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As we hit the summer solstice, we take a pause to look back on the first half of the year, and ask what we might want for the next six months. This is exactly what summer solstice has always been on our half of the world – a time to slow down and enjoy the sun and just take some time to think about our next evolution. We consider the realities of personal growth, the inevitability of getting things wrong before we get them right, and the importance of putting ourselves first (something that is particularly hard for many women). This kind of pause is a fabulous way to break routine and challenge our habits. We hope this episode inspires you to spend a day or two simply reflecting on where you have been and where you would like to go. 

If you’d like to review the 6 steps of the Refresh retreat sessions you can find out more HERE

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Blog about the summer solstice: https://spiritualgangster.com/blogs/news/summer-solstice-honoring-the-light-within

Glennan Doyle: Untamed https://www.amazon.co.uk/Untamed-Glennon-Doyle/dp/1984801252

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Ever wondered what’s next for you as an artist? In this episode Alice talks with artist Christine Evans who shares her own journey of her changing creative life. 

We talk about “eating well as an artist and integrating different parts of your life which inspire you. Christine shares how she has faced some challenges, knew when to pause and make her own personal retreat and now uses her inner voice and ‘creative director’ to continue to follow the unknown path ahead. 

She also talks about the support of other artists and the Connected Artist club has helped her keep developing, check out her journey on Instagram below.

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Follow Christine Evans on Instagram HERE: @christineevans_artist

Find out about joining Alice’s Connected Artist Membership HERE

Sally Hirst artist and workshops HERE

Jo McCarthy mentoring for creatives HERE

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How often do you stop to consider that’s happening in your art? Do you pause between series? Are there certain times of year where you leave your studio completely? This week we’re looking at the idea of creative flow and how a pause for reflection can help us move forward. Louise is currently exploring semi abstract portraits and intuitive abstracts, while Alice is sourcing new ideas from still life work. Neither of us are making any of this mean anything – we’re not deciding where it will lead – we’re just looking for sparks. We also discuss what to do when we have many and varied ideas – when are these distractions and when are they actually something we should follow?

If you feel ready for a refresh, check out Alice’s free online art retreat which starts on June 10th. https://www.soulrocketstudio.com/refresh

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This week we’re talking risk, ambiguity and the great unknown. As Louise prepares to teach her annual course, she has been reflecting on the blocks and fears that so many artists experience. Together, we explore our own comfort with risk – where are we willing to leap into the unknown and where do we perhaps hold back a little? What is the difference between growth mindset and fixed mindset? And where can we perhaps push ourselves to take just a little more risk? During our chat, we discuss whether age plays a role in our inhibitions, explore the idea of dancing with fear, and debate the concept of comfort zones and safety. 

Mentioned:

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

See Louise’s latest paintings here. https://www.louisefletcherart.com/private-view-the-layered-landscape

See Alice’s latest paintings here. https://alicesheridan.com/duality/

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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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Find Michelle at www.michellewalkerart.com

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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“Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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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.

Mentioned:

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!

Mentioned:

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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“Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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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. 

Mentioned:

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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“Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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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.

Mentioned:

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.

Mentioned:

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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“Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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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! 

Mentioned:

“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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“Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License