Welcome to Soul Art

You are complete!

Yes, you ARE complete – exactly as you are and don’t need anything added to you or taken away from you in this moment!

THIS IS MY VISION OF LOVE:

I’m a trained artist with a degree in painting, who has devised a unique system whereby I can help you to unleash the artist within so that you can fall in love with your creative self, as I hold a space for you to transform. I utilise my lifetime experience with abstract painting, Polarity Therapy, infinity healing and non-conceptual awareness to allow you to become aware of your true self and to live from that, thus connecting you to true love and your creative essence!

When I was studying for my Fine Art degree, I felt I wasn’t a very good draughtswoman. My constant self-critisism stopped me from actually concentrating. In the end, I decided to do my own thing and not worry about what I felt were my lack of drawing skills. I discovered a type of painting called Abstract Expressionism and looked at painters like Ian McKeever, Mark Rothko, Maria Chevska, Therese Oulton and Helen Frankenthaler. When I took on this way of painting, suddenly I found people sitting in front of my work meditating! This type of painting takes you into ‘the void’, which is a place beyond form, and before meaning is applied. Even though most art takes us to that place, I found that by not having a narritive, it helps the mind to relax thus enabling you to be more present to what you are doing. Think of those wonderful, huge paintings by Mark Rothko for instance; to me there is colour, mark-making and a mood, rather than fixing you into a narrow band of awareness that a story would give you.

I now treat creativity holistically and add lots of practices, such as meditation, Kashmiri Shaivism and using all the senses. So really, my classes are about conscious creativity, rather than just doing a painting that you can take home with you. It’s a space for experimentation. I’ve discovered that you don’t need anything added to you or taken away from you in this now moment. Can you ‘allow’ this moment, exactly as it is? If you feel you cannot, can you allow that instead? This relaxation and allowance is the return of the feminine and we can just relax because we can’t really mess up. Allow yourself to drop into your own inner-knowing.

I run 2-hour art workshops every month (dates on my Blog or workshops page). I also run an occasional afternoon retreat, where we go into more detail and with more meditation and either painting or jelly printing. The only rule I have at my workshop is ‘no narrative’!!!! When there is no narrative involved, eg, wanting to draw a tree or a house or something, our energy flows more coherently and we can stay for longer in non-conceptual awareness, rather than having constant narration from thoughts. We start by making a mess on lots of pieces of paper, using rags, twigs, sponges and fingers. This helps you to feel you don’t need to get attached to a narrative or analyse what you’re doing. We then do a couple of other exercises, finishing up with a few more ‘concrete’ paintings and taking into account how the painting ‘reads’ etc. David Bingham says that “The mind is given too much attention by us, because we’re told that the mind represents 100% of our consciousness but in reality, the mind represents less than 1% of our consciousness and the rest is non conceptual awareness.” I usually then take an example from an artist who paints in an abstract expressionistic way – eg Joan Mitchell, El Lovaas, or Helen Frankenthaler and we can use aspects of their ideas for the rest of the workshop. For instance, if we look at Joan Mitchell’s Sunflowers, the painting takes into account the memories, feelings, sensations and perceptions of sunflowers, rather than making the painting look like a photograph of the flowers.


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