The Messy Studio with Rebecca Crowell

The podcast at the intersection of art, travel, business, philosophy, and life in general.

About the show

Artist Rebecca Crowell shares experiences and thoughts from three decades of painting, teaching and traveling, as well as her conversations with other artists. She is joined by her co-host, producer, and son, Ross Ticknor, who brings an entrepreneurial Millennial perspective. The conversations are broad and eclectic, focused on ideas, information and anecdotes that other artists may find helpful in their work and careers. A new episode is uploaded every weekend!

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  • Episode 33: Crafting An Online Persona

    August 4th, 2018  |  27 mins 51 secs
    art, rebecca crowell, social media

    Rebecca and Ross discuss the positives and negatives of living in the digital social media age, and the importance of curating your online presence.

  • Episode 32: The Fortress Of Solitude

    July 28th, 2018  |  25 mins 38 secs
    introversion, rebecca crowell, solitude, solo travel

    Rebecca and Ross discuss the importance of alone time and the role it plays in the creative process.

  • Episode 31: The Artist Residency Experience

    July 21st, 2018  |  28 mins 57 secs
    art, rebecca crowell, residencies, tips, travel

    Rebecca and Ross discuss her experiences at various artist residencies, their importance to her work, and tips for people thinking about attending a residency.

  • Episode 30: Parenting As An Artist

    July 14th, 2018  |  33 mins 45 secs
    art, parenting, raising children, rebecca crowell

    Rebecca and Ross discuss the challenges of balancing parenting with an art career, both from the perspective of the artist and the child.

  • Episode 29: Ginny Herzog's Architectural Abstractions: Success as an Independent Artist

    July 7th, 2018  |  37 mins 8 secs
    art, art fairs, business, entrepreneurship, ginny herzog, painting, rebecca crowell, selling work

    Rebecca Crowell interviews Minnesota artist Ginny Herzog, an independent, self supporting artist for over 35 years known for her unique architectural abstractions. She discusses her journey into the art world and how she conducts business as an artist, with a focus on high end art fairs.

  • Episode 28: Competition

    June 30th, 2018  |  29 mins 13 secs
    art, competition, rebecca crowell, success

    Rebecca and Ross follow up their conversation on collaboration with a discussion on competition. They describe the positive and negative aspects of competition and how artists should judge their own success against others.

  • Episode 27: Collaboration

    June 23rd, 2018  |  32 mins 3 secs
    art, collaboration, rebecca crowell

    Rebecca and Ross give advice and discuss their experiences in collaborating with others both in art and in business.

  • Episode 26: How (Not) To Avoid Talking About Your Work

    June 16th, 2018  |  29 mins 8 secs

    Rebecca shares some of the avoidance strategies she has observed in artists who don't want to talk about their work, and how to overcome these bad habits when talking about your work, or talking with another artist about their work.

  • Episode 25: The Lisa Show...

    June 9th, 2018  |  32 mins 50 secs
    art life, lisa pressman, painting, rebecca crowell, teaching art

    Rebecca Crowell talks with her good friend Lisa Pressman about painting, teaching, and what you learn from years of making art.

  • Episode 24: Cleaning Up Your Mindset and Attitude

    June 2nd, 2018  |  32 mins 18 secs
    advise, attitude, critique, mindset

    Rebecca and Ross talk about maintaining a healthy attitude and mindset. Stay positive and motivated!

  • Episode 23: Finding Personal Path

    May 26th, 2018  |  32 mins 28 secs
    art, life, opportunity, personal path, rebecca crowell

    Rebecca and Ross talk about finding your personal path in the art world and life.

  • Episode 22: Nuala Clarke Interview - Ideas Tiny & Immense

    May 19th, 2018  |  37 mins 19 secs
    influences, interview, ireland, nuala clarke

    Rebecca interviews Nuala Clarke while in Ireland. They discuss the conceptual aspects of her work which is fed by imagination, memory, what she reads, and the natural world of northern County Mayo, Ireland.

  • Episode 21: Michael Geddis Interview, Science Meets Art

    May 12th, 2018  |  34 mins 8 secs
    art, drawing, ireland, michael geddis, science

    Rebecca interviews Michael Geddis, an Irish artist who produces extremely intricate drawings based on microscopic observations. He discusses the specialized equipment he uses, his methods, and what inspires his work.

  • Episode 20: Finding Personal Voice

    May 5th, 2018  |  32 mins 51 secs
    art, brand, painting, personal voice, rebecca crowell, style

    Rebecca and Ross discuss personal voice in painting, what it is and how to find it.

  • Episode 19: Unarmed and Fabulous! Mary Duffy Interview

    April 28th, 2018  |  33 mins 40 secs
    abstraction, disabilities, mary duffy, rebecca crowell

    Rebecca talks with Mary Duffy, an Irish painter from Wicklow who works in abstraction and landscape. Mary was born with no arms, and says "I paint with my eyes and my heart."

  • Episode 18: Surviving Travel Hell

    April 21st, 2018  |  32 mins 28 secs
    art, ireland, travel

    Rebecca's return trip from Ireland did not go quite as planned. She discusses her travel troubles with Ross and offers some"live and learn" tips from her experience.