Talking painting and the art-making process with Tara Leaver - Kristen Kalp

Talking painting and the art-making process with Tara Leaver

Tara Leaver once sent me a painting to say ‘thank you’ for doing my work in the world, and it was a bit like being struck with magic by a fairy: pure delight and love wrapped up in a piece of art.  I’ve been a fan of hers ever since. Another painting of hers hangs above my kitchen table/desk, and it’s the visual point I return to as I’m writing each day.  (Read: YUP, I bought her art and think you should, too.)

I’m introducing you to Tara as both a fan and a fellow artist, and I hope you find our conversation about embracing your artistic nature, growing as a human, and being in process all the time as entertaining, uplifting, and fascinating as I did.

We talk about the process of making art — a process that, for Tara, has involved living with depression, swimming in self-doubt, putting in the 10,000 hours, and letting go of perfectionism.

My art antennae are up all the time.  Everything is fair game.  — Tara Leaver

Tara Leaver painting
We also talk about the scaffolding upon which we build our lives, the ‘fuck it’ point that’s necessary to move past for making your best work, and what to do with all those business blueprints that never seem to fit you.

Ah yes, the business blueprints that don’t fit! I think I actually yell “Amen!” at one point!

Listen in to this episode of That’s What She Said to meet the wise and brilliant artist, teacher, and movement maker, Tara Leaver.

Related: no more business frappuccino.

Tara Leaver is an artist and online art teacher, working from her attic studio by the sea on the south coast of England. As well as creating mixed media paintings based around the idea of freedom, she teaches online courses focused on helping others uncover and develop their own unique artistic self expression.

P.S. Want to meet a few more gorgeous humans? I recommend Morgan Day Cecil and Nick McArthur.