The reality of being an artist

The artist life- fantasy vs. reality [12]

A question from a listener leads us into a wide-ranging discussion about the artist life. Many feel a frustration about limited time to spend on their work and don't feel it counts alongside another career, but a recent study by The Arts council…

Four ideas to help you make a better painting

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We all want to make better paintings, get absorbed in the process of creating art and then stand back and discover a masterpiece. Often it doesn't work quite like that! We can get swamped in the middle stages and easily lose our way, or even…
Art Juice podcast image investing in your art

What are you willing to invest? [11]

This week we’re discussing investments - not stocks and bonds, but the kind of investments you make (or don’t make) in yourself and your art practice.  Louise is finishing teaching her second course and after 5 months of…
Artist wise advice

Get wiser quicker - learn from our mistakes! [10]

Often we only get better at something by doing it wrong first. But it's very tempting to do something once, not get the results you wished for - and then give up. If something's worth doing then it's worth sticking with so you actually have…
Art Juice podcast episode 9 framing and titles

Choosing frames and titles [9]

Framing can be a challenge for us all. It’s expensive and there are so many options. If you paint on board or canvas, is it even necessary? If you do decide to add a frame, what style works best? Today we’re going to delve into…
Art Juice podcast Artist attitude

Are you an artist with attitude [8]

This is really a juicy one. What happens when your work culminates in a show - but you’re still feeling dissatisfied? There is no doubt that making art is an emotional journey. Showing or selling it can feel even more raw - but it depends…
Art Juice podcast - making time for art

Help! I never have enough time [7]

Have you ever panicked that you don't have enough time left? Or that you are not spending long enough on your art? Maybe you have fixed ideas about how much time you need before you even begin, and this is stopping you even get started.…
Split Fused painting by Alice Sheridan Zoffany fabric

Paintings in good company

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So excited finally to share this! One of three 'secret' projects which I have been keeping under wraps since the end of last year when I was asked to lend paintings for a Zoffany photoshoot. I love these experiments - there is no payment involved…
How do I get through creative block?

How to overcome a creative block [6]

We can all recognise this sorry state of affairs, and it’s not fun! We dig into the different times this can happen and share our ways of resolving it, but first.... What are you working on this week? studio work in progress;…
Art Juice podcast what do I do with my old art

Should I keep all my work? [5]

...or does there come a time when you need to take stock. So, how do you decide what to keep - and what do you do with it all? What are you working on this week? Louise is preparing to start teaching a new online course and taking…
Do you need to be brave to be an artist?

Making big leaps in art [4]

...and why it's so important to develop your art. Stepping outside of your comfort zone excites us in life, and in making art. What are you working on this week? This week finds us at different ends of the process. Louise has…
Starting large abstract paintings

Starting abstracts with black or with colour?

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Facing a large white panel or canvas can be daunting, but once I get started I actually love this first stage of painting. With nothing established, there is nothing to lose and no risk.  Usually I begin by making marks with black - it's…