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By Annie Fain Barralon
How can you do all that needs done in life and still pursue your desire to learn French, or the guitar, or grow a plant or make art? Sometimes we wonder if small moments of making, learning and practice folded into our daily lives are, in fact, enough. Join Annie Fain Barralon as she interviews creative livers who have some how, in the middle of it all, continued on their creative paths no matter what. Their stories remind us that the secret sauce, making our lives sweeter, is not only the consistent doing of tiny bits, but also in enjoying all those tiny bits along the way.
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How being "hell-bent" is an important part of your creative path w/ Aubrey Atwater

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How being "hell-bent" is an important part of your creative path w/ Aubrey Atwater

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Make your life a work of art w/ Hannah Levin
Potter, singer song writer, yoga instructor, Ayurveda practitioner and personal health coach Hannah Levin's motto is "Make your life a work of art." Though being multi-passionate has meant different things to her at different times, she has remained faithful to the ebb and flow and enjoys the fact that her different mediums of focus are now overlapping in nice ways in her present work. She encourages all of us to find simple ways to honor our health so that there are fewer barriers between us and our creative inspirations. This could be waking before the sun and letting your energy build with the sunrise every morning or making lunch the largest meal of the day. She reminds us that because everything is always in a state of change, even if we feel stuck, we aren't. Maybe instead, we have found ourselves in the "breakdown" before the "breakthrough" which could be an exciting place indeed.  Hannah's Website: www.heartfeltwellbeing.com Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/heartfelthannah Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heartfeltwellbeing/ Vitality Circle: https://www.heartfeltwellbeing.com/vitality-circle Evolve: https://heartfelt-wellbeing.mykajabi.com/evolve If you'd like to see the unedited video versions of these interviews as part of our free private Facebook community sign up for our FainHouse email list here: www.bit.ly/FainHouse Your quote for the day: "Start with pleasure. Make a list of all the things that are pleasurable in your life and then make an art form out of one of them. And if you’re courageous, make a list of all the things that are difficult in your life and make an art form out of one of them" ~ Paulus Berensohn, speaking in the film "To Spring from the Hand"
45:34
June 8, 2021
Not forcing it combined with pure persistence might just be the supportive combo you are seeking w/ Heather Stewart Harvey
Sometimes the answer to overwhelm in art (and in life) is to narrow the infinite number of possibilities down from a great many to a limited few. After a number of enjoyable years as an academic librarian and documentary film maker/teacher Heather Stewart Harvey has found great freedom in this idea as it applies to her main passion of the moment: ceramics. Endless shades of gray, a minimal aesthetic, play with shadow, a focus on form and choosing hand building over wheel throwing because it fits into her start-and-stop work schedule are all part and parcel of a formula that works for her in the midst of the pulls of family life. She continues to fold gardening, home-nesting and playing backup guitar with her fiddler husband into all the rest and though it ain't always easy, it remains worth it. Every day. Check out Heather's ceramic work here: https://www.heatherstewartharvey.com/ See some of Heather's documentary film work here: https://vimeo.com/heatherstewartharvey Follow Heather here: https://www.instagram.com/heatherstewartharvey If you'd like to see the unedited video versions of these interviews as part of our free private Facebook community sign up for our FainHouse email list here: www.bit.ly/FainHouse Your quote for the day: “The more that each of us tends our own soul, the more the world will prosper.” ~ SARK
34:39
June 1, 2021
It's really ok to be all about what makes you happy w/ Melissa Weaver Dunning
What if we want to knit a pair of socks with skulls on them? What if we want to learn the old songs of the Gaelic lands or grab a concertina? Well. If that's what calls you, then you should just get to it. Melissa Weaver Dunning understands this feeling and has plenty of experiences spinning, knitting, natural dyeing and hand weaving that overlap with great stories, traditional music and a desire to choose a life for it's rich variety over the money that may or may not flow in. Melissa reminds us that sometimes these choices mean more time with our children, our spouses...and with our quiet thoughts. On top of that, sometimes loving and pursuing multiple endeavors balances out our introverted selves with our extroverted selves. Added Bonus: Melissa sings a song at the end of this episode! Hear/See Melissa's 280 song a day project here: - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCSsdMuR6cWc34lVfvJWB_A Follow her Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/peaceweaver Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/melissaweaverdunning/ Blog with teaching calendar: http://melissaweaves.blogspot.com/ If you'd like to see the video versions of these interviews as part of our free private Facebook community sign up for our FainHouse email list here: www.bit.ly/FainHouse Your quote for the day:  “Creativity is nothing but a mind set free.”  ~ Torrie T. Asai
42:38
May 25, 2021
Put down the Facebook and pick up the banjo w/ Jim Pankey
Multi-instrumentalist, performer, teacher and award winning yo-yoer Jim Pankey decided one day to quit his day job as a banker and pursue a career as a professional musician. He now mixes "old-timey" traditional tunes and teaching on banjo, ukulele and mandolin with "new-timey" technologies such as YouTube to put his work out into the world. He encourages students to always keep their instrument out and to practice their banjo a little bit every day that they brush their teeth. Added Bonus: Jim plays a tune for us at the end of the episode! See Jim's lessons & free resources here: www.youtube.com/WildJimbo Follow him here: www.instagram.com/WildJimbo Website here: www.jimpankey.com See when Jim is teaching next at the John C. Campbell Folk School here: https://classes.folkschool.org/Instructors.aspx?id=210036 If you'd like to see the video versions of these interviews or be part of our free private Facebook community sign up for our FainHouse email list here: www.bit.ly/FainHouse Your quote for the day:  “Where words fail, music speaks.” ― Hans Christian Andersen
33:46
May 18, 2021
Having great teachers paired with practicing motor skills make for a great start in your creative journey no matter the medium w/ Lauren deSerres
Lauren deSerres went from explorations with clay, sculpture, wood carving and toy making to becoming a mixed media painter, art teacher and raiser of chickens. She experienced an improved emotional quality of life when she decided to become a self-employed, full-time artist. Though some days are full of accounting rather than painting, it remains her happy place...especially if she sticks to her morning ritual of starting each day with yoga. She shares that art making isn't all magic and inspiration, it is also practicing seeing well and noticing combined with lots of motor skills practice and getting your eyes, hands and brain to talk to each other. She encourages everyone, no matter your work/life situation, to always fold creative bits into your days so that you are a happier person and in turn, that much more fun to be around.  Learn more about Lauren's work here: https://www.laurendeserres.com Follow Lauren on instagram here:@lauren_deserres Find her on Facebook here: @laurendeserresfineart If you'd like to see the video versions of these interviews or be part of our free private Facebook community sign up for our FainHouse email list here: www.bit.ly/FainHouse Your quote for the day: Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colours flowers, so does art colour life. ~ John Lubbock
30:29
May 10, 2021
If you're always filling your pockets with inspiration, there will surely be a new idea there for you when you need it w/ Melissa Engler & Graeme Priddle.
Melissa and Graeme are partners in life and partners in work. They share a love for nature, tiny house building and learning old-time banjo and are known internationally for their collaborative sculptural wood art. Though a life of constant collaboration isn't always easy and juggling the emotions that come with Graeme having left New Zeland to make his home with Melissa in the U.S. can be very challenging, they have a great respect for each other's aesthetics, level of technique and care for the protection of our planet. Life and art are always a work in progress and that gives each and every one of us permission for the first attempt to not be so great, to keep going and have faith that by the third time around (and the next and the next) we are getting better and better. Check out Melissa & Graeme's work here: http://www.melissaengler.com http://graemepriddle.com https://www.grovewood.com/artist/melissa-engler-graeme-priddle/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Wg6UTz4h-E If you'd like to see the video versions of these interviews or be part of our free private Facebook community sign up for our FainHouse email list here: www.bit.ly/FainHouse Your quote of the day: "I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of imagination.” John Keats
41:51
May 4, 2021
Life should not be so incredibly hard when you've got friends and community that you can share it with w/ Nanette Davidson
Music, art and dance have pulled Nanette through both the good times and the bad. Everything from her background in weaving, cooking & Morris dancing to intergeneration friendships to super tasty shortcuts for family dinner making to parades with large puppets have helped her deal with life's ups and downs. She agrees that creative expression is good for all of us and therefore good for those around us and therefore good for the entire planet...on so many levels.  Check out the John C. Campbell Folk School Cookbook by Nanette: https://craftshop.folkschool.org/products/folk-school-cookbook See what classes Nanette is teaching soon at the Folk School: https://classes.folkschool.org/Instructors.aspx?id=103 If you'd like to see the video versions of these interviews or be part of our free private Facebook community sign up for our FainHouse email list here: www.bit.ly/FainHouse Your quote for the day: You can’t use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have.  ~ Maya Angelou
34:50
April 27, 2021
No one can change what you have in your mind or in your heart...creativity included w/ Misty Kelischeck
Head of a cosmetology department, mother and mixed media painter Misty Kelischeck admits that creative thoughts pass through her mind all day long. Though those thoughts may not make it onto paper or canvas, no one/nothing can change what we have in our mind or in our hearts, not even the constant flow of daily responsibilities. She reminds us that there is always a place for color studies, thinking like a designer, collecting inspiration where you can find it and even sometimes being a little obstinate in defense of your own creative life.  Check out Misty's website: https://www.ilovemisty.com/ Follow her on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/misty_kelischek_artist/ If you'd like to see the video versions of these interviews or be part of our free private Facebook community sign up for our FainHouse email list here: www.bit.ly/FainHouse Your quote for the day: The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but rather their inward significance. ~ Aristotle
32:06
April 20, 2021
Art is one of the great reasons to be alive w/ Georgia Smith
Reader and writer, bookmaker and encaustic painter Georgia Smith is now also training to be a therapist. She thinks often about the place of creativity in our lives and reflects here on how it is a different process for each of us often involving both internal and external struggles. Some are healed through the making of art/music/dance/etc. Others have to face the struggles that keep them from actively making and that it is in fact art that is worth healing for. See some of Georiga's writing here: - https://www.thegreatsmokiesreview.org/2018/poetry/his-girl/ - https://www.thegreatsmokiesreview.org/2017/non-fiction/breaking-it-down/ If you'd like to see the video versions of these interviews or be part of our free private Facebook community sign up for our FainHouse email list here: www.bit.ly/FainHouse Your quote for the day: "Still, what I want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled -- to cast aside the weight of facts and maybe even to float a little above this difficult world. I want to believe I am looking into the white fire of a great mystery. I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing -- that the light is everything..." May Oliver, The Ponds
39:58
April 14, 2021
Pursuing your creative endeavors is a way to get your internal needs met w/ Tom Liden
Commercial and fine art photographer, painter, traveler and mentor Tom Liden shares stories of everything from homesteading and being a solopreneur to how long commutes make for good thinking time and supportive parents can have a huge impact on your creative journey, even if they don't exactly understand it. Learn more about Tom's work here: http://www.tomliden.com/ If you'd like to see the video versions of these interviews or be part of our free private Facebook community sign up for our FainHouse email list here: www.bit.ly/FainHouse Your quote for the day: "No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.” ~ Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way
31:59
April 2, 2021
Doing art can be a way of coming home w/ Greta Dietrich
Multi-media artist, metalsmith, designer, owner of Woodwise Botanicals and mother of two reminds us that sometimes it's more important to choose the creative project over the dirty dishes. Even when her 3 year old took a hammer to one of her gallery pieces and when making a business of art with children around means constant interruptions she holds true to her own advice, "Keep dreaming. Don't stop." Learn more about Greta here: https://www.instagram.com/greta.dietrich https://www.instagram.com/woodswise_botanicals/?hl=en Visit her etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/rosesmithstudio/ If you'd like to see the video versions of these interviews or be part of our private Facebook Community sign up for our FainHouse email list: www.bit.ly/FainHouse Your quote for the day: "Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions."  ~ Albert Einstein
34:30
April 1, 2021
How being "hell-bent" is an important part of your creative path w/ Aubrey Atwater
Multi-instrumentalist, singer, dancer and poet Aubrey Atwater shares stories about how being "hell-bent" has been a key ingredient in staying true to her creative path despite the many life challenges that have come along the way. (She also sings us one of her original songs!) Learn more about Auburey here: https://www.atwater-donnelly.com/ See Aubrey dance & play banjo at the same time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HMHyjVhqKs If you'd like to watch these interviews in video form, sign up for FainHouse email list here: www.bit.ly/FainHouse Your Quote for the day: "There are an infinite number of rewards you could bestow on yourself for working at your creative projects, and you deserve every one of them." ~ Eric Maisel
48:47
April 1, 2021
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