#60 Give Yourself Permission to Make Art

Many people want to make art, but they don’t give themselves permission to do it. They think they are too busy, or it’s too frivolous, or too expensive. In this episode, I help you to make more art by telling you how you can give yourself permission, how you can take an art class and have the instructor give you permission, or how you can create a deadline to make you accountable.

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Here are a couple pieces of my art. I give myself permission to make art, whether it’s just for me, or to hang in my home, or to put in a gallery. I just like painting, and I’ve overcome my former feelings of thinking I’m not good enough to be a painter. I paint, so I’m a painter, and I enjoy it so much.

And Then She Ran
I don't have the final title for this yet, but I think it looks very coral reef-like.

Have you given yourself permission to make art?

#59 Crystal Neubauer: Bringing New Life to Forgotten Objects

Crystal Neubauer lives in Wisconsin, where she creates mixed media artwork, using the broken, cast off, and overlooked items of the past. She brings new life to forgotten objects in the form of collage. Crystal also travels to teach her art techniques, and will be visiting many locations out west for her Spring teaching tour.

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Crystal Neubauer

Life is Brutiful
Golden Years
Intimate Roots
Day 9
Becoming Unbecome
As Though I Had Wings
Day 35
Day 3
Character of and Unrecorded Deeds

Crystal’s website is crystalneubauer.com

Her blog is otherpeoplesflowers@blogspot.com 

You also can find her on Instagram and Pinterest.

Her Facebook business page is Crystal Neubauer Artist.

Crystal will be posting all of her workshops in her Spring Teaching Tour for 2019 on her website and her blog.

Crystal’s book The Art of Expressive Collage can be found on Amazon here.

Crystal is a recipient of the RAM Artist Fellowship. The gallery exhibit at the Racine, Wisconsin Art Museum will be in August, 2019. The link for more information is here.

Here are the galleries where you can find Crystal’s art.

Here are some great art tips she talked about in this episode:

  1. Study pictures of other artists’ work to figure out how they do things and what you want to do.
  2. Joining art groups online are great because the members are always so encouraging.
  3. Gaining inspiration from other artists shows you what possibilities are available, then you can go and make your own things.
  4. Don’t be afraid to not have a focal point on your art piece.
  5. Develop a relationship with a gallery first before approaching them.
  6. In Crystal’s classes, she helps students identify their obstacles and get over them.
  7. She starts every class with five minutes where the students can get used to the space and be ready to try new things.

#58 The World of Podcasts

In this episode I talk about what a podcast is, where you can find them, and how you can listen to them. I also give a few examples of podcasts I like to listen to, as well as a few art-related podcasts that I’ve found interesting.

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Here are a few links to some good art-related podcasts:

I interviewed artist Laura Horn in episode #57. She also has a podcast called Laura Horn Art. Her episodes are about how she manages different aspects of her business. 

Danielle Krysa hosts the podcast The Jealous Curator: Art for Your Ear. She posts weekly interviews with artists. Danielle has also published a few books and they’re worth seeing here on her website.

Paul Blais is the host of The Potter’s Cast. He is a potter and has created this podcast to service the community of ceramic artists and potters by interviewing experts in that field and in business.

The Savvy Painter podcast helps you learn from other artists and get new ideas.

While She Naps by Abby Glassenberg is one of the first podcasts I started listening to. She interviews artists in the world of fiber arts.

You can find many other podcasts through iTunes, Castbox, Spotify, Google Play, or Stitcher. 

Apple Podcasts (iTunes app)
Castbox app

#57 Laura Horn: Australian Artist, Instructor, and Social Media Master

Artist Laura Horn lives near Adelaide, South Australia, where she creates wonderful artwork, online classes, and most recently, an art podcast that she produces with her husband. Actually, she produces the classes with him too. They’re a great team when it comes to producing content related to her artwork, because he is a photographer and has the photo and video skills, and she’s the artist who has a great vision for her business. Laura also has a cohesive look to her artwork and shares her knowledge with her online community.

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Laura Horn

Melting Pot
Delicate Botanicals
Botanical Abstract
Neutral Ink Series
Minimal Magic Class
Large acrylic botanical abstract
Laura in the studio

Laura’s website is laurahornart.com.

You also can find her on Instagram and Facebook.

Laura will be hosting a retreat in Bali April 5-12, 2019 with Doulene Walker. You can find details about the retreat here.

You can see Doulene’s website here.

Laura’s online classes are listed on her website here.

Laura took online classes from and was inspired by these artists:

Connie Solera, 21 Secrets

Tamara LaPorte, Life Book

Mati Rose

Faith Evans

Laura uses this program to schedule her Instagram and Facebook posts: later.com.

You can find other good business and art tips from Laura on her blog here.

Here are some great business and art tips she talked about in this episode:

  1. Art journaling is a great way to start making art. You can try out new materials and techniques in a small space, and work out things just for yourself.
  2. She suggests selling smaller pieces at outdoor markets and larger works on canvas in cafes.
  3. I think one of the most important things she said in terms of being a working artist is to make art all the time.
  4. Try to give your artwork a cohesive look when displaying at a show or café.
  5. Dedicate time to reflecting on your work to figure out what colors and images you like to use, and what processes you like to make.
  6. After you paint, analyze whether you felt uplifted and inspired by what you did to see if that’s something your want to do more of.
  7. Consider setting up a Facebook group for your classes.
  8. Create your classes so that if people want to take more than one, the content will build on one another.
  9. One of her great Instagram tips: use a post scheduling program such as later.com and do all your social media updates on your laptop.
  10. Have a regular habit of posting to social media.

#56 Telling Your Art Story

This episode talks about how artists tell a story through their art. They can tell it visually, or with words, or with a title. I also talk about how they can tell their own story, through their website, social media, or in person.

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This is a collage I did that tells the story of a time when my grandmother received letters from a friend who was serving in France during WWI. I told this story through a 16-collage series.
These are assemblage pieces created by Michael deMeng (Episode 55). What story do you think they tell?
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