Season 3 – “The Power of Play” wrap up episode

Season 3 – “The Power of Play” wrap up episode

“stay curious!”

In this wrap up episode, I recap all my guests in the season exploring the power of play, and highlight some of the key strategies and takeaways that anyone can use to incorporate more play into their lives and creative practice.

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Artist Sandy Brown on the Power of Making with an Empty Mind

Artist Sandy Brown on the Power of Making with an Empty Mind

“it’s not only about how to do art, it’s how to live”


Sandy is an award winning artist whose work appears in collections around the globe. Her work is the result of a fierce commitment to a spontaneous and intuitive process. In fact, you’ll hear the phrases ‘letting go’, ‘being in the here and now’ and ‘empty mind’ several times in this interview. Working across media, including ceramics, painting, installation and sculpture, Sandy’s work is always bold, energetic, and hugely life-affirming.

This conversation was recorded at her home in the seaside village of Appledore, Devon, in the UK, where Sandy also has her studio and exhibition space. Some of the topics we cover include:

  • key moments that helped her to define her intuitive approach
  • how Sandy cultivates a state of ‘not knowing’ when creating her work
  • the value of trusting intuition and allowing your body to lead your creative process
  • dealing with uncertainty, fear, and not liking your work
  • the importance of ‘letting go’ and saying yes

And what drives her to consistently take on new and bigger challenges.

This was a delightful conversation with one of the bravest artists I know. Sandy’s commitment to, and trust in, the act of letting go, of not knowing – is as challenging as it is inspiring. Please enjoy.

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Roadkill, memory and drawing: artist Kathryn Poole on her distinctive creative process

Roadkill, memory and drawing: artist Kathryn Poole on her distinctive creative process

“be present in your environment”


Kathryn Poole is an artist from Liverpool in the United Kingdom. I had the opportunity to speak with Kathryn after she was announced as the winner of the Jackson’s Art Emerging Artist Prize in Drawing*. And I’m so glad that I did.

Kathryn creates exquisite and highly detailed drawings that result from her fascinating process; a combination of the scientific method, an interest in memory, and roadkill.

The subject matter may be sombre, but Kathryn’s approach is delightfully inquisitive and cheerful.

Some of the topics we cover in this conversation include:

  • How she warms up before beginning work and maintains focus for sustained periods of time
  • Managing time to create alongside a demanding day job
  • The difference between using roadkill versus taxidermy as source material
  • The virtues of working in black and white
  • Her thoughts on entering art competitions
  • and Kathryn’s creative challenge for you to try in your own practice.

I had so much fun talking with Kathryn and exploring her wonderfully distinctive practice; our conversation is full of fantastic observations and practical takeaways – please enjoy!

* If you’d like to enter this year’s competition (2019) , you can find more details here.

Kathryn recommends the following books on ink-making:

And the following podcasts for long hours in the studio:

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