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"I paint Niagara for the same reason Monet painted his haystacks over and over ...the ever changing light".

Creativity art workshops & retreats

Creativity art workshops & retreats
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Friday, January 7, 2011

Plein Air Painter - in San Diego

American Contemporary plein air painter.
San Diego , California
March 25-27, 2011
Details and Contacts HERE

This will be a unique combination of plein air painting and ...

A special place is waiting for your arrival in order to create a richly symbolic painting that speaks to your soul.

Do you wish to have more drama, more energy, more meaning in your work? This three day experience into the mystery of creation has been designed just for you.

If you don't know what you don't know...you don't know how to get there.

Two highly intuitive,experienced instructors and painters, will guide you on your journey to deepen the connection to the land, which will heighten your senses. Balancing physical ability and spiritual awareness will help you manifest a meaningful work of art with universal appeal.

Your weekend begins with exercises in the foundational skills necessary to create effective representational works of art. An expansion on your ability to tap into your inner vision is the focus in the evening session.

You will see how the use of metaphors incorporated into your work give each piece an added interest.

Leave the workshop with a pocketful of seeds to nurture.

Ready to take your work to a new level with added confidence, inspiration and excitement ?

We’ll show you the treasure chest and hand you the key.
We'll show you how to get rid of everybody else's energy in your head.

3 day workshop - $350.00 - I day and a half with Linda Richichi (website)- 1 day and a half with J.R. Baldini (website)
1 day workshop - $120.00 - 1 day spent with both instructors
Add the extra day to the 3 day workshop for only $40.00
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Beginner to Advanced

Plein Air Painter - understand this...

American Contemporary plein air painter.

Because what we produce as art is so very much tied into who we perceive ourselves to be,
try an experiment the next time you are reluctantly taking part in a public function/mixer...

Be aware of the fact that no one there really knows you, really doesn't know how you define yourself. Doesn't know the paradigm you believe...molded in your childhood from parents projections, relating to siblings and gym class in high school...

Make a plan to be outside yourself. Smile more, introduce yourself to at least a dozen people and try to find out about them and why they're there.

When you introduce yourself, don't give yourself that familiar label, after all they don't know if you're a minister or a rapper...

Whether you realize it consciously or not, your job or purpose in life is to connect with people.
Think about all the ways you do this naturally. Conversation,your art,sharing a meal, etc.

As an artist and workshop instructor, I may say something like "I help people to connect to and value their creativity, which is a great stress reliever ". Now, I could just say "I'm an Artist"...
which do you think would engage you in conversation ?

Reinvent yourself - don't wait for a New Year !

You never know how life connects people and ideas...ARTWORKSHOPS


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Plein Air Painter -Protector of the lands and endangered animals

American Contemporary plein air painter.

Out door artists are very aware of the changes in the landscape they live in daily.
They see buildings demolished, trees cut, streams dry up, and species thin out.

Years ago, I was involved with Save the Whales, educating grade school children to be aware of what was happening to the magnificent giants of the deep - how they were being exploited and driven to extinction.

Our planet is so very fragile and the balance easily upset, as we're all seeing...

In Nairobi, a tiny baby elephant was separated from the herd, no doubt because of poachers.
She lost her way and perhaps looking for water, fell down a well.

She was rescued , along with other orphans and is being tended to and nourished. Her name is Naipoki (her name means "something painted) in Maa.

Recently, I adopted baby Naipoki and will get updates on her progress, until she, like others before her, is successfully returned to the wild.

Sometimes a little act can have 'elephant size' effects.

I hope she does well...


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Plein air painter - we're very fortunate

St. Lucia, West Indies

American Contemporary plein air painter.

We're in a unique position as outdoor painters, to reach out and touch people's lives, when they see us painting on location. We interact with people, curious about why we're on a street corner painting or truly interested in art and appreciative to watch.

We're given unsolicited advice and stories about their Uncle Bob who painted pictures and their very talented niece who is only 6 but loves to draw.

People are fascinated with seeing an image appear, almost like magic on a canvas that starts with just a few brushstrokes. After all, we are abstract artists (all of us) starting a tree with a stroke here and there.

We're able to take a 3 dimensional scene and hopefully transfer the essence of it to a 2 dimensional surface with enough mystery to enable the artist to get lost in the scene and pass on this state of mind to the observer.

I was just thinking this morning how incredibly fortunate visual artists are. A poet or a songwriter or musician, can reach masses but, can't put an original work in a public space with the purpose of having someone fall in love with it and take it home...we touch peoples lives, one work at a time..