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. 

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Louise is finishing teaching her second course and after 5 months of helping other artists, she is looking forward to spending more time on her own work. Alice’s meeting with a commission client has provided her with direction on finishing the requested pieces.

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Investments can mean time, energy or money. Are you more prepared to invest in one over the other?

We consider the role that self-worth plays in our investment decisions, we discuss how we personally decide about spending money, how to judge whether something is a ‘good’ investment for you. Is it possible to make significant leaps forward if we are not willing to invest in ourselves in some way?

Audience Question

This week’s listener question is anonymous for obvious reasons. Our listener asks:

What would you do if you found that a gallery had hiked up your prices (to more than that of your other galleries) without letting you know?  I’m in a quandary about whether to throw my toys out of the pram and I don’t think the other galleries would be impressed.

Alice and Louise both agree that the issue here is not the other galleries. What matters is the relationship with this gallery. We wonder (hope!) if there could be good intentions behind their decision which could ultimately help your work. A calm and professional response is needed – and maybe time to reconsider your relationship depending on their track record.

Inside / outside inspiration

Louise is taking a new course and is inspired by learning from someone with a different perspective. Alice had an exciting and inspiring week, having opened up her membership group, the Connected Artist. She found that the limited places were snapped up in only 18 minutes (!) and she has found her conversations with the new members to be energizing and exciting.

If you’d like to find out more and know when The Connected Artist next opens up, please add your details HERE

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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 the chance to benefit from your own experiences.

I would love to know which mistakes you’ve made learned most from – maybe some of ours are yours too. Let us know in the comments below. Bonus points for funny stories!

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Artist wise advice

This week we hear what leaf blowers have to do with buying art, which leads us into the benefits of longevity. Of course we all make mistakes and learn as we go, but we hope to make things a bit easier by sharing some of the mistakes we’ve made – from email marketing, understanding how to talk about yourself and your work and simply not knowing how to sell paintings because they are so mysteriously different.

See Alice’s first ever email here ( but don’t reply to it as it goes to an old email address!)

Louise Fletcher feeling brave – new work in progress

Audience Question

We have a great listener question: “When do you decide when a painting is finished? So often, I like what I see, but want to push forward for something even more dynamic. I am nervous that  I will mess it up (and I have!). But…always afraid I am not reaching my full potential in a particular painting if I give up too early.  Help!”  We have some time based suggestions – and also the two types of fear you may be having around finishing a work.

Inside / outside inspiration

Finally, we are inspired by different reactions to art in completely different contexts and scale. And Riley has a reaction to the postman 😉

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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?

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If you do decide to add a frame, what style works best? Today we’re going to delve into this topic, discuss our own approaches, and share some inside tips. We consider buying pre-made frames, having frames made online, and working with a professional framer.  The discussion also covers cost and profit concerns and how to balance those with the desire to present your work most effectively.

What’s your experience with framing? Has it made or broken a sale for you? Do you like to frame everything the same? Please add your comment below.

As well as listening you may also like to find inspiration on this Pinterest board > FRAMING INSPIRATION

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Audience Question

We also talk titles after a listener asks: “How much importance do you attach to finding a good title for each painting and which comes first – the title (theme?) or the painting?”  We discuss the importance of titles to our work and how we each approach them.

Inside / outside inspiration

Finally, the decision to purchase a small painting leads Louise to re-visit her attitude to selling and Alice is feeling grateful to the people who help us with our art.

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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 on your attitude. Hashtags and starlings all have a helping hand this week.

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What are you working on this week?

Louise is managing all the elements needed to hang a show and Alice wonders if getting work online at the same time as hanging a show an almost impossible feat. Even when you are doing all the work yourself there is a huge advantage in curating and arranging your own work in terms of reviewing your progress.

Sneak preview of Louise’s exhibition here

Alice has had to pivot her hanging plans for an upcoming art fair due to a change in circumstances beyond her control. But this led to some new energy into other paintings including using her hands. How do you feel about using tools in your work?

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How does your attitude as an artist help or hinder you?

Are you an artist with attitude? Without attempting to be psychologists (!) we share how we’ve learned to adjust how we react to certain situations or change our thoughts. For both of us this has led to lovely changes in our art and life. But it’s not always easy, and is certainly an ongoing practice. How do you respond when life throws you a curve ball?

Noticing and connecting with your emotions is part of being human and can be hard to manage, especially at art fairs. We talk about keeping your energy up in the face of bad sales or an overheard comment.

Oh, and then it all veers into magic and law of attraction 😉

I would love to hear your experience on this – please comment below as either an artist OR a visitor. x

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Audience Question

Thank you to Jennifer who asked “What’s the best way to find people looking to BUY art? (on social media)”. We have a few ideas but perhaps the main response will surprise you.

Inside / outside inspiration

After she just bought a new painting which has transformed her bedroom, Alice is buoyed by how much impact art can have in a home – and seeing the result of her recent collaboration with Zoffany designers. SEE IT HERE

Louise has felt supported by the magic of starlings. Here’s her photo

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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. Alice is on a mission to stop the anxiety and Louise is full steam ahead!

What are you working on this week?

Alice is getting back into work after a week away and has found that she needed to finish up some paintings before she could get back into her newer work. Louise is preparing for an exhibition and feeling relieved to call this series of paintings complete.

Time – the one thing we all have the same

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We all struggle with time. Some of us have young children, or elderly parents or a full-time job, and even those who work full time as artists also have the pressures of marketing, gallery relations, art fairs etc. We discuss the challenges we face in terms of managing time on a day-to-day basis, and also consider the larger question of how much time we have left in our lives. If we knew we only had one year to live, what kind of work would we make?

You may also like to read this blog post: Making Time For Art

Audience Question

We also answer a question from Tracey who asks “How do you know when you are ready to move on from playing and start to produce a series or body of work.  Also I’ve been making small collages and can see how they could translate into larger paintings but I’m finding it hard to make a start on the paintings… #fearofmakinganactualpainting!”

If you have any tips on this, please comment below or come and join the Art Explorers group discussion.

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Inside / outside inspiration

Alice has been inspired this week by two unusual books from a remainder bookstore and Louise has been learning from the students taking her latest course.

find out about Louise’s online courses

Mentioned:

Alice’s Connected Artist Club (join waitlist here)

6 things you can do to help manage your time

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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; playing with subtle transitions before I go back to larger changes (Alice Sheridan)

Louise has been wowed by learning about Facebook (it’s not all just paint, this being an artist business!) Alice has been going for a more subtle approach – which can feel slow, but perhaps these variations in speed of change are all part of the process? Identifying single words which rise to the surface seems to be helping; ‘transitions’ seems relevant for me right now.

What helps when you feel creatively blocked?

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We discuss the difference between procrastinating, being temporarily frozen, or being truly blocked. Is a real block caused by a disconnect  between what you ‘want’ and what you are actually doing? Is it a result of losing your connection with your deeper self? While a pause is OK – and sometimes needed and necessary – we come up with some questions to ask yourself, and offer two different ways you can get inspired again by leaning in and investigating.

Audience Question & what’s inspired

We answer a listener who is struggling with multiple styles and wondering if they will ever converge. And discuss how a teenage concert reminded Alice of the importance of finding your own creative path, and that awe-inspiring self-belief. Let’s get some of that!

Mentioned:

Muse Hysteria 

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Steven Pressfield interview

Louise’s 365-day self portrait project

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…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?

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What are you working on this week?

Louise is preparing to start teaching a new online course and taking a one-week break from painting. Alice is beginning a series of new panels and changing up her approach a little bit by NOT starting with black. Watch the video here.

Help, I’m drowning in old work!

How do you deal with your older work when your style has moved on? If you are surrounded with stacks of old canvases or sheets of paper that no longer feel like you, is it a waste to throw them out? Is it OK to show them with your newer work?

Or are there ways you can reuse them or somehow allow someone else to enjoy them? We discuss some solutions, and why it can feel so hard – and so good – to clear the decks.

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Audience Question: What’s the best way to ask for feedback?

“So, what do you think?” leaves it fairly open and can be pretty hard for someone else to answer. What are you really asking? We wrestle with the best (and worst) ways to ask for feedback on your work – and how important it is to prepare yourself mentally before you do.

Inside/Outside: what’s inspired you?

Louise has been inspired by a documentary on Chris Martin and Coldplay “A head full of Dreams”; it looks at their rise to fame, from early school days with braces (!), why “you can’t please everybody” and why he always says this is the end of Coldplay Watch on Amazon

Alice has been reading a book on why staying small is the next big thing for business. Which is kind of reassuring! Paul Jarvis ‘Company of One’

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…and why it’s so important to develop your art. Stepping outside of your comfort zone excites us in life, and in making art.

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What are you working on this week?

This week finds us at different ends of the process. Louise has just finished several paintings in her latest series while Alice is preparing to begin new work with a delivery of large wood panels… who would have thought it was possible to get so excited by a bit of aluminium back-bracing!

LINK: to the panel supplier Artists Surfaces

Taking big leaps into the unknown

The impressionist Edgar Degas is quoted as saying “only when he no longer knows what he is doing, does the painter do good things.”  This week the conversation centred on the extent to which this is true.

How important is it to push your work into new territory? Is risk-taking an essential element of being an artist? And if art mirrors life, do we need to find ways to bring risk into our daily lives?

Audience Question: How long does it take to become an artist?

We discuss what it means to be an artist, and whether becoming one is a matter of fact or a matter of mindset.

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Making the most of your studio space

What are you working on this week?

Alice has been tidying her studio using Marie Kondo’s methodology and has just published a blog post about the process. Having decided to pursue an online sales strategy, Louise has been developing a marketing plan and is plunging headfirst into the world of Facebook advertising..

Show us your studio space!

Some artists work in giant, light-filled spaces, others make space on the dining room table. But whatever the size, your studio set-up is crucial to make the most of your space. We discuss how to make the most of your space, why it’s important to keep making changes, and practical tips on flooring and lighting solutions.

LINK to the plasterer’s tube light we discuss.

Audience Question: How can I stay motivated when I don’t have a deadline?

Alice loves to work to a deadline, whereas Louise much prefers the space to play and experiment. Both share their perspectives on this common problem and wonder if there is something deeper behind the issue if you are stuck with motivation. Do you agree?

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Have you ever felt this way about making art? That perhaps it’s a waste of time which would be better spent doing other, more productive things? After all, if no one else benefits from what you make then you are the only person this matters to. Harsh?

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What have you been working on this week?

Louise is making new paintings for an upcoming show and concerned about how these will ‘fit’ together.

Alice is working to specific brief and feeling a bit restricted, but trying to see it as a learning experience. Perhaps this will lead to a new, more direct way of working?

Is making art selfish?

Have you ever felt selfish about your art making practice? That it’s taking up time you should be spending on other things? Perhaps this only changes when we begin to see and understand the positive effect it has on others when we make time for what is important to us. The knock-on effects can be bigger than we anticipate at the start. So, maybe a better question would be “how can I be more selfish?”.

Audience Question: If fear wasn’t a factor, what would you make?

What would you really like to try? There will be something holding you back. Identifying exactly what that is can help. For Alice it feels better to ease in to a new idea in small steps whereas Louise has learnt the hard way that jumping in feet first can get you more than you bargained for and would like to learn to wait a little before putting ideas into action.

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Ever wondered what artists really think about? Perhaps you are an artist and would like some company while you are working.

Art Juice is a new podcast from artists Alice Sheridan and Louise Fletcher. We will be sharing honest insights into what it takes to be an artist as we explore develop their creative approach and balance the business side of a rewarding artistic life.

If you are an artist or aspiring creative you will find support and inspiration. If you are an art lover you will find out more about what goes in to making the art you enjoy.

We will be sharing what we are working on each week, and discussing questions from listeners or members of our Facebook groups. There will be practical tips and conversations which veer into the more philosophical, while still being down to earth.