Season 2 Episode 6: Being a life long artist with Annette Nieukerk

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Our guest Annette Nieukerk describes herself as a life long artist who is perpetually reemerging! Annette shares about her work which is primarily focused on working with the aging female form.  All of her models are over sixty years of age!

Annette is a THRIVE Member and Leader and in this episode we have a mini THRIVE Mastermind meeting together! Also this is the first THRIVE Talks Podcast where one of us doesn’t have a struggle and we talk about the importance of accepting and embracing the good times too! 

Visit Annette’s website here and follow her on Instagram here.

Follow Tara on Instagram here, and Jamie here.

Learn more about becoming a THRIVE Member here!

Season 2 Episode 5: Following your joy with Courtney Cerruti

Courtney Cerruti is a maker extraordinaire and she makes something everyday!

We ask what a typical week for someone who works at Creative Bug, has an art practice, writes books, co-owns a retail space and teaches workshops looks like. She also talks about the challenges of building a brand when your passions cross a number of mediums and projects! 

She also offers solid advice on deciding if something new is an opportunity or a distraction?

Visit Courtney’s website here and follow her on Instagram here.

Follow Tara on Instagram here, and Jamie here.

Learn more about becoming a THRIVE Member here!

Season 2 Episode 4: Portals and Crystals and Art Magic with Rebecca Chaperon

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Did you know that Rebecca Chaperon was at the very first ever THRIVE Mastermind meeting? She is also our guest on the podcast this week! 

Rebecca is a hard working and prolific artist whose work is found everywhere from public and commercial galleries to her online store! She shares practical tips for other artists who want a similar diversity and variety in their careers and advice for persevering through the challenges that come along the way! 

Visit Rebecca’s website here and follow her on Instagram here.

Follow Tara on Instagram here, and Jamie here.

Learn more about becoming a THRIVE Member here!

Season 2 Episode 3: Lipstick, little brothers and building community with Andrea Soos

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Jamie and Tara have their own mini THRIVE Mastermind meeting with Andrea Soos! In this episode they talk about the importance of community and Andrea shares about the transition she has made from local business owner and teacher to full time artist!

Visit Andrea’s website here and follow her on Instagram here.

Follow Tara on Instagram here, and Jamie here.

Learn more about becoming a THRIVE Member here!

Season 2 Episode 2: Instagram for Artists with Taylor from Later.com

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Jamie and Tara talk to Taylor Loren from Later.com about Instagram for artists! This episode is perfect for artists who want to focus on making meaningful work while not having Instagram run their lives. Taylor shares some great tips for making your account a must follow and also shares what she thinks more artists should be doing!

Follow Taylor Loren on Instagram here.

Check out Later.com here.

Follow Tara on Instagram here, and Jamie here.

Learn more about becoming a THRIVE Member here!

Bonus Episode: Re-framing Sales with Shannon Ward

In this episode, Jamie, Tara, and their guest Shannon Ward talk about:

  • Changing the way we think about sales to positively impact our art practices as well as client experiences.

  • Shannon's definition of "sales", and how it can empower both artist and client decisions.

  • Reaching your target market and the ideal client.

  • Giving yourself and your client the ability and tools to transform.

Episode Notes/Resources

Special thanks to:

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

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Bonus Episode: Money for Artists with Leah Goard

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In this episode we talk Money for Artists with Leah Goard!

So many of our members and artists struggle with the age old tale of the “starving artist” and other money stories we have picked up along the way. At THRIVE we believe these stories and mindset for artists needs to change. We need to define our money stories, design a better path and align this with routines that help us be successful.

But we need a guide and we need to do the work and that is why we are so excited to have Leah as a guest on the Podcast!

We are also thrilled to have partnered with Leah to create a course all about money for artists! We have just launched this amazing work and the course is called Define Design Align Money Course for Artists and you can sign up for it here!

Episode Notes/Resources

Special thanks to:

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

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Bonus Episode: Going Big with Ola Volo

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In this episode, Jamie, Tara, and their guest Ola Volo talk about:

  • Ola encourages female artists to take one mural projects and is an example of the power of women in the field.

  • How important it is to prepare thoroughly for a mural, and how Ola goes about doing it her way.

  • The very real physical and mental burden of mural work, as well as the technicalities of painting in different spaces.

Episode Notes/Resources

Special thanks to:

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

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Ola working on the mural for the IPAF Festival in Mexico.

Ola working on the mural for the IPAF Festival in Mexico.

The mural at large.

The mural at large.

Ola's mural at The Profile in the THRIVE Mastermind meeting room. We are so lucky!

Ola's mural at The Profile in the THRIVE Mastermind meeting room. We are so lucky!

Ola's mural for the Art Smash on Granville Island, Vancouver.

Ola's mural for the Art Smash on Granville Island, Vancouver.

Ep 14: Reflection

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THRIVE Talks is a monthly podcast hosted by artists Jamie Smith and Tara Lee Bennett from THRIVE Art Studio.

To celebrate one year of podcasting and three years in business Jamie and Tara have a chat about the ups and downs of running a business. They share what they've struggled with, what they've learned and what they are excited about. They hope that this conversation inspires you in your businesses especially in those times when things get tough!

Special thanks to:

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

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The very first THRIVE meeting that started it all!

The very first THRIVE meeting that started it all!

THRIVE's first field trip in Vancouver led by the unicorn of the art world Pennylane Shen.

THRIVE's first field trip in Vancouver led by the unicorn of the art world Pennylane Shen.

We are so, so lucky to have this community of wonderful and supportive artists.

We are so, so lucky to have this community of wonderful and supportive artists.

Our members recently finished this gorgeous mural for the  Vancouver Mural Fest ! The mural was designed by THRIVE's very own Tara Lee Bennett and painted by our members.

Our members recently finished this gorgeous mural for the Vancouver Mural Fest! The mural was designed by THRIVE's very own Tara Lee Bennett and painted by our members.

Ep 13: Redefining Success with Lisa Congdon

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THRIVE Talks is a monthly podcast hosted by artists Jamie Smith and Tara Lee Bennett from THRIVE Art Studio. Every episode follows the format of a THRIVE Mastermind meeting where they share what they are excited about, learning and struggling with. 

In this episode, Jamie, Tara, and their guest Lisa Congdon talk about:

  • Creating habits that support real success.

  • Finding your creative voice and what it means to have one.

  • Balancing time and energy as a full-time artist, and the importance of honouring your needs as a creative person.

Episode Notes/Resources

Special thanks to:

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

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Ep 12: Studio Magic with Kari Kristensen

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THRIVE Talks is a monthly podcast hosted by artists Jamie Smith and Tara Lee Bennett from THRIVE Art Studio. Every episode follows the format of a THRIVE Mastermind meeting where they share what they are excited about, learning and struggling with. 

In this episode, Jamie, Tara, and their guest Kari Kristensen talk about:

  • The magic that happens when you go into the studio, do the work, and stick to a consistent schedule.

  • Creating time by taking things off your to-do list, and learning how to delegate your work so you don't get overwhelmed.

  • Going big when you want to stay small.

Episode Notes/Resources

Special thanks to:

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

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Kari and her mural at Granville Island, taken by  Maria Angerilli .

Kari and her mural at Granville Island, taken by Maria Angerilli.

Kari and her mural at The Profile in Vancouver.

Kari and her mural at The Profile in Vancouver.

Tara and Jamie with their mural at The Profile.

Tara and Jamie with their mural at The Profile.

Ep 11: What to do with a Blank Canvas and a Blank Calendar with Flora Bowley

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THRIVE Talks is a monthly podcast hosted by artists Jamie Smith and Tara Lee Bennett from THRIVE Art Studio. Every episode follows the format of a THRIVE Mastermind meeting where they share what they are excited about, learning and struggling with. 

In this episode, Jamie, Tara, and their guest Flora Bowley talk about: 

  • Flora's insights on hosting successful workshops, as well as insights on her journey as an artist and teacher.

  • The power of connecting with others.

  • Helping people get excited and the creative value of being a teacher who crafts special experiences for people.

  • What to do with a blank canvas and a blank calendar.

Episode Notes/Resources

Special thanks to:

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

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Flora's "Forever Spring" mural.

Flora's "Forever Spring" mural.

Ep 10: Growing the Perfect Pumpkin with Crissy Arseneau and Jenn Brisson

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THRIVE Talks is a monthly podcast hosted by artists Jamie Smith and Tara Lee Bennett from THRIVE Art Studio. Every episode follows the format of a THRIVE Mastermind meeting where they share what they are excited about, learning and struggling with. 

In this episode, Tara and guests Crissy Arseneau and Jenn Brisson talk about: 

  • Helping each other as women to build confidence and the importance of teamwork and reaching out to others.

  • Having priorities when growing a business, saying both "yes" and "no", and dedicating your best to the parts that matter.

  • How far you're willing to go for a client, and negotiating between your own expectations as well as your clients'.

Episode Notes/Resources:

Special thanks to:

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

Bonus: Artists and Money with Jessica Somers

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This is a must listen episode for artists who feel a little lost when it comes to money! In this special bonus episode with chartered professional accountant Jessica Somers (CPA, CGA) we cover what we need to know and do as artists to take some of the stress and mystery out of our relationship with money!

Episode Notes/Resources: 

Special thanks to: 

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

Ep 9: Letting Go of Old Goals and Feeling Like a Pro with Ola Volo

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Content warning: Please note in this episode we speak about childhood sexual abuse, being triggered and Donald Trump.

THRIVE Talks is a monthly podcast hosted by artists Jamie Smith and Tara Lee Bennett from THRIVE Art Studio. Every episode follows the format of a THRIVE Mastermind meeting where they share what they are excited about, learning and struggling with. 

In this episode, Jamie, Tara, and their guest Ola Volo talk about:

  • Ola's design process behind murals and how she prepares for them.

  • How to deal with being overwhelmed and constructively protecting yourself in a sustainable manner.

  • Balancing financial resources, time, and your own art practice in terms of projects, and shedding old goals to make way for growth.

Episode Notes/Resources:

Special thanks to:

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

Kari Kristensen  and her mural, taken by  Maria Angerilli .

Kari Kristensen and her mural, taken by Maria Angerilli.

Laura Yu  and her mural, photo taken by  Abhishek Dhoj Joshi .

Laura Yu and her mural, photo taken by Abhishek Dhoj Joshi.

Tierney Milne  and her mural.

Tierney Milne and her mural.

Ola Volo's  mural at  The Profile , photo taken by  Laara Cerman .

Ola Volo's mural at The Profile, photo taken by Laara Cerman.

Bonus: Artisan Markets with April Lacheur

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This is a must listen episode for artists who are trying to decide if Artisan Markets are for you! In this special bonus episode with artist April Lacheur, she shares her experiences and advice for artists who are considering Markets as an outlet to share and sell their work.  Listen for her tips, tricks and the things April learned the hard way so you don't have to! 

Guest April Lacheur's website and Instagram

Episode Notes/Resources: 

Special thanks to: 

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

Ep 8: Being Grateful and Being Human with April Lacheur

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THRIVE Talks is a monthly podcast hosted by artists Jamie Smith and Tara Lee Bennett from THRIVE Art Studio. Every episode follows the format of a THRIVE Mastermind meeting where they share what they are excited about, learning and struggling with. 

In this episode, Jamie, Tara, and their guest April Lacheur talk about:

  • Their words of the year and the importance of self-reflection, getting excited, having goals and being okay with failure.

  • Planning and organizing ahead to avoid being overwhelmed.

  • Newsletter tips and tricks.

Episode Notes/Resources: 

Special thanks to: 

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

Ola Volo's mural in THRIVE's meeting room in The Profile.

Ola Volo's mural in THRIVE's meeting room in The Profile.

Ep 7: THRIVE at Hogwarts with Charlotte Spafford

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THRIVE Talks is a monthly podcast hosted by artists Jamie Smith and Tara Lee Bennett from THRIVE Art Studio. Every episode follows the format of a THRIVE Mastermind meeting where they share what they are excited about, learning and struggling with a special guest.

In this episode, Jamie, Tara, and their guest Charlotte Spafford talk about:

  • Holding the tension between wanting more and also being happy and content with exactly where we are.

  • Knowing what you want and avoiding a half assed ask.

  • The joy of drawing, creating a visual vocabulary and transitioning to new bodies of work.

  • Harry Potter!

Episode Notes/Resources:

Special thanks to:

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

A peak at Charlotte's visual vocabulary

A peak at Charlotte's visual vocabulary

Charlotte pictured with work in the Precious Things exhibition.

Charlotte pictured with work in the Precious Things exhibition.

One of Tara's collage with white gel pens. This was Jamie's Christmas present this year!

One of Tara's collage with white gel pens. This was Jamie's Christmas present this year!

Ep 6: Put a Pom-pom on it with Danielle Krysa

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Please note in this episode there is some adult language and as this episode was recorded on Skype the sound reflects that. 

THRIVE Talks is a monthly podcast hosted by artists Jamie Smith and Tara Lee Bennett from THRIVE Art Studio. Every episode follows the format of a THRIVE Mastermind meeting where they share what they are excited about, learning and struggling with.

In this episode, Jamie, Tara, and their guest Danielle Krysa talk about:

  • Showing up and investing in your artwork and art business.

  • Working small, creating ugly work and the value in making a lot of work.

  • How tricky it can be as artists when selling work and dealing with rejection.

  • Juggling time management and hiring when the time is right.

  • Pom-poms!

Episode Notes/Resources:

Special thanks to:

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

“‘use the pom poms sparingly’ they said - unfortunately liz and her creative muse were already knee deep.”   Just some of the pom poms Danielle talks about in the episode and what inspired the episode name.

“‘use the pom poms sparingly’ they said - unfortunately liz and her creative muse were already knee deep.”

Just some of the pom poms Danielle talks about in the episode and what inspired the episode name.

“juggle, balance, hustle, repeat – patty could do it ALL with one hand behind her aching back.”   Can you see why Tara resonated so much with this artwork that she had to own it?

“juggle, balance, hustle, repeat – patty could do it ALL with one hand behind her aching back.”

Can you see why Tara resonated so much with this artwork that she had to own it?