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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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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…
 
Nikki and Laura are excited to introduce you to startist, Trupti Karjinni! Trupti is an internationally-recognized artist and creative entrepreneur from Belgaum, India. She wears the hats of a painter, paintmaker, and educator. She is the creator of Thrive With Trupti, a membership and community where she teaches watercolor enthusiasts the skills a…
 
Nikki and Laura discuss the challenges that introverts face in developing their art business and offer some tips to help. TOPICS DISCUSSED What does it mean to be an introvert or extrovert? (0:48) What if you're both? (1:54) How do you know which you are? (5:00) How does being one or the other impact your art business? (7:03) Laura shares a story a…
 
Laura and Nikki talk about whether or not it’s necessary to go to art school to be a professional artist. They share their different experiences related to art school and other types of art and creative business education. TOPICS DISCUSSED Nikki’s art school experience (1:29) Individual Teacher’s Online classes (7:17) Free mini-courses/lessons (10:…
 
Laura and Nikki admit their art supply addiction, talk about some of their favorite supplies, discuss how to deal with supply overwhelm, and commit to embarrassing themselves with photos of their ridiculous collections! They give some advice they really need to learn to take themselves. Laura and Nikki admit to being art supply addicts (0:50) Laura…
 
Laura and Nikki are thrilled to introduce you to their first Startist Society guest, Shannon McNab! Shannon McNab is a left-handed, left-brained surface designer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her love of both art and numbers has allowed her to license and sell over 75 designs in just the past 4 years, working with brands like Party City, Cl…
 
Have you ever wanted to participate in an art challenge? Nikki and Laura discuss all the types that are available and how they can help you further your art career. From self-directed to organized, and weekly to 100 days or more, art challenges can promote personal artistic and career growth. Hear about some of our personal experiences participatin…
 
Nikki and Laura discuss the dreaded imposter syndrome and comparison trap. In a world where we live so much of our lives on social media, how do we combat the feeling of comparing our lives and work to others who seem so much further along than we are? How do we stop feeling like imposters in the work that we do? TOPICS DISCUSSED Comparing ourselve…
 
Nikki and Laura discuss the concept of creating a word of the year and the difference between having a New Year’s resolution and having a guiding word to live by for a year. Topics discussed: Laura talks about what exactly a "word of the year" is and how she learned about it (1:00) What to think about when choosing your word (2:15) Laura shares her…
 
Laura and Nikki talk about the importance of staying connected as a creative entrepreneur. Whether you live and work alone or you live in a house full of people who aren't artists, it's important to find communities of like-minded people you can relate to. In this episode, we discuss many different ways to connect to other people who are going thro…
 
Nikki and Laura discuss the overwhelming topic of overwhelm! What do you do when there are so many things going on that you don’t know where to start? How can you break things down into manageable chunks? Four types of overwhelm (0:58) Tools we use (2:43) Choose one thing a day (5:43) Weekly planning methods (6:23) Parkinson’s Law (7:50) Estimating…
 
Laura and Nikki share stories of how we get in or out of our own way, the importance of adjusting your mindset, and several helpful steps you can take to get beyond these challenges to advance your art business. Fixed vs. growth mindset Learn how to draw what you see, not what you think Change the way we think to get out of our own way Learning to …
 
Laura and Nikki discuss procrastination, fear, overwhelm and analysis paralysis that keep you stuck and offer 3 actionable steps to help you get out of your own way and start making progress on your art biz. Topics discussed: Fear of failure vs. fear of success Shiny object syndrome Analysis paralysis Wanting to do ALL THE THINGS! Overwhelm Forming…
 
Startist Society is a podcast and community for artists who procrastinate starting or making progress on their art business. Learn more about your hosts Laura and Nikki as they introduce the Startist Society to you. Maybe you are like us and have left your corporate job to focus full time on a creative business. Or maybe you’re trying to fit it all…
 
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