16 episodes

Paintbrush & Ivories is the podcast for artists, curious creatives and art lovers that connects creativity with heart and soul. Twice a month, your hosts, Michelle Walker and Jennifer Ruth Russell share generous, soulful conversations about what it takes to have a joyful, fulfilling life while balancing and nurturing your creativity. If you are someone who feels 'called' to your creative pursuits, then this is the podcast for you. Michelle and Jennifer wish to inspire you to be every bit the artist you're meant to be. Michelle Walker is a visual artist and creativity and business coach who lives on a farm on the east coast of Australia and works out of the old dairy's milking bales which have been converted into her studio. Jennifer Ruth Russell is a award-winning singer song writer and spiritual teacher based in California, USA. They bring you perspectives from across the creative pursuits and the Pacific Ocean!
Michelle Walker – www.michellewalkerart.com and www.instagram.com/michellewalkerart.
Jennifer Ruth Russell – www.jenniferruthrussell.com and www.patreon.com/JenniferandMichael.

Paintbrush & Ivories Michelle Walker & Jennifer Ruth Russell

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Paintbrush & Ivories is the podcast for artists, curious creatives and art lovers that connects creativity with heart and soul. Twice a month, your hosts, Michelle Walker and Jennifer Ruth Russell share generous, soulful conversations about what it takes to have a joyful, fulfilling life while balancing and nurturing your creativity. If you are someone who feels 'called' to your creative pursuits, then this is the podcast for you. Michelle and Jennifer wish to inspire you to be every bit the artist you're meant to be. Michelle Walker is a visual artist and creativity and business coach who lives on a farm on the east coast of Australia and works out of the old dairy's milking bales which have been converted into her studio. Jennifer Ruth Russell is a award-winning singer song writer and spiritual teacher based in California, USA. They bring you perspectives from across the creative pursuits and the Pacific Ocean!
Michelle Walker – www.michellewalkerart.com and www.instagram.com/michellewalkerart.
Jennifer Ruth Russell – www.jenniferruthrussell.com and www.patreon.com/JenniferandMichael.

    Dream & Bloom: Welcoming Our Desires for 2022

    Dream & Bloom: Welcoming Our Desires for 2022

    NEW Year Blessings! Are you ready to embrace 2022? To get you into the swing, in this episode Jennifer and Michelle step you through their 'Welcoming the New Year' rituals. If you already have a way of bringing in the new year, you might like to add some new ideas... If you don't, then download the handout (www.michellewalker.com.au/podcast), grab a cuppa and settle in for some serious dreaming up for 2022. Enjoy! And here's to a year that is beyond your wildest dreams in love, abundance and creativity.


    You can find your hosts at these places:


    Michelle’s website – www.michellewalkerart.com


    Michelle on Instagram – www.instagram.com/michellewalkerart


    Michelle on YouTube – www.youtube.com/c/michellewalkerart


    Jennifer’s website – www.jenniferruthrussell.com


    Jennifer on Patreon – www.patreon.com/JenniferandMichael

    • 35 min
    Reflect & Release: Harvesting 2021‘s Gems

    Reflect & Release: Harvesting 2021‘s Gems

    …And just like that, it’s a wrap!


    2021 is rapidly coming to an end. What do you do to celebrate the wins and acknowledge the challenges so you feel ready to move into the new year? Jennifer and Michelle take you through their ‘end of year’ rituals – what they do to reflect on their year and harvest the gems from it. This episode comes with a downloadable handout!  


    Artists, inspirational people and resources mentioned in this podcast include: Kylie Gartside (https://kyliegartsidemaker.com/workshops) and you can download your own Harvesting the Gems handout at https://michellewalker.com.au/podcast/


    You can find your hosts at these places:


    Michelle’s website | on Instagram | on YouTube


    Jennifer’s website | on Patreon

    • 27 min
    Nurturing Your Creative Heart in Busy Times

    Nurturing Your Creative Heart in Busy Times

    Do you get those times when your ‘dance card’ is crazy full, and you don’t seem to have time for your art? If that’s something you’ve wrestled with, then this episode will be just the thing. Jennifer and Michelle talk about how to juggle caring for our creative practice and ourselves when life is throwing a ton at you. Some of the answers are about how we approach our days in our thinking and in our hearts… and some are just very practical ideas of how we manage our calendars.


    You can find your hosts at these places:


    Michelle’s website | on Instagram | on YouTube


    Jennifer’s website | on Patreon

    • 31 min
    Your 5 Types of Money

    Your 5 Types of Money

    In this episode, Jennifer and Michelle dive deeper into their conversation about money. They explore the 5 different types of money and how it can show up in our lives with different experiences and beliefs. Understanding what is true for you around your money situation is the first step to shifting your experience.


    If you are interested in the money piece of your creative business and life, then you might enjoy Episode #4: Money, Profits and Scarcity Gremlins.


    You can find your hosts at these places:


    Michelle’s website | on Instagram | on YouTube


    Jennifer’s website | on Patreon

    • 35 min
    Critics, Fans & Other Fairy-tales

    Critics, Fans & Other Fairy-tales

    As creatives, we know we need to share our work to grow and improve. Listening to the marketing gurus, we are told we need to make our *brand* stand out and grow our audiences to have a successful creative business. The logic is a big audience of raving fans will lead to lots of adoring customers. Along the way, putting ourselves 'out there' in the world of the interwebs, means we may attract comments from people who aren't raving fans. How, as artists, do we deal with the critics and the fans that come across our paths? In this episode, Jennifer and Michelle discuss this from a number of angles and the whole 'myth' / fairy-tale of how to deal with feedback.


    Artists, inspirational people and resources mentioned in this podcast include: Love without End by Glenda Green and Nicholas Wilton.


    You can find your hosts at these places:


    Michelle’s website | on Instagram | on YouTube


    Jennifer’s website | on Patreon

    • 31 min
    Mixing in New Ideas & Techniques

    Mixing in New Ideas & Techniques

    So you’ve just returned to the studio from a workshop or class… What happens next? The way we integrate new ideas and techniques for our art-making matters. In this episode, Jennifer and Michelle discuss Michelle’s recent week-long art retreat, the importance of her studio sketchbook for capturing the ideas and how she approaches the workshop integration process after the class is finished.


    Artists and inspirations mentioned in this podcast include: Donald James Waters and Michelle’s working with charcoal on canvas video.


    You can find your hosts at these places:


    Michelle’s website | on Instagram | on YouTube


    Jennifer’s website | on Patreon

    • 23 min

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