September 16, 2019
Today we are talking about the importance of going out specifically to sketch from life, and how to plan a successful trip.
Obviously, not everyone can dedicate a whole day to sketching on a regular basis. It might be that you can only spare your lunch hours at work, but we can talk about ‘snatching time to sketch’ in a future episode. Today we are focussing on arranging a dedicated sketching day trip.
September 2, 2019
Today’s creative guest is artist and illustrator Barbara Johansen Newman from https://www.johansennewman.com/
Barbara has had a fascinating career from puppetry to illustration to licensing. And now she has gone back to her first love which is painting. What is interesting about Barbara’s art is that although her figurative paintings are interesting in themselves, she builds a world around them using found objects and by painting on unusual surfaces.
August 19, 2019
As Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
Sandra wasn’t entirely sure it was Da Vinci, but we’ve checked it now… Phew...she was right
Today we are talking about how to recognise when your piece of art is ready to be abandoned. Not knowing when to stop can be the difference between a beautiful piece of work, and something that is overworked and almost sterile.
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August 5, 2019
Today’s creative guest is Deb Weiers from http://debweiersart.com @debweiersart. Deb is a mixed media artist based in Red Deer Canada who creates amazing semi-abstract faces. Her art is incredibly distinct and she uses a very intuitive approach to create her art. It was seeing Debs Faces that inspired me to try creating a few semi-abstract faces myself for our Abstract April Challenge.
July 22, 2019
In today’s episode, we talk about why artists and writers often live with guilt and how to overcome it. Although everyone can feel guilty at times, the problem for creatives is that they tend to get a double dose. Artists and writers can feel guilty when they are creating and yet they can also feel guilty when they’re not. So this is where finding a balance is really important.
July 8, 2019
Today’s creative guest is Karen Abend from www.karenabend.com. Karen is an artist and illustrator who licenses her work. You may also know her as the creator of Sketchbook Revival, a free online event which has run for the last two years. Sketchbook Revival brings together a group of art teachers to share their ideas and inspiration for filling up your sketchbook.
June 24, 2019
In today’s episode, we talk about the importance of experimenting with your art and daring to break out of your comfort zone. But you might be asking yourself why is that even important at all? If you’re happy with how you paint, what’s the point in mixing things up?
But it’s very easy to stick to what you know because you want to master one technique… and there is nothing wrong with that, but by never experimenting with new techniques and mediums, not only could you be missing out on a whole lot of fun, but you might be denying yourself the opportunity to evolve as an artist.
We also talk about a new project we are launching called the “Rediscover Your Art” Sketchbook project to encourage more people to create art. You can find out more about the project here.
June 10, 2019
Today’s guest is Carrie Brummer from www.artiststrong.com. Carrie was originally an art teacher in school, but then moved into a more administrative position. She started a blog about art in her spare time and discovered that people all over the world wanted to learn to draw and paint. That blog later became known as www.artiststrong.com where Carrie formed a community and taught people to draw through her online courses.
May 27, 2019
In today’s episode, we talk about the pro’s and cons of turning your passion into your career. We both have quite strong feelings about this topic.
Some of the things we discuss:
How having a creative job can kill your original creative passion (I know this well)
How if you get it right you’ll feel like you’re never working
How it can be hard creating things “to order”
How you can hone your skill and learn new skills while someone else is paying
How you can end up creating things you’re really not interested in.
How working for yourself can be great as you get to set your own hours
How a creative job can help push you out of your comfort zone
May 13, 2019
Today’s guest is Jacqui Penn, also known by her pen name Penny Appleton. Jacqui who is 71, is the mother of well-known writer and creative entrepreneur Joanna Penn (The Creative Penn). Jacqui was a teacher for much of her life. She has also expressed her creativity in the past through painting in acrylics. Jacqui only started her writing career in recent years encouraged by her daughter Joanna Penn. She writes sweet romance books, based on aspects of her life.