204 episodes

Artist Rebecca Crowell shares experiences and thoughts from three decades of painting, teaching and traveling, as well as her conversations with other artists. She is joined by her co-host, producer, and son, Ross Ticknor, who brings an entrepreneurial Millennial perspective. The conversations are broad and eclectic, focused on ideas, information and anecdotes that other artists may find helpful in their work and careers. A new episode is uploaded every weekend!

The Messy Studio with Rebecca Crowell Rebecca Crowell

    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 93 Ratings

Artist Rebecca Crowell shares experiences and thoughts from three decades of painting, teaching and traveling, as well as her conversations with other artists. She is joined by her co-host, producer, and son, Ross Ticknor, who brings an entrepreneurial Millennial perspective. The conversations are broad and eclectic, focused on ideas, information and anecdotes that other artists may find helpful in their work and careers. A new episode is uploaded every weekend!

    Jason Matias Interview - The Art of Selling Art

    Jason Matias Interview - The Art of Selling Art

    Today we are excited to welcome Jason Mathias to the Messy Studio. Jason is an experienced professional artist, an author, and an educator, who lives in a loft in the woods outside Seattle, Washington. Following seven years of military service, Jason pursued a bachelor's degree in business and a master's in organizational leadership and began to apply what he learned to his passion for photography. These days, in addition to his creating his own artwork, Jason runs the online teaching platform The Art of Selling Art, a membership site that teaches business skills, strategies, and practical approaches to the business side of art practice. His aim is to demystify the art world so that artists can sell more art. We're going to find out much more about what he has to offer other artists in today's episode.


    Listeners who are struggling with pricing their work will find his comments on identifying and pricing to a target audience especially helpful. Jason offers other advice about remaining objective in marketing your work, and not allowing self-esteem issues, or other self-defeating habits and perceptions to interfere with your success.


    This interview is available as both audio and video on our Facebook page.
    Jason's website; https://www.jasonmatias.com/the-art-of-selling-art/home




    Thanks to everyone who has been sharing the show and donating! If you would like to donate to the Messy Studio Podcast donate here.

    When you buy art supplies at Blick remember to use our affiliate link to support the podcast! Bookmark this link and then you don't even have to think about it again. This is one of the best ways to support the show. It takes a few seconds and costs you nothing! The Blick website works exactly the same way, but we earn 10% every time you buy art supplies.


    www.messystudiopodcast.com/blick

    What's new at Cold Wax Academy? Rebecca and Jerry have an exciting Winter Quarter planned with a focus on working with cold wax medium using both abstract and realistic approaches. Members will enjoy opportunities to participate in portfolio reviews and critiques, and of course, engage with the ongoing weekly live sessions that explore featured topics in depth. Cold Wax Academy is the only online teaching platform devoted exclusively to deepening and developing your painting practice in every aspect. Lessons are centered on the range of uses for cold wax medium, but also include important insights and information about all other aspects of art practice. For information about joining this vibrant, international community of artists, and to learn more about cold wax medium, please visit http://www.coldwaxacademy.com


    As always, members have access to recordings of all previous sessions including everything from the first year, so it's easy to join anytime. Winter Quarter begins January 5th. Please visit http://www.coldwaxacademy.com for details about membership levels and to sign up for a year of exciting learning experiences.


    Here is what a member named Sandy has to say about her own experience:
    "Rebecca and Jerry have presented the most professional, authentic and structured approach to a creative activity I have ever come across. Their selfless sharing of all their knowledge and encouragement is a gift in my life unsurpassed."


    Have an art related product, service, or event you would like to advertise on the Messy Studio Podcast?
    Email Ross at rticknor.core@gmail.com for current mid-roll advertising rates.

    For more from The Messy Studio:
    www.messystudiopodcast.com
    www.facebook.com/messystudiopodcast

    For more from Rebecca Crowell:
    www.rebeccacrowell.com
    www.coldwaxacademy.com

    The Messy Studio Podcast is a Tick Digital Media Production.
    Special Guest: Jason Matias.

    • 39 min
    Moving Forward in the New Year

    Moving Forward in the New Year

    The New Year is a traditional time to reflect on the past, set goals for the future, contemplate your current situation, and identify ways to move forward. Even if you are not someone who makes formal New Years' resolutions, most of us feel an underlying urge to take stock of what we’d like to improve upon or work toward in the coming year. Today we’ll talk about evaluating how things are going in the studio and in your art business, and what role your goals and insights may play in 2022.


    Goals or intentions tend to fall into two categories that evoke quite different emotions and involve different approaches to reach--things that are problematic and need to be improved, and things that are basically positive and exciting. The first category-- issues and situations that you know you need to work on---can make you anxious and self-critical if you fail to improve. This can lead to a self-defeating loop if you believe you really are not capable of doing better. Instead, realizing what you've accomplished in the past to make progress on these issues, along with small steps you can take to move forward can be helpful.


    The other type of goal involves ideas and plans that are exciting, that will help you grow and develop as an artist. These tend to feel energizing and motivating and are the heart of a dynamic art practice. Yet these ideas can also be easily neglected if we don't take them seriously. and implement steps to make them happen. Consider what projects you have abandoned despite your initial interest. What threads in your current work could be pursued in more depth if you give them time and focus? Is it the year for a workshop, artist residency, or a collaborative project? Are there ways you can improve your time management or studio set up to facilitate some new projects?


    We all have things we can work on going forward, whether or not we take the New year as that opportunity. As much as anything this is a good time to consider your individual approach to setting and reaching goals, how it works best for you to make changes, in addition to any changes themselves. It is easy to fall into an all or nothing approach with goals and intentions and then feel discouraged and frustrated if you fall short. A middle way in which you accept some change even if you don't entirely succeed can keep you on track and moving forward.




    Thanks to everyone who has been sharing the show and donating! If you would like to donate to the Messy Studio Podcast donate here.

    When you buy art supplies at Blick remember to use our affiliate link to support the podcast! Bookmark this link and then you don't even have to think about it again. This is one of the best ways to support the show. It takes a few seconds and costs you nothing! The Blick website works exactly the same way, but we earn 10% every time you buy art supplies.


    www.messystudiopodcast.com/blick

    What's new at Cold Wax Academy? Rebecca and Jerry have an exciting Winter Quarter planned with a focus on working with cold wax medium using both abstract and realistic approaches. Members will enjoy opportunities to participate in portfolio reviews and critiques, and of course, engage with the ongoing weekly live sessions that explore featured topics in depth. Cold Wax Academy is the only online teaching platform devoted exclusively to deepening and developing your painting practice in every aspect. Lessons are centered on the range of uses for cold wax medium, but also include important insights and information about all other aspects of art practice. For information about joining this vibrant, international community of artists, and to learn more about cold wax medium, please visit http://www.coldwaxacademy.com


    As always, members have access to recordings of all previous sessions including everything from the first year, so it's easy to join anytime. Winter Quarter begins January 5th. Please visit http://www.coldwaxacademy.com for details about membership leve

    • 32 min
    Are You Overthinking?

    Are You Overthinking?

    We talk a lot on the podcast about the importance of thinking about your work—of identifying intentions, strategies for developing your ideas, describing your work, researching other artists, and practicing self-critique. All of these are important, but we never want to neglect the more intuitive side of an art practice. So much of what we do is the result of hunches, impulses, and flashes of insight. And the bottom line is that as visual artists, whatever we do needs more than intellectual underpinnings. Today we will talk about the balance of thinking and overthinking when it comes to making art.


    Our intellectual function is very different from intuitive response. It's necessary to a point, and there is much to understand about art theory and practice that can enhance your work. But we need to remember that if we are visual artists the primary impact of what we do is visual, despite current trends in conceptual art. After all, we aren’t writing essays, arguing political points, or presenting purely intellectual ideas. The visual impact on our senses, emotions, or thoughts has a very long history in art as its most important function and is basically nonverbal.


    Overthinking also can become a problem when we are actually making our work. To be open to intutive responses is especially important during the process of creating, when our productive flow is vulnerable to being interrupted by overthinking. How do we find some kind of balance of trusting our vision and impulses without second guessing and becoming stalled by too much thinking and analyzing?


    Finding a rhythm of thinking and doing that works for you is key. Many artists work in a basically intuitive manner for the majority of a studio session, but pause periodically to step back and consider what is working and being expressed. Deeper thinking and intellectualizing may work best in those moments when find a natural point of separation—that is, before a session, afterward, or completely away from the studio. Taking time to play and experiment is also important and as much a component your work as anything more planned or time consuming.


    As with many topics about art that we present on the podcast, overthinking is not as easy to avoid as it might seem. We do need a degree of thought and analysis sand finding a balance is a very individualized process. And we also need to accept and celebrate that much visual art is purely or predominantly visual in its impact. If your own work is not based in conceptual concerns, there is no need to make it seem so in how you describe it.




    Thanks to everyone who has been sharing the show and donating! If you would like to donate to the Messy Studio Podcast donate here.

    When you buy art supplies at Blick remember to use our affiliate link to support the podcast! Bookmark this link and then you don't even have to think about it again. This is one of the best ways to support the show. It takes a few seconds and costs you nothing! The Blick website works exactly the same way, but we earn 10% every time you buy art supplies.


    www.messystudiopodcast.com/blick

    What's new at Cold Wax Academy? Rebecca and Jerry have an exciting Winter Quarter planned with a focus on working with cold wax medium using both abstract and realistic approaches. Members will enjoy opportunities to participate in portfolio reviews and critiques, and of course, engage with the ongoing weekly live sessions that explore featured topics in depth. Cold Wax Academy is the only online teaching platform devoted exclusively to deepening and developing your painting practice in every aspect. Lessons are centered on the range of uses for cold wax medium, but also include important insights and information about all other aspects of art practice. For information about joining this vibrant, international community of artists, and to learn more about cold wax medium, please visit http://www.coldwaxacademy.com


    As always, members have access

    • 37 min
    Social Media: Friends and Followers

    Social Media: Friends and Followers

    Many of us enjoy social media as a convenient way to share our art with others, for the sense of community it offers, and the easy way it lets us keep up with people we seldom see in person. But artists who are not enthusiastic about social media can feel pressured into participating because of the benefits it offers, yet squeamish and awkward when they do. Today we’ll talk about the role of social media in art practice and how to find a comfort level with participating if you’ve been avoiding it.


    Most artists have many friends who are much more like followers because this is how we tend to connect with an artist we like. Even though many artists have professional pages on Facebook, we don’t always think first of following them there when we are interested in an artist's work. Sending a friend request seems to be the default mode to connect.
    As a result, your artist page, if you have one, may not really be getting nearly as much traffic as your personal page where you may have thousands of people listed as friends.


    Our session today emphasizes the idea that you can consciously use social media to enhance your image as an artist. It is probably wise to exclude anything that may weaken the impact of your artwork. In fact it may discourage people to connect with you if they find your posts either uninteresting, too revealing, or in some way off-putting. ideally, you don't want to post things to your thousands of friends --many of whom are followers rather than personal connections--that will conflict with your image as a serious and focused artist.


    Crafting a social media personal to emphasize your work is not presenting a false impression if what you do say is authentic. It's fine to keep large parts of your life private and when you do that, you allow your work to take center stage. It also relieves you rown anxiety about maintaining privacy.


    How to navigate the world of social media is a personal decision, and there are plenty of opinions about how to do this. But in terms of enhancing your presence as an artist, consider that is may be best to treat it as a useful tool rather than a platform for a wide variety of topics. You can do a great deal to enhance your professional image of an interesting and thoughtful artist by being conscious of what you post as visible to everyone, especially if you have a lot of followers you don’t know as perosnal friends.




    Thanks to everyone who has been sharing the show and donating! If you would like to donate to the Messy Studio Podcast donate here.

    When you buy art supplies at Blick remember to use our affiliate link to support the podcast! Bookmark this link and then you don't even have to think about it again. This is one of the best ways to support the show. It takes a few seconds and costs you nothing! The Blick website works exactly the same way, but we earn 10% every time you buy art supplies.


    www.messystudiopodcast.com/blick

    Rebecca and her partner Jerry McLaughlin are excited to be launching year two of Cold Wax Academy's membership program, which began in October of 2020. In the coming year, live online learning sessions will feature an entirely new set of topics---beginning with a deep dive into technique and the steps involved in developing a painting. Other topics for year 2 include professional development, abstraction and realism, principles of design, and expanded uses for cold wax medium.


    As always, members have access to recordings of all previous sessions including everything from the first year, so it's easy to join anytime. Fall Quarter begins October 6th. Please visit http://www.coldwaxacademy.com for details about membership levels and to sign up for a year of exciting learning experiences.


    Here is what a member named Sandy has to say about her own experience:
    "Rebecca and Jerry have presented the most professional, authentic and structured approach to a creative activity I have ever come across. Their selfless sharing of

    • 39 min
    Our Milestone 200th Episode: Behind the Scenes

    Our Milestone 200th Episode: Behind the Scenes

    We have reached a milestone here at the Messy Studio that we are excited to report. We recently surpassed half a million total downloads of our episodes, which we first published in late December 2017. This week also marks our 200th episode, and we are also coming up on our 4th year anniversary as well. We’re proud of our podcast and grateful to our many listeners, and to celebrate we decided to talk today about the podcast itself—how it got started, how it has grown, and the challenges and rewards of this project.


    We began with the simple idea of an art-related podcast that would be a conversation between the two of us and would also branch out into the other areas included in our tagline: "travel, entrepreneurship, philosophy, and life in general." We wanted to put our focus on art but allow for other topics that would come up as we talked, or sometimes to allow those to take the main spotlight. We've covered many topics having to do with art business, content about finding your way as an artist, bringing meaning to your work and general attitudes for healthy living. While we've interviewed fascinating guests in various fields our main intention has always been to express our own thoughts about these topics.


    Here are some facts and figures about our listener demographics: On a consistent basis, about a quarter to a third of our 2500 regular listeners tune in from countries other than the US. These come mostly from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Ireland but there are almost 40 thousand listeners grouped as an unspecified “other “category. Our most downloaded episode to date has over 8000 downloads. This is Episode #13, Diving into Abstraction. The topic of abstraction has always generated noticeable interest; we have discussed it in many episodes and featured it in about ten. Another very popular topic has been any topic relating to art business. Other very popular episodes have covered elements that help make strong works of art and engage an artist in growing and learning.


    The Messy Studio is an exciting collaboration that we love doing together. It gives us the opportunity for in-depth conversation every week with each other and to our listeners. We’ve both learned a lot in the process and have benefitted from talking about many topics in a deep way. Knowing that so many of you are listening, connecting, and hopefully taking some ideas away with you and into your studio and life in general is very rewarding.




    Thanks to everyone who has been sharing the show and donating! If you would like to donate to the Messy Studio Podcast donate here.

    When you buy art supplies at Blick remember to use our affiliate link to support the podcast! Bookmark this link and then you don't even have to think about it again. This is one of the best ways to support the show. It takes a few seconds and costs you nothing! The Blick website works exactly the same way, but we earn 10% every time you buy art supplies.


    www.messystudiopodcast.com/blick

    Rebecca and her partner Jerry McLaughlin are excited to be launching year two of Cold Wax Academy's membership program, which began in October of 2020. In the coming year, live online learning sessions will feature an entirely new set of topics---beginning with a deep dive into technique and the steps involved in developing a painting. Other topics for year 2 include professional development, abstraction and realism, principles of design, and expanded uses for cold wax medium.


    As always, members have access to recordings of all previous sessions including everything from the first year, so it's easy to join anytime. Fall Quarter begins October 6th. Please visit http://www.coldwaxacademy.com for details about membership levels and to sign up for a year of exciting learning experiences.


    Here is what a member named Sandy has to say about her own experience:
    "Rebecca and Jerry have presented the most professional, authentic and structured approach to

    • 50 min
    Staying Adventurous

    Staying Adventurous

    As children, we all explored constantly—the world was new and we needed to try things out, push boundaries, and make discoveries in order to grow. Most of the time we were totally absorbed in these activities and found them enjoyable. Artists in their beginning phases often show a similar attitude—they are willing and eager to explore, play, and experiment in an open-ended way with few expectations. But once artistic maturity sets in we tend to settle into more predictable practices and may lose the urge to explore. There are important benefits to finding your groove and sticking with it, but how can we keep an inventive and adventurous spirit alive at the same time?


    Achieving artistic maturity is a goal for many of us, reaching a point when we have something to say and the ability to say it well. It means having an authentic voice and consistent work. Yet staying open to change and engaging in experimentation and adventures into new media and subject matter are important to keeping our work fresh and exciting, and avoiding rigidity. These explorations are entirely legitimate ways to spend time and resources.


    Trying new things takes acceptance that you may not always produce anything worth saving. It also takes self-confidence that others will appreciate and follow your adventures, and that your voice will continue to come through even with change. There can be a wide range of expression that comes from your core self. Countering the tendency to stick to the tried and true may take the form of attending an artist residency or workshop, travel, or simply setting time or place aside in your own studio for this practice.


    So, let’s avoid being stodgy and unadventurous in reaching artistic maturity. Attitudes of play, experimentation, and non-attachment remain important to your work even as you mature. While focus and intentions are essential to doing deep work, adventure and childlike enjoyment are also aspects of mature work.




    Thanks to everyone who has been sharing the show and donating! If you would like to donate to the Messy Studio Podcast donate here.

    When you buy art supplies at Blick remember to use our affiliate link to support the podcast! Bookmark this link and then you don't even have to think about it again. This is one of the best ways to support the show. It takes a few seconds and costs you nothing! The Blick website works exactly the same way, but we earn 10% every time you buy art supplies.


    www.messystudiopodcast.com/blick

    Rebecca and her partner Jerry McLaughlin are excited to be launching year two of Cold Wax Academy's membership program, which began in October of 2020. In the coming year, live online learning sessions will feature an entirely new set of topics---beginning with a deep dive into technique and the steps involved in developing a painting. Other topics for year 2 include professional development, abstraction and realism, principles of design, and expanded uses for cold wax medium.


    As always, members have access to recordings of all previous sessions including everything from the first year, so it's easy to join anytime. Fall Quarter begins October 6th. Please visit http://www.coldwaxacademy.com for details about membership levels and to sign up for a year of exciting learning experiences.


    Here is what a member named Sandy has to say about her own experience:
    "Rebecca and Jerry have presented the most professional, authentic and structured approach to a creative activity I have ever come across. Their selfless sharing of all their knowledge and encouragement is a gift in my life unsurpassed."


    Have an art related product, service, or event you would like to advertise on the Messy Studio Podcast?
    Email Ross at rticknor.core@gmail.com for current mid-roll advertising rates.

    For more from The Messy Studio:
    www.messystudiopodcast.com
    www.facebook.com/messystudiopodcast

    For more from Rebecca Crowell:
    www.rebeccacrowell.com
    www.coldwaxacademy.com

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

JennyNick ,

Easy listening!

This podcast is so valuable to me as a formative artist. The information is always an education. Ross is a great co-host and the two of them communicate respectfully and with great understanding (of course they have had a lifetime together!). I appreciate that the speakers do not use “like, like, like”, they do not always fill air space with “ummmmmm”, and they do not banter and talk over each other like so many contemporary podcasts seem to think fashionable to do. Every word spoken has value. Well done.

Miriam Schulman ,

Beautiful + calming

This podcast is a great listen. I especially liked episode #157 about well being when the hosts made parallels from Buddhist philosophy and creating art.

@SchulmanArt host of The Inspiration Place podcast

dela Roche ,

I love this podcast.

This is a fantastic podcast. I love how down to earth and genuine Rebecca is. I started listening during early days of the pandemic and it really helped keep my head in the creative world even though I was too devastated to do anything substantial with my own work. I am now a regular listener and recently set up an ongoing donation to support the cause. Even if it is a little bit, we need to support our common good the best way we can.

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