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The Messy Studio with Rebecca Crowell

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Artist Rebecca Crowell shares experiences and thoughts from three decades of painting, teaching and traveling, as well as her conversations with other artists. She is joined by her co-host, producer, and son, Ross Ticknor, who brings an entrepreneurial Millennial perspective. The conversations are broad and eclectic, focused on ideas, information and anecdotes that other artists may find helpful in their work and careers. A new episode is uploaded every Saturday!

Artist Rebecca Crowell shares experiences and thoughts from three decades of painting, teaching and traveling, as well as her conversations with other artists. She is joined by her co-host, producer, and son, Ross Ticknor, who brings an entrepreneurial Millennial perspective. The conversations are broad and eclectic, focused on ideas, information and anecdotes that other artists may find helpful in their work and careers. A new episode is uploaded every Saturday!

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United States

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Artist Rebecca Crowell shares experiences and thoughts from three decades of painting, teaching and traveling, as well as her conversations with other artists. She is joined by her co-host, producer, and son, Ross Ticknor, who brings an entrepreneurial Millennial perspective. The conversations are broad and eclectic, focused on ideas, information and anecdotes that other artists may find helpful in their work and careers. A new episode is uploaded every Saturday!

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 131: The Power of Intention

6/27/2020
A key aspect of establishing your personal voice is figuring out what is most important to you in your work. What do you want to communicate to other people? What responses do you hope to evoke? The process of defining these intentions can be challenging, involving some basic but important questions, and may take some time to process and refine. But clear intentions are a powerful tool. Today we will look at the process of clarifying your intentions and the advantages for doing so....

Duration:00:33:51

Episode 130: Being Authentic

6/20/2020
This is a topic that we have considered covering for a while. It dovetails nicely with past episodes addressing what inspires and motivates our work. But it seems especially relevant now given the worldwide pandemic and recent social unrest, which have many artists thinking deeply about the meaning and honesty of their work. Being authentic in your work means being true to yourself, and unafraid in your creative explorations. During this time when we are experiencing massive changes all...

Duration:00:45:48

Episode 129: Considering Scale

6/13/2020
Scale is an aspect of visual design that is perhaps the easiest to overlook. This is because there is a default mode that generally works—that is, medium sized works of art, and imagery that fits in expected ways within those boundaries. But challenging habitual ways of using scale can be an exciting path. As viewers, we notice immediately when someone steps outside the expected and calls attention to scale. Today we have some thoughts about using scale in dynamic ways. When considering...

Duration:00:41:18

Episode 128: Composition: It's Complicated

6/6/2020
We touched on today’s topic in our last episode when we went briefly over through some important design elements. Basically we were talking about composition—how to arrange the visual elements on a 2-d surface so that they “work.” This is complex because each aspect of a composition affects others in subtle or not so subtle ways. Even a small change often necessitates revision in other parts of the work. In this way, composition can be thought of a problem-solving, whether it is figured out...

Duration:00:50:42

Episode 127: Visual Language

5/30/2020
Learning to use the visual elements and design principles in your work is often compared to acquiring vocabulary and then being able to use those words to communicate. It also means being able understand better what other artists have to say in their work. This understanding is basic and contributes to your growth for your whole artistic life. It also grows in tandem with intuitive responses and understanding. Yet many artists do not progress much beyond a limited vocabulary, used in only a...

Duration:00:21:27

Episode 126: Handling Critique

5/23/2020
It can be very unsettling to put your work in front of someone else for a critique. We may fear harsh, judgmental comments. Yet the value of critique is exactly that, the chance to gain an outside perspective and insight, and very often criticism can be given and received in a supportive way. Today we’ll talk about the positive aspects of critique as well as handling negative criticism with regards to our work. First, let's distinguish between the meaning of the words, critique and...

Duration:00:44:53

Episode 125: Art As Therapy

5/15/2020
As we record this episode, a few months into the COVID-19 pandemic, there is much we don’t know—what the situation means in our own lives and in the world at large, how long it will last and what we will endure before it is over. How can our art practices help us through this difficult and anxious time? Today our podcast includes thoughts from two art therapists, Mimma Della Cagnoletta and Barbara Bagan, who generously shared their ideas about this topic via email. Artists are often said to...

Duration:00:33:19

Episode 124: Voices Of Experience

5/9/2020
If you have ever had a really good art class, whether in school or a workshop, you probably retained some real gems of wisdom from the instructor. These may be specific things that were emphasized, or their overall teaching philosophy. These positive ideas and words have the power to shape our studio practices for our entire creative lives. We reached out to some art instructors, all friends of the Messy Studio Podcast, to ask them to share their insights and approaches to teaching, as well...

Duration:00:44:55

Episode 123: A Call For Change

5/2/2020
Many artists are feeling stuck right now--not only in their homes in the midst of the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders but stuck in their work as well. We not only contend with our own worries and struggles but the constant drumbeat of bad news from the media. Our usual ways of working may no longer seem suited to what our lives have become. Historically, art reflects the times in which it is made. Today, we are considering this aspect of creativity in light of what we are all experiencing. The...

Duration:00:46:20

Episode 122: Sell More Art Online, Interview With Dave Geada

4/25/2020
For the last several weeks we have faced an unknown and invisible enemy. COVID-19 has disrupted large portions of the international economy and thrown millions into unemployment. As artists we face these same challenges. Our galleries have closed, our workshops have been cancelled, and we have no idea when (or if) things will return to “normal”. However, we still have at our disposal the most powerful marketing and sales tool ever created. The internet is a way of selling art that many of us...

Duration:01:05:22

Episode 121: Working with Place...While Sheltering in Place

4/18/2020
Many artists working in both realism and abstraction explore ideas or emotions through the lens of unique or moving aspects of a particular place. This place may be as close as the artist’s own backyard, but it is often more distant. At this time we are encountering many challenges in our daily lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including being unable to visit the places that motivate our creative processes. Nationwide “stay at home” orders are restricting our movement, but even in normal...

Duration:00:40:24

Episode 120: The Creative Urge

4/12/2020
Even under difficult circumstances, humans have always had a strong urge to create, to make things that embody thought, emotion, spiritual and cultural beliefs. Creativity has made us unique as successful as a species and is rooted in our origins when early people first created fire, smeared ash and pigment on the walls of caves, planted gardens, and began changing and controlling their environment. Those of us who work in fine art media have a drive to create even when there is no practical...

Duration:00:34:56

Episode 119: Staying Focused

4/4/2020
One of the challenges of maintaining a creative practice is keeping focused in the studio; it can seem like daily life is constantly pulling us in other directions. This podcast was recorded before the COVID 19 pandemic, and for many artists, focus has become more important than ever as a way to lose ourselves in our work. Yet even if we have time to work, it can still be difficult to find a rhythm and path to follow. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines focus as “a point of concentration, or...

Duration:00:35:08

Episode 118: The Life and Work of Agnes Martin - Interview With Henry Martin

3/28/2020
Rebecca interviews Irish writer Henry Martin about his book, Agnes Martin: Pioneer, Painter, Icon, discussing her life, character, and work. About this biography, museum curator Jina Brenneman wrote “No other book on Agnes Martin has been researched as thoroughly and honestly as Agnes Martin: Pioneer, Painter, Icon. Its sensitive and poetic nature makes it a must read for those truly interested in understanding the artist.” More from Henry Martin: http://www.henry-martin.co.uk/...

Duration:00:45:01

Episode 117: COVID-19 Outbreak: Coping With Isolation

3/21/2020
When the news media first mentioned the coronavirus spreading through China, few of us in the rest of the world realized the huge impact it would have. A few months later we face quarantines and severe economic consequences and many of us are facing isolation, boredom, and anxiety, as well as financial stress. In this episode we address how the current measures implemented to contain COVID-19 have affected our lives as artists, as well as ideas for coping in this time of uncertainty and...

Duration:00:39:42

Episode 116: The Writing Process: Interview With Henry Martin

3/14/2020
Rebecca sits down with writer Henry Martin in Dublin, Ireland to talk about his writing process in general and his research for his book, Agnes Martin: Pioneer, Painter, Icon. Check out Henry's website at http://www.henry-martin.co.uk/ or the specific page for his book here: http://www.henry-martin.co.uk/agnes-martin/4592764574. On Instagram go to https://www.instagram.com/henrymartinhm/ For more Messy Studio: www.messystudiopodcast.com www.facebook.com/messystudiopodcast For more Rebecca...

Duration:00:36:55

Episode 115: Art: A Conversation With Your Viewers

3/6/2020
Most artists would agree that their work is an attempt at communication, even if a non-verbal one. The idea of a conversation with viewers is a helpful perspective because it implies that this communication does not exist in a vacuum, going in one direction only. We use the term “personal voice” in reference to what we are trying to communicate, but we should grant a “voice” of sorts to our audience as well. The conversational aspect of our work begins with an inner dialog as we track our...

Duration:00:38:11

Episode 114: Art Conservation

2/29/2020
Rebecca interviews Jill Whitten and Robert Proctor of Whitten & Proctor Fine Art Conservation. They discuss the process of art conservation and restoration, as well as their paths into the field and some of their projects with museums around the world. (From http://www.whittenandproctor.com/02Experience.htm) JILL WHITTEN has been a painting conservator in private practice in Houston,Texas since 1999. She received a BFA in Painting from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MA and...

Duration:01:05:36

Episode 113: Inner Voices

2/22/2020
When sorting through advice and opinions, not all of the voices influencing us are spoken by others. We also have inner voices that comment on our work. They may be insecurities that originate in past negative experiences and these can sap our creative energy. Others are rules and formulas that we've accepted without question but don't serve us well. But not all inner voices are negative. it's also possible to cultivate positive inner commentary and learn to control what we tell ourselves....

Duration:00:32:14

Episode 112: Surrounded By Advice

2/15/2020
As artists, we all want to grow and improve our own work, and we are often surrounded by the advice and opinions of other people. While some advice is helpful, it can sometimes undermine our unique, personal voice. It can be hard to sort the good advice from the bad. It is also important to realize that our own accepted opinions may need to be challenged in order for our work to advance. Unfortunately, we may hear more bad advice than good. A mentor of Ross’s once told him “if you follow the...

Duration:00:34:10