Episode 17: Limitations

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Getting started can often be difficult, and it can feel like we haven’t got any ideas. But often it’s the opposite, and we can be overwhelmed with too many choices. It’s very important that as we move forward with our creative endeavors that we learn to set limitations. It’s this act of limiting our materials and our ideas that our creativity can take off.

I discuss how we can set limitations for ourselves and spur on our creative journey.

Barry Schwartz:
TED Talk - The Paradox of Choice

Phil Hansen:
TED Talk - Embrace the shake

Relic: Luke Skywalker , Eric Scott, Mixed Media

Relic: Luke Skywalker, Eric Scott, Mixed Media

Episode 16: Play

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How do you get started? I answered this question a few episodes back, but I dive a bit deeper into the idea of play as a way to get started. Using ideas that John Cleese discussed in a talk on creativity, I discuss closed mode vs. open mode, and how I use play and experimentation to generate ideas and explore materials and concepts.

Unfortunately, I misspoke when I mentioned the podcast Creative Pep Talk by Andy J. Pizza and said the incorrect name.

Creative Pep Talk - podcast by Andy J. Pizza

John Cleese on Creativity in Management - You Tube Video by Video Arts

Transcript of John Cleese’s talk

Episode 15: The Universe Conspires - Take 2

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Feeling like the last podcast was a bit rambling, I want to come at this topic again, and see if I could wrap my head around this notion that the universe is indeed conspiring with us. I focus on the idea that positivity, generosity, and compassion bring about positive, generous, and compassionate results in our lives.

It might be the stuff of cheesy self-help books, but we create our reality with the thoughts, emotions, and attitudes, and we can choose the path of the cold-hearted and stingy or the path of the generous and kind.

Episode 13: Getting Started

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How do you get started?

It can be difficult getting started on any artistic endeavor — from procrastination and laziness to feelings of uncertainty and being overwhelmed. in this short episode, I share a small personal struggle with procrastination and give a bit of advice on how to get started on your personal creative journey.

We must make a commitment, play and explore, start small, and learn some of the basics.

Episode 12: Steve Loya

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I sat down with good friend and artist Steve Loya for this week’s podcast, and had a good conversation about making art, being kind, and not seeing life and art as a competition. I have known Steve for nearly 30 years having met as freshmen at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1991. It has be great being an eye witness to Steve’s journey as an artist and an educator. I hope you enjoy the interview.

From Steve’s website: www.steveloya.com

Steve Loya is a true believer in the power of art and creativity and makes every effort to explore this in his own life. A Bachelor of Science in Art Education major from Edinboro University of PA, Steve's work is motivated by a strong desire to communicate and express visually something beyond words or spoken language, however serious or playful his approach and subject matter may be. His work has been exhibited in solo exhibits, juried and group shows, galleries and small businesses throughout the Northern Virginia region, DC, NV, PA, MD, NY as well as in Japan, Greece,and the UK. His work has also been featured and published in a handful of physical and online artist publications and books during the past decade. You can follow his work at his frequently updated art blogs, Go Flying Turtle, and Splotch Monster Island.

tree 30 , 7”x7”, watercolor and ink on paper

tree 30, 7”x7”, watercolor and ink on paper

Endangered Kingdom series: Giant Panda , 10”x8”, watercolor and ink on paper

Endangered Kingdom series: Giant Panda, 10”x8”, watercolor and ink on paper

Yeeaah, That’s Right! , 12”x12”, acrylic on canvas

Yeeaah, That’s Right!, 12”x12”, acrylic on canvas

Episode 11: Attachment

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I conclude the discussion about creative blocks, as I delve deeper into the notion of attachment and how we cling to our identity, ideas, and materials as a way to stay in our comfort zone. We get in our own way by grasping at these notions and prevent ourselves from moving forward.

By being open to non-attachment we can become aware of our attachments to the past and the future and can stay focused on the present. Attachment can have us stuck in the mire, unable to move forward, but by recognizing those times when we grasp and cling, we can decide to act and get ourselves unstuck.

Episode 10: Judgment

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I continue the discussion about creative blocks, as I delve deeper into the notion of judgment. Our inner critic can rear it’s head anytime we create, and it can seem like it’s an endless loop of criticism. Unfortunately, it’s one of the ways the ego tries to convince us to stop creating and maintain the status quo.

Why do we diminish and denigrate ourselves so much as we criticize and condemn our creative endeavors? Only by becoming aware of this inner voice, can we lessen the self-defeating talk and stay present with our creativity. By opening ourselves for non-judgment and recognizing the truth about our skills and our creations can we diminish the grip our inner critic has on us.

Episode 9: Resistance

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I return to some topics from earlier episodes as I explore the creative block of Resistance and how we often get in our own way as we create. Though I discussed this a bit in the episode on Creative Blocks, I delve deeper and focus on how we may overcome this resistance.

By denying our creativity, by avoiding our creativity, and by staying trapped in our comfort zones, we resist our creativity and keep ourselves stalled and blocked. Only by becoming aware of those moments when we are resistant can we open ourselves and allow the creativity to flow.

Episode 8: Process vs. Product

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It seems that there’s a lot of emphasis on the product over the process in many cart classes, whether you go into a public school art room or you go to the nearest art studio or art center. In part this push may come from our own personal experiences as students.

But how can we as educators, teaching artists, and students push ourselves away from the notion of a finished project and toward the notion of embracing the artistic process?

I delve into this topic in the latest episode and share some insight from my 20 years of teaching art in public schools as well as in the private sector of artists’ studios, art retreats, and art centers. I hope that as you explore your art that you can open to the process and not get so caught up in the end result — the product.

Episode 7: Community

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I’ve been contemplating community lately, especially since I’ve been feeling a bit lost and disconnected from my creative community. In this episode, I discuss how David and I became artistic accomplices and how important it is for creatives to have a community of support.

Nothing takes the place of being in the same physical location as your artistic accomplices and creating together, and the ability to get positive feedback and to grow is much greater when creating in a community than it is when creating in isolation.

This episode is a bit of a ramble though it’s a short one, but I just wanted to share somethings that I am dealing with and feeling at the moment, and to give a little bit of advice on connecting or reconnecting with a creative community.

Episode 6: Sam Peck


Samuel Peck holds a BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from the University of Rhode Island, and an MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Sam is currently a Phd Candidate in Art Education at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

I have known Sam now for ten or twelve years, and in this episode, I talk with him about his art about where his desire to make interesting images comes from and how process is important to him and his work. We discuss how he explores the notion of surprise in his work and how he works with finding artistic problems.

It was a pleasure to sit down with Sam and talk about his printmaking work as well as his drawings and paintings, and to get a glimpse into his ideas about art education. I hope that you enjoy the conversation.

Episode 5: Creative Blocks

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If everyone is creative, why do so many people believe that they are not? This is the question that I posed in Episode 4: Creative Myths, but in this episode, I explore this question even further by taking a look at creativity as a spiritual act, examining the role the ego plays in creative blocks, and exploring how we can recognize when our ego is stifling us and preventing us from being creative.

By taking ideas from Eckhardt Tolle’s book, A New Earth, I delve into how creativity is all about becoming present and how resistance, judgment, and attachment are the ego’s way of stopping us in our tracks and keeping us from tapping into our innate creativity.

By recognizing when we are resisting, judging, and attached to things, we can become more aware of our creativity, and the quality of our creativity can and will change.

Episode 4: Creative Myths

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If everyone is creative, why do so many people believe that they are not? In part people may have simply closed themselves off from their creativity, and over time they may have bought into some common myths about creativity. We live in a culture that speaks of creativity in magical, mystical terms, and it’s easy to get caught up in the misconceptions that many of us have about creativity

Ken Robinson defines creativity as the process of developing original ideas that have value, and perhaps at it’s root, creativity is more mundane than we believe. I discuss this and more in this episode as I look at the myths that surround creativity and how we are all creative in our everyday lives. We simply take it for granted and don’t see it for what it is.

Ken Robinson:
TED Talk - Do schools kill creativity?

Kirby Ferguson:
TED Talk - Embrace the remix

Phil Hansen
TED Talk - Embrace the shake

Episode 3: David Modler

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David R. Modler is an artist, researcher, and professor originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education in Art Education from Towson State University and his Master of Fine Arts in painting from James Madison University. He currently works as an Associate Professor of Art in the Department of Contemporary Art at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

I have known David for twenty years now, and he is the one who first introduced me to the visual journals all those years ago. He was my original artistic accomplice, and we spent a lot of time together sharing ideas about art, teaching, and the visual journal. Together we have presented countless presentations, seminars, and workshops a a wide range of artistic and educational venues, and we have coauthored two books on the visual journal, The Journal Junkies Workshop and Journal Fodder 365. It was a pleasure to sit down with David and have a discussion about his artistic journey, the mentors who have influenced him, and the process he goes through to create his artwork.

David creates mixed media work and assembles the work into site-responsive installations, and the visual journal is a key component of his work. As an off-shoot of his journal work and as a way to explore creative collaborations, he has teamed up with good friend Samuel Peck to create the tet[R]ad: Draw and Play Here project where they facilitate one-on-one journal exchanges.

I hope you enjoy my conversation with David Modler.

Episode 2: The Rules

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About ten years ago, I came up with some rules for myself as a reminder for me to get in the studio and make art. Now, these are not completely original and I borrowed heavily from the likes of nun and artist Corita Kent and writer Patti Digh, but I put my on slant on them and adapted ten basic principles to help guide me.

They’re not hard, fast rules that cannot be broken, but they are reminders of the things that I need to do in order to keep myself creating and making, and when I feel disconnected from my art, I turn to these rules to help give me a kick in the pants.

In this episode, I share the rules and try to give a little insight into each of them through general discussion and personal anecdotes.

I hope you find some value to these rules.

Eric’s Rules:

  1. Show Up

  2. Sit Down

  3. Shut Up

  4. Ignore Everybody

  5. Get Over Yourself

  6. Start Where You Are

  7. Work

  8. Find Your Tribe

  9. Immerse Yourself

  10. Nothing is a Mistake

Episode 1: My Story


As an artist, educator, and a writer, I believe that we are all creative — that we all have this innate creativity, but we may have gotten disconnected from it. In this inaugural episode of Artistic Accomplices, I introduce myself, explain a bit about my journey, and lay out the reasons why I wanted to begin this new venture. I give a little bit of my personal history, discuss my mission of helping people connect with their creativity, and share my vision for the podcast.

To connect with me and find out more about the things that I do, find me on the internet and on social media.

Website: https://journalfodderjunkies.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eric.scott.180
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/journalfodderjunkies/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emscottart/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jrnlfddrjunkies

Welcome to Artistic Accomplices, the Podcast of Eric M. Scott


Join Eric M. Scott beginning January 1, 2019 as he ventures into a new arena — the podcast!

Artistic Accomplices is all about giving encouragement and inspiration for whatever creative endeavors that you may undertake. As an artist, writer, and educator, Eric will share some of the many things that he has encountered, figured out, or overcome in his lifetime of creative work, and from time to time, he’ll have interviews and conversations with friends and other creative type people to help inspire and motivate you.

The podcast will air every other week to begin, and the schedule may be tweaked depending on circumstances.

So, join in and get your creative nudge!