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Welcome to an essential conversation about money with Michelle Walker. This is often the least favourite part of being an artist, but being profitable means being sustainable. How we manage the often-avoided subject and working out your relationship with money is key for your art career growth.

We talk about calming your nervous system so that you can approach your money matters with a clear and positive attitude, thinking of your relationship with money in a rather surprising personal way. Let Michelle introduce you to your inner finance manager so you can get a better grip on charging your worth and understanding your business better. We’ve all experienced the energy drag which can arise around this topic – and how good we can feel when we can change our approach. Grab a pen – you’ll need it!

Take this further and join Michelle on her upcoming Money Mojo challenge which kicks off soon

Join the Money Mojo for Artists Challenge HERE: https://tinyurl.com/moneymojochallenge

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Follow her on Instagram @michellewalkerart

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As Alice gets back from two energising trips away we talk about where in life we find a balance to create the life we want. If we have ambitions and desires, sometimes we need to find that space and energy to face a stretchy goal. But we also need to make sure what you want is for you…. maybe there’s a different way. It’s quite OK to want something, but as life is always shifting it comes down to being honest and finding your personal approach. We ask ourselves where we place limits on our dreams or whether we are led by a feeling of what we have to prove before we can make certain decisions.

As creatives we have perhaps an endless capacity for looking out for the new. But in the bigger picture – now what? We have a few questions we ask which may help you, so grab a pen and take some time out with your journal!

Mentioned:

Join Louise’s free Find Your Joy course here https://www.louisefletchercourses.com/wait-list-fyj-2022

Graham Norton novel ‘Holding’ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Holding-Graham-Norton/dp/1444792008

Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Nicholas Cage film https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11291274/

Time to Shine is a fun bite-size program for artists to re-invigorate your relationship with social media. Show up with new confidence, find your personal voice and connect with more people. Click the image or HERE to find out more.

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Today Louise is joined by two guest artists – Trayci Tompkins from South Africa, and Amanda Pickles from North Yorkshire in the UK. Together they discuss the challenging issue of confidence. A few years ago, both Trayci and Amanda took the courageous decision to shift their art in a new direction. Trayci had many years of experience as a best-selling ceramicist and Amanda was a full-time artist with a highly successful business making commissioned paintings, but both felt the pull of something new and took the brave decision to pursue their own artistic paths. In this inspiring conversation, we discuss how this change has impacted both their art and their lives – this is a conversation that will stay with you for some time.

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Join Louise’s free Find Your Joy course here https://www.louisefletchercourses.com/wait-list-fyj-2022

Find Trayci on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/traycitompkins/?hl=en

Find Amanda on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/amandajpicklesallotmentstudio2/?hl=en

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This week we’re both preparing for solo exhibitions, something that would have seemed unbelievable to us when we first started out on our art careers. That prompted this informal chat about the lessons we’ve learned along the way, and some of the hurdles that can keep you stuck. 

Some are things to avoid – not rushing to make sales, getting addicted to the first sense of success or waiting for approval before you begin. Others include the ability to leave things behind when you’re ready to move on, finding supportive people to talk to, remembering that our goals will shift anyway, and learning to rely on your own internal validation.  We also reconsider reels and talk exhibition prep, framing, and the misery of celebrity life, so this is one not to miss! 

If you’d like to join the discussion, come and be part of my Art Explorer’s Facebook group… Artists are currently sharing their tips HERE. It’s free to join and if you’re wanting more conversation and community around making art come and join us!

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Louise’s free course https://www.louisefletchercourses.com/wait-list-FYJ-2021 

Alice’s Reel that’s going crazy… (up from 50k to 200k+ views since recording  https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cc08aBEI00_/ 

The Virtual Art Summit 2022 www.virtualartsummit.com/go

Alice and Kelly Wynne on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/Cc28JffJDwo/ 

See Alice’s Duality collection new paintings:

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This week’s chat was inspired by a book called Alchemy by Rory Sutherland. The premise of the book is that the best way to solve any problem is to abandon logic and cast aside rationality. We discus the different ways irrational thinking could be applied to life and to art.

For example, can we do away with common ways of operating and make our own rules? (Would people prefer prices that are based not on size of painting but on how much the artist like a piece or how much time they spent on it?) This book has prompted Alice to rethink the way her paintings might be available and it has spurred Louise to face up to some pricing blocks. Perhaps our conversation will spark some similar realisations for you. 

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Alchemy by Rory Sutherland https://www.amazon.co.uk/Alchemy-Surprising-Power-Ideas-Sense/dp/0753556529/

Louise’s Find Your Joy taster course https://www.louisefletchercourses.com/wait-list-fyj-2022

Alice’s Time To Shine 14 day program https://www.soulrocketstudio.com/shine

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This week, Alice gets to grips with a DIY job and it sparks a discussion about time – in a world where there is never enough of it, how do we come to terms with this most troublesome aspect of life?

In different ways, we have both experienced the downside of trying to do too much, including the fact that this prevents us from enjoying the present moment. If art-making is a journey without a final destination (and surely it is), then what are we rushing towards? Why do we feel this pressure to not fall behind? And how can we reframe our thoughts around time? While we don’t have all the answers, perhaps our discussion will spark some ideas for you, particularly around how you can be more mindful about time.

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Find out about the Time to Shine course here: www.soulrocketstudio.com/shine

Louise’s interview on Learning to Paint www.learntopaintpodcast.com/podcast/episode48

Even The Rich podcast – Elizabeth Taylor

Ferne Cotton Happy Place podcast with Will Young

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What does it mean to live a creative life? What does it take to achieve your dreams? And is that any different if you write for a living rather than making visual art? This week, Louise is joined by writer Jonathan Hall, whose first novel was recently published to critical and commercial acclaim. But this success was 59 years in the making and Jonathan has experienced his fair share of setbacks along the way.

In this episode, we look at the importance of self-belief and the necessity of an unswerving commitment to our creative practice. Our discussion uncovers numerous similarities between the life of a writer and that of a painter, including the fear of a blank page or canvas; the impact of rejection; the need to “paint over” things you really like; and the importance of finding your own unique voice. It’s refreshing to approach the topic of creativity from a different perspective and we know you’ll enjoy Jonathan’s wisdom and humour.

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Jonathan’s novel “A Spoonful of Murder”  https://www.bookdepository.com/Spoonful-Murder-J-M-Hall/9780008509613

Jonathan’s BBC series “Trust” https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000mb2k

Jonathan’s Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/jm_hall_writer/

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This week, we have a chat and then answer some listener questions, but our whole discussion revolves around a central issue: How do we manage this artist life? How do we make our work? How do we run our businesses? Are we getting it right? (And how does this relate to the choice between broccoli and chocolate?!)

This is one of those rambling discussions that we hope makes some sense in hindsight. Listeners add to the conversation by asking about what to do when a painting takes a different turn, and also how to know when a painting is done. In the end, we both think it comes back to understanding that there is no “right” way to do things. What a relief! 

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“Rich Dad Poor Dad” book https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robert-T-Kiyosaki/e/B001H6GV90

“Drawing and Painting the Landscape” by Philip Tyler https://www.amazon.co.uk/Drawing-Painting-Landscape-course-lessons/dp/1785003240/

Minnow Pond Tarot https://www.youtube.com/c/minnowpond

Georgina Noel’s “Inner Work” podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/inner-work/id1506024168?uo=4

Kate Cosgrove with two of her illustrated books

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Do you feel your art needs to be beautiful? And if so, what do you mean by beauty? We dive into this topic because we are both thinking about this idea as our work morphs and changes. We discuss the role of beauty in art history and how much of the art that we love is NOT beautiful – and yet how we are still drawn to creating beauty in our own work. In the beginning, perhaps, we both aimed for beauty because it was a measure of our skill level – but once we attained those skills, we seem drawn to pushing the boundaries. But how much imperfection can we allow in? How much raw expression is too much? Of course these questions are personal to each one of us, and we hope this discussion helps you think about beauty in your own work. 

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Drew Steinbrecher on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/drewhttps://www.instagram.com/drewsteinbrechersteinbrecher/

Dead Eyes podcast https://headgum.com/dead-eyes

Creative Pep Talk podcast https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/zdqvn-3717c/Creative-Pep-Talk-Podcast

Kate Cosgrove with two of her illustrated books

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As an award winning illustrator, Kate Cosgrove is used to bringing visions to life, but post-pandemic she was feeling in need to spend time with her own creativity. In this conversation from the land’s end of the UK, Kate speaks with Alice about artist residencies. Perhaps this is something you’ve considered, or even been apprehensive about. In which case this conversation will give you ideas for where to go, an understanding of what to expect.

We talk about working on your own and what this could open up for you or re-set your practice. What would you be looking for? Hoping for? Is there even a way you can bring this into your life right now? Check the notes below for where to follow Kate, find out about Brisons Veor or search for other residency opportunities.

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Find Kate Cosgrove on Instagram @k8cosgrove

Brisons Veor Cornwall artist residencies https://brisonsveor.org.uk/

Artist Communities Alliance for residency listings https://artistcommunities.org/

illustrator Kate Cosgrove working at Brisons Veor, Cornwall artist residency

Kate Cosgrove with two of her illustrated books

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Maybe there are artists who are always inspired, always energised and always making fantastic work… but if there are, we don’t know them. This week we’re talking about those times when inspiration seems to desert us. These are the times when we either can’t face making art, or can’t make anything we like. We discuss the frustration that comes with feeling lost, and we break down some of the reasons we might feel that way.

If we can understand what drags us down, perhaps we can lift ourselves out of it. This comes down to individual preferences and work patterns. Some people work best when they turn up every day regardless of how they feel; others need lots of time away from the studio to recharge their batteries. We believe all of us need to learn to accept ourselves just the way we are, and honour our own creative processes, no matter what they are.

Mentioned:

Rock til we Drop https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001516f

Medicine exhibition – The Science Museum: https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/medicine-wellcome-galleries

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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 are things like sales numbers, Instagram followers, or show acceptances, and we have both seen these measurements halt people in their tracks. These things are, to some extent, out of our control and they also continually shift and change because we will never be satisified.

We discuss our own experiences and suggest an alternative approach – setting your own internal benchmarks. These internal measures of success can keep you focused, motivated and excited about your work, allowing you to stay in control of your emotional wellbeing.

Rather than a fixed completed achievement and success as a reward we are aiming for sometime in the future I like to check back to where am I now? and ask “What does a sense of completion look like at this stage?”.

If success is really about continuity and development – being ON the journey, then this question could be great one to consider… “What do you do in the moments after you fail?”

We’d love to hear what you think. You can share the images below to Pinterest and come and find them on my Instagram @alicesheridanstudio

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Authentic Obsessions Podcast https://www.authenticobsessions.com/

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