The Messy Studio with Rebecca Crowell

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

263 episodes of The Messy Studio with Rebecca Crowell since the first episode, which aired on December 28th, 2017.

  • Episode 71: Movement and Creativity

    May 11th, 2019  |  24 mins 17 secs
    art, exercise, movement, rebecca crowell

    In this episode, we consider the physical activities mentioned in episode #59 about what people enjoy doing in addition to their studio work. What is the importance of physical activity in a creative life? Lots of forms of art require physical movement to carry out, such as wedging clay, hauling paint panels around, grinding litho stones, carrying supplies for plein air painting into the field... even sedentary art practices may require periods of stretching and moving to avoid becoming stiff and sore. But the importance of movement goes beyond just being physically fit for work. Today we're going to talk about the importance of movement in our art practices, including exercise but also movement intended to enhance creativity.

  • Episode 70: The Importance Of Drawing

    May 4th, 2019  |  28 mins 2 secs
    abstraction, art, drawing, rebecca crowell

    Drawing is something a lot of artists do regularly, but for others -- especially abstract artists-- it has been pushed back to a musty corner with art-school exercises or early work in realism. But drawing, including abstract drawing, is an excellent way to keep your work vital and personal. What is the role of drawing in your work, and is it something that you would like to develop?

  • Episode 69: Interview with Keith Wilson: Seeing What's Around You

    April 25th, 2019  |  31 mins 1 sec
    art, ireland, keith wilson, rebecca crowell, travel

    Rebecca talks to Keith Wilson, an artist from Northern Ireland, about his working process and his way of finding importance in his immediate surroundings.

  • Episode 68: Intuition

    April 18th, 2019  |  29 mins 46 secs
    abstraction, art, intuition, ireland, rebecca crowell, travel

    Rebecca discusses the role of intuition in abstract work with Nuala Clarke and Joanna Kidney at Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland.

  • Episode 67: Responding To Poetry

    April 13th, 2019  |  30 mins 30 secs

    In this episode, Rebecca speaks with us again from the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo, Ireland where she is on a 3-week painting residency. Today she’s going to talk a little about the residency in general and specifically about a project she is working on there, a series of paintings based on a poem by the Irish poet Seamus Heaney.

  • Episode 66: Contrast and Personal Voice

    April 6th, 2019  |  30 mins 47 secs
    art, contrast, ireland, personal voice, rebecca crowell, travel, workshops

    This week Rebecca is speaking with you from Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo,
    Ireland, a place she returns to every year for teaching for her own time to paint. She shares some of the ideas that were the focus of her advanced cold wax workshop there, and we discuss how they relate to personal voice in your own work.

  • Episode 65: More About Change

    March 30th, 2019  |  23 mins 59 secs
    art, change, gallaries, rebecca crowell

    In the last episode we talked about the importance of change in the creative
    process, and in the one prior to that (about blocks and lack of motivation) we
    mentioned that these are sometimes harbingers of change. Given how important
    it is in the big picture, what are some reasons we may resist it? The outside world
    of galleries and collectors can be a big reason we avoid change or worry about it.

  • Episode 64: Changing Directions

    March 23rd, 2019  |  25 mins 35 secs
    art, change, joan geary, rebecca crowell

    The creative journey is never a straight path and all artists go through
    times of change in their work. These are necessary but can also be frustrating and
    painful as you head into the unknown. Today we’re going to talk about times of
    change in your work and some of the challenges that artists face, including the
    experiences of one Chicago painter who has shared her struggle with Rebecca.

  • Episode 63: Keeping It Going

    March 16th, 2019  |  26 mins 8 secs
    art, blocks, motivation, rebecca crowell, risk

    Several listeners have asked us to talk about how to stay motivated and on track
    with work in the studio. Maybe it is a reflection of the winter doldrums (which we
    talked about last week) but blocks and down times can happen any time of year.
    How do you cope with feelings of boredom and frustration that make it hard to
    keep working?

  • Episode 62: Getting Through Winter

    March 9th, 2019  |  25 mins 25 secs
    art, rebecca crowell, winter

    Rebecca and Ross discuss the difficulties of dealing with the extreme winter that many artists are experiencing.

  • Episode 61: Grief and The Creative Process, Interview with Stephanie Dalton

    March 2nd, 2019  |  34 mins 21 secs
    art, death, grief, interview, loss, rebecca crowell, stephanie dalton

    This week Rebecca talks with Stephanie Dalton, an Atlanta, Georgia artist who shares her experiences of grief and loss following the death of her husband Robert Cowan last May--including how this has affected her creative process. We really appreciate Stephanie's openness in discussing this difficult topic, which she offered to do in the hopes that it will help others who have suffered a similar loss. March 3 marks Rob's 53rd birthday and their 26th wedding anniversary. Stephanie asked that we broadcast her interview on this day as a way to honor her late husband.

  • Episode 60: Saying Yes And No

    February 23rd, 2019  |  33 mins 46 secs
    art, business, rebecca crowell, self improvement

    A lot of us are inclined to say yes to any art opportunity—always looking to advance our art careers and open up new pathways. But how can you keep your calendar clear enough to stay focused and do your best work?

  • Episode 59: Merging Art and Life

    February 16th, 2019  |  33 mins 44 secs
    art, hobbies, influences, life, rebecca crowell

    What activities, passions, or interests do you pursue outside your studio (art related or otherwise)? Do you think they feed your main work or focus? Rebecca and Ross discuss listener answers submitted on Facebook, as well as their own thoughts on the subject.

  • Episode 58: Pacing Yourself

    February 9th, 2019  |  30 mins 46 secs
    art, business, pacing, rebecca crowell, self improvement

    Rebecca and Ross talk about how to pace yourself to be efficient and avoid burnout... skills that they haven't actually mastered themselves.

  • Episode 57: Preparing For An Exhibit

    February 2nd, 2019  |  49 mins 59 secs
    art, exhibits, gallaries, rebecca crowell, shows

    Rebecca is preparing for an upcoming exhibit in Atlanta, Georgia. She talks with Ross about her process and shares tips for artists preparing for a first show.

  • Episode 56: Increase Your Income with Creative Problem Solving

    January 26th, 2019  |  38 mins 1 sec
    art, business, cps, income, rebecca crowell

    Rebecca and Ross apply the Creative Problem Solving process to finding possibilities for increasing your art income.