How arting saves my life…when I do it. Are you ready to join me?

Over the past few weeks I have been arting as part of the #becometheartistyouare challenge I run online.

It is my own mix of art theapeutical experiential challenge and an art programme.

I am coaching others on the journey, yet the way my own is unfolding is magical. Well, I kind of knew it…would happen…still…had to do it first.

My intention for the month of May was to turn up and do the arting work, follow the #becometheartistyouare prompts that I had devised over the past couple of years (ten). Every time I do the process, it goes deeper, and I become fuller. Fully me.

From feeling split and unsure which way to go, reconnecting with my childhood self and giving it what it needs, to coming full circle and devoting myself to “total artist’s participation”, I ventured outside and discovered the tools to do the dirty work (call a spade a spade and wear wellies :-)). Celebrating with Confetti of Life. Every single bit, every single breath, the drizzle of life.


Not bad for a first week, right?

In the second week we had been exploring the Inspired By process. Learning from our currently favourite artwork, artwork we have been drawn to. Mine: Object by Meret Oppenheim from 1936.

The week two has taken me on a rollercoaster of exploration – different facets of the work and perspectives on it. I created a fluffy lump of sugar, a sketch for my paintings of a doe drinking from the cup, conceptual photograph inspired by Oppenheim’s quote that “Art in not about decoration, but spirit.” and dressed up my own cup of coffee in different ways. Wrote poems about it all as a way of integration.

 

What emerged from week three which explored the elements of visual language as we do our twenty minutes of arting practice, were these two paintings I am still digging, making a small film from them and seeing where week four with the guiding principles of visual language takes me.

 

And that was my own process only.

Other magics have been happening in other’s lives, as they did the work, too. Discovering the boldness, courage and fearlessness, and stepping stones of action and tools to take it. To name a few.
The #becometheartistyouare challenge is on. It is not too late to join in. You can take it a day at a time and join us in the process in a safe and friendly environment of a closed forum. I am there: nudging, supporting and cheering you on, depending on what you need most.
Join us on here.

Becometheartistyouare Day 4

Today’s prompt has taken me to the garden. From noticing the lost shiny objects, my eyes wondered through the thicket of foliage to unforeseen openings and new shoots and leaves. The tools are there – boots and a spade (reminding me to call a spade a spade)…and it is called “challenge”. Nothing in the way of new shoots and leaves growth.

Becometheartistyouare: Day 2

Inspiration from within…this is the piece I created with Day 2 prompt. By drawing a line and drawing inspiration from it.

The outcome is a neverending mobius strip in a starry background…which turns out to be made of paper too. At the same time they are black and white and waiting on colours to be brought in, thinking about it.

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Looking at it I get a sense of completion, yet journey ahead of me. And a child-like urge to colour in the stars in the background. Perhaps I should do it. What do you think? 🙂 The more I look at it, the more a right way it seems. Will keep you updated.

 

#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.

 

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.

How to Creativity (Day 19): Break the rules

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..it goes without saying that in order to break the rules the best, one would better know them.

Or?

What is your take?

In the #becometheratistyouare challenge we are, in the second half of the month of May looking at some of the elements and guiding principles of art making…and how we deal with them, and also what that tells us about ourselves and how we deal with the world. Also, they feed into the process of our art-making. So…if you are curious, and want to know more…head here.

 

 

How to Creativity (Day 18): Go somewhere new

…somewhere you have never been…even if it is just that street round the corner you have never ventured into…or the aisle in the supermarket you never entered.

Go…have a look around. And see what you discover.

Alternatively…take your camera and try to see your usual route to work as if you had never been on it before. Put your newbie/beginner glasses on. See what happens. Tell us/share your results.

 

P.S. May is the #becometheartistyouare challenge month. In twenty minutes a day of arting…you develop your creativity and learn s…loads (excuse my French) about yourself, the world around you and the stuff in between. That is what good art does, and that is what we shall be doing…arting. Are you in yet?

How to Creativity (Day 17): Get lots of rest

Essential.

Take breaks.

Stare out of the window.

Get enough sleep.

Get a bit bored.

Look after your body, good food, plenty of fluids.

All this is necessary for your creative tank to stay full and ready to be tapped into.

So today, no matter if and how you celebrate Easter (comes from the pagan goddess Ostara, did you know? ;-)), refill your creativity tank with some rest and self-care.

Just do nothing. Rest. Pause. Stop.

I shall.

 

P.S. Back tomorrow with more info on #becometheartistyouare challenge, which starts soon, in two weeks. And which you can join now on pwyw basis.

Hopelessly creative…

…was the brand tagline I came up with on my instagram feed. When I was trying to fit in my painting, my jewellery and my teaching into one basket (Easter eggs pun intended).

So, mi dears…in case you don’t know…I am hopelessly creative.

See here:

I have been working on my  #seemetoseeyourself portrait project since last year. Started off as a connecting lifeline to the world – talking and painting friends over skype, this evolved into its own life upon finding out that I somehow (don’t ask me how) manage to capture how people feel and are on the inside at the time we speak/I paint them. Also it turned out that these portrait sessions were rather therapeutic, even without speaking, because the act of being seen, being witnessed is a powerful one, even over skype.

The #silverlining jewellery collection came about as an answer to my childhood memories and a spring cleaning discovery of a jar filled with these 70s and 80s vintage plastic beads. The result is simple, playful…yet somehow profound I find. :-). Pun intended again.

And as you may know, I have been writing a book, and most recently turned it into a 30-day challenge e-course #becometheartistyouare. You can join us for a rollercoaster of exploration, discovery and authentic art making. All you need is twenty minutes a day, a sketchbook, pencil, phone camera and yourself. No prior arting experience required. Promised.

Art as therapy. Art as an answer. If in doubt, throw art at it. Has been my motto ever since…well, way back ten years minimum. Before that I was hopelessly stuck. Fearing I was not talented enough…and not entitled to create at all. It hurt. It itched. It burst.

Bit like a butterfly out of a cocoon.

And the butterfly is fluttering its wings…and spreading the message and if you feel inspired by any of it…join me on the challenge, or get yourself a portrait session or a fun ring or a set.

All on post-Easter offer. Rather generous one. Get in touch if interested.