Big Sur

A few years I traveled with my husband to Big Sur for the first time.  The Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most beautiful traveling highways I have ever been on.  I took a photo while I was there and here is the result being this painting of Big Sur.

I don’t know exactly where the road has been washed out in the huge landslide but now that the part of the highway is buried under tons of rocks the landscape has changed and man has to figure out how to change with it.

Anyway, I have enjoyed having this painting with me and I want to share this painting so it is available on Etsy so check it out.  Payment plans available so send me a message with any inquiry at all.

Enjoy!   Click here on LaurasPaintbrush for more information.

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Intuitive Painting Retreat

Greetings Friends,
Let me start by telling you that for me drawing and painting has been one of the most rewarding creative practices I have ever experienced. Besides family, nature, and visiting new places, I love spending time creating.
I am so excited to share this new Intuitive Painting Retreat at  The Atlantic Center for the Arts with you.

Atlantic Center for the Arts is a a 69-acre ecological preserve on the edge of pristine Turnbull Bay, the Atlantic Center for the Arts provides a tranquil yet stimulating setting that inspires artists from around the world to rejuvenate, collaborate and create. Envisioned and founded by environmentalist, painter and sculptor Doris Leeper in 1977, the artists-in-residence facility brings talented artists together to work with distinguished masters in the fields of visual, literary, performing and musical arts.

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Whether you are a beginner painter or a seasoned artist
creating a portfolio, intuitive painting is a way to explore the abstract, the imaginative, the experimental, and the deeply satisfying unfolding of the creative practice in action.

Come explore the beautiful campus of the Atlantic Center for the Arts for this wonderful two day weekend retreat.

 

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The first day we will have yoga available taught by Ella Ran.  We have delicious meals to add on if you wish. We will also have rooms available to spend the night if you want to enjoy painting in the evening in the studio!  For those who stay overnight in our on-campus rooms, you will be able to enjoy the healing musical sounds of the Pan-Drum while in the studio in the evening played by the wonderful musician Danny Sorenson.  Headphones are also welcome!

On our second day we will have an early morning sound-walk available with musician and sound-editor Eve Payor.  Then we can continue with painting and learn how to take the painting to the next level on the second day or continuing with experimentation.
Please join me for an exciting weekend retreat at the main campus of the Atlantic Center for the Arts at the Painting and Sculpture studios August 5, and 6th.

We will be utilizing both the painting and sculpture studios.

For more details scroll down to link.
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For more details on how to register link here

Spring and the Hickory Tree

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Hi Friends,
So every year in our backwoods just before Spring,
the leaves of our Pignut Hickory tree unfold as if they are flowers! The new leaves appear pink before fully opening and turning green! This is so fascinating to me. Below I have documented the photo of the event. Above is my original painting of it. This Pignut Hickory Tree is native to Florida so I also included the native Zebra butterfly.

Anyone else find this fascinating?

Here is he original photo I took.

More at lauraknapikbohn.com

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Expressive Art Journaling for Self-Care and Fun! Art Journal Your Archetypes

Art Journaling: Personal and Universal Archetypes

Archetypes are universal symbols/metaphors that influence or shape our experience. Jung called them “inherited thought patterns”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archetype
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In this next expressive art workshop, we will explore who we are in relation to archetypes.
If you enjoy storytelling, myth, and art, you will enjoy creating an archetypal art journal spread!
Have you been feeling like an angel, queen, a fool, the giving mother, the martyr,
the survivor, the warrior, the traveler, or the gypsy?
What about a wizard, goddess, Native American archetype? Characters from fairytales, history, literature? The list goes on and on.

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Have fun exploring those themes by simply printing an image of an archetype to bring, or print an image of yourself to transform on a journal page.
Personal archetypes are the ones you create. Make one up! Or, no clue?
Just come anyway and receive a journal to play and explore in or bring your journal from a previous class and receive five dollar discount for this class.
You can find the most amazing vintage images online and just print a couple options for class. Whether you are relating to a queen or a fool, you can learn from your archetype.
The above is an image that I found of the Queen Artemesia who was a warrior for the Persian people.
I can change her into a warrior for peace, environment or however I can.
I can paint on the sealed printed image, add words, etc. Here is the photo. I can google wise woman and have a lovely mature wise woman image. The sky is the limit people!
Click atlanticcenterforthearts.org/event-or-exhibition/first-thursdays-expressive-art-journaling-for-self-discovery-and-stress-release-6/
to reserve your spot or you can also email Laura at bohnlaura1@gmail.com for inquiries or to reserve your spot for tomorrow’s workshop at Harris House.

 

 

 

A Day in the Life

A Day in the LIfe is my latest painting based on a lovely banana bloom I once witnessed while eating ice cream in New Smyrna Beach under this tree. Years later while painting it, I went to the kitchen to see a red rat snake peeking out from behind our refridgerator! So, the snake is now in the painting!

Here is online gallery link to size and details.

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Peace and Coziness

I don’t know about you but I am definitely wanting a little peace and coziness this time of year so I can catch up on some reading.

I cherish a delicious novel and have one I have started but think I will share some books that are non-fiction and related to my work as an art therapist.

There are some fantastic books out there on healing arts, art therapy, authentic art expression, and the list goes on.  Right now I am very interested in authentic movement guiding the art process so one of the books I am reading is Imagination in Action written by art therapist Shaun Mcniff!  He uses mindfulness to slow down and be in the moment while not judging the physical acts of movement and creating.

Mindfulness and the Arts Therapies also uses this moment to moment mind, body, spirit connecting to bring about creative awareness! I am in awe of these methods and have started using them in my workshops.unnamed-3.jpg

If you are an art therapist or work with these methods as an artist leave a comment so we can have a conversation.  The other books on this list are equally enlightening but won’t go on anymore as you can look them up for yourselves if interested and on a journey to trust the process in your spiritual path through the healing arts. More at creativewellartstudio.weebly.com

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Painting Process

Hi Friends,

Here is one of my latest paintings. I live in Florida and a few months back I saw the last magnolia flowers fall off our front yard Magnolias. I missed their fragrant blooms and so continued their lovely bloom with a tribute in paint!

I have been exploring adding collage and paint to my art journal but have been a bit afraid of adding collage elements into my paintings on canvas even though I add them to paintings on board.

So, I managed to add a little collage to this one, including the scientific name of the flower

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This painting is now featured at De La Vegas restaurant in downtown DeLand, Florida.

It is also available on Etsy

 

Second Transformative Painted Collage Portrait

Here is my second transformative painted collage portrait.

In these workshops, I have participants bring in an image to transform.  They can print an image of a loved one, archetype, hero, etc and add scraps, words and a lot of paint.

First step is to either cover printed image with gel medium or matte Modge Podge to make it strong enough to paint on.

While it is drying we simply play with paint and textures on the background and add bits of collage that will peak through the paint.

Finally, words or other imagery can be added to help build a story around image. 14088669_1097490346953949_4322704024362644634_n-1.jpgFor more information on upcoming classes visit  expressiveartsstudio.weebly.com and artwork at lauraknapikbohn.com

 

Transforming the Collage

As an artist/art therapist creating art as wellness workshops, I research art therapy directives with a basis in mindfulness based art therapy. For this directive, I was to transform a portrait that was either a part of the self, archetype, loved one, or simply a character that relates to meaning in my own life.  I of course, worked on my own before I facilitated the workshop for others.

I started with deep breathing and relaxation, I have learned to relax and focus while choosing images to work with as we do in the workshops.  When I found this image of a girl in National Geographic, she was supposedly a generated representation of a future young lady of mixed ethnic heritage as the norm in America.  I thought she was stunningly beautiful and it reminded me of the beauty that comes out of two people loving each other from different backgrounds. It also reminded me of all the prejudices some of my friends went through when they were involved in relationships that were not accepted by others and they resulted in beautiful children who were trying to find their place in the world. And so I just wanted to transform those prejudices into something beautiful into acceptance and love.

While working, on this piece, I let it evolve naturally. I used paint, printed images, and words to transform this piece.  I started painting on the image for fun and the results were simply from playing with paint.

The words in the finished work are from Maya Angelou who eloquently states…

“I can be change by what happens to me but I refuse to be reduced by it”

for more information go to expressiveartsstudio.weebly.com