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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com
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.