Rebecca Crowell has been a professional artist for thirty years, and is widely known for her innovative painting techniques involving cold wax medium and oils. She has taught these methods both in the US and internationally, and has recently published (with co-author Jerry McLaughlin) a comprehensive guide, Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations (Squeegee press, Dec. 2016)
Rebecca Crowell is represented by fine art galleries in numerous US cities, including Chicago, Atlanta, Telluride, Colorado and Benicia, California) as well as in Dublin, Ireland. Her paintings are included in hundreds of private, public and corporate collections. She has been awarded ten artist residencies since 2001, in the US, Spain, Sweden and Ireland, and was recently commissioned by the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas,for five large paintings. In 2014 she was recognized by John Seed of the Huffington Post in his article, Ten Memorable Paintings of 2014. She holds an MFA in Painting (Arizona State University, 1985.) Rebecca and her husband divide their time between rural Wisconsin and northern New Mexico; she maintains (messy) studios in both locations. Please visit her website to view her work.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 20th, 2019 | 40 mins 19 secs
art, artist statements, rebecca crowell, writing
Rebecca and Ross discuss how to write a good artist statement and why they are important.
January 12th, 2019 | 37 mins 18 secs
art, rebecca crowell, writing
Every artist is expected to write about their work--including emails, artist statements, and proposals. Rebecca and Ross share some tips to improve your writing and also thoughts about more personal writing to enhance your creative process or as an art blog.
January 5th, 2019 | 35 mins 48 secs
art, rebecca crowell, workshops
Rebecca and Ross discuss choosing a workshop and how to get the most out of the workshop experience.
December 22nd, 2018 | 28 mins 42 secs
art, rebecca crowell, review, year 1
Rebecca and Ross review their first year of producing the Messy Studio Podcast and extend thanks to their listeners. It's been fun and successful! They discuss past guests and topics, and their goals and plans for the future.
December 15th, 2018 | 34 mins 1 sec
art, older work, rebecca crowell, technology
Rebecca and Ross discuss how to deal with older work, slides, and current technologies for storing and organizing images of older work.
December 8th, 2018 | 36 mins 23 secs
art, podcasting, rebecca crowell
In this wide ranging discussion, Antrese Wood from The Savvy Painter Podcast joins Rebecca Crowell to talk about podcasting, technology, and making art a career.