6 episodes

We don’t always know where exactly our creative path will take us. Thankfully there are clues, breadcrumbs that we can glean from others who share this journey. Each week Nicholas Wilton, artist and founder of Art2Life, will be sharing stories, insights, and inspiring talks with creatives from all walks of life from painters, writers, filmmakers, thought leaders, and all those just super passionate about sharing their wisdom of self-discovery. So whether you are new to art, an established artist, or just creatively curious, this podcast is a weekly invitation to discern, discover, and then dive deeper into what brings you alive.

Art2Life Nicholas Wilton

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 79 Ratings

We don’t always know where exactly our creative path will take us. Thankfully there are clues, breadcrumbs that we can glean from others who share this journey. Each week Nicholas Wilton, artist and founder of Art2Life, will be sharing stories, insights, and inspiring talks with creatives from all walks of life from painters, writers, filmmakers, thought leaders, and all those just super passionate about sharing their wisdom of self-discovery. So whether you are new to art, an established artist, or just creatively curious, this podcast is a weekly invitation to discern, discover, and then dive deeper into what brings you alive.

    The Creative Big Leap - Gay Hendricks

    The Creative Big Leap - Gay Hendricks

    I’m always interested in what I call “up-leveling” my art. Also my life. But behind that statement is the assumption that it’s possible. So we do well to ask, “How do we do it? How do you go from doing something that’s pretty good or even excellent and take it to an amazingly higher place?” The answer to those questions is what I’m after in this amazing conversation with who I think of as the guru of upleveling. 
    My guest on this episode is Gay Hendricks. Gay, along with his partner is Katie, help people open to more creativity, love, and vitality through the power of conscious relationship and whole-person learning. They have authored over 40 books on the subject, appeared on Oprah and have taught seminars all over the globe for nearly 40 years.

    Gay describes this “upleveling” as a “transition.” I didn’t even know it was a transition, or that it was possible. But I had the sense that there could be a way to move what I was doing to a better, higher place where creativity flowed, free of constraints. What I learned from reading Gay’s book, “The Big Leap” is that even if you are operating in the zone of excellence in any area, it is possible to move on to the zone of genius. But it requires pushing through fear, pain, ego, and more, if you are going to reach the place of creative flow.
    The concepts we discuss in this episode are powerful. It’s the kind of learning that wakes you up in the middle of the night. It wakes you up to the startling realization that your art and of course your life too can get better. Much better. Join me today in conversation with Gay, as we begin to uncover a sense of what is possible in our art and life. 


    Listen if you are interested in...
    Gay’s thoughts about creativity and how wonder is an integral part of it [3:00]
    Why fear is the gateway we have to go through in order to get to the “good stuff” [9:30]
    How you can spend 10 minutes a day to “occupy this present place” [18:49]
    The innate ability we all have to be inspired and therefore creative [23:03]
    Life itself is the art we must learn to create [28:27]
    Why we have our greatest opportunity when ego leaves the room [31:57]
    Looking for the ways you are trying to control the uncontrollable [41:18]
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    • 48 min
    The Art of Trees, with Adam Wolpert - Ep 5

    The Art of Trees, with Adam Wolpert - Ep 5

    Today I'm excited for you to meet an extraordinary artist from Sonoma County, California. His name is Adam Wolpert. For quite a few years, Adam has been involved in painting the local landscape, but lately, which caught my attention, his art shifted. Not only did it become bigger, but it became simpler. Now it is mostly just about trees. 
    Every time his work takes a quantum leap forward, I am always excited to catch up with him to learn why. What just happened? How is it possible these paintings have become so so powerful? 
    At first blush, if you are just listening, the subject seems fairly straight up but not once you see these paintings. They have been realized from countless hours standing beneath trees, paying attention, listening, thinking, and quietly observing. So it turns out; trees have a lot to teach us about art, resiliency, and life.
    Join me as Adam shares all he is learning and discovering in the pursuit of his remarkable tree paintings.
    Listen if you are interested in... My good friend, Adam Wolpert, and his recent focus on trees [0:05] Adam’s path, from college to his present interests and work [2:16] How inquiry has played a part of Adam’s practice of art [8:47] The way in which Adam’s work uses the power of perspective and space [11:41] Using deep observation to create a new series of tree paintings [23:32] How Adam’s paintings honor the subjects he’s representing [35:29] Contemplation of the universal dimensions of the work Adam creates [40:12] Resources & People Mentioned Adam’s mentor/teacher, Ciel Bergman: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/santafenewmexican/name/ciel-bergman-obituary?pid=183725239  Erickson Fine Art in Healdsburg, CA - https://www.ericksonfineartgallery.com/ - Adam’s will exhibit there the Spring of 2022 The SFMOMA Gallery - https://www.sfmoma.org/exhibitions/ - in San Francisco Connect with Adam Wolpert Adam’s website: www.adamwolpert.com Adam on Instagram: @Adam_Wolpert - https://www.instagram.com/adam_wolpert/ Connect with Nicholas Wilton Like on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/art2lifeworld Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nicholaswilton?lang=en Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/art2life_world/?hl=en Subscribe on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe8dJWKgPKkW4W3fsb1vLeg Follow on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/art2life_world/_created/ Join the Art2Life Artists' List and get the Sunday vlog here

    • 48 min
    A breath away - Lorraine Weiss, Ep 4

    A breath away - Lorraine Weiss, Ep 4

    I've had many wise and influential teachers throughout my life who have helped me see past obstacles blocking my progress, not just in my art but also in my life. My guest today is Lorraine Weiss. She is an artist and musician but also a gifted healer and spiritual coach. Lorraine has a remarkable ability to see the complexities of life in much simpler ways. She has helped shift my thinking and see in new ways, which almost immediately returned a sense of joy and spaciousness to my life. Staying present, open without expectation, and knowing and trusting your deepest self are some of the themes that swirl around her teachings. Her coaching was a game-changer for me and influenced my trajectory in my life and, remarkably, my art. Learning to be more present and connected to my intuition dramatically improved my art. So, how can we engage with our deepest selves more energetically? How do we better find our way by trusting and listening more to the soul and the artful creation of our lives? This question is what I want to explore more today in my conversation with Lorraine. Have a listen. It just might catalyze some powerful changes in your life and quite possibly your art too.
    Listen if you are interested in... How I met Lorraine Weiss and how she altered the trajectory of my life and art [0:30] The path Lorraine has walked to learn the concepts she shares [3:04] Spiritual lessons Lorraine learned and how they have impacted her life [7:38] My belief that our art is an artifact of the journey we are on, not the main point [13:35] Tying together the concepts of life force, love, and creative flow [19:35] Making the investments that impact the returns you receive [28:01] The faith and growth that happen along the creative path [35:01] How all of us can hold a space where others can learn these concepts [42:33] Connect with Lorraine Weiss Reach Lorraine via email: lorraineweiss@earthlink.net  Victory Contemporary Gallery: where Lorraine’s work is currently shown: https://victorycontemporary.com/earrings/#36 Connect with Nicholas Wilton Like on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/art2lifeworld  Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nicholaswilton?lang=en  Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/art2life_world/?hl=en  Subscribe on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe8dJWKgPKkW4W3fsb1vLeg  Follow on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/art2life_world/_created/ Join the Art2Life Artists' List and get the Sunday vlog here

    • 45 min
    Live like an artist with Austin Kleon - Ep 3

    Live like an artist with Austin Kleon - Ep 3

    I am super excited today to share this conversation I had with the writer, artist Austin Kleon. What I love is that Austin’s process of creation is as important as the art he happens to be making. The vibrant potency of what he makes, whether it’s his books, drawings, writings, or talks, has everything to do with his thinking and how he creates. Today we are diving into some of the most fundamental, valuable ideas of artmaking. Whether you’re just starting out or far along the creative path, this conversation will fire you up. It did me. We dive into sustaining the juice in your artmaking, delightful missteps, and how to keep curiosity and wonder at the forefront of your art and life.
    Austin is the New York Times bestselling author of a trilogy of illustrated books about creativity in the digital age: Steal Like An Artist, Show Your Work!, and Keep Going. He also has a superb blog where each week, he shares what he finds inspiring and moving. In addition, Austin speaks for organizations such as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist. In previous lives, he worked as a librarian, a web designer, and an advertising copywriter. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and sons.
    Join me in this fantastic conversation with Austin. He is a student of life and art, first and foremost, a fellow explorer who so generously reports back to us all he is learning in his beautifully simple quest to creatively do a little bit better than he did yesterday. He is truly finding his way as he goes, and today we get to go too.
    Listen if you are interested in... Learning from guest artist Austin Kleon [2:30]  Maintaining the momentum [4:00] Why you need a “Youth spy”[9:00] Working against limitations [15:00] Inviting chance and mistakes [20:00]  Intelligence in the body [31:00] Sharing in a sustainable way [37:00]  Executing your final product [45:00] Falling in love with your work [50:00] Don’t be your hero - be you [57:30]  Closing thoughts [59:00]  Resources and Links Mentioned www.austinkleon.com Steal Like An Artist, a book by Austin Kleon Show Your Work! a book by Austin Kleon Austin’s Newsletter John Waters  Pablo Picasso Richard Diebenkorn David Hockney Billy Collins Lynda Barry Amanda Palmer Connect with Nicholas Wilton Facebook: https://facebook.com/art2lifeworld/ 
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Becoming Alive

    Becoming Alive

    In this episode, I will share the single biggest realization, the most significant change agent that has occurred in my art and life. I stumbled upon this learning first out of desperation to help myself and my artmaking but soon realized that this idea was also helpful to others. It's a simple idea, but for me, changed everything. I call it "differences." It has become the foundational underpinning of my teaching and the spark that created Art2life. It turns out this approach can be learned and is a big part of what I have now taught to thousands of artists interested in finding their way towards their authentic, artistic expression.

    And I can say this approach, unequivocally works.

    It all circles around to developing the discernment and awareness to move towards what brings you alive in your art and life... So today, I will dive a little deeper into this essential, powerful approach hoping that this might move the needle in your art and life. Have a listen...
    Listen if you are interested in... My primary approach for helping artists improve their craft [2:00] Staying connected to what makes you feel alive [5:00]  Appreciating the differences [9:00]  Why contrast is so important [14:40]  When things start to fall flat [20:00] Closing thoughts [22:00]  Connect with Nicholas Wilton Nicholas@art2life.com
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    • 23 min
    Finding your way as you go - Ep 1

    Finding your way as you go - Ep 1

    I used to be concerned that I could rarely see where I wanted to go ahead of time. I would meticulously plan a trip or an art project only to discover halfway through that I actually didn't have all the necessary information or even the desire to continue. All the planning and best intentions rarely were enough to arrive at a destination reliably.
    At first, it was frustrating, but I realized this process isn't necessarily a bad thing over time.  "Finding your way as you go" is an amazing, wonderous way to create, not just art but life too.
    Please join me today as we take the first step towards more wonder, curiosity, and inspiration not just for our art but also for our life. This approach could change everything for you. It did me.
    Listen if you are interested in... How I was captured by a vision to go sailing [0:40]  Locating your “Center” [4:00]  Finding your way as you go [9:00]  Digging deep [14:00]  Connect with Nicholas Wilton Nicholas@art2life.com Like on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Instagram Subscribe on Youtube Follow on LinkedIn Follow on Pinterest Join the Art2Life Artists' List and get the Sunday vlog here
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    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

LaurieKwo ,

So excited for this!!!!

I’m a huge fan of Nicolas Wilton and Art2life. He is an amazing teacher and has a way of telling stories that never get’s old. The first few episodes have been great and I look forward to listening each week!

Where Love Creates Becky's Art ,

Gentle and Inspiring

I’m always touched straight to the heart by the gentle wisdom shared by the host of this podcast. He generously shares insights into what makes art-making a life- blessing wonder. Time spent listening to Nick makes me feel like I did in the art room in grammar school, where the paper made crinkly sounds and the paint smelled of joyful possibilities and the teacher just let me be a kid … exploring .

Thos7s ,

Premium art-making podcast

It seems that this where the Art2Life experience has been heading all along and I couldn’t be more pleased. This has immediately risen to the top of all the many art podcasts in my library

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