Challenge myself and you! TODAY

Arting Challenge This SeptemberEnd of summer has that kind of back to school and renewed energy feel, don’t you think? Hence the upcoming arting challenge.

Are you joining me this September? See more here.

Starting this coming weekend, so sign up TODAY  and get a f*r*e*e* access to the closed Arting FB group for a third of the regular price. Yay! No brainer right? Yes, that is option COURSE with COMMUNITY thrown in. Are you in?

I am waiting on the other side with a month-worth of creativity renewed.

See you there,

Irena, @arting.me

 

 

 

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From the studio…notes on creativity gone…out and about and back and forth and bigger better slower more

The withdrawal process is seemingly unpredictable and requires a good measure of “go with the flow”, do what you need to do RIGHT NOW, stay in the MOMENT.

I have been infamously rubbish at it. Learning. Bear with me.

I have been running away from the now, the feelings, the e-motions and physical sensations, allowing my mind either to roam the vast range of regrets in the past or indulge in the promises of the future.

Bugger that. HEEEERE and NOW, my body, mind and spirit require me, to be. Right here, right now, keeping calm, keeping on keeping on….and CHILLing.

Art, i.e. in my case what I call arting has been really helpful. It really is art, I am just still too selfconscious to call it Art with capital A, let alone myself an artist, after thirteen years and counting…when is it gonna finish??? or click?!…, AND/BUT more importantly I really enjoy the processuality of that word ARTING. Bit like playing, messing about, goofing with…whatever.

Anyway…my art…arting has proved a saving grace once again. Above a couple of snapshots from the studio as it is at the moment.

#seemetoseeyourself portraits #couloringbooksforbiggirlswhodontcry, mess on my picture board (how did Nicole Kidman and reinterpretation of Origine du Monde with a butterfly get on there???) and my nest, with the aforementioned affirmative chilling cushion.

What I am trying to say…when I chill, like proper…stop harassing myself for being in recovery, in withdrawal, not in a (proper) job (DOH!!!), being a fake and all the associated nonsense my negative mind churns up on a second to second basis…I can actually just enjoy the peace that is within. AND THAT…is SOMEHING ELSE…then I can create from a place of joy, as in “radost” in Czech, and as we know there is never enough joy…not enough joy in enjoy and “radosti neni snad nikdy dosti”. Only there is more and more…when I allow myself to notice it.

So…I wish you a merry rest of the holiday season, and check out #premrawat if you get a minute. It is SOOO worth it. I just keep forgetting…and need to be reminded…all the time. Honest.

What is behind my arting…where is it coming from? And what is behind yours?

Today I watched a video by Alexis Fedor of Artists in Business that talked about core values…for myself, my art and my work with clients.

Connection
Courage and Healing
and Inspiration with Encouragement

came up for me, after a brief thought, almost by impulse.

And that brought me down to my knees and back to where it all began…back in 2006, in a psychiatric clinic in Kromeriz, in Czech. Not the best place to be, and art about the only solace and connection to be had.

So for me, the outpour of arting then came after about ten years of having not allowed myself to art, because, as I had been fed and told I was not good at it. See, only talented enough individuals were allowed extra art classes when I was a child in the then communist Czechoslovakia.

Since then, mapping my recovery journey of twelve years, I have worked in (the National) gallery in Prague, studied learning through art and art therapy and experiential learning methodologies. I have created along the way – with people, on my own…knowing that art has a special way of connecting us to who we are, and build those connections between us. By allowing ourselves to art we heal ourselves, and thus the/our worlds.

Now based in London, I have taken my work online, put what I know about overcoming those “not good enough” resistance and fear and doubts in your art into an e-course. It has been my labour of love. If you so feel inclined check it out, but most of all, hit comment/reply and tell us, what is the why behind your arting! I really want to know.

 

 

My here and now feels/like my breath been drawn in for/a long time. Exhale

Yesterday I said I was going to write up a day chapter of my book. I committed. Today, I almost chickened out in a very clever way, by almost having forgotten about it, having yesterday, after having committed also persuaded myself it was pointless. Anyhow.

 

 

Here I go. So do you.

 

All you need for the following 33 days is yourself, a piece of paper and a pencil and a (phone/digital) camera and about 20 minutes of time.

Today, easy start. See below. I made a mistake: haiku is in syllables, not words. So count those, it will press you into a form, which might be uncomfortable, but useful to start with.

 

 

#0 Where are you-

How does your here and now feel?

Just write.

Great. Starting point, always already where we are.

My here and now feels like the title of this blog.

More tomorrow.

my #becometheartistyouare process sharing

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This is my final piece for March #becometheartistyouare challenge. The resulting piece.

It is called #helpinghands. More about it on my instagram @arting.me

What do you do when you need to keep upspirited? keep going?

I created this self-help poster.

Guess what my answers to that question are? 🙂 I came up with nine. What are your #helpinghands (at the end of your arms or in the arms of others?)

Let me know.

To find out about the challenge, go here 

And if you want to connect more closely, why not head over to Arting FB group for the fun in April. I will  try to #useupallmycrayons.

What is arting good for anyway…? Through the eyes of (happy) people who took part

Over the past year I have been developing and running my online courses.

The #ArtingKickstarter and #Becometheartistyouare challenge.

The first one is aimed at unblocking, finding/exploring and developing your own authentic inspirations. The latter one is an uplevel-ing type of creative challenge that can move you forward with mile strides when you take part in it.

This is what people have been saying about them:

Most people have….

  • reported feeling and becoming more creative in their own lives (apart from arting) and businesses.
  • reported finding their creative calling and pursuing it as opposed to years of blockage.
  • appreciated the space Arting has held for their creativity.
  • learnt to nurture their arting habit/discipline and focus.
  • reported realizing their fuller personal potential through the process of arting and increased confidence and self-awareness.
  • appreciated the coaching “helping hand at hand” that has enabled them to make important discoveries and breakthroughs creatively.

Not bad. Me thinketh.

The good news is, you can now join us for #becometheartistyouare challenge in September.

We start this Friday, September 1st.

Are you in, yet?

Questions? Pop them in here!

 

 

#becometheartistyouare: Make a baaad drawing

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This is a very bad picture of my “bad” drawing. These are my findings…

…it is difficult for me to make a bad drawing because I know there is no such thing.

…”bad”, when I try to make it bad means for me with unsuitable means (such as a biro), done in a quick manner and sloppily…

…yet, even that does not make it bad. I can accept it…and felt drawn into the process of fun furry flufiness.

…all this brought up the memories of the school days when we were asked to draw all sorts of s…t I was not really interested in. The teacher said I did not try “hard enough”, always went outside the lines,…and my funny ideas such as a skating birdie for a christmas card were not accepted.

…I could not bring myself just some random thing, I was drawn to the teddy on the sofa. It made me think and remember all the teddies I had had in my life. There were two. One I gave away to a younger friend when I was twelve because the little girl really like it. The second I one I was given at the clinic by my sister, when I was recovering from a split up with my ex-husband. This third one is not mine really, but I have it in my living room now. A silent witness :-).

Funny, right, a what a “stupid” lill’ bad drawing can conjure up?

If you feel drawn to drawing and finding out more about what you are really drawn to, join me on #becometheartistyouare challenge. We have only just started.

 

33 Days to #becometheartistyouare

In May I am running this unique mixture of visual art training and art therapy self-experiential challenge: #becometheartistyouare.

For a month, in twenty-minutes a day (minimum) you will unblock, find, explore and develop your own arting inspirations and learn more about your world, yourself and the things in between in the process.

#becometheartistyouare challenge prompts and pieces

This is how (a curtain pulled, syllabus revealed).

All you need is yourself, your phone camera, a pencil and a sketchbook. That will do to start with.

Week One is all about getting rid our our arting fears and finding and developing our own ways of seeing

Day 0 — Looking at where we are

Day 1 — Making a baad drawing

Day 2 — Drawing a Line

Day 3 — Looking and Seeing

Day 4 — Seeing some more

Day 5 — Write up your Seeing manifesto

Day 6 — Show and Tell

Day 7 — Arting Reflection

Week 2 is all about learning from your favourite artist’s work, which speaks to you the most currently. You learn authentically from them and about yourself.

Day 8 — Inspired By: Your choice

Day 9 — Inspired By: How was it made?

Day 10 — Inspired By: What does it mean?

Day 11 — Inspired By: What did they mean?

Day 12 — Inspired By: What does it mean to me?

Day 13 — Inspired By: Show and Tell — My Inspired Answer

Day 14 — Arting Reflection

Week 3 and Week 4 are devoted to developing the material you have created using elements and guiding principles of art and design…and looking at what it all means for yourself too.

Day 15 — Nothing/ness

Day 16 — Point and Line

Day 17 — Shape

Day 18 — Texture

Day 19 — Space

Day 20 — Time and/in Motion

Day 21 — Value

Day 22 — Color

Day 23 — Unity/Harmony

Day 24 — Balance

Day 25 — Scale/Proportion

Day 26 — Contrast/Emphasis

Day 27 — Rhythm

Week 5 is about preparing to Show and Tell, to share authentically what you have created. And…deciding how to move on.

Day 28 — Looking at it all and seeing what it means

Day 29 — Choices, Choices

Day 30 — Preparing to show/share

Day 31 — Show and Tell: #becometheartistyouare

Day 32 — Celebrate and Reflect

Day 33 — Where next?

Daily I am sending out the arting prompt direct to your inbox. When you put in the arting work, and follow/spend time on these arting prompts daily, you are guaranteed to get your arting juices back, develop a creating habit/discipline and take your arting to the next level. As well as discover things about yourself you did not know or did not acknowledge fully. You #becometheartistyouare. More of herself.

There is a friendly and safe community in place to share your ahas, questions and observations. Ready to join us? Go here.

I look forward to arting the May away with you!

Let me know if you are in!

How to…creativity (Day 21): Count your blessings <3

 

AportraitadaykeepsthedoctorawayCultivate attitude of gratitude…and see how it feeds your heart and mind with warmth, love and increased creativity.

Today I am grateful for breathing…for my painting practice and people around me. For my sanity.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been painting #aportraitadaykeepsthedoctoraway series. Check it out on instagram. It is a journey there and back along with my cycle. I kind of knew it but this made me fully realize how much it affects my mood, my way of doing things.

Now in incubation phase, I shall take it easy again.

And…did you know? We are starting the #becometheartistyouare challenge in ten days! Pwyw offer on until the end of weekend, which is my birthday. :-). Join in here.