Episode 33

Are high standards keeping you OUT of the studio? /33

As of July 2023, we won't be posting new episodes but you can connect with Bec & Michele and continue the conversation via the links below.


Bec and Michele have a few laughs today to bring some lightness to an experience that can feel very heavy—when you find yourself completely frozen, hitting an invisible wall or just unable to make yourself practice the very thing you know you love: making art.

What does it feel like growing up as a ‘straight A’ or an ‘average C’ student, and how do we carry those lessons into our adulthood and art practice? What do we make those external expectations mean about ourselves and what stories do we internalise? (Turns out that life, and being an artist, is a LOT more nuanced than a school report card.)

As always, there are a lot of layers to unpack—perfectionism, judgment, values, self-awareness and acknowledgment, gentleness and gradual change. It seems none of these ‘hard feelings’ go away completely but neither do we need to torture ourselves with thoughts of our ‘defining suckfulness’. So hey, just be human.

We had a tech hiccup with our camera recording for this episode, so you won't be able to see all the laughing happening but you can catch up on our other videos on our YouTube channel


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Song credit: Sunday Groove by Michael Kobrin

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Unearthing Art
Michele Luminato & Bec Leigh dig into making art that matters--the messy reality of being an artist, navigating the creative process and expressing our honest (sometimes weird) selves.

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Bec Leigh & Michele Luminato

Michele is an American-born abstract artist based in Australia. She guides other artists to create and sell unique art from the heart through her Origin Art program.
Bec is an Australian artist whose abstract work combines pigment and poetry.
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