Ross Ticknor grew up surrounded by art and artists, and studied 3D art and ceramics in college. He has worked as a commercial kiln operator, web designer, vineyard supervisor, and as an audiobook producer and voice talent. He is passionate about his various entrepreneurial ventures, including Northwoods Drink Stones.
July 7th, 2019 | 34 mins 24 secs
art, branding, experimentation, focus, play, rebecca crowell, voice
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 --
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.