A podcast about how to identify and overcome your creative roadblocks with artist and coach, Christine Garvey. Each episode will include concepts you can apply in your creative practice to move through "ruts" and get excited to make your work again.
Should I Keep Going? with BETH PICKENS
Today on the podcast we have BETH PICKENS, the author of Make Your Art No Matter What: Moving Beyond Creative Hurdles (Chronicle Books, 2021). Beth is a Los Angeles-based consultant for artists and arts organizations. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri. Since 2010, she has provided career consultation, grant writing, fundraising, and financial, project, and strategic planning services for artists and arts organizations throughout the U.S. She team-teaches an entrepreneurship course at the California Institute of the Arts School of Theater and teaches workshops at universities, companies, and art spaces throughout the country.
In this episode we talk about a range of things that impact artists: the inner critic, isolation, time, money, social media, and that big looming question - Should I keep going? Listen in if you need a little creative pep talk from Beth.
You can purchase Beth's new book here: https://beth-pickens.chroniclebooks.com/
You can find out more about her work here: https://www.bethpickens.com/
Making Your Workspace Work for You.
Where you work, whether it be in a studio or a sketchbook, is an important part of any creative practice. In this episode I'll talk about how to take the space available to you and create a work environment that enables your practice. I'll share all the WEIRD studio spaces I've had over the years, and how I've made these unconventional spaces (garages! laundry rooms! basements!) meet my needs. Check out some images of my past studios on the A Mighty Practice blog:
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Denying Your Creative Impulses.
What happens when we deny our creative impulses over and over again? When we don't let the work that wants to come through us, come through us? What are the consequences? In this episode I'll talk about what creative impulses are, what they can teach us, why we deny them, and how to start listening to them again.
I reference this great episode of the podcast: This Jungian Life, 120. Creativity: Drawing from the Inner Well.
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Live Coaching Call: The Inner Critic
In this episode I'll share student stories around the inner critic through one of our school's live coaching calls! During our school-wide coaching calls members review workshop content and get help with their roadblocks. On this call we'll hear from a few students who are struggling with perfectionism. You'll hear my practical advice on how to overcome this tricky roadblock with a sense of patience and purpose.
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How to Start Making Things (How to Play)
How do you start making things when you feel super blocked? How do you move from the idea phase (being in your head) to the action stage (expressing your ideas out in the world). The movement from ideas to action is what I call the "Play" stage. In this episode I'll talk about what the play stage is, what your play stage can look like, and how you know when your play stage is over and you're ready for what's next.
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Being a "real" artist.
I hear this all the time from my students and clients: "I'm not a real artist." This always leads me to ask: "What exactly is a REAL artist?" What do we mean when we say that? In this episode we'll talk about our core negative beliefs around what it means to be a "real" artist, and how those limiting thoughts are holding us back from building the creative lives we want to build.
So helpful in getting out of a rut!
I’m a lifelong artist but have often struggled to get out of my own way when it comes to my art practice and process. This podcast has been so helpful for me because it moves past the romantic notion of the endlessly inspired, prolific masterpiece-generating “artist,” and addresses so many of the real-life experiences and concerns of creative people. Christine’s knowledge and advice is obviously grounded in her own process of struggle, searching, discovery, and finally a synthesis of relevant research. Because she knows this process inside and out, her words really resonate with the struggling but determined artist in me!
super helpful insights and perspectives on how to identify and work thru the stories and behaviors that obstruct us from our creative flow state. i especially encourage you to listen if you don’t identify as an artist—the story that creativity is reserved for “creatives” is a script to flip. thank you christine!
From a musician
A Mighty Practice takes us through the paces of being a creative person. Real world experience and advice that you can only get from someone who has ran the gauntlet and summited the mountain. Christine is a brilliant artist and thoughtful person. This podcast isn’t just for visual artists, her advice transcends genre and everyone will learn from her sage advice.