Spring Emergence | Begin Again + Workshop Updates

In progress, 2018

Spring Greetings,

It is my hope all are gracefully emerging out of the hibernation of the winter season.

After having completed a large body of work last fall, along with a full teaching schedule, I have used the last few months to slow my internal pace in contrast to an outside world that has warped into quickening speed bringing more constant anxiety that seems to be the new normal.

As a painter, I search through abstract language to communicate how I experience the world in which I live. My art has evolved and changed over time, and I have grown to depend on my lived experience of the evolution or de-evolution of the world to come through me and onto surface in subtle ways.

Lately, my painting and teaching appears to be asking more of me, and I am not sure what that should look like. But, some deeper questions that have arisen are providing clues:

  • What brings inspiration to all of us in these changing times?

  • What brings deep nourishment and connection?

  • What acts or non-acts can I incorporate into my process and teaching to really listen and
    guide myself and others into more authentic ways of being in the world?

I believe engaging in creativity is a way to know ourselves and others deeply. Painting consistently with a group every Wednesday for the last four years has taught me that. Some participants have served as anchors every week while other visitors have attended from various regions of the world. I have witnessed how the power of creating can bring people closer to their selves and the seat of their souls.

I bear witness to my own painting process, and everyday learning to trust in the “not knowing”, but doing what I can to just show up and stay conscious to the subtle needs of the painting and to those that attend my classrooms. My hope is through this process we may all bring our deepest authentic and courageous selves into the world.

“Dare to not rush any faster than we are ignited from within. Dare to slow into true presence.” —Mark Nepo

Below is a short list of upcoming workshops and Mantecón Studio announcements and registration links are highlighted.

New Virtual Studio Mentorship
Mantecón Studio
Ongoing Wednesday Open Studio 1:30-4:30pm
The Creative Visionary Intensive Saturday March 24 with Catherine Trapani and Lauren Mantecon
Soul Work in Action: Art & Psych June 2 -3 with Nina Ross and Lauren Mantecón
Color Theory: Why Color is Important Lauren Mantecón
Anything Goes: An In-Depth 4-Day Mixed Media and Painting Investigation June 23 -26 with Lauren Mantecón
Abstract Painting with Krista Harris (Full. Please contact Krista for wait list.)
The Space Between: Painting with Intent & Intuition November 1 - 4 with Stacy Phillips and Lauren Mantecón

Weehawken Art Center, Ridgeway, Colorado
Expressive Painting & Mixed Media Techniques May 19 - 20 with Lauren Mantecón

New Work, Exhibits
Muse Gallery Hilton Head, South Carolina, August 2018
Cullowhee Mountain Arts Lake Logan Art Retreat North Carolina, August 20 - 25

Coming Soon! Online Video Tutorials

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.”