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

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. . .

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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 . . .

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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!

April: Let me tell you ’bout the birds and the bees. . .

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Welcome to April!

Sending big waves of creativity from Amsterdam, and introducing Noah, who was born like a rocket on March 14th!  We are all doing very well and eager of all that spring has to offer!

Jewel Akens captured this seasons vibrations in his lyrics . . .The Birds & The Bees! Here we go (go ahead. . .a little Karaoke for you – hear song on youtube):

. . . Let me tell ya ’bout the birds and the bees / And the flowers and the trees / And the moon up above / And a thing called ‘Love’ . . .

Let me tell ya ’bout the stars in the sky /And a girl and a guy / And the way they could kiss / On a night like this . . .

When I look into your big brown eyes / It’s so very plain to see / That it’s time you learned about the facts of life / Starting from A to Z . . .

Let me tell ya ’bout the birds and the bees / And the flowers and the trees / And the moon up above / And a thing called ‘Love’ (Yeah) . . .

When I look into your big brown eyes / It’s so very plain to see / That it’s time you learned about the facts of life / Starting from a to z . .

Let me tell ya ’bout the birds and the bees / And the flowers and the trees
And the moon up above / And a thing called ‘Love’ . . .

Let me tell ya ’bout the birds and the bees / And the flowers and the trees / And the birds and the bees / And the flowers and the trees, ’bout the birds . . .

And the bees / And the bees / And the bees . . .

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Our tip this month is to spring outside and observe the metamorphosis of the budding vegetation all around (of course that is if you are in the northern hemisphere!).

  1. Pick a particular tree or plant.
  2. Sketch and observe it over a week or two.You can use colored or graphite pencils best to capture the details. . .
  3. Notice how the leaf or flower unfolds and unwraps itself into bloom

This can be such an amazing experience! If you aren’t able to get outside, you can choose a budding plant indoors. We are simply observing nature grow and unravel itself. Really take the time to do this!

Ps. Video series still on way. . .we took a little NOAH pause. . .and now back into swing!

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!

March: Through Rose Colored Glasses

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Welcome to March!

Does this mean that we are done with winter and ready to start off the Spring (In the Northern Hemisphere that is)? It’s funny to contemplate this, especially as we have quite a strong hail storm today in Amsterdam!

Do we see the glass half full or half empty. . .might I suggest half full- seems to offer so many more possibilities in my book! Guess it’s a matter of choosing our perspective!

What if changing our perspectives was a matter of changing our glasses. Consider putting the concept of rose colored glasses to the test. What would we notice about the world now? What about this will expand our thoughts, feelings, senses. What new insight might motivate us to jumpstart that project sitting on the back burner? What might these rose colored glasses have to do in enhancing our creativity?

It is my opinion that Rose coloured glasses have much in common with  creativity. When we are creative, we get to create new worlds, new realities, point of views, standpoints, statements etc. We get to brainstorm new ideas, disrupt the status quo, let go of old ideas and get a new energy burst that will ignite a seedling of an idea into full bloom. Because our creative projects are often physical, and visual, we get to share them making dialogues with our colleagues way more fun and discussable.

Ohhhh ohhhh ohhh and by the way, as I mentioned last, my mini videos series about how art is like a window looking inward are in editing mode and soon to be released. In these videos, we will be looking at your painting as a window in, or out. . .not unlike the topic of rose colored glasses.  In order to not miss these videos, you can sign up below, and then the videos will be sent to your inbox as they come out! They are going to be insightful, short and practical.

HIGHLIGHTS . . .

We had a fantastic retreat last week! Again international as usual. . .with a mix of participants coming from Amsterdam as well as Cape Town and Moscow.  Look over at the EVENT column to the right to see what workshops and retreats are going on! July 11th-15th is the date for the next International Painting Retreat in Amsterdam! (I can tell you that this one is fills up FAST) Such a retreat offers the perfect space and time to dedicate to your own creativity. . .

February: A window into yourself

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Wowzers, here we are in February! What a loving month, with cupid in the air and all.

Though the weather in Amsterdam has been fairly mild, we have still have the shorter days of winter. . . .and now we are enjoying how each day is getting longer once again. This brings about this exciting feeling for me that Spring is just around the corner (of course, depending on your location, you may be experiencing exactly the opposite sensation: moving from Summer to Autumn).

So with this tingling of change in the air, what would it feel like to take this time to awaken your creativity to a next level?

On that note, in January, I created a Smart Vision Board for what I will create in 2016. Note: Check out my January Blog to create a board for yourself. As a matter of fact, as I am sitting here typing away, my colorful board sits right in front of me. Really, take the time to make one for yourself!

Now, in flow with my board, I am being reminded of my desire to simplify the meaning of paintings as a window into our inner workings. Of course my book SMART goes all into this in depth, however what if I were to simplify it to the next notch? This is the perfect topic for a video series! Yes! So, as you know me well by now, that’s exactly what I’ll do!

Therefore, my tip this month offers a glimpse into the discovery of how art can offer a window to look inward. Really, like a window looking right into your space. You get to look in from outside. Not unlike having x-ray vision. See what makes us tick as individuals.

. . .and you could see this window as the window that you filter the world through. In other words, you are in your space and looking out at the world through your own perspective. Mmmmm two ways of window voyeuring. . .

So on this note of looking at your painting as a window in, or out, what can we notice about our paintings? What in particular do the strokes, colors, fluidity, forms, composition, intensity and gestures have to say in relation to the topic of a window?

Simply said, what can see in our painting, when we start to notice one dominant element prevailing over others? Of course we all have a mix of these elements, it’s a matter of what stands out most.

Maybe the dominant elements are lines and structure. What might this say about how we handle boundaries and structure in general? Do we rely on thinking rather than feeling things through? Are we flexible, or do we thrive when things are rigidly defined? How do we organise our thoughts?

Maybe the dominant element is lots of flow and fluidity. Here colors blend in with each other beyond boundaries. What might that look like within teamwork? What can be said here about the expression, “going with the flow”?

Maybe the dominant element is expression. Strong marks like an explosion on the canvas. What might this say about communication? Impulsiveness? Management style? Listening? Instinctual? Contrasts in opinions?

Maybe the dominant element is the working though of the painting resulting in a certain insight within the whole composition. What does this say about the degree of self, external reflecton? Conveying of ideas? Making plans? Dealing with change?

Note: looking at paintings from the perspective of these perspectives, shouldn’t be mistaken as having any qualities of judgement. Really far from it. There is no right and wrong. Rather you can see where you might excel and discover unique qualities about yourself that will help make decisions.

During one of my recent corporate Smart Team Sessions, a manager, who had understood that we were going to do something with painting and qualities came into the session with a painting idea fixed in his mind. The idea was fixed even before the assignment and topic were given. This pre-thinking certainly influences and can really freeze creativity to a halt. Needless to say this served as a learning point for all.

Needless to say, observing paintings can give us great insight. Why not look at your paintings hanging in your space and see what you notice. See if you can identify these elements and then go further if you can see what the dominant element might be. You may find that, two elements carry the same weight.

Go ahead and make a doodle, sketch or painting on your own in a non-objective way. Just have fun with it, and only after observe it.

This blog may wet your appetite in a simple way of reading your paintings in relation to looking inside, or outside. What’s next is a video series coming soon!

Since pictures speak more than a thousand words, videos go a step further! In order to not miss these videos, you can sign up below, and then the videos will be sent to your inbox as they come out! They are going to be insightful, short and practical.

HIGHLIGHTS . . .

Look over at the EVENT column to the right to see what workshops and retreats are going on! February 22nd is the date for the next Intuitive Painting Retreat in Amsterdam! Such a retreat offers the perfect space and time to dedicate to your own creativity. . .

January Diamond in the Rough. . .

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Welcome 2016! A new year is ahead of us. . .one that I am particularly excited about. While in Iceland I have been absorbing inspiration all around. The landscape here is especially fascinating. You see what we experienced is an ever changing array of colors, textures, temperatures and light. In particular, I was struck by the gorgeous transparency and reflectivity at one particular lava beach.

You see, this lava beach is the receiver of countless stranded iceberg chunks that get washed ashore by the sea. Sad on one aspect to witness them melting. From a visual perspective, these natural ice sculptures are fascinating beyond belief to witness them up so close. They vary in all shapes, sizes, color intensities and translucency; from a striking teal blue to complete transparent and opaque surfaces. Walking along this black beach with glowing sculptures got me thinking about how each one reminds me of an individual raw mega chunky diamond floating within a all encompassing cosmos.

Yes, they are like diamonds in the rough, full of potential, yet still abstract enough where each spectator can be reminded of a different interpretive form. The black lava beach, as a background, creates that expansive cosmos setting that allows each diamond to uniquely shine. As a diamond metaphor, it is up to each of us individually, if we choose to ‘own’ our ‘diamond chunks’ this year, or purposely let them go so that they can melt away. What rocks will you personally choose as a highlight for 2016?

It is up to us, if this diamond metaphor means major or minor adjustments. Often, when we already have a full plate and are well along the path that we have chosen, we can simply select treasures that enhance where we already are. . .kind of like sparkly powder icing on a cake. Then this is rather an exercise in letting the other sparkly rocks go . . . after all. . .how ever sparkly they may be. . .some rocks are simply heavy to carry around.

So what is a good way to weed through and select our diamonds? What about taking on a creative approach. . .sketching, sculpting, collaging, painting. . .For starters I am going to collage a year in review so that I can acknowledge all the goodies, formed diamonds, from 2015. This is a little ritual of mine to sit back and start to count my blessings on the year. Milestones of 2015 will look like these glacier chunks on a rich black beach.

After I will choose the diamonds that I feel a calling towards to continue to carve out. Needless to say, I will be letting go of other chunks. . .

This process makes January exciting for me. . .it’s like a ‘carte blanche’ moment to choose and refine. This selection process starts in the here and now. . .as in. . .what is important to me now. . .from this point where I am. The next is very real and juicy.

I invite you to do the same. Please take time this weekend to do this exercise. I find it to be a great way to catch up with myself, weed through what was, and what is to become for 2016. A great, fun, creative reality check. . .

So what can you do?  Here are my tips in 5 steps for your personal SMART session to spark up 2016. . .

Step 1: Create an acknowledgement collage for 2015. Any scale that works for you. I personally like A3 format. Sketch, collage images, paint. . .allow it to be raw, don’t worry about the aesthetics.

Step 2: From this collage, feel into where you are right now. What brings most joy to you. What do you want to continue to foster in 2016, what do you want to let go of.

Step 3: Create a 2016 collage. Again any scale that works for you. Be open to new creative ways, techniques etc. . .sketching, collaging, painting. . .sculpting. . .

Step 4: Hang it or prop it up and observe it. Write down your insights on what it will require from you to implement.

Step 5 (bonus): Create space in your calendar for your projects, shifts. . .so that you can start to integrate it TODAY into the way you do things. Your diamond in the rough is now well on the way to being formed in to the masterpiece that brings you most joy! Congratulations! Celebrate! Have fun!

ps. Smart 1:1 Sessions are ideal for this exercise of unleashing your diamonds in the rough. It would be my honour to ‘hold your hand’, so to say, while you carve out your unique path. I look forward to support you along shaping your next adventure for 2016!

 

HIGHLIGHTS . . .

Look over at the EVENT column to the right to see what workshops and retreats are going on! February 22nd is the date for the next Intuitive Painting Retreat in Amsterdam! Such a retreat offers the perfect space and time to dedicate to your own creativity. . .

As lead for Art and Education for Burning Man Netherlands, it was fun to interview some artists who participated during the Dutch Decom Burning Man Event that took place in November. In case you missed it, see these series of short interviews here:  http://livestream.com/eventproducent/DutchDecom/videos/105178618 . . .and be sure to join us in Amsterdam for Dutch Decom in 2016!

December Food For Thought. . .

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December is traditionally such the time of togetherness! Though it’s getting colder outside, inside is getting all chummy, making some time to be together for all sorts of meals. Company gatherings, family gatherings, friends, both old and new allow for some extended holiday meals and the feeling of doing something special for yourself and those around. In The Netherlands, the holiday season was started off yesterday, 5th of December with Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas). Family and friends celebrate this holiday traditionally with poetry, gifts, gingerbread-like candy and food. . .so over here the holiday season has started.

Speaking of which, all the urgency to meet up this month, before the end of the year can seem a bit overwhelming. It is in my opinion up to each one of us to decide how we may want to go about the desire to round up the year, tie up loose ends perhaps even get away for a couple of days and prepare for 2016.  I definitely see this time period as a skilled art form, into creating a warm bundel of fun, connectedness and meaningful gatherings. Creativity is once again key! Speaking of which. . .some food for thought this holiday season. . .and a perfect ice-breaker at meal gatherings of any scale is to. . . see your “after you have finished eating your meal” plate as a work of art. Yes, this similar to tea leaf/ coffee reading, but oh so much more colourful!

As all works of art, you may be able to notice something specific about yourself and others. This is especially easier to do when you are able to compare your after a meal plate with others on the table. I like to compare this finished diner plate with your painting pallet. The pallet can be so revealing of your painting. . .

So what can you do?  Here are my tips in 5 steps. . .

Step 1: Fill your dinner plate and enjoy it. . .such a blessing!

Step 2: Eat until you are done. . .

Step 3: After you have finished, observe your plate, turn it, squint your eyes and see what you notice . . .

Step 4: Show and tell, have others at the table show their plate (when everyone is finished eating. . .of course). Ask if it is ok to share what you see with the other person and let the discussions begin. See if you can mention at least 3 values on each dinner plate. Often feedback from others can help to see your own values. . .

Step 5 (bonus): What goal could you set for the New Year that reflects your values?

ps. As lead for Art and Education for Burning Man Netherlands, it was fun to interview some artists who participated during the Dutch Decom Burning Man Event that took place last month. See the interview here:  http://livestream.com/eventproducent/DutchDecom/videos/105178618

 

HIGHLIGHTS . . .

Look over at the EVENT column to the right to see what workshops and retreats are going on! February 22nd is the date for the next Painting Retreat in Amsterdam! Note: Smart 1:1 Sessions are bookable to fit your schedule! I look forward to seeing you next around campus!

November Foliage Drumroll . . .

TIP OF THE MONTH

Let’s hear the drumroll. . .drrdrdrdrdrdrdrdrdrdrdrdrd. . .for the beautiful expression of the leaves going on!

This is such another time of year that I love. . .in the Northern Hemisphere we are in full Autumn. . .leaves bursting out into all shades of red, orange, yellow and brown. The wind coming in and letting these leaves soar as a carpet formation onto the earth.
What would your sketches, paintings look like if you acted like nature during Autumn. . . Fully expressed and letting go of any inhibitions, feeling confident that its all meant to be?

Mmmm, wishing you a super November, and I look forward to seeing you this month!

ps. I hope that you enjoyed the 30 day painting challenge last month, where you provided the inspirational colors so that I could translate them into a painting a day. Missed it? You can check them out on my instagram account. . . https://instagram.com/daniellarubinovitz/

pps. What else. . .as you know that I am quite involved with Burning Man, I wanted to be sure that you knew about the Dutch Decom Burning Man Event 2015. This event will take place on November 21st, here in Amsterdam. I am lead for Art and Education. . .so please do let me know if you would like to still submit a project of yours, can even be reading some poetry, or TED X-like talk. . .as we have a fantastic stage just for you! The event itself takes place from 3:00pm- 5:00am. The event is FREE until 9:00pm. This included the AMAZING FIRE SHOW. . .You need tickets after 9:00pm. . .Hope to see you there!  http://www.daniellarubinovitz.com/event/dutch-decom-amsterdam-burning-man/

 

HIGHLIGHTS . . .

Look over at the EVENT column to the right to see what workshops and retreats are going on! Note: Smart 1:1 Sessions are bookable to fit your schedule! I look forward to seeing you next around campus!

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