October Leaves

October Leaves

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Wowzers, October is here, the leaves are starting to turn and blow along the streets as if a fully orchestrated dance. October also means that it’s a great time to share that I have been brewing another little being inside, yes, I am expecting again and feeling great! So grateful for this opportunity once more! 

Having said that, I am just now starting a maternity leave and so the monthly club will continue again in January. Like the bears, I will be burrowing in a warm cozy cocoon for a bit. Sign ups for January are starting now however, so do let me know that you will be joining us!

Along with the adult monthly groups, I will be starting monthly pop up classes for kids. I was inspired to do so, as I see how much Noah loves to immerse himself in the paints. . . .and the studio is the perfect place to do so! There will also be pop up workshops for adults, of which dates will be announced!

La Vie En Rose will be a bit longer at Paleis Soestdijk and then is looking for new placement, local and international alike. Do let me know if you have a contact person with a public space.

Now back to the leaves, let’s experience the amazing shapes of nature by using the leaves as a template for a fun exercise. The exercise is shown in the video and the exercise is explained in the tip of the month below. . .First thing to do is to gather a couple of leaves in your coat and bring them home. It’s also such a fun exercise to do on a rainy day, so be prepared with your materials, then call your family and friends to join in! You can watch the video above, or read the tips of this month below.

Wishing you a smooth October. . .

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Do give the tip of this month a go. Feel free to contact me when you are ready to explore your next chapter together, regardless of location. With Skype, Whattsap Video and Factime at our fingertips locations know no boundaries as well!

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OUR TIP THIS MONTH:

My tip this month is to create with the falling leaves. 

  1. Collect a handful of leaves, fun to have different shapes, though you can do this exercise with just one leaf as well!
  2. Gather some art materials. . .one of these. . .or all: . . .pastels. . .charcoal. . .watercolors, acrylics. . .paper
  3. Start with placing one leaf on the paper and arbitrarily add the art material over the leaf.
  4. Now support the leaf with one hand so that it doesn’t move and rub the pigment over the leaf with your other hand. . .or brush. . .onto the paper below. 
  5. When you lift the leaf, you should see the shape of the leaf on the paper. 
  6. Continue with the same, or new leaf in another area of the paper. Allow the images to overlap, creating layers. 

1) Paleis Soestdijk Art Installation: Come to Paleis Soestdijk. Don’t forget to #daniellarubinovitz & #lavieenrose your social media shots so I can see you in action. So much fun! More info and pictures at: https://www.daniellarubinovitz.com/artist/throughrosecoloredglasses/  . . .and of course check out the party going on on my instagram page: #daniellarubinovitz.

2) SMART Intuitive 7 Month Painting Club: We will resume on the 23rd of January, 2018 with mostly monthly in-person meetups at the studio.  This journey starts  6:30pm- 9:30pm Amsterdam time. We meet in person, on a Tuesday evening. Sign up now! Newcomers to the studio may be able to attend one class as a one time single workshop (as long as space permits). http://www.ateliermolenpad.com/intuitive-painting-plus/

3) POP Up Monthly Class for kids on a Sunday in two groups 1-3.5 years 10-11:00am and 3.5-6 years 11:30-12:30. This is something new, and will start up on a Sunday in January as well! Full on self expression mode, with space to explore child friendly materials, fulfilling their imagination and create. Inquire more about this with me.

4) SMART week retreats in Amsterdam and Greece:  For those that like to plan in advance: In 2018 I have two new retreats. One in Amsterdam, one in Greece

The week retreat in Amsterdam will be on 9-13 July 2018.

The week retreat in Lesbos, Greece is on approximately 20-26 May 2018 (link below for both retreats) There are direct flights available and I am waiting for their schedule. . .based on this, the dates may shift slightly.

http://www.ateliermolenpad.com/painting-retreat-week-amsterdam/

 

September Senses

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September is the perfect time to activate our 5 senses in order to make even the most mondain tasks exhilerating. Why is this? Simple, when we activate the core senses: Smelling, Taste, Seeing, Touch, Hearing we are in the moment truly feeling, truly being in our experience. I prefer to reconnect to these core senses, knowing that our 6th sense of extrasensory perception is available for us.

And it’s so simple! We get to experience and appreciate what comes in through our senses in such an abundant way. Our senses are like a super highway into our emotions, memories, feelings. They are meaningful.

On my way to the studio, I often stop and literally smell the roses along the side of the canal. I smell the sweet happiness, smooth love that they exude. This act of stopping and smelling brings me into the here and now. The fragrance of this rose is all that there is. As a rose offers nourishment to more of my senses, with my eyes I observe the pink to creme blend of colors. With my hands I can caress the pedals and feel the soft velvety texture. Experiencing the world physically through my senses, I have come to realise, is tough to match through printed or digital images on the screen.

Looking a bit further in, we can appreciate how the senses have helped us survive in the natural world. Each of the senses is governed by a physical organ, body part that is specialised in that sense. Wow, pretty amazing huh! Just to peek your own curiosity again and remember these body parts I have created a short summary.

We smell primarily with our nose. We can discern between fragrances, fruits, citrus, woody, chemical, sweet and minty basic smells. 

We taste primarily with our tongue, which can discern between sweet, salty, sour and bitter.

We see primarily through our eyes. Here we can discern light and dark, the essence of seeing, though we can break this down into lines, colors and shapes.

We touch primarily through our skin and mostly we reach out to touch something through our hands and fingers. Not only can our skin discern textures, we can also sense temperature, sharp, soft, rough and stickiness.

We listen primarily through our ears. Our ears allow us to discern details of sound, such as melody, harmony, rhythm, and dynamics.

So it’s quite amazing that we have these specialised body parts, organs to help us hone in on the senses. Such a rich awareness that is accessible to us. Sometimes I feel that it is easy to take this gift for granted. Yes, we use our senses often in a subconscious way. It keeps us safe, helps us make decisions that we are not even aware of.

So isn’t it nice to take a moment and consciously be present to these senses. They bring us home! I feel such an imense gratitude to be able to experience in this way. We can open up our hearts, as our chakras are activated literally one sense at a time. Here we can let go of thinking, primarily from our left hemisphere, of doing, of routines. Yes in this simple appreciation, we take a moment. . .or two. . .to reconnect.

Enjoy this month!

x

Please give the tip of this month a go. Please contact me when you are ready to explore your next chapter together, regardless of location. With Skype, Whattsap Video and Factime at our fingertips locations know no boundaries as well!

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OUR TIP THIS MONTH:

My tip this month is to activate your senses through this short meditation.

  1. Start your journey with a beverage in a cup. Water, tea, coffee, juice, soft drink will do. Take at least 5 minutes for this exercise.
  2. We will experience this beverage, one sense at a time. Takes notes of your observations. 
  3. Close your eyes and take in a couple of deep breaths in with your nose of your beverage. Next, continue with your eyes closed and taste the fluid, roll the fluid over different parts of your tongue. 
  4. Still with your eyes closed, reach into the cup with your fingers and touch the fluid. What do you notice about temperature and consistency?
  5. With your eyes open now, observe the beverage with your eyes and ears. What do you see and what sounds do you hear.
  6. Now close your eyes again and let this experience linger on for another moment. When you open your eyes again, choose 3 keywords to complete this experience for yourself and write them somewhere visible for yourself today.

1) Paleis Soestdijk Art Installation: Come to Paleis Soestdijk until December 20th. Don’t forget to #daniellarubinovitz & #lavieenrose your social media shots so I can see you in action. They have movie night going on next week! So much fun! More info and pictures at: https://www.daniellarubinovitz.com/artist/throughrosecoloredglasses/  . . .and of course check out the party going on on my instagram page: #daniellarubinovitz.

2) SMART Intuitive 7 Month Painting Club: We will resume on the 16th of January, 2018 with mostly monthly in-person meetups at the studio.  This journey starts  6:30pm- 9:30pm Amsterdam time. We meet in person, on a Tuesday evening. Sign up now! Newcomers to the studio may be able to attend one class as a one time single workshop (as long as space permits). http://www.ateliermolenpad.com/intuitive-painting-plus/

3) SMART week retreats in Amsterdam and Greece:  For those that like to plan in advance: In 2018 I have two new retreats. One in Amsterdam, one in Greece

The week retreat in Amsterdam will be on 9-13 July 2018.

The week retreat in Lesbos, Greece is on approximately 20-26 May 2018 (link below for both retreats)

http://www.ateliermolenpad.com/painting-retreat-week-amsterdam/

 

August: Disconnect to Reconnect . . .

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August can be the perfect time to disconnect to reconnect, especially when you are living in the northern hemisphere and enjoying the core of summertime! 

I mostly go to Greece during this time of the year, and with off the chart temperatures, we run for the waters! So what a better opportunity to emerge myself into this element. I personally love the feeling of floating and experiencing the feeling of weightlessness. This refreshing feeling is one of boundary-less freedom and play. Experiencing continuous flow and transformative qualities at my fingertips exudes the feeling of possibilities. In the water, I feel little resistance and my body can move in every which direction that it chooses. Forget about boundaries when working with this element of water.

This sense of disconnection of structure, without boundaries, creates a feeling of freedom. It allows us to let go. It allows us to explore unrestricted movement and inner feelings. Afterwards, we get to reconnect to that relaxed inner us. This is exactly why I use the wet on wet technique in the studio. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this technique: It’s about totally immersing the paper before painting on it with a wet medium.  Most paints and mediums can be used on this wet paper. I like to use water color, tempera, ink or acrylic paint. Just as with swimming, this same feeling of non-resist, of freedom, of non-judgemental, of feelings from deep within can be easily released. Our inner world is there to explore.

See the fun tip below. Add an extra bucket of water to your creation and see what happens. Just explore. . . water is that refreshing element that knows no boundaries.

Enjoy this month!

x

Please give the tip of this month a go and do contact me when you are ready for guidance exploring your next chapter regardless of location. With Skype, Whattsap Video and Factime at our fingertips locations know no boundaries as well!

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OUR TIP THIS MONTH:

My tip this month is to play with water in your drawing and painting.

  1. Grab your sketchbook, or sheet of paper. The thicker the paper the more that the water will absorb in it, though this works fine with 80 gram. The paper just becomes a bit more delicate. Remember when you let it dry at end, the paper becomes firm once again.
  2. After you have immersed your paper in water, you can play with dropping, spraying and drawing with paint on it. . .ink is also fun it is so diluted that it streams with the water on the paper, often creating nerve like lines. See how the paint becomes boundary-less as it meanders along. 
  3. Follow what happens. See how the colors start to blend. See how they flow over each-other. Discover how the paint finds its own patterns! Fun huh!
  4. Now that you have read through this. . .just do it. . .set aside at least 30 min of non-interrupted play time.

1) Paleis Soestdijk Art Installation: Come to Paleis Soestdijk until December 20th. Don’t forget to #daniellarubinovitz & #lavieenrose your social media shots so I can see you in action. They have movie night going on next week! So much fun! More info and pictures at: https://www.daniellarubinovitz.com/artist/throughrosecoloredglasses/  . . .and of course check out the party going on on my instagram page: #daniellarubinovitz.

2) SMART Intuitive 7 Month Painting Club: We will resume on the 16th of January, 2018 with mostly monthly in-person meetups at the studio.  This journey starts  6:30pm- 9:30pm Amsterdam time. We meet in person, on a Tuesday evening. Sign up now! Newcomers to the studio may be able to attend one class as a one time single workshop (as long as space permits). http://www.ateliermolenpad.com/intuitive-painting-plus/

3) SMART week retreats in Amsterdam and Greece:  For those that like to plan in advance: In 2018 I have added a new retreat in Greece. It will take place on the island of Lesvos. This is where my family is from and I have gotten to know the gorgeous spots over the years. Date: 20-26 May, 2018 (please inquire). Info is being updated on site.

The week retreat in Amsterdam will be on 9-13 July 2018. http://www.ateliermolenpad.com/painting-retreat-week-amsterdam/

 

July: Holiday Notebook . . .

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Before you are off on your holidays, pack any form of notebook/ sketchbook! 

Yes, really do. I happen to like the simple lined notebooks that are definitely not designed for painting and such! What I like about them is the fact that they are light and flexible to carry around. I can write in them, paint, draw, collage and not worry about its preciousness.

See the fun tip below. See what happens when you mix oil crayons and watercolours. It’s like magic. . .inspirational and motivational! It’s also way fun, while travelling to use local art supplies, mud, pigments, local papers and such!

Enjoy this month!

x

Please give the tip of this month a go and do contact me when you are ready for guidance defining your next chapter! Believe!

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OUR TIP THIS MONTH:

My tip this month is to play with mixing different art materials.

  1. Grab your sketchbook and doodle with oil pastels.
  2. Now paint over these doodles with watercolour in a complementary color (blue / orange, yellow / purple, red / green)
  3. Pretty fun huh! Keep going!

1) Paleis Soestdijk Art Installation: Come to Paleis Soestdijk until December 20th. Don’t forget to #daniellarubinovitz & #lavieenrose your social media shots so I can see you in action. More info and pictures at: https://www.daniellarubinovitz.com/artist/throughrosecoloredglasses/  . . .and of course check out the party going on on my instagram page: #daniellarubinovitz.

2) SMART Week retreat: So excited to welcome the international group of 11 retreaters next week! The studio is all set up and we will be ready to go . . .Next year we will have the retreat more or less same week, so in case you like to plan in advance, here is the heads up! 9-13 July 2018. https://www.daniellarubinovitz.com/painting_workshops_retreats_offsites/intuitive-painting-retreats/

 

June: Royal June . . .

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Royal June, we bow to you! 

Summertime! Here in Amsterdam, we just passed a bit of a heatwave. Though, as I sit here writing you this note, this wave has passed on. . . Rain or shine however, I am exploring what it means to feel ROYAL!

This topic is inspired, as my art installation, La Vie En Rose is installed front and center at Paleis Soestdijk. This is the former palace of the Dutch Royal Family. Queen Juliana lived here with her family for over 6 decades. Now it’s open to the public as a museum to tour the palace and stroll around the abundant grounds. It’s a fun get away for the day, especially as they offer family events throughout the season. This weekend was an art, jazz and wine event, and as you can see in my video above, the girls in their cute royal dresses are running through and climbing the installation.

Having said that, it’s fun seeing my installation have a life of its own, travel and able to interact with the public. And indeed, it has been a hit with public interaction! Keukenhof was a setting which attracted international visitors (1 million visitors in 2 months), while Paleis Soestdijk, attracts an abundance national visitors.

So back to royalty! What makes something royal, and what makes June a royal month? 

Well, observing the energy of this place, I get the feeling of space, tidiness, aesthetics, taken care of, spaciousness grounds, nature oasis, politeness, feeling of respect, dignity, historical, a general sense of clarity. Yes, these are the first things that come to mind in a royal setting.

This is what feels so royal about June as well! Warmer weather gives us space to be outside and explore our parks, beaches and open waters. All of a sudden the city opens up to an abundance of grounds to explore. Summer holidays, when we can, give us time and space to travel, to take time off, do what we like.

It’s the perfect setting to go out with our sketchbook. To be out in nature and frolic around. We get to be leisurely with our time. We may choose to pamper ourselves and know that we so very much deserve it! Rough doodles in our sketchbooks allow us to get out of our thinking and instead witness and explore deeper feelings. . .or not. So this feeling of clarity and abundance gives a good start of what we might discover about the royalties of June.

Even when we don’t travel and we apply learnings of royalty, the general feeling of space and tidiness is top of my list in creating that feeling of abundance. I have been playing with creating a renewed space,  in the studio. I have already done a huge cleanup and discarded items that were accumulated over the years. What a renewed energy that is buzzing here. Uncluttered space gives me the feeling of luxury, dignity of possibilities. Its again taking that time that we deserve to take, pause and reset.

As you read this, what ideas pop into your mind of a Royal June?

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Please give the tip of this month a go and do contact me when you are ready for individual guidance defining your next chapter! I believe in you!

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OUR TIP THIS MONTH:

My tip this month is to treat yourself like a King or Queen!

  1. Grab your sketchbook and discover through writing/ doodling what this means to you.
  2. Choose 3 things that come up as ahas.
  3. Translate these 3 things into 3 things that you could do this month.
  4. Get going! Make appointments, arrangements, set time in your schedule to be ROYAL!

1) SMART Week retreat: Book one of the last spots now for the week retreat happening on: July 10-14th Note, perhaps this painting retreat in Amsterdam is just the destination for you this summer, should me time, creativity, self-expression, culture and adventure be on your list (ps yum stracciatella ice cream as well!). Details: http://www.ateliermolenpad.com/painting-retreat-week-amsterdam/

2) Paleis Soestdijk Art Installation: Come to Paleis Soestdijk until December 20th. Don’t forget to #daniellarubinovitz & #lavieenrose your social media shots so I can see you in action. More info and pictures at: https://www.daniellarubinovitz.com/artist/throughrosecoloredglasses/  . . .and of course check out the party going on on my instagram page: #daniellarubinovitz . This installation is again hitting a chord with visitors!

May: Holiday Plans

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It’s 

Aaaah May! A fun time to plan the holidays!

It’s the time that I ask myself: What do I desire for my next holidays? Sketching, biking, painting, walking, hiking, swimming, sculpting, writing, dancing, singing, socialising, solitude, culture, health, education, adventure? 

As I live in the city, my choice is often has to do with nature. This year this choice applies once again. A place abundant with the elements of earth, water, warmth and air. I want to be outdoors and in contact with nature. I want to feel a gentle breeze on my cheeks. Hiking with my dearest ones. Sketching under the shade of a tree. Long distance swimming in the ocean. Drifting on floats. Lots of stracciatella ice-cream. Meaningful conversations. Pampering massages. Rest. Me time. Entertainment. Yoga. Pinacolada.

What would be your dreamtime spent this time round?

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Please give the tip of this month a go and do contact me if you would like individual guidance into your next chapter of shifting perspectives! I believe in you!

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OUR TIP THIS MONTH:

My tip this month is to dream about your holiday!

  1. Grab your sketchbook and gather some art materials. . . and a tool to write with.
  2. Go ahead and paint with the colors that make you happy.
  3. Look at your initial sketch and start to write words that appear from the image.
  4. Where is this place that all your dreams would be possible. . .need any further tips in deciphering you image?. . .contact me!

1) Keukenhof Art Installation: Come to Keukenhof until May 21st. Pleeeeaaaaassse don’t forget to #daniellarubinovitz your social media shots so I can see you in action. More info and pictures at: http://www.daniellarubinovitz.com/artist/throughrosecoloredglasses/  . . .and of course check out the party going on on my instagram page: #daniellarubinovitz . This installation has certainly hit a chord with visitors!

2) SMART Week retreat: Book one of the last spots now for the week retreat happening on: July 10-14th Note, perhaps this painting retreat in Amsterdam is just the destination for you this summer, should me time, creativity, self-expression, culture and adventure be on your list (ps yum stracciatella ice cream as well!). Details: http://www.ateliermolenpad.com/painting-retreat-week-amsterdam/

April: La Vie En Rose . . .

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It’s April Folks!

Time for spring cleaning on all levels. Metaphors here include cleaning our lenses and transforming them into positive perspectives. Seeing the glass as half full!

This is the idea behind my art installation, Through Rose Colored Glasses / La Vie En Rose (yes, double titles). We can, from time to time, be influenced into seeing things from a perspective that is not in our highest and best good. Why would we do this? Convention? Fear?

As a matter of fact, I bet that we could make a career out of watching what meanings and opinions could be made to just about anything. Yes, it would be fair to say that we, as humans, are meaning making machines. Mmmmm so if that’s true, then we could choose to make meanings that benefit us vs. meanings that don’t . . .still with me?

Yes, we could look from a ‘la vie en rose’ perspective. This quote from Audrey Hepburn says it all: “La Vie En Rose. It is the French way of saying, ‘I am looking at the world through rose-colored glasses'”.  We could look at the positive side of things and accentuate them.

In writing this column, I am reminded how much we are influenced through these frames, these boundaries that we look through . . . often more than we care to share. The great thing to celebrate in being aware that most of us have free choice on choosing our own perspective on things. This hasn’t always been the case, and unfortunately for many in particular situations still don’t feel that it’s possible or safe to do. Sometimes this is true and sometimes it’s a belief that needs to be changed!

Celebrate that you can. I do. . .so much. . .that I made this huge steel art installation to spread this message. Choosing our own perspective is a birthright that should be honored and acknowledged. We all have our unique needs, wants and life purpose.

This is what I love about the world of coaching. It allows us to try on different glasses to see through. To update our beliefs on what we think is possible. We get to see and believe new possibilities for ourselves. Then. . .we get to go for it. Then. . .we get to go for it. . . .and zoom. . .constructive action with the right intention can manifest at a fast pace! Just like my belief of creating such a sculpture to spread my message in a public place, like Keukenhof, Tulip Park (That gets 1 million international visitors within 2 months). There are to, speak conservatively 500,000 selfies being sent around the world with this message now. . .yes, I am proud!

It has also been made possible when I personally updated my perspective of getting back into large art installations. 

Go ahead and check out these glasses at Keukenhof before May 21st! Rain or shine, Keukenhof is a beautiful, place to be. . .that is ever changing! Fyi: they planted 3 layers of bulbs, so that the park changes throughout the season. I have been waiting for the tulips just in front of La Vie En Rose to bloom. . .and this is happening any day now!

Pleeeeaaaaassse don’t forget to #daniellarubinovitz your social media shots so that I can see you in action. 

In the meantime, here is more info and lots of pictures at: http://www.daniellarubinovitz.com/artist/throughrosecoloredglasses/ 

Please give the tip of this month a go and do contact me if you would like individual guidance into your next chapter of shifting perspectives! I believe in you!

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OUR TIP THIS MONTH:

My tip this month is of course to go visit my La Vie En Rose at Keukenhof!

  1. Sit in the middel of the glasses and look out at the surrounding. (just the the others who want to take a selfie that you have my priority to do this!)
  2. Observe what you notice.
  3. If you have the resources, listen to La Vie en Rose (originally sung by Edith Piaf, or choose one of the many tributes by other artists. .. or just listen to my video as posted above) . . . 
  4. Notice your thoughts, feelings as you look around.
  5. Take note and see how you might be able to apply newly discovered findings in your life. . .Need any further tips here. . .contact me!

1) Keukenhof Art Installation: Come the the annual flower exhibit at Keukenhof until May 21st. 

2) SMART Week retreat: Book your spot now (just a couple left!) for the week retreat happening on: July 10-14th Details: http://www.ateliermolenpad.com/painting-retreat-week-amsterdam/

March: Sprouts . . .

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Welcome to March!  

I love the feeling when the longer daylight hours become noticeable! (at least in the northern hemisphere) Yeah!  This extends our possibilities of viewing blue skies (weather depending of course!). It’s also the time to observe the budding sprouts make their debut!  Comforting to see the buds swell and open up to new creations, leaves, flowers, plants, trees!

To me, this season offers and thus feels like new beginnings! Honestly, every month, offers a new beginning . . . actually every day does! Right! I love this thought, and I remind myself of this all the time in order to choose fresh each time! 

This is a continual process that goes hand in hand with choosing and letting go of projects wisely. Lately, I have been using the good ‘ol 80% / 20% rule. There are countless variations of this rule. I like the idea to to spend 80% of my time on tasks and projects that steer my projects/ my life in the direction that I want. . .and in my highest and best. . . versus spending 80% on projects and tasks that only contribute 20% . . .which by the way can lead to major frustration and burnout! Such a simple, obvious thought right?! So easy to forget!

Well for the rest, I like to leave it up to some more non-verbal painterly sketching to allow our creativity to stream and communicate. Which reminds me, how did your Valentine’s day cards work out last month? Mine was super fun and very well received! Of course, creating with our hands, comes right from the heart! Yes! Our hands express directly from our heart!

Speaking of focus: As I mentioned last month, I have been working on my mega art installation entitled: La Vie En Rose (Formerly know as: Through Rose Colored Glasses). It will be installed at Keukenhof on March 16th! I am quite excited to be in the park pre-opening. . .and see the back end happenings pre-opening! In case you havent been, Keukenhof is the gorgeous, popular, flower spring park in The Netherlands. Keukenhof is open from March 23 until May 21st. So in case you are planing on coming over, keep these dates in mind! Their site is also super informative, with special events noted.

The concept of La Vie En Rose is a tribute to perspectives. Our experience shifts when we look out through rose colored glasses. It’s about being in that state of bliss where the world around us appears cheerful to us. It’s that place were joy is continually being created! Its about seeing the positive side of things.

This is a good moment to ponder how you see things around you?  A frame allows us to inspect the world that is being presented.

Another aspect of eyeglasses is one of focus, things inside the frame are sharp, while things outside of the frame’s vision get blurred. The invitation in this installation is to witness these perspectives and feel its effect on our psyche.

“La Vie En Rose. It is the French way of saying, ‘I am looking at the world through rose-colored glasses.”
― Audrey Hepburn

If you would like to get inspired and brush up your art concepts, pick up new and old techniques and reconnect to the joy of nonverbal communication. . .come and join in at the studio for more! Join us in Amsterdam in July (10-14) for a week retreat! Nonverbal intuitive painting all week long!

Of course if you live in Amsterdam, There is one more monthly SMART Intuitive Painting Club date.

Please give the tip of this month a go and do contact me if you would like some individual guidance into your next chapter!

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OUR TIP THIS MONTH:

My tip this month is to go visit my art installation at Keukenhof.

  1. Sit in the middel of the glasses and look out at the surrounding.
  2. Observe what you notice.
  3. If you have the resources, listen to La Vie en Rose (originally sung by Edith Piaf, or choose one of the many tributes by other artists) . . . 
  4. Notice your thoughts, feelings as you look around.
  5. Take note and see how you might be able to apply newly discovered findings in your life. . .Need any further tips here. . .contact me!

1)Keukenhof Art Installation: Come the the annual flower exhibit at Keukenhof during March 232-May 21st. I will have my 4 meter art installation on display. Pictures coming soon. . .I promise! The title is Through Rose Colored Glasses. . .

2) SMART Intuitive Painting Club: Next session March 21st. Book your spot now! This journey starts  7:00pm- 10:00pm Amsterdam time. (which is 1:00 pm EST and 10:00 am PST).  Last date this season is:  March 21. All live sessions are open through a virtual portal (online) and they will be recorded so that you can view and participate at your convenience. . .so. . . you don’t miss anything! Newcomers to the studio may be able to attend one class as a one time single workshop for 60 euro (as long as space permits). The online part of the program and online private group is inclusive for those who join the 7 month club in person.

3) SMART Week retreat: Book your spot now for the week retreat happening on: July 10-14th Details: http://www.ateliermolenpad.com/painting-retreat-week-amsterdam/

February: Nonverbal Communication

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Welcome to February!  

With Valentine’s day just around the corner, the topic of nonverbal communication springs up in my mind! Painting from the heart. . . is the perfect way to express. Instead of merely relying on the spoken word, we can feel into the colors, the lines, the surfaces, the light and the dark. We can move fast or ssssllllllllooooooowwwwwlllllyyyy over the page. We can choose to weigh down heavy on to the page, or as fairy dust, skim the surface. We can choose to remove paint, or splatter more on! Mmmmm, yes! We can scratch into the paint. . .or rub it further into the material. We can use a brush, pallet knife, rollers, and any other tool around . . .though my favourite would be to use my hands. . .this is the most direct contact for art expression. 

I am hoping that this this brief note makes your hands nice and thirsty, and inspire you to create. . .How about starting the spicy nonverbal expression with a handmade Valentine’s Day card! Really, you have lots of time to start now. . .at least, you have lots of time for your creation to be dry enough. . .to give. Might I inspire you to express your feelings in this nonverbal way. 

Start with a color(s)for the background. . .feel into the mood that you are feeling to express. Don’t worry about identifyable forms yet. . . however, if they come quickly. . .that’s fine too! After the overall mood feels well expressed, have a look at what else you might want to communicate. First have a look and see if there is already a hint of this inner expression on the page (yes, sometimes when we think too much of what we want, we might miss the gold of what is already there.)

Keep on going. . .and you may even choose in the end to use your creation as a stamp pad onto a new sheet of paper! Here is an image of a print from the painting in the video above. . . Sometimes the final expression is comes in the form of a print. . .

After you have woken up this form of nonverbal communication. . .come and join in at the studio for more! Join us in Amsterdam in July (10-14) for a week retreat! Nonverbal intuitive painting all week long!

Of course if you live in Amsterdam, There are two more monthly SMART Intuitive Painting Club dates.

Please give the tip of this month a go and do contact me if you would like some individual guidance into your next chapter!

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OUR TIP THIS MONTH:

Express your deepest feelings in your Valentine’s Day card this year!

  1. Find some material. . .paper, cardboard that will suit as the card.
  2. Feel the atmosphere of your expression and choose the colors that best match.
  3. Look at your creation, see what is being expressed.
  4. Add or take away paints, material etc. ..
  5. Stop when you feel that you have expressed to the max.
  6. What would be 3 words that your card brings up?
  7. See if you would like to integrate these words to your creation.

HIGHLIGHTS . . .

1)Keukenhof Art Installation: Come the the annual flower exhibit at Keukenhof during March 232-May 21st. I will have my 4 meter art installation on display. Pictures coming soon. . .I promise! The title is Through Rose Colored Glasses. . .

2) SMART Intuitive Painting Club: Next session February 21st. Book your spot now! This journey starts  7:00pm- 10:00pm Amsterdam time. (which is 1:00 pm EST and 10:00 am PST). Join us on this journey! We meet in person, on a Tuesday evening,  Current dates:  Feb 21 & March 21. All live sessions are open through a virtual portal (online) and they will be recorded so that you can view and participate at your convenience. . .so. . . you don’t miss anything! Newcomers to the studio may be able to attend one class as a one time single workshop for 60 euro (as long as space permits). The online part of the program and online private group is inclusive for those who join the 7 month club in person.

3) SMART Week retreat: Book your spot now for the week retreat happening on: July 10-14th Details:  http://www.ateliermolenpad.com/painting-retreat-week-amsterdam/

January: Creativity Rules This Year

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Welcome to January, 2017!  

Zoom, sparkles, magic and bam! Here we are in 2017! Gosh, this makes me want to pause, take a breath, gather my thoughts, feelings and space!

Ah . . . better, here we go!

This month of January speaks all about beginnings. . .it speaks about follow through. . .it speaks about priorities and making choices! This year, again, I choose for artistic creativity.. . .to lead the way into wackiness, making the impossible possible, whimsy’s, serendipitous encounters. Whether this might be through the painting expression through colors, three dimensional sculpture of forms, singing and voice silliness, texture and material exploration, body awareness and movement. Each discipline has that beginning phase of awkwardness. That phase of. . .mmmm. . .i’m not so sure. . .what will others say? What about “looking good”. .. what will they say. . .what if they discover that I too started from scratch! This can seem like a scary place to be.

But ah. . .what if we let go of our ego.. . enter the world of vulnerability. . .what a warm bubble bath can come about! These seemingly unsafe, shameful places can become our personal breakthroughs where boundaries move to create a larger playing field for ourselves.

Personally, I have created a plan to dedicate my creativity in 2017 to public sculpture works. Have a look at my art installations in progress on my site!

In 2016, with the birth of Noah, thus having less time, it has become clear to me how important these art installations are. Just like the quote from Lucille Ball, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.” It’s true! The less time that I have,  by learning to prioritise, delegate, organise, and see the larger picture has steered me along! I have streamlined my vast array of passions and made it practical!

From the monthly SMART Intuitive Painting Club, to the Summer SMART Intuitive Painting Retreats, to the individual guidance of those individuals who are as determined to define their priorities, to the allocation of space to apply and create public art installations. . .while continuing fun and harmony at home! This is how it has shaped up. . .yes, it took planing and also guidance by my side. . .this is exactly why I speak about how individual guidance can help break through boundaries in a super time efficient way!

I wouldn’t have believe all this was possible!

. . .and so I am hoping that this might inspire you in any which way! 

My secret recipe has been artistic creativity and guidance. Within the world of artistic creativity, I get to play and sketch out possibilities. . .Throwing paint, welding found objects and getting my hands into plaster opens possibilities galore! Its freeing to try out different materials. . .push them to the limits. . sketch out ideas. See for yourself what materials are waiting for your exploration?

Please give the tip of this month a go and do contact me if you would like some individual guidance into your next chapter!

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Our tip this month: Experience artistic creativity and curiosity through material exploration.

  1. Grab a bucket and fill it with random materials.
  2. Go to a creative space (defined as a space where you can create a mess) 
  3. Think of this a mad scientist experiment.
  4. Play like a 3 year old.
  5. Stop when you feel its naturally time to stop
  6. Look at what you have created and draw/write about your experience in your notebook.

 

HIGHLIGHTS . . .

SMART Intuitive Painting Club: Next session January 17th. Book your spot now!

This is a fun journey that we embark on together. Each month we will come together as a group . . .whether you participate in realtime online, weather you live in Switzerland, New York, Portland, Chile etc. . .join in! Of course you can make it live in person when you are in Amsterdam! This journey starts  7:00pm- 10:00pm Amsterdam time. (which is 1:00 pm EST and 10:00 am PST). Join us on this journey!

As you know, the monthly group will be in the form of SMART sessions. This combines insight from the world of intuitive painting woven in with a dash of coaching. Of course that DOES involve intuitive painting, which after all represents the A (Art) in SMART. More info about my book SMART.

We meet in person, on a Tuesday evening,  Current dates: Jan 17, Feb 21, March 21. All live sessions are open through a virtual portal (online) and they will be recorded so that you can view and participate at your convenience. . .so. . . you don’t miss anything!

Participation is for members. Newcomers to the studio may be able to attend one class as a one time single workshop for 60 euro (as long as space permits). The online part of the program and online private group is inclusive for those who join the 7 month club in person.

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