Episode 15: Raise Your Creative Voice

In this episode, Erin talks about artistic voice and about an artist’s unique perspective including four things that make up an artist’s artistic voice: 1. Memories. 2. Ordinary things. 3. Practice. 4. Skills.

Links to artists mentioned throughout the show:

– Johannes Vermeer: http://www.essentialvermeer.com

– Hilary Pecis https://www.hilarypecis.com

– Pedro Pedro http://www.pedroproducts.com

– Daniel Gordon: http://www.danielgordonstudio.com

If you are listening, do you have a story to share? Do you want to be on an episode of Thank You For Making That? Get in touch! Send me a note to thankyouformakingthat@gmail.com

Interview with Kelly Sullivan: Art + Chronic Illness

Erin welcomes Kelly Sullivan to the show today to talk about what art can bring to life amidst chronic illness and other challenges. Kelly is a proud mother of 4 boys, Early childhood educator for 18+ years (now retired) and, she says, receiver of Chronic Illness 2 years ago ( Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ M.E.).

Kelly loves the outdoors, learning new things, and watching the wonder in a child’s eye as they discover the world around them.

Kelly suffers from Myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME which is a chronic post viral illness. According to the ME Action website, the disease is triggered by infection in the majority of patients.  ME may be severe: 75% of those affected are unable to work and 25% are homebound or bedridden. ME is a common chronic consequence of viruses, with 10-12% of those with serious infection going on to develop the disease. Kelly reports that the illness is becoming increasingly more common for people who have contracted COVID – a group described by some as “long-haulers.”

Please see the ME Action Website for more information and opportunities to get involved:

https://www.meaction.net/about/?fbclid=IwAR1nHn6lsrNOL-C_FT3yamwqwnbxjJ7LZXnp5t0IbstJsIVviy5XVxvKB7Q * * * If you enjoyed the show, please take a minute to subscribe, rate and review!

Rev. Debbie Montzingo: Art & Spirituality

In this episode, Erin welcomes Pastor Debbie Montzingo to the show. Erin shares that Pastor Montzingo was her high school drama coach and English teacher but today serves as Pastor at Bethany Covenant Church in Lyndhurst, Ohio. Pastor Debbie received her MDiv from Fuller Seminary in 2013 and was ordained by the Evangelical Covenant Church in 2018. Pastor Montzingo shares her perspective on creativity as a way to experience God and spirituality. We also heard Pastor Montzingo’s creative “origin story” and enjoyed discussing re-use and recycling objects into new creative projects. Inspiring to say the least!

Here is a link to Bethany Covenant Church in Lyndhurst, Ohio where Debbie is the Pastor: https://bethany-covenant.com

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Kyle Marty: Dreams Take Flight

In this episode, Erin talked to Kyle Marty about his creative practice, the things he likes to cook, a kitchen tool he can’t live without and his new business. 

Order from Fylin’ Taco here: https://www.flyintaco.com 

Find out more about the Culinary Arts programs that Kyle talked about here:https://snoisletech.com/classes/culinary-arts/ and here: https://www.edmonds.edu/programs/clart/default.html

Kyle’s social media channels:

YouTube: The Fylin Taco Show

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flyin.taco/?hl=en  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chef-Kyle-Marty-101811858330294/ 

Episode 11: Leave Blank Space

In this episode, Erin talks about the importance of things not done both in life and in art. In art, there is a term called “white space,” which refers to the portion of a work of art that is left unmarked. White space brings balance to a piece. Erin tells a story about what she is not doing in her own life and gives a bit of advice about how to tell when your art piece might be finished.

As always, Erin can be reached at thankyouformakingthat@gmail.com

Episode 10: When 2020 Happens, Start Painting! An Interview with Lynda Homan

Erin talks to podcast guest Lynda Homan about what it looks like to start an art practice. Lynda is a creative human who has spent her life making art in various forms. Lynda recently began painting and talks about what it looks like in her life.

Lynda recommends the following painting course by artist Sarah Cray: https://www.letsmakeart.com 

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Erin can be reached at thankyouformakingthat@gmail.com 

The Intentions Episode: 2021 Edition

Erin’s husband Jeremy joins the podcast to talk about intentions for 2021. They laugh and reminisce through lists from past years and admit that not everything on the list gets done! Erin talks about a great documentary that inspired one of the intentions for the year. That documentary is called, Less is Now and is available on Netflix. Link to trailer: https://youtu.be/jn-xbOCZOiQ

What Held Up For Me in 2020

Erin talks about the things that held up for her during a year of global pandemic and economic recession. She talks about her art practice and running. She goes on to reveal the element that has carried her through this year and a skill that may have been honed by survival brain. 

Erin acknowledges that many are deeply grieving this year and for some, a reflection is not helpful. If that is you – she offers an ear. As always, Erin can be reached at thankyouformakingthat@gmail.com 

Christmas Cookie Bonus Episode

Erin talks to the Queen of Christmas cookie-making, her mom Kathy, for a special bonus episode in honor of the Christmas Holiday. As a kid, cookies were a central pillar of the Christmas holiday. And, during my conversation with my mom today, I realized that she was making almost 1500 cookies each year. The cookies went out on trays to friends and neighbors and fueled the holiday in our house. 




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Episode 6: Artist Michelle Faber: Art, Healing and the Courage to Create

Erin is joined by Artist Michelle Faber to talk about art, healing and the courage to create. A conversation between artists MUST include art supplies and Michelle shares her favorites.

Michelle shares a few favorite artists – featured in the artist spotlight for the week. Be sure to check out links to their work below.

This is where you can find Michelle:


IG: https://www.instagram.com/michellefaberart/

Weekly Artist Feature:

We featured two artists this week at the recommendation of our episode guest Michelle Faber.

Our featured artists are painter Dmitra Milan and musician Felicia Barton.

Be sure to check out Jordan’s work via the artist’s website and social media.

Dmitra Milan:


Felicia Barton:





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