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 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.

  • Episode 17: Being Professional

    April 14th, 2018  |  35 mins 59 secs
    art, galleries, mind set, online marketing, professionalism

    Rebecca and Ross discuss how to enter the art world and present yourself as a professional.

  • Episode 16: The Future of Squeegee Press: Rebecca chats with Jerry McLaughlin

    April 7th, 2018  |  42 mins 28 secs

    Rebecca chats with her co-author and business partner, Jerry McLaughlin, about cold wax, their work both as artists and entrepreneurs, and the future of Squeegee Press.

  • Episode 15: Habits of Successful Artists

    March 31st, 2018  |  42 mins 19 secs

    Rebecca and Ross share good habits to help establish creative flow and productivity.

  • Episode 14: Diving Into Abstraction, Part 2

    March 24th, 2018  |  37 mins 32 secs
    abstraction, rebecca crowell, teaching

    Rebecca and Ross continue their conversation on abstraction, focusing on various approaches and ways of understanding abstract work.

  • Episode 13: Diving Into Abstraction, Part 1

    March 17th, 2018  |  56 mins 43 secs
    abstraction, early work, rebecca crowell

    Rebecca and Ross respond to a listener request for a more in-depth discussion on abstraction.

  • Episode 12: Janice Mason Steeves Interview

    March 12th, 2018  |  45 mins 30 secs

    Rebecca interviews Janice Mason Steeves while visiting New Mexico. They discuss Janice's life, travels, and her career as an artist.

  • Episode 11: Finishing Your Work

    March 3rd, 2018  |  38 mins 6 secs
    art, finishing work, rebecca crowell, titles

    Rebecca Crowell and co-host Ross Ticknor discuss completing a painting, how to tell when it is finished, select a title, and prepare it for sale.