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When – and why – is it a good idea to place limits on your work? First, we discuss the benefits of limiting ourselves in some way. That might mean using a limited colour palette or setting rules for a certain body of work; it might mean keeping everything to one size; or it could mean limiting the media we use.

But whatever parameters we set, limits can open up our creativity. 

Then we look at the flip side – where might we benefit from challenging our limitations? What do we believe that might not be true? We hope this free-ranging discussion will help you to assess where limitations might fit into your practice. Comment below or share this episode and tag me on Instagram @alicesheridanstudio

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In this episode, we explore the idea of intuitive painting. What does that term even mean? And how does it relate to what we do?

Regular listeners will not be surprised to learn that we have different ideas about the importance and role of intuition, but in the end we agree that there is a difference between pure intuitive painting (aka process painting) and painting that relies heavily on intuition. The former is a process without a desired end result while the latter is a delicate balance between thinking and intuiting.

In pure intuitive painting, personal growth is the only objective, whereas our work is designed to communicate with others. Perhaps some of us lean more to one side or the other, but all must find the balance that is right for them. 

Mentioned:

Stewart Cubley’s Process Arts https://www.processarts.com/

Sally-Anne Ashley https://www.sally-anneashley.com/

Cheryle Bannon https://cherylebannon.com/what-is-intuitive-art/

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

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In this conversation, we discuss what it means to have an artist brand (and why we all have one even if we don’t know it). We also dive into the questions you can ask yourself to identify and refine your own brand, and Mariana shares some of the  mistakes she sees artists make.

This week, Louise is joined by brand strategist and web designer Mariana Durst. Mariana specialises in working with artists to develop their brands, create compelling copy and graphics, and build effective websites. Having worked with all kinds of artists she has a unique perspective on the challenges and rewards of a strong brand.

If you would like more people to see and/or buy your art, you won’t want to miss this episode. 

Mentioned:

Mariana’s website: https://www.deskanddesign.com/ (scroll down for the free branding masterclass)

Essentialism book by Geoff McKeown HERE

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Can you believe we’ve reached December? In this time-bending last episode of the year we decided to look back over 2021.

While you may not want to re-live it (!) we look at what went well, what we learned, and start to think about what might change next year.

We also stumble across a few life skills they don’t teach you in schools which are helpful at this time, before we start making plans for the next year.

Come and explore where we are out of balance and where we would like to make strides next year. Are yours the same? This is an honest conversation that we hope will help you feel less alone and also inspire you to find the lessons in your 2021. 

Mentioned:

The Beatles Get Back documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Auta2lagtw4

Essentialism book by Geoff McKeown HERE

The Connected Artist Club will be opening soon, click the image below to add your name to the waitlist to hear more

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If you are enjoying the podcast this is an easy and inexpensive way to help support it and ensure it continues. The demands of making it each week can be challenging. Your support is allowing us to hire some editing help. If you’d like to help out with a one-time or a monthly donation, you can “buy us a coffee” us at Ko-fi.com

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

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Have you ever wondered whether having your work in a gallery is the right choice for you?

This episode, we’re following from last week’s interview with a gallery owner and answering a listener question from Helen. She asked why we chose to represent ourselves rather than pursue the gallery route. Helen also asked: “can a female artist be self-representing and still find her place in the history books – or is it important to have the testimonial from an established gallery?”

When thinking about galleries, it’s important to know (a) where you want to go and (b) where you currently are. The art world often catches up and “discovers” artists late in life (or after their death), and we debate whether galleries will continue to play an important role as we move forward. Of course, we also answer Helen’s question and explain why we each decided not to market primarily through galleries. There’s lots more in this conversation, so don’t miss it!

Mentioned:

“Painting Abstract Landscapes” by Gareth Edwards

Soul Smile pop-up event HERE

The Connected Artist Club will be opening soon, click the image below to add your name to the waitlist to hear 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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“How do I find gallery representation?” is something at the forefront of many artists’ minds. How can I stand out for an art gallery and why do they choose the artists they do?

In this episode, Louise meets gallerist Sarah Collier who runs the beautiful Silson Contemporary gallery in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Sarah explains how and why she started her gallery and offers lots of sound advice to artists seeking gallery representation. The conversation covers how to choose the right galleries, how to approach a gallery owner, how to price your work, and how to present it to best effect.

During the conversation, Sarah also shares the ins and outs of running a gallery and discussed some of her role models. This interview is packed with practical tips and inside insights – if you want to interest galleries in your work, listen now! 

Mentioned:

Silson Contemporary

Cupola Gallery

Gallery at Home 

Eastwood Fine Art

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If you are enjoying the podcast this is an easy and inexpensive way to help support it and ensure it continues. The demands of making it each week can be challenging. Your support is allowing us to hire some editing help. If you’d like to help out with a one-time or a monthly donation, you can “buy us a coffee” us at Ko-fi.com

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

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With only 6 weeks until Christmas, we’re talking gifts. But we’re not focusing on what you can sell – we’re interested in what you can ask for.

So we spent some time thinking and came up with a suggested Christmas list to help you drop heavy hints this year. Our list includes small surprises such as new paint colours or a special brush, all the way to high-price courses or artworks. But we also suggest some ideas you may not have considered – including ways in which your family and friends could give you the gift of time.

Along the way, you’ll get a sneak peek into our own Christmases, including Alice’s frugal approach to gifts and Louise’s tendency to ask for books she ever reads. We hope this episode inspires you to brighten your own Christmas by asking for something you will truly enjoy – and maybe even jumpstart a new phase of your own art.

Mentioned:

“Unquiet Landscape,” Christopher Neve HERE

“Why Your Five Year Old Could NOT Have Done That,” Susie Hodge Find on Amazon

Kyle Cease on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLCjITkn87w

Alice’s gift certificates

Louise’s gift certificates

The Connected Artist Club will be opening soon, click the image below to add your name to the waitlist to hear more

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If you are enjoying the podcast this is an easy and inexpensive way to help support it and ensure it continues. The demands of making it each week can be challenging. Your support is allowing us to hire some editing help. If you’d like to help out with a one-time or a monthly donation, you can “buy us a coffee” us at Ko-fi.com

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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’re talking time, priorities and organisation. But this isn’t a “10 quick tips to organise your life” – this is a deep dive into the real truths behind the ways we spend our time. We discuss the importance of knowing your ‘why’ when you make decisions about your time. We debate the role of identity in those decisions, and we discuss some of the challenges we face in our own art lives.

Each of us only have limited bandwidth which means we simply have to make decisions. So, above all, we urge honest self-reflection … it’s so important to understand what we want out of art art lives and where we are straying from that path. If you struggle with time management, you are not alone and we hope this discussion helps you find some clarity about your own priorities. 

Mentioned:

Kelly Wynne Conrad https://www.kelleewynnestudios.com/

The Dresser with Julian Clary and Matthew Kelly https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2021/sep/16/the-dresser-review-bath-matthew-kelly-julian-clary

If you have a question you’d like us to discuss, click here to send it to us

If you are enjoying the podcast this is an easy and inexpensive way to help support it and ensure it continues. The demands of making it each week can be challenging. Your support is allowing us to hire some editing help. If you’d like to help out with a one-time or a monthly donation, you can “buy us a coffee” us at Ko-fi.com

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or Louise @louisefletcher_art

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

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If you’ve ever felt frustrated when trying something new in your art this week is for you. Originally planned as a chat about persevering with unfamiliar materials, this soon broadened into a conversation about change in our work. We discuss the importance of finding ways to shift our work, and the role materials can play in that. We both strive to constantly push our work in new directions, but this can lead to real feelings of discomfort if we are also seeking results in the form of finished paintings.

New ideas need time and space in which to grow. If we give up at the first hurdle, we never get to find out what might have been possible. So Alice has decided to persevere and make life difficult sometimes with new materials while Louise will continue to make paintings she doesn’t yet understand. 

Mentioned:

Khadi paper https://www.jacksonsart.com/brands/khadi

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If you are enjoying the podcast this is an easy and inexpensive way to help support it and ensure it continues. The demands of making it each week can be challenging. Your support is allowing us to hire some editing help. If you’d like to help out with a one-time or a monthly donation, you can “buy us a coffee” us at Ko-fi.com

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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’re talking support systems – what are they? How do we find them? And why do we need them? We have supported one another over the last few years and we have both found the relationship valuable for different reasons. But what are the other ways we have found to support ourselves?

In this episode, we talk about the value of online communities and real life relationships, but also the importance of asking for help and support in other parts of our life, so that we can make room for art. We also talk about learning to say no, and asking for support from the wrong people, which can be so destructive. We hope this episode inspires you to look at how you might be able to shore up your art practice by leaning a little bit on other people – even if only now and then.

Mentioned:

Alice’s Connected Artist Group www.soulrocketstudio.com/connected-interest

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If you are enjoying the podcast this is an easy and inexpensive way to help support it and ensure it continues. The demands of making it each week can be challenging. Your support is allowing us to hire some editing help. If you’d like to help out with a one-time or a monthly donation, you can “buy us a coffee” us at Ko-fi.com

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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 dive into a successful launch and tease out the lessons we can all learn. Louise recently released her book Life Force which is about the process of making a series of paintings and then she released the actual paintings online. This had always been her plan but along the way, she encountered people who questioned the idea, and suggested that a physical exhibition would be a better idea.

Despite temporarily losing focus, she eventually returned to her original vision, a decision which paid off. In this episode, we discuss the importance and value of going your own way with your work, even when (or especially when) you are not sure where it will lead. We also examine how to tune in to inspiration and intuition so that you ARE actually pursuing your own unique direction.

Mentioned:

Louise’s book “Life Force” at Bird Eye Books https://birdeyebooks.com/products/life-force-a-painters-response-to-the-nature-poetry-of-ted-hughes

See Louise’s Ted Hughes paintings online https://www.louisefletcherart.com/shop/life-force

If you have a question you’d like us to discuss, click here to send it to us

If you are enjoying the podcast this is an easy and inexpensive way to help support it and ensure it continues. The demands of making it each week can be challenging. Your support is allowing us to hire some editing help. If you’d like to help out with a one-time or a monthly donation, you can “buy us a coffee” us at Ko-fi.com

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or Louise @louisefletcher_art

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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 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_

If you have a question you’d like us to discuss, click here to send it to us

If you are enjoying the podcast this is an easy and inexpensive way to help support it and ensure it continues. The demands of making it each week can be challenging. Your support is allowing us to hire some editing help. If you’d like to help out with a one-time or a monthly donation, you can “buy us a coffee” us at Ko-fi.com

Contribute to the podcast here:

Follow Alice on Instagram @alicesheridanstudio
or Louise @louisefletcher_art

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