creative Coaching

Let go and let your creativity shine.

Its not easy to let go when we paint. The fear of being wrong or criticized holds us back. Pleasing people is another big one. I saw a adult who came to pick up her child after a class a few months ago and I saw how her energy changed as she wanted to please the adult and stopped her creative flow.

We get stuck in thinking that we have to be perfect and your art has to be perfect.

But its only a canvas or a piece of paper! These can be painted over. If you dont like what you created what is it saying about you. Sometimes it just doesn't sit right with us and we cant quite work out what it is. Sometimes its adding another layer.

What if it was just a processes of self discovery? What if we liked just playing with colours? The left brain does a lot of the analytical stuff and our self criticism comes out. Sometimes we have to switch that side off, keep going and push through. I see the flow happen after a while clients faces light up and its like the child has come out to play.

I know it in my own painting practice. My partner and I decided we were going to paint at home. He was outside with oil paints and it was a bit cold, so I decided to paint inside. Well I thought what were we doing we should be together painting and enjoying each other company. I saw my thoughts take hold and so the painting was a bit stiff it didn't quite flow and the colours not right. Once I gave up the need for anything to be right and with the help of music it flowed very easily.

I ended up selling that painting very quickly by showing someone.

Sometimes a quick scribble is what we need to get out manic thought out before we start! So scribble away first on paper, get out those frustration of the day and go for it!

You never know the scribble might be a possible next painting idea!

 

 

Connecting to our team spirit with creatively fit coaching.

In our last few exercises in the creatively fit coaching we choose three exercises to complete out of Whitney Freya’s book ‘the artist within’. This was a group support team project, we shared our experiences with each other.

I choose the abstract tiles exercise and ran a class at my studio. It was good fun playing with mixed media on different papers then overlapping them to create small abstract works of art. Lots of other created  ideas came from this. One which you will see in the near future on my website.

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The next exercise was the paper weaving. I had fun with this again it was mixed media on different papers then weaving them into each other. I haven’t quite figured out what to make with them yet. But I like what came out in the end.

The last exercise was creating a mandala. I love creating mandalas and have been doing them for years. Mandalas are a drawing/painting within a circle, they are a reflection                of the self.

I created a bright colourful mandala which was very busy. Which did reflect where I was at the time. So many thoughts and lots to do.

In my personal mandala practice, I always but a date on them and also write down any thoughts that come up. I find that you can change your energy by changing the mandala. Maybe drawing                                                                                            over it again with different marks.

I had a lady create a mandala with me that reflected her situation in a controlling relationship. She didn’t expect it to come out! She realised she had painted the man in her life in the mandala and his eyes were watching her.

I encouraged her to change it and she did. She drew some pink pastel lines and shapes over and around it, which was putting herself onto it. He then looked childlike and not so threatening which made her feel so much better, and of course changed the energy of the situation. Mandalas are very subtle, but they help to shift your energy. 

I have had a great time connecting with fellow coaches all over the world. We share our experiences and support each other. Now I can say I have lots of connections all over the world.