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 Saturday!

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Episodes

  • 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.

  • Episode 74: Art on a Greek Island: Skopelos Foundation for the Arts

    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.

  • Episode 73: Abstraction In Words And Paint

    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.

  • Episode 72: Excellence Vs. Perfection

    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).

  • Episode 71: Movement and Creativity

    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.

  • Episode 70: The Importance Of Drawing

    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?

  • Episode 69: Interview with Keith Wilson: Seeing What's Around You

    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.

  • Episode 68: Intuition

    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.

  • Episode 67: Responding To Poetry

    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.

  • Episode 66: Contrast and Personal Voice

    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.

  • Episode 65: More About Change

    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.

  • Episode 64: Changing Directions

    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.

  • Episode 63: Keeping It Going

    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
    keep working?

  • Episode 62: Getting Through Winter

    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.

  • Episode 61: Grief and The Creative Process, Interview with Stephanie Dalton

    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.