Our painting marathon was the next layer in our creatively fit coaching with Whitney Freya we had a painting marathon. 10 paintings on the one canvas! This was a great exercise in the elements of design -CONTRAST . UNITY . BALANCE . PROPORTION . HARMONY . REPETITION . RHYTHM . EMPHASIS – Our life design
These elements help to enhance your painting practice and gain awareness and greater insights into your life. Painting this way is a great self awareness tool and practicing the art of detachment. I can say that every painting I did on the canvas brought back a memory, thoughts, self realization and of course inspiration.
Some were easy and some frustrating, but working through them brought me out of the other end brimming with ideas and energy.
The first painting was an inner child painting. Like we did when we were little. Connected to the child that needs to play!
Contrast: The sunflower – Opposite colours, black/white – dark and light next to each other bring contrast onto the painting. What is your contrast at the moment?
Unity- I painted with continuous circles and similar colours on my canvas, and connected with a fellow coach in Malaysia over skype, it was good to paint together this way and support each other. That was unity in its self.
Balance – this was an interesting exercise were we used torn paper on the canvas. I found a newspaper page cutting about an emu that couldn’t fly (keeping the Aussie theme). With some insights I realise that is where I feel I am at present- clipped wings. So I took off the ‘emu’ and put ‘yes’ over what looked like a plane or a bird. So I left ‘yes’ & ‘fly’. This brought up a memory from long ago about an emu eating our lunch in a park!
Proportion I found this fun and the easiest to do. Proportions around the nautilus shell in steps/proportions of your life to the steps to make to your dreams come true.
I started in the middle from the heart, to the outside. Then all the dots related to the people coming to the studio.
By this time I had a few ideas coming through the idea about ’createvision’ workshops with all the steps and ideas that came with it. I was excited, manifestation has always been a fascination for me and sometimes easy. I would like to help others create what they desire through the art process, with visualization, anchors, colour and creating a painting to anchor those feelings.
Harmony: This was my spiral with inks and pastels. A fun one with lots of energy.
Repetition: This as a fun process to faint with my fingers. I love painting with my hands. I probably create the best paintings that way. This one was full of colours and dots.
Rhythm: I painted a heart over the finger painting dots creating rhythm
Emphasis: At this time I was painting the community canvas. Creating with all the lovely marks that all visiting clients, artists and friends had made on a big canvas at the opening night of the studio and in various classes. It is still up in the studio- Come and have a look.
The 10th painting was to help had the most meaning to me and was for my for creating abundance. He wanted me to paint an eagle flying which represented freedom. The energy that I felt when painting this was quite profound and uplifting in so many ways. So much appreciation and loving feelings came through. It took my breath away.
I have always had that intuitive and spiritual connection. I would like to do this for others through the art process.