I am talking with Kasia Avery, the creator of the online art school Everything Art and the year long art series Wanderlust.
We talk about her creative journey, the hardships and joy of working full time with her spouse and the ways she has found to serve her customers better during Covid-19. It is such a great talk with a business owner that is all heart for her customers and she is clear about why she works so hard for what she is creating.
On this episode Jeanne is talking with Kasia Avery, the creator of the online art school Everything Art and the year long art series Wanderlust. They talk about her creative journey, the hardships and joy of working full time with her spouse and the ways she has found to serve her customers better during Covid-19.
Podcast 011 | Building a Creative Business with Kasia Avery
On this episode, Jeanne talks with Kasia Avery, online art teacher and founder of Everything Art with her husband, with whom she operates her creative business.
2:36 “We work together in different ways…we know it’s a good way to live, because we are compatible. We understand each other very well…”
3:39 “Before we had our daughter, the hardest bit was to actually get yourself motivated, sit down and start working.”
4:55 “Good advice that I can give everyone who works together and lives together is to give each other some time off. This is a rule at our house, and there are no exceptions to that, that everyday each one of us gets an hour off during the day.”
11:41 “We are very lucky that we are online, that our business is teaching people and helping them to create free and very laid back art…”
12:17 “What this time means for us is that we realize that people are at home and want to find ways in which they can care for their well-being, practice some self-care, and we can help.”
13:18 “One night I was going through the news and I overdosed really, really massively on the news and I got so anxious and stressed out and I asked “What can I do to distract myself, and what are other people doing?”
16:35 “I find working with people who are artists, who have a very similar approach to mine, just a pure pleasure, to be honest…it’s just a lot of fun.”
18:38 “It’s a lot of work, you know, I can’t say it’s not and there aren’t ways to make it less work, but that’s what it is and it’s fun and if you love your job, which I really do, it’s great.”
19:56 “Another thing that really helps us is having a project management app for projects and to-do lists, and you can tick boxes that can be shared with everyone who works with us.”
23:09 “Jamie went through a lot in his life, and he’s much wiser than me, now I understand that. He’s got good experience in life and business…”
24:43 “Creativity on a day-to-day basis for me, I do daily art journaling in the evening, when our daughter is asleep, when Jamie is doing his things…”
27:16 “If I wasn’t doing Everything Art, I think I would still have something to do with painting, because I was always at it, always doing it. And teaching; I know that I was born to do what I’m doing right now.”
“Art that’s not realistic is not art” – ever thought that? Because I certainly have. I was literally sweating and stressing my days away when striving to become that “proper” artist, painting landscapes in oil – something that was not me in the slightest. And then one day I discovered art journaling and I was hooked. The glitter fell from the sky and I knew I was saved. I learnt that real art is self-expression, a story, and an honest experience. I discovered that the process can (and should be!) pleasant and joyful rather than a struggle. Since then I am constantly art journaling, (daily!) and I want you to dive in with me.
I teach mixed-media and art journaling in person and online since 2011. In 2016 together with with my husband Jamie we established Everything Art Limited. We create, produce and commission online classes. I teach in a laid-back and supportive manner. My goal is to help you discover your inner artist through joyful and inner-critic-free art process.
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