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All things practical, magical and real when it comes to being an artist. Conversations with working artists and deep-dives with your host, Devon Walz, serving up actionable advice and honest stories re: all things being a creative in today's world.

Art + Magic Devon Walz

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All things practical, magical and real when it comes to being an artist. Conversations with working artists and deep-dives with your host, Devon Walz, serving up actionable advice and honest stories re: all things being a creative in today's world.

    48. Art Prints: What to Consider, How to Make Them + Mistakes to Avoid

    48. Art Prints: What to Consider, How to Make Them + Mistakes to Avoid

    It's time for a super practical deep dive and today we're going all in on making prints of your work. Given the upcoming holiday season, I figured this was the perfect time to talk about this. Not to mention, I recently learned some big lessons about what can go wrong in the print making process that I hope ya'll can learn from.

    I talk about:

    -- Why prints may or may not do well in your business, and how to determine if you're 

    -- What to consider when deciding the on the details of your print offering

    -- The types of prints you can offer, and the pros and cons of each

    -- My print horror story and key mistakes to avoid when getting prints made



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    • 33 min
    How to Strengthen Your Work + Decide Where to Sell It | Artist Consultant, Pennylane Shen [REPLAY]

    How to Strengthen Your Work + Decide Where to Sell It | Artist Consultant, Pennylane Shen [REPLAY]

    As it's one of our most popular episodes to date (and a personal favorite), I wanted highlight this conversation with Pennylane Shen. It's also excellent compliment to the the Artwork Development Series that we just wrapped up (check out the past 3 episodes if you haven't yet). Much of what we've been discussing is distilled nicely in this interview, and as well as given a totally fresh perspective by Pennylane. If you've heard this one before, re-listening is a GREAT check-in to see how you're relating to her points and suggestions now v. then. If you're coming across this conversation for the first time-- you're in for a treat!

    We talked about…

    -- The two overarching factors that make for strong artwork and how to know if you’re hitting the marks

    --Navigating experimentation and incorporating just the right dose of it

    -- Why you need to bulk up the “meat and potatoes” of your work and ways to bring meaning and substance to the forefront of what you make

    -- How to overcome the insecurity of being self-taught

    -- The things to become aware of in your own self (or continued!) art education

    -- Determining which way of selling your work is right for you: self-representation v. working with a gallery


    BIO

    Pennylane Shen is an artist consultant, curator and educator. Since 2006, her company Dazed and Confucius has offered personalized consultations, group workshops and business development with regular seminars held worldwide. Artist consultants Pennylane and David advise over 1000 artists each year. With a variety of services catered to the fine artist, Dazed and Confucius has quickly become the "one-stop shop" for artists navigating the fine art industry.

    Pennylane holds a Master’s Degree in Visual Culture Theory from New York University and has lectured at various forums throughout Canada, the US and the UK. Her teaching experience includes Langara College and the NYC Crit Club. For more than a decade, Pennylane has worked in commercial galleries such as the Bau-Xi Gallery, the longest standing commercial gallery in Canada. In her hometown of Vancouver, BC Pennylane has curated for the Vancouver Mural Festival. An avid supporter of art and wellness, she sits on the board for the Vancouver General Hospital and UBC Foundation, collecting notable art pieces for hospital walls.



    UNIQUE: a Style Development Workshop Series is open for enrollment through 10/6. Learn more and sign up here.



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    47. Where to Focus if You Want to Make Stronger Work (Pt. 3 Artwork Development Series)

    47. Where to Focus if You Want to Make Stronger Work (Pt. 3 Artwork Development Series)

    For the final part in this series, we're looking at our work and taking some inventory. In this episode I break down five areas of our work and practice we can look at if we want to further develop our art and make it stronger. Some of these things may be obvious and some may not, but either way I find that a check-list analysis of our practice can be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to pushing our work forward, and ensuring that nothing is underdeveloped or overlooked.


    This is the third episode of the Artwork Development series. It's okay to listen out of order, but when you're done make sure you go back and listen to last week's episode, too!

    If you enjoyed this episode you'll dig my style development workshop series, UNIQUE, which is open for enrollment right now. Learn more here.

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    • 32 min
    46. 5 Things Blocking Your Voice [Pt. 2 Artwork Development Series]

    46. 5 Things Blocking Your Voice [Pt. 2 Artwork Development Series]

    While we can talk about all of the techniques for getting new ideas, ways to weed out our influences and different aspects of our work that might need attention, none of that will take us very far if we're being held up by any of these 5 blocks.

    Developing our work requires us to take risk, know ourselves well, and have the ability to show up day in and day out. Unfortunately, there are some common (yet, not always obvious reasons) why we might have a hard time doing that. In today's episode, I dig into the 5 main things that tend to stand between us and our best work and how you can address them.

    This is the second episode of the Artwork Development series. It's okay to listen out of order, but when you're done make sure you go back and listen to last week's episode, too!

    Get the 5 blocks email series for additional prompts and reflections that go with this episode here.


    If you enjoyed this episode you'll dig my style development workshop series, UNIQUE, which is open for enrollment right now. Learn more here.

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    • 31 min
    45. The 3 Stages of Style Development (Pt. 1 Artwork Development Series)

    45. The 3 Stages of Style Development (Pt. 1 Artwork Development Series)

    Today kicks off the first of a three part series all about Artwork Development. This is a vast and important topic and ultimately, I think, the core of what we should be focusing on as artists. In this episode I say more about what artwork development is and why it needs our attention, and dive into The 3 stages of Style Development. 

    Understanding the common points artists hit in their development allows us to identify where we're at in that cycle and take the next best steps for our work. I talk about feeling scattered, being overly influenced, feeling disconnected to our work and more-- as well as give you the behind-the-scenes story of my of style development.

    Stay tuned for part two, coming out next week!

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    • 33 min
    44. Breaking All the Rules | Sari Shryack of @not_sorry_art

    44. Breaking All the Rules | Sari Shryack of @not_sorry_art

    If you're on social media at all, you're probably familiar with the incredible Sari Shryack. Acrylic and oil painter based in Austin, Texas, Sari is known for her disco ball paintings, still lifes and embrace of color and nostalgia. She's fascinating to watch from afar, which is why I was so excited to have her on the show and get the behind-the-scenes stories on her relationship to her work, social media, having her art widely copied and cultivating connections with her audience.

    We talked about...


    – Sari’s relationship to color, low bro media and kitsch, and the resistance to those things in the larger art world
    – 90s imagery as a common language among peers
    – Being taken seriously (or not) as an artist who's embraced social media, and Sari’s opinion on going this less traditional route
    – What’s worked best for her on social platforms and how she balances content creation and art making
    – The importance of relationships, connection and storytelling
    – The story of the disco balls! Having them blow up and become widely copied, and Sari’s journey through it all

    – Advice for creating your best work and growing your sales

    -- Much more!


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Customer Reviews

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59 Ratings

Shortattentionspan ,

Chock full of inspiration

Love this podcast - I missed it and had forgotten about it until recently. Glad Devon is back at it and on fire!

Lesley Ramirez ,

Favorite Podcast

Devon’s episode never fails to inspire or motivate me. The first time I found her podcast i binged listened to so many episodes. I’m a mom of two and don’t have time to paint or even listen to podcasts as much anymore but today I had time and remembered why I love this podcast so much!! Thank you girl!

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So grateful for the incredible scope of perspective and information that Devon explores, especially the practical, experience based advice. I always feel inspried and invigorated to tend to my art practice after listening to this podcast.

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