Maruja Mallo

MY INSPIRATIONS VOL7.

I love

Maruja Mallo because of her colours and d vivid images. As one of the surrealistic painters, she created powerful images about her experiences of the time she lived in. I love her squarie but full figures, the strong colours and shades that all say something, they hold a message to be read.

The Therapeutic-Art Enrichment Group Program can help you bring awareness and light to those places in your consciousness where blocks to your fulfilment hide and it will replenishes your Soul.

Coaching as a creative process

For me, coaching is a creative process of continuous discovering. It is similar to treasure hunting. At every station, you, the client, discover something new about yourself that will point you to the next clue.

It is an exciting and nerve-racking process at the same time. As a coach/consultant, I am there with you at every step of the way supporting you to understand what the clue may want to communicate with you and where the next clue may lie ahead. I am walking this creative and exhilarating journey with you.

Originally posted in April, 2020

The ART of Connecting

Well, I am not particularly good at ‘befriending’, I don’t think, anyway.

I find meeting new people in a social setting rather awkward. I can never ask the right questions, mostly because I am not really interested in other people’s jobs and marital status. I eventually find myself playing at the kids’ table or being alone looking at the wallpaper.

When I meet new people, I am excited to know people’s thoughts on Life and the way they see themselves, not their political agenda or their shopping list. Every person is a unique being with vastness of experiences and wisdom that I do not have. Except that in most cases it is buried under heavy social conditioning.

ART cannot lie. Every picture tells a story. Each piece of ARTWORK depicts its creator in the most unique way. It reflects the disturbances of the Ego-mind and the yearnings of the Soul.

When I look at someone’s artwork without trying to analyse it, I get a feel for the person who created it. I would not know their job or marital status, but I would be introduced to a small aspect of their being.

Looking at someone’s artwork allows me to connect with the ‘artist’ in a meaningful way.

What is ART for?

As I see, most artists are a bit of loners. We are used to making art in our own space, mostly alone. They stand/sit countless hours in front of an easel/sawing machine and create endlessly.

I am a member of numerous artsy FACEBOOK GROUPS. When I run through my feed I marvel in amazement at the bounty of unique artwork of all sorts. They are just breathtakingly creative!

The first question comes to mind is: ‘What is it all for?”

I think that visual art can be a super cool addition to a home decoration. It is exciting to look at art. I visit (used to)art museums a lot. I would not want to look at the same artwork all the time, though. I understand that for many, Art is a kind of investment.

The question I often ponder over is what is ART’s REAL raíson’d etre?

There was a moment when I thought I wanted to become an artist. I took different classes to learn the skills. I tried out all different ways of making art from making watercolour paintings to making pastel one to embroidery. I still love them all but I never became a ‘real’ artist. The reason is that I did not see the point of becoming an artist. Selling art work is not particularly easy plus I could not see the point of having my artwork hanging on somebody’s wall or a mug. It can be fun but ART I make must have a some ‘selfish’ meaning to it.

When I look at a piece of artwork, I always wonder what it is that the Artist wanted to tell me with his/her ART. Every picture/photo tells a story … or not. Some artwork only tries to copy reality that do not inspire me at all. But hey, they look great!

I love, personally, when ART is used to express one’s inner world, a unique way of seeing the world, or to say something that words cannot cover. I immediately feel connected to the Artist. I am allow into the intimate world of a personal space.

We could intentionally use ART to connect! It could connect us on so many different levels. We could share moments of joy of creating. My ancestors used to sit around the fire making things – clothing, bedding, tools, etc. As they were creating they were also telling stories and making memories. But most importantly they were relating by being part of each others’ lives.

ART CAN HELP US CONNECT!

ART connects me to self and others in a deep and meaningful way.

So, let’s make some sweet art with the intention to tap into our own depth and connect to others from there.

Below you can find out more about the different ART classes I run with the intention to CONNECT and ENJOY making ART.

Dickinson – ‘I am a poet’

Who are you?

As I am looking at the art I have created over the past three decades, I can see a person taking shape. A person I would not have met otherwise. By placing my experiences, dreams, visions, ideas on paper I made it possible for me to see me.

We believe creativity is a process of self discovery. … Through exposure to different projects and materials as well as making the big and small choices involved in the creation of art, the art process can begin to enhance the life long journey of self-discovery. Everyone creates, and everyone has their own reason for creating what they do. Explore Your Creativity. Become More of Who You Are.

ART MAKER STUDIO, San Francisco LINK to website

I love Emily Dickinson not particularly for her poetry but for the person who she was! I love her for her courage. She dared to look deep into her soul and put in paper what she found there regardless of the conventions of the time and disagreement of others. She boldly lived the person she was at heart: the poet.

If you want to know a bit more about Emily Dickinson, here is a funny and very entertaining video on her life and poetry.

Therapeutic-Art Enrichment Program will support you to recover your sense of creativity, ignite the Spirit within, and get in touch with the REAL YOU. It enables you to uncover and heal enervating thinking patterns so YOUR INNER LIGHT CAN SHINE THROUGH. 

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STARTS ON 26 JUNE 2021

Benefits

  • Gain deeper awareness of yourself – your thoughts and behavioural patterns that may or may not be supporting you in living the life you wish for yourself.
  • Become aware of your strengths, unique abilities, and your true interests, as well as some of your hindering patterns.
  • Discover your Essence – the core of who you are. Building on that, we enquire about your passion, purpose and true vocation.
  • Step towards your dreams using the supportive power of the group.
  • HAVE OODLES OF FUN!

FORGIVENESS

There are days when it is really hard for me to be GRATEFUL. When I am challenged on different levels by my environment so much that I simply cannot find the Divine inside of me. I cannot focus within enough to see the Light beyond my own and others’ disturbance. When the only feeling I can identify is anger, even though I know the underlying emotion is pain, this is when the only ‘dealing with it’ for me is FORGIVENESS.

In the mist of my unbearable anger and frustration, I start changing and then drawing

I FORGIVE YOU FOR CHOOSING THIS EXPERIENCE!

The ‘FORGIVENESS’ is ONLY for me. It is not my job to FORGIVE others. Sometimes, I add:

“Father, please forgive them because they do not know what they do!”

Luke 23:34
A forgiveness drawing

As you can see, sometimes, when I create my GRATITUDE JOURNAL, I am actually expressing FORGIVENESS for the things that disturb me because I cannot find the way inside of me to be GRATEFUL for them.

WHEN I FORGIVE, I RELEASE MY DISTURBENCES caused by my experiences!

WEEKLY GRATITUDE JOURNALING CLASS

This is a fun and practical class. We do a short meditation and listen to songs of Gratefulness as we create a piece of artwork related to what we feel grateful for in that moment.

The class is FREE OF CHARGE, ZOOM link is sent upon registration.

As you can see from this video, creating a Gratitude Journal entry feels like being a child again. We are not creating a piece of artwork that needs to look neat and accomplished. We are creating these pictures because IT IS FUN!

Antony Hopkins on Life

Anthony Hopkins has been one of my inspirations, a silent genius. He is not a star but a humble actor who strives to convey a message and tell a great story through his art. Apart from being one of the greatest actor of our time, he is also a philosopher who contemplates on Life and what is beyond the ‘visible’ world: the Dreamlike nature of Life.

He is talking with passion about moving beyond your comfort-zone and live life to the fullest. Just keep on going! 🙂

Anthony Hopkins – What’s The Meaning Of Life | One Of The Most Eye Opening Speeches

MANDALA: Circle of Wholeness

What is it about?

Mandala means “sacred circle” or “container of essence” in Sanskrit. 

The circle is a symbol of wholeness that has been used in ancient traditional healing worldwide.

The Mandala Art process I practice was developed by Dr. Judith Cornell as a modern expression of ancient sacred arts, using a simple colouring technique with white and coloured pencils on black paper to create luminous symbols representing aspects of wholeness.

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El Greco

MY INSPIRATIONS VOL6.

El Greco has been characterized by modern scholars as an artist so individual that he belongs to no conventional school.

A unique master. I love El Greco because he was different not only by being a foreigner all his life but by interpreting life around him by his own standards and not by the expectations of his time. He was a passionate rebel with a unique style.

El Greco is regarded as a precursor of both Expressionism and Cubism, while his personality and works were a source of inspiration for poets and writers such as Rainer Maria Rilke and Nikos Kazantzakis. El Greco has been characterized by modern scholars as an artist so individual that he belongs to no conventional school. He is best known for tortuously elongated figures and often fantastic or phantasmagorical pigmentation, marrying Byzantine traditions with those of Western painting.

source Wikipedia

A great article on his work and how he influenced great 20th c. artists by the BBC.

I chose two extracts from the film El Greco that shows what a feisty, single minded. original and ruthlessly honest person El Greco was.

The Therapeutic-Art Enrichment Group Program can help you bring awareness and light to those places in your consciousness where blocks to your fulfilment hides and replenishes your Soul.

TAMARA de Lempicka

MY INSPIRATIONS VOL6.

I love the story of Tamara de Lempicka. She appeals to many female fans and feminists alike for her contributions to challenging the pompous nature of society throughout North America and Europe at that time, behaving in a way which was highly unusual at the time for any female.

Below is the trailer for the documentary in progress about painter Tamara de Lempicka

The Therapeutic-Art Enrichment Group Program can help you bring awareness and light to those places in your consciousness where blocks to your fulfilment hides and it will replenish your Soul.