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 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.

  • Episode 38: Creating in Series

    September 6th, 2018  |  27 mins 14 secs
    art, painting, rebecca crowell, series

    Rebecca and Ross talk about important ways that working in series can enhance the creative process.

  • Episode 37: Self Assurance

    September 1st, 2018  |  30 mins 11 secs

    Rebecca and Ross talk about building self assurance and confidence, especially for artists just starting out, or when creative blocks occur.

  • Episode 36: Self Critique

    August 25th, 2018  |  28 mins 25 secs
    art, rebecca crowell, self critique

    What do you envision for your best work and what should your focus be in order to improve your work? Rebecca and Ross discuss looking at your work with a critical eye while treating yourself like a friend and enjoying the process.

  • Episode 35: Creative Personalities

    August 18th, 2018  |  31 mins 20 secs
    creativity, personality types, rebecca crowell

    Another listener suggestion! What personality traits do artists tend to have in common? Rebecca and Ross discuss some typical characteristics of creative people.

  • Episode 34: The Car Show

    August 11th, 2018  |  40 mins 1 sec
    art, cars, rebecca crowell

    Rebecca has recently purchased a new car, and her Facebook post on the subject quickly generated over 100 comments--suggestions, questions and testimonials. Who knew artists were so passionate about their cars? On today's episode, Rebecca and Ross give practical advice on choosing and buying both new and used cars.

  • 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.