“red bank red is from my yard”


Clay from her yard, rocks from the side of the highway, and random bits of shale all turned into art supplies. Yeah, she MAKES HER OWN PAINT! A few years ago, at an art opening in Tennessee, I met Chattanooga based painter Amanda Brazier. We didn’t talk for long, but long enough for me to find out that she makes all of her own paint. Obviously I ran back to the hotel and looked her up… instant love. So here we are, years later, and I get an hour to talk to her about how she does what she does! We also talk about ice cream and running quite a bit. Brace yourself. You can listen right up there under Amanda’s freshly made paint, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

Let’s start at the beginning… the magical, natural beginning:


Gah! Look at all of those perfect homemade tubes! And yes, there are quite a few Red Bank Red’s in there… straight from Amanda’s backyard. Amazing. And how perfect is it that she’s a trail runner and part-time high school cross country running coach!? She can gather samples while she’s out there ; )

She talked about how she’s able to make the different colors in her beautiful, quiet, natural palette. I wanted to know about this dreamy grey-ish blue:


Oooh. I love them all!

Up next… this is where Amanda’s fascination with structures began, and how it evolved:



And finally, the painted “weavings” that give me a headache just trying to figure out what should go where and when:


Oh my goodness… so so so good!

Thank you so much to Amanda for telling us the secrets behind her beautiful, natural work; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode; high fives to audible.com for making my new book into an audio book… to preorder a copy of the audio book FOR FREE, along with a 30 day free trial at Audible, you can use my fancy link: audibletrial.com/JealousCurator  … and as always, thank you for listening. There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Mark Bradley-Shoup
  2. Freed Hardeman College
  3. Earth Pigments
  4. Natural Pigments
  5. Sandy Webster
  6. Cat planters by Beardbangs!


comments (13)

  1. Jo Taylor /// 08.20.2016 /// 5:23am

    I always love your podcasts Danielle, but this one was extra fab with Amanda’s beautiful paints and you both talking about your running. I’m exactly the same and HAVE to exercise along with my hours of working and too much staring at the PC. I’m off to pre-order your ‘My inner Critic…’ as I know your way of describing all the ‘telling yourself you’re a bit crap’ that we need to get past to make art is going to be spot on and very truthful. Love your style of interviewing and speaking. Thanks for all this loveliness x

  2. Sheena Sahni Vora /// 08.20.2016 /// 1:05pm

    How does one get in touch with you? No mail id …or atleast I couldn’t find it. Pls do reply. You have my mail id.
    Thank you.

  3. the jealous curator /// 08.20.2016 /// 3:02pm

    contact@thejealouscurator.com : )

  4. callmesusana /// 08.20.2016 /// 9:12pm

    Going shale searching again!! So excited about this interview; thank you 🙂

  5. Michelle /// 08.20.2016 /// 11:56pm

    Loving the interviews Danielle. I’ve been listening in the studio and tend to only look at the associated artist works after the interview so as not to disrupt my own process. The suspense kills me!

  6. Julie /// 08.21.2016 /// 1:32am

    Loved it!! Amanda is so a lovely and down to earth (sorry for the pun but she really is)!!
    Beautiful art and I love her passion for it. She really must visit our Makhtesh Ramon… Im sure it would be a treasure trove for her.
    Have a great week x

  7. Hilda /// 08.21.2016 /// 5:36pm

    Another fun interview! Sometimes iconographers make their own pigments too.

  8. simone /// 08.22.2016 /// 7:51am

    As a Jamaican girl, you CAN eat rice and beans every SINGLE DAY. Of course, if you add jerk chicken then you are truly set for life. This interview was great. It made me think about the red soil at home.

  9. the jealous curator /// 08.22.2016 /// 7:59am

    ha! that does sound realllly good!

  10. Katherine Jury /// 08.23.2016 /// 10:36am

    Wow! Amanda’s work and process is incredible. Thanks for sharing!

  11. marc cardwell /// 08.23.2016 /// 10:47am

    super cool art and conversation! i love the idea of making paints. i was _just_ in chatanooga for the first time last weekend, and it is one cool city! well worth a day or weekend trip.

  12. the jealous curator /// 08.23.2016 /// 11:56am

    isn’t it a great city? i was there a few years ago and loved every minute!

  13. Pattern Pulp - Friday Quick Links! /// 08.26.2016 /// 2:01pm

    […] 1. Discussing a new wave of wallpaper design with Flavor Paper via Juxtapoz 2. Inside the studio of artist Emily Snyder via SF Girl By Bay 3. Peter Aurisch’s cubist inspired tattoos via Colossal 4. Mia Chaplin’s dreamy paintings via Miss Moss 5. Digging this DIY denim embroidery via Honestly WTF 6. Talking with ceramicist Kirsten Perry via The Design Files 7. Darling DIY floral votive holders via design*sponge 8. Intrigued by these wooden speakers from Grovemade via design-milk 9. Gorgeous flowers encased in ice via booooooom 10. Cheryl Sorg’s delightful metallic tape street art via Design Crush 11. Love this bright blue edition of artist Siba Sahabi’s iconic felt vases via Trendland 12. Painter Amanda Brazier makes all of her own paint via The Jealous Curator […]

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