The Messy Studio with Rebecca Crowell

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

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

  • Episode 85: What is Unique About Abstraction?

    August 17th, 2019  |  32 mins 36 secs
    abstraction, art, rebecca crowell

    Many people find abstraction very challenging to either create or appreciate because it seems so different from more realistic approaches and it seems hard to find a way in. Although in some ways there are radical differences, there are also some basic similarities with representational art. Today we’ll talk about abstraction in a way that may help your efforts to understand it as an artist or art appreciator.

  • Episode 84: What the Creative Process Teaches Us

    August 10th, 2019  |  25 mins 21 secs
    art, learning, rebecca crowell, self improvement, spirituality

    A few weeks ago Rebecca posed the question on Facebook, “what has your art practice taught you? Are there things you’ve learned as an artist that help you with other aspects of life? There were a lot of responses that were deep, insightful and passionate. Today we’re going to talk about this topic and some of what the artists said who responded to the question.

  • Episode 83: Your Art Stories

    August 3rd, 2019  |  29 mins 58 secs
    art, journey, mindset, rebecca crowell, self improvement

    When we are in the midst of things, it is easy to lose sight of the big picture of our own journey as an artist. We tend to focus on the day to day, the ups and downs of whatever we are currently working on, as well as on future goals and plans. But every now and then it’s good to appreciate the path we’ve walked on to this point, how one thing has led to another.

  • Episode 82: Giving an Artist Talk

    July 28th, 2019  |  31 mins 50 secs
    art, public speaking, rebecca crowell

    Public speaking ranks very high when it comes to events in your life that create anxiety. Yet as part of an art career at some point you will be called upon to speak about your work. This could range from an informal gathering of people you know to an interview on widely shared media. Why should you embrace these opportunities and how can you handle them without too much stress?

  • Episode 81: Another (Freewheeling) Conversation With Dan Addington

    July 20th, 2019  |  32 mins 24 secs
    art, galleries, rebecca crowell, shows

    Rebecca speaks with Dan Addington, owner of Addington Gallery in Chicago, Illinois about his perspective as both gallery owner and artist. Dan weighs in on when and how to approach a gallery, how we as artists can best work with our galleries, and his number one pet peeve when hanging an exhibit.

  • Episode 80: The Inside Story - Conversation with Dan Addington of Addington Gallery

    July 12th, 2019  |  33 mins 55 secs
    art, business, galleries, rebecca crowell

    Rebecca talks with gallerist Dan Addington, who offers insider tips and anecdotes from his years of experience as both a working artist in the medium of encaustic and as the owner of Addington Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. This is part one of a two-part conversation.

  • Episode 79: Deep or Wide - What's Your Focus?

    July 7th, 2019  |  34 mins 24 secs
    art, branding, experimentation, focus, play, rebecca crowell, voice


  • Episode 78: Chilling In The Comfort Zone

    June 29th, 2019  |  27 mins 55 secs
    art, cold wax, comfort zone, rebecca crowell, self improvement

    Boundaries, parameters, comfort zones—there are lots of names for the limits we set for our personal creative explorations. These limitations play both positive and negative roles in our art practice and business and it can be tricky to know the difference. When is a comfort zone serving us well? Would risk-taking instead be more beneficial? Is a narrow focus better than pursuing new ideas? Today we’ll toss around some of these questions --

  • Episode 77: Surgical Abstraction, Interview with Steve Immerman

    June 22nd, 2019  |  26 mins 40 secs
    abstraction, art, glass, rebecca crowell, steve immerman

    In this week's episode, Rebecca and Ross join Steve Immerman, a Wisconsin artist working in fused glass. Steve discusses his beautifully designed intricate glasswork, how he developed his art practice, his creative process and the relationship between his art and his day job as a general surgeon.

  • Episode 76: Meeting Deadlines Head On - Part Two

    June 16th, 2019  |  25 mins 15 secs
    art, business, deadlines, rebecca crowell, self improvement

    The need to produce our creative work under pressure from deadlines and other expectations is a common situation for artists. This basic idea can seem so wrong—shouldn’t our art be created in our own time, free from outside influence? There are many challenges and pitfalls involved, and we may resent the entire situation. Yet for anyone pursuing art as a serious endeavor, avoiding pressure is simply unrealistic. Today we'll talk about some practical solutions to coping with deadlines and expectations.

  • Episode 75: Meeting Deadlines Head On - Part One

    June 8th, 2019  |  25 mins 47 secs
    art, business, deadlines, rebecca crowell, self improvement

    INTRO: Meeting deadlines and other expectations are part of an artist’s career at almost any level, and they're important when you are aiming to make the most of your opportunities. Working under pressure can make you feel nervous, compulsive or perfectionistic, but on the positive side can also cause you to create at the top of your game. This is a two-episode topic--today we’re going to examine various situations that involve creating under pressure.

  • Episode 74: Art on a Greek Island: Skopelos Foundation for the Arts

    June 1st, 2019  |  24 mins 26 secs
    art, greece, rebecca crowell, skopelos, travel, workshops

    Rebecca discusses the founding and growth of the beautiful Skopelos Foundation of the Arts on Skopelos island, Greece with Gloria Carr and Jill Somer. They are the forces behind its creation and diverse programming, from artist residencies and workshops to a thriving youth film festival.

  • Episode 73: Abstraction In Words And Paint

    May 25th, 2019  |  28 mins 54 secs
    abstraction, art, greece, poetry, rebecca crowell, travel

    Rebecca and Jerry McLaughlin discuss commonalities in poetry and abstract painting as well as how to approach poetry as inspiration in your own work.

  • Episode 72: Excellence Vs. Perfection

    May 18th, 2019  |  31 mins 25 secs
    art, greece, perfectionism, rebecca crowell, travel

    Rebecca and her partner at Squeegee Press Jerry McLaughlin, discuss both the pursuit of excellence in the studio and the pitfalls of perfectionsim in this episode (recorded on the Greek island of Skopelos).

  • 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?