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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  • 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.

  • Episode 60: Saying Yes And No

    February 23rd, 2019  |  33 mins 46 secs
    art, business, rebecca crowell, self improvement

    A lot of us are inclined to say yes to any art opportunity—always looking to advance our art careers and open up new pathways. But how can you keep your calendar clear enough to stay focused and do your best work?

  • Episode 59: Merging Art and Life

    February 16th, 2019  |  33 mins 44 secs
    art, hobbies, influences, life, rebecca crowell

    What activities, passions, or interests do you pursue outside your studio (art related or otherwise)? Do you think they feed your main work or focus? Rebecca and Ross discuss listener answers submitted on Facebook, as well as their own thoughts on the subject.

  • Episode 58: Pacing Yourself

    February 9th, 2019  |  30 mins 46 secs
    art, business, pacing, rebecca crowell, self improvement

    Rebecca and Ross talk about how to pace yourself to be efficient and avoid burnout... skills that they haven't actually mastered themselves.

  • Episode 57: Preparing For An Exhibit

    February 2nd, 2019  |  49 mins 59 secs
    art, exhibits, gallaries, rebecca crowell, shows

    Rebecca is preparing for an upcoming exhibit in Atlanta, Georgia. She talks with Ross about her process and shares tips for artists preparing for a first show.

  • Episode 56: Increase Your Income with Creative Problem Solving

    January 26th, 2019  |  38 mins 1 sec
    art, business, cps, income, rebecca crowell

    Rebecca and Ross apply the Creative Problem Solving process to finding possibilities for increasing your art income.

  • Episode 55: Writing Artist Statements

    January 20th, 2019  |  40 mins 19 secs
    art, artist statements, rebecca crowell, writing

    Rebecca and Ross discuss how to write a good artist statement and why they are important.

  • 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.