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Art & Cocktails: Exploring the World of Contemporary Art, Creativity, Business, and Inspiration


Join host Ekaterina Popova, artist and founder of Create! Magazine, as she uncorks the vibrant and multifaceted world of contemporary art, creative entrepreneurship, mindset, and creativity one episode at a time. Welcome to "Art & Cocktails," a podcast where artists, creatives, dreamers, and artpreneurs gather to share their journeys and their art over their favorite drinks.

Building on the success of the "Create!" podcast, Ekaterina steers the artistic conversation towards more intimate, heart-to-heart discussions that fuel the spirit and inspire the artist's soul. Tune in for insightful, honest discussions with leading artists, curators, writers, coaches, leaders, and artpreneurs who not only share their journeys in the creative world but also enjoy a "fireside chat" over a glass of wine or a cup of tea. This podcast offers a rich blend of inspiration, art business insights, and the simple joy of sipping your favorite beverage while discussing what lights your heart on fire.

Pour your favorite drink into a beautiful cup, get comfy, and settle down for a session of "Art & Cocktails" each week. Let's celebrate the artist in all of us with a toast to creativity and the limitless possibilities it brings to our lives.

Feb 26, 2024

Join host Ekaterina Popova and artist and author James McRae on this inspiring episode as they delve into reclaiming your creativity. James, an author, poet, and teacher, empowers creators to live with purpose and turn imagination into reality.

In this conversation, James shares his journey of becoming an artist and transitioning from advertising. Discover insights on making room for ideas to flow, insights from his latest book, and much more!

James McCrae is an author, poet, meme artist, and creative strategist based in Austin, Texas. Applying principles of mindfulness and Eastern philosophy to modern life with humor and candor, James offers coaching, consultation services, and teaches classes on conscious creativity.

Author of two books, "Sh#t Your Ego Says" (Hay House, 2017) and "How to Laugh in Ironic Amusement During Your Existential Crisis" (Thought Catalog, 2021), James's work guides readers through quieting negative self-talk, reconnecting with intuition, and embracing the unknown.

As a creative strategist, James has collaborated with top global brands, including Microsoft, NBC, Target, Organic Valley, and United Healthcare, helping define their mission, vision, and brand story.

With articles on creativity featured in Forbes, HuffPost, Adweek, Yogi Times, Entrepreneur, and Elephant Journal, and poetry in esteemed literary journals such as American Journal of Poetry, 34th Parallel Magazine, and New Millennium Writings, James is a prolific contributor to creative discourse.

Follow James on Instagram (@wordsarevibrations) for daily memes, poems, and illustrations. Don't miss his podcast, Sunflower Club, where he explores the intersection of creativity, consciousness, and culture.

In his downtime, James enjoys practicing yoga, visiting art museums, watching basketball, walking his dogs, and immersing himself in music.


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