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.

 

 

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Great for awareness raising…

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

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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.