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Art & Cocktails: Exploring the World of Contemporary Art, Creativity, Business, and Inspiration

Join host Ekaterina Popova, artist and founder of Create! Magazine, as she uncorks the vibrant and multifaceted world of contemporary art, creative entrepreneurship, mindset, and creativity one episode at a time. Welcome to "Art & Cocktails," a podcast where artists, creatives, dreamers, and artpreneurs gather to share their journeys and their art over their favorite drinks.

Building on the success of the "Create!" podcast, Ekaterina steers the artistic conversation towards more intimate, heart-to-heart discussions that fuel the spirit and inspire the artist's soul. Tune in for insightful, honest discussions with leading artists, curators, writers, coaches, leaders, and artpreneurs who not only share their journeys in the creative world but also enjoy a "fireside chat" over a glass of wine or a cup of tea. This podcast offers a rich blend of inspiration, art business insights, and the simple joy of sipping your favorite beverage while discussing what lights your heart on fire.
Pour your favorite drink into a beautiful cup, get comfy, and settle down for a session of "Art & Cocktails" each week. Let's celebrate the artist in all of us with a toast to creativity and the limitless possibilities it brings to our lives.

Art & Cocktails Ekaterina Popova

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    • 4.8 • 229 Ratings

Art & Cocktails: Exploring the World of Contemporary Art, Creativity, Business, and Inspiration

Join host Ekaterina Popova, artist and founder of Create! Magazine, as she uncorks the vibrant and multifaceted world of contemporary art, creative entrepreneurship, mindset, and creativity one episode at a time. Welcome to "Art & Cocktails," a podcast where artists, creatives, dreamers, and artpreneurs gather to share their journeys and their art over their favorite drinks.

Building on the success of the "Create!" podcast, Ekaterina steers the artistic conversation towards more intimate, heart-to-heart discussions that fuel the spirit and inspire the artist's soul. Tune in for insightful, honest discussions with leading artists, curators, writers, coaches, leaders, and artpreneurs who not only share their journeys in the creative world but also enjoy a "fireside chat" over a glass of wine or a cup of tea. This podcast offers a rich blend of inspiration, art business insights, and the simple joy of sipping your favorite beverage while discussing what lights your heart on fire.
Pour your favorite drink into a beautiful cup, get comfy, and settle down for a session of "Art & Cocktails" each week. Let's celebrate the artist in all of us with a toast to creativity and the limitless possibilities it brings to our lives.

    How to Become a Better Writer with Zafira Rajan: Infusing Personality, Sensory Storytelling, and Balancing Creativity & Business

    How to Become a Better Writer with Zafira Rajan: Infusing Personality, Sensory Storytelling, and Balancing Creativity & Business

    In this episode of Art & Cocktails, Kat interviews the talented Zafira Rajan, a seasoned copywriter and digital marketer with over a decade of experience supporting leading online entrepreneurs and course creators. Known for her personality-driven copy and sensory storytelling, Zafira has helped countless clients transform their marketing from "stiff and boring" to something that truly resonates and feels authentic.
     
    What We Discuss:
    Tips for Creatives to Become Better Writers: Simple yet powerful strategies to enhance your writing skills, whether it's for your art, business, or personal projects. Using Your Voice: How to authentically express yourself in your writing and connect deeply with your audience. Reconnecting with Reading and Writing: The importance of reading for writers and how it can inspire and improve your writing practice. Personality-Driven Copy: Infusing your words with your unique personality to create engaging and relatable content. Sensory Storytelling: Techniques to make your stories come alive, creating a full-body experience for your readers. Balancing Creativity and Business: Navigating the challenges of being a creative entrepreneur and maintaining your artistic voice while achieving business success.  
    Free Resources:
    Design Your Custom Writing Ritual: Does sitting down to write feel more like a chore than a joy? In this mini-journal, Zafira guides you towards uncovering a writing ritual that gets you "in the zone," excited and inspired... So that you can create a nourishing writing practice that truly feels good! Access the resource at zafirarajan.com/writing-ritual.  
    Join Zafira's Membership:
    The Tide Pool: A creative writing membership where you can practice writing in real-time, receive prompts to keep you inspired, and gain tips and book recommendations. Find out more at tidepool.zafirarajan.com.  
    Connect with Zafira Rajan:
    Website: zafirarajan.com Instagram: instagram.com/zafira.rajan Substack: zafirarajan.substack.com  
    Tune in to discover how you can elevate your writing, engage your audience, and balance your creative and business endeavors with expert insights from Zafira Rajan. Enjoy the episode!
     
    https://www.createmagazine.com
     

    • 28 min
    Behind The Scenes of Running an Indie Art Magazine and Platform

    Behind The Scenes of Running an Indie Art Magazine and Platform

    Welcome to a new episode of Art & Cocktails. I’m your host, Ekaterina Popova, and today we're celebrating a significant milestone—our eight-year anniversary of running an indie artist-run magazine and platform, Create! Magazine.
    In this episode, I'll take you behind the scenes and share the journey, challenges, and triumphs of running an indie magazine dedicated to supporting contemporary emerging and established artists. We'll explore the logistical and creative aspects of producing each issue, from the initial concept and call for art to the final layout and distribution.
    Highlights:
    Introduction: Celebrating the eight-year anniversary of Create Magazine and reflecting on the journey from its inception as Fresh Paint to its rebranding and growth. Challenges: Discussing the challenges of running a print magazine in a digital age, including fluctuating paper prices, adapting to new technologies, and navigating the impacts of COVID-19. Sustainability: How we’ve managed to create a sustainable pace by balancing creative passion with practical business strategies, and why it’s essential to avoid comparing ourselves to larger, well-funded organizations. Curating and Publishing: The process of curating artists' work, collaborating with guest curators, and the meticulous steps involved in editing, designing, and promoting each issue. Community Support: The importance of community support, both from our team and from the artists and readers who make it possible to continue this work. Celebrating the connections and opportunities created through our platform, including artists being discovered by curators and gaining solo shows. Financial Insights: Lessons learned about managing finances, investing wisely, and the significance of community-driven growth over flashy investments. Call for Art: Announcing the open call for our special anniversary issue, inviting all artists to submit their work by July 30, 2024. This issue will be curated by our team, including myself, Alicia, and Christina. Key Takeaways:
    Building an indie magazine requires passion, resilience, and a strong support system. Sustainable growth comes from balancing creative projects with practical business strategies. Community and collaboration are at the heart of creating meaningful opportunities for artists. Financial management is crucial for maintaining and growing an independent platform. Links & Resources:
    Submit Your Work for the Anniversary Issue Follow Ekaterina Popova on Instagram Create Magazine Support & Reviews:
    If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes and share it with your friends. Your support helps us reach more artists and continue providing valuable content.
    Thank you for being part of our journey. We appreciate your support and look forward to many more years of celebrating art and creativity together!

    • 26 min
    Making Art Education Accessible, Navigating Economic Insecurity, and Embracing Creativity in Business with Sari Shryack (Not Sorry Art)

    Making Art Education Accessible, Navigating Economic Insecurity, and Embracing Creativity in Business with Sari Shryack (Not Sorry Art)

    In this episode of Art & Cocktails, host Ekaterina Popova (Kat) welcomes back Sari Shryack, known as @not_sorry_art on Instagram. Sari shares her journey and insights from her new book, Modern Still Life From Fruit Bowls to Disco Balls. They discuss the importance of making art education accessible, growing up below the poverty line and choosing to pursue an art career, overcoming creative challenges, and finding inspiration in the everyday.
     
    Highlights:
    Sari’s New Book: Discussion on Modern Still Life From Fruit Bowls to Disco Balls, an instructional guide designed for artists of all levels. Journey to Publication: Insights into how Sari's book came to be, emphasizing patience, kindness, and continuous learning. The Value of Art Education: Addressing misconceptions about artistic talent and the importance of making art education accessible. Overcoming Challenges and Staying Motivated: Tips on maintaining self-respect, pushing through "ugly paintings," and staying consistent. Managing Multiple Interests: Strategies for balancing various creative interests while maintaining a consistent art practice. Navigating Economic Insecurity: Personal stories of overcoming economic hardships and pursuing a career in the arts. Encouraging Self-Belief and Continuous Learning: The importance of self-belief, continuous learning, and creativity in the business side of art.  
    Links Mentioned:
    Create Magazine Open Call: Submit Your Work  Sari Shryack’s Book on Amazon Sari’s Online Art School Spain Retreat Information  
    Follow Sari Shryack:
    Instagram: @not_sorry_art Website: Not Sorry Art  
    Follow Ekaterina Popova:
    Instagram: @katerinaspopova Website: Create! Magazine

    • 32 min
    Infusing Your Art and Business with Spirituality and Intuition with Marina Press Granger

    Infusing Your Art and Business with Spirituality and Intuition with Marina Press Granger

    In this conversation, host Ekaterina Popova chats with Marina Press Granger, about the powerful blend of spirituality, intuition, and business. Marina shares how artists can build an unshakable sense of self-worth and lean into their spiritual gifts to navigate their careers with confidence, no matter the external circumstances.
    Episode Highlights: Meet Marina Press Granger: Get to know Marina's inspiring journey from working in New York City's museums and galleries to becoming a certified Reiki master and spiritual guide. Deep Dive into Spirituality: Learn how Marina integrates spirituality into her coaching and programs, helping artists tap into their intuition and overcome limiting beliefs. Raw Stories & Spiritual Awakening: Ekaterina and Marina share personal stories from their post-Soviet childhoods, highlighting the significant role of spirituality in their lives. Tips for Artists: Gain practical advice on connecting with your intuition and incorporating spirituality into your creative processes. Breathwork & Mindset: Discover the transformative power of the box breath technique and mindset shifts to help manage stress and manifest your goals. Navigating the Art World: Insightful discussions on how the internet and social media are empowering artists to take control of their careers. Key Takeaways: Spiritual Growth: Embrace spiritual practices to build courage and resilience. Practical Spirituality: Simple techniques like the box breath can help regulate your nervous system and unlock your creativity. Power Shift: The internet has democratized the art world, offering artists more opportunities to showcase their work independently. Manifestation: Cultivate a mindset of neutrality and openness to attract the opportunities you desire without the pressure of neediness. Sponsor Shoutout: A big thank you to our sponsor, Create! Magazine. If you’re interested in getting access to our digital archive and upcoming issues, consinder supporting independent artist-run publishing by becoming a digital subscriber at createmagazine.com/subscribe and save 20% with the code NEWREADER.
    Connect with Marina: Instagram: instagram.com/the_artist_advisory Website: theartistadvisory.com Podcast: theartistadvisory.com/podcast Join Marina's Free Training: Marina is hosting a three-day live training on how to get into galleries that don’t accept submissions. Learn what galleries are looking for, how to show them, and how to get out of your own way to achieve your creative goals. Sign up at theartistadvisory.myflodesk.com for the training on July 10, 11, and 12.
    Listen & Subscribe: Tune in to this enriching conversation and subscribe to Art & Cocktails on your favorite podcast platform for more inspiring episodes.
     
    Enjoyed this episode? Leave a review and share it with fellow artists and creatives who would benefit from these valuable insights.
    Listen to Marina's podcast, The Artist Advisory Hotline: theartistadvisory.com/podcast.
    Follow Marina on Instagram: instagram.com/the_artist_advisory.
    Learn more at: theartistadvisory.com.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    10 Reasons I Became an Entrepreneur: Reflections on Becoming Self-Employed

    10 Reasons I Became an Entrepreneur: Reflections on Becoming Self-Employed

    Welcome to a solo episode with your host, Kat! In this heartfelt episode, Ekaterina Popova shares her journey as an artist and entrepreneur, reflecting on the reasons that led her to embrace self-employment. Whether you're a creative considering entrepreneurship or curious about the path, this episode is for you.
     
    Episode Highlights:
    Kat’s sabbatical and healing from burnout. The unexpected journey to becoming a business owner. Balancing art and business during tough times. The importance of trust and resourcefulness in entrepreneurship. Kat’s story of moving from low-paying jobs to self-employment. Inspirational figures and resources that helped Kat.  
    Ten reasons why Kat values being an entrepreneur
     
    Not Fitting In: Creating her own path. Valuing Freedom: Time freedom and flexible schedules. Inspired by Trailblazers: Motivational figures and resources. The Thrill of Creating: Launching new projects. Adrenaline Rush: Overcoming business challenges. Choosing Peace: Prioritizing personal well-being. Building Relationships: Connecting with communities. New Opportunities: Viewing every day as a fresh start. Lifelong Learning: Embracing continuous growth. Making an Impact: Contributing positively to the world.  
    Resources Mentioned:
    Emily Williams’ money mindset programs. Books like "Think and Grow Rich" and "You Are a Badass at Making Money." Marie Forleo’s B-School program. Kat’s new Substack for personal notes and daily doodles.  
    Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/katerinaspopova
    Substack: https://artandcocktails.substack.com
    www.createmagazine.com
    www.artqueens.co
     

    • 30 min
    Navigating the Slower Art Market: Grit, Resilience, and Honest Creativity with Tania Marmolejo

    Navigating the Slower Art Market: Grit, Resilience, and Honest Creativity with Tania Marmolejo

    Join host Ekaterina Popova in an uplifting and motivating conversation with her dear friend, Tania Marmolejo, a Dominican Swedish American artist known for strong and moving female expressions in her paintings. In this episode, Tania shares her insights on navigating the current slow art market, finding resilience amidst global uncertainties, and leaning into one's artistic voice.
     
    Discover practical tips for artists on maintaining creativity, adapting to changes, and preparing for future success despite economic challenges. This episode is a beacon of hope and encouragement for artists feeling the pressure of slow sales and market uncertainties. Tune in for an inspiring chat about perseverance, creativity, and the evolving art world.
     
    Episode Highlights:
    Current Market Challenges: Discussing the impact of global events on the art market and how artists can navigate slow sales and economic uncertainties without giving in to fear. Resilience and Creativity: Tania offers a new perspective on staying true to one’s artistic voice, preparing for future success, and using this time to develop new and surprising work for collectors. Practical Advice: Tips on maintaining productivity, creating without the pressure of deadlines, and continuing to grow and evolve as an artist. Red Flags in the Art World: Insights on what artists should look out for when approached by higher-level galleries and maintaining the integrity of their voice. The Importance of Artist Support Groups: The value of communities like Art Queens for sharing ideas, supporting each other, and navigating tough times together. Personal Reflections: Tania and Kat reflect on their own experiences, the ebb and flow of the market, and staying optimistic about the future of the art world.  
    Sponsor: Create! Magazine - A contemporary print and digital publication highlighting emerging contemporary artists from around the world. Become a subscriber at createmagazine.com/subscribe and use code 'newreader' to save 20% off digital subscriptions.
     
    Follow Tania Marmolejo:
    Instagram: @tanitam Website: www.taniamarmolejo.com  
    Stay Connected with Kat:
    Substack: Art & Cocktails Substack Instagram: @katerinapopova Create! Magazine: @createmagazine  
    Thank you for joining us! Don't forget to subscribe and leave some love in a review for the podcast to help us continue sharing these insightful conversations. See you in the next episode!

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
229 Ratings

229 Ratings

livandluna ,

Ekaterina is brilliant 🌟

This podcast is such a treasure trove of inspiration, information, and advice from an incredibly gifted and generous soul. Kat is a thought leader in the art world and a savvy businesswoman to boot. You will learn so much from her strategic insight - highly recommend.

ArtistMusicSoul ,

Wonderful show

I love this podcast . Kat does a wonderful job with her interviews, advice, and humor. Keep it up ❤️

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Love this podcast!

I listen to this all the time. Kat is amazing, the episodes are incredible. Thanks for all you share!

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