041: After the Move

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Mom and I recorded a multi-part pre-move podcast and now we are happy to share our multi-part post-move podcast!  Here are a few photos:

The truck on moving day:

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Loads and loads of construction and installation:

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Mom “helping”:

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Enjoying all of the space in my new place:

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Adding details like the custom printed shower curtain in this selfie:

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On the podcast we discuss how I feel in my new space, my new workflow, unpacking, physical labor, joining the local arts community, missing NYC, and towards the end we kind of wander off into a lengthy discussion about contemporary art and the ability to draw.  I hope you’ll come along for the ride and give the podcast a listen!

Be sure to leave us your comments and questions!  We’d love to add your voice to the conversation!

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040: At the Museum With a Friend

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today’s topic is going to the museum with a friend and how that changes the experience.  For this podcast Mom and I invited our friend, Nathalie Kalbach to join us!  Here’s a photo I took of her at MoMA in the Picasso Sculpture exhibit:

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And one I took of Mom at the deCordova Sculpture Garden:

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And a photo my Dad took of me at the MFA exhibit I mention on the podcast:

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Can’t take me anywhere…. ;)

And because we talked so much about food at the museum, here’s a photo of the most recent meal Nathalie and I had at MoMA:

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Yum!

On the podcast we discuss why you go to a museum, bringing yourself to the art viewing experience, the nature of failure, art in real life vs. photographs, whether knowledge helps or hurts the viewing experience, food, and the magic of talking about art with a friend.

Be sure to leave us your comments and questions!  We’d love to add your voice to the conversation!

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039: Jodi Ohl Paints

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today’s guest is Jodi Ohl.

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Jodi Ohl is a self-taught mixed media artist, originally from Dunkirk, NY, who now resides in Aberdeen, NC.

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Having recently left her day job to pursue her artistic career full time, she is has built a body of work that is known for its distinctive texture, bold color combinations which are often whimsical or abstract compositions, as well as motivational in nature.  Her art appeals to those that seem to be young at heart and who appreciate the positive side of life whether communicated through words, colors, or composition.

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Published in over 23 international mixed media magazines such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studios, Artful Blogging, Artful Journaling, Somerset Holidays and Celebrations, and Cloth Paper Scissors Studios, as well as a contributor to five  mixed media books.

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In 2014, Jodi’s painting,  “It’s Not Complicated” (part of her Pod and Portals collection)  was juried as one of the best of Mixed Media and featured in “Incite 2″ by Tonia Jenny of North Light Books.

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Jodi enjoys writing about her art and sharing the love of healing and motivation through creativity.  She is represented by regional galleries in North Carolina and several others along the East Coast.  In addition, Jodi is a popular mixed media art teacher online and in person, teaching at both large and small local and national workshops around the US.

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When not painting, she enjoys time with her two sons, Josh, 15and Zach, 21as well as other friends and family.

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Look for a new book written by the artist scheduled to be released by North Light Publications, in the latter part of 2016.   Jodi welcomes visitors to her blog Sweet Repeats www.sweetrepeats.blogspot.com where you can find a full listing of classes, weekly musings, and additional artwork for sale.

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Find Jodi online:

On the podcast we discuss teaching, working from home vs. a separate studio, painting in public, getting into galleries, that “no’s” are not really “no’s,” Yupo paper, and a bit about Jodi’s new DVDs (also available as instant downloads): Colorful Canvas Exploration, Graffiti Grunge Art, Expressive Watercolor on Yupo Painting Flowers, Yupo Exploration, Collage Characters, and Tandem Techniques.

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038: Packing the Studio

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  In today’s podcast Mom and I have three conversations (September 1, September 16, and September 27) about the big move to Boston.  We discuss the practicalities of purging the studio, moving it, and my hopes for my business after the move.  I hope you enjoy it!

Here’s a peek at the stack of boxes of crafty goodies I gave my friend:

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When I say, I purged…I really purged.  Thanks for stopping by!

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036: On the Paper Trail with Eileen Hull

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Our guest today is Eileen Hull.

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Eileen grew up in a large family where there was always an art project in the works. Learning to think creatively has been a huge benefit throughout her life: from thirteen military moves and raising four children to developing product lines for craft manufacturers.

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In 2009, Sizzix launched her signature line of ScoreBoards™ dies, which are specially designed to cut and score matboard and thicker materials. Her twelfth Sizzix collection, Stitchlits, will be released in October, 2015.

Eileen also has a line of sixteen innovative ink applicators called ColorBox™ Blends with Clearsnap.

She lives in Herndon, Virginia with her husband in their empty nest :-) The newest addition to the family is a vintage camper called Scotty, which Eileen outfitted as a mobile studio.

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In September 2014, she drove cross-country, teaching and crafting for two months on the Paper Trail. To date, Eileen and Scotty have:

  • logged 23,746 miles
  • stopped in 30 states
  • visited 32 stores
  • taught 51 classes
  • filmed 14 videos
  • attended 2 rep shows
  • displayed on the show floor of the Paper Arts+ Show in July 2015

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Please visit her blog and social media sites for the latest Paper Trail adventures and crafty inspiration!

On the podcast we discuss being creative, Eileen’s crafty beginnings, being crafty in the military, wedding crafts, landing a licensing or “signature designer” gig, Eileen’s products, and teaching.  As always, we’d love to hear from you!  So leave us a comment if you get a chance!

Thanks for stopping by!

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