Intuitive Painting and Movement Retreat: Presented by the Atlantic Center for the Arts and Laura K. Bohn

Inutitive Painting Retreat 2018

Treat yourself to a holistic, playful, and beautiful environment free from distractions where you can play with mark making in paint to explore personal expression and hush your inner critic.

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Come spend the weekend painting, hiking, doing yoga, and stay on campus at the beautiful Atlantic Center for The Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

You can come for one or two days, spend the night or not. Add on meals made by our chefs. Design your weekend!

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To read more about me, Laura Bohn click here.

To learn more about retreat click here http://atlanticcenterforthearts.org/event-or-exhibition/intuitive-painting-and-movement-an-arts-and-wellness-retreat/

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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

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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SpArtdolls.jpgThe doll could represent self or the other or could represent a personal or universal archetype.

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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Art and a Trip to San Miguel De Allende

At the beginning of the  year my husband asked if I wanted to go to New Orleans for our 20th anniversary in July.  I said New Orleans in July?  Way too hot and it would be  like having no escape from the summer heat here in Florida. Besides, I told him, I am going to San Miguel De Allende for an art workshop in July…..

So, my husband asked if I was going to celebrate our anniversary without him. Ha ha, no we would celebrate as I would return in time. I just needed to do this trip.

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Artists have been going to San Miguel De Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico since the 1930’s.  San Miguel De Allende is a colonial city at the heart of Mexico’s independence from Spain.  Miguel Hidalgo, declared Mexico’s independence from Spain in the nearby town of Dolores in 1810. In San Miguel, General Allende helped lead the army to victories.

In 1938, Felipe Cossio del Pomar (Peruvian artist) established San Miguel’s first art school and the rest is history. Today there are many art schools, workshops, classes and galleries!

After years of being a teaching artist, a mom of two children with the youngest in high school, I have been dreaming of doing in artist workshop in a foreign country. I wanted to visit another culture and be inspired by new colors, themes, language, etc.  Furthermore, I have been practicing my Spanish via Duolingo so I could at least attempt conversations and show some respect by trying to learn the language.

Also, I wanted to do this because of spending three years in grad school becoming an art therapist!  I graduated with my masters of art in art therapy in December of 2014 and it was grueling and my passion.  I worked at a mental health center as an intern for the year of 2014 and just needed some real artistic inspiration.

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Culturally, there are a lot of Americans and Canadians who visit San Miguel De Allende. I read that twenty percent of residents are expatriates and a lot of them artists.  For me, I wanted to not only practice my Spanish but be respectful of the culture and try to converse with locals in their language.  I tried to be polite, not entitled, and tried to learn about the culture. I had some very interesting conversations with locals and really need to go back since I was barely getting started.

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