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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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Believe in the Creativity of Your Soul

Expressive Art Journaling

Background Pages and then what?

Hi artists!

As some of you know I have been facilitating expressive art journaling classes for awhile now.

Self expression is what it is all about in art journaling.  So, what about all those fun background pages we have created with by playing with paint?

Yes, painting background  is a wonderful way to get rid of the blank page and have fun intuitively creating color combination, movement, swirls, stamps, stencils, you name it!

And, so with some pages we have to wait patiently for the right images and/or words to go with it.  And then some pages maybe no clue?

How bout one word?  One image?  If you have no trouble at all filling your pages with images and words that give purpose and meaning your page and your intent, then keep going!  When you just don’t feel like an image can fit try writing one word.

In my case I wrote believe on the right page and sing on the other. And then I just let those words sit for awhile.

Reflect, wait until the next words come.  We don’t have to strain for it.  There will be more words if necessary.

Try your handwriting or printing in pencil first and then simply use a pen/marker on top.

Stamping or stenciling letters is another choice.

Believe!  After reflection I will write what comes next. Perhaps it will say

believe in the creativity of your soul…..

Here is the link to my next expressive art journaling class as community outreach at

Atlantic Center for the Arts

Harris House

in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

 

Feel free to comment or share about your journaling experiences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing the Processes I love

 Hi You Guys! 
Since I have been teaching Intuitive Painting I have learned so much and yet I 
am still a beginner. How could that be?
Painting intuitively starts with boldly playing on canvas and letting the painting arise.  
Abstract Expressionists have known this for a long time. 
Carl Jung worked this way.
All that you need is a canvas or board and some acrylic paint. First layer, simply
make marks in all cool colors or all warm. 
If you want to know more leave a comment and I will write more! 
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The Art of Self Discovery

 Intuitive Painting

How do you express your creativity while expressing your authentic self?

Do you write poems, cook, garden, run marathons?  While doing certain activities that we are in a state of grace or flow doing, we enter a relaxed state where answers to our lives may become available.

If I am paying attention to the moment of applying a turquoise wash and how it flows on the surface, I can later reflect on what it means in my life.

I step back and realize how nature has the ability to sooth me.  I think of swimming in the turquoise springs and how I can balance my life.

This moment to moment awareness and stepping back to reflect is a constant dance in understanding authentic self expression.

What do I do if my paintings are representing ugly emotions?  I also observe those emotions and let them go by. I can take a break and learn why I am experiencing those emotions.

Then continue on and let some of the layers of those angry or fearful emotions show through in my work or continue on and paint over them.

There is no right or wrong way to paint intuitively.

What if you are a trained artist who  is constantly critiquing your own work?

Intuitive painting works for both non-artists and trained artists. Why?

I recently painted a commission of a horse in which frustration was a part of creating a quality based artwork.   I remember thinking I just wantunnamed-3 to play with paint and need a break from this hard work.  So, that is why I would put the horse painting to the side and pick up a blank canvas and play.

Playing with paint was exactly what I needed to bring back my sense of joy and to work through emotions.

Another way this can work is when you have artist’s block and don’t know what to paint.

If you are a painter, there is no excuse not to paint if you do not know what to paint as you can simply play with paint.

I use acrylic paints to play as they dry quickly and I can keep layering them.

If you have tried this type of painting let me know your thoughts.  Intuitive painting or process painting is a method used by art therapists and healing artists. Some abstract painters also have discovered this through experimentation.

I am presently facilitating intuitive painting workshops at the Atlantic Center for Arts Harris House in New Smyrna Beach, Florida every Saturday in February of 2016 as part of their community outreach art and wellness program.

For details & registration call 386-427-6975 x: 23 or ktimmons@atlanticcenterforthearts.org. Classes will be $15 for materials

 

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Therapeutic Art Doll Workshop

 

December 4th I had the privilege of facilitating a therapeutic and healing art doll workshop.  Also called a spirit doll, this doll was created for the purpose of empowering women through creative self expression.

First, I practiced creating clay faces and figures as the wise woman, grandmother spirit, mother archetype, spirit of nature doll, and dolls that have yet to express who they are.

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Materials were branches, moss, shells, beads, feather, repurposed and fabric remnants, clay faces, nuts, seeds, and more!

Here are some examples of participants work.

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