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 Saturday!
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.
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.
June 1st, 2019 | 24 mins 26 secs
art, greece, rebecca crowell, skopelos, travel, workshops
Rebecca discusses the founding and growth of the beautiful Skopelos Foundation of the Arts on Skopelos island, Greece with Gloria Carr and Jill Somer. They are the forces behind its creation and diverse programming, from artist residencies and workshops to a thriving youth film festival.
May 25th, 2019 | 28 mins 54 secs
abstraction, art, greece, poetry, rebecca crowell, travel
Rebecca and Jerry McLaughlin discuss commonalities in poetry and abstract painting as well as how to approach poetry as inspiration in your own work.
May 18th, 2019 | 31 mins 25 secs
art, greece, perfectionism, rebecca crowell, travel
Rebecca and her partner at Squeegee Press Jerry McLaughlin, discuss both the pursuit of excellence in the studio and the pitfalls of perfectionsim in this episode (recorded on the Greek island of Skopelos).
May 11th, 2019 | 24 mins 17 secs
art, exercise, movement, rebecca crowell
In this episode, we consider the physical activities mentioned in episode #59 about what people enjoy doing in addition to their studio work. What is the importance of physical activity in a creative life? Lots of forms of art require physical movement to carry out, such as wedging clay, hauling paint panels around, grinding litho stones, carrying supplies for plein air painting into the field... even sedentary art practices may require periods of stretching and moving to avoid becoming stiff and sore. But the importance of movement goes beyond just being physically fit for work. Today we're going to talk about the importance of movement in our art practices, including exercise but also movement intended to enhance creativity.
May 4th, 2019 | 28 mins 2 secs
abstraction, art, drawing, rebecca crowell
Drawing is something a lot of artists do regularly, but for others -- especially abstract artists-- it has been pushed back to a musty corner with art-school exercises or early work in realism. But drawing, including abstract drawing, is an excellent way to keep your work vital and personal. What is the role of drawing in your work, and is it something that you would like to develop?
April 25th, 2019 | 31 mins 1 sec
art, ireland, keith wilson, rebecca crowell, travel
Rebecca talks to Keith Wilson, an artist from Northern Ireland, about his working process and his way of finding importance in his immediate surroundings.
April 18th, 2019 | 29 mins 46 secs
abstraction, art, intuition, ireland, rebecca crowell, travel
Rebecca discusses the role of intuition in abstract work with Nuala Clarke and Joanna Kidney at Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland.
April 13th, 2019 | 30 mins 30 secs
In this episode, Rebecca speaks with us again from the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo, Ireland where she is on a 3-week painting residency. Today she’s going to talk a little about the residency in general and specifically about a project she is working on there, a series of paintings based on a poem by the Irish poet Seamus Heaney.
April 6th, 2019 | 30 mins 47 secs
art, contrast, ireland, personal voice, rebecca crowell, travel, workshops
This week Rebecca is speaking with you from Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo,
Ireland, a place she returns to every year for teaching for her own time to paint. She shares some of the ideas that were the focus of her advanced cold wax workshop there, and we discuss how they relate to personal voice in your own work.
March 30th, 2019 | 23 mins 59 secs
art, change, gallaries, rebecca crowell
In the last episode we talked about the importance of change in the creative
process, and in the one prior to that (about blocks and lack of motivation) we
mentioned that these are sometimes harbingers of change. Given how important
it is in the big picture, what are some reasons we may resist it? The outside world
of galleries and collectors can be a big reason we avoid change or worry about it.
March 23rd, 2019 | 25 mins 35 secs
art, change, joan geary, rebecca crowell
The creative journey is never a straight path and all artists go through
times of change in their work. These are necessary but can also be frustrating and
painful as you head into the unknown. Today we’re going to talk about times of
change in your work and some of the challenges that artists face, including the
experiences of one Chicago painter who has shared her struggle with Rebecca.
March 16th, 2019 | 26 mins 8 secs
art, blocks, motivation, rebecca crowell, risk
Several listeners have asked us to talk about how to stay motivated and on track
with work in the studio. Maybe it is a reflection of the winter doldrums (which we
talked about last week) but blocks and down times can happen any time of year.
How do you cope with feelings of boredom and frustration that make it hard to
March 9th, 2019 | 25 mins 25 secs
art, rebecca crowell, winter
Rebecca and Ross discuss the difficulties of dealing with the extreme winter that many artists are experiencing.
March 2nd, 2019 | 34 mins 21 secs
art, death, grief, interview, loss, rebecca crowell, stephanie dalton
This week Rebecca talks with Stephanie Dalton, an Atlanta, Georgia artist who shares her experiences of grief and loss following the death of her husband Robert Cowan last May--including how this has affected her creative process. We really appreciate Stephanie's openness in discussing this difficult topic, which she offered to do in the hopes that it will help others who have suffered a similar loss. March 3 marks Rob's 53rd birthday and their 26th wedding anniversary. Stephanie asked that we broadcast her interview on this day as a way to honor her late husband.