Expect Miracles when you art…it is really really practical ;-) no woo woo.


Two simple steps you can take right now towards your arting and move it forward…


this is slightly different from a visionboard. It taps into your inner wants, longings and yearnings with the right brain, rather than posting all the things we think we want.

Just grab a few sources of images – like magazines from all different walks of life, and tear through them, literally. Save the images you have torn out, and arrange them into a whole that speaks to you, you are drawn to. Don’t over think it. Then step back and look, and see what the image is telling you…have a conversation, ask it as a whole, and then ask the individual pieces….what are you to know?

Be prepared to be surprised. Write around it. Pin the dream board in a visible place in your studio or study…and let it work its magic. ūüôā

The magic is very practical…being reminded daily on your dreams…we are more likely to take actions on them.


This might be a bit scary…but if you play in the open…like e.g. create the responses to one of the #becometheartistyouare challenges¬† publicly (such as a caf√©, like I did today @HillStation), you are bound to bump into really interesting people. Fellow artists, writers, potential collaborators…I did. I do. So try it and report your findings.

Easy right? No rocket science…but powerful. Go, dream, play, art away! In the open.



Searchers finders, walking on. A bit of media in/fame

Yesterday the piece was published that I wrote for Psychologie.cz. A follow up to a series I had written in 2016. Two years on…how am I getting on?

See here. www.psychologie.cz/hledam-jdu-dal it is in Czech.

In a nutshell: baby steps all the way.

On Tuesday I am being interviewed by Alexis Fedor of Artists in Business on a podcast talking about my work  I do through the  #becometheartistyouare challenge

Will post the link shortly, watch this space!

Spring Cleaning…discovering my dreamboard…and why!

Oftentime everything is about undoing…rather than doing. Or doing the undoing…

..like at this time of the year when spring cleaning comes into fore.

Getting rid for the obstacles in growth is super important. All the clutter and junk accumulated over winter and years….has to go. And voila, I got to discover a few things (about myself…apart from being a lazy cleaner):

My forgotten vision/dreamboard from the autumn. It was stuck on the wall and I hardly got to notice it at all… so I thought.

Because when I looked at it carefully, I discovered that it had all come to become

…my reality.

The new shelving set up in the studio,

the new sofa,

the open studio/exhibition at a local festival.

And I even lost some weight by changing my dietary discipline,

and put my feet up…and became lot happier with myself as a result.

The biggest motto on it said: I am thriving when I treat myself well.

I should not be surprised really, as I had been using dreamboards on and off for some twelve years now.

They connect the unconscious part of us and our futures that we make. 

Given that it is such a powerful tool, I have decided to make another one, after tidying up the studio.

And you can join me this time as I walk you through the process...

tomorrow (on Mother’s Day) at 3 pm GM on FB live in the Arting group.¬†

All you need is a couple of magazines to tear images from, a pair of scissors, glue or sellotape and if you want, a large sheet of paper as a background. And your favourite felt-tips and/or other materials you like, such as acrylics or ink pens.


See you then, then!

Art Open Show…what to show?

Preparing for the Telegraph Hill Festival  Art Open Show which is coming up on 11th March at two venues at New Cross Gate Рthe Mughead Coffee and the White Hart  I was faced with the inevitable question: what to show?

What has come up in the past year that I want to share?

The Butterfly Inspiration series?

The Traces of Me series?55CD38CE-B30C-4550-9A60-BB30F1FBE17F

Or Watching Myself series?

Or the Alphabet/inner and outer landscape series?

And the winner is…#seemetoseeyourself portrait series duo.


As I have really enjoyed working in this process a lot.

Witnessing the sitter. Connecting on some deeper level…most people say I manage to capture how they really feel…sometimes they say that is not necessarily a good thing…and I smile.

I used to joke about myself that I am like NOKIA…connecting people…to themselves.

The blue one is a portrait of my Grandmother. Babicka.

Being the way she is, she only allowed me to take a photograph that was the basis and reference for this work…it is still waiting on her to see it.

Do you want to get your #seeemetoseeyourself portrait session? Get in touch

Or see you at the informal opening of the show on Sunday, March 11th.

March on in Arting

The be/cometheartistyouare challenge is on in March.

So far we have

…haikued our HEREs

…attempted to make a baad drawing only to find out that it is really difficult

…drew a line and let it free our arting inspirations

…looked and saw…what is around us. In new and fresh ways. Avidly seeing.

The above are my images but others are going through the process of allowing themselves to art for 20 minutes a day, prompted or not, along with me and seeing the magic it does to their arting…and living.

You can still join us in the Arting group for free this month. My aim and mission is to get as many people arting as possible, so do spread the word. Please. Thank you!

Bumpy road…and how arting has been helping me along

I had not been in touch for some two months now. That is because it had been a bit of a bumpy ride. Literally.

About two months ago, I discovered I had a bump in my belly. And was thrilled. Another month in and I discovered I had lost it.

They say it is more common then you would think. One in four pregnancies being miscarried spontaneously.

I was arting around my joy and expectation, and then loss and sadness. I believe it has helped me to process a lot. Without having to talk to anyone.

One day, before I found out Myra (yes, I came up with a name, silly me) was gone, this appeared on the paper in front of me. It made me wonder.


And it still does, how precisely we can tap into the unknown with our arting.

I am ok now. Thinking, it was not meant to be, yet, anyway. And came to terms with it. Eventually.

The above image was a part of the series Aplhabet, the inner and outer landscapes. Here are more.


Let me know how you like them…and what inner our outer landscapes have you been uncovering recently.

10 Arting Books to read/have a look at over Christmas to get arting in 2018

Arting Manifesto, photograph, 2017

Christmas as you would probably agree is one of the best times for reading. So before it finishes, why not check out these books, even if you may not have got them (there is Amazon, oh no, I did not say that! or the local library). So which books should you read/have a look at to get arting (more serously or with more fun) in the new year?

Here are my top ten

  1. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, I know, I know… if you are really feeling stuck and combating those inner demons and blocks this will help.
  2. How to Become an Artist by Michael Atavar if you are already taking it “seriously” and need a bit of pep talk.
  3. Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp if you need to rock your creative habits, obviously
  4. LifeLines by Dion McInnis if you need some more interesting ways to dig biographical inspiration.
  5. Foundations of Art and Design by Adrian Piper to revisit the basics of visual language, even if you are only looking at the illustrations and consider the headings of each chapter.
  6. Make Mess by Keri Smith to get a bit more playful and irreverent, any of her books, really.
  7. Women, Art and Society by Whitney Chadwick to appreciate, even if  not that perfect, gender relations in the field.
  8. The Tate Guide to Modern Art Terms by Simon Wilson and Jessica Lack to get your head around some of the art books, magazines and art gallery labels. Or approach it dada style – pick a random term and create around that.
  9. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon, check it out really really, if you have not already.
  10. 100 Artists’ Manifestos: From the Futurists to the Stuckists as selected by Alex Danchev to get inspired (or steal like an artist) to pen your own one.

These are my top ten for artists at any stage, shape or form, plus of course…read anything AND everything BY your favourite artists. No harm in that. Not necessarily ON them, but BY them, says I as an also trained art historian.

What would you add up to the list? To help your arting itch? Let me know

And if you want to take it more seriously (arting itch) with a bit of fun (a lot actually), why not join me on the #becometheartistyouare course in February or take the self-study option anytime? Let’s get arting in 2018!

Irena Ellis is an artist/educator living in London, running her own Arting online and offline workshops and art practice aimed at photography, painting and butterflies.



Merry and Happy

Wishing you a merry festive season and a happy new year. May all our creative seeds sprout and grow!


If you want to get an arting start in the new year, why not join me on the Arting webinar on 28th December at 6 pm GMT. Just let me know on irena.ellis.arting@gmail.com that you want to join.

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I shall be teaching overcoming arting fear and inhibitions and finding inspiration within and outside. A kind of arting kickstarter. Hop on! Looking forward to seeing you there.


Great for awareness raising…

…that was the comment one of the visitors had left at my #buttefliesamongwalls¬†installaton exhibition for Amnesty International Czech.


What I came to realize over time is that all arting is great for awareness raising – and not only for awareness of social and global issues, but for self-awareness too.

The act of arting gives us the chance to move between going deep in and the outside reality. By learning to observe, to draw for example, we learn to see, and understand how things really are…and by following the inner process while arting – we come to understand how we really are.

It is powerful stuff. Enhanced by sharing with others. If you want to try it out even if you have not tried to draw since you were at school, come along to my Arting Kickstarter online class on Thursday 28th Dec at 6pm GMT.

Places are limited so let me know via email message here that you want to take part.

Looking forward to facilitating the awareness thawing, digging and surfacing process. See you in ten days!

P.S. And if you want to support my global awareness raising campaign, you can have a look at the #butterfliesamongwalls images at Atfinder as well as purchase them.