February: Nonverbal Communication

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.

December: A Silver Expression . . .

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Welcome to December. . .  

This time of year makes me feel the expressions of silver. Lets talk about Illumination, reflection, glamor and the feminine power. It is especially during these winter months, (in the northern hemisphere that is) where we don’t have as many hours of the golden sunlight. Instead we get nurtured by the qualities of moonlight. The moon caries with it, the metaphor of the feminine energy. We can choose to tune into this calming and emotionally fluid, sensitive energy to hunker down and connect with our earthly reflection. Go ahead and feel what this difference might mean for yourself: moon energy instead of sun energy. Mmmmm

Speaking of reflection, silver carries a mesmerising quality of reflection. We can get the sense that the energy that we send out is reflected back to us. This feeling is similar to the effects of throwing a boomerang. What we throw out there is reflected back to us, irregardless of whether it is positive or negative. This effect is just like the law of reciprocity, we are speaking about treating and wishing for others as we would for ourself. Throw good wishes out there and receive good wishes back. See how you think and do unto others. . .to get a sense of what might be on its way back to you. Mmmm, yes, a lot of food for thought is brought on by silver.

Now. . .to get a little bit sidetracked, additional food for thought on silver makes me think about its physical anti-bacterial properties. Mmmm yes, a great way to boost our immunity over these winter months.

Ok, back on track. . .thinking of the moon qualities and silver, I appreciate the illuminating quality of silver. This radiant glow of silver gently can light the way forward for us. As our path is lit, we can open our mind to new possibilities and inspiration. What a wonderful quality to glide into the new year!

Let’s not forget the pure sophisticated qualities of silver as we close off 2016 and move into 2017. As a practical color, we can combine it with all colors well, as it will reflect and illuminate these surrounding colors. Pretty practical as silver is. . . and of course, not to forget the sparkles this time of year carrying with it such an alluring, shiny eye catcher. Well I could go on and on about silver and even further about the qualities of the moon.

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 through charcoal the nurturing silver moon qualities . . . 

  1. Fill the whole page with charcoal, use your entire palm to massage the charcoal onto the paper.
  2. With the back of your hand (probably charcoal free) rub of the charcoal to create the feeling of light. 
  3. Play with adding and taking away charcoal. This can be addictive as you see light and dark play with each other. Silver is a balance between this light and dark.
  4. When you feel that you are done, take note how you feel, what is your energy like?
  5. Place your image upright in front of you. Take not of what images you see, and start some associative writing in your notebook about your experience. Welcome to the world of the silver moon!

 

HIGHLIGHTS . . .

SMART Intuitive Painting Club: Next session December 20th. 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: (2016) Dec 20, (2017) 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 as well.

Bank transfer preferred method of payment. (NL36INGB0006283226 ING Bank, Attention Atelier Molenpad. Please write your name in case it is different name on bank account.)

November: Earthbound Color Explosions

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Welcome to November. . . 

Let’s for a moment examine the cause and effect of trees releasing its leaves and what we might learn from this. We are all pretty aware of the cycles of nature. Leaves, which capture all the nutrients from the light all spring and summer, are released in autumn in preparation for the winter months. During these months all the nursing energy will come from the ground up and nourish from inside out. Trees ‘know’ that as part of the cycle, spring will rebirth new leaves once again.. . .making it easy now, to let go of these precious leaves. It does so in such a celebratory way too! Like color explosions to the ground.

I often need this little reminder myself, which is why I love to share this with you. Because as humans, we make so much meaning out of things, it can be challenging to let go. Panic, fear can creep in. It seems that when the trees express, it is so jaw dropping gorgeous. . .and when we are in the middle of the gunk of expression, gorgeous isn’t the first word that comes to mind. But of course. . .this process of letting go, can be quite messy. Oh yeah, REALLY MESSY, GUCKY and all that. Things falling apart, not making sense. We can feel bare and exposed, not unlike that bare branch. Our vision gets blurry (see video above) through all the mud that gets formed. Yes transformation works in stages that are best left unjudged!

The secret is to continue, to have faith, into what may seem to be the unknown. To trust that all will fall into place. We are enough and can take the time to simmer with it. To see what new insight surfaces. . .to dare I say. . .get bored for a while. . .not get sidetracked. . .be with it. . .spark up our own inner light. . .knowing that we are allowing our next chapter to exist!

Hmm, quite exciting actually! Just knowing that in cleared out space, new ideas, feelings, opportunities can start to sprout in abundance. Aaaahhhhh. I don’t know if this is a no pain no gain story. . .or simply a mindset to allow.

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 through painting, Grounding explosions of color. 

  1. Squeeze out some orange, yellow and browns on a paper plate.
  2. Set up a sheet of paper (or open your sketchbook to a new page). Just as in the video, use your fingers to dabble the paints onto the paper. Start at the top of the paper and dabble your way down. Imagine these are leaves of the tree making their way down to the ground. Repeat this movement starting at top to down.
  3. When you feel done, set your painting upright and take the time to look at it. Squint your eyes. . .What do you notice? What does it feel like? What does it look like? What shapes do you recognise? You can rotate your paper upside down and ask the same questions.
  4. For a bonus. . .are you willing to transform this piece into it own new chapter? Yes? Then go ahead and smear it all together and see intuitively. . .what’s next! Again contact me with any questions or insight. . .we can also make an appointment in person or virtually to read your painting together. . .

HIGHLIGHTS . . .

SMART Intuitive Painting Club: Next session November 15th. 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: (2016) Nov 15, Dec 20, (2017) 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 as well.

Investment: €349.-  (for online and in person is the same). This includes 21% BTW Tax. Bring your own paints. Contact me prior to registration to confirm your spot! Bank transfer preferred method of payment. (NL36INGB0006283226 ING Bank, Attention Atelier Molenpad. Please write your name in case it is different name on bank account.)

October: Natural Expression . . .

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Welcome to October. . . 

This month, observe the colors in nature. What kind of greens are out there in nature What other colors?. . .oranges?. . .yellows?. . .browns? Use these colors at your palette to work with.  Grab your sketchbook now and forget about aesthetics! This is your sacred moment to express naturally. . .there is no should, could and would. . .instead. . . lots of doing. . .action. . .playing and exploring. Release the emotions that come. . .let them be, whether that is laughing, crying. . .or perhaps. . .twitching!

Yes, this is what I am feeling for this month of October. Especially as this can be quite a busy action packed month getting things done before the end of the year. . .So take time for date night with you and your sketch book! If your partner feels left out. . .they can join you . . .if you want. . .or of course they can grab their own sketch book!

Finding it challenging to make time for your own expression? Perhaps making time in your calendar. . .creating accountability for what you want to do. . .or simply not having a suitable space for artistic expression. . .Come and create at the studio!

Whether during our monthly club (next one is October 18th), or during an intensive summer week retreat. Monthly club video- check it out! way cool!: https://youtu.be/KHauPQd5SZc

Contact me now and let’s get the conversation started!

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Our tip this month: Join us on OPEN Studio tomorrow night! (http://www.daniellarubinovitz.com/event/open-house-virtual-monthly-painting-club/ )

HIGHLIGHTS . . .

SMART Intuitive Painting Club: Next session October 18th. Book your spot now!

This is a fun journey that we will embark on together. Each month we will come together as a group . . .whether you participate online realtime (or view the recording . . . at your most convenient time) . . . or make it live in person. This is a journey starts  7:00pm- 22:00pm Amsterdam time. (which is 1:00 pm EST. . .10:00 am PST). Join us on this journey!

As you already know, the monthly group will be in the form of SMART sessions. This combines insight from the world of intuitive painting woven in with coaching and a dash of therapy. 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 7 times, on a Tuesday evening,  ( 3rd Tuesday of the month): 7:00-10:00pm. Current dates: (2016) Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20, (2017) 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 as well.

Investment: €349.-  (for online and in person is the same). This includes 21% BTW Tax. Bring your own paints. Contact me prior to registration to confirm your spot! Bank transfer preferred method of payment. (NL36INGB0006283226 ING Bank, Attention Atelier Molenpad. Please write your name in case it is different name on bank account.)

September: Creating your Masterpiece . . .

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Welcome to September. . .

As you well know, I love metaphors!

This month, see your life as a masterpiece! What do we need to create this masterpiece. . .(drumroll please. . ) a palette! Yes our palette is where we can collect and mix colors. . . thin the colors and play with textures. As a metaphor, sometimes we want to continue with the colors already on the palette, other times, we may prefer to have a whole new set of colors. It is especially exciting to try out just those colors that we have never tried before. . .or use those colors that we used to find ugly! September is a perfect time to learn something new, get out of our comfort zone, add skills or learn about new ways to expand your thinking.

It’s after all the time when there is such a buzz of excitement in the air. Schools are back in session, projects at work re-ignite after the summer break (of course, If you are in the northern hemisphere). It’s the time to express yourself, just like nature will do these coming months exciting colors of foliage. 

So discover your palette this month and adjust it! Make the most of your time moving forward. . .now!

Come and create your palette at the studio! Whether during our monthly club starting on September 20th, or during an intensive summer week retreat. Monthly club video- check it out! way cool!: https://youtu.be/KHauPQd5SZc

Contact me now and let’s get the conversation started!

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Our tip this month: Create a metaphorical palette for yourself. Palettes can give us a clue about what our masterpiece may look like!

  1. Create a color for each aspect in your life, and add it to your palette.
  2. What do you notice about your current palette? What is missing? What is there a lot of? How do your want it to be?
  3. Go ahead and create a painting from this palette! Remember to use both hands in creating this painting! Way more fun!

HIGHLIGHTS . . .

SMART Intuitive Painting Club: This monthly group starts on September 20th. Book your spot now!

This is a fun journey that we will embark on together. Each month we will come together as a group . . .whether you participate online realtime (or view the recording . . . at your most convenient time) . . . or make it live in person. This is a journey that starts on September 20th at 7:00pm- 22:00pm Amsterdam time. (which is 1:00 pm EST. . .10:00 am PST). Join us on this journey!

As you already know, the monthly group will be in the form of SMART sessions. This combines insight from the world of intuitive painting woven in with coaching and a dash of therapy. 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 7 times, on a Tuesday evening,  ( 3rd Tuesday of the month): 7:00-10:00pm. Current dates are: (2016) Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20, (2017) 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 as well.

Investment: €349.-  (for online and in person is the same). This includes 21% BTW Tax. Bring your own paints. Contact me prior to registration to confirm your spot! Bank transfer preferred method of payment. (NL36INGB0006283226 ING Bank, Attention Atelier Molenpad. Please write your name in case it is different name on bank account.)

August: Welcome to the Birth of the Atelier Virtual Portal . . .

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Welcome to August. . .

I am excited to unveil the virtual portal into the Atelier!

Starting on September 20th the first monthly SMART Intuitive Painting group will start, both in person and virtually.

It’s your time to . . . paint within a group setting, one evening a month, express yourself through topic-based exercises, discover answers to your questions, see a window into your subconscious genious, have fun, discover colors. . . lines and shapes, discover your personal style, let go.

This is a fun journey that we will embark on together. Each month we will come together as a group . . .whether you participate online realtime (or view the recording . . . at your most convenient time) . . . or make it live in person. This is a journey that starts on September 20th at 7:00pm- 22:00pm Amsterdam time. (which is 1:00 pm EST. . .10:00 am PST). Join us on this journey!

There will be a private group exclusive to club members to share images and insights. This way there is accountability for the topic of the month to  continue strongly!

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

It’s all in one, in order to bring great insight out of art, that the artist (you) can implement and make positive changes on a personal and/or business level – more info as described in my book SMART.

I will be recording the live sessions, so that you can participate at home from any international location. What this means is that the online part is simply an extra bonus for those coming monthly to the studio (Atelier Molenpad) in Amsterdam.

I hope that you will be as excited about this as I am! Let’s do this! Of course everyone gets to discover at their own pace. . .as we stay in contact with our feelings.

SMART Intuitive Painting Club Details 

We meet in person 7 times, on a Tuesday evening,  ( 3rd Tuesday of the month): 7:00-10:00pm. Current dates are: (2016) Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20, (2017) 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 will 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 as well.

Investment: €349.-  (for online and in person is the same). This includes 21% BTW Tax. Bring your own paints. Contact me prior to registration to confirm your spot! Bank transfer preferred method of payment. (NL36INGB0006283226 ING Bank, Attention Atelier Molenpad. Please write your name in case it is different name on bank account.)

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Our tip this month: Enjoy the rest of the summer! I would say get wet! Whatever that means for you. . .go out and dance in the rain, join a swim team (I have by the way, and am also starting to learn synchronised swimming), go out in the sea if you can!

. . .then grab your sketchbooks and fill em up with your water inspiration! 

  1. Emerse youself in water . . .use your creativity. . . a bath may do the trick as well!
  2. Grab your sketchbook. . .Use any materials and write. . .draw. . .write. . . in layers
  3. Be amazed by your creative genius at work!

HIGHLIGHTS . . .

The monthly group starts on September 20th. Book your place now, as I have been getting super feedback on this concept!

July Sparks & Updates . . .

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With 4th of July and all, feeling extra sparkly. . .so bear with me dear friends!

In taking my own advice, I am digging in deep and discovering what is at the essence of what I most like to do, to share, to make a difference.  Needless to say, I am practicing efficiency with my time these days. Over the last year, I have seen how SMART sessions can bring such insight both on a personal and business level – as described in my book.

This is mostly because it is the best of the world of intuitive painting woven in with coaching and a dash of therapy. It’s an all in one and I absolute love it when great insight comes out of art, that the maker can implement and make a positive change.

So with that said, moving forward there are updates at the studio. . .change is good, it’s movement. I will integrate this SMART Session wisdom in all courses, workshops and retreats. In practicality this means that all the monthly club will be topic based. Of course that DOES involve intuitive painting, which after all represents the A (Art) in SMART.

There’s more too! The monthly group, starting in September will be both in person and ONLINE through a private group support where everyone can post their images! I will be recording the exercises so that you can participate at home from any international location. What this means is that the online part is simply an extra bonus for those coming to the studio each month in person.

. . .and now more than ever, if you have to miss an in person session, you can make it up at home. You will also have an intimate international support community. . .super easy to access. . . to share inspiration and insight into your art pieces and accountability. All the same time this is available only to club members to maintain intimate and discreteness. More details coming about this!

I hope that you will be as excited about this as I am! Let’s do this! I would love to hear your thoughts and concerns of course! Let’s make it great! I see the monthly sessions to be your time to: be seen,  experience abundance, feel great, belong and love your job! Of course everyone gets to discover at their own pace. . .as we stay in contact with our feelings.

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Our tip this month: Grab your sketchbooks and fill em up with your own SMART sessions! This is how I have been doing all of my planning!

  1. Grab a sheet of paper, or even better, grab your journal. . .sketchbook. . .
  2. Use any materials and write. . .draw. . .write. . .in layers
  3. Be amazed by your creative genius at work!

HIGHLIGHTS . . .

The next international painting week retreat in Amsterdam will take place on 11th- 15th of July! We have such a great mix of local Amsterdam participants with international travellers.

June Practice: Be full of life, jokes, love & plans. . .

TIP OF THE MONTH

Welcome to June!

Let’s simplify during this full on month. What better time to practice being full with yourself! Ha, so funny actually yes? What do you mean by being full with yourself?! Well, go ahead and see to what degree you are full of life? What about full of jokes? Do you joke with yourself? What about love? Are you  full of love for yourself? and let’s not forget about being full of plans. . .what is next on your goodie list?

In taking my own advice, I am digging in deep and discovering what is at the essence of what I most like to do, to share, to make a difference.  Needless to say, I am practicing efficiency with my time these days. Over the last year, I have seen how I absolutely cherish SMART sessions – as described in my book. This is mostly because it is the best of the world of intuitive painting woven in with coaching and a dash of therapy. It’s an all in one and I absolute love it when great insight comes out of art, that the maker can implement and make a positive change.

So with that said, moving forward there is change. . .change is good, it’s movement. I will integrate this wisdom in all courses, workshops and retreats. In practicality this means that all the monthly club will be topic based. I hope that you will be as excited about this as I am! This is after all your time to be. . . fearless, fly, be in abundance, plan, feel good and love what you do! Of course everyone gets to discover at their own pace. . .

These are the updates for now and I hope that you will agree with me that when you are in the best place you can be, physically, emotionally and mentally, the rest of the world gets permission to do the same.

. . .sort of reminds me of Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror song. . .about making changes. . .and starting with yourself.

Go ahead and be full with yourself!  Discover the permission of happiness that this can bring others! It’s a win win plan!

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Our tip this month is to discover how to be full of life, full of love, full of jokes and full of plans!

  1. Grab a sheet of paper, or even better, grab your journal. . .sketchbook. . .
  2. Use any materials and draw a circle, then divide it into 3 parts. . .
  3. Write the following for each of the pie slices: Life, Love & Jokes. . .
  4. In each pie slice add comments on where you can be more in that area. For instance, where can you be more full of life, where can you be more full of love, where can you be more full of jokes?
  5. Make a plan for each of your three areas. . .
  6. Go ahead and implement!
  7. Bonus: When you have implemented your plan and are well on your way of reaching your newly set goals. . .make your own T-shirt and wear proudly and show the world that you are Full of . . .Love/ Life/ Jokes/ Plans . . .

HIGHLIGHTS . . .

The next international painting week retreat in Amsterdam will take place on 11th- 15th of July! We have such a great mix of local Amsterdam participants with international travellers.

May Yellow and Blue Make Green . . .

TIP OF THE MONTH

Welcome to May!

Welcome to being embraced by the color GREEN! Ever think about the qualities of this color? Can we get any closer to SPRING than green!? Thanks to the collaborative effort of Yellow and Blue. Green shares common attributes with both! It’s a combination of cheerful warmth from the sun with calmness and serenity of both  sea and sky.  Green is after all the direct metaphor for nature!

This is the season to live into this compassionate color.  Within the chakra system, Green is often associated with our fourth chakra, the heart chakra. This fourth chakra governs our intuition and love. Here we feel compassion for our love and relationships. This chakra acts as the melting pot of the higher chakras and the lower chakras and is the source of our inner most desires, our dreams! As many of you may have me say that our hands are an expression of our heart. This is because our hands are the physical organ of communication and touch is the sensory system for the heart chakra.

Where did the name “Green” come from anyway? Seems it has its origins from and old English verb “Growan,” which -as it sounds, means to grow. The growth, regenerative and healthy aspects of green, represents the fertileness of nature. As a fertile color, wedding dresses used to be green!

Since colors are an expression of our emotion, there is a whole range of greens that move us. Green belongs to the soothing spectrum color group. The light energy that emits from this color radiates the soothing and calming renewal. Have you ever noticed, that the color green can evoke completely opposite emotions of each other: love vs. jealousy. How about renewal vs. envy; health vs. decay; environment vs. greed.

Depending on the saturation and the closer that the color is to the sun, it portrays varying psychological effects. So looking closer at a particular color from a healing aspect, it’s handy to group these qualities in three categories: I like to speak of a color having a free power, a stimulating strength, and a compulsive force. This is where we can sense positive and negatives impression of a hue.

This in particular is my absolute fascination of colors, and how to be purposely moved by them! I love to dive into the emotional meaning of color as a shift between light and darkness. In our physical world, we have color all around us. The dynamics between the colors play relevant roles of color perception. Therefore when we read an artwork, fashion, products and light it is both the individual color combined with the surrounding that gives us the complete impact.

Let’s look at the three categories of green. A green with inherent brilliance enhances growth. It gives us the feeling of enjoying the moment of free power. Here we can sense a deep peace and tranquility. This is a color that exudes both regeneration and rejuvenation, giving us a sense of eternity. Here I am speaking of a color that has especially a direct influence on both our physical and ethereal levels. This color is both tactile and has a practical nature that helps us get things done.

When we use a middle green, with a balanced brilliance, we are speaking of offering a sense of security, care and protection. The feeling that exudes here is one of agreeability and stability. It stimulates strength. Other words that describe this color are: passive, satisfied, useful, original, lively and young. Most of us are familiar with the term green being associated with someone who is new to something, and still lacking experience. They are said as being green. Using these fresh greens carry nutritious and refreshing health aspects for us from the inside out. We can think about all the goodness that leafy greens bring us.

When we use a low intensity/ brilliance far from the sun, this color gives the feeling of a lazy force, here we have a boring and motionless quality. We can feel a sense that we may have landed in a muddy swamp. We can smell a molded bubbling toxicity and a compulsive force. And we can hear toxicity releasing . . .you get the point. In this color we can feel totally self sufficient in a bubble and are therefore indifferent to the outside world. This disconnection from the sun leaves this quality deep in the shade. Generally, non positive qualities are often associated within this range when used on its own. A similar swampy color is used in the expression; Green with envy. This expression originally came about from “the green-eyed monster” originally quoted from Shakespeare. There are references here to the acidic, green bile used for digestion.

Having said that, we generally refer to green, as the free and balanced green. Because it is the most common color in nature, it has become quite a buzzword for environmental considerations. We are very familiar with the term “green” as a metaphor for recyclability and environmental concerns. This relation is so clear that unfortunately there are even businesses using green in PR and marketing material in order to promote misleading perceptions of the company’s environmental considerations. This is known as green washing! Can you believe there is even a name for this?

Some other fun things to observe about the color green: It is a color that tends to repeat itself and have a regular rhythm. Just look around in nature and notice how green grows. It is quite a nurturing color and plays behind the scenes as a nurturer. Look at how grass, leaves and stems grow. It acts as a life force which allows for growth, nurturing and regeneration. Characteristically it grows in numbers and of repeating patterns. It is inherently a social color and doesn’t naturally stand out, this is a color that blends among the rest of nature to form one totality.

Not only is green the color of all life, but also of seasonal renewal. It therefore symbolizes hope and immortality. Green does us also much good when it is used specifically for healing! In color therapy, it supports almost all chronic ailments in our body. Not only that, I understand that the color green can used, among other ailments, in the treatments of the lungs, like bronchitis and a cough.

Go ahead and create your own green in the tip of this month!  Discover this color for yourself!

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Our tip this month is to discover the color green for yourself!

  1. Grab a sheet of paper
  2. Use any materials, paints, markers, colored pencils.  . .and start from the top down with the color yellow. Continue from bottom up with blue (I like to use a cerulean blue for this exercise to get a spring green, though other blues can work)
  3. Allow the yellow and blue to mix and become green. Explore all the shades of green that are created. . .
  4. See what happens from there. . .use your intuition in allowing it to evolve. . .
  5. After you have created your own green, see if the image reminds you of anything. If you get any associations from your painting.
  6. What may seem at first as unrelated to this painting. . .go ahead and see what kind of spring cleaning you may want to do at home or work. What are you able to let go of now?

Enjoy this experience of creating your own green, and using this information to start off your spring cleaning. . .

Ps. The video series that I keep mentioning are done! I just have to post them now!

HIGHLIGHTS . . .

The next international painting week retreat in Amsterdam will take place on 11th- 15th of July! Spots filling up! Don’t miss out, as I only have this one retreat happening this summer!

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