I have been pondering what it is I bring to a session of Creativitea Time, and other workshops where I facilitate; encourage, support, hold space for, a group/individual to create a piece of mixed media art.
I began my painting journey 13 years ago when a friend offered to teach me how to paint, I hung out with him over the course of four years, approximately one day per week in the school terms. Little did I know that I was unlocking a buried treasure in me that would change my whole life in the coming years.
I am now a full time artist, I was recently asked “Do you make a living from your art?” , and the truthful answer is, since 2009 “No, I currently don’t, but I am most certainly Living because of my art.”
I spent a lot of 2010,11 and half of 2012 in a state of ‘artist’s block’ this was at times incredibly painful and led to bouts of depressoin as well.. during that time I took several courses, mostly online, I met up with other creative and empowered souls from around the world and that is what has once again saved my Soulful life.
In July of this year I chose to spend the month in New Zealand with my aged parents, it was the rightest thing I have ever done, and unknowingly... the biggest gift I could give myself also. You see, (at the suggestion of a dear friend) during that time I set up an art table in my parents spare room. I spent every spare hour in there creating.. I collaged to my hearts content and learned again to PLAY!
So it is this experience that has lead me to have confidence in making myself available to others, and indeed facilitate a safe and nurturing environment for them to come and enjoy creativity at its purest, for the absolute joy of it.
I am not teaching people how to paint like me, that is not what I am inspired to do, I am offering an experience, an emmersion into a world of colourful possibilties and layers, nourished with good food and pots of tea.
If this speaks to your soul, then I encourage you to come and join me some time for a little Creativitea Time, or if you are not nearby, and would like some ideas of places you can connect with creative people online, drop me a line.
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“There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.”