A Creative Affair

A Creative Affair

Fun & flirty conversations unpacking & exploring creativity through the art of photography and other creative passions.

Episodes

January 24, 2023 64 min

Creative February with Takeyce Walter  

Joining our affair this week is New York based artist, painter, mentor, Takeyce Walter.

She is an artist, art educator, media producer (digital art and design), and founder of Creative February. Her art practice primarily involves studying and painting the landscape in her region through direct observation and studio work using oil paint, soft pastel, and gouache. Takeyce also teaches other...

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Impossible Goals

A quickie conversation with hosts, Brie Stockwell and Len Metcalf, exploring creativity through the art of photography and other creative passions.  

 

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In this chat about Impossible Goals we discuss:

  • What is an impossible goal
  • Why you want to create one
  • Self doubt with finishing goals
  • Mentioned in this episode:

  • Our episode on goals
  • FREE W...
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    December 27, 2022 64 min

    The Decisive Moment with Aaron Martinez  

    Joining our affair this week is Aaron Martinez.  He is a staff photographer at the Austin American-Statesman, part of the USA Today network, a licensed drone pilot, and an advanced hobbyist landscape and nightscape photographer. Born and raised in El Paso, Texas where he also went to college to study digital media production and multimedia journalism.

     

    In this chat about The Decisive Mome...

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    December 20, 2022 24 min

    Exciting News!

     

    We interrupt our regular chat about creativity to bring you some exciting news!

    Brie and Len are both experienced creatives and mentors that offer unique experiences to help YOU up level your own creative work.  Join us for a quick chat about how you can work with us PLUS something exciting we've created together.

     

    Brie offers:

  • A 6 week Confidence Program: Create the confidence you want to achieve your creati...
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    December 13, 2022 36 min

    Simplicity and Art

    A quickie conversation with hosts, Brie Stockwell and Len Metcalf, exploring creativity through the art of photography and other creative passions.  

     

    In this chat about Simplicity and Art we discuss:

  • How simplifying helps us in life and art
  • Our process for creating focus
  • Physical and mental clutter
  • Mentioned in this episode:

  • Our episode on journaling
  • Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way"
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    Please don...

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    Inspiration and lessons learned from Georgia O'Keeffe

    A conversation with hosts, Brie Stockwell and Len Metcalf, unpacking & exploring creativity through the art of photography and other creative passions.  

     

    In this chat about Georgia O'Keeffe we discuss:

  • Why we love her art
  • Her catalyst for creating authentic work
  • Lessons we've learned from studying her
  • Our inspiration from her passion for art
  • We love being inspire...

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    Finding Beauty through Art

    A quickie conversation with hosts, Brie Stockwell and Len Metcalf, unpacking & exploring creativity through the art of photography and other creative passions.  

     

    In this chat about Finding Beauty through Art we discuss:

  • Finding beauty in the world today
  • What is beauty? We share our personal views
  • What is an orgasmograph?
  • How looking for beauty through art helps us
  • Mentioned in this episode:

  • Our episod...
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    Why do YOU Make Art?

    A quickie conversation with hosts, Brie Stockwell and Len Metcalf, unpacking & exploring creativity through the art of photography and other creative passions.  

     

    In this chat about why we make art we discuss:

  • Motivation behind why we do what we do
  • Is paid work authentic?
  • Some personal experiences with making and sharing art
  • So, why do YOU make art?

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    Teaching Creativity with Michael O'Neill  

    Joining our affair this week is Michael O'Neill, a photographic artist and professor at Queen's University of Charlotte. 

     

    In this chat about Teaching Creativity we discuss:

  • Why teaching can make us more creative
  • Conscious competence
  • What role curiosity plays in teaching creativity
  • Why DOING is essential to the learning process
  • How perfectionism keeps us from being creative
  • Menti...

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    Tentacles of Creativity

    A quickie conversation with hosts, Brie Stockwell and Len Metcalf, unpacking & exploring creativity through the art of photography and other creative passions.  

     

    In this chat about the Tentacles of Creativity we discuss:

  • Where this topic came from
  • How is creativity infused into our lives
  • What does creativity mean to us/you?
  • How our creative energy influences others
  • Please don't hesitate to engage us ...

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    October 4, 2022 20 min

    Creative Indulgence

    A quickie conversation with hosts, Brie Stockwell and Len Metcalf, unpacking & exploring creativity through the art of photography and other creative passions.  

     

    In this chat about Creative Indulgence we discuss:

  • Indulgence vs guilt
  • What creative indulgence looks like for us
  • How we can indulge in our art and NOT feel guilty
  • How have you indulged in your own creativity?
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    September 28, 2022 26 min

    Your Inner Critic

    A quickie conversation with hosts, Brie Stockwell and Len Metcalf, unpacking & exploring creativity through the art of photography and other creative passions.  

     

    In this chat about Your Inner Critic we discuss:

  • Listening and reacting to our inner critic
  • What we do when our inner critic shows up
  • How to reframe what our inner critic says
  • Some practical ideas for you!
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    September 20, 2022 24 min

    Preparing to Make Art

    A quickie conversation with hosts, Brie Stockwell and Len Metcalf, unpacking & exploring creativity through the art of photography and other creative passions.  

     

    In this chat about preparing for artistic practice we discuss:

  • Do we need or want to prepare to make art?
  • How we mentally prepare 
  • Physical preparation to make art
  • Mentioned in this episode:

    "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron

    Our epi...

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    September 14, 2022 29 min

    Idea Generation

    A quickie conversation with hosts, Brie Stockwell and Len Metcalf, unpacking & exploring creativity through the art of photography and other creative passions.  

     

    In this chat about idea generation we discuss:

  • Where do ideas come from?
  • An exercise for idea generation
  • Why "copying" art can be helpful
  • Personal examples of our experiences with finding new ideas
  • Mentioned in this episode:

    "Steal like an a...

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    September 6, 2022 25 min

    Welcome to Season 2!

    A quickie conversation with hosts, Brie Stockwell and Len Metcalf, unpacking & exploring creativity through the art of photography and other creative passions.  

     

    In this introduction to Season 2 we discuss:

  • Our plans for this season
  • What we've been up to!
  • Integrating life and art
  • Ditching perfection in creativity
  • Mentioned in this episode:

    Len's workshops

    Brie's Creative Confidence Coaching Grou...

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    April 26, 2022 52 min

     

    A conversation with hosts, Brie Stockwell and Len Metcalf, unpacking & exploring creativity through the art of photography and other creative passions.  

    In this chat on "Being a Joyful Creative" we discuss:

  • How joy is different than happiness
  • Finding joy in the journey of making art:
  • Peak Experiences
  • Letting go of perfection
  • Embracing experimentation and failure
  • Questions to consider:
  • Does your art bring you joy?
  • Why is...
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    April 12, 2022 65 min

    A conversation with hosts, Brie Stockwell and Len Metcalf, unpacking & exploring creativity through the art of photography and other creative passions.  

    In this chat about "Creative Flow" we discuss:

  • What is the FLOW state and why we want to be in it
  • How to recognize when we've experienced creative flow 
  • Tips for how we can attain it more often
  • Our experiences with Creative Flow
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    Mentioned in this episode:

  • How to pr...
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    March 29, 2022 71 min

     

    A conversation with hosts, Brie Stockwell and Len Metcalf, unpacking & exploring creativity through the art of photography and other creative passions.  

    In this chat about "Journaling" we discuss:

  • Why we love journaling
  • Creative ways to journal including:
  • Recording Dreams
  • Idea Storming
  • Blogging
  • Journaling as a means to understanding our art and ourselves
  • A morning journaling technique from "The Artist's Way"...
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    March 15, 2022 86 min

    A conversation with hosts, Brie Stockwell and Len Metcalf, unpacking & exploring creativity through the art of photography and other creative passions.  

    In this chat about "Feedback" we discuss:

  • How feedback & critiques improve our art and creativity 
  • When we want to seek feedback or not
  • Positive vs. negative feedback 
  • How do we give feedback?
  • Mindset about feedback
  • Open to growth
  • Curiosity
  • Willingness to learn
  • Mention...

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    March 1, 2022 80 min

     

    A conversation with hosts, Brie Stockwell and Len Metcalf, unpacking & exploring creativity through the art of photography and other creative passions.  

    In this chat about "Social Media" we discuss:

  • Different platforms and how we use them
  • Communities
  • Large Format Film Forum
  • Nature Photographers Network
  • Overcoming comparison
  • Helpful suggestions on using social media
  • Slowing down
  • Curiosity
  • Plan intentional use
  • Questions ...

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