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  • Michele and Bec want to slow down, and go deeper on some of the recurring themes of the Unearthing Art Podcast. A core belief they share is: Great art, impactful art, reveals something of the creator.
    However this isn’t a rule of being an artist (there are no rules!), and certainly artists can have different motivations and go to market with different art offerings. Michele talks about what it looked like when she had different priorities for her art versus now, and suggests that the popular notion of ‘finding our style’—that is, developing the kind of unique art offering that builds collector demand and commands premium prices beyond the mainstream art market—is more about unlocking and revealing pieces of ourselves that we already have within.
    What does it actually mean to reveal something of ourselves in our art? What are the benefits and possible challenges? What are the symptoms of resisting a deeper revelation that may be just beneath the surface of our current work?
    Chat with us on Instagram @unearthingart (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147509812/7hrdKvSd)
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    Song credit: Sunday Groove by Michael Kobrin

  • Origin Art with Michele and Bec (and a group of wonderful artists) is open this week only. If you’d like to hear more about this affordable program that incorporates foundational breakthrough lessons plus ongoing feedback and support… click here (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147515305/7hrdKvSd)
    Michele and Bec recently recorded (for the Origin Art community) a walk-through of Bec’s art journal looking at how the inspiration and vision for her art has changed over the last 18 months.
    They discuss the insights that can flow from this kind of reflection process, particularly getting clearer on what’s unique about how you see the world—AND, how you can be tempted to hold back parts of yourself for fear of being seen as too sensitive or too much. Basically, trying to make sure your art is ‘palatable’.
    But the artistic process is about getting familiar with what we may think of as the ‘too much’ (or not enough) parts of ourselves, with all the vulnerability and self-doubt that stirs up. And knowing that it is beneath the surface of ‘palatable’ that we will find our most amazing art. It’s a messy path of ups and downs, but with patience and an ability to laugh at ourselves, we’ll get there!
    Origin Art with Michele & Bec (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147515305/7hrdKvSd) is open for new members this week only—follow the link to find out more.
    Song credit: Sunday Groove by Michael Kobrin

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  • Special note: We are dropping this episode earlier than usual because we don’t want you to miss out on Michele’s free Artist Break Blueprint event which starts tomorrow (Monday 14th in Australia, Sunday in US).
    There will be 3 live calls through the week (with replays available) digging into how to design powerful breakthroughs for your art practice and business. All free so sign up here (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147523071/7hrdKvSd) for the good stuff.
    In this episode we discuss an important preparatory step to designing the most fulfilling practice and business for yourself—and that is, getting clear on what you REALLY want. Seems simple enough to know what we want, right? But in truth there are a lot of ways we trip ourselves up:
    * unwillingness to take the time needed to clarify our vision
    * waiting for permission, or to feel ready
    * being afraid to claim what we want, because we don’t think it’s possible
    * feeling selfish or undeserving…
    And sometimes, we can see a number of possible paths and we’re just not SURE which one we really, really want.
    Bec is full of questions and Michele drops some big truths!
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    Song credit: Sunday Groove by Michael Kobrin

  • Bec and Michele chat about using the 80/20 rule to hone in on the right art offering and audience that works for what we want to do as artists. Although we might resist the idea of moving from ‘mainstream’ to more unique art, because we fear limiting our appeal, there are multiple ways this approach actually benefits artists—particularly those of us wanting to spend more time developing work and sell at a premium level.
    Michele will be sharing more about how we optimise our art business to play to our unique strengths, as part of the Artist Breakthrough Blueprint coaching event next week (starting 14th November). It’s all free, register here (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147523071/7hrdKvSd).
    The ‘1000 fans’ reference that Bec poorly remembered is from here: https://kk.org/thetechnium/1000-true-fans/
    Song credit: Sunday Groove by Michael Kobrin

  • A couple of good hours in the studio has totally turned Bec around on how stuck she was feeling two episodes ago… This leads to a conversation about the 80/20 rule also known as the Pareto Principle, which shows how focusing our attention and/or effort on the right area (usually a smaller part of what we’re trying to do) can yield much better returns.
    This rule can be applied in so many different ways—Michele and Bec talk about narrowing our art focus for greater satisfaction, editing work for greater impact, and honing in on the ‘gold zone’ when we are in the studio.
    If you’d like to learn more about working in your ‘gold zone’, Michele is running a special free event starting 14th November—a week of coaching on your Artist Breakthrough Blueprint. Click here to read more about the event and register. (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147523071/7hrdKvSd)
    Song credit: Sunday Groove by Michael Kobrin

  • How do we choose, in the moment, what path to take with our art—whether it’s the next move on a particular painting or the next creative idea you should explore?
    In the previous episode Bec and Michele talked about balancing times of open-ended exploration with times when we jump in and commit, and that ultimately there is no single right answer to these kinds of questions. So, moving forward requires a level of trust… in ourselves, in the process, and perhaps in the art itself.
    Michele reflects on how she built trust in her art process and what that looks like day-to-day in the studio, while Bec has a sudden insight about trust, control and our art rising up to meet us.
    Check out Origin Art with Michele & Bec (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147515305/7hrdKvSd)
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    Song credit: Sunday Groove by Michael Kobrin

  • Bec hit a rough patch in the art studio (again!) and came to Michele for advice… If she’s not seeing a way forward with an idea should she abandon it and look for something else?
    This conversation takes some interesting twists and turns as Bec pushes Michele to be more specific about when she prioritises open, exploratory thinking and when she gets more decisive and commits to a specific path with her art. Bec might be looking for a never-fail formula but Michele has a different sort of answer.
    Check out Origin Art with Michele & Bec (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147515305/7hrdKvSd)
    Chat with us on Instagram @unearthingart (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147509812/7hrdKvSd)
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    Song credit: Sunday Groove by Michael Kobrin

  • Bec and Michele wade into some philosophical questions: What makes us who we are? Would we be different people given different experiences? Can our own self-certainty shut down the potential for new aspects of ourselves, and our art, to emerge? This conversation is thick with analogies: seeds, gardens, stagnant ponds and flowing rivers… even some babies in bath water!
    Ultimately, it’s about loosening our grip on any fixed ways of thinking and doing because these can tend to hang us up and limit our options. And beyond that, it’s about learning to not just manage changes in ourselves and our art, but to actually swim in the flow of change and use it as an accelerator.
    Check out Origin Art with Michele & Bec (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147515305/7hrdKvSd)
    Chat with us on Instagram @unearthingart (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147509812/7hrdKvSd)
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    Song credit: Sunday Groove by Michael Kobrin

  • Michele surprises Bec by saying her biggest artist challenges have not come from being a ‘bad’ artist, but from being a bored artist… and that procrastination, unfinished work or losing faith half-way through may all be big indicators that boredom is holding you back in the studio.
    Boredom? Who has the time (and luxury) to be bored when we all feel so damn busy all the time? But that busy-ness means that not only do we miss the signs that boredom may be impacting our art practice, we also rush through the kind of fundamental processes that keep us engaged and keep our work fresh.
    Lots of thoughts on why this happens, how to recognise such blocks in our creative flow, and what to do about it—including what Michele and Bec have been doing to get new perspectives on their own work.
    Check out Origin Art with Michele & Bec (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147515305/7hrdKvSd)
    Chat with us on Instagram @unearthingart (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147509812/7hrdKvSd)
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    Song credit: Sunday Groove by Michael Kobrin

  • How do you think about where you are headed as an artist? Do you have an idealised vision of your ultimate artist self, and how great it’ll be when you get there? Or do you have more of vague frustrated sense that you should be further along, without really knowing where ‘there’ is?
    Bec and Michele take a deep dive, getting both philosophical and practical about how we reconcile our dreams for the future AND the way we want to feel in our day-to-day experience of being an artist. Turns out, it may be less about the destination, and more about: how we feel right now, how we relate to time, and how open we are to enjoying the ride. Also, a game of I Spy might be good for both long car trips and slow days in the art studio !
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    Song credit: Sunday Groove by Michael Kobrin

  • Bec and Michele have more to say on what might be going on beneath the surface when you find yourself avoiding the studio…
    Following on from the discussion of perfectionism and unreasonable standards in the last episode, this conversation digs deeper into how habitual behaviours and automatic emotional responses can really undermine our best intentions for our art practice. How can we become more aware of these patterns and make better choices to support a truly satisfying and enriching artistic life?
    Michele has thoughts about Instagram art challenges, Bec may need a TimTam (Australian chocolate biscuit) intervention, and they both offer practical ideas to get out of the stuck and into action.
    Check out Origin Art with Michele & Bec (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147515305/7hrdKvSd)
    Chat with us on Instagram @unearthingart (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147509812/7hrdKvSd)
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    Song credit: Sunday Groove by Michael Kobrin

  • Bec and Michele have a few laughs today to bring some lightness to an experience that can feel very heavy—when you find yourself completely frozen, hitting an invisible wall or just unable to make yourself practice the very thing you know you love: making art.
    What does it feel like growing up as a ‘straight A’ or an ‘average C’ student, and how do we carry those lessons into our adulthood and art practice? What do we make those external expectations mean about ourselves and what stories do we internalise? (Turns out that life, and being an artist, is a LOT more nuanced than a school report card.)
    As always, there are a lot of layers to unpack—perfectionism, judgment, values, self-awareness and acknowledgment, gentleness and gradual change. It seems none of these ‘hard feelings’ go away completely but neither do we need to torture ourselves with thoughts of our ‘defining suckfulness’. So hey, just be human.
    Chat with us on Instagram @unearthingart (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147509812/7hrdKvSd)
    We had a tech hiccup with our camera recording for this episode, so you won't be able to see all the laughing happening but you can catch up on our other videos on our YouTube channel (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147514375/7hrdKvSd)
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    Song credit: Sunday Groove by Michael Kobrin

  • Michele and Bec revisit the topic of customising your art process for growth. After the previous discussion, listeners had questions about the artist framework Michele teaches in her Origin Art program—Is it a studio process or something else? What does it mean to have a process that is repeatable and personalised?
    This is a longer than usual conversation that pushes deeper into how an artist framework can transform both the experience and results of your whole creative work-life—bringing the focus, integration and optimisation that is so important to your professional sustainability and success. Michele shares the three pillars of the Origin Art framework, and the Creative Brief system she’s developed to help artists maintain their momentum and progress. It all comes back to growth!
    Michele and Bec are also excited to announce that Origin Art will be open for new members for a very short time this week—to get all the details and find out if this is a good fit for you, jump on the list here (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147515305/7hrdKvSd) as the invite goes out tomorrow.
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    Song credit: Sunday Groove by Michael Kobrin

  • Unfortunately Michele's voice is out of action this week, so we decided to do something a little different. We know many of you like to listen to the podcast when you're in your studio. And we can imagine we're right there with you having a chat, which is great because being an artist is generally pretty solitary work. When it feels hard, we can wonder if we're the only ones who feel that way. Or we can get lost in our thoughts and worries and forget why we love making art and how much power we have within to create something new, right in this moment. So this is Best Bits Vol.1 — a few of our favourite clips from Unearthing Art so far, to remind you you're not alone and encourage all of us to keep going. PLUS listen to the end for a special never-before-heard recording!
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    Song credit: Sunday Groove by Michael Kobrin

  • In conversations and courses around selling art, we hear a lot about marketing strategies that involve using Instagram, our websites and mailing lists to build our audience. But if you are not reaching your art sales goals, or your art business is not as profitable as you would like, the problem may not be just about ‘getting more eyes on my art’.
    So many of us start making art for creative and heartfelt reasons, so we may have a blind spot when it comes to analysing the ‘product’ we are selling. Considering product development in our art business does not mean we have to operate like a factory, it means being aware of all the choices available to us throughout the creative and selling cycle—and making conscious decisions about how we want to bring our art to our collectors.
    Check out Origin Art with Michele & Bec (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147515305/7hrdKvSd)
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    Song credit: Sunday Groove by Michael Kobrin

  • It seems like a lot of us artists are on the hunt to find our one true ‘art style’ — an illusive but wonderful thing that we think will solve a lot of problems, and make it easier for us in our studio and in the art market. What is an art style, and how does it really apply to creating and selling our art?
    Bec’s realized the way she thinks about having a recognisable art style has changed drastically over the last year, and that the search for her own art style was probably doing more harm than good. In fact, she thinks she’s found something better.
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    Song credit: Sunday Groove by Michael Kobrin

  • Something’s got Michele hot under the collar and it’s a bit awkward to talk about… how do you feel when you see an artist promoting and selling work that seems to be an obvious copy of someone else’s art? Is there such a thing as truly original art or are we all just picking up and mixing ideas from the same creative pool?
    Bec and Michele talk about learning from other artists’ techniques, understanding how our art fits within current trends and the market cycle, and how to flex our creative power in such a way that we’re always leading.
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    Song credit: Sunday Groove by Michael Kobrin

  • Michele notices Bec’s been quiet lately and that’s a sure sign that something’s bubbling beneath the surface—turns out she’s building a whole new creative system!Together they talk about: how to set an objective for art studio breakthroughs; riding the ups and downs of new ideas; the gems you find in creative ‘holes’; turning your perceived obstacles into valuable input; how Bec is building a highly personalised and integrated process; and even more. It’s a packed episode.Are you interested in systematising what is unique about you, to build your custom process? Join our waitlist for Origin Art with Michele & Bec (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147515305/7hrdKvSd) -- we'll be sending out a special opening invitation in the coming weeks.Chat with us on Instagram @unearthingart (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147509812/7hrdKvSd)Watch the video version of this episode on our YouTube channel (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147514375/7hrdKvSd)All episodes & show notes (https://www.luminatostudio.com/a/2147509811/7hrdKvSd) Song credit: Sunday Groove by Michael Kobrin

  • Even in the best of times, most of us have someone in our lives questioning if pursuing an art career is really the best idea, and whether we should get a ‘safer’ job. Now, it seems like the news is gloomier every day, and with talk of economic downturns those same people might be asking if it’s time to give up the art dream altogether (or at least wait for a ‘better time’).
    Michele shares from her personal experience in responding to incredibly challenging circumstances and how her choices worked out. What can we do to get better at finding opportunity in such times?
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  • How do you get from where you are right now with your art, to the vision you have of what it could be? Michele takes us back to her early ugg, ugg, UGLY art days, when her work was nowhere near where she wanted it to be, and how she went about solving that problem...
    What can we learn from successful creative companies and how they develop their products? How can we develop our own customised systems for the studio—reliable frameworks that help us focus our efforts, while also continually bubbling up new ideas and perspectives? A process that ensures that, whether what we create today is a failure or a success, we don't stop exploring and we keep growing as artists?
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    Song credit: Sunday Groove by Michael Kobrin