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Father and Son team Colin & Steve Bradley offer Pastel & Watercolour Tips to artists via this weekly Podcast. Submit your questions and Check out Colin's Free Courses on his website: ColinBradleyArt.co.uk

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Father and Son team Colin & Steve Bradley offer Pastel & Watercolour Tips to artists via this weekly Podcast. Submit your questions and Check out Colin's Free Courses on his website: ColinBradleyArt.co.uk

    The Business of Art Q&A

    The Business of Art Q&A

    In this episode we conclude our 3-part Q&A series with Business questions relating to art. We discuss the following:

    - What is the split of time like between creating art and dealing with the business side of things?
    - How does being an artist work out financially? (I'm not after figures!) Are there ebbs and flows? Has it changed over the decades? Have you ever been concerned about how it might work out? What do you know now that you didn't when you first started?
    - With a number of different revenue streams (e.g. commissions, prints, workshops etc), which is the most lucrative and is it what you most enjoy doing?
    - How do you price your work?
    - Have you had to alter your business model over the years?
    - Have you had to work hard at selling/marketing your work?
    - How do you find your clients? Do you target specific markets/types of people?
    - Do you have work in galleries? Is the cut they take from sold work worth the exposure it gains you?
    - Do you exhibit at trade shows/fayres? Is the fee for the space worth how much art might be sold?

    We hope you enjoyed the last 3 episodes and feel you have learnt a lot. Thanks again to Teresa for the questions and if you have any please send them over to us! Our email address is: steve.bradley@colinbradleyart.com

    • 42 min
    Art is More Important than Ever

    Art is More Important than Ever

    Creating in times like these is more important than everCreating in times like these is more important than ever.

    We wanted to check in with everyone to see how you're all doing and hopefully inspire you to pick up a pencil or paint brush and create.

    Science has proven the incredible benefits to art and how it reduces the "fight or flight" stress hormone. This stress impacts our bodies in so many ways so putting your mind and body in the present moment can give you a chance to rest and escape "survival mode".

    In this video we also talk about the new picture Colin's been working on (you can find the work in progress pictures on Instagram here: http://www.instagram.com/colinbradleyart).

    There's another new art project coming to members this week and we'll check back in with you on Friday for our Podcast!

    Links mentioned in the video:

    -> Tabby Cat Course FREE for EVERYONE: https://bit.ly/draw-from-home
    -> Membership to our website: http://bit.ly/learn-more-cba
    -> YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/colin1940
    -> Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/colinbradleyart

    • 24 min
    Technical Art Q&A

    Technical Art Q&A

    In this episode Colin answers some more technical questions to do with art. These questions include:

    - Will fixative always dull and darken the appearance of a finished pastel piece? Or does it mean I've used too much? Is there an alternative?
    - Would you ever use normal cartridge paper for pastels or is it best to use specific paper for pastels?
    - What is the best technique for adding really sharp/crisp, detailed white whiskers over the top of layered pastels on animal portraits?
    - With so many different brands of pastels and papers, how do I choose which to buy?
    - When selling prints, do you provide a copy of the signed original and then sign it again with the limited edition number or do you photograph it prior to signing so that the print has an original signature on it with a duplication?

    Thanks to Teresa for sending the questions in, we hope people find the answers interesting and stay tuned for another Q & A podcast next week on the business of art!

    • 24 min
    Art Career Q&A

    Art Career Q&A

    In this episode Colin answers some questions about his career as an artist and offers advice to those who want to have a career in art. The questions we discuss include:

    *What has surprised you most about your career as an artist?
    *What incorrect assumptions do people have about life as an artist?
    *What do you wish you had known before you got into being an artist? Is there anything you would do differently if you could rewind?
    *What should a new artist be aware of before starting out?
    *What steps/advice/recommendations would you give to a new artist starting out?
    *What are the best resources/events/people to follow in the industry?
    *Is there anyone else you think it would be useful to speak to?

    We hope you enjoy this episode and look out for our next episodes where we'll answer technical art related questions and more about running a business as an artist.

    • 21 min
    Sharpening Pastel Pencils

    Sharpening Pastel Pencils

    In this episode we chat a little more about Colin's time at Butlins including a funny story of Colin's early teaching days. We also talk extensively about sharpening pencils and how different brands react differently to using a blade. What tips does Colin have for sharpening softer pastel pencils? We talk about what sharpeners are good and how the binding method of the different makes affects the sharpening method.

    Here's the sharpeners mentioned on this show:

    Faber-Castell Trio Sharpener
    Dahle 133
    Creative Mark Multipoint crank sharpener
    Kum Automatic Long Point sharpener

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    - Colin and Steve

    • 27 min
    Summer at Butlins

    Summer at Butlins

    In this episode we deviate from art for Colin to tell us a story about his Summer working at Butlins in the 1960s. Hear this hilarious spontaneous story from a very young Colin wanting to spend the summers at a holiday resort rather than his "proper job". Let us know if you have any crazy stories like this that we can share on the podcast!

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

mel58b ,


It's a good addition to the website and membership

ronsley ,


These shows are so valuable for artists in all ages. They cover great techniques to control with various brush sizes and weights for both the pastels and the smudges. You'll learn how to control size and opacity to do perfect shading and blending. The color selection topic is awesome.

From Ronsley @wearepodcast

neetajm ,

A great addition to Colin's website.

I thoroughly enjoy being a member of the Colin Bradley Art website and have completed a number of Colin's online classes. I enjoy the podcasts as an addition to the site. I listen to them while I'm out walking and by the time I get home I'm excited to get into my art room. The dialogue between Stephen and Colin is natural and warm. They answer lots of questions which I've wondered about myself, and some I've never even thought of! Thanks Colin and Stephen. Keep up the great work.

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