March: Through Rose Colored Glasses

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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 . . . read more . . ....

February: A window into yourself

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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...

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. 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. From a visual perspective, these natural ice sculptures are fascinating beyond belief to witness them up so close. They vary 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. . .Read more. . ....

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. 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 .. . Read more. . ....

November Foliage Drumroll

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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?...

October Inspiration . . .

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Internal inspiration comes from out intuition, our own driving force. It can be a feeling, sensation or emotion that rises up to the surface, that wants to express. At the studio, we often use this sense of inspiration to steer our way into intuitive/ expressive painting. External inspiration, I believe comes from a stimulation from our senses. . .think about seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching. How wonderful that we can use any one of these senses to get moving. It's just so much fun to discover how we can translate external stimulation from the perspective of our inner worlds. . ....

September Buzz . . .

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Feeling the September buzz in the air? Most schools in the Northern Hemisphere have just started. So exciting being in a new class or seeing your fellow classmates after a summer break! A new notebook perhaps? What else? At the studio, spatters of paint form layers of being an intuitive painting studio for over the 36 years. . .These painting boards have been cleaned, scraped and reused over and over and over again. What we see now is a board full of inspiring energy to create further on to. It is welcoming to us. It doesn't worry that it will get ruined because it knows that it is a support for a stream of inspiration. Is says, come come come!...

July means early bird savings and I want you to know first. . .

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Packing your art supplies for vacation. . .a couple of tips from the trade! So where are you going on holidays , Your destination will play a big role in determining what to bring and what to definitely leave at home. I generally have a basic pack of travel art stuff. This consists of: a sketchbook (Make sure that it isn't almost done, they tend to get heavier when completed, and if you only have a couple of more pages left, you will be lugging it around with you), 3 different size brushes, pencil sharpener, eraser, water brush (is a brush and water dispenser), glue stick, pot or tube of acrylic gel medium....

June Shines Brightest of them all. . .

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une shines the brightest of them allSent Tuesday, June 2, 2015View as plaintext Creating Magic Journal 2015 - Volume 6 - June 2, 2015         Sign up for this journal here! Dearest , Kaboom, and welcome to June! This is the month (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) that we are enjoying the longest daylight hours! That means in Amsterdam, at least, that we feel that we have long days to be outdoors picnic dinners, outdoor games, long bicycle rides to nearby villages (preferably when also dry). And long spans of time to be creating art, sculptures, painting, collaborative projects! Yes these are the months to expand into my full self. In continuing from the topic of last month about our superhero(ine) and crew members on board of our ship, what does the image above (big smiling sunshine for those who don't see the image) do to you? It gives me a feeling of fulfilling, satisfaction, enjoying, not a care in the world. It also...