Recent Episodes

41. Deadline extensions, getting rid of art (how?), and staring into the ideabyss

Feb. 23, 2021

The Juice:More time to work on a commission can sometimes just mean more time to worry about it It’s ok to move in stages towards bette...

40. Infinite scroll and insatiable stashing

Feb. 16, 2021

The Juice:It’s okay and makes sense to use ur living space to reflect ur identity back to urself and othersIt’s okay to use ENOUGH PAINTThe ...

39. Ten fingers, ten toes

Feb. 9, 2021

In the middle of a move, Fiona deals with the irritation of not having her crafting space set up (“where’s mY SHIT?!”), but manages to squee...

38. Standup, lie down: comedy and mental health with Jane Postlethwaite

Feb. 2, 2021

Early-morning comedy workshop host Jane joins Fiona and Jess for a serious chat about comedy, creativity, and mental health. They discuss: w...

37. That’s not like any Jerry I’ve ever seen: compassion, comedy, and capturing likeness

Jan. 26, 2021

Fiona paints herself as a child and experiences a migraine attack, both of which turn into opportunities to let go of some guilt and practic...

36. Arting after work, arting as work, and trusting your (OWN) guts

Jan. 19, 2021

Fiona experiences what it’s like to be a fully-employed human with only evenings and weekends to be creative, but finds it surprisingly easy...

35. Go big or go home: Emily Powell on being bold, resourceful, and trusting your guts

Jan. 12, 2021

Painter Emily Powell chats with Fiona and Jess about how she elbowed her way into a painting career. She encourages Fiona to go big instead ...

34. Planning for 2021: dreams, schemes and real i fart parties

Jan. 5, 2021

Fiona and Jess look forward to the creative dreams and schemes of 2021. Jess resolves to paint BIG and start budgeting for creative enrichme...

33. Year in review: colour, creative growth, and sticking your toes in pie

Dec. 28, 2020

Jess and Fiona take stock of this past year’s successes, failures, baby steps, and big creative shifts.Fiona, a chronic dabbler, looks back ...

32. Me-ness envy and finding out your creative voice was inside you the whole time

Dec. 22, 2020

Fiona turns to science for her colour palette with breathtaking results, and is surprised to find Julia Cameron’s wisdom turn up in a book a...

31. Jess weaves a gorgeous rug for ants and Fiona accidentally paints a rabbit mugshot

Dec. 15, 2020

Jess finds her weaving flow with a rug for ants, and Fiona accidentally goes slaughterhouse when she means to go whimsical. Both reflect on ...

30. Creating to heal and grow: the power of keeping it private

Dec. 8, 2020

Fiona breaks through last week’s creative block and expresses some heavy emotions in the form of PRIVATE, mom, emo-as-hell song lyrics. Insp...

29. Comparison is the thief of joy: when an experienced, highly educated professional is better than you

Dec. 1, 2020

Fiona hones her technical skills by struggling through a big video project, experiences severe blog-writer’s-block, and attempts to become a...

28. Everyone else is just as dumb as me is, terrible sketches, and recovery bagels

Nov. 24, 2020

Jess makes some “terrible” sketches and knits her needle down to a stump. Fiona finds some chewy healing and growth in a Montreal-style bage...

27. Collage, poetry, and technical difficulties: let it be what it gonna be

Nov. 17, 2020

Fiona expresses some COVID anxiety with her first ever collage and writes an accidental poem about pain and depression. Jess hunts for treas...

26. Fiona paints through the pain and Jess knits a sexy hat

Nov. 10, 2020

Jess worries about a Big Purchase (an online course for illustrators!?) and knits up a storm. Fiona battens down the hatches in another week...

25. The extravagance of furniture, fancy pencils, and chronic illness

Nov. 3, 2020

Jess single-handedly causes the apocalypse, cancels Christmas, and is taunted by $500 pencil crayons – however, she sure does mix some media...

24. Day ruined: performance anxiety and recovering from accomplishments

Oct. 27, 2020

Jess lives out the arrival fallacy when she tries to celebrate and unexpectedly experiences depression. Fiona turns unsatisfactory paintings...

23. Laughs and learns: chasing comedy and taking in teaching

Oct. 20, 2020

Fiona paints in full-on flow, dissects some big laughs, and takes a baby step towards something she really cares about - the lols. Jess lear...

22. Jess gRAcEfUlLy AcCePtS fEeDbAcK and Fiona revisits her comedy dreams

Oct. 13, 2020

Fiona endures a week without yellow paint and asks the internet how to make jokes. Jess’s ego takes a hit when a thoughtful piece of fEeDbAc...

21. The funny thing about comfort zones is they keep expanding

Oct. 6, 2020

Fiona manages to squeeze a little bit of painting and Artist’s Waying into a big transition week, while Jess takes a bite out of a few big p...

20. True tales of teen ‘tude: legitimizing memories by writing the past

Sept. 29, 2020

Jess reflects on a moment of self-deprecation from last week, and transforms some seemingly frivolous childhood memories by writing them dow...

19. Trying to cram writing into the cracks of a soul-sucking career feat. Sarah

Sept. 22, 2020

Fiona and Jess chat with Sarah about work, life, work life, and life work. This conversation leaves us with more questions than answers: How...

18. Fiona needs help putting paint on a canvas while Jess buys a house

Sept. 15, 2020

Fiona discovers a new way to punctuate the passage of pandemic days through her daily diary practice and enlists Jess (and you) as a witness...

Wanna draw with us tomorrow (September 10th)?

Sept. 9, 2020

On Thursday, September 10th, 9PM EST we're gonna have a zoom call and do a little drawing + writing exercise together (40 mins). Wanna come?...

17. Zigzaggy steps in the right direction: on starting and course correcting towards your goal

Sept. 8, 2020

Fiona wards off discouragement when her bonsai project turns out to be more complicated than expected, tackles her perfectionist tendencies ...

16. Self-sabotage, memory-making, and cry-sketching thru the fog of depression

Aug. 31, 2020

Jess recognizes some patterns of low self-worth, thrills herself with a daily diary, and paints some everyday beauty (read: nudies). Fiona l...

15. When dreams are big but money is small: abundance in unexpected places

Aug. 25, 2020

Jess makes art on the road in imperfect conditions and Fiona draws spontaneously --- the Artist’s Way is working! Both air their (not incons...

14. Art? at the art gallery feat. heartbreak colouring therapy

Aug. 18, 2020

Fiona finds comfort in colouring books this week as she reels from a one-two punch that will change the course of her life ... for better? J...

13. Art school, art life, and art boundaries with Underpants and Overbites

Aug. 10, 2020

Fiona and Jess chat with their friend Jackie about just doing the thing you love with a shrug and a smile. You’ll love this episode if produ...

12. Riding the wave of a good idea and the embarrassment of asking

Aug. 3, 2020

Jess’s zest for a creative project goes down the toilet. Fiona delivers a screed on her feelings about Amanda Palmer’s “the Art of Asking” f...

11. Guest books & love letters: inhibition and inspiration from the past

July 28, 2020

Delving into the past brings frustration for Jess and inspiration for Fiona. Jess tackles a tiny fiber art project and explores possible rea...

10. Creativity without solitude, or: baking macarons in someone else's kitchen

July 21, 2020

Fiona beads. A lot. Like, a LOT. Jess frantically bails out the sinking ship that is an ambitious pastry project. Both struggle to work on t...

9. Fiona speed paints with her art crush and Jess normal paints by herself

July 14, 2020

Fiona sells the craft supplies that are guilt tripping her and takes a painting workshop with her Instagram art crush. Jess is stood up by c...

8. Jess and Fiona: it's fine. Narrator: it was not fine.

July 7, 2020

Fiona copies a piece of modern art and Jess experiences life without Birdstrips. Both share some time tested strategies for avoiding difficu...

7. Hashtag over it: creating amidst chaos and telling (true?) stories

June 30, 2020

Fiona feels overwhelmed by creative possibility and Jess falls into the gap between the stories she wants to tell and the ones that come out...

6. Surprise! You're naked in a group chat!

June 24, 2020

Fiona’s first self-portrait in years suffers some proportion problems, but she recognizes an important connection between creative energy an...

5. Started from the bottom now we’re starting back at a different bottom

June 16, 2020

Fiona experiences the growing pains that come with trying to orient her life in a new direction; this involves a frenzied 4-hour late-night ...

4. Nudity, attention, and other things we want

June 9, 2020

This week, Fiona realizes the value of “good enough” while doing her makeup, and digs into her past to try to discover why she feels jealous...

3. Criticism, or: that which cannot be unstomped

June 2, 2020

This week, Fiona spends a day without the internet to trick herself into doing art (and do, she does). r/PrisonHooch inspires Jess to take a...

2. Moving on vs. doing over

May 26, 2020

This week, Fiona becomes a clay jewelry guru and goes down a slippery spending slope. Jess finally puts to rest some musical "Why Me's". We ...

1. There is no try, there is only do

May 19, 2020

Hi. We're Fiona and Jess, two regular every-day people in pursuit of a more creative life. This episode gives you a bit of a back story on w...