The Messy Studio with Rebecca Crowell

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

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

  • Episode 251: Travel Tips for Artists

    May 8th, 2023  |  35 mins 48 secs
    art, creativity, hacks, listener suggestions, rebecca crowell, tips, travel

    The ideas and energy gained from travel are important to many artists, and when you travel, you seldom leave your art self behind. The stimulation of travel and new experiences tends to create strong impressions and bring on the urge to create while you’re away from home, no matter the overall reason for your trip. This means bringing along at least some art supplies, and lots more if the focus of your trip is a residency or workshop.

  • Episode 250: Expressions of Gratitude

    April 29th, 2023  |  30 mins 15 secs
    art, business, communication, creativity, experience, gratitude, personal, rebecca crowell

    As artists, what role can gratitude play in our work and practice? On a personal level, we know that focusing on what we’re grateful for is good for overall mental health and contentment. Today we’d like to talk about specific situations in which appreciation and gratitude can help artists cope with some of the tougher aspects of art practice. Expressing gratitude can also help in your professional life to build mutual appreciation and respect in your dealings with the art world. Today we’ll talk about the importance of gratitude on both personal and professional levels.

  • Episode 249: Explaining Abstraction

    April 23rd, 2023  |  36 mins 28 secs
    abstraction, art, artist statements, creativity, explaining your work, personal relationships, rebecca crowell

    Lots of people misunderstand abstract art and don’t respect it as a valid form of expression. We’ve all heard remarks that imply that abstract artists lack talent or skill or are trying to fool people into appreciating something that has no value. If you are an abstract artist, how do you deal with this attitude? Do you have family and friends who dismiss your work? Do you let negative remarks pass by or do you try to provide some background or insight into abstraction? Today we’ll explore why abstraction confounds many viewers and some ways you might provide some insight.

  • Episode 248: Feedback Time

    April 15th, 2023  |  38 mins 21 secs
    advice, art, creativity, development, feedback, mentors, rebecca crowell

    As artists, we know it’s good to get feedback now and then so we can understand how our work is seen by others. But managing how and when to solicit feedback can have a lot to do with how valuable and appropriate it will be. While feedback at the right time and situation can be exactly what you need, feedback can also have the opposite effect, and even experienced artists can be thrown off track. Today we’ll talk about exerting control over when and how to receive feedback to make it most valuable.

  • Episode 247: Making Progress

    April 1st, 2023  |  29 mins 2 secs
    advancing, art, creativity, development, failure, movement, process, progress, rebecca crowell

    It seems to be a given that as artists we want to see growth and progress in our work --and many episodes of this podcast have focused on taking on the challenges and mindset that feed progress in the studio. But what does it really mean to make artistic progress? Is there any way to measure or quantify progress as an artist? And how is a sense of progress linked to our basic satisfaction as creative people?

  • Episode 246: Balancing Art and Business

    March 25th, 2023  |  37 mins 9 secs
    art, balance, business, creativity, finances, organization, rebecca crowell, strategies, systems, taxes, tips

    For many artists that want to market and sell their work, finding a balance between studio practice and business life is challenging. There are pitfalls in spending too much time on the business side of your practice, and drawbacks to not paying enough attention to this. Finding a good balance between your art and your art business is not simply a time management issue, but also one of your focus and emotional investment. Today we’ll talk about some considerations and pitfalls in navigating this territory.

  • Episode 245: Art and Technology

    March 18th, 2023  |  41 mins 39 secs
    art, communicating, creativity, history, marketing, materials, rebecca crowell, technology

    As artists, many of us honor the age-old tradition of creating our work with nothing more than our hands, a few tools, and materials that have stood the test of time. Yet we also live in a high-tech world, and that impacts all of us. How artists view technology ranges from a necessary evil to a full embrace of its creative possibilities. But we should all understand that technology itself is not a new factor in making art. Today we’ll look at some of the ways technology has been used over time in art and ways to think about it in our current world.

  • Episode 244: Abstract Painting: Exploring Media

    March 14th, 2023  |  41 mins 28 secs
    abstraction, acrylic, art, creativity, experimentation, materials, mixed media, oil paint, rebecca crowell, water color

    Each type of painting media that an abstract artist uses has specific qualities that make it suitable for certain approaches-- and less so for others. As part of your studio practice, it’s important to understand and work with the qualities of different media rather than trying to push against their nature. And it is also exciting to explore outside your typical media to see what each has to offer. Today we’ll look at several media used for abstract painting—oil, acrylic, encaustic, watercolor, and mixed media approaches and touch on the benefits and challenges of each.

  • Episode 243: Being Seen

    March 4th, 2023  |  31 mins 5 secs
    art, communication, creativity, history, marketing, purpose, rebecca crowell

    A basic human desire is to truly be seen. We long to be understood by other people, acknowledged, appreciated, and accepted for who we are. As an artist, you have a literal way of being seen, of communicating who you are in a visual way. The hope that people will be able to connect with you through your work is a basic motivation for making art. Today we’ll talk about the desire to be seen and understood by the people who view your work.

  • Episode 242: The Challenges of Consistency

    February 25th, 2023  |  34 mins 5 secs
    art, brand, consistency, creativity, development, galleries, personal voice, rebecca crowell, style

    As artists we know it’s good to be open to new ideas and changes—but for marketing purposes we’re also expected to have an identifiable style that is consistent and recognizable. This basic dilemma is frustrating when you have wide-ranging interests and like to explore new ideas or media. Your work can appear to be “all over the place” and seem to lack focus. At the other extreme, being overly concerned that your work is consistent can inhibit your growth as an artist.

  • Episode 241: Where Are You Going?

    February 21st, 2023  |  31 mins 9 secs
    art, creativity, goals, momentum, outcomes, process, rebecca crowell

    Carrying out a creative project is rarely a straightforward process. A basic aspect of creative work is the way that ideas evolve during the process, rather than being known from the beginning. The outcome is unknown as the artist dives in, and the end is often surprising and exciting for its creator. Yet understanding and accepting this process is very difficult for many people.

  • Episode 240: Your Studio Privacy

    February 11th, 2023  |  33 mins 46 secs
    art, boundaries, clients, creativity, family, friends, rebecca crowell, studio space, time management

    Privacy and solitude are important factors in producing creative work, allowing an artist to feel secure to explore and take the time needed to develop meaningful work without judgement or observation. Yet the outside world can sometimes push against these needs. It may seem hard to set the boundaries around your studio time, to preserve the time and space you need to focus exclusively on your work without distractions.

  • Episode 239: Trusting Your Intuition

    February 4th, 2023  |  33 mins 54 secs
    art, communication, creativity, intuition, personal voice, rebecca crowell

    As artists we all recognize that intuition plays a role in what we do, but what that role is can seem mysterious and elusive. Like many concepts in art, we tend to use the words intuitive and intuition loosely because they defy exact description. But a closer look may help you understand its place in your own way of working, and to better access its power.

  • Episode 238: The Laws of Creativity: An Interview with Joey Cofone

    January 28th, 2023  |  36 mins 18 secs
    art, creativity, failure, fear, joey cofone, process, rebecca crowell

    Artistic expression is driven by an inner need to be your authentic self, to express what is true and unique in your individual experiences and thoughts. That may sound straightforward, but as we know, there is nothing easy about finding the creative voice that is yours, dedicating your time and energy to its expression, or putting the work that results out into the world. Today we are really excited to welcome our special guest -- author, entrepreneur and award-winning graphic designer Joey Cofone, author of an exciting new book, The Laws of Creativity.

  • Episode 237: Finding Your Artist Community

    January 21st, 2023  |  34 mins 48 secs
    art, cold wax academy, community, creativity, jerry mclaughlin, rebecca crowell, technology

    Art is primarily a solitary activity. Although some artists collaborate or share studios, most of us spend our time alone with our work and our thoughts, and we value that solitude. But art is also a form of communication, and other artists are often very savvy about understanding the work of others and connecting in that way is valuable. And who better to understand the ups and downs, the challenges and rewards of art life than another artist? Today Rebecca and Jerry discuss the benefits of being part of an artist community.

  • Episode 236: Clarity and Focus in 2023

    January 14th, 2023  |  34 mins 12 secs
    ambition, art, business, creativity, goals, new year, priorities, rebecca crowell, resolutions

    The beginning of a new year is a time to consider what will bring clarity and focus to your art practice in the months ahead. For many artists, that means setting goals and intentions, and to do that means gaining clarity about what to prioritize. Artists’ goals tend to cover a lot of ground--some may be for the work itself, for improving and advancing skills and techniques, or for completing projects. Others may be more personal, like taking steps to overcome procrastination or negative self-talk. Still other goals fall into the realm of career or professional goals like gaining gallery representation. Which are most important for you?