Oh my gosh! I am having a blast on this Creatively Fit Coaching course! So much fun…and they call this study!?
So here is a recap of what we have covered so far: ‘Meet Your Artist Within’ (MYAW) ~ where we experienced getting our right brain hemisphere into shape with creativity workouts so that we can live more mindFULLy…doodling, playing with colour & sacred symbols, collaging & journaling to kick start us into continuing with our own personal creativity practice ~ yay! 🙂
‘Painting Made Easy’ (PME) ~ where we are empowered to create what we desire on the canvas first and then take it beyond the canvas and into the art that is our life…learning colour mixing with acrylic paints, layering, brush techniques & how to create a successful design…SO much fun! 🙂
For the next ‘layer’ of our Creatively Fit Coaching Certification course, we went on a ‘Paint Marathon!’ The aim of which, was to notice our attachment to images as we painted 10 consecutive paintings, one on top of the other and then to practice letting go and experience detachment, as the image was painted over. Fun, uncomfortable, fun, enlightening, fun, profound, fun, pushing comfort edge, fun, breakthrough! Here are my 10 paintings ~
I won’t go through each painting individually, otherwise this will end up being another really, really long post (again!). However, I will detail about a couple of the paintings and also give a summary of my experience and journey through the paint marathon and what I found out about myself and what has profoundly shifted for me in my life. So here goes!…
Painting # 1 (Mile #2) For my stick figure painting, I stole my son’s drawing he did of me with him and his brother ‘inutero’! 🙂 I only just realised as I uploaded the pics, that I totally forgot to paint in my boobies though, lol! 🙂 Anyway, this was fun and freeing! I did experience some resistance initially, as the canvas I used was an old one I had been scraping left over paint onto (so lots of delicious texture) and it had all these yummy colours, including gold. I think because of the gold paint I got a bit precious, thinking I had to turn it into a master piece, but then I went…”So what…think of the fun you’ll have Tanya….go for it!” So i did. << learn’t detachment right there!
Painting #2. (Mile #17) I learn’t heaps from doing this one… Avoidance and procrastination because of the ‘rules’ that apply in order to achieve contrast (I hate rules and usually go against them…a bit of F.U. antidisestablishmentarianism running through my veins!) 🙂 Also my least fave, colour to paint with is yellow…and orange is next. But because sunflowers are yellow, it had to painted yellow really for this purpose. Good to come up against some discomfort but still havent worked out why I have an aversion to yellow and orange. (I also dislike navy blue but thats because it was my high school uniform colour). I also swung between the need to go ‘precise/perfect’ to detail the petals and then thought, ‘nah, this is too specific’ (not fun and spontaneous), so I’ll just make it impressionistic and then I’d swing back to the challenge of a flower masterpiece and then I went easy on myself again. Later when I was lying in bed, I realised that I do the same thing with my thought processes. I have a lot going on in my head ALL-THE-TIME, philosophising over life, digging deeper, pulling it all apart, analysing everything, getting into the details, being hard on myself for not being perfect, right down to the details of ‘ideal’. But my true nature is a fun loving hippy, so if I can let go on the canvas and go easy on myself; I should do the same in life too, right? Still some familial/social expectation/pressure at play there for me I think!
At this stage, paintings number 4, 9 and 10 survived and are still reflected back to me on their relevant canvases. I chose to keep the Nautilus shell as I felt it has heaps to keep teaching me about proportion and noticing where in my life…it is in, or out of proportion. Hmm…lots to ponder! Painting #9…a joy-filled painting which is for sale here! 🙂 Painting number 10 ~ the wise old Owl, who has ‘learn’t the art of living’; guides us to trust the ancient wisdom that already lies within us; to allow ourselves to draw inside of ourselves for rest and reflection and ‘see’ the possibilities that we ordinarily might miss. <<< I need to keep seeing this painting! 🙂
I love how this process reflects the internal ‘us’ back to us…I think I am finally grasping it and catching myself during painting, by activating my left brain enough to ‘observe’. Previously, I was just lost in right brain world whilst creating and didn’t know how to bridge to the left brain whilst immersed in the flow of creating. Slowly but surely, new brain wires are connecting and bringing with it, some PROFOUND shifts in my self insight and awareness; which is also impacting on all areas of my life. A gift, I tell you!!!
AND…I can’t wait to share it with others! As per my earlier post; I will certify as a Creatively Fit Coach in about 2 weeks ~ yay! I have already started running both MYAW Workshops locally which you can find out more about here and also PME Workshops which you can read more about here. Plus there is a discounted price for both Workshops which you can view here!
I am now also starting to offer personal 1:1 Creativity Coaching, which can be done via a combination of phone, Skype & emailing. We get to create together! So much fun! Please contact me using the contact tab if you would like to know more.
In addition, and excitingly; Vision Quest is about to commence (11th September). I find it difficult to explain in a few short words so will let you find out more here. A truly profound experience ~ It is for anyone who wishes to open their lives up to great change & possibility; to explore their spiritual selves and come to know themselves in a deep and fulfilling way…all whilst having fun, relaxation, self honouring & reflection, creating! I will only have the capacity to personally coach 3 to 5 people through this experience. Let me know if you HAVE to be 1 of those peeps and get in touch so I can tell you more!
One more Layer to go! Deeper journeying into Art Journaling ~ woo hoo!