A Creative Affair

Join passionate creatives, Brie Stockwell and Len Metcalf, as we navigate the ups and downs of living creative lives while teaching you how to do it too.

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

Sometimes flirty, sometimes serious but ALWAYS fun!

Join us in our creative affair!

Episodes

Wednesday Apr 03, 2024


 
Unlock Creative Potential: Making Time for Art
 
Join hosts Brie and Len as they catch up on current happenings AND discuss Brie's struggle with making time for art. Get ready for open discussions and laughs as they talk about getting your creative groove on (spoiler for something new to the podcast!).
Highlights Include:
Current Projects: Hear what Brie and Len are looking forward to (and how you can join in)
Mindset Magic: Discover how to shift your mindset and overcome creative blocks to harness the full power of your artistic vision.
Time-Bending Techniques: Learn innovative strategies to stretch time and make the most out of every creative moment, from daily practice to turbocharged work sessions.
Strengths and Weaknesses: Explore the art of self-awareness and uncover how to turn your weaknesses into strengths while embracing your unique artistic gifts.
Find out more:
Len: For info about The Artist's Club, Drawing Class Len's Masterclass, Free online presentations visit https://www.lensschool.com/.
Brie: Email Brie for info about overcoming creative blocks (4 session special) and her next Creative Photography Retreat. brie@creativemindscoach.com.
Tune in to this episode and discover a treasure trove of creative tricks to add to your own bag of tricks! So grab your headphones, pour yourself a cup of inspiration, and join us for an adventure into the world of creativity. Don't forget to share your own tricks with us—we can't wait to hear from you!
Explore More:
Laura Fox-Wallis
Our episodes:
Just Start
Access searchable transcripts of these episodes: https://creativemindscoach.com/a-creative-affair-podcast/
 
 
Please don't hesitate to engage us in conversation by connecting with us on Instagram or send us an email at create@acreativeaffairpodcast.com. 
 
Episode image by Len Metcalf
Cover art by Ami Plasse of GonzoViz.
Original Music "Loose the Goose" by Lucas Pittman via Epidemic Sound.
 

Wednesday Mar 20, 2024


 
Unpacking our Creative Bag of Tricks
 
In this lively and engaging episode of our podcast, join hosts Brie and Len as they delve into the fascinating world of creative tricks and rituals to fuel your artistic endeavors. Get ready to unpack your own bag of tricks and discover new ways to enhance your creativity!
Highlights Include:
Community Connection: Learn the power of engaging with your creative community and sharing ideas to spark inspiration. Brie and Len share their favorite community-building techniques and how they've benefited from collaborative creativity.
One-Word Projects: Dive into the fun and spontaneity of one-word projects! Discover how Len crowdsourced one-word prompts from his community to ignite new creative projects and keep the inspiration flowing.
Rose-Colored Glasses: Explore Brie's quirky yet effective trick of wearing rose-colored sunglasses to infuse her surroundings with a cheerful hue. Find out how this simple ritual can elevate your mood and enhance your creative experiences.
Rituals for Gratitude: Join Len as he discusses the importance of incorporating rituals into your creative process, from thanking a tree after a photoshoot to embracing moments of mindfulness and gratitude.
Expressing Gratitude: Experience the heartfelt gratitude between Brie and Len as they reflect on their friendship and the joy of sharing creative conversations. Discover the power of expressing appreciation for the people who support and inspire you on your creative journey.
What's in Our Bag?
Community Engagement
One-Word Projects
Rose-Colored Glasses
Rituals for Gratitude
Expressing Gratitude
Talking to Other Creatives
Sticky notes
Meaningful Buddies around Art
Creating Supportive Communities
Meaningful Friendships
Mentors
Inspiration Sources
Physical Triggers for Centering
Thanking Nature (e.g., Trees)
Rituals for Creative Processes
Communication with Art
Tune in to this episode and discover a treasure trove of creative tricks to add to your own bag of tricks! So grab your headphones, pour yourself a cup of inspiration, and join us for an adventure into the world of creativity. Don't forget to share your own tricks with us—we can't wait to hear from you!
Explore More:
Brie's article on Creative Energy
Our episodes:
Journaling
Dive into Len's photography adventures, workshops, and more on LenMetcalf.com.
Check out Brie's creative coaching services, Monday Motivation emails, and portfolio at CreativeMindsCoach.com.
Access searchable transcripts of these episodes: https://creativemindscoach.com/a-creative-affair-podcast/
 
 
Please don't hesitate to engage us in conversation by connecting with us on Instagram or send us an email at create@acreativeaffairpodcast.com. 
 
Episode image by Brie Stockwell.
Original Music composed and performed by Brian Free. 
 

Friday Mar 08, 2024


 
Navigating Inner Critics, Artistic Journeys, and Sustainable Creativity
with Sarah Marie Lacy
 
Join hosts Brie, Len, and special guest Sarah Marie Lacy for a lively and insightful discussion on the nuances of creativity, self-discovery, and the art of living a fulfilling life. In this episode, they dive deep into the complexities of the creative process, offering practical tips, profound insights, and plenty of laughs along the way.
🎨 Embracing the Inner Critic: Learn how to turn your inner critic from foe to friend as Brie, Len, and Sarah share their strategies for acknowledging self-doubt while still pushing forward on the path to greatness.
🌟 Art as a Journey: Explore the metaphorical mountain of creativity with Len as he reflects on the winding paths, unexpected detours, and breathtaking vistas encountered along the way.
💡 Sustainable Creativity: While the conversation didn't reach its peak on this topic, the trio teases the idea of delving into sustainable creativity in future episodes, promising an engaging and enlightening discussion to come.
🎭 Art Therapy and Mentorship: Sarah Marie Lacy opens up about her unique approach to teaching, blending elements of mentorship with the healing power of art therapy. Get ready for some unexpected insights and a few laughs as she shares anecdotes from her experiences in the studio.
With warmth, humor, and a touch of flirtatious banter, Brie, Len, and Sarah invite listeners on a journey of self-discovery, creativity, and personal growth. Tune in for an episode that's equal parts inspiration and entertainment, guaranteed to leave you feeling inspired to unleash your inner artist and embrace the beauty of the creative process.
Explore More:
Check out Sarah's work: www.smlacyart.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smlacy
LInkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-marie-lacy/
Dive into Len's photography adventures, workshops, and more on LenMetcalf.com.
Check out Brie's creative coaching services, Monday Motivation emails, and portfolio at CreativeMindsCoach.com.
Access searchable transcripts of these episodes: https://creativemindscoach.com/a-creative-affair-podcast/
 
 
Please don't hesitate to engage us in conversation by connecting with us on Instagram or send us an email at create@acreativeaffairpodcast.com. 
 
Episode image by Brie Stockwell.
Original Music composed and performed by Brian Free. 
 

Wednesday Feb 21, 2024


 
Just Start! Unleash Your Creative Mojo
 
 
Dive into the world of creativity with Len and Brie as they unlock the secrets to getting started on your artistic journey! 
In this episode of our lively podcast, Len and Brie explore the exhilarating concept of "just starting" and how it can revolutionize your creative process. Strap in for a fun and flirty ride as they break down the barriers to unleashing your creative mojo. Here's what you can expect:
🚀 Overcoming Procrastination: Discover how to kick procrastination to the curb and banish self-criticism by simply diving into your creative endeavors headfirst.
💡 Becoming Present: Learn how starting in your artwork can make you more present and connected with the process, leading to greater fulfillment and artistic breakthroughs.
🎓 Mastery Through Practice: Get inspired by the idea that mastery isn't a destination but a continuous journey of experimentation and growth. Embrace uncertainty and trust the process as you embark on your creative odyssey.
✨ Starting with Success: Len shares his secret sauce for success – starting with a success experience! Find out how to build confidence and momentum by easing into your creative pursuits with familiar and comfortable tasks.
🎉 Encouragement to Try: Len and Brie cheer you on as you take the plunge into creativity! With their practical tips and infectious enthusiasm, you'll feel empowered to start creating and unleash your inner artist.
Join Len and Brie as they sprinkle a dash of magic into your creative endeavors and set you on the path to artistic greatness. Get ready to embrace the beauty of the creative process and let your imagination run wild! 
 
🌐 Explore More:
Our episodes:
Take a Break
Creative February with Takeyce Walter
Dive into Len's photography adventures, workshops, and more on LenMetcalf.com.
Check out Brie's creative coaching services, Monday Motivation emails, and portfolio at CreativeMindsCoach.com.
Access searchable transcripts of these episodes: https://creativemindscoach.com/a-creative-affair-podcast/
 
 
Please don't hesitate to engage us in conversation by connecting with us on Instagram or send us an email at create@acreativeaffairpodcast.com. 
 
Episode image by Brie Stockwell.
Original Music composed and performed by Brian Free. 
 

Wednesday Feb 07, 2024


 
Sketchbook Chronicles with Ami Plasse
Get ready for a lively conversation as Len, Brie and their guest, artist Ami Plasse, dive into the world of creativity, art, and authenticity. In this episode, they explore the joys and challenges of daily artistic practice, sharing personal experiences and inspiring insights to ignite your own creative journey.
🎨 Highlights:
Gonzo drawing: The joy of creating fast and on the fly!
Creative February Challenge: Discover how Ami, Len, and Brie plan to infuse creativity into their daily lives during Creative February, sparking new ideas and pushing their artistic boundaries.
The Power of Sketchbooks: Learn why keeping a sketchbook is a cherished practice for artists of all kinds, from capturing fleeting moments to serving as a repository of inspiration and memories.
Unleashing Creativity in Small Spaces: Explore practical tips and strategies for finding creativity in everyday life, whether you're traveling, cleaning, or simply carving out five minutes a day to create.
The Transformative Magic of Art: Hear about the emotional journey of revisiting old sketchbooks and photographs, and discover how art has the power to evoke memories, emotions, and personal growth.
Embracing Imperfections: Join the conversation on embracing imperfections in art and life, and learn how allowing room for mistakes and experimentation can lead to unexpected beauty and growth.
Check out Ami's work on Instagram: @amirock73 and @gonzoviz and explore his artwork at gonzoviz.com. 
Explore More:
Our episode with Takeyce Walter on Creative February
The Austin Studio Tour Episdoe
Dive into Len's photography adventures, workshops, and more on LenMetcalf.com.
Check out Brie's creative coaching services, Monday Motivation emails, and portfolio at CreativeMindsCoach.com.
Access searchable transcripts of this episode: https://creativemindscoach.com/episode-55-ami-plasse/
 
 
Please don't hesitate to engage us in conversation by connecting with us on Instagram or send us an email at create@acreativeaffairpodcast.com. 
 
Episode image by Brie Stockwell.
Original Music composed and performed by Brian Free. 

Wednesday Jan 24, 2024


 
Creative Catch-Up: Art, Adventure, and Awe
In this lively three-part podcast, Brie and Len engage in a fun and flirty conversation that dives into the world of creativity, photography, and the joy of artful living. Here's a glimpse of what they covered:
Part 1: Artful Adventures
Len shares exciting tales from his recent photography workshops, including a delightful encounter with a kangaroo.
Brie dishes out the details of her artistic escapades, exploring landscapes and finding inspiration in unexpected places.
Part 2: The Art of Focusing
The duo delves into the creative process, discussing the magic of focusing on one subject and exploring its various facets.
Discover the beauty of revisiting familiar places, like Brie's creek, and finding unexpected treasures that spark artistic inspiration.
Part 3: Mentorship and Growth
Len reflects on the transformative power of positive feedback and one-on-one attention in fostering artistic growth, inspired by his recent art exhibition.
Brie shares a heartwarming story about her son's journey into reading and how mentorship plays a crucial role in shaping artistic passions.
🌐 Explore More:
"Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life" by Dacher Keltner
Our episode on Journaling
Dive into Len's photography adventures, workshops, and more on LenMetcalf.com.
Check out Brie's creative coaching services, Monday Motivation emails, and portfolio at CreativeMindsCoach.com.
Access searchable transcripts of these episodes: https://creativemindscoach.com/a-creative-affair-podcast/
 
 
Please don't hesitate to engage us in conversation by connecting with us on Instagram or send us an email at create@acreativeaffairpodcast.com. 
 
Episode image by Brie Stockwell.
Original Music composed and performed by Brian Free. 

Wednesday Jan 10, 2024

 
Brie here: In this episode we mix things up and I go rogue to chat with artists around Austin, TX on the 2023 Austin Studio Tour. 
 
Every year Big Medium organizes a fantastic event, the Austin Studio Tour, for 3 weeks in November. This is an amazing opportunity for the public to meet all kinds of local artists, see their work and maybe add new pieces to their collections. 
 
I brought along a small microphone attached to my phone and talked with some new-to-me artists. So, please bear with the imperfect recording.
 
We chat about themselves as artists, WHY they make art and what they LOVE about their own art. 
 
Join me for a peak into the lives and art of these 6 Austin artists:
 
01:30 Lori Sonnier 
 
05:15 Aileen Chen
 
13:10 Denise Elliot Jones
 
17:00 Tammy West
 
22:50 Robin Cheers 
 
29:40 Melanie Lewis
 
I loved having each unique conversation, chatting about art and creativity and really just making new, in-person connections.
For more about the artist's, this awesome event and to access a searchable transcript, check out this BLOG POST.
 
 
 
Please don't hesitate to engage us in conversation by connecting with us on Instagram or send us an email at create@acreativeaffairpodcast.com. 
 
Find out more about our creative work here:
Len Metcalf: www.lenmetcalf.com
Brie Stockwell: www.creativemindscoach.com
 
Original Music composed and performed by Brian Free. 

Wednesday Dec 06, 2023


 
In this conversation, Len and Brie discuss the therapeutic nature of art and how it can be used to express and process emotions. They explore the idea that creating art is a meditative practice that allows creative individuals to explore their thoughts and feelings. We highlight the importance of the emotional connection to art and how it can enhance the artistic process. And...Here's the link to Brie's new podcast: Wild Women in Photography
 
Takeaways
Creating art can be a therapeutic process that helps individuals explore and understand their emotions.
Art can be used as a meditative practice to focus the mind and express thoughts and feelings.
Art can be a form of escapism, allowing individuals to immerse themselves in the creative process and temporarily disconnect from their emotions.
Art provides a unique and powerful way to express emotions that may be difficult to put into words.
 
 
Please don't hesitate to engage us in conversation by connecting with us on Instagram or send us an email at create@acreativeaffairpodcast.com. 
 
Find out more about our creative work here:
Len Metcalf: www.lenmetcalf.com
Brie Stockwell: www.creativemindscoach.com
 
Episode image by Brie Stockwell.
Original Music composed and performed by Brian Free. 

Creativity On Demand

Wednesday Nov 22, 2023

Wednesday Nov 22, 2023


In this chat about Creativity on Demand we discuss:
Our mindset for Creating on Demand
Our experiences with Creativity on Demand
Making space for spontaneous creativity
Planning for peak creativity
Why trust is the most important factor in Creating on Demand
 
Please don't hesitate to engage us in conversation by connecting with us on Instagram or send us an email at create@acreativeaffairpodcast.com. 
 
Find out more about our creative work here:
Len Metcalf: www.lenmetcalf.com
Brie Stockwell: www.creativemindscoach.com
 
Episode image by Brie Stockwell.
Original Music composed and performed by Brian Free. 

Creative Energy

Wednesday Nov 08, 2023

Wednesday Nov 08, 2023


In this chat about Creative Energy we discuss:
How we use our creative energy
What drains us of our energy
How it ebbs and flows
How does our environment affect our creativity
Questions to ask yourself about energy
Mentioned in this episode:
The Creative Act by Rick Rubin
Huberman Lab Episode
Michael Rung Photography
 
Please don't hesitate to engage us in conversation by connecting with us on Instagram or send us an email at create@acreativeaffairpodcast.com. 
 
Find out more about our creative work here:
Len Metcalf: www.lenmetcalf.com
Brie Stockwell: www.creativemindscoach.com
 
Episode image by Brie Stockwell.
Original Music composed and performed by Brian Free. 

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