180 episodes

A podcast for artists, aspiring creatives, and art lovers.

Two artists share their thoughts on art, life and everything in between. Join Alice Sheridan and Louise Fletcher for honest, generous, and humorous conversations that will feed your creative soul AND get you thinking.

Art Juice: A podcast for artists, creatives and art lovers Louise Fletcher/Alice Sheridan

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    • 4.8 • 285 Ratings

A podcast for artists, aspiring creatives, and art lovers.

Two artists share their thoughts on art, life and everything in between. Join Alice Sheridan and Louise Fletcher for honest, generous, and humorous conversations that will feed your creative soul AND get you thinking.

    Holding Your Nerve: How to Get Through the Not-so-Good Times [179]

    Holding Your Nerve: How to Get Through the Not-so-Good Times [179]

    Being an artist is an up and down business. One minute you're making things you love, the next minute everything has turned to rubbish. One month you sell lots of paintings, the next month you can't give them away. So what do you do? How do you navigate this unpredictable career without going mad or giving up? Not sure we have all the answers, but we have learned some lessons over the last few years and we've both become better at rolling with the punches. We hope this conversation serves as a reminder that we all struggle and we can all come out the other side if we just keep going.

    Mentioned:

    Jenny Fermor https://www.jennyfermorart.com/

    Sara Breinlinger https://www.sarabreinlinger.com/

    The Sensationalists on iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/m001cbst/sensationalists-the-bad-girls-and-boys-of-british-art

    Crossfire on iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/m001c9gh/crossfire

    Find Alice and Louise at:

    www.alicesheridan.com 

    www.louisefletcherart.com

    Follow us on Instagram:

    @alicesheridanstudio

    @louisefletcher_art

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

    • 43 min
    The Blank Canvas: Starting New Work [178]

    The Blank Canvas: Starting New Work [178]

    This week, Louise is joined by best-selling novelist (and good friend) Jonathan Hall, who writes under the name JM Hall. Louise is making a start on a new series of abstract paintings and Jonathan is beginning his third novel. In this conversation, we explore the challenges of starting again, or perhaps it's more a case of building on what went before? After all, Jonathan is writing about the same characters and Louise is bringing in elements of previous work, so are we ever really starting with a blank canvas? As we chat, we uncover many similarities between writing and painting, share our thoughts on imposter syndrome, discuss the value of taking creative detours, and agree on the importance of an underlying message or theme to our work. Sometimes it helps to step back and see our situation in a whole new light and we hope this comparison with writing makes that possible for you. 

    Mentioned

    Find Jonathan on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jm_hall_writer/

    Jonathan's first novel: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B09F5N8FR8/

    Jonathan's Radio 4 Play 'Trust:' https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000mb2k

    Find Alice and Louise at:

    www.alicesheridan.com 

    www.louisefletcherart.com

    Follow us on Instagram:

    @alicesheridanstudio

    @louisefletcher_art

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

    • 48 min
    The Final Countdown [177]

    The Final Countdown [177]

    Welcome back! You'll notice it's been a longer break than we anticipated and today we are spilling the beans and talking about making decisions in your art life to suit you ... and why it's OK to want something that is different to the things other people want or expect from you. 

    This was not the episode we were expecting to record today but we hope it encourages you that there is always a way through to finding the fun AND the freedom in what you do...

    Mentioned

    Get your free Human Design chart here:  https://www.ihdschool.com/get-your-chart



    Find our websites and sign up for our newsletters at:

    www.alicesheridan.com 

    www.louisefletcherart.com

    Follow us on Instagram:

    @alicesheridanstudio

    @louisefletcher_art

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

    • 43 min
    Are you Tired of Social Media? [176]

    Are you Tired of Social Media? [176]

    Recently we've noticed a trend among the artists we know online; there seem to be more and more complaints about social media. Some artists have left Facebook on principle, many are disillusioned with Instagram's shift to bite-sized video content, and most of us haven't even tried Tik Tok. The dissatisfaction runs the gamut - if you have used social media for years, you might be finding it less effective than before. And if you are only just starting online, you might be struggling against the algorithm, and wondering how anyone ever built up a sizeable following. But have we lost our perspective? Social media platforms still allow us to share our art with the world, completely free of charge and surely that has greatly levelled the playing field for contemporary artists? As you may be able to tell, we have more questions than answers, -and we may have done a bit more moaning than usual - but we hope our discussion offers food for thought in an ever-changing world.

    This is our last episode for a month, as we'll be taking a short break. Do make sure you are subscribed so you don't miss us when we return.

    Mentioned

    The Wittering Whitehalls podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-wittering-whitehalls/id1630153508

    The Muse https://www.amazon.co.uk/Muse-Jessie-Burton/dp/1447250974/

    Night Music https://www.amazon.co.uk/Night-Music-Jojo-Moyes/dp/0340895969/

    The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Casebook-Victor-Frankenstein-Peter-Ackroyd/dp/0701182954

    Find our websites and sign up for our newsletters at:

    www.alicesheridan.com 

    www.louisefletcherart.com

    Follow us on Instagram:

    @alicesheridanstudio

    @louisefletcher_art

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

    • 50 min
    Creative Exploration with Jane Davies [175]

    Creative Exploration with Jane Davies [175]

    This week Louise is joined by American artist Jane Davies for a wide-ranging conversation around the topic of exploration. Jane is a true explorer, always experimenting and seeking new ways to access her creative instincts, resulting in fresh and exciting work that never stands still.  In this candid conversation, we discuss the role of intuition and the value of constant experimentation but we also admit to going off track sometimes and getting stuck in conventional ways of thinking or working. This isn't just a philosophical conversation - we also share some of our own ways of getting unstuck, including two different very practical collage exercises. If you are feeling stuck or bored, we hope this lively conversation helps you to shake things up again - after all, what's the worst that could happen!? 

    Mentioned

    Jane Davies website https://www.janedaviesstudios.com/

    Jane on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/janedaviesart/

    Jane on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/jdaviesVT

    Find our websites and sign up for our newsletters at:

    www.alicesheridan.com 

    www.louisefletcherart.com

    Follow us on Instagram:

    @alicesheridanstudio

    @louisefletcher_art

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

    • 1 hr
    Body Based guidance with Tamsin Crimmens [174]

    Body Based guidance with Tamsin Crimmens [174]

    Making art is demanding. It's a creative and personal challenge and ultimately deeply personal. Today Alice talks to somatic coach Tamsin Crimmens about recognising ways our bodies show us things may not always be right... anxiety, frustration, procrastinating - all can be signs to listen...

    When we're not trying to escape the moment, but BE with it, this is where we build our capacity.

    In this episode we talk about how to be more present so that instead of bouncing between different states of stress we can turn towards ourselves more deeply ... that can only be good for any artist!

    Mentioned

    Follow Tamsin on Instagram @tamsincrimmens

    Grab your gifted Creatrix Activation here: https://www.tamsincrimmens.co.uk/freebies

    www.tamsincrimmens.co.uk



    Find our websites and sign up for our newsletters at:

    www.alicesheridan.com 

    www.louisefletcherart.com

    Follow us on Instagram:

    @alicesheridanstudio

    @louisefletcher_art

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

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
285 Ratings

285 Ratings

Judeaskey ,

Episode with Jonathan Hall

Brilliant! Listen to this over 5 times while painting in my studio. So many life lessons and such wise words. I’ve not sold much lately and I feel the freedom of being able to paint what I like not dancing to another tune. I realising that maybe the gallery I am in is not rejecting me just I’m not right for the project! So warming to hear that from others. Thanks so much.

clemfuzzball ,

Alternative careers

As I said in February, Louise is now getting into portraits this is SO echoing her short career in ‘Painting Cows’. 😝🤪🤣🤣

Amanda Pickles ,

Ep 155

Thankyou so much for all this juicy information about how to talk about your art. Two different personalities, giving their ideas on this subject is very helpful. It has come at an opportune time for me and anyone else taking part in a show, fair or open studio event.
I am going to practice on my cat, Sandrew (yes, that is correct).

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