Friday, April 24, 2020

Flattening the Curve, Day 37

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Hello friends. Today is the thirty-seventh day of my mandatory leave from my work site due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and there is still no definite news on when I will be going back to work.

So while I am waiting for the world to open back up again, I've been spending my quarantine days either in our small backyard garden weeding, planting and watching the grass grow or working on a collage project. In the evenings I've been here on the blog talking about my thoughts, feelings and experiences regarding the pandemic and sharing my collage work, nature photography, and love of collectables.

Last week I decided that each Friday I would share one of my favorite art and creativity podcasts here on the blog. So today I am excited to tell you about Canadian collage artist Danielle Krysa, host of the podcast Art For Your Ear. The podcast, Danielle tells us, is about the "inside-scoop stories from the artsiest people I know." She interviews contemporary artists, mostly women, about what it's like to be a working artist - how they got where they are, the challenges they face and what their favorite snack is. There are plenty of business tips and advice on facing your inner critic.

Danielle started her blog The Jealous Curator in 2009 as a place where she could show artwork that made her jealous. She admits that she was jealous of other artists' work, their lives, successes and their studios. As if the jealousy wasn't enough, Danielle experienced bouts of inner criticism and comparison which kept her from discovering her own creative journey. Not to mention an art professor who, back in her undergrad days when she was an art major, told her she should never paint again.

The blog has developed over the years to become a very popular site that showcases the art of a wide variety of mostly women artists, whom Danielle can now call her friends. From colorful paintings to fun and imaginative sculptures to thought provoking installations, there is something for everyone.

Oh, and Danielle also runs a companion Instagram account for the blog, also called The Jealous Curator.

As if all of the above isn't enough, Danielle is an author of several art and collage books, a public speaker, and has presented her ideas about the challenges of dealing with the inner critic on the Tedx stage.

So if you are interested in hearing real and delightful conversation between artists, need inspiration for dealing with your own inner critic or want tips for how to navigate the professional world of showing your art, then Art For Your Ear is the podcast you should be listening to!

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a peaceful evening.



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