Recent Episodes

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 normal people in pursuit of a more creative life. This episode gives you a bit of a back story on who we are a...