195: Painting Happiness: Art as a Form of Self Development with Terry Runyan

2022 IP Podcast - Episode 195 - Terry Runyan - rectangle

with host artist Miriam Schulman

Doing the things you don’t feel qualified to do while stepping out of the ordinary, mundane existence to allow yourself the space to show up is more than terrifying. Imposter syndrome is real! If you consider the most creative and amazing people you know, it’s safe to say that their greatness came on the other side of a lot of internal dialogue. 

Terry Runyan is a visual artist and creative encourager that totally understands the inner struggles that take place for artists and creatives. She’s a published author, teacher, YouTuber, and fun artist with licensed work you can see here. 

“It’s not that the perfectionism, or the imposter syndrome, or any of that inner critic stuff doesn’t come up. I just see it for what it is, and I know who I am.” -Terry Runyan 

In this podcast, you will discover…

Terry’s creative path to uncover an artist’s wisdom: 

  • Drawing and painting from a very young age 
  • Licensing her artwork
  • Overcoming perfectionism
  • Struggling with self-worth
  • Mindset and mediation practices
  • Thoughts are not necessarily true 

“Creativity is just there, whether we feel it or not. If we’re not feeling it, it’s only because our thinking is going around and telling us we’re blocked or that we don’t have that talent, but we can ignore that thinking” – Terry Runyan 

Terry’s openness and vulnerability about her journey is a reminder of what lies on the other side of the mental struggles we go through. You have to put in the work and wrestle with thoughts, even when the thoughts feel like a fact, and you’re certain they must be true. 

Growth is a journey, and the path for a creative can get really tough without a strong mindset. 

Don’t forget to check out Terry’s book, Painting Happiness, where she gets into ways to deal with your inner critic, mindfulness, and perfectionism. 

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Also, check out Schulman Art’s Mindset Playlist and Miriam’s Favorite Art Supplies for Art Journaling 


About Terry

Terry Runyan is a visual artist and creative encourager living in the Kansas City area. Terry loves animals, particularly cats, and you’ll usually find furry, feathery and fishy friends in here work.

Terry sees art as a way to connect and communicate with others. She enjoys sharing her journey and insights on YouTube, Instagram, Skillshare classes and with her Daily Creating Group on Facebook. She recently had a book published through Leaping Hare Press all about about creativity and watercolor called Painting Happiness.

She also sells her work on a variety of products in her own shop at www.terryrunyan.com. In addition she licenses her work for greeting cards, home decor, calendars, mugs, fabrics and a host of other products.


About the host, Miriam Schulman

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.

After witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, What Women Create, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. Check out my best-selling book with HarperCollins Leadership, Artpreneur, how to make money from your creativity, wherever books are sold. When I’m not in the studio, I split my time between New York City and a farmhouse in the country. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies

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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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