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Startist Society

Laura Lee Griffin and Nikki May

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Are fear and procrastination keeping you from making progress in your art business? Artists Laura Lee Griffin and Nikki May believe strongly in the power of community, accountability, following your intuition, taking small actionable steps, and breaking down the barriers that keep you "stuck". The Startist Society will inspire you to stop getting in your own way and start building an art biz and life that you love. Follow along with us on our creative business journey as we encourage you on ...
 
How does contemporary art get created? Hear the behind-the-scenes of some of today’s great painters, sculptors, photographers, and collectors. Learn the inspiration, motivation, and creative processes that make contemporary art possible. Hosted by Whitney Rosenson, Owner of Art Dimensions Online – your online home for art leasing and sales from over 80 talented artists
 
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Have you ever wanted to paint murals? If so - you will love our interview with today's guest! Alli Koch of AlliKDesign is an artist based in Dallas, Texas who has turned her passion for art and design into a full time career. She is the author of eight published books (and counting!) and is on a mission to inspire others to create as well. You can …
 
In Episode 64, we introduced you to Dave Conrey, an artist and designer who's always exploring creative new ways to make his own art and share what he's learned with other artists and designers. In that episode, we talked about using print on demand on your own website. So if you haven't heard that yet, it's definitely worth the listen. Today we ha…
 
Anne B. Schwartz is a dedicated abstractionist whose painterly imagination remains grounded in the world of places and things. She used to be a jewelry designer and finds inspiration in life and experiences. Hear how to bring your vision to life through paint, paint in sumi-e style, and what makes good art. Check out Anne’s paintings at ArtDimensio…
 
What do you do when you want to create new art and move forward with your creative business, but life gets in the way? How do you get past the roadblocks? In this episode, we share a glimpse of the crazy things going on in our own lives right now that could easily derail us from our creative journeys and the tools we are using to get past the chall…
 
Last week, we introduce you to Jhina Alvarado, a painter who juggles a full time art practice, is represented by multiple galleries across the US, teaches calculus part time, and is raising the most adorable twins. So if you haven't had a chance to listen to that episode yet, be sure to check it out. Today, she's back to share with us her five best…
 
Kymm Swank is a self-taught painter who explores abstract forms, urban texture, and structure through line and color. She finds constant inspiration in the transforming skyline and city streets of downtown LA. Hear how to just keep making work, change your style over time, and how two things can combine to make something beautiful. Check out Kymm’s…
 
Are you a fine artist interested in having your artwork in galleries? Are you confused about where to even start with getting gallery representation? Today's guest shares her journey from developing her painting style over the years to getting her work in multiple galleries across the US. Jhina Alvarado is a prolific self taught artist with gallery…
 
Back in episode 23, we shared with you seven books that have helped us in our creative businesses. If you haven't listened to that one yet, go back and check it out. This week, we have another six books on mindset that we think will make a difference for you like they did for us. STARTIST SOCIETY SHOW NOTES: startistsociety.com/mindsetbooks JOIN TH…
 
Lee Jordan is a very talented and thoughtful sculptor whose work is about feeling - the stone, the wood, the texture, the shape, the cuts. He's a self-taught artist and has been sculpting for over 30 years. Hear how to go where a piece tells you to go, what to do when a piece of stone or marble breaks, and his experience carving foam for Disneyland…
 
Last week, we introduced you to urban sketcher extraordinaire, James Richards. So if you haven't had a chance to listen to that episode, be sure to check it out. Today he's back to share with us his five best tips for getting started with urban sketching. STARTIST SOCIETY SHOW NOTES & FREE PDF TIPS DOWNLOAD: startistsociety.com/urbansketchingtips/ …
 
If you've ever had an interest in hitting the road with your artwork and sketching the world, you're going to love this episode. James Richards is one of the best urban sketchers on the planet. He has a background as an urban designer, artist and professor, and spent decades designing urban places and experiences to make cities more walkable, livab…
 
Anne Ward is a plein air painter and teacher who loves to paint with oil and even digitally on an iPad. She finds that creating each day is an amazing ballast in a topsy-turvy world. Hear how to go about plein air painting, why painting nature helps you feel serene and calm, and how to use technology to empower. Check out Anne’s art at ArtDimension…
 
Last week we introduced you to artist, educator and toolmaker, Elizabeth Schowachert, and learned all about her e-commerce shop where she sells her art, her handmade brushes and other art supplies. Today, she is back to share with us her best tips for starting and growing your e-commerce shop. STARTIST SOCIETY SHOW NOTES & FREE PDF TIPS DOWNLOAD: s…
 
Today we’re speaking with Elizabeth Schowachert, a self-taught artist who has built a beautiful creative life combining a successful handmade art supply e-commerce shop, with her own art practice, and teaching both in person workshops and online. Elizabeth has a passion for travel, ink and encaustic painting and creates insanely cool brushes and to…
 
Lynne Deutch is a travel photographer and painter who loves to explore and capture life as it might appear every day. She's fascinated with humanity and has traveled across the globe - even to both poles. Hear how to experiment with different forms of art, why creating art gives you a chance to relax, and the beautiful photos you can take with your…
 
Last week, we introduced you to Mel Armstrong, a surface pattern designer, children's book illustrator and top Skillshare teacher, among many other things. So if you haven't had a chance to listen to that episode yet, be sure to check it out. Today, she's back to share with us her five best tips for getting started with children's book illustration…
 
Today's guest calls one of Laura’s favorite countries on the planet home, New Zealand. Mel Armstrong has had an amazing life journey. She's gone from being a professional ballet dancer to a web designer, award winning illustrator and surface pattern designer. She's illustrated 15 children's books so far, she's a top Skillshare teacher, works with a…
 
Christina Hale is a still life illustrator and painter who's inspired by live musicians. She studied film, painting, and cartooning before seriously beginning to draw. Hear how to create what matters to you, stay motivated, and use social media to your advantage. Check out Christina’s art at ArtDimensionsOnline.com…
 
Last week, we introduced you to artist and designer Brittney Lewis. So if you haven't had a chance to listen to that episode, be sure to check it out. Today she's back to share with us her five best tips for making sales on Society6. STARTIST SOCIETY SHOW NOTES AND YOUR FREE TIPS PDF DOWNLOAD: startistsociety.com/society6tips/ JOIN THE STARTIST SOC…
 
As part of our ongoing print on demand series, we've been introducing you to different companies and marketplaces and are supplementing our own experience by interviewing artists with expertise in different areas. In this episode, we're excited to introduce you to Brittney Lewis, an artist, photographer and outdoor enthusiast obsessed with travel, …
 
Donna Weathers is an abstract mixed media figure painter who often paints women in inspiring poses. She originally went to LA to become an actress, but then fell in love with painting. Hear how to lose yourself in your art, find inspiration in music and the art around you, and make the most of acrylics. Check out Donna’s paintings at ArtDimensionsO…
 
Dave Conrey is an artist and designer from Southern California, currently working towards building a client free creative business model. When he isn't working on his own creative projects, he spends his time exploring new resources for creating and selling art and then shares what he learns with his fellow designers and artists. He also makes cool…
 
Back in episode 9, we talked about how we just might be art supply addicts and have WAY too many of them. When you live in small spaces or have limited real estate to park your art supplies, organization becomes really important. Laura’s condo is an organized chaos of supplies, while Nikki’s has historically just been chaos! In this episode, we sha…
 
KD Tobin is a dynamic artist who's been painting for 35 years. He specializes in paintings, assemblages, sculptures, and he even wrote a book. Hear how to create thought-provoking art, add a personal touch with customers, and always be present. Check out KD’s paintings at ArtDimensionsOnline.comBy Art Dimensions
 
Last week, we introduced you to Danielle Harris, who helps creative entrepreneur focus on marketing strategies and tactics that will give them ethical and sustainable growth in their business. Today, she's back to share with you her five best tips for marketing your business without feeling overwhelmed. STARTIST SOCIETY SHOW NOTES & FREE TIPS DOWNL…
 
Danielle Harris helps creatives prioritize marketing so they can share their gifts with the world. Helping creative entrepreneurs focus on the marketing strategies and tactics that will give them ethical and sustainable growth in their business is her goal. In addition to her 10 years of experience, Danielle has a BA in Marketing, a Master of Scien…
 
Alison Limtavemongkol is the owner and director of The Open Mind Art Space in West LA. She showcases contemporary art from a diverse blend of talented emerging artists. Hear what it means to be an art curator, how to choose what art to show in a gallery space, and how to manage wearing several different hats at one time. Check out Alison’s gallery …
 
Last week, we introduced you to selling print on demand products on your own website. So if you haven't had a chance to listen to that episode yet, be sure to check it out. Today, we're back to share with you five tips for profitable print on demand sales on your own site. STARTIST SOCIETY SHOW NOTES & FREE TIPS DOWNLOAD PDF: startistsociety.com/po…
 
Now that we've explored print on demand marketplaces like Society6 and Spoonflower in more detail, we want to dive into how you can add Print on Demand products to your own website through providers like Printful, Printify, Gooten, and more. In episode number 50, introducing you to print on demand, we talked about all of the pros and cons of the di…
 
Mark Andrew Allen is a creative mixed media artist. He blends urban street art with his background of typography, mixed media collage, and abstract expressionism into each of his urban pop expressionist works. Hear how to incorporate emotions into your paintings, keep that self-discipline, and Mark’s encounters with famous painters such as Warhol, …
 
Last week, we introduced you to Ashley Beasley of Presutti Design. Ashley is a surface pattern designer who's kicking ass on Spoonflower and Minted, among other things. So if you haven't had a chance to listen to that episode yet, be sure to go back and check it out. Ashley offers a beautiful and meaty guide on her website to everything Spoonflower…
 
A few episodes ago, we introduced you to print on demand marketplaces, specifically Society6 and Spoonflower. Today, we're excited to introduce you to Ashley Beasley of Presutti Design. Ashley is a surface design artist based in Houston, Texas with a focus on repeat patterns, stationery and print on demand. She believes in keeping things fun and au…
 
Born in Belgium, Caroline Geys is a talented multimedia designer and artist. She works 365 days a year on murals, installations, and exhibits inspired by patterns and animal imagery. Hear how to find inspiration in nostalgia, stay creative with a busy schedule, and continually switch up your palette. Check out Caroline’s art at ArtDimensionsOnline.…
 
Last week, we interviewed Jenni Kowal of Anytime Creative and we talked to her specifically about her Kickstarter campaign for her Self Care Adventure Cards. We wanted to add some extra tips on getting started with your own Kickstarter campaign, so we asked Jenni to come back and share her best tips and tricks, which we're also providing to you as …
 
We have a lot more to share with you about print on demand, but we are taking a short break from this series to talk about another way to get your art and products made without investing a whole lot of your money up front. As artists and designers, many of us are interested in finding ways to get our artwork on products in the world. Rather than wa…
 
Mark Peacock is an exceptional and gritty photographer who's always had an affinity for the unique culture of L.A. and Southern California. He has an ability to capture places and senses others miss in their day-to-day lives, and he finds inspiration in film noir and music. Hear how to stay motivated as a photographer, whether to focus on color or …
 
Last week, we shared all about getting started with print on demand marketplaces and how you can create either a Society6 or Spoonflower Shop. This week we share 10 of our best tips for increasing your POD marketplace sales. Read the transcript in the STARTIST SOCIETY SHOW NOTES: startistsociety.com/podsalestips/ JOIN THE STARTIST SOCIETY FB GROUP:…
 
For the first episode of our second year, we're taking you back to where we left off with print on demand. In Episode 50, we introduced you to the different types of print on demand services and talked about the pros and cons of each. This week, we're going to go into more detail about print on demand marketplaces... specifically Society6 and Spoon…
 
Shelley Heffler is a super innovative sculptor and painter who rescues old street banners, signs, and other materials and turns them into beautiful pieces of art. She always views the world with wonder, and has a passion for maps which goes back to her time navigating the NYC subways growing up. Hear how to look at and question the things around yo…
 
Carlo Marcucci is a resourceful painter, photographer, and sculptor who creates thought-provoking works from pasta, staples, gold leaves, and other "non-art" items. He's originally from Florence, Italy and spent some time working with Walt Disney Imagineering. Hear how to find inspiration in everyday objects, experiment with different materials, an…
 
Ann Thornycroft is a versatile painter who finds calm in bringing natural beauty to life through acrylics, oil, and watercolor. She finds inspiration in walks on the beach and has a true passion for color and paint. Hear how to stay disciplined as a painter, develop your style and learn from your mistakes over time, and the magic of learning old ar…
 
This week marks one full year of Startist Society podcasting for Laura and Nikki! They share how they plan to celebrate - Nikki with bourbon, naturally. In this episode they look back over their first year of podcasting and talk about what they’ve learned and what challenges they’ve experienced. They reminisce about some of their favorite episodes …
 
This week Laura and Nikki take a break from the usual interviews and educational topics and get more personal with a studio and life update. They share the latest projects they are working on, things they’ve accomplished both individually and as a team, some of the challenges they've faced over the last year, and they give some hints about what’s c…
 
Nancy Louise Jones is a delightful painter who uses watercolor to paint the beauty around her. She fell in love with music and dance growing up and still enjoys playing classical music in her head while she paints. Hear how to experiment with different materials and textures, express emotions through watercolor, and break through the sea of JPEGs o…
 
We've been teasing everybody about this topic for months and months, but today we're finally going to begin our print on demand series! There's so much to cover that we're going to break it up into several episodes. There are two options for printing: traditional analog-type printers and digital printing. With traditional printers you typically hav…
 
This episode is perfect for any of our listeners who are interested in surface pattern design. Today we're speaking with Elizabeth Silver, a professional surface pattern designer and a licensed artist for the stationery, gift and textile markets. With 18 years in the industry and hundreds of designs in her portfolio, she also teaches beginner surfa…
 
Jill Sykes is a creative painter and designer who focuses on the negative space when painting. She got her start in graphic design and illustration and loves the meditative effects of painting something you enjoy. Hear how to know when you've finished a piece, crossovers between graphic design and fine art, and what you can do to avoid becoming “th…
 
In the last few episodes, Nikki and Laura have been talking about selling for the holidays and one thing that can really make or break your customers’ experience of your products is how you ship them. And when we say shipping, we mean a lot more than just the service and logistics you use to ship. We’re talking about the way your products are prese…
 
This week Laura and Nikki interview Luan Jardine, a feminist mental health advocate and ambitiously creative Facebook and Instagram marketing consultant that Nikki met in Quinn Tempest’s Create Your Purpose Collective. When we decided to dive deeper into Facebook and Instagram advertising we immediately thought of Luan. We often think the goal of a…
 
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