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 90: Sharing Studio Secrets

    September 21st, 2019  |  31 mins 45 secs
    art, art process, art secrets, business, rebecca crowell, technique

    Rebecca and Ross discuss why sharing your process and techniques with others helps to advance your own work and career.

  • Episode 89: Working On Your Website Part 2

    September 12th, 2019  |  30 mins 52 secs
    art, business, rebecca crowell, website

    Rebecca and Ross continue their discussion on building your artist website.

  • Episode 88: Working On Your Website Part 1

    September 8th, 2019  |  35 mins 59 secs
    art, business, rebecca crowell, websites

    Rebecca and Ross discuss common pitfalls in artist websites and why your website is important.

  • Episode 87: Making Our Video

    September 1st, 2019  |  31 mins 18 secs
    art, italy, jerry mclaughlin, rebecca crowell, squeegee press, travel, video, workshops

    Rebecca and Jerry discuss the process of making their video (Cold Wax Medium: A Video Workshop)--including behind the scenes stories, the challenges of being on camera, and their motivations and intentions for this huge project. This episode includes a discount coupon code if you wish to purchase the video.

  • Episode 86: Meaning in Abstraction

    August 25th, 2019  |  30 mins 32 secs
    abstraction, art, influences, intentions, italy, rebecca crowell, travel

    In a wide-ranging conversation during their recent workshop in Italy, Rebecca talks with Jerry about meaning in abstract painting. They discuss ways to approach abstraction, the desire to find imagery in non-referential art, the work of setting intentions, recognizing influences, and more.

  • 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.