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April: La Vie En Rose . . .

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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...

March: Sprouts

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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! 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! ....

February: We Love Nonverbal Communication . . .

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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. ...

January: Creativity Rules This Year . . .

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2017, and especially this month of January speaks all about beginnings. . .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....

December: A Silver Expression . . .

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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 . . . read more . . ....

November: Earthbound Color Explosions . . .

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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 . . .read more . . ....

October: Natural Expression . . .

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This month, observe the colors in nature. What kind of greens do we see. . .and what else. . .oranges. . .yellows. . .browns? Use these colors for your palette. rab your sketchbook now and forget about aesthetics! This is your sacred moment to express naturally. . .there is no should, could and would. . .instead there is lots of doing. . .action. . .playing and exploring. Release the emotions that come. . .let them be, whether that is laughing, crying. . .or perhaps. . .twitching!. . .read on!...

September: Creating your Masterpiece . . .

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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 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. . .read on!...

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

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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 . . . embark together on this journey. 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. . .read on!...

July Sparks & Updates . . .

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With 4th of July and all, I 'm 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 I absolutely cherish SMART sessions. This is mostly because it is the best of the world of intuitive painting woven in with coaching and a dash of therapy . . .click to read more. . ....