THE MINDFUL ARTIST ARCANA

Arcana/ noun: secrets or mysteries that the alchemists sought to discover.

Creative alchemy & mindful art practices for aspiring and experienced artists

In this series of articles I share my experience and my inspiration as a multi media artist, creativity coach & mentor, expressive art teacher & art therapist.


The Art of Deconstructing

Pushing the boundaries of our art practice towards new territories: surrealism, deconstruction, dream and imagination.

“Dreams call from the imagination to the imagination and can be answered only by the imagination.” James Hillman in The Dream and the Underworld

Like many contemporary artists today I am witnessing how cultivating a “surrealist attitude” and practicing the art of deconstructing are becoming key to further my exploration with analog & digital mix-media art making.

Deconstructing and re-constructing our artistic process is a practice that can help us break through the known, through pre-conceived ways and ideas to uncover fresh innovative possibilities.

Read my full article below on the relationship between dreams and deconstruction and how we can transfer some of that high creativity to our art practice.


Intention, Accident and Emergence in Hands-on and Digital Art Making

“Emergence is the spontaneous arising of novel and coherent structures, patterns and properties within chaos during the process of self-organization in complex systems” Jeffrey Goldstein

Weaving the intentional and the accidental in my art making is a never ending source of inspiration. I experience a state of exhilaration when I am patient enough to let a dialogue unfold between generating beauty through accidents/chaos/irrational moves and intentionally accompanying the shaping of novel structures or harmonic patterns within the chaos. When this dialogue leads the art making “the third” emerges and the work starts shaping in renewed unexpected and uplifting ways. 

This is like tasting for a moment the effortlessness of the Zen master ...

Click in the link below to read how weaving the accidental and the intentional in your art making can nourish your creative process.


Art Materials, Metaphors and Imagination

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Albert Einstein

I have just been facilitating my MIX MEDIA & IMAGINATION workshop. I feel grateful to hold this profound and yet so playful creation space.

Mix media as a form of art making combines, collages and assembles an array of art materials. That means the artist needs to start collecting his/her “attractors” to create with. Attractors can be images, photographs, words or any kind of objects that lay forgotten or unnoticed around us and yet seam to be calling us silently. These art materials become our well of inspiration. Learning to listen to them with all our senses and respond to their inner life provides a natural starting point for creation.

... Click in the link below to read how mix media techniques can engage your imagination and inspire your creation.


The Wonder of Starting a Painting

I have been facilitating this month my workshop JUST PAINT and I want to share some inspiration for you to experience with.

There is so much joy and pleasure in expressive painting, so much possible exploration and discovery. While I am working a lot with digital tools as an artist I found painting one of the most natural and resourcing artistic practice to get in touch with my inner creator. When I invite my observer in the experience I get a direct mirror of my inner landscape, my emotions, my patterns, habits, impulses, and thoughts.

Now could there be anything more daunting and exciting than contemplating a blank canvas when you are about to start painting?

..... click in the link below to read more about how to make the best of this precious moment and get more tips  for your painting practice.


Art & Mindfulness Evolutionary Tools for the 21st Century?

Imagine if artistic expression could be reclaimed as everyone’s birthright to give us new ways to adapt and evolve in the 21st century! Could art & mindfulness help us find new answers to the challenges of our time?

As we try to maximize control, results and efficiency, the level of complexity, incertitude and unpredictability is increasing as fast as the speed of change. As if the more we are trying to control the world, the more our own creations might get out of control!

How can we adapt to extreme changes? Is creativity an answer?

....... click in the link below to read the full article and find out why the practice of the arts can offer some essential and powerful ways to expand our consciousness.


Where does your art come from?

We humans have found natural joy in dancing, acting, painting, sculpting, singing and making music since the dawn of our civilization. We have engaged in art infused rituals to celebrate the cycles of life, conjure healing and pray to the Gods. 

When wanting to awaken the artist within we need to come back to the essence of art, which is our natural human response to beauty, mystery and the aesthetic dimension of life. This exhilarating connection is our well of vitality, meaning and inspiration. The way of the mindful artist resides in the cultivation of an embodied and curious presence to life that opens a direct connection to the universal creative source.

......... click in the link below to read the full article and find out how we can cultivate our first & essential skill as mindful artists ...

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