Adventures in Arting Podcast

Adventures in Arting Podcast: Lessons from Boot Camp

Today on the podcast I'm sharing a list of five lessons from my Design Boot Camp class. I hope that you'll find the lessons useful in your own practice. (And speaking of practice, I just started reading Seth Godin's book, The Practice, and my brain is exploding with thoughts. Has anyone else read it?) If you do not see the podcast player above, please click on this link. On the off chance that you've never listened to a podcast or don't get why anybody would want to, here are some facts: (1) Podcasts are convenient. It's a recording that is... Read more →


Today's guest is Christina Richmond, aka Tweeny. Christina lives in Bath, and as a Jane Austen fan, I've always had a fantasy version of Bath in my head. We do chat about this at the top of the podcast, but then we get into the creative meat of the matter: when graphic design meets lino. If you do not see the podcast player above, please click on this link. On the off chance that you've never listened to a podcast or don't get why anybody would want to, here are some facts: (1) Podcasts are convenient. It's a recording that... Read more →


Today's guest is Ali Baecker of 3 Dotted Penguins. Ali is one of the talented #CarveDecemberClass teachers. We discussed how motherhood transformed her creative passion and how she got bitten by the block carving bug! If you do not see the podcast player above, please click on this link. On the off chance that you've never listened to a podcast or don't get why anybody would want to, here are some facts: (1) Podcasts are convenient. It's a recording that is available to you whenever and wherever you'd like to listen. You can pause, stop, start, fast forward, and rewind.... Read more →


Welcome to our very first crowdsourced podcast! A while ago I asked for people to send in a short recording about their experiences with learning during the pandemic. I truly believe that life-long learning is the key to staying vibrant. Those who never make themselves uncomfortable by being beginners cease to grow. We may be stuck at home, but whether it's art or a language or microeconomics, there's an endless supply of stuff to learn! We got eight thoughtful and interesting responses from Barbara Fox, Elizabeth Montano, Holly Thomsen Doherty, JoAnn Campisi, Joceyln Robinson, Lucia-Ann, Peggy Joyce, and Sue Carroll.... Read more →


Mom and I had a wonderful long chat with Sarah Matthews. I've seen Sarah's colorful layered prints many times, but I didn't know about her extensive work as a bookbinder. On the podcast we talk about creating during quarantine, YouTube, artist books, and lots more. Sarah has four girls and still manages to carve, print, or bind every single day. Give it a listen: If you do not see the podcast player above, please click on this link. On the off chance that you've never listened to a podcast or don't get why anybody would want to, here are some... Read more →


Matthew Ya-Hsiung Balzer, my brother, is the guest on today's podcast. His film, THE CATCH, is going to be debuting at the Austin Film Festival next Thursday. Tickets are just $10 and you can watch from the comfort of your living room! We had a great chat about his creative journey, filmmaking, and what it takes to be in a creative career. Give the podcast a listen: If you do not see the podcast player above, please click on this link. On the off chance that you've never listened to a podcast or don't get why anybody would want to,... Read more →


Mom and I had the great pleasure of chatting with Marta Harvey. Marta has participated in #CarveDecember for many years and her tessellations have gotten more and more impressive every single year. On the podcast we discuss the tessellation lesson she has put together for the upcoming #CarveDecemberClass as well as her journey as an artist (hint: she had to raise her family before she could really get started). Give it a listen: If you do not see the podcast player above, please click on this link. On the off chance that you've never listened to a podcast or don't... Read more →


I'm pretty sure that Rowan and I could have talked non-stop for about six hours. But we had to limit ourselves to just one hour. She's smart, funny, hard working, thoughtful, and you're going to love today's podcast. Give it a listen: If you do not see the podcast player above, please click on this link. On the off chance that you've never listened to a podcast or don't get why anybody would want to, here are some facts: (1) Podcasts are convenient. It's a recording that is available to you whenever and wherever you'd like to listen. You can... Read more →


It was my great pleasure to spend an hour chatting with Sandy McTier recently. We discussed how she built her business and her core beliefs about people and business relationships. Sandy is smart and passionate and I think you're going to love today's podcast. Give it a listen: If you do not see the podcast player above, please click on this link. On the off chance that you've never listened to a podcast or don't get why anybody would want to, here are some facts: (1) Podcasts are convenient. It's a recording that is available to you whenever and wherever... Read more →


The photos were missing in yesterday's post, but I've fixed the problem. You can see them HERE. ---- Mom and I have an argument on this episode -- like a talking over each other and accusing the other of being wrong argument. Give it a listen: If you do not see the podcast player above, please click on this link. On the off chance that you've never listened to a podcast or don't get why anybody would want to, here are some facts: (1) Podcasts are convenient. It's a recording that is available to you whenever and wherever you'd like... Read more →