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Artists Valerie Allen and Armin Mersmann invite you to join them in their studio discussions about art and the creative process. Each artist brings a unique perspective to the podcast. Valerie, an abstract painter and Armin, a draughtsman working in realism compare and contrast topics on art that will help guide artists as they climb the ladders of art one rung at a time.

Art Ladders: The Creative Climb Valerie Allen and Armin Mersmann

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Artists Valerie Allen and Armin Mersmann invite you to join them in their studio discussions about art and the creative process. Each artist brings a unique perspective to the podcast. Valerie, an abstract painter and Armin, a draughtsman working in realism compare and contrast topics on art that will help guide artists as they climb the ladders of art one rung at a time.

    Episode 76: The Power of Art through Communication with artist Trung Cao

    Episode 76: The Power of Art through Communication with artist Trung Cao

    Val here, and I had the distinct pleasure of reuniting Armin with his artist friend, Trung Cao. Trung and Armin met in the day of conversation boards specializing in art. Now these conversational threads have reinvented themselves. as groups on Facebook or other social media platforms. Who knew after all those years we would have a wonderful opportunity to interview Trung.

    Trung lives and creates his artwork in the Bay Area of California. He specialize in oil and graphite and is inspired by the grandeur of nature and the complexity of man. Being a refugee who dealt with a traumatic immigration at a young age to the United States from Vietnam, he tells us that his art often takes the theme from the classical story form, "A Hero's Journey". Imagination, attention to details, and respect for representative realism shape his artistic aesthetic. He works in portraiture, wildlife, fantasy art, and landscapes.

    As a professional artist who also has a scientific career, he can pick and choose his artistic projects with freedom. He touches on the fact that artists who have jobs that support day to day living should really have gratitude for that income. It gives artists time to concentrate on their individual passions without having to sell out.

    Trung is also passionate about art nonprofits and serves on the board as Vice President of Blue Lines Art in Roseville, California. You will hear Trung, talk about the importance of artists establishing relationships with others through their art and also their participation and sharing of their skills with art nonprofits. Children in particular have so much to gain by adding art into their lives.

    Enjoy this episode! We are honored that Trung spent time with us and truly appreciate his candor and generous spirit in explaining what it means to be an artist in this day and age. Looking forward to keeping up with you, Trung, and happy we could reconnect.

    Trung's Website

    Trung's Instagram Page

    Blue Lines Art

    Anna Lemke, author of Dopamine Nation

    Trung's interview on the Audible River Podcast

    • 57 min
    Episode 75: The Anatomy of an Artwork

    Episode 75: The Anatomy of an Artwork

    We had a lovely conversation today on the making of art. Each of us has our own process with specific tools and art materials and in this episode we share them with you, our audience. Even if you are not an artist, you may find insights into the creative practice that fires up your imagination to see things in a different light.

    This episode is dedicated to visual artist and fine art framing designer, Marilyn Darlene Madden, 1939-2019. She was a designer at Good's of Evanston and worked with Armin. She had exquisite taste in art and design. As a frame designer, her aesthetic was elegant sophistication.

    Over the next couple of days I will add links to the supplies we use but for now, I wanted to get this episode up and running for listening. You can always direct message Art Ladders on Facebook or Instagram.

    Links:

    Art Ladders on Instagram

    Art Ladders on Facebook

    Our Sponsors: Golden Apple Studio and Residency

    Image Transfer Method with Matte Medium by Melanie Matthews on YouTube

    Pentel Graph Gear 1000 Mechanical Pencil used by Armin

    • 1 hr
    Episode 74: Conversation with Visual Artist Rebecca Crowell

    Episode 74: Conversation with Visual Artist Rebecca Crowell

    We are so happy to have artist Rebecca Crowell as a guest on our podcast. She is well known in the world of painting and contemporary abstraction. Her portfolio of paintings in oil and cold wax are a visual feast of atmospheric color, profound depth, and the sense that the works are living and breathing.

    Rebecca with co-author, Jerry McLaughlin, wrote the book : Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts, and Conversations. This book has become the "go-to" for artists around the world to delve deeper into the process of using cold wax as a medium for painting.

    In this podcast, you will hear more about the early college years and how Rebecca kept art alive in her life while raising a family, traveling the world painting and teaching, and maintaining a robust studio art practice. Lessons learned along the way are shared and the persistence to art certainly paved the way for her career to date.

    Here is a beautiful quote from Rebecca on her website, “ I paint in response to ancient and rugged places that I love, interpreting them intuitively, abstractly, through memory and emotion.”

    Rebecca's next exhibit, In Place: Recent Paintings, will open July 2, 2024 at Slate Gray Gallery in Telluride.

    To learn more about Rebecca follow the links in the show notes to her website, her podcast, The Messy Studio, and Instagram.

    Rebecca Crowell Website

    The Messy Studio Podcast

    Rebecca's Instagram

    Rebecca's Facebook

    Slate Gray Gallery

    • 58 min
    Episode 73: Learning More About iPhoneography

    Episode 73: Learning More About iPhoneography

    Welcome to the panel discussion with seven members of the Great Lakes iPhoneography Group better known as GLIG. It is a rare time when we can have so many artists gather together for a discussion on their art. Thank you to speakers Cindy Bancroft, Nancy Brooks-Siebert, Julie Close, Steven Parkhurt, Elizabeth Sullivan, and Janis Taylor. Also thank you to artists Gaylene LeVally and Carol Whitney for being a part of this group.

    During the discussion we find out more about the process of iPhoneography, the learning curve in becoming accomplished in the medium, and ways to find inspiration and concept.

    If you would like to take a class in iPhonegraphy, follow Art Ladders: The Creative Climb on Facebook to hear announcement on the upcoming online iPhone Class which will meet monthly during the summer months.

    The Great Lakes iPhoneography Group Exhibit can be seen at Creative 360 at 5501 Jefferson in Midland, MI. Their hours are 9am - 5pm Monday thru Friday. Call with any questions: 989-837-1885.

    Show Notes

    Facebook Great Lakes iPhoneography Group

    Creative 360 iPhoneography Exhibit

    • 1 hr
    Episode 72: The Audaciously Creative Amy Keever

    Episode 72: The Audaciously Creative Amy Keever

    I met Amy Keever at the wonderful ADC Fine Art Gallery in Cincinnati. We were both attending the 2023 Art Summit led by our past podcast guest Litsa Spanos and her sister, Sylvia Rombis. She walked in with the most wonderful hot pink pom-pom earrings and white artist smock and I, of course had to comment. That's all it took for us to hang out for 3 days before the Art Comes Alive Gala. Amy ended up winning Best of Show for that exhibit with her unique style. What a night.

    Here is more about Amy in her own words:

    "As long as I can remember I have had a passion for artistic expression and love the idea of challenging mediums in ways they aren't exactly created to be used- I love the play of hard and soft , like choosing to manipulate concrete to have a tenderness and elegance, painting in oils to give a work translucency and welding my sculptures that are actually quite strong to have a sense of delicacy. Somehow intuitively, I have chosen to embrace the road less traveled in both the way I think and the creative choices I make on a daily basis. I love to educate young artists on how I work as I don't think its typically a process they've seen before and have mentored young adults for many years now through teaching them an artform or giving them a chance to exhibit in a professional setting and experiencing all parts of being an artist."

    Amy is launching a new podcast called "Creatively Audacious" in May with the mission to spread kindness and happiness. She is definitely an #artistshelpingartists person.

    She also has a feature in the international "Where Women Create" magazine releasing on April 30th. Be sure to check it out.

    Enjoy Episode 72 and our time with Amy!

    Show Notes

    Amy's Website

    Amy's Instagram

    Where Women Create Magazine Website

    Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, AK

    • 53 min
    Episode 71: The Ebb and Flow of Passion in Your Art Life.

    Episode 71: The Ebb and Flow of Passion in Your Art Life.

    Passion can be elusive and it is always a good thing to consider how you can find your muse when times seem rough or even dull. Armin and Val approach art making as a relationship that needs to be cultivated and held in esteem. Let us know how you keep passion alive in the studio.

    Show Notes:

    Valerie Allen Art

    Armin Mersmann

    Workshops for the Summer:

    Armin at Atelier in April now 20% off until April 12.

    Valerie at Grosse Pointe Artists Association for a two-day Print-a-thon.

    Creative 360 Experimental Drawing Workshop with Val and Armin

    • 40 min

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