May 3,2013

May 3 2013

I decided to do what I ask others to do in my classes: to go the edge of their comfort zone and surrender to creative flow—moment by moment—again and again.

A friend of mine put together a creative challenge of “A Poem A Day For The Month Of May”.  This is done through a group page on Facebook so we can all see each other’s poems and comment if we want—not critique.  They provide a prompt, which we can follow or not. I was scared.

A couple of years ago, I received some negative criticism over some writing I had done that I had gotten pretty invested in.  Because this came from someone I trusted and respected, I let it completely deflate my confidence in my abilities to express through the written word.  This extended to writing these blogs, newsletters, emails and Facebook postings.  The cold stone reminder in my gut that my flaws were exposed nagged at me incessantly.

This experience was a big reason for me do dig deeply into the Enneagram–To see the inner workings of myself clearly so that I could get out of that painful box–and to learn about my family and friends so that I never take things so personally again.

It has been a wonderful learning tool and I will finish teaching my first class on Sunday.  It felt like a practice class, which it was and I learned so much from the willing participants.  I used some visual art experiential techniques because I so believe that having an actual experience solidifies the learning.  One student said, “I feels a lot like Shiva Sana at the end of a yoga work out.”  Perfect—Integtration.

So I have been bringing my coffee to my chair every morning for three mornings and allowing whatever would come and written a poem a day for three days. These are not intended to be perfect; just honest expressions of the moment in time.  The same as I ask of my students.  No judgment from myself or anyone else.  Twenty-eight poems left.  Risk worth taking.  I love it!

Here are the first three:

1

Excitement and dread

Perch precariously

On this morning precipice

In asymmetrical balance

Taking turns

Asking me to risk

Flight or falling

 

2  Reflection From Childhood

Dig deep

All summer day

Finally fill it

With the garden hose

And get in.  AAAH!

Wallowing with worms

Smearing mud everywhere

But teeth and Eyes

Ring the doorbell

BIG SURPRISE!

3 Haiku

Cascading color

Anchor for summer garden

Mysterious Wisteria

 

Manifesting Angels Workshop

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Recently, I worked with a group of about a dozen girls who are part of the Children’s Advocacy Center’s teen mentoring program.  The generous and creative Anna Loeffler provides various frequent programs for the girls with the understanding that personal expression in the visual arts is a safe yet powerful way for the girls to speak their truth and in turn learn about themselves in a symbolic and profound way.

Our focus that day was Manifesting Angels. What is it that you want to manifest in your life at this time? And, of course, in order to have the help of an Angel, you must only ask and they will gladly lend a hand. I explained to them that in order to manifest or bring noticeable change into being, their job is to first have the thought, then the feeling that it already exists and finally to take action.

Once they thought and felt what they wanted, they worked intuitively to find images from magazines, which supported those.  They cut background shapes from sheets of foam core and then cut and glued their images onto the shape.  There were lots of embellishments available also: feathers, beads, yarn, clay faces, sequins, etc. They took full advantage.

They worked with enthusiasm and focus.  I was very touched with the way they lent support to one another who was temporarily “stuck”.  There was a loyalty and respect present that was admirable.

It is a powerful reminder that with compassionate guidance and support the wounded and disenfranchised among our youth can find their strength and humanity.  I so respect the work Anna does.

As you can see, the results were fabulous!

CERTIFIED

MARCH 2013 NEWS

My ad for the 2013 Ashland Gallery Guide

My ad for the 2013 Ashland Gallery Guide

CERTIFIED!
As of last week, I am now proudly certified as a teacher of The ENNEAGRAM STUDIES IN THE NARRATIVE TRADITION. Briefly, the Enneagram is a powerful and dynamic psychological and spiritual system that describes nine distinct and fundamentally different patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting. The nine habitual patterns of attention greatly affect every aspect of our lives.
My study of this system has helped build awareness, compassion and acceptance of others and myself through understanding how each of our personalities actually operates. It also offers a concrete focus of attention to get out of our individual “box” that constrains us. I plan to integrate a creative expression component to some of the classes
If you’re curious, you can go to www.EnneagramWorldwide.com to find out more and to take a survey to type yourself.
Classes will begin soon and am still wondering about the class format: One or two day overviews? Nine weekly classes.? Nine monthly classes? Evenings? Weekends? Please let me know your preferences.
THE ROGUE VALLEY BIENNIAL-2013 at the Grants Pass Museum of Art at 229 SW G st. runs from March 1-April 26th. I have a piece of Sculpture in this show. The museum is open Tuesdays-Saturdays from noon-4pm. The Artists will be present on First Friday March 1 and April 5 and for the Opening Reception on March 14th from 6-8pm. It would be great to see you there.
JOSEPHINE COUNTY ART ASSOCIATION will hold it’s Monthly meeting on March 7th and I will be the guest Artist demonstrating my unique painting techniques.
March 2013 Classes!
Doorways To The Soul
Doorways to the Soul classes are designed to inspire you to playfully tap into your authentic creative self. They flow in a supportive, organic and heart centered atmosphere where the focus is on the process instead of product. By using a combination of spontaneous methods and reflective insights, you will awaken the ability to render your true feelings into Art. It is pure alchemy of heart and hand, which equals nothing short of magic.
Intuitive Painting
Experience and experiment with a variety of non-threatening painting processes. Artists who want to create with renewed enthusiasm as well as inexperienced artists will be delighted
Saturday, March, 3rd, from 1-4pm. $45. Materials included

Manifesting Angels
Celebrate this Vernal Equinox time of welcoming the light back into our days. This is a time of bringing our dreams into reality. Manifesting change in our lives requires feeling, thought, word and action. Do you want prosperity, love, joy, health…? Come and create your personal manifesting angel and your heart’s desire.
Saturday March 16th from1-4 pm. $45. Materials included.

Mandala
The sacred circle of the mandala provides a window to the soul. It reflects the essence of who we really are, our authentic self. The creation of a personal mandala can help balance and heal body, mind and spirit while manifesting creative energy and optimism.
Saturday, March 23rd from 1-4 pm. $45, materials included.

You can register and pay with PayPal by using the “playdates “ page on my website at www.evemargowithrow.com or call me at 541-772-6888.

New Directions

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intuitive painting class,Ann, Eve

 

New Directions

For the past few years, I have become increasingly interested in the study of the Enneagram as a path to positive change in integrating the personal and spiritual aspects of my life.  In this past year my focus has been on Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition, which incorporates learning about the Enneagram through people speaking from their own experiences of mind, heart and body.  It is this direct experience that facilitates deep understanding and change.

As a facilitator of creative emergence over the last 40 years, my approach has always been that change takes place when we can get out of our own way and let that essential creative part of our being express itself.  I have not only experienced the freedom and joy of this process for myself but in hundreds of my students.  I believe that we cannot manifest change in our lives unless we ultimately take an action beyond thought and feeling in support of that change.

Next week, I will be getting my certification as a teacher of the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition.

The potential for personal growth in the marriage of “Art and the Enneagram” is an exhilarating prospect.

Watch for information about classes coming soon!

 

Finished Life Mask: Creativity classes and workshops with Eve Margo Withrow

Life Masks

Create and embellish a life mask from your own face and allow it to communicate the innumerable messages secreted within.  This process will require one session to create the mask structure and a second session to paint and embellish them.

Sunday, February, 17th, from 1-4 pm.

Sunday, February 24th, from 1-4 pm.  $90 for both sessions. Most materials included.

 

Previously advertised Intuitive Painting is offered the first Sunday of each month .

Please check my blog page and calendar on my website at www.evemargowithrow.com or call me at 541-772-6888. 

 

Register for Upcoming Classes and Workshops with Eve Margo Withrow


Shrine: Creativity classes and workshops with Eve Margo WithrowThe Shrine

Remember and reconnect to what is sacred in your life by creating a reliquary to honor them.  We will build architectural altars from cigar boxes and collage them with images that enhance, enliven and deepen our lives.  Bring pictures of people, places or things you care to include to personalize your creation.

Sunday, January 20th, from 1-5 pm.

$45. Most materials included.

 

Life Mask in Progress: Creativity classes and workshops with Eve Margo WithrowLife Masks

Create and embellish a life mask from your own face and allow it to communicate the innumerable messages secreted within.  This process will require one session to create the mask structure and a second session to paint and embellish them.

Finished Life Mask: Creativity classes and workshops with Eve Margo Withrow

Sundays, February 17th and 24th, from

1-4 pm.

$90 for both sessions. Most materials included.

 

Intuitive Painting: Creativity classes and workshops with Eve Margo WithrowIntuitive Painting

Experience and experiment with a variety of non-threatening processes. Artists who want to create with renewed enthusiasm as well as inexperienced artists will be delighted.

First Sunday of each month through April.

Cost: $40 per class.   Most materials included.

Please check my blog page and calendar on my website at www.evemargowithrow.com or call me at 541-772-6888.

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Tidal Eye

Tidal Eye

Horray!

I have had four paintings selected for the “10th Annual Color: Bold/Subtle Juried Online International Art Exhibition” at the Upstream People Gallery.

The exhibition will debut worldwide on December1, 2012 at www.UpstreampeopleGallery.com.  This show will be featured for one month and then moved to the “Archive” section of the web site.  The exhibition will run for a complete 12 months.  The gallery enjoys a phenomenal global viewership with multi-million views since inception.

You may remember that I won an award at this gallery in 2010 with my “Alaska” series I did after my life-changing trip in Alaska.  Those paintings can be seen on my website at www.evemargowithrow.com.

A reminder:  I am teaching Intuitive Painting the first Sunday of the month here at my home studio.  The next class is Sunday, December 2nd from 1-4pm.  The cost is $45 including most materials.  The painting processes are different each session.

I will also be teaching the second of four “Doorways to the Soul” classes on Sunday, December 16th  from 1-4pm.  Cost is $45 including materials. “ Manifesting Angels” is the theme.  This is a great chance to focus on what you care to MANIFEST in your life.  It is a fun and powerful experience.  Check my website under the “Learn” section for details.

My Enneagram studies have been intense.  I have completed more than 20 typing interviews and am now ready to interview panels of 4 or 5 people of the same Enneagram type.  If you know your Enneagram type and would like to be a part of these panels, please let me know. 

This is all preparation for my certification in February as a teacher of the Enneagram. Traveling the amazing bridge between personality and spiritual essence is a lifetime journey into the self.  The Enneagram has clarified my path thus far and I am excited about the potential for future personal growth for my students and myself.  Perhaps you will choose to share the journey with me. 

 

 

Doorways to the Soul

Eye of the Divine Feminine

More New Classes!

Doorways To The Soul

Offered by

Eve Margo Withrow

Professional Artist and Veteran Teacher

         Doorways to the Soul classes are designed to inspire you to playfully tap into your authentic creative self.  They flow in a supportive, organic and heart centered atmosphere where the focus is on the process instead of product. By using a combination of spontaneous methods and reflective insights, you will awaken the ability to render your true feelings into Art.  It is pure alchemy of heart and hand, which equals nothing short of magic.

 

Mandala

The sacred circle of the mandala provides a window to the soul.  It reflects the essence of who we really are, our authentic self.  The creation of a personal mandala can help balance and heal body, mind and spirit while manifesting creative energy and optimism.

Sunday, November 18th from 1-4 pm. $45, materials included.

 

Manifesting Angels

Manifesting change in our lives requires feeling, thought, word and action.  Do you want prosperity, love, joy, health…? Come and create your personal manifesting angel and your heart’s desire.

Sunday, December 16th, from 1-4 pm. $45. Materials included.

 

 

 

The Shrine

Remember and reconnect to what is sacred in your life by creating a reliquary to honor them.  We will build architectural altars from cigar boxes and collage them with images that enhance, enliven and deepen our lives.  Bring pictures of people, places or things you care to include to personalize your creation.

Sunday, January 20th, from 1-5 pm. $45. Most materials included.

 

Life Masks

Create and embellish a life mask from your own face and allow it to communicate the innumerable messages secreted within.  This process will require one session to create the mask structure and a second session to paint and embellish them.

Sunday, February, 17th, from 1-4 pm.

Sunday, February 24th, from 1-4 pm.  $90 for both sessions. Most materials included.

 

Previously advertised Intuitive Painting is offered the first Sunday of each month through April. 

Please check my blog page and calendar on my website at www.evemargowithrow.com or call me at 541-772-6888.

Winter Class Offerings

Winter Siskiyou Range

WINTER CLASSES

Offered by Eve


Back by popular demand!

Eve’s Painting Technique

Sunday November 11th from 11am to 4pm.

The cost is $90. Materials are included but feel free to bring anything you’d like to incorporate.

Wear your grubbies and bring lunch or a snack.

                                                Intuitive Painting

First Sunday of each month from 1-4 pm.  A variety of techniques will be incorporated.

Cost: $40 per class.   Most materials included.

Dates:

November 4th

December 2nd

January 6th

February 3rd

March 3rd

April 7th

Contact me at 541-772-6888 or email eveatevemargowithrowdotcom

The Exhale

Purple Spire Majesty

Purple Spire Majesty

Moon Sees Copper Canyon
Moon Within Moon

It has come to me in recent months that working very hard to accomplish my goals really hasn’t worked so very well.  Like a good Enneatype 8, I have been doggedly determined to be a major positive influence in the world.  I’ve pushed for school reform, fought for the underdog and insisted that my students and friends dig deep to find what is truly authentic within and express it creatively. I’ve taught myself thousands of techniques so that I’d have an arsenal of possibilities to offer not only in my own creative processes but for those of my students.  I have frequently threatened to explode from frustration and information overload while navigating the traumatically trying technological minefield.

         Being a conscientious Enneagram student has enabled an awareness of the personality patterns and pitfalls within.  I’ve been so busy taking a deep breath in order to force my way through life that I’ve forgotten to focus on the exhale.  The spaces between the actions, when finally alert to them, offer a deep satisfaction in the now that has escaped me most of my life. This newfound awareness of others and myself has allowed a new acceptance and joy.  In this exhale, my classes are thriving with wonderful people; my paintings are selling; I’m getting an even bigger kick out of my Grand daughter and I had a fabulous time creating 5 new collages this weekend.

         Take pleasure in the exhale.

Moon Connects to Forest Rock

Red River-Tall Tree

Tranquil Overseer

Forward Movement

Oct. 2012

Forward Movement

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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.

 

 

SOSA Layers

 

New Directions

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.