Entries by Alice

What does success mean to you [156]

  How do you define success for yourself as an artist? Often we follow other people’s versions of success and in this episode we share our journey – not OF success, but how we define it – and how that has changed over time. In particular, we distinguish between external and internal yardsticks. External yardsticks […]

How to Talk About Your Art [155]

  Talking about our work can be challenging. You might not know what to say – how to find the words to describe the feelings – or you might feel self-conscious, thinking others don’t want to hear or that they may judge you. But, learning to talk about your art can open so many doors […]

How to Showcase Your Art Online [154]

  How important is it to present your artwork in a real room – even if it’s not real? This week’s show was inspired by a listener question about in situ apps. These are apps that allow you to place your artwork into rooms, so that buyers can see how your painting might look in […]

Titles for Paintings & Feeling Professional (Not) [153]

  Well, hello! Today we started a bit pear-shaped (ever felt like you were pretending to be professional?) But this evolved into an interesting discussion around titles for paintings, and following the thread of where your work leads you. Both of us are developing work for upcoming exhibitions and we are finding that we have […]

What Are You Willing to Do? [152]

  “What do you want?” and “what are you willing to do to get it?” This week, we’re digging into these questions and sharing real-world examples of the kinds of decisions artists face when growing a business … should you invest in that new website? Should you start a Youtube channel? Should you give that […]

How to Find Satisfaction in Your Work [151]

  Making art isn’t always an easy path to take. But it’s one we choose because it enriches our life, even when the conditions may never feel perfect. Today’s discussion centres on what your art can teach you when you accept the invitation to step forward. We are joined by abstract artist and teacher Nicholas […]

Going Big! [150]

  Ever wanted to make bigger paintings, but find the reality is harder than you thought? Scary investment in materials? Not sure if your work will ‘work’ big? This week, we answered a question from listener Paige, who asked about our experiences with scaling up. Paige wrote: “I am struggling to scale up, especially in […]

How Limitations can Boost Your Creativity [149]

  When – and why – is it a good idea to place limits on your work? First, we discuss the benefits of limiting ourselves in some way. That might mean using a limited colour palette or setting rules for a certain body of work; it might mean keeping everything to one size; or it […]

Intuitive Painting [148]

  In this episode, we explore the idea of intuitive painting. What does that term even mean? And how does it relate to what we do? Regular listeners will not be surprised to learn that we have different ideas about the importance and role of intuition, but in the end we agree that there is […]

Branding for Artists with Mariana Durst [147]

  In this conversation, we discuss what it means to have an artist brand (and why we all have one even if we don’t know it). We also dive into the questions you can ask yourself to identify and refine your own brand, and Mariana shares some of the  mistakes she sees artists make. This […]

That’s a Wrap: We Look Back on the Year [146]

  Can you believe we’ve reached December? In this time-bending last episode of the year we decided to look back over 2021. While you may not want to re-live it (!) we look at what went well, what we learned, and start to think about what might change next year. We also stumble across a […]