunities in your area, and what dates to monitor. 

We also share our excitement at having created paintings that feel different - and are either the best things we've ever done, or destined for the bonfire. We're really not sure which!

Mentioned

Lund Studios  https://www.lundstudios.co.uk/courses-2020

Courses at Seawhite Studios https://www.emilyballatseawhite.co.uk/

Discerning Eye   https://discerningeye.org/exhibition/intro.php

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Mall Galleries (ENTRY DEADLINE: Friday January 3rd 2020) https://www.mallgalleries.org.uk/call-for-entries/open-exhibitions/royal-institute-painters-water-colours

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition  (OPEN 6 Jan - 17 Feb) https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/summer-exhibition-2019

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Dec 03, 2019
The Mystery of Art: Should We Share Our Creative Techniques? [45]
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This week, we're diving into a topic we've both wondered about ... how much should we share? If we let people in to all aspects of our creative process, does our art lose its mystery? Do collectors really want to see the good, the bad and the ugly of our artistic process? And what about sharing with other artists? Should we keep some things as trade secrets? If we share everything, are we worried about people copying us?  During our conversation, we share some of the benefits we've both experienced from sharing our work, our processes and our creative lives. We also discuss the potential pitfalls of being open and honest.

Later, we answer a listener question from Wendy about substrates ... why do we choose to work on boards or canvas or paper? What factors do we weigh and how does that decision impact our work? All this, plus the week's inspiration, which includes a kick-ass group of artists and the story of how one amazing woman turned hardship into massive success.

Mentioned: 

Thought for the Day: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07vp1z4

Wharfedale Grange wedding venue: https://www.wharfedalegrange.co.uk/

Louise's free acrylics video: https://www.louisefletcherart.com/acrylics/

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Nov 26, 2019
How to Sell More Art with Nicholas Wilton [44]
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This week, we welcome a special guest. 

Nicholas Wilton is a Californian painter who also runs a successful online art course called The Creative Visionary Program (a course both Alice and Louise have taken in the past). Nicholas has an unusual take on the age-old topic of selling art  - and it's one that might surprise you. In this special conversation, we discuss his counter-intuitive ideas (such as the fact that the more unique your art becomes, the more others can relate to it); share our own art-making processes; discuss the value of working in a series; and consider the role intuition plays in our creative process.

We also touch on the power of found materials, and learn about the profound changes that Nick and Alice are experiencing in their work. This is a conversation that is sure to energise and inspire you. 

This is also the last week to join our exciting end-of-year event which started in Monday. “Your Best Art Year Ever” is an interactive live 5-day event during which we are sharing our approach to planning for success. There will be chat, laughs, sound advice, a chance to ask questions, and even a few free downloads so that you can plan your own “best art year ever.” You can join the Facebook group now and catch up with anything you missed. Join HERE.  

Mentioned:

Your Best Art Year Ever event: https://www.facebook.com/groups/425384981672761/

Find Nick's colour tips PDF HERE


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Nov 19, 2019
How to Make it Easy to Gift Your Art [43]
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As the holidays approach, we discuss how you can encourage others to give your art as a gift (or to ask for your art as a gift). The challenge, of course, is that art is a highly personal choice, so buyers might be concerned about "getting it wrong." We put our heads together and came up with a range of tips and tricks designed to make it easy and risk-free for someone to give your art to a loved one. Our ideas range from the types of products you offer, to the ways in which you allow people to buy.

This is also the last week to join our exciting end-of-year event scheduled for the week of November 18th. “Your Best Art Year Ever” will be an interactive live 5-day event during which we will share our approach to planning for success. There will be chat, laughs, sound advice, a chance to ask questions, and even a few free downloads so that you can plan your own “best art year ever.” You can join the Facebook group now and start to get to know everyone, so that you’re ready for when we start on November 18th. You can sign up HERE.  No sales pitch, no sign-up.

Mentioned:

Your Best Art Year Ever event: https://www.facebook.com/groups/425384981672761/

Paypal credit: https://www.paypal.com/uk/webapps/mpp/paypal-virtual-credit

Kevin Ghiglione:  https://ghiglione.ca/critique

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Nov 12, 2019
Are Art Fairs Actually any Good for Artists? [42]
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This week we’re discussing art fairs. We both have a slightly different perspective on these events - one of our rare disagreements - so today we’re tackling it head on. Louise asks: “Are art fairs really a viable sales vehicle for most of us? Or are many artists paying high fees to rent space without earning a return on the investment? 

We debate our differing viewpoints and discuss how you can determine whether an art fair might be the right place to show your work. This includes considerations such as whether you are ready for this step, what kind of fair would suit you best, is the event well-run and well-attended, and how do art fairs fit into your overall plans?

We also announce an exciting end-of-year event scheduled for the week of November 18th. “Your Best Art Year Ever” will be an interactive live 5-day event during which we will share our approach to planning for success. There will be live chat, laughs, sound advice, a chance to ask questions, and even a few free downloads so that you can plan your own “best art year ever.” You can join the Facebook group now and start to get to know everyone, so that you’re ready for when we start on November 18th. Just click HERE to join.

Mentioned:

Alice's post about finishing paintings: https://alicesheridan.com/after-finished-painting/

Louise's video about sealing and framing paintings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x435LhnbrzU

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Nov 05, 2019
Can We Really Get Anything We Want? Woo-Woo and the Law of Attraction [41]
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Louise received a remarkable letter this week which sparked a discussion about manifestation, the law of attraction and all things “woo-woo.” This is definitely not an area of expertise for either of us, but we have both experienced some surprising results from changing our mindset. Is there something to the law of attraction? Or is it just that when we change our thoughts, we take different actions? We debate this, discuss our personal experiences, and touch on the emerging science that suggests the way we think really does alter our physical reality.

We also answer a question from a listener who worries that her buddhist practice might smooth out her emotional ups and downs and negatively impact her work. 

Mentioned:

Marisa Peer and Lewis Howes interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4TqTkks7AA

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Oct 29, 2019
Coaching Creativity with Judith Morgan [40]
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Today's special guest believes creatives best get clear "with our mouths open" . Talking, and more importantly, listening is key to her role as a coach.  Judith Morgan has been coaching for 15 years and Alice's coach - rather on a whim - for the past 5 years and today we are talking about what exactly coaching involves, sharing some of the practices which have helped many different creative entrepreneurs and discussing impatience, creating a sanctuary, the impact of emotions, leaving an imprint and the risks of helping others at your own expense. 

If you've ever wondered about how coaching could help you, we hope this might clarify your ideas about what to look for to choose the right way for you. After all, that's what we both strongly believe is the only way. Do you agree?

Mentioned:

Find Judith's book "Your Biz Your Way" HERE

If you'd like to get in touch with Judith, the best way is to message through her Facebook page

Find Own It the podcast HERE

Read some of the stories behind the Peter Doig exhibition at Michael Werner gallery HERE

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Oct 22, 2019
The Role of Intention in Our Work [39]
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Alice is feeling a shift in direction and has been exploring the idea of intention for her work. This sparks a discussion about the role of intention in art-making. Do we need it? Do we have to decide it right from the start? Or can we find it as we go? 

We explore the pros and cons of intention in a discussion that ranges from the compositions of an art-making chimpanzee to Steve Jobs’ wise words about how we can connect the dots.

We also discuss the perennial topic of studio flooring, ponder the challenges of teaching art workshops and reveal our thoughts about fancy dress (Gold star if you can guess which one of us has never ever worn a fancy dress costume!)

The Art Juice book list

Brian Rutenberg Clear Seeing Places https://www.amazon.co.uk/Clear-Seeing-Place-Studio-Visits/dp/0997442301

Steve Jobs speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc

Congo the chimp https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/congo-late-chimpanzee-painter-whose-work-sold-thousands-will-solo-show-december-1671976

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Oct 15, 2019
Our Ultimate Guide to Artist Books & "Is My Work Any Good?" [38]
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In this special episode we discuss some of the books that have inspired us over the years. Our choices may seem surprising but we hope they are all enlightening. They include a collection of letters from one poet to another, a book on marketing (with a twist), two very different artist-written books, and two diverse guides to living an easier and more joyful life. We could not fit all our recommended books into one podcast, so we've created a special download for you with a total of 14 amazing reads. (see below for links). Even if you think some of these books are not for you, it might be worth trusting us and trying them anyway - each one contains amazing wisdom to enrich our lives and our art-making.

We also answer a listener question about how to judge our work.  Is there any such thing as a perfect painting? And how do we know if what we are making is good? In fact, who decides what is good? 

Links:

Download your "Ultimate (unusual) Book Recommendations for Artists" HERE.

Find further book suggestions on THIS Instagram post

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Oct 08, 2019
Flying Your Freak Flag: The Power of Exposing Yourself [37]
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Most of us spend our lives trying to fit in; to get it right; to avoid causing offence. If we have unusual personality traits or experiences, we tend to keep them hidden from all but our closest friends. 

This episode was conceived after a personal conversation during which Alice shared a major event in her life. That event played a major role in the way her art has developed and yet she has not discussed it publicly until now.  We explore how such experiences can shape our art and whether this is something we should share with others. Does it help us connect with art buyers more authentically? Or is it too much information? And what are the potential downsides of being open about our lives?

Our discussion touches on the work of Brenee Brown, covers what to do if you don't like exposing yourself, and includes a brief discussion of whether galleries approve of artists being vulnerable online. We also catch up with Alice after her workshop in Yorkshire and hear how she kept herself occupied during over 12 hours of driving (spoiler alert: there was singing!).

Mentioned

Brene Brown Dare to Lead

Brene Brown TED talk on shame

Louise's sketchbook from Alice's workshop

David Tress book

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Oct 01, 2019
Kickstarting your Email Marketing: Why it's Important and How to do it Right [36]
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This week we’re diving into the topic of email and newsletters. For many artists, the thought of sending a regular email is daunting (what do you say? How do you say it?) Others haven’t even collected email addresses in the past.

We’re hoping today’s discussion will inspire you to get started and/or to crank up your current efforts. The truth is that email has an important role to play in your marketing mix. Yes social media is important, but when someone gives you their email address, they are taking a step closer to you - giving you a valuable opportunity to make and keep a connection.

We share tips, discuss areas where we could improve, and invite you to sign up for both our newsletters, so you can experience what happens when you do. All this as well as Bake-Off chat, new studio news and the exciting nature of the creative cycle.

Mentioned

https://alicesheridan.com/see-more/

https://www.louisefletcherart.com/newsletter-artists

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Sep 24, 2019
How Finding Your "Why" Can Transform Your Art [35]
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Today’s discussion was inspired by a book and TED talk by Simon Sinek, both entitled ‘Find Your Why.’  Sinek's main point is that when you know the purpose of what you are doing, it is so much easier to make the right decisions, achieve good results, and sell it to others.

As artists, we can explore this on several levels - why do I make my art? Why am I making this particular series of paintings? And, at the granular level, why am I making this one specific painting?

Our wide-ranging conversation spans the desire to create things, the need to be seen, the drive to communicate our internal experience, and whether what we are really seeking is love. (Deep stuff!) We also get into how you find your purpose. It isn’t something you can just come up with in 5  minutes. For most of us, it is a gradual process of discovery and it arises from the work we do. We also acknowledge that so much of this changes over time - even if we know our why at this moment, it may well change in future years.

Mentioned

Simon Sinek  TED talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4ZoJKF_VuA

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Sep 17, 2019
Working for Hire: What to Consider about Commissions [34]
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This week's discussion was sparked by a question we received from a listener. AJ asked this question about commissions: “I am an up and coming artist with a handful of commission requests. I would love to learn about the professional way to handle commissions. How do you and Alice do this? How much do your charge? What do you do about edits? Should the client pay upfront or give a deposit?”

The question led us into an interesting debate about how formalised a commission process should be. Alice sets clear parameters and her process has worked very well for her, while Louise has found that any kind of commitment feels heavy. She is therefore taking a much more informal approach (including refusing commissions unless they feel just right). 

We discuss practicalities (pricing, process, deposits etc), share our successes (as well as those that didn't go so well), and debate the pluses and minuses of allowing client input during the creative process. 

In the end, we both agree that there is no one-size-fits-all "professional" methodology and that the most important thing is for each artist to determine an approach that works for him or her (and make the parameters very clear to the buyer in advance). 

This week we also share some exciting studio news, celebrate the success of a fellow artist, and (literally) get a little bit potty-mouthed (!)

Mentioned:

Zandra Stratford's show at https://afternynegallery.com   (Until Sept 21st)

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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License



Sep 10, 2019
Are You Expecting to Hit the Mark Every Time? And is it Wrong to Use a Camera? [33]
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Do you feel the need for a “good” result every time you paint? Or hope for a painting that looks good at every stage?

This can bring an added stress to making art and limit your ability to experiment. We discuss what might be at the bottom of this, quite natural, desire to feel satisfied and how we can work this into our process. 

Also, one listener asks "Am I not going to move forward in my art if I keep using my phone?" and we have some ideas of the advantages and disadvantages of using your phone as a recorder and where it may be holding you back.

Mentioned:

Kyle Cease podcast interview - creativity and taking that one step (Warning; curse words!)

https://podtail.com/en/podcast/you-made-it-weird-with-pete-holmes/kyle-cease/

Buy us a coffee and support the podcast here 

Submit a question at bit.ly/artjuicepodcast

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www.louisefletcherart.com

Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Sep 03, 2019
The Ebb and Flow of Creativity with Megan Woodard-Johnson [32]
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Settle down, you are in for a treat in this discussion of the artist as problem solver! 

Megan Woodard Johnson is a mixed media artist who layers vintage paper ephemera with paint, various drawing media and found objects to tell evocative stories within her work.

Alice talks with Megan about that fact that an artist's growth is rarely linear and how we can only make sense of it all when we look backwards at everything that happened. 

The wide-ranging discussion also covered building a creative practice alongside a family, how to find honest critiques  of your work, and how new classes and experiences can invigorate us as artists. Megan also offered practical tips for loading your car (!), teaching workshops, and how creative collaborations can allow you to blossom.

Mentioned:

See more of Megan’s work at:

http://www.meganwoodardjohnson.com/

Find her on Instagram at: @meganwoodardjohnsonart

https://www.instagram.com/meganwoodardjohnsonart/


Buy us a coffee and support the podcast here 

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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License 

Aug 27, 2019
Listening for the Whisper of Intuition in Your Creative Process with Jacqui Fehl [31]
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“If I had to describe my work, I would say that it is a blend of grunge, whimsy and outsider.”

In our first breakout week, Louise is in discussion with artist Jacqui Fehl . Influenced by music, lyrics, feelings, stories, other artists, and the materials themselves, Jacqui’s art is as varied as her ever changing hair – sometimes light, humorous and colourful , while at other times serious with a touch of dark.

In this podcast, Jacqui and Louise dive deeply into issues around the creative process, scaling up your work, your personal voice and and how we define success. 

Part of the conversation centred on this quote:

"It quite frequently happens that you’re just treading water for quite a long time. Nothing really dramatic seems to be happening. … And then suddenly everything seems to lock together in a different way. It’s like a crystallization point where you can’t detect any single element having changed. There’s a proverb that says that the fruit takes a long time to ripen, but it falls suddenly … And that seems to be the process."
Brian Eno


Mentioned:

See more of Jacqui’s work at:

https://www.jacquifehl.com

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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
 

Aug 20, 2019
Tears & Tantrums: What to Do When Things Don’t Go as Planned [30]
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Things haven’t gone to plan chez Alice and Louise this week. Alice’s much anticipated summer break was swamped by rain, meaning a lot of wet walks and NONE of the planned sketchbook days out. To compound the situation, she also lost internet which meant she couldn’t catch up on important work. Louise worked for months on an online course, only to be let down by Zoom, YouTube and Mailchimp all on the same evening. The result was less than pretty!

Given these mini-disasters, we discuss how we react when things go wrong. It’s easy to say ‘put things into perspective’ but do we need to feel that emotion first? And if so, is there a way to feel the emotion, but also keep things in perspective?

We also answer a question about art degrees. One listener is considering whether to go for an MA.  We acknowledge that being an artist is about learning and stretching yourself, but we wonder whether taking an advanced degree is a safe option that simply postpones the inevitable time when you have to do this for yourself anyway.

We would love to hear you views on this topic too, if you’ve taken an MA, what did you feel it gave you?

Mentioned: 

Louise's course - Find Your Joy
Two Dots - you really don’t want to waste your time on this (unless you are only human!)

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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License 


Aug 13, 2019
Working as a Female Artist in a Man's World [29]
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This week we’re discussing gender and how it influences the way we work. The high-end art world continues to be dominated by men and yet attend any workshop and most of the artists there will be women. Are female artists victims of a sexist society? Or are we actually holding ourselves back? We discuss how our parents influenced our attitudes, how women’s tendency to care for others can hinder us, and how we might make our way confidently in a man’s world without resorting to mimicking our male colleagues. We also wonder why some men take up two seats on a plane instead of just one! 

(Damn! Should have scrolled further down the page… look at this article!!! By 40 women’s confidence grows to match men and post 60 is greater!!!!! There is hope :-)

Alice has been taking and collecting selected work from exhibitions
You can see three paintings as part of The Annual Exhibition Society of Women Artists at The Mall Galleries Tuesday 24th Sep at 4.00 to Sunday 29th September. 

Mentioned:

Alice’s mum’s book (for a great summer read) is called 'The Baby Box' by Jane Hayward
Buy the hard copy direct:  https://janehayward.blog/book/
Or on Amazon HERE 

Find the Olafur Eliasson documentary Alice mentioned  HERE
The exhibition is on at Tate Modern until 20 January 2020

'The War of Art' by Steven Pressfield HERE

'Art and Fear' by David Bayles and Ted Orland HERE


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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
 

Aug 06, 2019
Summer sketchbooks and charitable donations [28]
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We discuss our different approaches to summer - Louise doesn’t slow down in summer and in fact, her online course is about to start which means she is working even harder. Alice has children, which means her summers have always been a time for family. Even with the best will in the world, it’s almost impossible to work while caring for young children so she has always had to find ways of creating that could be squeezed into the gaps around family time. This has included other creative projects including home decor, gardening, cooking, and reading the art books that she has never got round to. We also discuss sketchbooks and the different ways we have both used them. 

Oh, and also we started a hashtag for sharing how you are keeping in touch with your art practice over the summer!!
Use #artjuicesummer on Instagram

Our audience question is about charity donations: The listener wrote: “Had my fill this week. Would make an interesting podcast. The tactics they use to get free artwork. How to say no. How to not feel guilty. If I’m targeted then others artists must be too.”

We have a slight reframe on this one … listen for ideas on how you can turn this around so it works for you AND for the charities you choose to support.

Mentioned:

Find your Joy FREE mini course runs Aug 2nd - 10th and you can sign up HERE
Simple sketchbooks for the sketchbook in a day project HERE 


Buy us a coffee and support the podcast here 

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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License 

Jul 30, 2019
Navigating Change in our Art [27]
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This week we’re talking about transitions - those times when our work moves into a new phase. Perhaps it comes upon us almost without us noticing - perhaps we make a conscious decision, but either way, change can be both exciting and unsettling.

Louise is preparing to start new work in a few weeks time, and feeling pulled in several directions which feel unrelated.

Alice has started new work that could be seen as re-visiting an earlier interest. We talk about letting ideas go, and giving them time to develop, how you can recognise transition moments. And when you should be on alert that perhaps some new transition is needed to fire up your creative life again.

We also discuss a listener question from someone feeling impatient and wondering "how long did things take to start gaining momentum in terms of sales and can you see what this was linked to?"

Mentioned:

Find your Joy FREE mini course runs Aug 2nd - 10th and you can sign up HERE 

Buy us a coffee 

Submit a question at bit.ly/artjuicepodcast

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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License 

Jul 23, 2019
How to be a Happy Artist and Find your Voice [26]
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This one is a biggie... What does it mean to find our voice as an artist? How do we discover what we want to create? Especially as that may change over time.

After a week of admin Louise believes the answer lies in following what you love. To do that you need to learn to play, which is something many people struggle with. 

Alice wonders what happens when you enjoy the process, but not the end result? She believes you may need to let go of some ‘rules’ so that you can  discover your own questions; questions that will guide your art as you develop your process.

If this is something you would like to explore, then join Louise for her "Find your Joy" FREE mini course which kicks off on 2nd August 

We also discuss a listener question about what size paintings work best for galleries.... can you guess what we have to say about that?!


Mentioned:

Find your Joy FREE mini course runs Aug 2nd - 10th and you can sign up HERE

Buy us a coffee 

Submit a question at bit.ly/artjuicepodcast

Follow us on Instagram:

@alicesheridanstudio 
@louisefletcher_art  

Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License 

Jul 16, 2019
A Splash of Colour: Personal & Practical Approaches to Colour Mixing [25]
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This week’s main topic was inspired by a listener who wrote: “I was hoping you could talk about colour mixing/ opposed to buying already mixed colours. I'm wanting to invest in new paint, I’d just like to hear your opinion on different paints & colour mixing etc.”

This question led us into a discussion of colour and the way we use it in our work. For both of us, it is quite an important focus, but our preferred palettes are quite different. We discuss the emotional resonance of certain colours; the power of surprising ourselves; the freedom that can come (paradoxically) with a limited palette; and mixing colours versus using them straight from the tube. We also discuss the relativity of colour, and Alice shares her approach of choosing one hero colour for each painting.

In the end, colour is an incredibly personal thing, and each artist approaches it in a different way. Some artists study colour theory, some spend hours mixing in a sketchbook, and some choose colours totally intuitively. And this is perhaps the most important point to come out of our discussion - we both believe that your use of colour should be guided not be rules or by what you think other artists would do, but by your own preferences and your goals for your work.


Mentioned

True Colors sign-up (featuring Alice's lessons) 

Joseph Albers - Interaction of Colour

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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License 


Jul 09, 2019
Fuel Your Success by Sharing Your Creative Process [24]
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As artists we have unprecedented opportunities to market ourselves and our work. We no longer have to rely on galleries or agents - the internet allows us to connect directly with potential buyers. Sharing our creative process is a highly effective way to do this, and video can be a wonderful way to satisfy people’s interest. 

This week, we discuss different ways to get started with video, including how to create a video without appearing in it, how you can use Facebook “lives,” and why Instagram stories might be a good way to get started.

We also acknowledge the vulnerability that comes with sharing our creative practice and get the giggles about some of the not-so-nice comments we have received. But we both agree that the benefits far outweigh the (extremely rare) mean remarks. If we want people to see our art, we have to let them see us.

This week’s inspirations are all about taking time out for ourselves, and we answer a listener question about how to look at Instagram without becoming demoralised.

Finally, we say a huge thank you to everyone who donated by buying us a coffee - your contributions are greatly appreciated.


Mentioned

Louise’s videos on Facebook
Curable app
Lisa Bean video course
Alice blooper reel


Links

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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License 


Jul 02, 2019
Learn from Two (Very Different) Open Studios [23]
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How do you do it? Open studios events vary widely across the UK and around the world. In this episode, we share our very different experiences, contrasting an event that spans over 3,000 square miles with one that covers an area of just 3 square miles. We discuss the things we got right, the lessons we learned, and what we’d like to change going forward. 

We also dive into our sales and wonder how many of them were due to event publicity versus our own following online or past collectors. Despite the fact that our two events varied in almost every way, we agree that the experience was an extremely positive one - not only from the perspective of sales, but also because the events allowed us to meet people we have previously only known online, and to have lovely, encouraging conversations about our work. If there is an event in your area, we both agree it’s worth getting involved.

A few thoughts and ideas: 

  • People enjoy seeing work in progress, sketchbooks and anything you can do to show how you make your work
  • It’s a plus to have things at all different price ranges so that people can choose the level of investment that suits them … this can include cards, prints or small works on paper. 
  • It’s a good idea to offer an incentive for visitors to leave an email address - perhaps a raffle for a small painting?
  • If someone likes a painting but doesn’t buy, get an email address and follow up with a photo.
  • How it feels isn’t always how it actually is, so track your data (counting visitors, sales etc).
  • Follow up after the event with an email thanking visitors and collectors.

This week, we also introduce our new Ko-fi.com page.  This is an easy and inexpensive way to help support the podcast. We hope to offer more than just our weekly chat, but the demands of the podcast are making that challenging. Your support would enable us to hire some help. If you’d like to help out with a one-time or a monthly donation, you can "buy us a coffee" us at Ko-fi.com/artjuice

In this packed episode we also discuss the surprise of finding you enjoy something you didn't want to do, and the importance of facing challenges - even if we would really rather have a duvet day.

Mentioned: 

Find out more about Alice's upcoming class: https://alicesheridan.com/artists/

Contribute at Ko-fi.com/artjuice

Listen to the "Own It' podcast at https://ownitthepodcast.com/232-getting-out-of-your-own-way-louise-fletcher/


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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Jun 25, 2019
Are limiting beliefs holding you back? [22]
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Many artists carry around ideas and beliefs that don’t serve us, and which actually often don’t even feel like beliefs. Instead, they feel like established facts. It’s only when we recognise the problem, that we can start to challenge the thoughts that are preventing our next move - and replace them with something more effective.

We discuss some of the more common limiting beliefs held by artists - things like “there are too many artists,” “I’ll never be good enough,” “there’s no money in art,” or “the place I live is no good for selling art.” We also share some of our own limiting beliefs and discuss the strategies we have used to overcome them, including EFT, hypnosis, talking with friends, and learning new ways to approach our thoughts.

Alice points out that a belief is just a thought that you keep thinking and suggests a step-by-step approach to shift through any unhelpful belief. 

1. Identify a belief that is keeping you stuck or small. Observe it gently, become aware of it and how it is keeping you held back. Thank it for the opportunity to bust it open.

2. Acknowledge the truth within your belief and then ask yourself: "Is this belief ultimately true for me?" Gather all the evidence to prove why it doesn't have to be true (like pouring water on a fire). 

3. Write a new story and adopt this as your new, more supportive belief.

4. Use affirmations to reinforce the story (although Alice points out that you need to believe them!)

Even if you replace all your current limiting beliefs, new ones may arise to take their place, but we both feel that having a process to deal with them is the key to ongoing success. 

We also answer a listener question about whether it's appropriate to announce sales with social media posts or red dots. We both agree on this one - communicating our success is a key part of presenting ourselves effectively to the outside world and there is nothing to be ashamed or feel icky about. But we also agree that humility is important to balance the success stories …. There’s nothing more annoying that someone who presents a relentlessly perfect image!

Finally, we've both been inspired by meeting people . A visit from a Canadian artist friend got Alice's creative juices flowing, and Louise was energised by meeting blog readers and podcast listeners in person. 

Mentioned

The Work of Byron Katie

Susan Sakamoto


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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License




Jun 18, 2019
Why you should break the rules of mixed media [21]
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Our main topic was inspired by a question from a listener, who asked ‘why on earth would you use oil pastel with acrylics!” He went on to say “Surely this will lead to problems later in the longevity of the paintings? Oil and water just do not mix after all!” This question launches a wide-ranging discussion into the way we use materials and the risks we are willing to take. We also ask whether materials experimentation should be reserved for certain times, or is it OK to experiment mid-painting. We share some of the mistakes we’ve made with various media, and we debunk some common concerns.

At the root of it all, we agree that oil and water don't mix - and we think that's the fun of using them together! We both believe that risk-taking has been a key factor in our artistic development and we share a belief that you can’t know in advance which media or technique will be a catalyst for new adventures - the chance element is surely part of the journey?

But we also make no claim to technical expertise and cannot promise that our paintings will last hundreds of years. In the end, we feel the trade-off between utmost creativity and guaranteed longevity is worth it - you may not agree and that is totally fine. We all make these decisions for ourselves.

Other topics include "a-ha" moments with technology, coping with busy open events as an introvert, and venturing into outsourcing.

Mentioned:
Artists at Home Open Studios in West London 14-16th June

Find all the details here

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Jun 11, 2019
Are you a Frog in Hot Water - or When is it Time to Delegate? [20]
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Do you ever feel like a boiling frog? So busy that you don't  notice that "enjoyably in demand" has turned into "totally overwhelmed and frazzled?" As artists, it's often a challenge to ask for help - partly because some of our work HAS to be done by us, and partly because we can't accept that anyone could do things as well as we do!

If you feel like you don't have enough time to get everything done, you're not alone. We ask if systems and tools can help you plan your time, how being honest with your choices makes all the difference, and when it is really time to delegate tasks. (And if it IS time, how on earth do you decide which ones and who to trust?!) We also discuss overwhelm in the context of preparing for exhibitions - we have some ideas of how to display unfinished work and wonder if perhaps someone will fall in love with the raw unfinished state of a work in progress. (and then what do you do?)

So many questions! And even if we don't have all the answers, we're happy to share how we each manage hectic schedules and packed 'to do' lists. 


Mentioned: 

Louise showing at North Yorkshire Open Studios final weekend 8th & 9th June

Louise is enjoying using some lustrous paint from Art2Life  Alice has been to the Central St Martins degree show with mixed feelings, but struck by large scale paintings by Troy Rosewell


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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Jun 04, 2019
Are Artists Ever Satisifed? [19]
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This week, we discuss why so many artists are driven to continually change  … is this the natural state of all artists? Or do we vary in this? We consider the benefits of settling into a subject matter and a way of working (there are benefits that include easier branding and consistent audience growth) but ultimately we accept that it's a matter of personality type and that neither of us is able to stay in one place with our work for too long.  There are of course, pluses and minuses to this … and we explore some of them in a wide-ranging conversation that covers studio size, ways of working, Ted Hughes, running, and even Eastenders! This one is sure to get you thinking...

Mentioned: 

Louise's new work

Ted Hughes' poem "Wind"

Couch to 5K app


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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

May 28, 2019
Tips for Artist Open Studios [18]
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Open Studio season is coming up... whether you are an old hand or this is your first year showing in this way we have some ideas for promotion and things to do in advance,  during and after so that you make the best of your Open House events this year. 

We are also discussing inspiration boards and reminders of what makes us tick in our work - whether that's recognition of a slowly developing series, and what happens when you try to make a painting because you feel you "should".

For full listings of ideas for Open Studio please check through to our full podcast notes at:
https://alicesheridan.com/artjuice18

OR
https://www.louisefletcherart.com/open-studios/


Mentioned:
CyTwombly at Bastian (until 15th June 2019)
https://www.galleriesnow.net/shows/cy-twombly-natural-history/

Gerhard Richter at Gagosian “Overpainted Photographs” (until 8th June 2019)
https://gagosian.com/exhibitions/2019/gerhard-richter-overpainted-photographs/

How to make a mood board
https://alicesheridan.com/how-to-create-a-mood-board-for-your-art/


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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


May 21, 2019
Rising to New Challenges in Marketing & Promotion [17]
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This wide-ranging discussion was sparked by recent projects. These new challenges have required us to stretch ourselves - to learn new technologies, to develop new skills and to get comfortable with promotion. We discuss the blocks to developing the required skills - including fear of failure and worrying about negative reactions - and offer our own perspectives along with concrete tips and solutions. We also explore the difference between working on promotion for someone else, and versus doing it for ourselves, and discuss procrastination - when is it simply our need to slow down and move step by step? 


In addition, we share our perspectives on approaching galleries. Should you really be nervous about this, or can you re-frame the issue and think about new galleries as potential business partners?


Ways to let people know about what you have to offer!

Instagram: bio text, link page, post, post shared to your story, story talking, story as a fixed image
Facebook: as well as within posts in multiple ways, you can create an event, share to a relevant group, update your FB Page header
Website: add a section to your home page and then link with more details to a blog post, or a new page, add that to your Menu so people can find it easily. Give people the information or links they need.
Emails:
Send an email to your list (more than once!)
Add a link within your personal email footer

Mentioned

Station Eleven by Emily John Mandel
Stand Out Online  by Natasha Courtenay-Smith
The White Hotel by D.M. Thomas

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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

May 14, 2019
Creating Your Magic Circle [16]
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Did you know that who you surround yourself with makes a huge difference to your life? 

Does your family have a creative background? Is your creative streak viewed with suspicion or disbelief. It can be hard to make art if this is what surrounds us so we review our personal histories and how we've made changes to the things which influence our beliefs. 

The quote “You’re the average of the five people spend the most time with,” is most often attributed to motivational speaker Jim Rohn, but science backs him up.

What this means is that if your friends are obese, you are much more likely to also be obese. If your friends drink too much, chances are you will too. But how does this impact our art-making? We discuss the importance of having supportive people in our lives and we share some of the ways we have done this for ourselves. We also share our thoughts on minimizing the psychological impact of negative comments as these can derail us if we are not careful. In the end, it comes down to choosing who or what will influence our mindset and making conscious moves to ensure we stay in a good place.

We also talk studio clear-outs and what we have learned about launching a course online (even though it's not our course!)


Mentioned

Tara Leaver

Gary Vaynerchuck

Maz Hawes blog post

Nicholas Wilton

CVP

Study on social influence


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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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May 07, 2019
Selling Your Art YOUR Way [15]
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This week we dive into the topic of selling - why it doesn’t need to be intimidating and why - above all - we must develop our own unique approach - one that leverages OUR unique strengths and matches the interests of OUR target audience.


In the end, selling is like art-making - the more unique and personal our approach, the more successful we will be. Real world examples include a door-to-door art salesman, an enterprising London painter, and Alice’s window cleaner! 


We also discuss how to ignite the creative spark and the power of simply not caring what other people think.


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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Apr 30, 2019
How to be selective about submissions [14]
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This week, we’re considering event and exhibition submissions and asking what criteria should we use to decide if something is right for us. We consider both the financial and reputational benefits of events, identifying areas to consider including costs, location, audience match etc. 

But we also go deeper. This topic unearthed a rare difference of opinion as a result of two different perspectives. In the end, we both agree that submission decisions shouldn’t be made in a vacuum - but rather as an element of your wider strategy.

We also discuss fear of sharing work-in-progress, the simple joys of returning to art after some time away, and the power of self-belief in determining the level of our success.


Mentioned

You can sign up for the free Art2Life workshop at:

louisefletcherart.com/art2life

alicesheridan.com/art2life


Listings of open exhibitions and events:

https://www.mallgalleries.org.uk/call-for-entries

https://www.artquest.org.uk/opportunities/

https://www.artrabbit.com/artist-opportunities

https://www.artshub.co.uk/callouts/list/-/call-for-artists/

https://www.a-n.co.uk/tag/open-call/


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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Apr 23, 2019
Does your art need a gimmick to succeed? [13]
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Does art need a gimmick to succeed? If art has a quickly recognisable ‘hook’ does that make it easier to sell? 

This week Alice has been learning the value of taking detours - Louise is in flow with her work and both have been working together to share a free art workshop with Nicholas Wilton which will show you the three most powerful principles you can use to transform your art. Sound good? You can find out more here:


louisefletcherart.com/art2life

alicesheridan.com/art2life


We explore the difference between artists who have settled on a process and/or subject matter that works for them, and those who are continually searching. Perhaps there isn’t as much of a difference as we are assuming. Our discussion ranges from pop art to cubism and from Damian Hirst to a colour-blind Yorkshire farmer.  Perhaps it's not that art needs a gimmick to succeed - but that it needs a story, so that others can relate to it.


We also answer a question from a listener, who asks "How much do you concern yourself with contemporary, 'critically relevant' art? How do you navigate the call to innovate versus just following your own pleasure and intuition?"


Mentioned

Richard Snowdon

Murphys’ Oil soap!


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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Apr 16, 2019
Fantasy artist life vs reality [12]
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A question from a listener leads us into a wide-ranging discussion about the artist life. Many feel a frustration about limited time to spend on their work and don't feel it counts alongside another career, but a recent study by The Arts council found that 68% of artists support themselves with other jobs. 

What is it really like to work as an artist? What is the fantasy and how does it stack up to reality? 

Do we risk losing the joy when we turn a hobby into a career?  We cover all this and more as we discuss our own journeys from hobbyist to professional. We talk about how we strike the balance between business and art, how we keep the joy in our professional lives, and how to get comfortable calling yourself an artist.

We also discuss two exhibitions in London and how they offered inspiration in different ways (and some of the same) ways.

Mentioned: 

https://whitecube.com/exhibitions/exhibition/tracey_emin_bermondsey_2019

https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/ey-exhibition-van-gogh-and-britain

https://www.artworkarchive.com/

Read the Arts council report here


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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Apr 09, 2019
Are You Willing to Invest in Yourself? [11]
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This week we’re discussing investments - not stocks and bonds, but the kind of investments you make (or don’t make) in yourself and your art practice. We consider the role that self-worth plays in our investment decisions, we discuss how we decide about spending money, and we ask whether it’s possible to make significant leaps forward if we are not willing to invest in ourselves, whether we are talking about time, energy, or money.


We also answer a question about gallery relations, discuss working on commissions, and bravely soldier on through a fit of the giggles.


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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Apr 02, 2019
Do we need to get older to get wiser, or can we learn from sharing mistakes [10]
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There is great merit in sticking with something long enough that you actually benefit from your own mistakes. But we hope to make things a bit easier by sharing some of the mistakes we've made - from email marketing, understanding how to talk about yourself and your work and simply not knowing how to sell paintings because they are so mysteriously different.


We have a great listener question: “When do you decide when a painting is finished? So often, I like what I see, but want to push forward for something even more dynamic. I am nervous that  I will mess it up (and I have!). But...always afraid I am not reaching my full potential in a particular painting if I give up too early.  Help!”  We have some time based suggestions - and also the two types of fear you may be having around finishing a work.


Finally, we are inspired by different reactions to art in completely different contexts and scale. And Riley has a reaction to the postman ;-)


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Mentioned:

Louise's 'different' painting


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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Mar 26, 2019
Framing Options + Painting Titles [9]
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Framing can be a challenge for us all. It’s expensive and there are so many options. If you paint on board or canvas, is it necessary? If you do decide to add a frame, what style works best? Today we’re going to delve into this topic, discuss our own approaches, and share some inside tips. We consider buying pre-made frames, having frames made online, and working with a professional framer.  The discussion also covers cost and profit concerns and how to balance those with the desire to present your work most effectively.


We also talk titles after a listener asks: “How much importance do you attach to finding a good title for each painting and which comes first - the title (theme?) or the painting?”  We discuss the importance of titles to our work and how we each approach them.


Finally, the decision to purchase a small painting leads Louise to re-visit her attitude to selling and Alice is feeling grateful to the people who help us with our art.


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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Mar 19, 2019
Are you an artist with Attitude? [8]
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This is really a juicy one. What happens when your work culminates in a show - but you’re still feeling dissatisfied? There is no doubt that making art is an emotional journey. Showing or selling it can feel even more raw - but it depends on your attitude. Hashtags and starlings all have a helping hand this week.

Louise is managing all the elements needed to hang a show and Alice wonders if getting work online at the same time as hanging a show an almost impossible feat. Even when you are doing all the work yourself there is a huge advantage in curating and arranging your own work in terms of reviewing your progress.

Alice has had to pivot her hanging plans for an upcoming art fair due to a change in circumstances beyond her control. But this led to some new energy into other paintings including using her hands. How do you feel about using tools in your work? 


Are you an artist with attitude?

Without attempting to be psychologists (!) we share how we’ve learned to adjust how we react to certain situations or change our thoughts. For both of us this has led to lovely changes in our art and life. But it’s not always easy, and is certainly an ongoing practice. How do you respond when life throws you a curve ball?

Noticing and connecting with your emotions is part of being human and can be hard to manage, especially at art fairs. We talk about keeping your energy up in the face of bad sales or an overheard comment. 

Oh, and then it all veers into magic and law of attraction ;-)


Thank you to Jennifer who asked “What’s the best way to find people looking to BUY art? (on social media)”. We have a few ideas but perhaps the main response will surprise you. 


After she just bought a new painting which has transformed her bedroom, Alice is buoyed by how much impact art can have in a home - and seeing the result of her recent collaboration with Zoffany designers.


Mentioned:

Interior inspiration: Alice’s work and the Zoffany fancy photos

See a sneak preview of Louise’s exhibition here

See Louise's starlings here. (photo courtesy of Helen Peyton)


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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Mar 12, 2019
Do You Have Enough Time for Your Art? (7)
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We all struggle with time. Some of us have young children, or elderly parents or a full-time job, and even those who work full time as artists also have the pressures of marketing, gallery relations, art fairs etc. We discuss the challenges we face in terms of managing time on a day-to-day basis, and also consider the larger question of how much time we have left in our lives. If we knew we only had one year to live, what kind of work would we make?


We also answer a question from Tracey who asks about when to move from playing to producing a series or a body of work (and coins the memorable hashtag "#fearofmakinganactualpainting!”)


Mentioned:

Alice's Connected Artist Club

Louise's online courses


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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Mar 05, 2019
How to Overcome a Creative Block [6]
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We can all recognise this sorry state of affairs, and it’s not fun! We discuss the difference between procrastinating, being temporarily frozen, or being truly blocked. Is a real block caused by a disconnect  between what you ‘want’ and what you are actually doing? Is it a result of losing your connection with your deeper self? While a pause is OK - and sometimes needed and necessary - we come up with some questions to ask yourself. And potentially two different ways you get get inspired again by leaning in and investigating.


We also answer a listener who is struggling with multiple styles and discuss how a teenage concert reminded Alice of the importance of finding your own creative path.


LINKS


Mentioned:

Muse Hysteria 

Live version  

Steven Pressfield interview

Louise’s 365-day self portrait project


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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Feb 26, 2019
What to do with older work and how to ask for feedback [5]
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This week we tackle a topic faced by artists the world over ... how do you deal with older work when your style has moved on? What do you do with that pile of old canvases or sheets of paper that no longer feel like you? Is it a waste to throw them out? Is it OK to show them with your newer work? Or can you find a way to offload them so that someone else can enjoy them?


We also wrestle with the best (and worst) ways to ask for feedback on your work, discuss how to prepare yourself mentally before you do, and share the things that have inspired us this week.


Links


Mentioned:

Coldplay documentary

Paul Jarvis book


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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Feb 19, 2019
Making Big Leaps - in art and life [4]
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This week finds us at different ends of the process. Louise has just finished several paintings in her latest series while Alice is preparing to begin new work.


As she prepares to start, we talk about the importance of making a leap into the unknown - in art and in life. The impressionist Edgar Degas is quoted as saying “only when he no longer knows what he is doing, does the painter do good things.”  This week the conversation centres on the extent to which this is true. How important is it to push your work into new territory? Is risk-taking an essential element of being an artist? And if art mirrors life, do we need to find ways to bring risk into our daily lives? 


We also answer a question from a listener, who asked "how long does it take to become an artist?" We discuss what it means to be an artist, and whether becoming one is a matter of fact or a matter of mindset. 


LINKS >>


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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


Feb 12, 2019
Studio Space & Deadlines [3]
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What’s Your Studio Space Like? 


Some artists work in giant, light-filled spaces, others make room on the dining room table. But whatever the size, your studio set-up is a crucial aspect of your work. We discuss how to make the most of your space, why it’s important to keep making changes, and practical tips on flooring and lighting solutions.


We also answer this listener question: How can I stay motivated when I don't have a deadline? Alice loves to work to a deadline, whereas Louise much prefers the space to play and experiment. Both share their perspectives on this common problem.


Also discussed, Marie Kondo-ing your studio and the pros and cons of doing your own advertising.


LINKS:

Plasterer's light 


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Credits 

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Feb 02, 2019
Is Making Art Selfish? [2]
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Have you ever felt selfish about your art making practice? Do you worry that it’s taking up time you should be spending on other things? 


We discuss whether this is a problem unique to women, we share our own personal experiences, and we wonder if our attitude to this question only changes when we begin to understand the positive effect our art-making has on others. The knock-on effects can be far larger than we anticipate at the start. So, maybe a better question would be “how can I be more selfish?”


In this episode, we also discuss a key issue for artists - the role of fear in holding us back and ask: if fear wasn't a factor, what would you make? For Alice it’s easier to ease in to a new idea in small steps whereas Louise has learnt the hard way that jumping in feet first can get you more than you bargained for.  


LINKS >>

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Credits

"Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


Jan 31, 2019
Meet your hosts; Alice and Louise
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Welcome to a new podcast for creatives with behind the scenes conversations about making art and the creative life with Alice Sheridan and Louise Fletcher.


This podcast will be an honest insight into what it takes to be an artist. Alice and Louise are both practicing artists figuring out how to develop their creative approach and balance the business side of a rewarding creative life.  If you are an artist or aspiring creative you will find support and inspiration. If you are an art lover you will find out more about what goes in to making the art you enjoy. 


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Jan 30, 2019