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This week, Louise is joined by abstract painter Sally-Anne Ashley, who helps artists to find and develop their own unique approach to their work. We begin our conversation by asking ‘what does it mean to have a process?’ and then go on to explore the framework Sally-Anne has created. Although we are both painters, this conversation is relevant for any medium and any style, because it’s all about helping you to navigate your own way forward.

Once you understand what you want to say, you can make decisions about individual paintings. From that starting point, you can decide the subject, the colours, the marks, the textures, the materials, the tools and so much more. But we also believe it’s important to follow a process that allows for discovery – you may start out with one intention and then go in a completely different direction. I call it following the joy, Sally-Anne calls it following the nudges – but whatever you call it, we both believe that is the key to everything. If you need encouragement to listen to your own desires and trust your own inner wisdom, this episode is for you.

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Join the waiting list for Sally-Anne’s next course here: https://www.sally-anneashley.com/creative-shift-online-course

Find Sally-Anne’s website at: https://www.sally-anneashley.com

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If you have unsold work adding up, or older pieces you’re not sure what to do with, then today’s podcast is for you because we are discussing how to hold a studio sale. What work to include, how to decide on discounts, what different types of sale you can consider and why simply creating a coupon code is NOT the best way!

Today Alice is joined by Fee Dickson Reid, a member of the Connected Artist membership and this is an excerpt of a recent call we had within the Club. Fee’s sales have evolved over last 5 years, so if the idea of selling 34 paintings/sketches in 48 hours is tempting, we hope sharing our experience will help you.

This is one to take notes on, and hopefully gives you a taste of just one element you may find in the Connected Artist Club. See below for how to join!

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Find Fee’s website here: https://www.feedicksonreid.com/

Go direct to the waitlist for The Connected Artist Club here:   https://www.soulrocketstudio.com/connected-interest

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This is a bit of a catch-up episode. Reality is nibbling as Louise is home again after her retreat time to admin and domestics. Alice is arriving back after a busy art fair and feeling guilty she may have mansplained someone’s work to them among other conversations.

While not every week is a productive or creative studio time, but we all have ideas still bubbling and we talk about how to move from a fantasy version (which may stay in your head) to moving towards making them a reality while they are still hazy.

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The Adam Buxton Show https://www.adam-buxton.co.uk/podcasts

Ben Baker Wire Art https://benbakerart.com/

Join the waitlist for Alice’s The Connected Artist Club here:   https://www.soulrocketstudio.com/connected-interest

Find out about Art Tribe with Louise here: https://www.louisefletcherart.com/art-tribe

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This week Alice takes a break and Louise is joined by Rachel Davis for a chat about changes in both our art and our life, the courage required to make those changes, and the effect of gender on how we approach growth. In addition to her art career, Rachel has spent 30 years as a practicing psychologist . Now her pending retirement has thrown up questions about what to do next. Suddenly there is space and the opportunity for choice, and while these things are wonderful opportunities, they can also make us freeze. We share our personal experiences of change and choice and we talk about the idea of taking up space, something that can be particularly challenging for women.

This free flowing discussion perhaps throws up more questions than answers, but we hope it is interesting, thought-provoking, and maybe even a little inspirational. 

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Find Rachel at www.racheldavisstudio.com/ 

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This week, we’re prompting you to pause and ask what you want – when so many online courses promise success for artists through tag lines like “Sell more art” or “Build a Six-Figure Art Business,” we thought it was worth stopping to check what’s external validation and what are your real desires in making art. Of course there is nothing wrong with wanting to earn a good living from our work – but it isn’t the only way to go. It’s too easy to get sucked into pursuing things that others value without truly understanding if they are important to us.

This idea led to a discussion about how to identify what we do want with 5 key questions to ask ourselves. It’s perhaps also easy to avoid even considering what we want, if we think it is too far-fetched, and can’t even admit it to ourselves. That’s the first step!

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Self Care Club podcast: How to Have a Difficult Conversation https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/how-to-have-a-difficult-conversation/id1505703522?i=1000578355383

Gary Vee on choosing what you want : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vB_6brOEEgM

Ken Spooner https://www.cornwallcontemporary.com/exhibition/ken-spooner-exhibition/

Joan Eardley Painting at Tate St Ives https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/eardley-salmon-net-posts-t04133

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Have you ever convinced yourself that being disorganised is an essential part of the creative process – but get constantly frustrated by looking for images or planning projects? “If I’m tidy I’m not a true artist” is one belief Anna MacDonald had. Today Anna and Alice talk about accepting the way you are and how to find the mental space to support your route to becoming the artist you want to be. 

We talk about choosing your words carefully, and the curse of being ‘busy’. There’s a difference between being busy and productive and as a teacher, artist and mum, Anna shares her approach which has allowed her to develop her art and life. We discuss the different ways we use a bullet journal, and also sorting the overwhelm when it comes into organising our digital life. 

Find more on Anna’s website annafmacdonald.com where you can sign up for a free class this October and find out more about her Artist Laptop course and the Bullet Journal course for artists HERE

Find Anna on Instagram at @annafmacdonaldart

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Alice and Anna both use Leuchtturm notebooks for bullet journals

@gommie_poem on Instagram

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Are you perfectly confident about yourself and your art? Do you sail through life with no self-criticism? In most cases, the answer to this question is a resounding no. As artists we are all alone – making things that just seemed like a good idea, even though no-one asked us to. There is no roadmap and there are no instructions. So it’s natural to be filled with self-doubt. Am I doing this right? Is anyone going to like this? Is this even art? This week, Louise is musing about the importance of self-acceptance. This is more than making ourselves feel good – without self-acceptance, we can’t make the work that lives inside us – the unique, compelling, personal work of which we are capable. And if we don’t trust ourselves, how can we expect buyers to have faith in us?

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Being an artist is an up and down business. One minute you’re making things you love, the next minute everything has turned to rubbish. One month you sell lots of paintings, the next month you can’t give them away. So what do you do? How do you navigate this unpredictable career without going mad or giving up? Not sure we have all the answers, but we have learned some lessons over the last few years and we’ve both become better at rolling with the punches. We hope this conversation serves as a reminder that we all struggle and we can all come out the other side if we just keep going.

Mentioned

Jenny Fermor https://www.jennyfermorart.com/

Sara Breinlinger https://www.sarabreinlinger.com/

The Sensationalists on iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/m001cbst/sensationalists-the-bad-girls-and-boys-of-british-art

Crossfire on iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/m001c9gh/crossfire

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This week, Louise is joined by best-selling novelist (and good friend) Jonathan Hall, who writes under the name JM Hall. Louise is making a start on a new series of abstract paintings and Jonathan is beginning his third novel. In this conversation, we explore the challenges of starting again, or perhaps it’s more a case of building on what went before? After all, Jonathan is writing about the same characters and Louise is bringing in elements of previous work, so are we ever really starting with a blank canvas? As we chat, we uncover many similarities between writing and painting, share our thoughts on imposter syndrome, discuss the value of taking creative detours, and agree on the importance of an underlying message or theme to our work. Sometimes it helps to step back and see our situation in a whole new light and we hope this comparison with writing makes that possible for you. 

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Find Jonathan on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jm_hall_writer/

Jonathan’s first novel: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B09F5N8FR8/

Jonathan’s Radio 4 Play ‘Trust:’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000mb2k

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Welcome back! You’ll notice it’s been a longer break than we anticipated and today we are spilling the beans and talking about making decisions in your art life to suit you … and why it’s OK to want something that is different to the things other people want or expect from you. 

This was not the episode we were expecting to record today but we hope it encourages you that there is always a way through to finding the fun AND the freedom in what you do…

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Get your free Human Design chart here:  https://www.ihdschool.com/get-your-chart

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Recently we’ve noticed a trend among the artists we know online; there seem to be more and more complaints about social media. Some artists have left Facebook on principle, many are disillusioned with Instagram’s shift to bite-sized video content, and most of us haven’t even tried Tik Tok. The dissatisfaction runs the gamut – if you have used social media for years, you might be finding it less effective than before. And if you are only just starting online, you might be struggling against the algorithm, and wondering how anyone ever built up a sizeable following. But have we lost our perspective? Social media platforms still allow us to share our art with the world, completely free of charge and surely that has greatly levelled the playing field for contemporary artists? As you may be able to tell, we have more questions than answers, -and we may have done a bit more moaning than usual – but we hope our discussion offers food for thought in an ever-changing world.

This is our last episode for a month, as we’ll be taking a short break. Do make sure you are subscribed so you don’t miss us when we return.

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The Wittering Whitehalls podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-wittering-whitehalls/id1630153508

The Muse https://www.amazon.co.uk/Muse-Jessie-Burton/dp/1447250974/

Night Music https://www.amazon.co.uk/Night-Music-Jojo-Moyes/dp/0340895969/

The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Casebook-Victor-Frankenstein-Peter-Ackroyd/dp/0701182954

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This week Louise is joined by American artist Jane Davies for a wide-ranging conversation around the topic of exploration. Jane is a true explorer, always experimenting and seeking new ways to access her creative instincts, resulting in fresh and exciting work that never stands still.  In this candid conversation, we discuss the role of intuition and the value of constant experimentation but we also admit to going off track sometimes and getting stuck in conventional ways of thinking or working. This isn’t just a philosophical conversation – we also share some of our own ways of getting unstuck, including two different very practical collage exercises. If you are feeling stuck or bored, we hope this lively conversation helps you to shake things up again – after all, what’s the worst that could happen!? 

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Jane Davies website https://www.janedaviesstudios.com/

Jane on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/janedaviesart/

Jane on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/jdaviesVT

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