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023 A Girl and her Studio: A Love Story

023 A Girl and her Studio: A Love Story

The best thing to come out of 2020 for me has been my studio. It’s my one true love (sorry T). It’s an old shipping container in an old slaughterhouse. It’s gritty, and raw, it’s hipster as hell, and its mine.

This studio has enabled me to do that weird thing people talk about called “work-life-balance” and for that, I am truly grateful.

I wanted to dedicate an episode of the podcast to it. It has a story. It’s a love story. And to make it worth your while, I’m sharing what a studio space of your own might do for you… 

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022 Take Time to Make with Anna Baer

022 Take Time to Make with Anna Baer

Why is it so difficult to just. make. art? We know how much we love it and how it feeds our soul. We know it makes us better in a multitude of ways, but sometimes even the thing we love the most can feel like a massive effort. 

I talk to Anna Baer, aka Olive Green Anna, about this. We talk about her mad skills – in creating art, in getting others to make art, and in pep talking directly to the heart.

I wanted to get together to talk about her latest offering, the Take Time to Make at-home artist residency, mainly because I’m taking part in it.  I also sneakily wanted to learn more about her as a human since she lives so close to me.

Our conversation lit me on fire. I loved hearing about how her process and seeing art as wildness in control; a way to see what comes out of her. We speak about destroying your own art in order to make space, removing the preciousness of supplies, making shit art, and where we put our worth as artists.

Grab your supplies and let us keep you company while you create… 

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021 Using Art to Narrate Your Journey with Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd

021 Using Art to Narrate Your Journey with Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd

The podcast is back! And we’re jumping right into the deep end. We’re not talking about surface level art here, no no, you can’t really do that with my guest. Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd and I are talking about a way to get around how damn hard it is to put your inner heart into your art. Not just putting your likes and dislikes onto the page, not just your paper ephemera, and not just what you did that day (although all of those are great). We’re discussing V’s favourite technique for telling your story without it being draining.

Cause we all have issues. We all have a story that has led us to the point we’re at. We’re all still on a journey. It may be beautiful, it may be painful, it probably is raw. Art is very good at helping unload that weight. But it’s not necessarily easy to do.

We wanted to talk about the creative process of making an online class, but in true Vanessa fashion, we ended up talking about so much more than that.

I’m glad you could join us.

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020 70 Ways to produce more than you consume

020 70 Ways to produce more than you consume

Get Messy Podcast[wpseo_breadcrumb] The focus of my life currently is this: PRODUCE MORE. CONSUME LESS. It’s a bold statement. With so much great stuff on the internet, and with it being so easy to be sucked into Pinterest, Instagram, blogs, and galleries, I’m needing...

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019 Connecting with Yourself with Elaine Kiziah

019 Connecting with Yourself with Elaine Kiziah

Get Messy Podcast[wpseo_breadcrumb] One of the biggest things that art journalers struggle with in their creative practice is the journaling part of art journaling. It's weird. I know. A while back, I invited a journaling expert to help the Get Messy community with...

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018 Why Journaling with Wendy Solganik

018 Why Journaling with Wendy Solganik

Get Messy Podcast[wpseo_breadcrumb] What is it about art journaling that makes it actual magic? Out of all the different ways to be creative, why do we choose art journaling? Why is this the one thing we have stuck with over time, and the one thing that we are...

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016 Don’t Compromise with Barbara J Graham

016 Don’t Compromise with Barbara J Graham

Get Messy Podcast Today I chatted with the incredible Barbara J Graham. She is the guest artist for Get Messy's Season of Less. We spoke a lot about how she creates, how she puts her emotions into her paintings, and how she is able to express the...

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014 If you’re feeling frozen and overwhelmed

014 If you’re feeling frozen and overwhelmed

Get Messy Podcast I recently received an email from Kate, who had a problem. I could relate and wanted to help. Maybe you need to hear this too.  If you're feeling overwhelmed with how many options you have, if you're feeling stuck creatively, or if you're a...

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013 Art for excitement and yumminess with Connie Solera

013 Art for excitement and yumminess with Connie Solera

Get Messy Podcast Today's episode is a good one. You're gonna love it. I know you're gonna love it because it has Connie Solera in it. And Connie has a heart of gold. She's a great teacher. She's an incredible artist and I feel like she was put on this earth just to...

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013 How to find your style with Meg McCaskill

013 How to find your style with Meg McCaskill

Get Messy Podcast Today I am chatting with the beautiful, the kind, the lovely Megan McCaskill. She has a beautiful accent, a beautiful heart and beautiful journals to match. It was a completely spontaneous interview chat thing just as I was heading off to the train...

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012 The life changing magic of morning pages

012 The life changing magic of morning pages

Get Messy Podcast Morning pages are going to change your life. Morning pages are going to give you better art, better relationships, better mental health and a clear head. In this episode, I'm going to chat about how I make them work for me and give you an exact to do...

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010 The Magic of a Sketchbook with Karen Abend

010 The Magic of a Sketchbook with Karen Abend

Once again I am freaking excited about this week's guest on the podcast. This week it's the beautiful Karen Abend. She has a heart of gold and I'm really excited about our chat today. In this episode we discuss the absolute magic of sketchbooks. We discuss how...

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009 Real life is what makes art with Johanna Clough

009 Real life is what makes art with Johanna Clough

You're putting your life into it so that's what makes it something special. That's what makes you appreciate it and other people as well. It really doesn't matter what you use and it's funny to say that because I make journals and I'm very passionate about it because...

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008 Your truth is enough with Mou Saha

008 Your truth is enough with Mou Saha

  Mou is the guest artist for Get Messy's Season of Belonging and she is an absolute zen queen. We talk about her journey, how she created belonging within her art, how she tells her truth, and her journey to realising that she is enough.  Mou Saha Mou is a...

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005 How to art with intention with Amy Maricle

005 How to art with intention with Amy Maricle

  In this podcast, I chat to Amy Maricle about art with intention. Amy shares some of her most profound views on how to become more aware and intentional in your art practice. We discuss: what it means to be mindful, how mindfulness changes your art, being zen...

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004 How to maintain a creative habit with Anika Lacerte

004 How to maintain a creative habit with Anika Lacerte

In this podcast, I chat to Anika Lacerte about creative habit. As someone who is currently on her 9th 100 day project, Anika is kind of an expert at it. She shares her top 16 ways for fitting art into your life every single freaking day. Scroll down to download the...

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003 Inspiration is not real

003 Inspiration is not real

Inspiration does not exist. It's a lie. Inspiration is not real. True inspiration is the kind that leads to immediate action. Inspiration that leads to nothing tangible is... nothing. There's something tangible standing between an idea and something being...

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The Get Messy Podcast

The Get Messy Podcast

Making art should be easy. Turn up the music, select your arty weapons of choice, crack your knuckles and then, well, make art. But let’s be honest: Art is messy. (Heck, life is messy!) So even though it’s so important to you to be an artist and create art regularly …...

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