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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
 
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 ...
 
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This week Laura and Nikki chat with one of Laura’s favorite artists, Lisa Glanz. Lisa is a full-time illustrator with a passion for helping others achieve their creative goals. She loves producing professional resources for creatives, her textures and Procreate brushes are by far some of Laura’s absolute faves. Mostly self-taught, Lisa has created …
 
This week Laura and Nikki talk about how important it is to take the time to celebrate your wins – big or small. With all the comparison traps we find ourselves caught in, we tend to rush past our successes and jump right to the next hurdle we want to conquer and don’t congratulate ourselves for what we’ve accomplished. In this episode, we talk abo…
 
Amy Smith is a contemporary mixed-media artist and activist who is self-taught and always evolving. Her art includes stencils, collage work, illustrations, digital graphic design, paint, and spray paint - all driven by the power of the feminist spirit, unity, and love. Hear how to inspire social good with your art, balance your time with family and…
 
This week we interview Crystal Marie, an artist and author with a passion for teaching others how to find and discover their own unique voice. Crystal has an established career as a professional artist with gallery representation, a published book on the art of collage, and she's currently writing a book about the intuitive voice. She teaches onlin…
 
Nikki and Laura share some fears they both have in relation to their creative careers… and not just Nikki’s fear of running out of bourbon! Listen to 6 fears that can stop you in your tracks and some tips for getting past them. Do you relate to any of these? Share your experience with us in the Startist Society Facebook group! TOPICS DISCUSSED What…
 
Max Laroche is an incredibly creative photographer who captures and highlights the beauty in his home country of Haiti. He's been interested in photography from a young age, and got the idea to take pictures of Haitian beauty after taking a photography class in military school. Hear how to identify your unique talent, share positivity with the worl…
 
In this week’s episode, Laura and Nikki interview artist, illustrator, musician, self-proclaimed mad scientist and D&D geek, Tyler Thrasher. Tyler has an undying love for nature and its respective curiosities, and there are few things Tyler's brain isn't obsessing over. Between his pursuits to crystallize the world, opalize everything and hunt down…
 
Laura and Nikki talk about the limiting beliefs that can have a significant impact on the way we live our lives and can determine what's actually possible for us in our lives and art careers. If you spend all of your time worrying about all the things you don't have yet, what you can't do yet, or how you compare to other artists (and similar though…
 
Anissa Siegel is a super talented painter and photographer who crafts her style based on what she’s feeling like in that moment. She went to college to study art, backed out due to fears, and picked up art again years later. Hear how to find the materials you like best, tackle painter’s block, and take action when a piece of art catches your eye. C…
 
Laura and Nikki chat with Mary Beth Shaw, a fabulous artist, product creator, educator and author who Nikki met over a decade ago. Mary Beth has been a full time artist for 20 years; she's participated in indoor and outdoor art fairs, juried competitions and gallery shows. She's the founder of StencilGirl where she produces and sells stencils of he…
 
In this episode, Laura and Nikki talk about a question a lot of us are thinking about these days: Is it too late for me to start taking my art career seriously? Am I too old? After you hit the big 4-0 mark (or perhaps the 5 or 6-0!) you might question your relevancy in a world that is constantly changing and seems to reward youth, energy, vibrancy,…
 
Leslie Hunt is an interior designer and the Founder of LLH Interiors. She launched her interior design company in 2003 after majoring in Art History in college and training under the legendary Mark Hampton in New York. Hear why art is so important to interior design, how much you should focus on the business side of art, and how her passion for dan…
 
Laura and Nikki speak with the amazing Flora Bowley (who Laura met during her Bloom True painting retreat in Bali eight years ago). Flora is an artist, a gentle guide and author of four books, Brave Intuitive Painting, Creative Revolution, Fresh Paint, and The Art of Aliveness. Blending over 27 years of professional painting experience with her bac…
 
Stephanie Han is a painter, graphic designer, and illustrator who spent more than 20 years working for a design firm before going part-time to focus on her fine art projects. She was born in South Korea, moved to the U.S. at age 7, and got into fine art as an adult as a way to do something different. Hear how her illustration influences her art, ho…
 
Laura and Nikki introduce you to Liz Kohler Brown, an artist, designer, author and top Skillshare teacher who not only has 50 plus courses on Skillshare, but teaches others how to become a course creator. She's been painting, collaging and drawing since she was old enough to hold scissors and pencils without adult supervision. Liz earned an MFA in …
 
Laura and Nikki talk about whether or not artists should work for free. As artists, we tend to be generous and want to see our work out in the world, but others don’t always see our art as work – and we often don’t value our own work as much as we should. How can we reframe this view? In this episode, we talk about the impact of working for free an…
 
In this week's episode, Laura and Nikki discuss the loaded topic of whether or not you consider yourself an artist. When someone asks you what you do, how do you respond? Do you feel imposter syndrome if you tell them you're an artist? Or do you describe yourself as something else? Nikki and Laura share their own stories on how they answer this que…
 
Sahba Shere is a super creative painter who paints landscapes inspired by her dreams, travels, and meditations. She grew up in several exciting locations around the world with a family full of artists, musicians, and comedians. Hear how to let your creativity flow, keep your eyes and mind open to the inspiration around you, and make an impact with …
 
Nikki and Laura speak with Nikki's business mentor, Quinn Tempest. Quinn is the founder of Create Your Purpose®, a community of global entrepreneurs dedicated to building impactful businesses (and lives) with intention. She helps female founders create more purpose + profit in their business withoutburning out. Her professional expertise is in bran…
 
John Hudson is a fine artist who paints unique works on fiberglass and beyond. He grew up around very influential NYC artists and has a background in design from his ad agency days. Hear why art can be so much more fulfilling than design, how to manage perfectionist tendencies as an artist, and the instrumental lessons you can learn at an art show.…
 
Nikki and Laura tackle a question that comes up for many artists and other creative entrepreneurs when they start their business – whether you should use your own name or a business name for your brand. In this episode, they discuss pros and cons of each option and share their own answers to the question. TOPICS DISCUSSED What did Laura choose? (1:…
 
Nikki and Laura share with you 13 important lessons they have learned after their first 6 months of podcasting! From a casual brunch last fall to 28 episodes and counting, they have learned a lot about the mindset, the planning, producing, editing and launching of a weekly podcast and are excited to share it all with you. TOPICS DISCUSSED Having a …
 
Why should we have rituals or routines? How can they benefit us? Are there rituals and routines that can be destructive or hold us back? In this episode, Nikki and Laura how positive rituals and routines can help reduce anxiety and stress, help you sleep better and be more productive. They go into their ideal morning and evening routines and share …
 
Ben Gordon is an innovative artist who also owns a woodworking studio. He creates art out of industrial waste and adds his own touch of vibrant colors while embracing the textures of decay and rust. Hear how to repurpose discarded objects into beautiful creations, why the creative process is easier when you love what you do, and the benefits of wor…
 
Do you ever feel like you don’t have time to make your creative work? Between other jobs you might have, the business side of an art career, family obligations and just regular daily life… you probably feel like you never have enough time to do the most important thing in your creative business, which is actually making the art. So how do you find …
 
Melissa Wenke is an excellent abstract painter who also does collage work, often working on many pieces simultaneously. She has a true love for painting and believes you should respect every piece of art you create - old and new. Hear how to regularly embrace and appreciate your talent as a painter, the challenges that can come with commissions, an…
 
Today, Laura and Nikki talk about teaching live art workshops either in person or online. Teaching is a great way to diversify your income as an artist and between the two of them, Nikki and Laura have experience teaching in a wide variety of situations. In this episode, they share a ton of great tips and considerations to keep in mind when plannin…
 
In this episode, Laura and Nikki talk about whether or not you create, write or make art for the likes. It’s virtually impossible to get away from thinking about how your work is going to appear on Instagram, so when you make your work, are you making it for the Instagram public, for your potential customers or for yourself? TOPICS DISCUSSED: Press…
 
If you’re a regular listener to the podcast, you already know that Laura and Nikki buy books faster than they can read them. In trying to come up with 5-8 books to recommend on this episode, we realized we had way too many and decided to split them up into categories to share over time. In this week’s episode, we're sharing 7 books we’ve read that …
 
Freyda Miller has been a fine art photographer, painter, and conceptual artist since 1978. She focuses on the feminine through various mediums, including assemblage, color photography, and hand-tinted photography. Hear how to create art with underlying meaning, her time production styling for international print ads and commercials that transformed…
 
Have you ever wanted a peek inside what it's like to own an art retail store or workshop space? In this week's episode, Laura and Nikki speak to someone who has done just that. Kristin Williams has spent a lifetime playing with yarn, glitter, clay, rubber stamps, paper, paints and glue. Collage with ephemera and acrylic paints is Kristin's current …
 
Lori Dorn is a self-taught, abstract painter who also spent over 25 years photographing actors and models. She creates abstract paintings reminiscent of nature's elements and organic shapes. Hear how she switched from photography to painting, the inspiration she finds in the nature of New Mexico, and the opportunities that present themselves when y…
 
Joshua Elias is a lyrical abstract artist, writer, and poet, who interweaves these worlds in his oil paintings. He incorporates humor as a stint and abstraction as a vessel to hold an interior landscape of a higher world. Hear how Joshua finds inspiration in our natural energy, why every painting is a smaller part of one overall larger painting, an…
 
In this episode, Laura and Nikki pick up where they left off last week, and are discussing art submissions. If you haven't already, listen to last week's episode first where the focus was on why you should submit your work and where you can submit it. With all of the many different markets you can submit your artwork to – from art directors at comp…
 
Kathe Madrigal is an abstract expressionist painter who paints forms that don't have intrinsic meaning. You can look at them over and over again and always interpret something new. She only creates art that makes her feel good, and she uses blowtorches, razors, and other unique tools to do so. Hear how to deal with painter’s block, how her art is i…
 
This is part one of a two-part series (for now!) about art submissions. If you want to make a living from your art, you're going to have to get it out there into the world and get as many of the right eyes on it as possible. You might be lucky enough to have someone find you on Instagram, but most likely, you're going to have to do the work yoursel…
 
Laura and Nikki interview Stacie Bloomfield, a perfect example of a Startist. Stacie has been creating artwork for brands and products around the world since 2009. Today we learn more about how her illustration business, Gingiber, went from an Etsy start to the thriving company that exists today. Gingiber has had products sold in over 800 stores, a…
 
Mallory Morrison is a fascinating photographer who has been honing her skills in underwater photography for the past several years. Her images are a perfect blend of her photography skills and 24 years of dance experience. She photographs dancers in an underwater environment to tell stories through weightlessness and challenge the boundaries of pho…
 
Laura and Nikki interview Laura's talented friend Miranda van den Heuvel. Miranda is an intuitive painter and creative life coach living in Luxembourg. The founder of Create and Connect, she loves to inspire change through creativity. As a life coach, she inspires people to go from reacting to creating their lives. As an artist, she likes to draw p…
 
Gus Harper is a prolific painter and street muralist who has been creating and selling art around the world for many years. He sold his first painting at the age of 17 to his childhood hero. He is philanthropic, often partnering with charities and donating his art to everyday people as a surprise. With his paintings, Gus shares the spectacular in t…
 
Laura and Nikki introduce you to Hannah Cole, an artist, educator, and founder of Sunlight Tax. Hannah educates fellow artists about taxes and money because she believes creative people are the empathy builders of our culture and when they're financially secure and empowered, they can make bigger, bolder work that will fix our broken world. Her fla…
 
Lisa Gizara has been a dynamic painter and photographer for over 30 years. Her paintings and photographs have appeared in many well-known films, TV series, and commercials, including Mad Men and Modern Family. She uses infrared photographs to create mystery and likes to let her paintings “take her somewhere,” rather than the other way around. Hear …
 
Laura and Nikki discuss whether or not blogs are still relevant for artists. They talk about the history of blogging, how both the reading and writing of blogs have changed over the years, and admit to being less than stellar bloggers in the past! Think you should be blogging? Listen to this episode to hear all the reasons they think you should. TO…
 
Shingo Francis is a thought-provoking painter who takes a minimal and abstract approach to his work to explore color, time, and expanse. He grew up splitting time between Japan and California, and finds inspiration in surfing and meditating. Hear how he creates his innovative and stunning works, his advice for new artists, and the beauty in changin…
 
In this episode, Nikki and Laura talk about the impact of overthinking on your business and your life. From analysis paralysis to fear of making the wrong choice, you'll hear what they tend to overthink and recommendations for getting out of the overthinking cycle! TOPICS DISCUSSED: Analysis paralysis (1:36) Maximizers vs. satisficers (2:00) Nikki …
 
James Hill is an exceptional sculptor who transforms the coolness of fused metal, steel, and bronze into living, dynamic forms. In addition to his creations for private clients, his art can be seen in larger-than-life form in front of Mission Hospital, Industrial Metal Supply, and other spots in Southern California. Hear how he finds beauty in the …
 
Trine Churchill is a painter and sculptor who blurs the lines of realism, dreams, and memories. She was born and raised surrounded by the woods outside of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her art is inspired by images from her family's photo album, plus her own pictures and journal sketches. Hear how Trine’s imaginative upbringing influences her art today, how…
 
Welcome to Art Dimensions: Beyond the Palette. In this pilot episode, meet host, Whitney Rosenson - Owner of Art Dimensions - and today's guest, Howie Ronay. Howie is a photographer who finds unexpected beauty in overlooked objects like trash cans, dumpsters, and fire hydrants. He’s also a Cannes Lion-winning Executive Creative Director and works f…
 
In this episode, Laura and Nikki talk about all the different ways they find inspiration for their art. From journaling and mind maps to getting outside in nature, and viewing other artists’ work, they provide tons of ideas and resources for creative inspiration. TOPICS DISCUSSED: Laura's new Skillshare class - Copic Marker Essentials: Coloring Tec…
 
Laura and Nikki talk about mental health, specifically about what happens when you get into a creative funk, feeling uninspired or unmotivated to create. They discuss how this shows up for each of them and some different approaches you can take to try to get past it. TOPICS DISCUSSED: The impact of isolation during a pandemic (0:57) How creative fu…
 
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