The Creative Life
It has been a time of exciting forward movement. Last Monday, I gave a demonstration of my painting and collage techniques to a large gathering of members of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists. My nerves calmed as soon as I began painting. The accompanying dialogue came easily as I shared the experience of being willing to adventure into new creative territory and follow threads of possibility, unattached to the outcome. After all, some of my best paintings are the result of things run amok a few times over. I’ve simply been willing to re-visit the situation with renewed curiosity. The audience began relaxing, laughing and asking questions. I invited them to come close and explore the many textures available in my pile of potential collage ingredients. They were eager to ask how particular patterns were created and to try their hand at assembling pieces into a collage. The atmosphere was alive, open and everyone was having fun. The images shown here are the result of what began that evening.
Someone asked when I could teach my specific techniques realizing that my current Intuitive Painting classes aren’t long enough for that particular process. You bet! Thank you! How about Saturday, September 22nd from 11 am to 4 pm? Cost is $90 including materials.
Another woman asked if I would teach a class in collage: They would bring paintings they felt weren’t successful and I would help to explore other perspectives and create new possibilities. What a fabulous Idea! Thank you! How about Saturday October 6th from 11 am to 4 pm? Cost is $90 including materials.
The new classes are added to the calendar on my website.
My commitment to the study of the Enneagram has deepened with the recent completion of two more classes. I have decided to continue the training and become certified to teach. The next step is to conduct 20 taped interviews and two panels of like types interviews to be evaluated by a mentor/coach. This is a powerful and dynamic personality system that describes nine distinct and fundamentally different patterns of thinking, feeling and acting. Discovering your Enneagram personality type can help you learn how to bring positive change into your life. It can help change the way you relate to yourself and others. It can give you powerful assistance in integrating the personal and spiritual aspects of your life. One of the things I love about this particular school of study is that it is done in the narrative tradition: Meaning that the participants learn by talking about their own experience of type and witnessing others as well.
I’m on the edge of a learning curve getting my equipment ready and preparing to do the interviews. It’s big stuff like “Will my camera actually take a 50 minute video?” and “How do I send the videos to my coach over the Internet or do I just figure out how to put them on a disc and snail mail them?” Many of the people I have asked these seemingly complicated questions of, smile and shake their heads, understanding that I have not moved smoothly into this age of technology.
Just as importantly, I am writing the script for the interviews so that the questions may actually elicit key information in figuring out an individual’s type. Of course, when the interview is over, only the interviewee can make the final determination concerning their type. I’ll just offer a couple of possibilities for them to explore.
Within a week, I should be ready to begin the interviews. I have talked to many of you about being a part of the interview process. There may be others of you who are curious to know their type. Whether we have talked previously or not please contact me to set up a time.
I’ll attend another intensive workshop next February and then be certified and ready to integrate it into the creative flow of my life.