Self-Expression

It’s all about the substances of nature.

 

What is creativity asking of you? To improve your technical skills, share with a group, or cultivate creativity as a lifestyle? Whether you wish to explore the arts by honing your capacity of observation, be it figurative or abstract, we can customize the the process to suit your calling. In the face of nature, what is worthy of art? What could we possibly add? In my experience, after dedicating fifteen years primarily to art, as a form of study an religion, I am grateful that these methods helped me at least become more aware of the laws of the universe, inherent in nature and beyond, which artists are the stewards of, like shamans. Indigenous people know that even the great masterpiece of creation needs to be renewed with interest, understanding and a very deep kind of surrender. In that sense, we are all artists,  not because of our skill, but because we are needed in this great tapestry, and whether we like it our not, we are expressing ourselves all the time, rippling out, rippling in. Becoming conscious of how creative we are, we can ponder what we are trying to express. Expression is always tainted by the creator, so in order to make any worthy contribution, we must also know our selves. It is humbling, because our craft never stops. It becomes necessary to have a guide and noble friends, lest we loose our way, especially when we feel we have something to express and skip over the self-knowledge part. The more I attend to my own instructors, the more the final product falls away and the wonder of collaborating with the myriad other creative beings embraces me. Art has nothing to do with pop culture. It is a qualitative science of investigating how reality exists, in the mood of prayer.

I have been a practicing artist all my life and avoided the art world as best I could. Artists are political and spiritual leaders of society, and to seek power over others does not befit these roles. I never painted to make an impact. I documented the spiritual downloads I was given, broke free of my old styles again and again, and painted to as a mode of higher education with the intention of not being rude to the sentient life all around me, reading books on quantum physics, psychology, history, earth sciences and astrology to inform my work.  I was a portrait artist at festivals in Europe during my early 20s before returning to the States when I started an Art program at Hampshire Country School in Rindge NH, a boarding school for boys with unique social and behavioral needs. I am a trained Waldorf High School Art Teacher, and taught painting, drawing, print-making, weaving, ant batik at High Mowing School for six years. I have also taught art in therapeutic settings with children, adolescents and adults. My paintings were shown in a dozen exhibits in the US and Europe, and it is amazing to watch images arise and take on a life of their own going off into the world! I have branched out from visual art into agriculture, writing, playing music and construction work, since it behooves the individual to cultivate beginner’s mind, rather than specialize in one’s gifted areas. I teach impressionist and expressionist drawing and painting, portraiture, journaling, Renaissance-style portraiture and landscape oils. My main passion lies in helping others become acquainted with the creative process, overcome “artist’s block,” and integrating the creativity into everyday life. If it feels like too much pressure to commit to any particular approach, accepting that everything we do (and think) is a creative deed with karmic consequences can help us at least be more careful about how we proceed and look to others for inspiration. The body hungers for materials, to learn from them, to enjoy them for what they are. Why not fun with whatever art supplies most appeal to you, and keep changing what comes out until it’s beautiful?

Samples of my paintings can be found on YouTube:

 

Here in another video without music, since the music may be rather distracting. This silent gallery is a shorter selection of some of my favorite pieces, giving them each more time to speak for themselves:

 

Interested in learning technique, exploring the creative process, or seeing how art can be a path of higher education, contemplation and healing?

Learn Technique or Explore Creativity as a Spiritual Practice

Mediums taught include:

watercolor painting

oil painting

encaustic painting

acrylic painting

chalk pastel

charcoal drawing

mixed-media/collage

Cost

Individual Sessions

50 min class-$40

90 minute class-$60

Or Get some friends together to form a group. 

Group Class-2 hours-$40/each, minimum of 3 people

Landscape classes meet in beautiful places outside. All other classes take place at Together To Get Her Studio in Lyndeborough NH. Sessions may be held virtually as well.

 

 

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