My #becometheartistyouare challenge week four

Running the experiential #becometheartistyouare challenge this March again. Here I have been documenting the outcomes of my process, and the insights.

Week 4 in the #becometheartistyouare challenge is all about exploring the principles binding the elements together.

So I got to play with balance, harmony, contrast, scale, rhythm, etc. The above are the outcomes of arting 20 minutes a day…

….which have lead me onto a #helpinghand project idea that I shall bring into life in the community this Easter. Am keeping you posted.

 

And how do you like the #pompomstatement necklace? That is pretty eastery, right?

 

#Easter on, if you celebrate, and #freetime on even if you don’t.

Either way have a lovely time & let me know what you think of the above.

 

 

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my #becometheartistyouare challenge week two

Arting twenty minutes a day to dig deeper into your inspirations. Week Two is all by being inspired by one of your favourite artworks from art history and questioning it from several viewpoints. This opens up a whole new way of seeing it, and yourself.

This past week I had been retelling the story of creation The Touch by Michelangelo, from the Sistine Chapel. Sitting with it daily for some time, over a period of week has enabled me to go from Lost Touch to Hommage in Sky Blue Crayola, which I would love to turn into a painting. On my to do list.

Let me know how these make you feel.

Get in touch or head over to the Arting FB group for more.

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!

The whole Christmas thing…

…goodwill and peace to men. Why cannot we have it all year round? Just asking…

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Anyway, as it is the run-up to Christmas I am offering my own little pressie to you:

It is right for you if you feel you would like to have fun, discover a few things about yourself and develop your arting.

When you get in touch NOW, you can get my #becometheartistyouare course with the coaching and community for only £99 (usually it comes to £299).

That is an equivalent of an arting coffee with me a day for a month of January.

Check it out here

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If you are interested, or you know of someone who might be, just drop me an email on irena.ellis.arting@gmail.com today and let me know. First come, first serve…putting the kettle on!

5 Ways you can enhance your arting this September

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  1. Create an arting habit with twenty minutes a day
  2. Explore and Develop your inspirations
  3. Learn from your favourite artists and pieces
  4. Join a friendly and supportive arting community
  5. Get creativity coaching 24/7 and learn more about your process and how to navigate it and follow it.

All that is possible and on…with the #becometheartistyouare challenge that starts this coming Friday September 1st.

More about it here

And what is even better, and cooler that as a reader of this blog, you can get in at a special offer price of £33. Yes, that is a pound a day for a creative prompt and ongoing coaching. Are you in yet? Use this link.

See you in your inbox on Friday, then.

And if you have any more questions, why not pop them in here

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.

What the #becometheartistyouare process does for you…

…is unknown until you start!

It depends where you are…and it helps you understand that and move you in the best possible direction for yourself.

See, art is a powerful tool…for exploration, for undestanding, for moving forth. And #becometheartistyouare process utilizes this. Somewhere between an art-therapeutic discovery session and creative challenge, it moves you.

By creating daily, for twenty minutes minimum, following the gentle, yet powerful prompts, magic starts happening.

The process takes you from realizing what has been blocking you all those years, to seeing how you see, and what you are drawn to. Inspired by your favourite works, you retell your own story using whatever is at hand. Learning and exploring the visual language elements and principles to create your own piece to show the world (or to a segment of your choice) you stand in your truth. All in a supportive and understanding cocoon of a closed forum, for a month.

Circumnavigating the language, yet utilizing it for reflection, it mixes up the best of the beyond-conscious and conscious worlds.

Following the process of creating from within yourself, and exploring your world, you not only #becometheartistyouare, you become more of yourself, consciously.

Here, you can join us www.arting.me/becometheartistyouare.

No prior art/ing experience necessary…just the itch, the hunch, the being drawn…to it. Honest. All you need to start with is a camera, pencil and sketchbook…and yourself

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.