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 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.

  • Episode 10: Kai Harper Interview, Buddhism and Art

    February 24th, 2018  |  41 mins 9 secs
    art, buddhism, kai harper, rebecca crowell

    Rebecca Crowell and Kai Harper discuss art, philosophy, and Buddhism.

  • Episode 9: All About Teaching, Part 2: The Workshop Experience

    February 17th, 2018  |  32 mins 53 secs
    abstraction, minimalism, rebecca crowell, teaching, workshops

    Rebecca and Ross continue their discussion on teaching. This episode focuses the intense and highly focused personal interaction that takes place during a workshop.

  • Episode 8: All About Teaching, Part 1

    February 10th, 2018  |  33 mins 12 secs
    college, rebecca crowell, teaching, university, workshops

    Rebecca and Ross discuss Rebecca's second career: teaching.

  • Episode 7: An Artistic Marriage: Debra Fritts/ Frank Shelton Interview

    February 3rd, 2018  |  39 mins 8 secs
    art, marriage, new mexico

    Debra Fritts and Frank Shelton discuss their shared love of art, New Mexico, and each other.

  • Episode 6: Balancing Work, Travel, and Family Time

    January 27th, 2018  |  36 mins 45 secs
    art, family, holidays, travel

    Recorded on Christmas Eve, Rebecca and Ross discuss Rebecca's plan for the new year, and how to balance travel and an art career with family.