How To Re-enter The Studio After A Long Break

The Sky is Falling, Anchor the Light, 80x96, 2017

I recently went to Bali for a month, and upon returning, I headed back out my door to teach a workshop in the Bay Area. I am now back, home for five weeks now, and I am just starting to get my feelers back in the studio.

Leaving can be a challenge to any art practice. A friend of mine recently gave me some priceless advice. She said she got it from a movie. I am paraphrasing, but it goes something like this:

Bob, who is a temp in an office, is slacking on his work. His boss says to him one day, "Bob, I notice you have an artistic temperament. You need to go back to your desk, settle down, focus, and catch up." That simple. So that is what I am doing and—surprise!—a finished painting came this week, one that I began after a shamanic journey I did last summer. The journey brought a wise guide to my side who handed me nine pearls to swallow. Why I ask? His response, "The sky is now falling, you need to anchor the light, now go paint.”

Snowing in Santa Fe

The wind is kicking up, and it is snowing on the first day of February.

I have recently had participants inquire about my next intensive workshop to work through barriers or what might seem like dead ends in their art practice.

You might want to check out the lectures on George Land. He states that creativity is actually un-learned in our society. It has been studied that 5-year olds hold more creativity and the ability to think outside of the box more than an adult. This does not surprise me. Having taught adults for twenty years, our main focus is usually on how to recapture the innocence and trust in simple mark-making that we had when we were young. We are quickly moving from the information age to the conceptual age and with that, we need more art-based learning practices to help carry us into our trust to produce more creative problem-solving for our planet!

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What I am offering is a 6-week Skype seminar for those who cannot get away. We meet once a week. I show you what I am doing in the studio, and we work in a mentor fashion. Individual projects with deadlines! You can find this under my workshops.

As for workshops: The Center of The Arts in Jackson Hole Wyoming will be hosting my class, Alchemy of Mixed Media from May 22 to 25.