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Laura Boswell and Peter Keegan

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Professional artists Laura Boswell and Peter Keegan discuss the practical issues of making art your career. Drawing on their own experiences they offer candid advice for artists who want to make a living from their work. Laura is a printmaker working in Linocut and Japanese woodblock, with work is in several public collections. She writes a monthly advice column for Artists and Illustrators Magazine. Peter is a portrait painter working predominantly to commission for both private and public ...
 
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We all try to do our best, but sometimes things go wrong. How you deal with mistakes and problems is just as important as the work you produce. Laura and Peter have both had their share of things to deal with: work that has not gone to plan, or deliveries that have gone astray. Whether the issue is artistic or business you still have to deal with i…
 
Many professional artists take on residencies as a way to learn new skills, develop ideas, collaborate with other artists or to create a specific outcome. Laura and Peter have both done this and today's episode looks at their personal experiences and at some of the things you need to consider if you fancy applying for a residency somewhere - or cre…
 
As a printmaker Laura has quite definite views on giclee prints, but only because they create confusion over what 'print' means. Peter is a painter and though he does not routinely make giclees to sell he has produced some as extra copies of portraits for clients. Whether or not you include them in your artistic business they do create some dilemma…
 
This episode is not about photography in itself, but about using photography as the source material. Both Peter and Laura use photography and have arrived at the same point in how they do so. For each of them photography is useful reference but not something to copy. Of course these are opinions rather than rules and need to be interpreted in the c…
 
If you have ever thought about how you will be remembered as an artist then this episode will make interesting listening. Peter has his eye on a gallery being established in his name while Laura wants her legacy to be about a lasting effect on the way people adopt techniques that she has promoted. Joking aside, how is an artist remembered and shoul…
 
in this 'Listener Questions' episode Laura and Peter get to grips with some tricky questions: Is it OK that an 'Open Submission' Exhibition should say that they do not return the works submitted? How would you react if your child said that they wanted to be an artist? Finally, how do you deal with a situation where a friend starts making and sellin…
 
In this episode of Ask an Artist our two artists: Peter and Laura are talking to Bernard Derroitte whose gallery: Mesh, based in Chicago has Laura on it's books. The print market in America is weighted towards 'Print Fairs' so the current situation has meant some adaptation. Bernard's insights into this and his belief in building relationships with…
 
Following on from last week's episode Laura and Peter continue their discussion about Open Studios or Art Weeks events. Whether you are just starting on your art career or are established in your practice opening up your studio space, or joining a group of other artists in a shared space gives you the opportunity to show your work and your techniqu…
 
Refreshed and back from their brief break Peter and Laura are both taking part in Bucks Art Weeks during June. Local Art Weeks, or Open Studios events are one of the best ways to start interacting with the public. Whilst the exact format differs depending on where you are they offer an opportunity to be part of a larger event and for you to benefit…
 
For a couple of months the Ask an Artist Team are taking a break from recording to concentrate on other things that need to be done: On-line teaching and book writing both have deadlines that cannot be put off! While we are away we have selected some episodes from our archive, if you have already listened to them in the past then maybe they deserve…
 
For a couple of months the Ask an Artist Team are taking a break from recording to concentrate on other things that need to be done: On-line teaching and book writing both have deadlines that cannot be put off! While we are away we have selected some episodes from our archive, if you have already listened to them in the past then maybe they deserve…
 
For a couple of months the Ask an Artist Team are taking a break from recording to concentrate on other things that need to be done: On-line teaching and book writing both have deadlines that cannot be put off! While we are away we have selected some episodes from our archive, if you have already listened to them in the past then maybe they deserve…
 
For a couple of months the Ask an Artist Team are taking a break from recording to concentrate on other things that need to be done: On-line teaching and book writing both have deadlines that cannot be put off! While we are away we have selected some episodes from our archive, if you have already listened to them in the past then maybe they deserve…
 
For a couple of months the Ask an Artist Team are taking a break from recording to concentrate on other things that need to be done: On-line teaching and book writing both have deadlines that cannot be put off! While we are away we have selected some episodes from our archive, if you have already listened to them in the past then maybe they deserve…
 
For a couple of months the Ask an Artist Team are taking a break from recording to concentrate on other things that need to be done: On-line teaching and book writing both have deadlines that cannot be put off! While we are away we have selected some episodes from our archive, if you have already listened to them in the past then maybe they deserve…
 
For a couple of months the Ask an Artist Team are taking a break from recording to concentrate on other things that need to be done: On-line teaching and book writing both have deadlines that cannot be put off! While we are away we have selected some episodes from our archive, if you have already listened to them in the past then maybe they deserve…
 
For a couple of months the Ask an Artist Team are taking a break from recording to concentrate on other things that need to be done: On-line teaching and book writing both have deadlines that cannot be put off! While we are away we have selected some episodes from our archive, if you have already listened to them in the past then maybe they deserve…
 
For a couple of months the Ask an Artist Team are taking a break from recording to concentrate on other things that need to be done: On-line teaching and book writing both have deadlines that cannot be put off! While we are away we have selected some episodes from our archive, if you have already listened to them in the past then maybe they deserve…
 
After a year of cancelled shows, fairs and other events it would seem that the people (craetive ones) that have fared best are those that have come up with their own solutions to their lack of places to sell their work. In this episode Laura talks to Peter about the online show he had late last year and they discuss some of the other On-line experi…
 
If you make your living as an artist then having a style that people recognise can help in several ways, it's easier to deal with galleries if they know what to expect, your customer base too likes to recognise your work amongst others and if you are building a 'brand' then your identity is central to that. However, some people just cannot help the…
 
In this episode Peter and Laura discuss some of the issues that arise from putting a title on the masterpiece you have just created. Is it necessary, will it make a difference to whether it will sell, or what people will think of it. It's not always easy to find the title that is going to fit best with the piece, so sit back and hear what Laura and…
 
This episode of Ask an Artist is another opportunity for listeners to pose questions to Perter and Laura. Today the questions cover some of the tricky things that you need to consider if you are a printmaker taking on a commission, some of the things that you should consider when you are buying an easel and how to go about approaching magazines wit…
 
In this episode Laura and Peter are delighted to welcome Dr Robert Travers whose gallery in Holland Park in London is currently hosting - Online - a Ben Nicholson exhibition. However, the main topic of conversation is the 'Ruth Borchard Collection' a stellar collection of 20th century self portraits, 100 paintings collected between 1958 and 1971. T…
 
This is the second part of Peter and Laura's discussion with Jurgita Galbraith whose Gallery: Birchtree Gallery, in Dundas Street Edinburgh specialises in work on paper alongside applied craft. This podcast focusses on the relationship between the gallery and the artist during and after an exhibition. Laura has exhibited several times at Birchtree …
 
In this episode Laura and Peter are talking to Jurgita Galbraith who has a gallery in Dundas Street in Edinburgh. There was so much good material in the interview that we have split this into two episodes, in this first part the discussion is about building a relationship with a gallery, what the gallerist may expect from an artist and a few things…
 
No real advice this week, other than that you should take the day off! Please note we recorded this episode at a time when both the Keegans and the Boswells had expected to be getting together with select members of their respective families which was reflected in what we said. As we upload this the situation is rather different, we are in Tier 4 w…
 
Have you ever struggled to find inspiration? Have you had anxiety trying to figure out what kind of printing press to buy? Have you wandered if the degree you worked so hard to get will be respected (or if you should have gone to art school rather than making your own way into art)? Peter and Laura answer three very different questions, posed by li…
 
In this episode of Ask an Artist Laura and Peter talk to Keith Brymer Jones. Keith is probably best known as a judge on The Channel Four programme on TV: The Great Pottery Throwdown, but that will have to wait for next week. This week the discussion is about how Keith became a potter, how, as a potter he worked for companies like Heals, Habitat and…
 
Fitting in all the stuff you need to do as an artist is something you might not think about when you are starting out. Initially you just want to 'do art!' and who wouldn't. However being organised when the administration of your career as an artist begins to overwhelm your creativity may well maintain that all important studio time. Peter and Laur…
 
In this epoisod of Ask an Artist Laura and Peter have the great pleasure of interviewing Sarah James. Sarah is the driving force behind Bovey Tracey Craft Festival and various other festivals that have developed using the same format: Bath, Cheltenham Cardiff and others. Covid-19 has made Sarah look for other ways to support the craft world that sh…
 
If you hope to make a living as an artist, even if you hope only to supplement your income, then it is a good idea to plan how you are going to market yourself by creating - oddly enough - a marketing plan! In these peculiar times with Covid-19 raging through our society there is still a need to plan, it's just different stuff we need to plan. Pate…
 
As an artist or maker your primary function is to make things. However the things you make and the things you do can often be used in ways other than just for their appreciation! In this episode Peter and Laura talk about ways of making the most out of your output: greetings cards, teaching aids, books, videos, content for social media. Much of wha…
 
Laura and Peter are both fortunate in having partners who share their creative views. For each of them this has developed into something more though and in this episode Laura and Peter talk with Ben and Kimberley about being the other half of an art business partnership. Ben - The Talented Mr B - is framer, photographer, video producer, carpenter, …
 
Peter and Laura tackle a few more listener questions: Is it OK for an artist to work across various genres or should they find their place and stick with it? As a portrait artist should I advertise pricing on my website? I am an artist by I'm also very shy. Can I avoid being the public face of my work? Listen to what Peter and Laura have to say abo…
 
Laura and Peter have talked about teaching several times, it forms a part of both of their working lives. However they both teach adults; people who have sought them out. Teaching children is a bit different, but maybe not as different as you might think. Peter's wife, Kimberley is a qualified primary school teacher and in this episode she discusse…
 
Time to cast the cat in among the pigeons! Laura and Peter are joined in this debate by Silversmith James Dougal and 'the Talented Mr B. (Ben Boswell) to talk about craft and art as descriptions of their work and of the way they identify themselves. Asking 100 people what the difference is between art and craft, or what the respective values of art…
 
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