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 54: Writing About Art

    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.

  • Episode 53: Selecting A Workshop

    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.

  • Episode 52: Celebrating Our First Year

    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.

  • Episode 51: Dealing With Older Work

    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.

  • Episode 50: Antrese Wood from The Savvy Painter Podcast

    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.

  • Episode 49: Transitions/ Identity: Changes in Your Life as an Artist--with Jerry McLaughlin

    December 1st, 2018  |  25 mins 36 secs
    art, change, mexico, rebecca crowell, travel

    Rebecca and Jerry McLaughlin talk about how the personal identities of artists can shift with changes in their lives and work.

  • Episode 48: The Importance Of Titles

    November 24th, 2018  |  28 mins 50 secs
    abstraction, art, rebecca crowell, titles

    Rebecca and Ross discuss how and why to title your work.

  • Episode 47: Creating On A Budget

    November 17th, 2018  |  29 mins 30 secs
    art, budget, money, rebecca crowell

    This episode is a sneak peak at the new Messy Studio video series! Rebecca and Ross talk about creating art with a limited budget. Video will be available soon...

  • Episode 46: An Act of Joy: Interview with Sally Bowker

    November 10th, 2018  |  32 mins 57 secs
    digital media, drawing, painting, photography, photoshop, rebecca crowell, sally bowker, textiles

    Rebecca sits down with her friend and fellow artist Sally Bowker. Sally worked for years with painting, drawing, photography, and mixed media. In her later years she has departed from these more tradition art forms to explore the world of digital media and Photoshop.

  • Episode 45: Scams and Schemes

    November 3rd, 2018  |  27 mins 45 secs
    art, rebecca crowell, scams, schemes

    Rebecca and Ross discuss common scams and schemes in the art world.

  • Episode 44: The Price is Right...or Maybe Wrong

    October 27th, 2018  |  29 mins 2 secs
    art, business, prices, rebecca crowell, value

    Rebecca and Ross discuss the tricky business of how to value and price your work, unofficial rules of the art world and tricks of the trade.

  • Episode 43: Abstracting From Place Part 2

    October 20th, 2018  |  27 mins 12 secs
    abstraction, art, rebecca crowell, travel

    Rebecca and Ross dive into the nuts and bolts and explore the process of bringing experiences from unique settings into the studio.

  • Episode 42: Abstracting From Place Part 1

    October 13th, 2018  |  27 mins
    abstraction, art, rebecca crowell, spain, travel

    Rebecca returns from Spain and sits down with Ross to discuss the process of absorbing new places and experiences which can later be incorporated into artwork.

  • Episode 41: Workshops Abroad

    September 29th, 2018  |  28 mins 52 secs
    art, rebecca crowell, spain, travel, workshops

    Janice Mason Steeves joins Rebecca Crowell once again to discuss their workshop in Spain and the advantages of teaching, learning, and creating abroad. Janice also shares plans for her upcoming Workshops in Wild Places.

  • Episode 40: Creating on the Camino

    September 22nd, 2018  |  29 mins 38 secs
    art, rebecca crowell, spain, travel

    Rebecca Crowell and Janice Mason Steeves discuss their adventures in Spain, the local environment and spiritual culture, and the workshop they will be teaching.

  • Episode 39: The Creative Pull

    September 15th, 2018  |  32 mins 37 secs
    abstraction, art, creative process, medium, rebecca crowell

    Rebecca and Ross discuss what draws people toward particular forms of expression and how to choose your own path.