Art2Life

By Nicholas Wilton

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We don’t always know where exactly our creative path will take us. Thankfully there are clues, breadcrumbs that we can glean from others who share this journey. Each week Nicholas Wilton, artist and founder of Art2Life, will be sharing stories, insights, and inspiring talks with creatives from all walks of life from painters, writers, filmmakers, thought leaders, and all those just super passionate about sharing their wisdom of self-discovery. So whether you are new to art, an established artist, or just creatively curious, this podcast is a weekly invitation to discern, discover, and then dive deeper into what brings you alive.

Episode Date
How I Start My Art - Nicholas Wilton - Ep 67
31:02

https://Art2Life.com - There is a ton of pressure around starting. So much so that I thought it would be helpful to give you a window into how I think when I start. Join me as I walk you through the practical steps I take while starting a 5 by 7-foot painting. I’ll also dive into some creative roadblocks that can occur when starting and how to overcome them for a healthy and productive art practice.

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Eliminating worry and figuring it out as you go [2:47]

Getting paint onto the canvas [6:27]

Losing control and falling in love with the process of art-making [11:34]

The satisfying nature of painting and going on a journey with your art [20:21]

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Feb 01, 2023
Five Reasons to Be an Artist - Nicholas Wilton - Ep 66
28:10

https://Art2Life.com - The artist’s journey can be difficult. Sometimes we need a little reminder of why we do this thing, so we don’t lose our way. If you’re experiencing struggle in your art practice, this episode is for you! Join me as I highlight some of the amazing things about making art and the benefits it brings to our lives. 

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Artists embrace change [1:37]

There are no rules in art-making [8:02]

Artists know and work with what brings them alive [12:51]

Artists actually make something [16:44]

Artists get to apply creativity to everything [22:11]

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CONNECT WITH NICHOLAS WILTON AND ART2LIFE:

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Jan 25, 2023
Honesty in Art - Alex Kanevsky - Ep 65
55:47

https://Art2Life.com - You can’t make authentic art without honesty. And in that honesty, we find the freedom to truly be ourselves. To make the kind of art we’ve always wanted to make. Meet Alex Kanevsky. He’s a New Hampshire-based artist whose work possesses the kind of honesty that is soul-stirring. The composition, color, and abstract realism he produces are flawless, and I’m quite literally on the edge of my seat waiting to talk with him. Join us for a conversation that delves deeply into Alex's creative process and what it means to be honest in our artwork.

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The art of emotional connection [2:10]

The double-sided stick of inner freedom and the indefinable quality of art [10:17]

Exploring the unexplored through sculpture [23:48]

Working with models in art-making [28:46]

How growing up in the Soviet Union informs Alex’s art [39:00]

The logistics of Alex’s art practice and the road ahead [48:49]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Hollis Heichemer’s website (Alex’s wife): https://www.hollisheichemer.com/ 

Hollis Heichemer’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hahike 

The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/110481/the-passenger-by-cormac-mccarthy/ 

Stella Maris by Cormac McCarthy: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/110482/stella-maris-by-cormac-mccarthy/ 

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CONNECT WITH ALEX KANEVSKY

Website: http://www.somepaintings.net/Alex.html 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/somepaintings/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alex.kanevsky/

Beyond the Line (Current Show): https://dolbychadwickgallery.com/show/dolby-chadwick-gallery-beyond-the-line 

CRIA (Current Show): https://www.facebook.com/CRIAensenada/ 

Monochrome (Current Show): https://lymeacademy.edu/exhibitions/ 

Alex’s work can also be found in Goatshed Magazine: https://www.goatshedpress.co.uk/     

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CONNECT WITH NICHOLAS WILTON AND ART2LIFE:

Get the Free COLOR TIPS PDF: https://workshop.art2life.com/color-tips-pdf-podcasts/ 

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Follow Nicholas Wilton's Art on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicholaswilton/ 

Follow Art2Life on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/art2life_world/?hl=en 

Subscribe on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Art2Life

Jan 18, 2023
Why Do We Make It So Hard? - Nicholas Wilton - Ep 64
29:00

https://Art2Life.com - 1At the core of everything I do as an artist and teacher is the belief that art-making is available to anyone. Everyone is eligible, no matter their level of training or experience. So why do we make art so hard? Join me as I explore the limiting beliefs that keep us from our creative journey, the magic of starting, and the energy needed to bring momentum and growth to your art practice in 2023.

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Understanding roadblocks to art-making  [2:01]

The magic of starting, the power of story, and learning as you go [6:41]

Finding the energy in your art practice [19:29]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Charlotte's Web by E. B. White (Audiobook): https://www.audible.com/pd/Charlottes-Web-Audiobook/B002UZKLKW 

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CONNECT WITH NICHOLAS WILTON AND ART2LIFE:

Get the Free COLOR TIPS PDF: https://workshop.art2life.com/color-tips-pdf-podcasts/ 

Follow the Sunday Art2Life Vlog: https://art2life.lpages.co/sign-up-for-the-a2l-vlog/ 

Follow Nicholas Wilton's Art on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicholaswilton/ 

Follow Art2Life on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/art2life_world/?hl=en 

Subscribe on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Art2Life

Jan 11, 2023
Seeing the Unseen in Your Art - Lauren Mantecón - Ep 63
53:37

https://Art2Life.com - Happy New Year everyone! I thought I would start 2023 by speaking with Santa Fe-based artist Lauren Mantecón. Her paintings are beautifully ethereal visual portals of mystery and spirit. Join us today for this illuminating conversation about the shifting revelatory process of art-making as fresh snow starts to fall outside Lauren’s studio window.

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The mystery of art-making and how Lauren approaches her work [1:22]

Defining the ethereal quality of Lauren’s art [8:57]

Diving into Lauren’s background, her experience during the COVID pandemic, and the materials she uses in her studio [17:24]

How Lauren fights to stay in a state of flow and the logistics of her art practice  [31:14]

Trusting your instincts and how Lauren mentors other artists [40:00]

Lauren’s advice for artists to increase their sensitivity and passion [47:32]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Ralph Waldo Emerson: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Ralph-Waldo-Emerson  

William Turner: https://www.william-turner.org/ 

Rudolf Steiner: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Rudolf-Steiner  

Joel-Peter Witkin: https://www.instagram.com/joelpeterwitkinstudio/ 

Cindy Sherman: https://www.instagram.com/cindysherman 

Pat Steir: https://www.instagram.com/patsteir/ 

Brian Rutenberg website: http://www.brianrutenbergart.com/

Brian Rutenberg books: http://www.brianrutenbergart.com/books 

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CONNECT WITH LAUREN MANTECÓN

Website: https://www.laurenmantecon.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenmantecon/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/manteconstudio

Moving Your Work Out Into The World Workshop: https://manteconstudio.com/are-you-ready-2023 

Mentorship Program: https://manteconstudio.com/programs 

Hear more from Lauren on Episode 8 of Knowing in The Bones with Tara Ocon: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-8-lifting-the-veil-with-visual-artist/id1555977148?i=1000545979877 

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CONNECT WITH NICHOLAS WILTON AND ART2LIFE:

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Follow Nicholas Wilton's Art on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicholaswilton/ 

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Jan 04, 2023
Creating Texture in Your Art - Nicholas Wilton and Terri Froelich - Ep 62
35:51

https://Art2Life.com - Have you ever walked around barefoot? It’s Day 4 in Sayulita, Mexico and I can’t get enough of how visually and textually rich this place is. From the sand between my bare toes to the colorful tropical flowers, it’s a feast for the senses. Admittedly, I have textures on the brain because I’m about to teach a workshop on it. But don’t worry, you’re coming too! Join Terri and me as we share our thoughts and techniques around texture and how to use it to enhance your work in wonderful and sometimes unexpected ways.

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Defining texture and how to choose it [5:50]

Using collage to create texture [12:43]

Exploring image transfer [23:00]

Embracing the randomness of texture [29:49]

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CONNECT WITH NICHOLAS WILTON AND ART2LIFE:

Get the Free COLOR TIPS PDF: https://workshop.art2life.com/color-tips-pdf-podcasts/ 

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Follow Nicholas Wilton's Art on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicholaswilton/ 

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Subscribe on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Art2Life

Dec 28, 2022
Overcoming What Is Hard in Art - Terri Froelich and Nicholas Wilton - Ep 61
44:51

https://Art2Life.com - One of the amazing things about teaching and participating in art workshops are the people. I’d say about half of the “aha moments” come from just sitting around and talking. You’re surrounded by all these artists from all over the world with a wealth of different skills and experiences and you get to glean from all of them. Add one or two cocktails to the mix, and now you’ve got the kind of conversations that can literally change the direction and quality of your art journey. On this episode, I’m bringing that experience to wherever you get your podcasts. 

While enjoying some downtime from teaching a workshop in Mexico, Terri and I turned on a mic and had workshop participants ask their burning questions about art-making. Specifically around what’s hard about bringing our art to life and how to overcome those challenges. Join us for a fantastic time filled with insight, laughter, and a bunch of great artists on the journey together.

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How to honor your style alongside the fundamentals  [2:43]

Discovering yourself in what feels good [6:14]

Finding your intuition during struggle [9:34]

Balancing difference and pattern [16:15]

Going wherever you want with your art [23:10]

The best part about working with other artists [28:19]

The push and pull of art-making and knowing what to do next [31:44]

How to keep going, even when you don’t want to [37:14]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Terri Froelich’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/terri_froelich_art/ 

Follow Kim Temkin-Taylor’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kimtemkin.art 

Follow Tracy Page Stilwell’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tracypagestilwell 

Follow Nancy Race’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nancyraceart 

Follow Sonchen Patton’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sonchenpatton/ 

Follow Suzanne Benjamin’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sbenjaminart/ 

Follow Elizabeth Gorek’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elizabethgorekpaintings/ 

Follow Joanne Crabb’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jmcrabb/   

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CONNECT WITH NICHOLAS WILTON AND ART2LIFE:

Get the Free COLOR TIPS PDF: https://workshop.art2life.com/color-tips-pdf-podcasts/ 

Follow the Sunday Art2Life Vlog: https://art2life.lpages.co/sign-up-for-the-a2l-vlog/ 

Follow Nicholas Wilton's Art on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicholaswilton/ 

Follow Art2Life on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/art2life_world/?hl=en 

Subscribe on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Art2Life

Dec 21, 2022
Create Your Breakthrough - Nicholas Wilton - Ep 60
31:26

https://Art2Life.com - Every artist wants a breakthrough. But some will do the same thing for years before their art begins shifting in the right direction. On this episode, I want to demystify breakthroughs and show you how to go further at a faster rate. We’ll look at listening to our inner voice, the importance of vision, the need for risk, and tips to help you maintain a fresh perspective in your studio. Join me as I share insights designed to help your art practice get to the next level in the new year.

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What is a breakthrough? [2:06]

Listening to your inner voice and discovering what’s next [4:48]

The importance of pairing vision with progress [14:15] 

Why you need risk in your art practice [19:48]

Tips for maintaining a fresh perspective in your studio [23:19]

The power of optimizing your energy [28:13]

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CONNECT WITH NICHOLAS WILTON AND ART2LIFE:

Get the Free COLOR TIPS PDF: https://workshop.art2life.com/color-tips-pdf-podcasts/ 

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Dec 14, 2022
Take A Guilt Free Break From Your Art / Nicholas Wilton - Ep 59
26:27

https://Art2Life.com - How do you think of yourself as an artist? You may need to think of it more broadly than you’ve typically done. The reason is this: being an artist encompasses all that you are, everything that makes up your personality, perspective, passions, and existence. You can see that being an artist is much bigger than the fact that you create.

I bring this up because there is a flawed idea out there in the artistic community, a crazy thought that we have to always be creating or always be making in order to be a true artist. I don’t know where the idea came from but it truly is insane to think that we have to be “on” all the time. So, with the holidays coming up we all probably need to be able to take a guilt-free break for the sake of your sanity. I want to share what I’ve learned about this issue in hopes that it will help you have a better perspective. 

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Redefining who we are as artists [1:46]

Breaks empower objectivity, which we desperately need [10:20]

Being vulnerable with other artists helps you break through barriers [18:55]

 

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CONNECT WITH NICHOLAS WILTON AND ART2LIFE:

Get the Free COLOR TIPS PDF: https://workshop.art2life.com/color-tips-pdf-podcasts/ 

Follow the Sunday Art2Life Vlog: https://art2life.lpages.co/sign-up-for-the-a2l-vlog/ 

Follow Nicholas Wilton's Art on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicholaswilton/ 

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Subscribe on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Art2Life

Dec 07, 2022
The Luxury of Soul - Meryanne Loum-Martin - Ep 58
56:36

https://Art2Life.com - I recently returned from teaching a workshop at an extraordinary boutique retreat center on the outskirts of Marrakech. It is called Jnane Tamsna. Experiencing this place reminds me of 2 core ideas I teach artists to help make their art and,frankly, their life stronger: #1 Surround yourself with what brings you alive. #2 Never stop believing that whatever you can dream, more than likely, is possible.

How can a particular place do this? How is it possible that experiencing the new feelings, colors and scents of this place inspire? How can the creative vision of one inspire so many?

Today I am in conversation with the visionary designer and hotelier Meryanne Loum Martin. She has redefined luxury not in the usual financial way but in terms of exactly what money can't buy: Soul. She overcame and ignored prevalent racial and sexual prejudices and created Morocco's first lifestyle brand hotel. Today Meryanne and the places she creates are legendary. Icons of fashion, and design, as well as celebrities of film, dance. and music, all come to experience her contemporary, gorgeous lifestyle aesthetic. Her refined design sense, philosophy, and deep respect for Moroccan culture are all intertwined in a cosmopolitan approach to living and art now known worldwide as simply "Moroccan Style."

Join Meryanne and me for this conversation about differences, mindset, and soulful opulence. We sit together amongst Moroccan antiquities, contemporary art and fresh-cut roses at her Moroccan destination, Jnane Tamsna.

 

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

A snapshot of my experience at Jnane Tamsna [3:19]

The importance of inspirational places and experiences [5:57]

Examples of how Meryanne designs spaces that inspire [17:17]

How Meryanne developed the name for her venue before creating it [29:48]

Meryanne’s aesthetic: a daring, bold, creatively confident expression [35:48]  

 

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Meryanne’s book: Inside Marrakesh: Enchanting Homes and Gardens

 

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CONNECT WITH Meryanne Loum-Martin

Meryanne’s retreat center, where I taught: https://www.jnanetamsna.com/

Jnane Tamsna on Instagram

Jnane Tamsna on Twitter

Jnane Tamsna on Facebook

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CONNECT WITH NICHOLAS WILTON AND ART2LIFE:

Get the Free COLOR TIPS PDF: https://workshop.art2life.com/color-tips-pdf-podcasts/ 

Follow the Sunday Art2Life Vlog: https://art2life.lpages.co/sign-up-for-the-a2l-vlog/ 

Follow Nicholas Wilton's Art on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicholaswilton/ 

Follow Art2Life on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/art2life_world/?hl=en 

Subscribe on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe8dJWKgPKkW4W3fsb1vLeg

Nov 30, 2022
Living Color in Marrakech - Nicholas Wilton - Ep 57
28:07

https://Art2Life.com - I believe that art making is about choices — choosing what you want to keep in an d what you want to get rid of. What’s crazy, is that when you’re starting out on the creative path, those choices seem important and can be scary. There’s a lot of thought that goes into it because you don’t want to mess up.

But what I’ve discovered is that as you get on down the creative path a bit more, a realization comes to you: To get somewhere artistically, it doesn’t matter so much what you choose when it comes to colors or shapes and such. The more important thing is to simply make a choice. That’s a different way of approaching art.

It makes it a lot easier.

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Why you must learn to simply decide and allow Art to become your teacher [2:24]

Scenes from the backstreets of Marrakech [6:17]

A conversation with children in the city, and a gift of candy [22:10]

How memories of my time in Marrakech enable my art [24:32]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Marrakech, Morocco

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CONNECT WITH NICHOLAS WILTON AND ART2LIFE:

Get the Free COLOR TIPS PDF: https://workshop.art2life.com/color-tips-pdf-podcasts/ 

Follow the Sunday Art2Life Vlog: https://art2life.lpages.co/sign-up-for-the-a2l-vlog/ 

Follow Nicholas Wilton's Art on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicholaswilton/ 

Follow Art2Life on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/art2life_world/?hl=en 

Subscribe on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe8dJWKgPKkW4W3fsb1vLeg

Nov 23, 2022
Who Is My Style? - Magdalena Segui Cerda - Ep 56
55:57

https://Art2Life.com - About ten years ago, I went to Mallorca, Spain, to teach a workshop. It seemed a long way to go, but what I found once I arrived made the journey worth it. I held the workshop in a gorgeous stone villa. There were old olive trees and the nights were so warm, starry, and still. Participants could drop into this place quickly. They felt more inspired as soon as they arrived. However, what stirred me that first time, more than anything, was a massage I signed up for on a whim. It turned out it was not so much a massage, but a reading. A spiritual directional clarification. It was like a mirror that made it possible to see more clearly the deeper parts of myself. 

Meet Magdalena Segui Cerda. I have returned to Mallorca for over ten years to teach workshops and equally important, to work with Magdalena. She has an extraordinary, gentle way of helping others see and decipher their most genuine essence. I consider my work over the years with her as art and life guidance. Our best art comes when we look within ourselves and begin listening. There is wise guidance waiting within us all. Our souls already have the answers we seek. However, it is so easy to miss what is right before us. Magdalena has helped me see what I have overlooked. Join us for this conversation about the creative project we all share: The Project of Becoming.

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

Art as human evolution and the process of deciphering ourselves [3:18]

The role of emotions in self-discovery and how art tracks our progress [12:44]

Embracing the mystery within and understanding energy [19:15]

Seeing our souls as a guiding force and the magnetism of our lives and art [28:44]

Understanding intuition and the role it plays in authentic art [39:09]

How Magdalena started her own journey and common challenges for those she works with [45:51]

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CONNECT WITH MAGDALENA SEGUI CERDA

Email: magdalenasegui@gmail.com 

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CONNECT WITH NICHOLAS WILTON AND ART2LIFE:

Get the Free COLOR TIPS PDF: https://workshop.art2life.com/color-tips-pdf-podcasts/ 

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Follow Nicholas Wilton's Art on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicholaswilton/ 

Follow Art2Life on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/art2life_world/?hl=en 

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Nov 16, 2022
Making the Art of Light - Vanessa Marsh - Ep 55
47:52

https://Art2Life.com - Authenticity is often present in strong, moving art. This ingredient is a given. But sometimes art can be even more significant in feel. It can be universal. I can’t always put my finger on how this occurs, but I can recognize it. The work feels bigger. It references far more than what is contained within its borders. 

Oregon-based artist Vanessa Marsh makes this kind of work. Her art is similar to photography, but on closer examination, it is not. Vanessa constructs much of her work using darkroom techniques, collage, drawing, and painting. Her varied images of landscapes, trees, and night constellations seem familiar, like a collective shared memory. They have a specificity but also remarkably a universality. Her work is beautifully varied, but all of it shares a common subject matter: light itself. Join us for this expansive conversation about constellations, human connection, and the nature of light.

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

Getting to know Vanessa Marsh and how her upbringing impacts her art [1:22]

Reconnecting us to the cosmos [14:27]

Painting in reverse and the logistics of Vanessa’s art-making  [20:24]

The role silhouette and reduction play in Vanessa’s work [32:37]

Keeping the work going and the road ahead for Vanessa [38:59]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Adam Gerlach’s (Vanessa’s husband) website and Instagram: http://www.adamgerlach.com and https://www.instagram.com/adamgerlachphotography 

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CONNECT WITH VANESSA MARSH

Website: http://www.vanessamarshfineart.com 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vanessamarshphotography 

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CONNECT WITH NICHOLAS WILTON AND ART2LIFE:

Get the Free COLOR TIPS PDF: https://workshop.art2life.com/color-tips-pdf-podcasts/ 

Follow the Sunday Art2Life Vlog: https://art2life.lpages.co/sign-up-for-the-a2l-vlog/ 

Follow Nicholas Wilton's Art on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicholaswilton/ 

Follow Art2Life on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/art2life_world/?hl=en 

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Nov 09, 2022
Don’t Be a Baby and Keep Making Your Art - Jerry Saltz - Ep 54
01:02:30

https://Art2Life.com - Making art is hard enough, but hearing from others whether it is good or not is especially so. Every artist I know already has, hard-wired within them, a pretty tough critic. I certainly do. So I never have been particularly drawn to listening to more of them. I know, of course, art criticism is essential in the art world. I get all that, but truthfully, I have always been a little leery of outside criticism in case it made me stop making art. It feels safer to hear more from those who are actually making art. They were the ones I thought whose voices mattered. At least for me. 

But today you are going to meet an art critic. But not the kind I imagined. Not at all. His name is Jerry Saltz. He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning, senior art critic and columnist for New York Magazine. He has a bajillion followers on Instagram and is a New York Times bestselling author. He also cares a ton about art and especially artists. Which isn’t surprising because he was one. He switched mid-career because, ironically, his inner critic wouldn’t leave him alone, and it all became too much. 

Jerry is whip-smart, funny, and at times, daringly truthful. But this is what I love about him: he just tells the truth. Or rather his truth. That is rare these days. Jerry is the artist's art critic. He is so on our side and wants nothing more for us than to simply stay together and above all else, to keep making our art. Join me now for this startlingly vulnerable and caring conversation about art and life with one of the most revered voices in the art world: Jerry Saltz.

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How Jerry became a bestselling author and why you need to read his books [3:19]

Becoming a different kind of artist and recognizing the respect in art criticism [15:05]

Why artists need one another [25:48]

Making an enemy of envy and why we need to just keep making our art [32:01]

Where Jerry feels the art world is heading [39:15]

Jerry’s advice for artists when they receive criticism and the time Jerry criticized my work [46:47]

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CONNECT WITH JERRY SALTZ

Jerry’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jerrysaltz/ 

Riverhead Book’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/riverheadbooks 

Art is Life (Book): https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/612485/art-is-life-by-jerry-saltz/ 

How to Be an Artist (Book): https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/612484/how-to-be-an-artist-by-jerry-saltz/9780593086469/ 

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Nov 02, 2022
How to Embrace Our Artlife - Edward Povey - Ep 53
54:40

https://Art2Life.com - At the beginning of making something, the artist is the fixed, central point that everything is organized around. It seems it can't be any other way. You are a singular artist doing something, chasing something to make something new. Often it falls flat but sometimes, a few sneak through. A couple of them are good. Maybe even for a short time, great.

Interestingly, good art always seems to have a bit more authenticity. It's yours, but also theirs as well. In other words, the authenticity of the human experience seems to be the currency we all embrace. We all can relate to it. As the artist, we begin thinking the work is all about us. How could it be otherwise? Yet somehow, in the process of making, sharing, and showing our work, it becomes clear that others can find themselves in our art too. It no longer becomes solely about you. It is out of your hands and goes off into the world without even looking back.

Of course, this is rarely the case for most art made. First, it has to be exceptionally authentic. It has to be poignant and stirring. It has to be unforgettable. Edward Povey, a British painter whose work can loosely be described as emotional realism, happens to be all three. Join me now for an incredibly candid, moving, and thoughtful conversation. Hopefully, it will be for you what it was for me: Unforgettable.

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Edward’s origin story and how it informs his work [3:11]

Creating community-minded art and unpacking inadequacy [13:16]

Diving into Edward’s process and auditing an ordinary life  [17:04]

Pythagoras, the armature of the rectangle, and mathematical creativity [34:05]

Embracing uncertainty with honest inquiry [45:05]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Biography from the Museum of Modern Art in Whales: http://media.icompendium.com/edwardpo_2.-EDWARD-POVEY---MOMA-Wales-2012.pdf  

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CONNECT WITH EDWARD POVEY

Website: https://www.edwardpovey.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/edwardpovey

Art Basel Miami showing (Nov 29th - Dec 4th): https://www.artmiami.com/practical-info 

Visit Edward’s GALERIE BENJAMIN ECK showing in Munich, Germany (Oct 3rd - Nov 30th) by reaching out to: info@benjamin-eck.com 

A future solo exhibition is currently being organized with Waterhouse & Dodd, New York, scheduled for Fall 2023. Interested parties can request more info by going to www.waterhousedodd.com or www.fineartbrokers.com

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Oct 26, 2022
Cultivating Balance in Art & Life - James Kennedy - Ep 52
52:27

https://Art2Life.com - Meet James Kennedy. An artist living and working just north of NYC, whose work I have admired for years. And finally, I had the opportunity to sit with him and have a conversation. You know those people you meet that you want to hang out with more because you instantly feel you are on the same page? Not just about art but also life? James has this lovely mix of humility, humor, and creative wisdom that I so appreciate in artists. 

It turns out James began his career in theater and performance art. His “find your way as you go” mode of unpremeditated paintings are gorgeous, balanced assemblages of line, shape, texture, and tonality. Ever since I first saw his work, I was struck by the fact that there was such a refined sense of balance. His art is like a perfect theatrical scene where all the characters are synchronized in a sublime balance of tension and harmony. Join me for a conversation I think you'll find nurturing, funny, and creatively liberating.

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Creating your own world and the elaborate art journey of James Kennedy  [2:27]

Starting with landscapes and finding your way as you go [13:56]

The art of balance and the spacial quality of James’ work [22:12]

Subtlety, boldness, and overcoming challenges in the work [27:29]

Creating three-dimensionality through glazing [34:26]

Doing life with a creative partner and the process of James’ art practice [38:57]

Nurturing your thoughts and James’ next adventure [46:42]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

William Turner (Artist): https://www.william-turner.org/the-complete-works.html?pageno=1 

Ben Nicholson (Artist): https://www.artsy.net/artist/ben-nicholson 

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CONNECT WITH JAMES KENNEDY

Website: http://www.jameskennedyonline.com/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jameskennedyart/

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Oct 19, 2022
The Art of Reflection - Emilio Villalba - Ep 51
50:45

https://Art2Life.com - To grow artistically, especially in the beginning, we look out into the world at all the art made to help locate ourselves. If we are not yet sure where we are, it makes sense to look for art that reassures us. But it’s also confusing. At times it leaves us with that sinking feeling that the gap between where we are now and where we want to be is too much. The more you look outside yourself, the more you have to sort to find your expression. But what if you could artfully and sustainably stay open to all the art that influences and inspires you? Taking the time to consider others’ art will undoubtedly embolden yours. 

Meet Emilio Villalba. A young Mexican American artist born in Chula Vista, California. Emilio is an intrepid explorer committed to finding his common thread in all the art he gains inspiration from and ultimately creates. The trajectory of his art and the fact that it is undergoing a process of change visible to the growing numbers who follow his work is undoubtedly part of its draw. The other part is that we all know that whatever Emilio makes next will be startlingly fresh, original, and groundbreaking. Join us today for stories of early breakthroughs, inspiring influences, and how Emilio is pulling off his extraordinary art.

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Getting acquainted with Emilio’s art journey, his start in animation, and becoming obsessed with figurative drawing [2:31]

The conceptual complexity of Emilio’s work [16:26]

Emilio’s big turning point [22:47]

The evolution of Emilio’s art [29:32]

Emilio’s road ahead and current sources of inspiration [38:07]

Maintaining momentum while experimenting with your art [43:33]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters (Book): https://www.amazon.com/Drawing-Lessons-Masters-Robert-Beverly/dp/0823014010 

Drawing Manual (Book): https://www.amazon.com/Vilppu-Drawing-Manual-Glenn/dp/1892053039 

David Park: A Painter’s Life (Book): https://www.amazon.com/Vilppu-Drawing-Manual-Glenn/dp/1892053039 

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CONNECT WITH EMILIO VILLALBA

Website: https://emiliovillalbaart.com/

Art Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emilio_villalba 

Personal Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elmo_84 

Upcoming November Workshops: https://www.instagram.com/p/Ch47W8IJUzm/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link 

Upcoming shows: https://www.hashimotocontemporary.com/exhibitions/209-emilio-villalba-besides/overview/ 

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Oct 12, 2022
Overcoming Self Doubt - Nicholas Wilton - Ep 50
34:11

https://Art2Life.com - The more we stay in our art, the easier it is to make it. But what happens when life gets in the way? How do we overcome self-doubt and get back in the studio after a break? What happens when you’ve been out of your studio for weeks, and your gallery just decides to show up? The last one is not rhetorical. What could have been a crisis turned into a wonderful moment of self-reflection and empowerment. Join me for that story and the valuable lessons it taught me about my art practice.

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The power of staying in it and fighting insecurity [2:17]

The art journey is all about momentum [15:04]

Finding the courage to become ourselves [25:26]

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Oct 05, 2022
The Art of Memory - Bill Armstrong - Ep 49
47:58

https://Art2Life.com - Why does a memory always seem a little blurry and slightly soft-edged when we look back in time? It feels like reality. It is familiar but oddly just beyond our grasp. Memories are places beyond the veil of presence that are wonderfully and not so easily defined. Just thinking about this notion begins to lift us out of our day-to-day experience like a balloon slipped from its tether, rising slowly, magically up into the blue. 

Today on the podcast, we are talking with Manhattan-based artist Bill Armstrong. He utilizes repurposed imagery, abstraction, simplification, and blur to create his art. The gorgeous images are startling in their presence. They serve as a beautiful invitation for us all to feel more deeply the emotional, transcendent nature of our lives. Join me now for this illuminating conversation with Bill. I think you will find his work not only unforgettable (I can't stop thinking of them) but also so, so beautifully transporting.

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How Bill found his creative fire and became a photographer [2:48]

Bill’s path to metaphorical photography [7:08]

Gaining clarity on Bill’s signature blurry style [15:31]

The logistics of Bill’s art practice [23:13] 

The role of color and size in Bill’s work [30:22]

How spirituality impacts Bill’s art-making and what lights him up when people connect with his work [35:00]

The road ahead for Bill and final thoughts [42:37]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Roger Farrington (Photographer): https://rogerfarrington.com/ 

David Levinthal (Photographer): https://davidlevinthal.com 

Quarantine: Artists and Writers on Isolation by Bill Armstrong: https://www.dolbychadwickgallery.com/art/2802966 

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CONNECT WITH BILL ARMSTRONG

Website: https://www.billarmstrongphotography.com/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billarmstrongphoto/ 

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Sep 28, 2022
Coming Home to Your Art - José Delhart Gonzalez - Ep 48
53:14

https://Art2Life.com - I used to think I couldn't make art because I didn't have some earth-shattering conceptual message. Or that somehow I hadn't struggled enough in my life to enter the world of fine art. It took way too long to realize I had meaningful thoughts and that I was just as eligible as anybody. Then, finally, I realized that what I was experiencing, and how I wanted to communicate this, is what made my art…well, mine. I have been mining the world of myself ever since.

Recently I stumbled upon the work of José Delhart, who has doubled down on finding his art in the stories and memories of his family. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Brooklyn, his highly personal art is a remarkable assortment of stylized figures, mythical creatures, and UFOs. He often paints on cardboard, repurposed paper, and discarded pizza boxes. Jose derives his art from the beautiful rich tapestry of his memories growing up on his grandfather's yam farm in the mountains of Puerto Rico, his family, and the neighborhood life of Brooklyn, NY. Join me for a lovely conversation filled with stories, adventure, and the magic of looking to the past for inspiration in the present.

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Getting to know José Delhart and his pursuit of both art and music [2:18]

Finding purpose and how art represents the complicated layers of our lives [9:11]

Exploring José’s signature style and the foundational roots of his work [17:26]

How José approaches life’s challenges and incorporates the entire human experience into his art [24:34]

José’s sources of inspiration and his experience spending summers in Puerto Rico [30:20]

Dreams, the dream state, and using art to connect with the other side [40:40]

Why José doesn’t need a studio [44:42]

Cultivating confidence and direction in your art practice [47:03]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Carolanna Parlato’s website and Instagram (José’s elementary school teacher): http://www.carolannaparlato.com/ | https://www.instagram.com/carolannaparlato/ 

Hieronymus Bog’s website (José’s long-time friend and collaborator): https://www.hieronymusbogs.com/  

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CONNECT WITH JOSÉ DELHART GONZALEZ

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/josedelhartgonzalez/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jose.delhart 

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Sep 21, 2022
The Art of Curiosity - Jaq Chartier - Ep 47
55:39

https://Art2Life.com - I'm always trying to take time in my practice to experiment. It's always about figuring out what it is, or where I might go next. When I do, it's so satisfying. It reinvigorates my art-making. I love the idea of letting curiosity lead the way. What if your art was entirely experimenting? What if learning and curiosity were the primary informers of your art? How cool would that be? 

Meet Jaq Chartier. She is a Seattle-based artist fascinated by experimenting with pigments, dyes, and color. She explores how paint and stains behave in the moment and over time. Her art, consisting of catalog formal-like presentations of color tests, is beautifully offset by her saturated, soft, and hard-edged color stains. Her art is non-objective, but one can't help feeling the universality, the grand scale of the force of Nature in her gorgeous art. Join me now for this fascinating conversation with Jaq. I think it will make you rethink your relationship with experimentation and curiosity.

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How Jaq Chartier found her art and the power of curiosity [2:18]

Removing our hands from the canvas and diving into discomfort [14:04]

The bigness of Jaq's work and deciding which pieces make the cut  [20:06] 

The mysterious force that is color and the role it plays in Jaq’s art practice [30:01]

Creating an art installation for Microsoft and working on a massive scale [38:20]

Using curiosity and surprise as a roadmap for art-making and the experience of women in the art world [41:16]

Jaq’s incredible advice for any artist [49:41

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Fire in the Crucible: Understanding the Process of Creative Genius (Book): https://www.amazon.com/Fire-Crucible-Understanding-Process-Creative/dp/1890482773  

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CONNECT WITH JAQ CHARTIER

Website: http://jaqbox.com/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaqchartier/ 

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Sep 14, 2022
This Is Not Orange - Sun and Nicholas Wilton - Ep 46
36:08

https://Art2Life.com - While on Day 3 of the Tour Du Mont Blanc (a 10-day hike around the largest mountain in Europe), I was struck with a question: How do you know orange is orange? What is color? How do we define it, and is it different for everyone? While pondering these big questions, I ran into a kind and gentle soul named Sun, a quantum physicist from Kolkata, India that studies lightwaves passed through diamonds. It quickly became clear that this providential meeting was a fantastic way to answer some of my questions. With miles to go and no one in sight, I thought I’d see if Sun could shed some light on the mystery of color. Join me now for an interview in the most unlikely of places!

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Getting to know Sun and the subjectivity and science of color [3:36]

Understanding color and why it’s up for interpretation [13:37]

Orange thoughts from a friend and reflections after the hike [23:00]

Why color has a life of its own [28:47]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Synesthesia (Article): https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/synesthesia 

The Day the Crayons Quit (Book): https://www.drewdaywalt.com/the-day-the-crayons-quit

A Mango-Shaped Space (Book): https://www.amazon.com/Mango-Shaped-Space-Wendy-Mass/dp/0316058254 

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Sep 07, 2022
Figuration and Abstraction - Ian Kimmerly - Ep 45
49:08

https://Art2Life.com - I love talking to other artists about everything they’ve gathered from their life and then distilled into their art. This, in the most straightforward way, is what artists do. All the ingredients are different for each of us, but where one's art truly becomes singular has to do with the sensitivity and skill in juxtaposing the differences between those ingredients.

Meet Ian Kimmerly. Here is a partial but incomplete list of the contrasts in his art: His work feels realistic but also dreamlike. It is specific but elusive. Figurative but also abstract. Planned but intuitive. Illusionary but factual. Intimate but universal. Ian's work draws you in so close, but he can somehow hold you at arm's length as well. 

As complex as all these elements sound, one only needs to see his work to instantly get the feeling or sense that we have all been here before. His pictures are of our life. Ultimately they connect us or at least hold out that invitation. How this remarkable work has come about is the thrust of my conversation today with Ian. His humility and approachability are refreshing, but it is the insanely refined, nuanced thinking behind his art that took my breath away.

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Getting to know Ian Kimmerly [2:30]

How Ian began blending the various elements of his artwork [7:49]

Identifying the contrasts in Ian’s work [12:36]. 

Exploring Ian’s use of light and dark and the logistics of his art creation [19:39]

Balancing figurative and abstract moments in the work  [28:25]

Finding nature in a digital landscape, depth and layering, and diving into Ian’s process [33:26]

The challenges of Ian’s art practice and creating more from less [42:06]

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CONNECT WITH IAN KIMMERLY

Website: https://www.iankimmerlyart.com/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ian_kimmerly/ 

Show Opening: Thursday, November 3rd from 5:30-7:30PM at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery - https://dolbychadwickgallery.com

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Aug 31, 2022
The Importance of Joy - Nicholas Wilton - Ep 44
23:26

https://Art2Life.com - After taking a break from your art, do you ever wonder why you are so fired up to get back at it? I always notice this, and it has fascinated me for years. We’re not doing art while we’re away, so what’s happening there? Join me for a quick chat about the importance of joy in our art practice, how to access it, and how it optimizes your art and life.

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Using joy to spark creativity [1:39]

The accessibility and challenges of experiencing joy [5:43]

Why you can’t afford a lack of joy in your art journey (and your life) [10:27]

Finding the things that make you feel alive [13:34]

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Aug 24, 2022
Combining Differences - Katherine Mann - Ep 43
48:10

https://Art2Life.com - Growing up, Washington DC-based artist Katherine Mann’s father was an American foreign service officer. Her Taiwanese mother was a teacher and a graphic designer. Her father's position had them moving every 2-3 years. Katherine grew up in parts of Asia, the Middle East, and various places in the United States. Her interest in both Chinese brush paintings and western abstractionism was derived from these early childhood relocations that gives her work such a rich and distinct feel. 

Katherine's art, like her life, has matured into a remarkable tour de force of combining disparate elements and contrasts. It is made by controlling paint but also freely pouring paint. It speaks to the fragility and majesty of nature simultaneously. It is bold and confident but also delicate and fragile. Her thinking and evolution as an artist shows us that we can embrace our separateness and know our innate, shared connection with the World.

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Getting to know Katherine Mann, her unique style, and how her life informs her art [2:06]

Diving into Katherine’s art-making process [11:17]

The evolution of Katherine’s art journey and balancing different styles [16:19]

Way-finding in Katherine’s art practice, knowing when her art is working, and the logistics of her creation process [30:03]

Balancing parenting and art and looking at the road ahead for Katherine [38:25]

How Katherine keeps her creative fire going [44:33]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Yupo Synthetic Papers: https://yupousa.com/what-is-yupo/  

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CONNECT WITH KATHERINE MANN

Website: https://www.katherinemann.net/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ktzulan/

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Aug 17, 2022
The Art Journey - Guy Diehl - Ep 42
59:04

https://Art2Life.com - The cool thing about making art is that even though we are mostly alone in our studios, we are not alone on the creative path. All of us are here, no matter what you make. There are people ahead of us, and always (regardless of when we begin), people behind us. We simply gain knowledge the further we go. The longer one has been on the path, the more wisdom they acquire. 

Today we are talking to Guy Diehl, a bay area still-life realist painter who has been involved with creating a life centered upon art for over 50 years. His early childhood challenge of dyslexia was relieved by art-making and he simply never looked back. He has peered into all kinds of artistic genres, often spending a decade of passionate investigation into any he felt drawn towards. 

For the last decade or two, Guy has focused on making incredibly alluring still-life paintings. His mastery of acrylic paint and materials is unparalleled. His sustainable art practice and “make art no matter what” attitude is inspiring. Come listen to the wisdom of the art and life of Guy Diehl, a fellow traveler on the creative path.

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Getting to know Guy Diehl and the start of his art journey [2:19] 

Insight from over 50 years of working with acrylics [17:35]   

Choosing subject matter, the beauty of abstract art, and why Guy loves photo-realism  [23:01]

Exploring Guy’s use of natural light and the humanity found in his work [31:09]

How Guy decides the objects used in his paintings [43:43]

The journey ahead and Guy’s advice for those just starting [53:36]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Guy Diehl - Realist with a Minimalist Aesthetic: https://www.juxtapoz.com/news/painting/guy-diehl-realist-with-a-minimalist-aesthetic/ 

Guy Diehl - Forging an Art Life: https://themattgonzalezreader.com/2020/12/14/guy-diehl-2/    

Plein Air Wisdom – Doug Andelin – Ep 16 (Art2Life Podcast): https://www.art2life.com/2022/02/09/plein-air-wisdom-doug-andelin-ep-16/   

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CONNECT WITH GUY DIEHL

Website: http://www.guydiehl.com/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/guydiehlstudio/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/guy.diehl.9  

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Aug 10, 2022
The Art Fight - Chad Little - Ep 41
52:01

https://Art2Life.com - I remember it was hard when I started making art. It eventually got easier, but only sorta. The blessing and the curse of this art profession is that you never actually arrive. The more art I make, the less I realize I know. So improving over time and trying to be more attuned to whatever it is you are after always kind of remains a struggle. It is like a small battle in your studio. 

And of course, it can easily be stopped by choosing mediocrity or settling for what you have done before. However, if you are up for it, you can hold out for something better and possibly outside your capability. I try for this, and I usually miss it, but regardless this goal is where the juice is. This intersection of faith and momentary brilliance is the sweet spot so many artists are after.

Today, I am talking with the brilliant entrepreneur and artist Chad Little. He is presently smack dab in the middle of this fight. His figurative work is already damn amazing, but as you will discover, he is not interested in staying where he has been. Instead, Chad is groping towards something more sophisticated. More elegant. This inspiring conversation reminded me of the importance of always trying to raise the bar with the art we make.

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

The past and present art journeys of Chad Little [2:49]

How Chad mingles realism, abstraction, and design in his work [19:39]

The role of nostalgia and time in Chad’s art [23:50]

Exploring Chad’s current art practice, the power of subtlety, and making peace with the process [26:25]

Staying in the fight, unearthing yourself, and searching for fire [39:06]

Building momentum and doing the work [47:16]

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CONNECT WITH CHAD LITTLE

Website: https://www.chadlittleart.com/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chadlittleart 

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Aug 03, 2022
Creating - Susan Melrath and Ferris Martinez - Ep 40
48:37

https://Art2Life.com - What does it mean to be an artist? Some say it’s one’s education or creative prowess. Others reserve that title for those who can make a living from their art. Yet, when we look at the nature of art and creativity, it feels so much bigger than the definition a single perspective can provide. Join us for a special conversation between Art2Life team members Susan Melrath and Ferris Martinez as they discuss Ferris’ art practice of both music and painting, how art movements throughout history have shaped our perception of creativity, and why artistry is more of a universal concept than we think.

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The multi-disciplinary art-making of Ferris Martinez, growing up with creativity, and the accessibility of music [4:02]

The evolution of Western art throughout history and how art enriches our lives [10:33] 

The influence of upbringing on art-making and the art in everything [21:32]

NFTs, elitism, and the current direction of the art world [25:19] 

Navigating a music career during the pandemic and how limitation inspires creativity [33:06]

Bringing narrative into painted portraits [42:51]

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CONNECT WITH SUSAN MELRATH AND FERRIS MARTINEZ

Susan Melrath’s website: http://www.susanmelrath.com/ 

Ferris Martinez’s website: https://www.ferrismartinez.com/ 

Follow Susan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/susanmelrath 

Follow Ferris on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_ferrism_/ 

Check out Ferris Martinez on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0dd9L4zlL62jTIjDS4NgOA 

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Jul 27, 2022
The Art of Collaboration - Kiel Johnson - Ep 39
43:44

https://Art2Life.com - What if instead of making your art by yourself, you made it with hundreds of people? What if you could invite anyone to participate? And most importantly, what if the outcome was deliciously uncertain? Meet Kiel Johnson. He is a California-based artist who, over the past 20 years, has taken his drawing and sculpture to an extraordinary level of collaboration. Using cardboard, glue guns, and a mash-up of materials, Kiel has led the creation of homemade rocket ships, airplanes, robots, and a whole host of imagined worlds for groups at schools, institutions, and creative symposiums. 

Whether his art is made in his studio (a converted church in central California), or taken on the road to collaborate with others, its ethos is simple: Kiel is here to make things. To live a creative life, or rather, to play a creative life. And if willing, you are invited. His enthusiasm and generosity of spirit are so big it seems to have overflowed into everything, especially his art. After listening today and seeing Kiel's art, you will never see a piece of cardboard quite the same way.

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

The role collaboration plays in Kiel’s art practice [2:30]

Facilitating collaboration and the logistics of corporate art-making [7:06]

Why Kiel works with cardboard [12:05]

Wayfinding in collaborative art-making [16:30]

Turning a small town 1800’s church into an art studio compound [21:53]

Kiel’s thought process behind his individual work and art business [32:12]

How living in the country has impacted Kiel’s art practice [38:44]

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CONNECT WITH KIEL JOHNSON

Website: https://www.kieljohnson.com 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kieljohnson 

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Jul 20, 2022
The Art of Flying - Daniel Wurtzel - Ep 38
44:15

https://Art2Life.com - I love how the art-making journey can begin in the most unexpected, inconspicuous ways. Everyone’s origin story is different, but we all share the spark. That moment on what was most likely on an ordinary day, while doing seemingly unimportant things, where IT happened. A chance meeting with someone. The first paragraph of a book you happened to glance at, left behind at your table by someone you didn't know. Or perhaps it was a piece of art you saw that changed everything. It increased the volume of the call to your art just loud enough that you couldn't somehow begin. 

For Daniel Wurtzel, the Brooklyn-based air installation and performance artist, it was simply a leaf amazingly suspended above a subway air grate. It was hovering, as if by magic, 12 inches above the ground. Something about this moment stirred him. He couldn't let it go. He had to follow its path. Daniel Wurtzel began. Today, Daniel's ethereal air sculptures have been seen in Cirque du Soleil in Amaluna, the Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony, and countless museums and science centers across the globe. His kinetic sculptures and installations combine the lightweight and poetic materials of paper, silk, and glitter with the most wondrous but invisible material of all: Air. 

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

Getting to know Daniel Wurtzel and his gravity-defying art [2:35]

The truth in materials and why ideas are so important to the creative process [7:22]

How Daniel freed his art and found his way in the art world [12:28]

Gifts from the natural world and the power of noticing  [20:43]

The role music and performance play in Daniel’s art [25:11] 

The moment Daniel knew he found his art [28:32]

Diving into Daniel’s creative process [33:20]

Looking down the road ahead [37:21]

Going outside of yourself and the most important choice an artist can make [39:38]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Richard Serra (Artist): https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/artist/richard-serra 

Isamu Noguchi (Artist): https://www.noguchi.org 

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CONNECT WITH DANIEL WURTZEL

Website: https://www.danielwurtzel.com/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danielwurtzel 

Chaos: Making a New Science (Book): https://www.amazon.com/Chaos-Making-Science-James-Gleick/dp/0143113453 

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Jul 13, 2022
The Wonder of Art - Josh Goldberg - Ep 37
48:11

https://Art2Life.com - Art-making doesn't have to look any particular way. Anything goes. What we make and how we make it is really of no importance except, of course, to the artist. There can be so much pressure to figure it all out. So it makes sense that most want to create some degree of certainty in this nebulous art-making thing. I gave up figuring out my art quite a few years ago. I finally accepted that maybe everything would work out if I kept making my art and paid attention. 

So today, I no longer plan what I am doing in the studio and instead show up and surprise myself. Recently I came across some paintings I just loved. I felt the artist's art process was similar to mine, so I became curious. I could tell there wasn't a lot of pre-planning going on. The result was too fresh and daring.

So I tracked the artist down. His name is Josh Goldberg. He is a poet, artist, and teacher. Listening to how he describes his approach and creative philosophy was mesmerizing. I had to relisten to this conversation so I could take notes. It was that good. Join me now as Josh and I are meeting for the first time.

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Getting to know Josh Goldberg [2:08] 

Making the transition from art student to career artist and the logistics of Josh’s art practice  [5:02]

Creating art that creates wonder [8:56] 

Exploring the juxtaposition of freedom and control and the magic of art-making [15:16]

Learning how to color outside the lines and examining innate creativity [22:16]

Josh discusses the specifics of his art-making toolbox [25:40]

Why Josh never gets stuck [28:02]

The necessity of looking inward and self-exploration [30:43]

The role guidance plays in Josh’s art practice and the fear of being repetitive  [36:31]

How Josh handels commissioned pieces [40:57]

Josh’s advice for artists trying to go deeper in their work [43:01]

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CONNECT WITH JOSH GOLDBERG

Website: http://www.joshgoldbergart.com 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joshgoldbergart/ 

Workshop: https://studiolineofsight.com/workshops 

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Jul 06, 2022
Becoming More Alive - Brandi Stanley - Ep 36
44:44

https://Art2Life.com - A good question can often provide more clarity than 1,000 answers, especially on the journey of a creative. But of all the questions, one stands out from all the rest. It is the question I follow in my art practice and the founding question of Art2Life.com, my online creative teaching platform. And it is this: What brings you alive?

When human beings participate in what brings them alive, they become inspired. As a result, there is an uptick in creativity. I ask this question a lot. So much so that it recently prompted an email from someone who equally loves this question. So of course, we instantly connected. 

Meet podcaster, writer, and fellow creative explorer Brandi Stanley. It has been a long time since I have talked with someone who can clearly articulate the nuances, challenges, and magic of those pursuing the creative path. I know I have found a great guest on the show when just by having a conversation with them, I learned something I was not expecting to learn. I think you will too.

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

Getting to know Brandi Stanley [2:24]

The art of following your compass [6:29]

The scariest part about being an artist [13:31] 

Unpacking the idea of purpose [18:16]

Exploring synchronicity in nature and debunking the need for struggle [25:04]

How to optimize your creativity [33:19]

Questions to help you go deeper [41:45]

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CONNECT WITH BRANDI STANLEY

Website: https://thisplusthat.com/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyQeonew51eqogC8oawsxKA

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisplusthatpod/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thisplusthatpod

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Jun 29, 2022
Your Vision - Maria Brito - Ep 35
56:18

https://Art2Life.com - If you are like me and on any kind of creative journey, I think you understand that this path holds a lot of uncertainty. However, there is an amalgamation of habits, actions, and attitudes that, if utilized, can more quickly progress and embolden our direction. These are needed in the making of anything. It works in art, and it works in business. 

Meet NY-based Maria Brito. She abandoned a high-powered corporate legal profession 13 years ago to build an extraordinary career as an art advisor, curator, and powerful voice in the World of Contemporary Art. Her recent book, How Creativity Rules the World, has fast become the go-to manual for how artists and entrepreneurs can discover and better leverage their creativity to realize their visions. 

Today, the stakes are higher than ever before. We desperately need all the creatives and artists to step forward. To make and share their art more boldly. The question of how best to reframe, rebuild and reimagine our shared future will be answered by the creatives of the World. Fortunately, Maria Brito has stepped forward as a clear, positive voice to this end.

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

Diving into Maria’s backstory [2:30]

What drew Maria to the world of art [10:50]

Marrying aesthetics with a deeper message [13:07]

The power of contrast and a fresh perspective [20:51]

Maria’s thoughts on risk in art-making [23:56]

How creativity rules the world [27:07]

Creativity as a chain reaction [30:52]

Maria’s tips for getting to the next level [40:59] 

The target audience for Maria’s book [46:06]

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CONNECT WITH MARIA BRITO

Buy Maria’s book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1400235383/ref=redir_mobile_desktop?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&ref_=tmm_hrd_swatch_0&sr=#aw-udpv3-customer-reviews_feature_div 

Visit Maria’s website: https://www.mariabrito.com/  

Follow Maria on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mariabrito_ny/  

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Jun 22, 2022
Finding Your Style - Nicholas Wilton - Ep 34
39:59

https://Art2Life.com - One of the most common questions I get about the art-making journey is centered around style. How do you find your unique style? The challenge with art-making is that it’s so personal, yet we can only look at other people to try and understand where we haven’t been. We see the individual creative flare of artists like Picasso and Van Gogh, but it’s often difficult to see it in ourselves. Join me for a deep-dive into how we find our style as artists and its role in our art practice.

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

What is style? [2:50]

Finding what makes you feel alive [4:23]

Why you can’t plan for an art career [8:01]

Diving into the process of art-making and why style comes second to the journey [12:05]

Reflecting on the early stages of the art journey [20:50]

The benefits of not knowing what you’re doing [23:16]

What part of you is under construction? [27:23]

The role of playing in style [31:00] 

The art that everyone wants to buy [35:24]

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Jun 15, 2022
Looking In - Kim Krans - Ep 33
56:24
https://Art2Life.com - It was about a year ago, during Covid lockdown, when I happened to pull a random card from a tarot deck. The drawing and the words on the card immediately stirred me. So much so that I sought out the artist. 

Her name is Kim Krans. The drawing on the card I pulled was hers, but so were all the others. She had created the whole deck. The descriptive words, artist, teacher, and musician usually attributed to Kim, although true, are too small in my opinion, to describe her and her work. Kim's life and art are inextricably linked to life force. To shakti, energy and flow state. There is a palatable raw and wildness felt in her words. I believe Kim holds a rarely found knowledge about truth and vulnerability - that it can be found by bravely looking in the shadows within ourselves. 

Our journeys are all different but similar in that much is not seen. Much is so easily overlooked. I hope this conversation can serve as a reminder, an invitation to take a moment now, a breath, and to consider the extraordinary, almost miraculous intelligence found not just in our art-making but in our lives as well.   

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

The power of pairing image, word, and symbol [3:54]

Chasing energy in our artwork [8:14]

The beauty of disappearing in your work [12:52]

The secret weapon to art and life-making [18:14]

Drawing our way towards truth and healing [26:09]

Kim’s perspective as a musical artist and how her artistic worlds collide [37:10] 

Synchronicity plays in art and life [46:18]

Kim’s next chapter and final thoughts [52:58]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Night Song by Family Band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwlUKpvNF9I 

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CONNECT WITH KIM KRANS

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kim_krans/?hl=en 

Website: https://www.kimkrans.com 

To purchase Kim’s books and Tarot Decks visit: https://www.thewildunknown.com/purchase 

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Jun 08, 2022
Lessons Learned - Clifford Wilton - Ep 32
39:24

https://Art2Life.com - I’ve always been interested in the creative journey. The path is different for everyone, but we are all just finding our way as we go.  The person who first shared this idea with me was my father, Clifford Wilton. He gave me such a deep appreciation for the pilgrimage each of us is on. Join me, as I share some of the most valuable lessons my father taught me during his life including the importance of being yourself, doing what you love, and not letting anyone stand in your way. 

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

Reflecting on my family [1:17]

Clifford Wilton tells “The Chicken Story” [8:40]

Don’t let anyone get in your way [12:37]

Be yourself at all costs [19:31]

Choose abundance over scarcity [23:30] 

Find what you love, do what you love [30:00]

Paint the feeling, not the thing [34:00]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED:

2017 Clifford Wilton Exhibition: https://sma.sou.edu/exhibitions/clifford-wilton/ 

The Thing That Can Change Everything For You: https://www.nicholaswilton.com/2015/12/30/the-thing-that-can-change-everything/  

Ludwig Schaffrath (Artist): https://urbanglass.org/glass/detail/in-memoriam-ludwig-schaffrath-1924-2011 

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Jun 01, 2022
Collaboration - Igor Kozlovsky and Marina Sharapova - Ep 31
47:39

https://Art2Life.com - I believe it is the artist's role to show us, in the trail of their art, who they are and who they are becoming. The more we can feel them, the more we can connect to their art. But what if you were not alone in your art-making? What if there was someone else? Then the lens with which you create could become remarkably more expansive. What this would make possible is hard to imagine for most of us solitary makers. 

But not for Igor Kozlovsky and Marina Sharapova. They met while still attending art school in St. Petersburg, Russia. But it wasn't until many years later, after immigrating to the United States, that they began collaborating to make their paintings. Today, the husband-and-wife team create gorgeous oil paintings that showcase and push the differences between each other, the representational and the abstract, the modern with the traditional, and as you will soon find out, the wild and fiery with the meditative and serene. Join me now, for a peek into this beautiful, almost storybook collaboration of art-making. And in this case, certainly, life-making.

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

The love and art story of Igor and Marina [3:31]

Exploring art collaboration within a marriage [10:15]

The unique perspective Marina brings to the work and creating the atmosphere of a story [13:50] 

The gifts and challenges Igor and Marina bring to the collaborative art-making table [19:34]

The evolution of Igor and Marina’s art collaborations and the road ahead [29:45]

The logistics of Igor and Marina’s life and art practice [35:45]

Igor And Marina’s advice to aspiring artists [43:04]

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CONNECT WITH IGOR KOZLOVSKY AND MARINA SHARAPOVA

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/igor_and_marina/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IgorKozlovskyMarinaSharapova

Website: http://www.igor-marina.com/

Book: Igor & Marina

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May 25, 2022
Truth Unveiled - Kerry Schroeder - Ep 30
46:10
https://Art2Life.com - In the beginning of our art journey, often all we have is a tug. An inner knowing that pulls us towards our own art-making. The soul is patient of course and it can wait. It will wait for years. But at some point, you begin. Turns out, it’s not just our art we’re discovering but the slow and steady revelation of ourselves. 

Join me today for a conversation with artist Kerry Schroeder. Her art is a beautiful testament to this quest. Her words and art miraculously hold both the floral frailty of nature as well as its unstoppable, ground-shaking forces. It is both! However, there is this common thread Kerry uses to hold these swirling elements so delicately, almost magically together in her art. It’s not about the palette, the materials, or even the subject matter. It is much simpler than that. It’s just the truth. Hers.

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The wonderful beginnings of Kerry Schroeder [2:37]

Kerry’s thoughts on breakthroughs and how to cultivate them [7:27]

Kerry’s BIG “aha” moment and finding those moments for yourself [11:56]

Exploring our “deeper yes” and finding the truth [15:23]

How Kerry let go of her former art style to embrace the future [18:27] 

The parts of Kerry that end up in her current work [24:02]

Diving into Kerry’s process and finding balance between chaos and curation [27:20]

Embracing the unknown in art-making and letting life lessons show up on your canvas [32:35]

How to process feedback on the business side of art-making [35:53]

Overcoming fear and using art to connect with the world [38:19]

Final thoughts and advice from Kerry [40:10]

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CONNECT WITH KERRY SCHROEDER:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kerry.schroeder/?hl=en 

Website: http://www.kerryschroeder.com 

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May 18, 2022
Vulnerability in Art - Nicholas Wilton - Ep 29
28:56

https://Art2Life.com - Making art has always been a part of my life. Even as a little kid, the act of creation played an integral role in how I moved through the world. However, I remember many years where I didn't like the work I was creating. Sometimes I would hit it, but often I felt like I had missed the mark. I hated feeling so vulnerable. I was exhausted from trying but not really pulling it off. I didn’t even want to talk about my art because I didn’t feel like an artist. Over the years though, I’ve learned that the vulnerability I was running from was the very thing I needed to be running towards. Join me, as I reflect on how I learned the importance of vulnerability, the role it plays in our art-making, and how we can use it to create our best work.

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Running towards vulnerability [2:19]

Using vulnerability to make better art [13:10]

Can your art make you happy? [18:05]

The quality of your “come from” [26:01]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Western States Race: https://www.wser.org/

The Art2life Creative Visionary Program:
https://www.art2life.com/statement/

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May 11, 2022
The Art of Living - Margaret Christison - Ep 28
47:29

https://Art2Life.com - The process of art-making is one of waking up. I believe this is its big draw for so many of us. Making art provides a way to feel more alive and this is made evident in our improving art. We are all in different stages of awareness, of course. The experiences we encounter in life can grow us if we are willing. All of it matters. All of the challenges that felt insurmountable, count.  

The day you opened a book of poetry to just the right page. That chance meeting with a perfect stranger. Making or seeing that particular piece of art. Falling in love. The indescribable times when everything felt so perfectly right and, of course, the heartbreaks. What comes to grow our souls is a mystery, but whatever the gift or peril that arrives, we have some choice in how we receive the learning that ultimately brings change and transformation to our door. Not just for ourselves but for those with whom we share our life and art.

Recently, I received a note from Margaret Christison, an artist who has gone through several of our programs. Although understandably one of the darkest and most challenging experiences of her life, her current life-threatening battle with cancer has also become one of startling beauty and grace. Margaret's unstoppable creative spirit and how it informs her world, due in part to her diagnosis, has become an incredible invitation for her to become more and more alive. Her positivity, creativity, and joy reminded me that I already have what I value most. Margaret's insights and breathtaking clarity opened my heart and helped shift how I think about my art. This conversation is simply a gift to all who may be fortunate enough to listen. 

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

Catching up with Margaret and learning to wake up [3:03]

Exploring different concepts of time [13:23]

How Nick met Margaret and the role art plays in her life [18:59]

Margaret’s thoughts on taking risks with limited time [26:36]

Serving others, finding truth, and choosing happiness in the midst of struggle [31:19]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Gay Hendricks (Personal Growth Author): https://hendricks.com 

The Creative Big Leap – Gay Hendricks – Ep 6: https://www.art2life.com/2021/12/01/the-creative-big-leap-gay-hendricks-ep-6/ 

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CONNECT WITH MARGARET CHRISTISON

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/MargaretChristison/ 

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May 04, 2022
The Art of Inquiry - Scott Picard - Ep 27
52:53
https://Art2Life.com - So much of our art and creativity comes from the unknown. From the soul. We don’t always know how, or even why, but remarkably it all seems to make sense years later. However, what if there was a way to gain access to your innate wisdom in the present. What if you could  better answer the questions your soul has for you? Meet Scott Picard. Scott is a human development coach who teaches how to translate and navigate the hidden world of the subconscious. Scott can help decipher our inner wisdom and creativity by addressing our archetypal aspects of fire, earth, water, and air. Turns out, our waking reality is like a tiny iceberg floating at sea. Yet, our subconscious is a much more significant portion of that same iceberg we just can’t make out, as it lays hidden beneath the sea. This is where Scott is taking us today. Join us now, for an unrehearsed session that begins like most journeys: by asking a question and then listening ever so quietly for the answer. 

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Let the embodiment begin [2:07] 

Finding balance between the internal intuitive world and the external controlling one and heading into the unknown [9:45]

Overcoming fear and examining the human psyche [14:44]

Owning your experience, chasing fire, and finding intimacy with yourself [18:46]

Using personal intimacy to navigate art and the world around us [26:27]

How risk makes better art and exploring vulnerability [34:02]

Teaching awareness, creating better art, and cultivating growth [41:46]

Using pain to stoke our creative fires [44:29]

The gift our awareness gives to the world [48:10]

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CONNECT WITH SCOTT PICARD

To inquire about private sessions and to find out about upcoming workshops from Scott, please go to: www.scottpicard.com  

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Apr 27, 2022
The Inner Story - Caio Fonseca - Ep 26
51:11

https://Art2Life.com - Unlike most people, artists have this driving passion for never staying the same in their art. Even if what they make is tremendous or popular, they soon change. I freaking LOVE this about artists. I have it in me too. And even though I’m not entirely sure why I find such a deep connection with those who share this desire.

On this episode, I get to sit down with a hero of mine, Caio Fonseca. Over the years, he’s given me so much assurance about my own artistic path (unbeknownst to him). With over a lifetime of art-making, he’s demonstrated staying at the forefront of his art. He constantly pushes past where he has already remarkably been and moves forward to the edge of what he doesn’t quite know. This, of course, is the sweet spot in art-making. Above all the accolades, the gallery shows, the sales, and the followers…it is in these rare, but precious moments when you realize that you just made something that is you, but not TOO you. That right there is what it’s all about.

I just read that line and I don’t imagine that most people wouldn’t even get that, but no matter. This conversation is for the makers in this world. It’s for us. For YOU. Join me now for a glimpse into the grounded and poetic thinking of Caio Fonseca. An artist that shows us all how beautiful and poignant this art journey can be.

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Caio discusses his background and how he got started as an artist [2:49]

The artistic sweet spot, realism in abstract art, and finding balance before the paint dries [6:20]

Going beyond the canvas and the art of composition [11:54]

The emotion and mood of Caio’s work [17:04]

How Caio overcomes creative roadblocks and the logistics of his art-making [21:47]

The role of space and time in Caio’s paintings and giving yourself permission to experience your art [30:11] 

Where Caio is headed next [41:11]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Joaquín Torres-García (Artist): https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/artist/joaquin-torres-garcia 

Caio Fonseca interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uc9tEcZ0JE&t=323s

Caio Fonseca at the Grace Building: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORX_A9dX1Zc&t=68s

Creating the New Century Artist Profile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-lQC02OB9k

Painter: Caio Fonseca (Film): https://vimeo.com/ondemand/painterfilm/651702742

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MUSIC LINKS

MATTINATA sonatina palindroma alla quarta, Caio Fonseca 2016 *Score: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny0qD1WiGYg 

MATTINATA sonatina palindroma alla quarta,  Caio Fonseca 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2gMhAqTyNM 

STRING QUARTET No. 1   Caio Fonseca (2017): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHXMTNiLUL8 

Etude No.1 , Caio Fonseca 2019 (1/7) *Score: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypsvtNR5SRs&list=PLyxGwHBgs5lhMbwakUQeYsOCZ_e9D9EIg 

Etude No.1, Caio Fonseca 2019 - (Elizabeth Pridgen, Pianist): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuKv6i5UL24&list=PLyxGwHBgs5lgNF7TwFWHpb7HFgBxx9Tua 

 

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CONNECT WITH CAIO FONSECA

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/caiofonsecastudio/

Website: http://www.caiofonseca.com/

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Apr 20, 2022
Persistence - Russell Chatham - Ep 25
43:18

https://Art2Life.com - On a typical day when I get frustrated with the progress in my art, I try to remember that it's always better to measure progress over many days. Or months. Or better yet, years. Struggle is always a part of art-making. What also helps me is thinking of those who have struggled WAY more than I ever will...but also pulled off making spectacular art.

When I get frustrated, I think of one artist in particular: Russell Chatham. I had the good fortune of interviewing him a few years ago before he passed. Russell’s realistic but imagined landscapes take my breath away. But that’s just part of the story. In fact, Russell's life...being given a paint box at 8 yrs old by his artist grandfather, eschewing the art world altogether, and then becoming one of the most sought after, high-priced landscape artists...is nothing short of extraordinary. 

Russell was the poster child for finding his way as he went. His attitude and fortitude will inspire you to possibly take a bit more of your art and life into your own hands. It certainly inspired me.

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Exploring Russell’s background [2:28] 

The moment it all clicked for Russell [ 9:54]

Russell’s art business and art-making process [19:15]

Defining the authentic quality of Russell’s work and his path to success [32:26]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Tom Wood (Artist): https://www.tomwoodfineart.com 

Daniel Smith (Art Supplies): https://danielsmith.com   

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Apr 13, 2022
Art in War - Alex Parfenov - Ep 24
41:30
https://Art2Life.com - What do we need in our lives to persevere on our creative path? How do we keep going, and is it ever okay to stop? In the grand scheme of things, how crucial is our art anyway? We might not ask these questions under normal circumstances. But when big, unexpected changes occur in your life, these questions (as well as their answers) can surface.

Alex Parfenov is a brilliant videographer. For several years he’s been working with me and my team creating videos that tell inspirational stories of artists from all over the world. He also happens to live in Ukraine. The recent and ongoing invasion of his country has completely changed his life. Like so many Ukrainians, Alex has recently relocated and was still somehow able to find an internet connection. 

He shares with us the impact these recent events have had on him, his family, and his friends, as well as the clarity he’s gained about the purpose, need, and ongoing viability of creativity in one’s life. The calm vulnerability and steady resolve of Alex’s voice moved me greatly, and it’s a privilege to share this extraordinary conversation with you.

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Alex recounts his experience of the Russian invasion of Ukraine [2:30]

The courage and beauty of the Ukrainian people in the face of adversity  [7:50]

Using creativity to navigate unimaginable tragedy [13:43]

Ukrainian resilience and more stories from the war [23:05]

How Alex is helping his children process the war [28:41]

The invasion’s impact on Alex as an artist [31:57]

How the world is helping Ukraine and looking towards the country’s future [36:23]

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RESOURCES & WAYS TO HELP UKRAINE

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CONNECT WITH ALEX PARFENOV

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alex.parfenov/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parfenov.alexander

Alex’s Highlight Reel: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1L91ZkSyUnxjOO-GDMbSiICjHpgxmthjD/view?usp=sharing

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Alex’s other work: https://vimeo.com/sptvstudio

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Apr 06, 2022
The Truth in Art - James Higgins - Ep 23
46:00

https://Art2Life.com - I don’t know about you, but I feel pretty distracted in my art practice. The news of Ukraine, mass suffering, and loss of innocent lives is heartbreaking. The specter of COVID remains in our daily reports and challenges us still. As artists, we are sensitive and hyper-aware of what we see and feel. This sensitivity works in our favor while in modes of creation, but navigating a world filled with violence and suffering is not so easy. 

I know, or at least I can remember, that our art practice reconnects us to deeper truths, not just in ourselves but in all of us. I’m trying to remember that art-making is ultimately connection-making. And a connected world is a better one. But lately, I’ve just been feeling a little lost.

Join me today, as I sit down with my friend, yoga practitioner, mindfulness guide, and teacher, James Higgins. I think our conversation will restore a bit of your faith as it did mine. In addition, it served as a reminder of the importance of staying connected to our practice, not just for ourselves but for the world. Especially now.

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Mindfulness, intuition, and connecting with ourselves to connect with the world [2:26]

James’ approach to art-making and bringing all of ourselves to our practice [11:25]   

Getting off autopilot and common mindfulness challenges [18:20]

The role of the soul in our art practice and the power of showing up [28:32]

Using mindfulness to enhance creativity and reverse-engineering art  [32:50]

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CONNECT WITH JAMES HIGGINS

Website: http://jameshigginsyoga.com 

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Mar 30, 2022
Art, Life, and Design - Bonnie Christine - Ep 22
43:02

https://Art2Life.com There is one attribute all thriving creatives I meet have in common. It has everything to do with their "come from", a term I learned from my work with human development coach Scott Picard. It highlights where one’s art and inspiration are derived. In artists who have established tremendous momentum, I see they are all creating for themselves first which leads to their art being highly personal, and as a result, known, collected and celebrated in the culture.

My guest today is Bonnie Christine. A highly successful surface designer and artist. She is a perfect example of someone who has totally nailed her "come from" early in her development. Bonnie’s art, life, and business are all elegantly tied together with the most beautiful thread of creativity. 

I believe this conversation will be helpful for anyone interested in making a more vibrant, creativity-centered life. So join me now, as Bonnie and I dive not only into the world of surface design but life design. 

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Exploring Bonnie’s art journey [2:27]

Where Bonnie draws her inspiration from [6:37]

The role of story in Bonnie’s designs [10:54]

Juggling commercial viability and artistic creativity and the logistics of the fabric design industry [15:19]

“Can art be too beautiful?” and playing with tone in your work  [23:31]

Cultivating sensitivity and breakthrough in your art practice [30:41]

How Bonnie’s art-making has helped her in business [36:52]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Scott Picard (Personal and Organizational Coach): https://www.scottpicard.com/ 

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CONNECT WITH BONNIE CHRISTINE

Website: https://bonniechristine.com 

Courses: https://bonniechristine.com/learn 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bonniechristine/?hl=en  

Your Ultimate Guide to Surface Design: https://www.surfacepatterndesigners.com/guide

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Mar 23, 2022
Art Immersion - Jonah Allen - Ep 21
46:11

https://Art2Life.com - One of the hallmarks of artists that have found tremendous momentum is that they have incorporated their art into not just one, but many aspects of their life. Momentum has a particular look when we start. Our art can be just an idea or simply a hobby in the beginning, but it can become much more over time. Your art can become your life and this kind of momentum can result in powerful, amazing art.

I recently came across Jonah Allen. An extraordinary nature photographer primarily focused on the ocean that makes images depicting the essence of the sea, waves, and light. His work is potent and stirring because of his deep immersion and love of the subject matter. He literally lives and breathes the ocean. During the day he goes swimming and surfing, walking the edges where water and land meet. And at night, he continues by studying weather patterns, all in pursuit of his photography.

This conversation reminded me that momentum is a powerful force in one’s art journey. It happens when an artist goes all in for their art by also incorporating it into their life. Jonah’s life and art are a refreshing peek into what our days could look like if we too, stepped more fully into what we love. 

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Getting to know Jonah Allen and his relationship with the ocean [2:52]

The different ways Jonah interacts with his subject matter [7:53]

Photographing fractals, the patterns of nature, and going beneath the water’s surface [13:23] 

Wrestling with time as an artist, Jonah’s travel plans, and using art to make a global impact [17:35] 

Bringing physical art to the digital age, the journey Jonah took to open his gallery, and sacrificing for your art [23:33]

Compounding decisions to create momentum in your art practice [34:12]

Diving into Jonah’s creative process [38:08]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

George Ward (Photographer): https://georgeward.com 

Mentawai Islands (Place): https://www.surfindonesia.com/mentawai-islands-surf-spots/ 

The Slight Edge (Book): https://www.amazon.com/Slight-Edge-Jeff-Olson

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CONNECT WITH JONAH ALLEN

Jonah’s book: https://www.jonahallen.com/book-store/standard_products/where-waters-meet 

Website: https://www.jonahallen.com/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jonahallenstudio/ 

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Mar 16, 2022
Drawing A World - William Downs - Ep 20
43:37

https://Art2Life.com - An artist’s capacity to feel the world, coupled with bold creativity and intuition, will always make something extraordinary. Immense and powerful art doesn’t just happen by accident. It comes from artists living and thinking in a more encompassing way. This orientation signals tremendous maturity that is difficult to achieve. When I saw William Downs monumental wall drawings I just had to find out more. Join me now, for this warm and generous conversation with William to learn firsthand how he thinks of, feels, and ultimately creates a newer, more connected version of the world with his art. 

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William’s journey and the story behind his specific art style [2:09] 

William’s art-making process and how he creates a location-specific experience everywhere he goes [7:13]

Defining the feeling and concepts behind William’s work [14:26]

Core lessons William teaches his art students [19:53]

Why staying active plays is so important to William’s art practice [22:56]

The characters and challenges of William’s work [26:15]

How William approaches working at such a large scale [35:24]

Using contrast to create your aesthetic [37:28]

William’s advice for developing artists [39:12]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

David Hammons (Artist): https://www.moma.org/artists/2486 

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CONNECT WITH WILLIAM DOWNS

Website: https://williamedowns.com/home.html 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wdowns.studio/ 

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Mar 09, 2022
Cooking Art - Joanne Weir - Ep 19
44:45

https://Art2Life.com - It hit me the other day why I love artists so much. It has to do with the fact that these are the people walking around the planet who are riding passion fiercely into whatever they’re involved in. It doesn’t even matter what they’re making. You can see it when you see their art. You can feel it when you talk to them. It is simply IN them. 

Today’s guest is a perfect example of this. Joanne Weir is an amazing world-renowned chef whose art in life is cooking. From PBS cooking shows to destination cooking classes, designing restaurants, and of course…preparing an extraordinary Sunday supper for her friends, Joanne is the most delicious example of what creativity combined with inspiration can look, feel, and taste like.

If a citrus tangelo sorbet with a passion fruit and kiwi compote followed by chocolate macarons sounds even mildly yummy…you’re going to love my conversation with Joanne. Join me, as we catch up with her in San Francisco, California. And a little warning…you WILL be hungry after you listen.

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Getting to know Joanne Weir [3:30]

Cooking as an artform [4:59]

Using the five senses when creating in the kitchen [9:13]

Balancing control and creativity in cooking [14:14]

What cooking has taught Joanne about herself and how her style has evolved over the years [19:35]

Taking risks and saying yes to possibility [27:46]

Exploring the logistics of Joanne’s food creation [33:25] 

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CONNECT WITH JOANNE WEIR

Website: https://www.joanneweir.com 

Restaurant: https://www.copitarestaurant.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChefJoanneWeir 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChefJoanneWeir 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ChefJoanneWeir 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdUgnClrEE0RtndCpa_b28w 

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Mar 02, 2022
Creative Fire - Nicholas Wilton - Ep 18
39:57
https://Art2Life.com - I used to think of my art as something I did. It was an activity that I always enjoyed and I became pretty good at it. However, I didn’t think of it the way I do now. I was separate from it. It was more like a job early on. In fact, it became my job.

For many years I did illustration for publishing companies. Book covers, magazines, editorial reports…you name it! In many ways, it was amazing, but the hard part was being dictated to. I might have had a little freedom in how I did something, but what I made was never really up to me. Maybe that’s why I struggled to embrace it. I needed a change. Little did I know, change was coming. 

On this episode, I’m going to share how I found the creative fire that led me out of the darkest time in my life. It’s an Art2Life origin of sorts, but it feels like mine as well. Join me, as I tell the story of how I lost everything to find my art and myself.

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

When it feels like the bottom just dropped out… [3:01] 

…and then it gets worse [6:29]  

A light in the darkness [9:11] 

Finding my creative fire and sharing it with others [16:44]

Founding Art2Life and using art to become ourselves [30:15]

My heart behind the Creative Visionary Program [35:01]

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THE CREATIVE VISIONARY PROGRAM

Enrollment closes 11:59 pm Wed Feb 23rd.

Go to: www.artlifejoy.com

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Feb 23, 2022
On Being You - Susan Melrath - Ep 17
42:54

https://Art2Life.com - One of the ways we clarify our creative expression is by sharing what we are learning along the way with others. By teaching. For most artists, this could feel like a distraction from their art. However, for some, doing so becomes almost essential in figuring out their art and life. 

Join me, as we dive into the remarkable world of Susan Melrath. Firstly, she’s an extraordinary artist. But secondly, she holds that rare ability to teach how she does what she does in her art and life. Her straight-ahead clarity has not only helped me but now thousands of others in her lead coaching role for the Art2Life Creative Visionary Program. Susan can jumpstart just about anyone who is considering embarking upon the creative path. I think you just might find her story not only inspiring but revelatory. 

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

Being a problem solver and unlocking possibility [2:22] 

Susan’s story and how she got unstuck [6:00]

Diving in and letting things happen in your art practice [17:32] 

How an artist finds their visual vocabulary [20:58]

How realism changed Susan’s art [26:27]

Thinking of your art practice as an experience [29:59]

Creative challenges, the feeling of Susan’s work, and the practicality of art-making [34:52]

 

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Sign up for the FREE Art2Life Workshop: a2lworkshop.com

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CONNECT WITH SUSAN MELRATH

Website: http://www.susanmelrath.com 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/susanmelrath/?hl=en 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SusanMelrathArt/ 

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Feb 16, 2022
Plein Air Wisdom - Doug Andelin - Ep 16
44:15

https://Art2Life.com - On this episode of Art2Life, I’m busting out of the studio and heading to the coast with the amazing and figurative landscape painter Doug Andelin. Doug has been an artist for over 40 years and a friend since we attended art school together. His work was pretty good even then, but now it is nothing short of extraordinary. I asked Doug a couple weekends ago if I could join him on one of his landscape painting days. He said yes! Join me on location as we discuss Doug's process, the relationship he has with color, falling in love with your art, and capturing the wonder of a place.

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

Waiting for the moment of inspiration and Doug’s beach setup [2:32]

Painting the wonder of a place [6:15] 

Doug’s background and how he discovered his art style [11:31]

Diving into Doug’s art-making process [16:05] 

Falling in love with your art and learning to paint outside the box [21:27] 

Mark-making, negation, and playing with color [24:46] 

The merits of formal training and using nature as your classroom [35:35]

Doug’s essential advice for artists [40:18]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Paul Cézanne (Artist): https://www.paul-cezanne.org 

Joaquin Sorolla (Artist): https://www.joaquin-sorolla-y-bastida.org 

Antonio Mancini (Artist): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Mancini 

Skip Whitcomb (Teacher): https://www.skipwhitcomb.com 

Dan MaCaw (Teacher): https://gallery1261.com/artist/dan-mccaw 

Sign up for the FREE Art2Life Workshop: a2lworkshop.com

 

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CONNECT WITH DOUG ANDELIN

Website: www.douglasandelin.com

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/dougandelin.sketches

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Feb 09, 2022
Pursuing Truth - Marie Theres Madani - Ep 15
44:54
https://Art2Life.com - The beautiful thing about art is that it transports us to new places. One glance and the viewer is instantly invited to experience a world they have never been to before. However, when an artist is just getting started, that invitation can feel unsure or incomplete because they are still, understandably, finding their way. 

But there are exceptions. Amazingly some extraordinary invitations come from artists relatively early in their careers. From seemingly out of nowhere, someone somewhere in the world puts it all together. Early. 

Today's guest is Marie Theres Madani. Her recent large paintings stopped me dead in my tracks. Once I saw what she was making, I just wanted more. I wanted to know more about the maker of these gorgeously bold paintings. Her invitation, her art is so truthful and brave I had to meet her. Join me for our conversation that is bound to inspire you and help you on your art-making journey.

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

The art journey of  Marie Theres Madani [3:39]

The feeling and voice of Marie’s art [9:30]

Finding freedom in the canvas [15:25]

Exploring the process of Marie’s art-making [19:12]

How Marie is taking steps to grow as an artist [32:12]

The biggest lessons Marie has learned and the road ahead  [40:26]

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CONNECT WITH MARIE THERES MADANI

Website: https://www.marietheresmadani.com 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marietheresmadani/ 

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Feb 02, 2022
How I Do This - Robert Szot - Ep 14
49:32

https://Art2Life.com - Becoming an artist does not come with an instruction manual. The journey to find ourselves and our art is not “one size fits all” and could be described as non-linear at best. So the question remains: How do we pull this off? That’s why I started this podcast. Depending on who you ask, there are a million different answers and always something to learn. 

My guest for this episode is Robert Szot. Rob is a New York-based painter smack dab in the middle of his purpose. He holds the wisdom and clarity of an artist who’s been making their art for over 20 years, yet he exudes the passion and drive of someone just starting out. Listen as he shares about finding his way as a painter, breaking down the barriers between life and art, and creating art that sparks a connection.

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

Rob’s background, how he got his start, and working through the ups and downs  [3:23] 

Breaking down the barrier between life and art [10:59] 

Diving into Rob’s creative process and the logistics of his art [18:52]

Rob’s relationship with line, shape, and color [33:28]

The feeling Rob wants to convey with his artwork [40:25] 

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

SoHo Art Materials - where Rob gets his aluminum stretcher bars: https://sohoartmaterials.com/

Aluminum stretcher bars: https://sohoartmaterials.com/tri-mar-aluminum-stretchers

Belgian linen - this is what Rob paints on: https://sohoartmaterials.com/raw-linen/5281-belgian-linen

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CONNECT WITH ROBERT SZOT

Website: https://www.robertszot.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robszot/

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Jan 26, 2022
How Breakthroughs Occur - Marjorie Thompson - Ep 13
40:01

https://Art2Life.com - What does it look like to have a creative breakthrough? How do we get to the next level in our art-making? The artist's journey can be a long one. It can feel uneven and effortful, especially in the beginning. After coaching thousands of artists I’ve noticed that breakthroughs tend to happen when someone’s art starts to look like them and becomes truly connected to their inspiration. 

I met Marjorie Thompson as a part of the Creative Visionary Program I ran in 2020. Her art improved considerably but recently I noticed something else. It took an even bigger dramatic shift into breakthrough territory. I had to chat with her about it. Has she noticed the change?  How did she achieve this? My hope is that as you listen to our conversation, you might begin to understand a little more about breakthroughs and how they occur. They are waiting in the wings for all of us.  

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

Diving into Marjorie’s background and the impact of growing up in her father’s art studio [3:35]

How Marjorie captures the feeling of nature in her artwork [8:30]

Breaking out of “creative famines” and Marjorie's journey through the art world [13:58]

Exploring Marjorie’s creative process and how she creates balance in her paintings [18:22]

Identifying the creative struggle and how to maintain momentum [26:12]

How Marjorie keeps her creative fire stoked and the logistics of her art-making [31:44] 

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CONNECT WITH MARJORIE THOMPSON

Website: https://www.marjoriethompsonart.com 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marjoriethompsonart/?hl=en 

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Jan 19, 2022
The Artist’s Gift - Nicholas Wilton - Ep 12
25:32

https://Art2Life.com - One of the many gifts that artists possess is a unique sensitivity to the world around us. We feel…EVERYTHING. If the lighting is off, we know. If the volume is too loud, we know. If a live band's tempo is slightly dragging you can almost guarantee that every musician in the audience is losing their collective mind. But we also feel deeper things. Like when an opportunity is presenting itself or when someone might be dishonest. And while feeling everything so deeply and so constantly may seem like a burden to some, the story of how I learned to embrace this part of myself is one I will never forget.

Join me, as I share the story of a chance college encounter that changed my life. This meeting allowed me to recognize that my sensitivity is what enables me to be an artist in the first place. However, my paradigm shift didn’t happen because I met a person. I owe it all to a wild baby crow.

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

The wilderness of UC Santa Barbara [3:31]

A chance encounter [4:42] 

Becoming a bird parent [6:39]

The Summer of Joe [9:07]

A Sausalito adventure [12:06]

Reflecting on the lessons Joe taught me [21:35]

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Jan 12, 2022
My World - Dillon Froelich - Ep 11
40:59

https://Art2Life.com - It can take decades to create a unified but unique direction in our art. Many artists will stick to one medium for a long time to develop consistency in their work. But my guest for this episode took an entirely different path and his art beautifully reflects that. Rather than zeroing in on one thing, he went wide…REALLY wide.

Dillon Froelich is a multidisciplinary artist based out of Sausalito, California with roots in the surf and skate culture of South Florida. The most amazing part of Dillon’s story for me is how early into his career he found himself as an artist…like, right out of college early! Dillon is creating an entire universe where his characters, colors, and ideas commingle in large paintings, animations, illustrations, sneakers, skateboard designs, and graphic novels. He not only makes art for himself, but Disney, Fox Animation, and Volcom, to name a few.

Everything Dillon Froelich does is so uniquely him. Much of that can be attributed to his main criteria for art-making: it has to be fun. It seems so simple, right? But it’s often the missing ingredient for many artists trying to break through, myself included. What would it be like to take ourselves less seriously? To be more open to all the possibilities for our creativity? Let’s find out in this week’s eye-opening and inspiring conversation!

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

How Dillon created a unique world with his art in record time [3:13]

Making art with family [11:29]

Why South Florida is a huge creative inspiration for Dillon [14:13]

Dillon’s use of imagery in storytelling [15:57]

Embracing collaboration in art-making [22:39]

Reflecting on Dillon’s journey as an artist and the road ahead [23:53]

How Dillon promoted his work during the pandemic [26:31] 

The role fun plays in Dillon’s art [34:41] 

Final thoughts [37:51] 

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Javier Mariscal (Artist)

https://mariscal.com/en/welcome 

https://www.instagram.com/mariscaloficial/ 

Karen Tei Yamashita (Author)

https://coffeehousepress.org/products/karen-tei-yamashita-the-complete-works 

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CONNECT WITH DILLON FROELICH

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dillfroelich/?hl=en 

Website: https://dillonfroelich.com 

The Froelichs: https://www.thefroelichs.co 

 

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Jan 05, 2022
Staying Passionate - Gary Ruddell - Ep 10
55:18

https://Art2Life.com - Do you ever struggle to stay engaged with your own art-making? I do. Approaching a blank canvas or notebook page with the same level of passion as the first time can be difficult for artists at any level. That’s why I love meeting people who consistently stay motivated when it comes to their art.

My guest for this episode is Gary Ruddell and he embodies this passion. Gary has a fine art career that spans decades and he’s one of the most enthusiastic people I know. Though he has transitioned styles over the years, across thousands of wonderful images, he still manages to bring unbridled passion to both his life and his art. 

In this episode, we’ll discover how Gary has maintained his artistic passion, lessons he’s learned along the way, as well as take a look at his incredibly consistent art practice. Join me for a conversation that I hope inspires all of us to pursue our art-making with a passion like Gary’s. To push past our own limitations and bring our art to life in new and exciting ways.

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

Getting to know Gary Ruddell [2:54] 

Gary’s transition from illustration to fine art and the depth of his work [8:23]

Blurring the line between abstraction and realism [21:05] 

The power of staying a student and refusing to stagnate [28:17]

Gary’s creative process, time travel, and embracing the essential self [31:42] 

The sensuality of paint and the magic of art-making  [41:02]

Creating the ascetic of a memory [48:35]

Final thoughts [52:15]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Dolby Chadwick Gallery: http://dolbychadwickgallery.com/ 

Gallery Henoch: https://www.galleryhenoch.com/ 

Bay Area Figurative Movement: https://www.theartstory.org/movement/bay-area-figurative-movement/ 

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CONNECT WITH GARY RUDDELL

Gary’s Website: https://www.garyruddellstudio.com/home 

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Dec 29, 2021
Wood + Nails - John Henson - Ep 9
46:02

https://Art2Life.com - The capacity for creativity and art-making is in all of us. It’s built into our DNA as human beings. However, the journey to discover that creative potential is different for every single person. This is what fascinates me the most. The story of how someone finds their art is often just as thrilling as the art itself, and believe me, do I have a story for you!

My guest for this episode is John Henson. John has been a close personal friend for over 30 years and yet, I feel like I’m just getting to know him as an artist. He would probably say the same thing because he never viewed himself as an artist until suddenly, that changed. Ten years ago John reconnected with his own creativity and began making truly unique and personal art that defies the limitations of categories.

Using wood and nails, John tapped into the artist he always wanted to be while finding beauty and healing in unexpected places. His story serves as a reminder that the possibility for our own art-making lies just beneath the surface of ourselves. I hope this episode helps you find it.

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

Amsterdam, armed robbery, and connecting the dots  [3:01] 

Finding beauty and healing in unexpected places [12:31]

John’s creative process and how he’s had to pivot along the way [23:45]

The power of authentic and personal art [34:10] 

How John uses the left and right sides of his brain to create data-driven art [39:45] 

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Artist, Marcus Levine : https://www.levine-art.co.uk

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CONNECT WITH GUEST NAME

John Henson Art: https://johnhensonart.com

Follow John on Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/john_henson_art/

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Dec 22, 2021
Paint Unknown - Gary Komarin - Ep 8
01:01:34

The meaning people derive from your art is up to them. No one lives this edict better than world renown, NY-based painter Gary Komarin.

Gary's work is utterly unique, modern, somewhat playful, but also has a seriousness to it...with its use of line, iconic shapes and color fields--it’s like a gorgeous visual feast given to all the viewers of his art. And we the viewers get to decide for ourselves what exactly this work means — what's in it for us?

Gary’s carefree exploration is not just demonstrated in his art, but in his life too. Join us for a lovely conversation about his journey. You’ll hear about the influences that have shaped him into the amazing artist he is, the experiences he’s had with collectors, exhibitions, and a glimpse into his carefree art practice and approach.

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LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…

Gary’s time under mentor, Philip Guston at Boston University, lessons learned [3:25]

The first gallery Gary approached, his first show, his first sales of his works [15:26]

Gary’s experience with a Japanese collector who bought 100 paintings [19:29]

The “figure it out as you go” approach Gary takes to his work [29:14]

How Gary uses his “Cakes” works to fill the gaps and explore [42:07]

The process Gary uses to title his works [54:49]

Future plans for Gary and where he’s at emotionally these days [57:26]

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Philip Guston - Gary’s mentor: https://www.philipguston.org/home 

Oscar Wilde - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Wilde 

Georgiano Morandi, Painter - https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/giorgio-morandi-1660 

Artist, Bill Traylor - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Traylor 

Barry Schwabsky, New York Times Art Critic - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Schwabsky 

Richard Diebenkorn, artist - https://diebenkorn.org/ 

Artist, Hans Hoffman - http://www.hanshofmann.org/about 

Artist, Joan Mitchell - https://www.joanmitchellfoundation.org/ 

 

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CONNECT WITH GARY KOMARIN

Gary’s website: http://www.garykomarin.com/

Follow Gary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/garykomarinstudio

Gary’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/garykomarin/ 

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Dec 15, 2021
Wayfinding - Nicholas Wilton - Ep 7
41:01

This episode addresses one of the most important pieces of making your art. Oddly enough, I won’t talk at all about brush strokes, mixing colors, or understanding texture and design. Those are important, but they are not the most important pieces of making art that is potent, personal, and inspiring.

That part comes from you.

So how do we find our way to that creative place, the place many people refer to as a state of “flow?” This episode is about learning to stay in the groove and become engaged in the process so that you wind up in a place that is better than where you were before. I hope you’ll take a few minutes and have a listen. I’m going to unpack the things I tell myself when I get stuck. I think this will be helpful to you.

LISTEN IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN...

Making successful art comes from inside you… and is a difficult path to find [0:38]

Dog desire, dog food package creation, and how they came together magically [2:34]

How the term “feels like” serves me as I create my art [15:14]

The way we can know we are heading in the right direction [20:37]

Things that can block you from “flow” [24:04]

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Dec 08, 2021
The Creative Big Leap - Gay Hendricks - Ep 6
48:36

I’m always interested in what I call “up-leveling” my art. Also my life. But behind that statement is the assumption that it’s possible. So we do well to ask, “How do we do it? How do you go from doing something that’s pretty good or even excellent and take it to an amazingly higher place?” The answer to those questions is what I’m after in this amazing conversation with who I think of as the guru of upleveling. 

My guest on this episode is Gay Hendricks. Gay, along with his partner is Katie, help people open to more creativity, love, and vitality through the power of conscious relationship and whole-person learning. They have authored over 40 books on the subject, appeared on Oprah and have taught seminars all over the globe for nearly 40 years.

Gay describes this “upleveling” as a “transition.” I didn’t even know it was a transition, or that it was possible. But I had the sense that there could be a way to move what I was doing to a better, higher place where creativity flowed, free of constraints. What I learned from reading Gay’s book, “The Big Leap” is that even if you are operating in the zone of excellence in any area, it is possible to move on to the zone of genius. But it requires pushing through fear, pain, ego, and more, if you are going to reach the place of creative flow.

The concepts we discuss in this episode are powerful. It’s the kind of learning that wakes you up in the middle of the night. It wakes you up to the startling realization that your art and of course your life too can get better. Much better. Join me today in conversation with Gay, as we begin to uncover a sense of what is possible in our art and life. 

Listen if you are interested in...

Gay’s thoughts about creativity and how wonder is an integral part of it [3:00]

Why fear is the gateway we have to go through in order to get to the “good stuff” [9:30]

How you can spend 10 minutes a day to “occupy this present place” [18:49]

The innate ability we all have to be inspired and therefore creative [23:03]

Life itself is the art we must learn to create [28:27]

Why we have our greatest opportunity when ego leaves the room [31:57]

Looking for the ways you are trying to control the uncontrollable [41:18]

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Dec 01, 2021
The Art of Trees, with Adam Wolpert - Ep 5
48:10

Today I'm excited for you to meet an extraordinary artist from Sonoma County, California. His name is Adam Wolpert. For quite a few years, Adam has been involved in painting the local landscape, but lately, which caught my attention, his art shifted. Not only did it become bigger, but it became simpler. Now it is mostly just about trees. 

Every time his work takes a quantum leap forward, I am always excited to catch up with him to learn why. What just happened? How is it possible these paintings have become so so powerful? 

At first blush, if you are just listening, the subject seems fairly straight up but not once you see these paintings. They have been realized from countless hours standing beneath trees, paying attention, listening, thinking, and quietly observing. So it turns out; trees have a lot to teach us about art, resiliency, and life.

Join me as Adam shares all he is learning and discovering in the pursuit of his remarkable tree paintings.

Listen if you are interested in...

  • My good friend, Adam Wolpert, and his recent focus on trees [0:05]
  • Adam’s path, from college to his present interests and work [2:16]
  • How inquiry has played a part of Adam’s practice of art [8:47]
  • The way in which Adam’s work uses the power of perspective and space [11:41]
  • Using deep observation to create a new series of tree paintings [23:32]
  • How Adam’s paintings honor the subjects he’s representing [35:29]
  • Contemplation of the universal dimensions of the work Adam creates [40:12]

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Nov 24, 2021
A breath away - Lorraine Weiss, Ep 4
45:36

I've had many wise and influential teachers throughout my life who have helped me see past obstacles blocking my progress, not just in my art but also in my life. My guest today is Lorraine Weiss. She is an artist and musician but also a gifted healer and spiritual coach. Lorraine has a remarkable ability to see the complexities of life in much simpler ways. She has helped shift my thinking and see in new ways, which almost immediately returned a sense of joy and spaciousness to my life. Staying present, open without expectation, and knowing and trusting your deepest self are some of the themes that swirl around her teachings. Her coaching was a game-changer for me and influenced my trajectory in my life and, remarkably, my art. Learning to be more present and connected to my intuition dramatically improved my art. So, how can we engage with our deepest selves more energetically? How do we better find our way by trusting and listening more to the soul and the artful creation of our lives? This question is what I want to explore more today in my conversation with Lorraine. Have a listen. It just might catalyze some powerful changes in your life and quite possibly your art too.

Listen if you are interested in...

  • How I met Lorraine Weiss and how she altered the trajectory of my life and art [0:30]
  • The path Lorraine has walked to learn the concepts she shares [3:04]
  • Spiritual lessons Lorraine learned and how they have impacted her life [7:38]
  • My belief that our art is an artifact of the journey we are on, not the main point [13:35]
  • Tying together the concepts of life force, love, and creative flow [19:35]
  • Making the investments that impact the returns you receive [28:01]
  • The faith and growth that happen along the creative path [35:01]
  • How all of us can hold a space where others can learn these concepts [42:33]

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Nov 17, 2021
Live like an artist with Austin Kleon - Ep 3
01:02:57

I am super excited today to share this conversation I had with the writer, artist Austin Kleon. What I love is that Austin’s process of creation is as important as the art he happens to be making. The vibrant potency of what he makes, whether it’s his books, drawings, writings, or talks, has everything to do with his thinking and how he creates. Today we are diving into some of the most fundamental, valuable ideas of artmaking. Whether you’re just starting out or far along the creative path, this conversation will fire you up. It did me. We dive into sustaining the juice in your artmaking, delightful missteps, and how to keep curiosity and wonder at the forefront of your art and life.

Austin is the New York Times bestselling author of a trilogy of illustrated books about creativity in the digital age: Steal Like An ArtistShow Your Work!, and Keep Going. He also has a superb blog where each week, he shares what he finds inspiring and moving. In addition, Austin speaks for organizations such as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist. In previous lives, he worked as a librarian, a web designer, and an advertising copywriter. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and sons.

Join me in this fantastic conversation with Austin. He is a student of life and art, first and foremost, a fellow explorer who so generously reports back to us all he is learning in his beautifully simple quest to creatively do a little bit better than he did yesterday. He is truly finding his way as he goes, and today we get to go too.

Listen if you are interested in...

  • Learning from guest artist Austin Kleon [2:30] 
  • Maintaining the momentum [4:00]
  • Why you need a “Youth spy”[9:00]
  • Working against limitations [15:00]
  • Inviting chance and mistakes [20:00] 
  • Intelligence in the body [31:00]
  • Sharing in a sustainable way [37:00] 
  • Executing your final product [45:00]
  • Falling in love with your work [50:00]
  • Don’t be your hero - be you [57:30] 
  • Closing thoughts [59:00] 

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Nov 10, 2021
Becoming Alive - Ep 2
23:42

In this episode, I will share the single biggest realization, the most significant change agent that has occurred in my art and life. I stumbled upon this learning first out of desperation to help myself and my artmaking but soon realized that this idea was also helpful to others. It's a simple idea, but for me, changed everything. I call it "differences." It has become the foundational underpinning of my teaching and the spark that created Art2life. It turns out this approach can be learned and is a big part of what I have now taught to thousands of artists interested in finding their way towards their authentic, artistic expression.


And I can say this approach, unequivocally works.


It all circles around to developing the discernment and awareness to move towards what brings you alive in your art and life... So today, I will dive a little deeper into this essential, powerful approach hoping that this might move the needle in your art and life. Have a listen...

Listen if you are interested in...

  • My primary approach for helping artists improve their craft [2:00]
  • Staying connected to what makes you feel alive [5:00] 
  • Appreciating the differences [9:00] 
  • Why contrast is so important [14:40] 
  • When things start to fall flat [20:00]
  • Closing thoughts [22:00] 

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Nov 10, 2021
Finding your way as you go - Ep 1
15:26

I used to be concerned that I could rarely see where I wanted to go ahead of time. I would meticulously plan a trip or an art project only to discover halfway through that I actually didn't have all the necessary information or even the desire to continue. All the planning and best intentions rarely were enough to arrive at a destination reliably.

At first, it was frustrating, but I realized this process isn't necessarily a bad thing over time.  "Finding your way as you go" is an amazing, wonderous way to create, not just art but life too.

Please join me today as we take the first step towards more wonder, curiosity, and inspiration not just for our art but also for our life. This approach could change everything for you. It did me.

Listen if you are interested in...

  • How I was captured by a vision to go sailing [0:40] 
  • Locating your “Center” [4:00] 
  • Finding your way as you go [9:00] 
  • Digging deep [14:00] 

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Jul 29, 2021