This was a new experience for me also, to have a younger student with her Mum attend the workshop, they were of course an incredible support to eachother and the transformation we (the other two attendee's and myself) saw on their canvas's was truly magical.
"I feel happy with what I have done, and I am amazed that I could paint what I did."
Jo, her dear Mum said
"Relaxed, tired! A sense of achievement and comfortable that I can go home and play".
It's true, if you will but allow yourself to play in the possibilitea . . . and not be constricted by the inner critic.
*and breath deeply into your belly . . . at least three times* then proceed.
This seems to be one of the current realiteas of the human condition.. to bash ourselves up from the discomfort of our own head. I believe it is vital to speak about this more readily, I experience the same mild anxietea's as my students . . . I can be mystified by my painting, and not quite know where it is going as well.
Instead of bluffing my way through I chose to share that honestea on our Sunday morning check in. I could sense and feel we were all experiencing it, so to bring it out into the open, 'pour some tea and cake onto it' . . . and begin the day anew, was most helpful to us.
Many of my students have not painted very much before. Here's what the lovely Val had to say at the end of day two.
"This workshop was so much fun for a beginner or a more experienced 'artist'. Denise is calm, encouraging and has oodles of patience. Thank you Denise for making the weekend so interesting and rewarding." Thanks, Val
The fourth of my gorgeous guests this weekend was Ann, a fashion designer, she is very skilled at fine art with a focus on perfection . . .
so for her it was a break through to loosen up and feel freer in her artful explorations with her Gypsy'ness.
Here we are pictured with our somewhat exuberant grins celebrating 'we did it' at end of a very special day 2!
I learned to draw a face free hand which I have always wanted to know how to do. I had always traced faces.
And also I achieved the painting myself totally. In the past my teacher has always helped me with my paintings so I was really chuffed this one was completely mine with my essence.
I have learned so much in the weekend workshop on drawing and painting than I had before and that is because of my wonderful teacher Denise.....so thank you for the opportunity to find my art mojo again."
bye for now,
love Denise x
Two opportunitea's this year
to paint your Gypsy'ness
in a 2 day Creativitea Workshop with Denise
we will meet at the Antique Bookstore
at Abbotsford Convent on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd May
please email for a pdf of details for this workshop.
art (at ) denisedaffara.com.au
or visit the web page to read more and register your interest asap.
warmly Denise xo
You may like to join the 'interested list' for the upcoming Gypsy Creativitea online course which is brewing now to be released in the Australian winter time.