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!
February 22nd, 2020 | 28 mins 8 secs
advice, art, inner voices, rebecca crowell
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 we can also cultivate positive inner commentary and learn to control what we tell ourselves.
February 15th, 2020 | 29 mins 28 secs
advice, art, learning, rebecca crowell, teaching
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 there is a lot more bad advice than good advice out there. A mentor of Ross’s once told him “if you follow the advice of 90% of the people you meet, you will end up where 90% of people end up”.
February 14th, 2020 | 2 mins 18 secs
Here's what we want to do with the podcast going forward...
February 8th, 2020 | 27 mins 39 secs
art, balancing acts, rebecca crowell, style, teaching, technique
We often talk about finding balance with aspects of the creative process that seem to be opposites. For example, finding the balance between working intuitively and working with control and intention. The way each of us finds this balance between different approaches helps to develop the unique character of our individual work and process.
February 1st, 2020 | 41 mins 18 secs
art, encaustic, entrepreneurship, interview, monotype, new mexico, paula roland, rebecca crowell, travel, workshops
Rebecca Crowell interviews Paula Roland about her life as an artist and entrepreneur.
January 25th, 2020 | 33 mins 19 secs
art, books, reading, rebecca crowell
We talked last time about the role that art-related books play in the lives of artists, and the importance of continuing to educate ourselves in various ways. This week we turn our attention to the specific titles and authors recommended by Rebecca, as well as other artists who weighed in on our Facebook poll asking for input about significant art-related books. Many artists are very passionate about their books and recommendations, which were wide-ranging.
January 18th, 2020 | 32 mins 7 secs
art, books, reading, rebecca crowell
Art related books play an important part in our lives, and many artists have enormous collections. These collections are an investment in the growth of an artist’s creativity and career. They demonstrate curiosity and a desire for deeper understanding. Some artists joke that collecting books is a bit of an addiction. Even a small collection of relevant books can have a profound impact on your thoughts and intentions, and can help us understand our own work, as well as other’s work better.
January 11th, 2020 | 39 mins 14 secs
art, betsy williams, collaborations, interview, new mexico, rebecca crowell, travel
In today's episode, Rebecca interviews New Mexico artist Betsy Williams about her work and recently published book.
January 4th, 2020 | 28 mins 48 secs
art, creative process, rebecca crowell, travel, walking
While this may seem to be an odd topic for the Messy Studio, it is something that is important to Rebecca's creative life and that of many other artists. Walking has numerous and well-known benefits for physical and mental health, but what can it contribute to our lives as artists? In this episode, we explore walking as one of the ways that daily life and art are integrated.
December 28th, 2019 | 30 mins 59 secs
abstraction, art, creative process, questions, rebecca crowell
The questions we ask ourselves as artists are at the root of the creative process. As artists, we are driven by the unknown. Contemplating various possibilities brings energy and change to our work. It keeps our work dynamic, and exciting, and it keeps us engaged in the creative process.
December 21st, 2019 | 31 mins 28 secs
art, color, intuition, painting, rebecca crowell
Color is a very powerful influence in our everyday lives, and certainly in our art. It is the most studied of the visual elements by experts outside of the field of art--in biology, psychology, and in cultural studies, to name a few. As artists, we may work with color in an intuitive way, or more intellectually, each of us finding a way that suits us. There is no single correct system for using color. Our individual approach is linked to our own characters and personalities, and is often a strong aspect of our personal visual voice.
December 14th, 2019 | 30 mins 36 secs
art, creativity, rebecca crowell, struggles, travel
As artists, we accept many day to day challenges as part of the creative process. Even though we all feel frustrated at times, we know that problem solving is how we grow and achieve our goals. Solving creative problems can bring great satisfaction, but some studio struggles are also very difficult and soul-wrenching. Artists at every level experience these times of defeat or despair that go beyond daily frustration.
December 7th, 2019 | 39 mins 4 secs
art, business, copying, influence, rebecca crowell
No artist is wholly original. We all owe those who came before us for techniques, ideas, theories, and approaches, and we should honor these influences. Each of us references these influences in our own way. Some of us place ourselves firmly in the tradition of a certain approach to art, or even as followers of a particular artist but with our interpretation and expression, while others work from a combination of many influences. These are healthy aspects of influence. Unfortunately, there are also artists who either deliberately plagiarize another artist's work, or use so many of another artist's ideas that they come uncomfortably close to outright copying.
November 30th, 2019 | 34 mins 3 secs
art, art income, business, rebecca crowell, self employment, side hustles
For many artists, some form of outside employment is necessary to make a living. Their day jobs often have little or nothing to do with their creative lives, but some have developed income streams that evolved naturally from their studio practice. This approach leads to a more integrated approach to earning a living. Today we’re focusing on some examples of art related side hustles.
November 24th, 2019 | 36 mins 26 secs
art, creative process, exploration, medium, rebecca crowell
While most artists have a way of working that is their main focus, many of us also explore other media or approaches on occasion. In general it is good to have something that you stick with. This helps to develop ideas and master techniques. However, these side trips can be very intriguing, and even helpful feeding new ideas back into your main art practice.
November 16th, 2019 | 39 mins 28 secs
art, design, rebecca crowell, studio
There are few things artists are more passionate or opinionated about than their personal workspaces. In the past we’ve touched on many aspects of individual studio environments including the kind of sounds that artists prefer as they work (Episode #95 of The Messy Studio Podcast) Today we’re going to further explore what makes studio spaces unique and special to those who work in them.