Thank goodness spring is here

Spring is here and and dare I say the footie will be over soon yeah!

I am off down south for a weekend to visit my fellow artist and creative  coach Tanya Cole in Dunsborugh.

Even though we haven't met each other yet, we seem to have a whole lot in common and will have lots to talk about. Lots of painting and chatting + wine,  especially while the grand final is on!

Hopefully come back with a whole lot of inspiration from each other.


  9th Oct

I had a great time at Tanya's. We painted ate lots of chocolate and chatted into the early hours of the morning!


Naked canvas is a painting and creative expression studio in Perth. Our lovely light & bright studio is ideal for the creative arts and exhibitions. At Naked canvas we hold regular classes and workshops throughout the week.

Naked Canvas is a great social painting group for all levels of experience. A group for people who like to paint and create for pleasure and self expression.
We have fun using various mediums on canvas or paper to create your own unique piece of art letting your inner artist come out. I encourage a free style approach which requires no experience. A chance to 'let go' and let the inner child play with colour and texture, a chance to bring out your inner artist.

Beginners I provide a safe environment for you to explore, play & create under my guidance and support.


'Creatively fit' coaching

I started training to be creatively fit coach in May with Whitney Freya.

Creatively fit is a program to help others access their right brain creative mind and balance it with the logical left brain.

To bring out the inner artist we need to access and strengthen the right brain and quieten the left brain inner critic. Which is not that easy sometimes with our fast paced lives. Look at your life as a blank canvas (Naked canvas) and what you want to create in your life right now?

Through a series of creative exercises with awareness brings us back to the artist within.

 Having started the Creatively fit coaching program in May, I have become aware of when my customers in my art group are in their 'right brain'. I can see it just flows, they are happy. I now want to know (this is where my coaching training will come in), how do I take them there again and keep them there in that space? What did I say to take them there?

I had one client who just seemed to let go after the initial start and when she did she stopped giving herself a hard time. She had not painted before that day except for old school days. Which were terrible for most people. Anyway she acknowledged that it was like playing the piano, she said "when you try to hard you stuff up and when you let it flow it just flows like learning to play the piano.

In my first layer of my training my ego says ‘I have done all this before’But in the exercises my right brain side of me played.

Fill a page with colur

Fill a page with colur

In our first lesson was to cover a page with colour. I coloured a page and I picked a glowing pink. Unusual for me. It made me feel nurtured and I even had a little lie down after and snuggled up as it was a cold day. So I suppose the pink made me take care of me.

Then we looked at  These shapes are the Five Universal Symbol

What words came to mind for these symbols for me.    

Circle- What goes around comes around - change

Square - Package, box, contained

Plus sign -   Spiritual sign, safe

Spiral - Freedom and creativity, fun -

Triangle – triangle relationship, 3 sides to every story

List the following shapes in order from your most favorite shape to your least favorite:  Plus sign, Square, Triangle, Circle, and Spiral.

 In order for me….1st Spiral,   2nd circle,   3rd triangle 4th square 5th plus sign 

Found In All Art And How To Use Them writes that these shapes symbolize:

Circle      Square            Triangle              Plus Sign       Spiral

Unity              Foundation              Goal Oriented                   Relationships          go with the flow

                    Earth Energy                  Reaching the                  East v. West  
                    Grounding                             top                              Night v. Day     

The universal survey:  Whichever symbol you listed first, your favorite, symbolizes what is YOUR GOAL RIGHT NOW.  Your second favorite symbolizes YOUR HIDDEN STRENGTH.  

Your third favorite symbolizes WHAT YOU WANT YOUR GOAL TO BE.  Your fourth favorite symbolizes what YOU ARE CONSCIOUSLY IGNORING.  Your least favorite symbolizes what YOU ARE UNCONSCIOUSLY IGNORING. 
So looking at my words to each symbol. I feel my freedom is very important. 
All the other meaning make sense to me. My square is the 4th so yes I need more grounding.  But last is my spirituality and I relationship to it. ! I have let things lapse of late.


In this video we watched  Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor and how after a stroke she experienced the right side to the brain. Its very moving and worth watching. Takes 20 mins 

I had great fun with another exercise of doing a torn paper face
My torn paper face. it was fun. I remember going through the book earlier in the year, and avoiding it!
But today I was on the computer too much doing some research, I made myself stop and do it.
I had fun looking through the magazines and saw two faces I liked. One is like a drawing a child did and a boy with paint on his hands YES! anyway while I was doing it I realized that as a child I wasn’t really encouraged to be creative.
I suppose it shows my love for creative freedom in the bird, my English upbringing with the cuppa tea. But I made my self different with flower earrings.  ( I am a trained florist) The butterfly – a transition right now, with new beginnings  for me. The boy reminds me of my children all boys and how I would have loved to get paint on my hands like that.
The love of underwater, painting and flowers come up. Looking at the light reflects my spirituality.
It was an interesting one to do, and definitely got me into my right brained frame of mind.

In one of our exercises we did a scribble drawing. with whatever is around markers or pastels etc.

                      Torn paper face

                      Torn paper face


This is one of my first scribble drawings. This one  seems to be a celebration as a cocktail glass with olive in it. Also was what looks like me in the blue, looking at it all. She looks pregnant tho!!  But maybe its about new beginnings and birthing something new, as I am taking on a premises for my art business soon.Then I see an eagle over the top. - I have to be careful I don’t sabotage my success.

We will start with one of these in my classes before we paint as it sometimes brings clarity from your unconscious. A  good right brain exercise to work with.

                                                                        Scribble drawing

                                                                        Scribble drawing

1 comment:

  1. Stacie Bebber8 June 2015 at 11:00

    Great informative post! Love seeing the images from the exercises, what potential you are creating!