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This week, we discuss the recent Facebook outage along with Instagram and Whats App and share our thoughts on the realisations it brought up. We rely on these apps for all sorts of things – we connect with our friends, we share our art, and some of us run our businesses using at least one of these platforms. When they vanish, we can feel lost.

But we believe this outage reminds us that there are other ways to stay in touch and other ways to market our work. And that in fact, we could focus our efforts a little more widely. Neither of us believe that we will have to do without social media, but we can make it a little less central. We end our chat with a challenge to you, so stick with us to the end!

Mentioned:

Louise’s book from her publishers https://birdeyebooks.com/products/life-force-a-painters-response-to-the-nature-poetry-of-ted-hughes

Louise’s book from Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Force-Painters-Response-Nature/dp/1914079647

George Pointon on Twitter https://twitter.com/GeorgePointon_

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This week, Alice welcomes special guest Jo McCarthy to the podcast. Jo is a small shop mentor who helps creative professionals build their e-commerce businesses and in this episode, she shares her expertise on how to successfully market your work online. Alice and Jo discuss blocks to selling (and how to overcome them) and also discuss the importance of taking small steps rather than trying to make giant leaps.

Jo suggests reframing the idea of productivity, and viewing your business in terms of capacity rather than time. She also explains why she she uses a ‘can do’ list rather than a ‘to do’ list. Perhaps most importantly, Alice and Jo discuss the importance of showing up and starting to sell even thought everything is not yet perfect. If you’ve been feeling unsure about selling online, this episode should make you feel much more comfortable about just getting out there and “evolving in public.”

Mentioned:

Find Jo on Instagram at  @jo_at_firain

And her website www.firain.com

Seth Godin blog post: https://seths.blog/2016/03/show-your-work/

Join Alice’s Time to Shine Alice’s challenge at >> www.soulrocketstudio.com/shine

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We’ve all been there – bursting with ideas and new directions! It’s exciting, it feels fun BUT when should you follow these nudges or when should you be disciplined and stick to a plan?

Ideas can often shift during work in progress and it can be hard to know what’s a natural variation or a misleading distraction.

We have some pointers to help you identify when things can feel too scattered and some ways you can review and bring yourself back on track, whether that’s creating a cohesive group of work, when it’s good to say no and how safely ‘shelving’ an idea may not be as risky as it feels. 

Mentioned:

Barbara Sher: Refuse to Choose book 

Katherine Palmers Needham colour sketchbook post on Instagram here Instagram @KatherinePalmersNeedham_art

Sign up to hear about Alice’s Time to Shine Alice’s challenge at >> www.soulrocketstudio.com/shine

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How comfortable are you sharing your art? Are you one of those people who shares regular videos or blog posts? Or do you tend to shy away from being public about your work?

Alice is preparing to launch an exciting new visibility challenge and that sparked a discussion about the importance of this facet of our art careers. It’s simply not enough to just make wonderful art – we also have to put it out into the world and that means putting ourselves out there too.

The truth is that people buy art from artists they can connect with and they can’t connect with you if they’ve never seen you. In this episode we discuss some of the blocks to visibility and share our own thoughts on the importance of making ourselves visible.

Mentioned:

Sign up to hear about Alice’s Time to Shine Alice’s challenge at : www.soulrocketstudio.com/shine

This is my House https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/m000tjfz/this-is-my-house

The Cleaner https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p09pm3dv/the-cleaner-series-1-1-the-widow

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How much time should we spend thinking versus painting? Are we wasting time if we simply sit in a chair and look at what we made? And how can we approach analysing our own work?

In this episode, we discuss the importance of spending time with our work at various stages – including setting intentions, assessing progress during the making of the work, and reflecting on paintings once they are complete.

Time pressures, and a focus on productivity, can make it challenging for some artists to take a pause, but we both agree that it’s important to step back and find some distance from our work – whether that is halfway through a painting or once a series is complete. In fact, we think that pause improves our productivity because it allows us to clarify our thoughts and set clear intentions for our next moves.

Mentioned:

Talking Heads “Stop Making Sense” on Youtube:

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We’ve all experienced it – we’re working on a painting we love and then … oops, we make a few wrong moves and the whole thing feels ruined. Or, as recently happened to Louise, we’e working in a painting late at night, feeling really good about it, and then come back in the next morning to find nothing is as we thought.

But is this really a problem?

In this episode, we discuss that sinking feeling and offer a different viewpoint. During our conversation, we dig into the stages of a painting, discuss whether we have ever actually ruined anything, rail against the use of gesso to ‘just cover it up,’ and agree on the importance of intention as a guiding principle.

We also share our thoughts on a new art book and digress into a slightly nerdy discussion about Mailchimp. 

Mentioned:

‘Remembering in Paint’ by David Mankin
UK and international options available through David’s website and Cornwall Contemporary gallery:
www.david-mankin.com/book

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Welcome back! We have returned from a break – except was it really a break? We both seem to have been almost as busy and this realisation sparked a discussion about time management, priorities, and what we want from our art – including how important it is to make sales.

Over the break, Alice has been developing new ideas in a supportive group while Louise has been considering how she wants to share her work. But we’ve also been reconsidering where we spend our time (we even allow ourselves a little moan).

This isn’t an episode with “how to” tips or a focused message – it’s an honest conversation about the artist life, including throwing paintings on bonfires, managing “to do” lists, paring back our ideas, and finding time for ourselves. There is also a bonus discussion on finding the perfect coffee mug – you’re welcome lol.

Do let us know in the comments what you’d like to hear in the podcast in the future – it helps us plan and find great guests!

Mentioned:

Courtyard Pottery Grassington https://www.instagram.com/david.ashby.ceramics/?hl=en

Linda Bloomfield mugs https://lindabloomfield.co.uk/product-category/handmade-porcelain/mugs-cups/

John Hall obituary https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/rip-john-hall-perfect-mancunian-21348415

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As we prepare to take our summer break, we discuss the value of rest and recuperation. While some work requires consistency and regularity, we think making art is different and we both find our work ebbs and flows. Sometimes we are inspired and motivated to paint and other times we take a break and do something else, whether that is a vacation or simply a change of focus.

Our conversation also turns to the pressure some of us impose upon ourselves to always be producing, and the benefits of just letting go of the idea of 9-5, 365 days a year. We will be testing out our own theories over the next few weeks as we take a summer break.

Hopefully we will come back full of vim and vigour and ready to tackle a new season of the Art Juice podcast. See you then!

Mentioned:

The Yellow House by Martin Gayford https://www.amazon.co.uk/Yellow-House-Gauguin-Turbulent-Weeks/dp/0141016736/ref=asc_df_0141016736

How to Paint a Dead Man https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Paint-Dead-Sarah-Hall/dp/0571224903

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If you have ever wondered “Should I make prints of my art?” this episode will help unpick some of the things to consider.

We’re talking reproduction giclée prints (not to be confused with the prints made by printmakers). Alice has built a good revenue stream from prints of her original paintings while Louise has not made the leap and we share our reasons and lessons.

Our conversation covers:

  • the difficulty of choosing which paintings to reproduce
  • the importance of good photography
  • how you might find someone to help you create prints
  • the challenge of keeping your print collection current
  • the logistics of numbering and shipping
  • how to price for profit

We also discuss the importance of knowing your ‘why’ for adding prints to the art you offer as this will help direct your decision making… And we have a suggestion for an easier way to dip your toe into the water.

Mentioned:

The Yellow House by Martin Gayford https://www.amazon.co.uk/Yellow-House-Gauguin-Turbulent-Weeks/dp/0141016736/ref=asc_df_0141016736

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Last week’s conversation with David Mankin sparked a conversation about process, so this week, we’re sharing our processes and discussing our own ideas about, and approaches to, painting. As you might have guessed there are some differences!

How has your process in art-making developed? We think knowing what works for you is a vital piece of the artistic puzzle but we approach this differently. We cover the role of ideas in our art-making and discuss the assertion that all artists must know what they are exploring in their work. We also discuss whether inspiration comes externally or internally (or both) and the importance of reflection and thought in our work. Finally, we share the questions we are currently asking ourselves in order to move our work forward. 

You can see more of what I’m up to regularly in my studio by following me on Instagram where I’m @alicesheridanstudio

Art Juice podcast artist process

Mentioned:

Louise’s book Life Force can be pre-ordered at: https://www.louisefletcherart.com/book 

In the Heights film trailer… there are lots more interesting clips about the development of the music on YouTube – enjoy!

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In this episode, Louise chats with Cornish painter David Mankin about his new book Remembering in Paint. The book brings the reader inside Mankin’s process, from initial inspiration all the way through to finished paintings, and the idea of the artistic process is central to the book. We begin the conversation with an introduction to David’s career and the importance of chance encounters, and then move on to delve into process. David poses a question he believes every artist must answer; describes the importance of his process to his work; explains the balance of thought vs. feeling in his paintings; and shares his passion for the Cornish coast. Finally, we learn why he is currently excited about cauliflowers and smiles. This is a conversation not to be missed with an artist who is most definitely on the rise.

David Mankin on the Art Juice podcast

Mentioned:

David’s book can be pre-ordered on his website at https://www.david-mankin.com/book 

You can also find him at https://linktr.ee/davidmankinart 

Louise’s book Life Force can be pre-ordered at: https://www.louisefletcherart.com/book 

All About Process by Kim Grant https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/9780271077451?

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Do you struggle to let paintings go? This week we’re answering a question from Gill Allen, who says “Why do I find it so hard to part with my work? I know I need to get over this impending feeling of loss but just how do I do that? Why do I feel like I’m losing part of myself even contemplating selling a piece of work?” We discuss this question from a number of different angles and also share our own experiences. Neither of us has struggled to let work go, but we have sometimes chosen to keep breakthrough paintings for a while. As we discuss Gill’s question, we ponder the idea of selling work – maybe some people don’t want to do that? We also ask whether there are underlying issues behind a desire to keep everything and we suggest a simple reframe that might be helpful. If you feel your paintings are precious babies to be held on to at all costs, this episode is for you.

Mentioned:

Gill Allen: https://gillallen.co.nz/

Arvon Foundation Writers Centers https://www.arvon.org/

Mark Steel’s in Hull https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV8-lktieDs

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