It's my birthday! What better way to celebrate than to give a special shout out to the FearLESS artists attending my upcoming retreat in Costa Rica November 14-19, 2021 at Imiloa Institute?!
My father's unexpected death had an unprecedented effect on me. I realized that there were many experiences I wanted to have, but had not made any effort in making them a reality.
A FearLESS Abstract Painting Retreat in Costa Rica was on the list, and I am thrilled that the retreat has nearly SOLD OUT.
Painting on location opens up new and unique opportunities for creative expression (my expertise!). We will be channeling the 5 GREAT ELEMENTS OF NATURE to help us paint "FearLESS"
1. EARTH: USE LOCAL MATERIALS FOR TEXTURE
Earth represents stability, permanence, and rigidity. Infusing the environment into our work (sand, dirt, palm fronds, etc.) to make texture is a great way to see the painting as a journal entry and to tell a story about a place.
2. WATER: SWIM WITH THE CANVAS
Water characterizes change due to its flow and movement. By wrapping the canvas around our bodies and submerging ourselves in ocean water, we "embrace change" and surrender to the eternal flow of life.
3. FIRE: BONFIRE CEREMONY
Fire is the power to transform, burn, and purify. How are your intentions driving your experience? We will use coals from the bonfire as drawing tools on our canvas.
4. AIR: PAINT BLINDFOLDED
In the mind, the thoughts and their constant motion is well represented by Air. Painting is a lot more fun when we surrender and relinquish control.
5. SPACE: BODY TRACE
Ether is the space in which everything happens. Tracing our bodies (or parts of our bodies) on the canvas, is a great way to approach a large canvas, see the canvas as your mirror and create an abstract self-portrait.
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