In this episode, I introduce my lifelong friend, Susan Keegin. We explore the power of art and the intersection of emotion and creativity as we discuss her art and her evolution as an artist. Susan grew up eating her mother’s Italian food and surrounded by her parents’ art. Today, Susan is an accomplished and talented painter. Join us for this lively discussion!
What you Hear/Learn:
[0:23] Mag introduces the guest, Susan Landor Keegin.
[2:00] Susan answers the question, “When did you first know you were an artist?”
[7:55] Susan talks about her transition from photographer to designer to painter.
[10:00] Susan and Mag discuss self-discipline and scheduling time to “create” each day.
[12:50] Mag and Susan explore the connection between art and emotional well-being.
[17:19] The ladies talk about how their art and writing have evolved.
[20:46] Susan answers the question, “Looking back at raising your children, what was the most important thing you wanted them to learn?”
[27:55] Susan explains her life philosophy and how it’s all about the little things for her.
[32:00] Mag and Susan discuss mindfulness and being a witness to the wonders of life.
[35:50] Susan talks about her mother who was born during the Spanish flu pandemic and how art can calm us during times of crisis.
[40:05] Susan and Mag plan an imaginary dinner party and talk about who they would invite if they could invite absolutely anyone.
“[I had to learn] the discipline of creating work on a daily basis, and that was probably the most valuable lesson … that, you know, you get up every morning whether you feel like it or not, and you go to work. You sit down, and you do the creative work. And, that was a great discipline for me to learn, and it has really served me well.”
“Being in the studio absolutely changes my attitude. It changes my frame of mind. It changes my mood. And, it’s not about the finished product, but about the making of it. [It’s about] mixing paint and seeing it come alive.”
“My art is now just a process of exploring, and I am often doing things that I’ve never done before … But there’s no judgment about it. I always feel like it’s going to work out in the end. Because oil paint is a very forgiving medium. There’s no such thing as ruining something. You can always go over it.”
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