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Guest Interview with Artist Julie Denning (Hedgehog Studio) - Episode 21

Guest Interview with Artist Julie Denning (Hedgehog Studio) - Episode 21

August 7, 2019

It's live! My interview with Digital Artist Julie Denning from San Francisco, California - Episode 21

 

I am super thrilled to interview the amazing digital artist Julie Denning, aka Hedgehog Studio on Instagram. I've long been an admirer of Julie's whimsical and textured works of art on Instagram - little did I know that we'd be on the same wavelength for more than her beautiful painterly art… turns out we're both keen advocates for technology in the creation of our art and the impact of technology on our creative life.

 

Julie creates all her art on her Ipad with Apple pencil - and prior to this she had never used a stylus! We talk about how she's mastered Procreate (an amazing creative tool) what inspires her art and how she remains inspired to create.

 

So listen in and listen up as we talk about:

 

  • How Julie began her creative journey…
  • Textures, the pioneers and the importance of texture in Julie's artistry…
  • Juxtaposing the familiar and the unusual… and incorporating the unexpected in her art…
  • The freedom and challenges of tech and apps in creating art, and Julie's go-to app for her art…
  • The importance of life-long learning…
  • Inspiring thoughts for creatives and…
  • How Julie got the name "Hedgehog Studio"

 

This was such a fun-filled and informative conversation and I loved getting to know this very talented and inspiring Creative.

Check out Julie's gorgeous art in her Instagram gallery at https://instagram.com/hedgehogstudio

 

Enjoy our conversation and I hope you find inspiration for your own creative journey.

Until next time, let's talk!

 

Nicky Jameson

 

Guest Interview with Photographer Teacher and Artist Denise Love - Episode 20

Guest Interview with Photographer Teacher and Artist Denise Love - Episode 20

July 8, 2019

 

It's live - My interview with Denise Love of 2LiLOwls Studio  - Photographer, Teacher, Creative from Atlanta Georgia - Episode 20

I was so excited to interview the talented Denise Love of 2LiL Owls Studio - not least because I often use her beautiful textures in my grunge artistry. Textures are only part of Denise's work however… she's also a photographer inspiring teacher and creative entrepreneur. In fact, Denise has run a successful creative enterprise on the Internet since 2012… when an "Internet business" was yet to be a thing.

 So does she have a few ideas on how to build a creative business online? You bet!

In this episode we talk about creativity and especially creativity in creating a successful business online from nothing in just about the worst situation you can imagine. That means, as creatives who want to be successful we get to hear first-hand from an artist who's being doing it a while. And that is great!

 So listen up and listen in to this fascinating conversation and you will learn:

  • How Denise began her creative business online…
  • The biggest part of what Denise does (hint - it's not textures)…
  • Her approach to photography…
  • The origin of the name "2LiLOwls… and why she wouldn't choose it today…
  • Her two biggest challenges and fears…
  • The hard truth about social media and business building on  the Internet… and the simplest way to win…
  • Her tips for creatives…

 And of course so much more. Once again the time flew by and there is a LOT going in this candid episode with this Inspiring Creative. You may want to take notes… and take action.

 You can find out lots more about Denise on her website here.

 As always be sure to follow the podcast and share it with your fellow creatives and friends.

Until next time… let's talk.

Nicky Jameson, Artist

 

Guest Interview with Pianist and Music Theatre Director, Matt Craig - Episode 19

Guest Interview with Pianist and Music Theatre Director, Matt Craig - Episode 19

June 24, 2019
Now Live!! My interview with Pianist and Music Director Matt Craig from Toronto, Canada - Episode 19

Multi-talented artist, pianist, Theatre Music Director, conductor, singer, dancer and Programmer and science teacher… Matthew Craig has many strings to his bow.

Matt trained as a classical pianist from the age of six and over the last twenty years he's performed classical recitals, accompanied  jazz, classical, rock and theater vocalists, directed  and conducted countless musicals in the GTA for children, teenagers and adults. Matt's sight reading skills are amazing and he has worked with thousands of performers in large groups or individually of any age and ability. 

Listening to Matt's musical arrangements for piano you are simply mesmerized and carried away with the emotional impact, they are a such joy to listen to. Matt has worked with several  Children's Theatre companies, including CATS and Bravo Academy and it's fascinating to watch him direct musical productions as part of the audience. He has a way of making very complex things look easy.

 And did I mention he's one of the coolest guys on the planet?

 Matt is also a great friend, and from the first time I heard him play years ago I've wanted to learn more about his many accomplishments. So  I was thrilled and honoured he agreed to be a guest for my Art Talks Podcast.

 And what a fun interview it was!

Join us on this journey as we talk about all things music and more, including:

  • What it takes to become an accomplished pianist and music director…
  • How Matt became a pianist…
  • His musical style and influences…
  • His amazing piano arrangements (tip: go and check out his amazing arrangement of Music from Inception: Dream is Collapsing and Time for piano, link in these show notes)
  • Journey into Music Theatre direction stage productions he has worked on, and many accomplishments
  • His challenges
  • Learning to dance and teaching others to dance Modern Jive…
  • His inspirations…

I hope you take the time to listen and be inspired by this insightful interview with this amazing artist and educator. While you're about it head over to Matt's YouTube channel and listen to his incredible musical arrangements, including this one from the film/movie Inception:

Music from Inception: Dream is Collapsing and Time for Piano

This piece at Hart House, Toronto

Matt Craig plays Un Sospiro, Liszt at Harthouse

 And this amazing performance of the Star Wars Fantasy Suite:

Matt Craig plays Star Wars Fantasy Suite arr. Jarrod Radnich

You can also check out Matt's website and see more of his music and some dance videos where he is teaching dance lessons and demoing the social dance Modern Jive with yours truly.

Thank you for listening and until next time let's talk!

Nicky Jameson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Interview with Cellist Jay Emme - Episode 18

Guest Interview with Cellist Jay Emme - Episode 18

June 4, 2019

Guest Interview with Cellist Jay Emme - Episode 18

Now Live! My interview this week is with Cellist Jay Emme from Birmingham, England!

From Cellist to Wedding Photographer to Professional Solo Wedding Cellist - Jay Emme lives life to the full and then some.

I could describe this amazing artist many ways, and first one that comes to mind is "Force of Nature" whose light burns brightly as this talented musician goes for her goals and meets her challenges head on. Come along for the ride in this great conversation…and hold on to your hat, because Jay just makes it happen.

WARNING: LOTS of laughter ahead! You know what they say - laughter is good for the soul and in this awesome interview there's plenty that is good for the soul.

 Join us as we talk about:

  • Being creative... and paying the price
  • The joys of being a professional solo cellist...
  • Managing the challenges of mental health and depression…
  • The soul-crushing futility of conforming…
  • The acceptance and the power and freedom of standing out...
  • Asking the hard questions, learning even harder lessons and finding a better way...
  • Taking aim and living out loud

We talk about creativity throughout… of boldness and bravery, being okay about standing out, about authenticity, the critical importance of good friends, travelling the world, inspiration and encouragement. And why comparison sucks.

You also get to meet Sid. Who is Sid you may ask? Listen and you'll find out.

My chat with Jay is a fascinating and compelling artist conversation with many nuggets of encouragement for artists… and we had the most amazing time.

From travelling the world as a wedding photographer, Jay now travels the world as a freelance cellist available for weddings and private functions. Be sure to check out her Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/cosmicgirlie/ and her website

Until next time,

Let's go!!

Nicky Jameson

Guest Interview with Artist Athalie Taylor - Episode 17

Guest Interview with Artist Athalie Taylor - Episode 17

May 14, 2019

Guest Interview with Artist Athalie Taylor - Episode 17

Now Live! My interview this week is with Digital Artist Athalie Taylor from Tasmania, Australia!

Another fascinating artist's journey, another trip down under! This time we visit Tasmania (figuratively speaking) where I get the opportunity chat with multi-talented Digital Artist Athalie Taylor. It was a fun time.

Athalie always had her own ideas about what she wanted to do, even when art school (which she had wanted to attend) turned out to be a "no-no."

Instead she took a different route and honed her skills in textiles, dressmaking and more…learning and teaching others to create things for themselves. From textiles to crafts to photography and then to digital art where she creates spectacular art on her new iPhone"… Athalie says she always had enough skills to be able to make a thriving living and do it while being different.  And it flows through to her art - it's fascinating and different.

It's always interesting to hear how we artists arrived where they are today in our artistic journey. In this episode you will hear how Athalie's fascinating journey led her to becoming a digital artist and find out how she:

  • Used her creative skills to run several entrepreneurial ventures…
  • Left photography to begin creating digital art on the iPhoneX…
  • Created a thriving  magazine to showcase the community of digital artists "down under" and became part of a regular group meet-up of digital artists
  • Pushed past challenges such as illness to hold several solo exhibitions and expand her creative horizons…

 You'll also hear a few of her inspiring tips for artists and about some her solo exhibitions.

You can see more of Athalie's beautiful art at her website - do head on over there and give her a thumbs up!

Thanks for listening to this episode of Nicky Jameson Art Talks. If you enjoyed it subscribe, comment give us a thumbs up iTunes and please share with friends, associates and of course on social.

Until next time, let's talk!

Nicky Jameson

 

Guest Interview with Artist Karin Merx - Episode 16

Guest Interview with Artist Karin Merx - Episode 16

April 29, 2019

Guest Interview with Artist Karin Merx - Episode 16

It's now live! My guest interview this week is with Artist Karin Merx from London, England

Prepare yourself for a powerful and inspiring artist interview that proves that no matter the challenges we must do whatever we need to do to find our creative purpose and answer the call.

I was thrilled to interview Artist Karin Merx who shares her journey from classical musician to visual artist - telling your story through a portrait - and creative entrepreneur.

 Kick back, grab a coffee (and a notebook - you'll need it to jot down some great points) dive into this very illuminating interview…

  • What does it mean to make art with meaning and how does Karin do this?
  • Why is it so critical for artists to be true to themselves, whatever the cost?
  • What's the consequence of allowing others and their opinions to define who you are and what you should and shouldn't do?

Answering the call of being a visual artist meant pushing back against patriarchal pressure and criticism. Telling a story through a portrait and changing lives has been part of the journey and Karin graciously shares it in this interview.

Listen to the latest episode and learn…

  • How Karin Merx took back her power as an artist and why she speaks her mission…
  • How Karin uses her art to powerfully support others fighting the fight against racial, sexual and social injustice and the blight of invisibility...
  • The origins of "Your Story Told" and changing lives…
  • How Karin is building her creative enterprise

Thank you Karin for sharing your story! 

You can find out more about Karin at her website http://karinmerx.co.uk

Or her Instagram: Instagram.com/caliz_studios

Thanks for listening to this episode of Nicky Jameson Art Talks. If you enjoyed it follow my podcast so you never miss an episode, and please feel free to share this episode.

 

Until next time, let's talk!

 

Nicky

 

http://nickyjameson.com

Guest Interview with Artist Trish Hoskin - Episode 15

Guest Interview with Artist Trish Hoskin - Episode 15

April 15, 2019

Guest Interview with Artist Trish Hoskin - Episode 15

It's here! My interview this week is with Digital Artist Trish Hoskin, all the way from Southern Australia.

Time to go down under! I was thrilled to chat with Trish, one of my favourite artists who's from Adelaide, Australia! You will enjoy getting to know her through our fun interview. How cool was it to chat across time zones and share stories about creativity and art? It was super cool.

You may know Trish Hoskin already from her super stunning artwork, ranging from floral and architectural to intricate fantasy and abstract (which she makes look so effortless), beckoning you to join her on an exciting adventure. I've long been an admirer of her work which I see often in our digital art groups and on Instagram.  Trish's story is fascinating. A world traveler with a special love for London UK (my beautiful home town no less) you could describe Trish's artistic life as a wonderful adventure in art proving that art can take you places.

From a pilgrimage to London UK to commemorate the anniversary of the death of the late Lady Diana, Princess of Wales to rubbing shoulders with celebrity, appearing on T.V., publishing a book about her travels and her art and contributing to two digital artistic teams… with all this Trish is a  prolific artist who creates her art and nurtures her artistic vision and expression. And did I mention she does all this in addition to a day job? How does she do it?

Tune into the show and you'll learn:

  • How Trish, as a photographer, transformed herself into a digital artist…
  • How she stays true to her creative and artistic vision…
  • How she meets the challenges of self-doubt and resists the temptation to compare…
  • How Trish stays motivated...
  • Her tips for other creatives and would-be digital artists dreaming of tapping into their creativity...

It was another fun chat and such a pleasure to get to know this amazing artist.

Kick back, listen, be inspired.

Find out more about Trish and see her stunning work on her website https://www.trishhphotography.com/

Thanks for listening to this episode of Nicky Jameson Art Talks. If you enjoyed it follow my podcast so you never miss an episode, and  feel free to share this episode.

Until next time, let's talk!

Nicky

http://nickyjameson.com

Guest Interview with Artist Cathrine Blan Episode 14

Guest Interview with Artist Cathrine Blan Episode 14

April 1, 2019

Guest Interview with Artist Cathrine Blan

It's here! My Interview with  Artist Cathrine Blan - Episode 14

"Art is my life and my life is art..." Cathrine Blan.

My guest this week is Artist and fellow Brit Cathrine Blan and I think you will find this interview as fascinating as her art. I certainly did. Cathrine and I have been in the same digital artist group on Facebook for a few years now and not only does she produce amazing art she produces a LOT of it AND she always seems to have a moment to encourage other artists in the group and comment on their work, especially new and shyer artists. And not only does she produce an astounding amount of stunning art every week - she does it in addition to running not one but two businesses.

She shares her secret!

Indeed, art is her life and she weaves it all together beautifully, as you will discover in this episode.

Kick back, tune in and you will learn:

  • How and why art plays such an integral part in Cathrine's life…
  • The key elements that make up her art…and her top tools for creating...
  • How Cathrine remains inspired and constantly creating
  • All about Daydream Designs
  • Her top two challenges...are mine too!
  • Cathrine's social media tips for artists
  • Her thoughts on tuition, mastery and being a life-long learner as an artist...
  • Her key tip for artists…
  • And much more

We had a blast, the time flew by… and I was so inspired by this phenomenal artist.

Check out Cathrine Blan at her various sites. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cathrine.blan

Behance https://www.behance.net/dollycathy Her website: https://artboja.com/art/316xid/

And her Instagram: @Cathrine_blan_  and @daydreamdesigns2018

Thanks for listening to this episode. If you enjoyed this episode please subscribe, give us a thumbs on on iTunes and share this podcast on social media and with anyone who might enjoy it.

Until next time, let's talk.

Nicky

Guest Interview with Artist Marilyn Rose - Epsisode 13

Guest Interview with Artist Marilyn Rose - Epsisode 13

March 25, 2019

It's here! My interview with Artist Marilyn Rose is now live!

Episode 13

Kick back and listen in to this very informative and fun interview with this wise and talented artist who helps artists shine their light.

  • Listen to Marilyn talk about how she discovered her creative purpose and her mission, and how she deals with some big challenges - including one that will sound familiar to many artists - 
  • Learn how she overcomes these challenges and turns them into ways of powerfully impacting people through her art
  • Learn about the unique way Marylin creates her art and connects with her audience
  • Find out what books and courses helped her along the way and how they can help anyone seeking to find their purpose, remove blocks and move forward… and not just artists
  • learn about Marilyn's tips for artists wanting to embark on their creative endeavours. And why is it so important for us to be in service to others

This was such a fun and informative interview and it was a joy to learn more about Marilyn Rose (whom I've admired for some time) her paintings and her view on life. You will come back and listen again and again, there is so much fabulous wisdom in this interview. 

If you haven't had a chance to see Marilyn's expressive paintings, you can see them and find out more about her by going to her website -  Marilyn Rose Fine Art:

https://artistmarilynrose.com

Thanks for listening to this episode. If you enjoyed this episode please give us a thumbs on on iTunes and do share this podcast on social media and with anyone who might enjoy it.

 

Nicky Jameson, Artist

 

 

How I Created Harbourside Skyline - Ep-12

How I Created Harbourside Skyline - Ep-12

March 10, 2019

How I Created Harbourside Skyline - Ep-12

In this episode I talk about how I created one of my latest layered compositions called "Harbourside Skyline" (and why) including some tips of where to get some spectacular shots of Toronto's skyline. Enjoy and don't forget you can check out my podcast on Apple itunes and Spotify as well as in your fave podcasting app.

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Let’s Talk about Rejection - Episode 11

Let’s Talk about Rejection - Episode 11

March 3, 2019

Episode #11 - Let's Talk about the R Word

The R word. Rejection. Nobody likes to talk about it or admit quite how much it happens to us as artists and creatives.  We always love to talk about the successes - and with good reason. Success feels good...is good. Getting rejected -  not so much. It feels horrible every single time. In fact even the thought of experiencing it can scare us such that we allow it to stop us in our tracks and fear of being rejected can stop us ever creating again. Or we continue to create, it can stop us showing our work.  So how can we overcome this as artists? For like death and taxes, if you're an artist you're going to come face to face with rejection and not once but many times. So what to do?

I've had a few thoughts about this topic bouncing around in my head for a while and I finally got them down on paper to make sense of them and wanted to share my perspective in this latest episode. The fear of rejection lurks even there, but only for a while. 

I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences around rejection and how you dealt with it (in particular as a creative) and especially tips to help us all cease to fear rejection and see it for what it really is.

You can listen to this episode and previous episodes in itunes and if you do please leave a review, it means more people can find my podcast.

Hope you find something to think abut and as always, thanks for listening.

 

Because it Doesn’t Just Happen

Because it Doesn’t Just Happen

February 23, 2019

EP10. In today's episode I share a few thoughts about the gift of creativity, nurturing it and how important I think it is to listen to and speak in, our own artistic voice which can sometimes get drowned out by a million others.

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