John Dalton - gently does it .... podcast
Ep 58 - Stepping through the portal with Vanessa Prager

I had a great conversation with artist Vanessa Prager in California. Vanessa paints, “dripping, melting, fading out portraits. ” Some of her portraits are big, 10 foot square while others are much smaller. Big or small they are all oil and the paint is thick, really thick.  Vanessa has had solo shows in California and just recently in New York. We talk about being self taught, the properties of oil paint, the solitude of the studio, reaching a mass audience, fainting goats, and a lot more . . .

Here are the main points of what we talk about:

  • Creative heroes,
  • What art exists,
  • The role of the artist,
  • Creative process,
  • Color palette,
  • Paint,
  • Drying times,
  • Being self taught,
  • Learning resources,
  • Imposter syndrome,
  • Social interaction,
  • Exposure,
  • Celebrity hostings,
  • Peephole installations,
  • Social media,
  • Collectors,
  • Most moving painting to make,
  • Artistic challenges,

To find out more about Vanessa her work

Most moving painting to make . . .

Vanessa Prager - Untitled

Vanessa Prager – Untitled


Vanessa Prager - Bananna split

Vanessa Prager – Bananna split


Vanessa Prager - Hollow sky

Vanessa Prager – Hollow sky


Vanessa Prager - Last splash

Vanessa Prager – Last splash


Vanessa Prager - Wild seed

Vanessa Prager – Wild seed


The School of life video about art as therapy mentioned in the podcast.


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