Get Messy Art Podcast

Routine vs. Spontinaeity with Sarah Gardner

Together with Caylee Grey and guests, we’ll explore what it REALLY means to be an artist. Practically. Warts and all. So that you can be an artist, today, now, even if you work a day job, have a million and one commitments and own a cat that likes sitting on your art.

No more excuses. Okay? Okay.

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Sarah and I chat about the way she sees creativity – a place that has space for both structure and chaos. We talk about the harmony of her left and right brain sides of her brain. Creativity is impossible unless you’re willing to embrace uncertainty. You have to widen the scope of possibility in order to create something new.

Man, it’s another good one.

Podcast Show Notes

We discuss:

  • Sarah’s experience with her collaboration partner, Meenia
  • Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain
  • Orangerie Museum
  • Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently
  • making vs. creating and kids as an excuse to play
  • how creating art for herself was transformative – it was now a place to connect with the self and honour the self in a life where it’s always about everyone else
  • feeling guilt
  • the importance of living intentionally and honouring what’s important to you
  • left vs. right brain
  • fear and failure and not even trying
  • “beautiful, and inaccurate”
  • being in your body, having art as meaning
  • everything starts with noticing- joy, connecting, and your true self – with practical tips
  • turning trauma into gratitude
  • grounding yourself in gratefulness and knowing that gratitude is based in fact
  • being hard on ourselves vs. being kind to ourselves – self judgement and knowing that all feelings are valid
  • what’s expected vs. what’s true and going back to the core
  • using your emotions as valuable data
  • creating intentional chaos, and leabing room for opening
  • letting go and living in uncertainty
  • tips for routine and spontaneity

“Creativity is impossible unless you’re willing to embrace uncertainty. You have to widen the scope of possibility in order to create something new.”
– Sarah Gardner

Sarah Gardner

This is Sarah Gardner, aka, Juicy*S. Juicy*S is her DJ name. She's not a DJ. She would love to be a DJ. It's one of her fantasy dream jobs, really. She got this name when she was slinging paint and working in her art journal with a couple girlfriends,, drinking wine and keeping track of the funny things they were saying on a "sign-in" sheet...just craziness. They all ended up with a DJ name that day. She started her first blog with this name, and she's had it ever since. She's the girl (yes, even though she's fifty-something, she's still a girl!) who has a Tutu Dance Party and makes every one of her guests their own tutu! She's the kind of person who thinks a lot (maybe too much) about things. Art journaling is a creative practice that is her self-care. She loves to take what she's learned and infuse her art journal pages with meaning as well. She's a life-long learner, and learning is really what life is all about for her. She's also a lawyer, a wife, and a mom of two. She lives with her family in Southern California, in a small surf community called Cardiff by the Sea.

Caylee Grey, host of Get Messy

The Get Messy Podcast

I'm Caylee Grey. Creator of Get Messy, official fairy freaking artmother and your pro excuse-squashing ninja.

In the Get Messy podcast I’ll be chatting to a selection of amazing, real-life humans just like you are who are dealing with the very same barriers … but overcoming them to create their art.

Together, we’ll explore what it REALLY means to be an artist. Practically. Warts and all. So that you can be an artist, today, now, even if you work a day job, have a million and one commitments and own a cat that likes sitting on your art.

No more excuses. Okay? Okay.