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Podcast and Community for Artists of all Levels

Podcast and Community for Artists of all Levels


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Podcast and Community for Artists of all Levels




Episode 16: Interview with Becky Gouverneur Pt 1

We're delighted to be able to bring you this interview with Becky from Bex Arts where she gives a rake of information about photography, prints and copyright, that you can utilise in your art business today. Becky has also kindly given us some information for you to download here below, which includes a guide to taking great pictures (especially pet portraits) whether you're taking them for yourself or wanting to advise your client. You will also find pictures within this of her studio set...


Episode 15: M-m-m-my Corona

Well, we may be self isolating - which for most artists isn't anything too unusual, but we don't have to be alone! Over the coming weeks, where it might all feel a little bit gloomy, we're hoping to bring shorter but more frequent episodes to you. We figured it might be the best way to perk you all up. We're never ones to step too deeply into art anyway, but these episodes will be generally more focused on the Life side of 'Life and Pencils'. So, let's all pull together and support each...


Episode 14: Numbnuts, Yumnuts & Cronuts

And just when you thought we couldn't exhaust the subject of cake any further - we bring you the Yumnuts and Cronuts episode - no prizes for guessing who the numbnuts are! On a serious note, we do eventually gather our thoughts and we talk about art workshops and the sort of experience you can expect when attending, plus we also recommend starting your own and what level you need to be at to do that. In the same vein, we also chat about YouTube and Patreon and building a passive income...


Episode 13: Jaw With LAW Pt 2 (plus Bob, Dick & Arun Jumpers)

Part one was so well received, we thought we'd better dish out part 2 pretty swiftly for you! Huge thanks goes out to Lisa Ann Watkins of Animal Art by LAW for giving up her valuable time to chat with us, it was great fun all round and interesting to have an insight into a successful artists lifestyle. And of course, you must listen to the end, just to hear Jills story about her Arun jumper, honestly - it's pure gold! We also totally lose it today when we get in-depth about inner voices,...


Episode 12: Jaw with LAW Pt 1 (& bonus nut sacks)

We get to chat with Lisa Ann Watkins (Animal Art by LAW) in this episode, and she was so utterly thrilled to speak to us, it went on for over an hour and a half, so we've had to split it into 2 parts - I know, right? So, you get to listen to part one this week and next week, we'll let you have part 2! As we wanted this to be focused on the interview, we only have a quick catch up at the beginning and then head straight into the interview, so limited waffle on this one! As ever, we appreciate...


Episode 11: Pricing With Ease, Websites a Breeze and Ben Fogles Knees

In episode 11, we mourn the loss of cake as we chat about domain names, hosting and building a website. We also talk about some of the important things that should be included on a website. Plus we discuss pricing and whether you display them or not, how to handle sending your price list to customers and what to do when you want to put your prices up. Plus there's the usual banter, us going off on a tangent and Ant Middleton even gets a mention! We recommend following Carla Grace a fantastic...


Episode 10: Tracing, Racing & Self Effacing

We're into double figures people, so welcome to episode 10 where we discuss whether it's acceptable to trace as part of the process in producing your work and how impostor syndrome can impact your life as an artist. Jill also gives some good guidelines on how to overcome this very common problem. We also have our normal catch up with a few laughs along the way and our recommendations this week are for Renato Muccillo - an oil painter who creates such beautiful landscapes that look like...


Episode 9: Isolation, Condemnation and Defamation

After lowering the tone in episode 8 (that was funny though!), we're on to more sensible topics this week. When we've established what beverages we're drinking and what cake we're not having, we crack on and tackle a few issues that we feel most artists will resonate with. Topics discussed this week are loneliness as an artist, something that is more common that you might think. Being an artist is quite an isolating thing, and whilst some artists embrace all of that alone time, others -...


Episode 8: Limited Snacks, Understanding your Tax & No Need for a Wax

In episode 8, Jill walks us through how to understand tax with your art business if you are working within the UK - it could work differently, depending on where you are based. She explains how it all works, what your tax allowance is and how much you can earn before tax, plus what is tax deductible and what you need to do to keep track. Nikki touches on why it's not a bad thing to fail, so that you can then adjust your plan and try something else - failing is good, everything is a learning...


Episode 7: Mildly Festive, Mildly Offensive, Always a ‘Joy’

In episode 7, Jill brings up those bloody mince 'not' pies with the sponge topping again, it's not a pie Jill!! We talk about winding down for the year and some of the things we'd like to draw in our downtime over Christmas, and how that can impact us us within our businesses as we head into the new year. Nikki mentions how she's inadvertently used her boob to draw with pastels on occasion, which leads to a discussion on other appendages that they both find hilariously funny - because...


Episode 6: Pods, Pickiness and Perfectionism

In episode 6 we chat about a serious lack of cake, due to a last minute podcast recording. Jill was fine though, she was still stuffed full of birthday cake from the day before! Nikki did have a posh coffee pod thingy though, so that took the edge off. We also talk about how to deal with customers who might be being overly picky with you. Sometimes you have to be strong, take the reins and be the professional by advising your customer what is best. After all, that is what they commissioned...


Episode 5: Hybrid Pies, Family Ties & A Felting Demise

In episode 5, we talk about saying polite no's to friends and family who want freebies, or expect you to be available at the drop of a hat because you 'work from home'. Jill also talks a little about her experience with the gallery and selling her first piece, in addition to her 'wool felting' story of horror! We hear about two great people to follow @clairemilliganartist and @helen_carter_artist and learn about the charity Xmas podcast single that we'll be dropping into iTunes next week...


Episode 4: Algorithm Shmism, Hashtags not Hash Cakes!

In episode 4 we talk a little more in depth about the Instagram algorithm and what that means and how you can make hashtags work for you. We also mention cakes, custard creams and bourbons!! Jill recommends we all follow Jane Braithwaite on Instagram, with her beautiful oil paintings of horses, and Nikki recommends a couple of apps for encouraging block working without distractions and one for measuring you time spent working, to either bill a client accurately or help you to work out a...


Episode 3: Markets, Galleries & More (no cows)

In episode 3, Kerri Dixon shares her inside knowledge on selling your art at a market, how to find your audience there and what steps you need to take to ensure that it's a success. You can download the full interview below: Kerri-Dixon-on-Life-and-Pencils-Podcast-1Download We also chat about some exciting gallery related news from Jill and touch on......Christmas! Our Insta favourites this week are @mrlumpyandfriends - great if you like viewing wild badgers 🦡 🙈, @julianeberge and...


Episode 2: Instagram, Cows and Corporate Life Life and Pencils Episode 2

In episode 2, we chat about the basics needed to take your Instagram post from average to noteworthy. We talk about how you can follow a few simple rules to entice people to want to open your posts to read more and hopefully follow you. Note: we may mention cows during the course of this conversation.... We also touch on a subject that we see many people dealing with, and that is how to go from a corporate career to an art based one, and this is something we'll be talking about in more depth...


The Podcast for Aspiring Artists: Episode 1

Hello, and welcome to Life and Pencils Podcast. This is the light-hearted podcast for aspiring artists who are looking to grow their art business and be part of a supportive and growing community. We want you to feel that this is your podcast, so please get involved! In this episode, we touch on some of the topics we'll be covering over the coming weeks. We also give you a little background on ourselves too. We may even go off-topic occasionally... and tend to laugh. A lot. We're not...