167 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

    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 275 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.

    Stretchy Goals or Easy Life? [166]

    Stretchy Goals or Easy Life? [166]

    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

    Get the Time to Shine Early Bird rate here: https://www.soulrocketstudio.com/shine

    Find out about Alice's Connected Artist membership here: https://alicesheridan.com/artists/

    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/

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    www.alicesheridan.com 

    www.louisefletcherart.com

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    @louisefletcher_art

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

    • 47 min
    How to Gain Confidence in Your Art (and Your Life) [165]

    How to Gain Confidence in Your Art (and Your Life) [165]

    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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    www.alicesheridan.com 

    www.louisefletcherart.com

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    @louisefletcher_art

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

    • 52 min
    The Truth about Becoming an Artist [164]

    The Truth about Becoming an Artist [164]

    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! 

    Mentioned 

    Louise's free course https://www.louisefletchercourses.com/wait-list-fyj-2022

    Alice's new work https://alicesheridan.com/duality/ 

    The 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/

     Ira Glass the Gap https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91FQKciKfHI 

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

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Surprising Power of Ideas that Make No Sense [163]

    The Surprising Power of Ideas that Make No Sense [163]

    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

    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

    • 55 min
    Are You in Too Much of a Hurry? [162]

    Are You in Too Much of a Hurry? [162]

    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: https://www.soulrocketstudio.com/shine

    Louise's interview on Learning to Paint https://www.learntopaintpodcast.com/podcast/episode48

    Even The Rich podcast - Elizabeth Taylor https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/life-loves-elizabeth-taylor-we-will-have-no-more-marriages/id1500477470?i=1000530109907

    Ferne Cotton podcast with Will Young https://podcasts.apple.com/lv/podcast/will-young/id1353058891?i=1000556926241

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    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
    Living a Creative Life with Jonathan Hall [161]

    Living a Creative Life with Jonathan Hall [161]

    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/

    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

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
275 Ratings

275 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.

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).

Catherine Jennifer Designs ,

Insightful conversations

Just want to say thank you for this podcast, it is one of my favourites. Your recent episode, discussing how to talk about your art, was really interesting and articulated a lot of the discomfort I have felt in the past while either showing or looking at art. Now I have a new perspective on it. It struck me that there is so much that you *don’t* learn at art school, that only comes from experience, and I’m grateful for honest, generous discussions like yours that fill a lot of gaps. Please keep ‘em coming!

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