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Art-related Podcasts

I’m a podcast listener. I listen while doing house chores, while walking or jogging around my neighborhood, and whenever I need to get out of my head but don’t want to read or watch television. Surprisingly, I never listen to podcasts while drawing or painting.

Here are my favorite (mostly visual arts) art-related podcasts:

Art & Cocktails: Art podcast featuring casual conversations about contemporary art, creative business and more by Ekaterina Popova, artist and founder of Create! Magazine.

Art Curious: A podcast exploring the unexpected, the slightly odd, and the strangely wonderful in art history. Art history is fun-- and we tell stories to prove it.

Art for Your Ear by the Jealous Curator: Brings you stories from some contemporary artists.

Art Grind: Sharing inspirational and practical insights with established and emerging contemporary artists about what it takes to make it in the art world.

The Art History Babes: Discussion and critical analysis of art historical topics fueled by alcohol.

Artist Decoded: This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists.

Creative Pep Talk: monologs and interviews chocked to the brim with creative performance hacks and fresh marketing tactics.

The Darling Rage: A podcast about creativity, finding your voice, and lots of #RadAFWomen, hosted by internationally collected abstract artist, Molly O'Riley.

Laura Horn Art Podcast: Known for their down-to-earth conversations, each week, artist Laura Horn and husband, Richie, share their experience of making art, running a business and juggling family life.

The Lonely Palette: The podcast that returns art history to the masses, one painting at a time.

Overshare: Honest Conversations With Creatives: In a world of carefully curated portfolio sites and Instagram feeds, Justin sits down with his favorite creatives to get past the highlights and discuss the tough stuff we don't talk about in public often enough.

Perspective Podcast: Each week, Scotty Russell of Perspective-Collective and his guests give you the tools for thinking bigger, overcoming adversity, and making an impact with your work—especially if you're building a side hustle outside your day job.

The Savvy Painter Podcast: A weekly podcast for artists who mean business. Antrese Wood talks to experts in the field about the business of art and how it gets created.

THRIVE Talks Podcast: Being an artist is important but often lonely work. The THRIVE Talks podcast is here to make you feel less lonely with all the ups and downs that come with being an artist.

What are your favorite podcasts about art or art business?

Thrive Mastermind

Recently I was invited to join the Thrive Mastermind group for women (cis, trans, genderqueer, femme-identifying, nonbinary) artists. I’d never heard of a mastermind group before but apparently it’s a thing that’s been around for over 75 years. Forbes has an article that nicely describes it but the page is full of irritating ads so I’ll share an excerpt:

“How does a mastermind work? A group of smart people meet weekly, monthly, daily even if it makes sense, to tackle challenges and problems together. They lean on each other, give advice, share connections and do business with each other when appropriate. It's very much peer-to-peer mentoring and if you are lucky enough to get invited to one, you will most likely see a marked change in yourself and your business.”

Thrive Mastermind is based in Canada and has over 200 members worldwide. We meet once a month via an online video conferencing tool called Zoom. It’s like seeing yourself as part of a Brady Bunch layout.

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My group has 10 members including one member who leads the discussions. None of the members are in my immediate area of the US but I travel regularly so hope to meet some of them in person someday.

Each month we fill out a list of questions that we then discuss with the others. This month was mostly spent on introductions but we did discuss why we are participating in the mastermind, one thing we hope to accomplish in the next year of working with the group, and one struggle that we’re currently having. I won’t discuss what other members said but I will say that my current struggle, like many artists with non-art-making jobs, is finding time to do all the things I want to do each day. Winter is easier since I naturally shut down to a smaller world of mostly myself and my art practice but at other times of the year there just seems to be too much to juggle. I’ll probably never completely figure it out but am glad to have other people in similar situations to talk with.

You can learn more about Thrive Mastermind here: https://www.thriveartstudio.com/mastermind

If you enjoy podcasts, I recommend Thrive’s for any makers, artists, & entrepreneurs: https://www.thriveartstudio.com/podcast

Books about color

Moving from black & white or a monochrome palette can be intimidating so here are some books about color that I recommend.

books about the history of color

The first few are mostly about the history of color and pigments which, while maybe not adding so much to technical skills, can still be very inspiring and who doesn’t like fascinating stories such as the origin of “mummy,” a pigment made of…mummies, and the various ways yellow pigments can kill or make you ill. These are listed in the reading order I’d recommend:

The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair

Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay

Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color by Philip Ball

If you are more interested in the techniques of using color, here are some books to explore.

books about color techniques

The New Munsell Student Color Set. The 2nd edition is shown here but there’s now a 4th edition in print (book title link). This is a workbook that helps train your eye to see slight variations in hue and value. I first used it many years ago but regularly return to it since the swatches are great for helping with color matching while mixing paint. Munsell also makes larger learning tools such as the Munsell Interactive Learning Kit. I dream of someday owning a copy of the Munsell Book of Color. Check out the Wikipedia entry for Albert Munsell for a bit more history.

Here are some images from the 2nd edition. It comes with color swatches that you then have to organize as instructed, using a type of dry adhesive. I used StudioTac but Grafix would also work.

Interaction of Color by Josef Albers. This is also available as an app which I highly recommend getting for your phone or tablet because you can do the exercises within the app. The book provides exercises also but it takes a bit more effort to complete them. Albers teaches more complex color theory than Munsell and I admit some were a bit difficult to fully grasp and integrate into my art practice. And here’s Wikipedia on Josef Albers for a historical perspective.

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Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice by Al Gury. Out of these three color theory books, Gury’s is the most straight forward how-to book. He touches on history of color usage but also offers demonstrations of various painting techniques.

There are many free online color theory & color history resources as well as color theory instructional videos on YouTube. I’ve also found a few color theory instructional videos on for-pay services such as Skillshare, Bluprint, Craftsy, etc.