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by Kristen Andersen | June 18 | @theartstudiony

Anna Chatsisvili

Anna has been taking painting and drawing classes since childhood, until she stopped at some point to focus on her conservatory studies and career in Pharmaceutical Sciences. One day, the Biotech company she was working for organized a painting workshop. This workshop reminded Anna of how much she enjoys painting. Leading Anna to pick up her paint brushes and start painting again. Anna’s family has been super supportive of her artistic journey– her sister being her biggest fan, fondly remembering Anna’s childhood paintings. Anna’s parents bought Anna’s first huge tripod, and her partner gifted her an online advanced painting course with us at The Art Studio New York as a Christmas present.

“Painting has enriched my life with creativity and inner peace.” 

Time and Space Distorted, by Anna Chatsisvili

This online class that Anna was given is Rebecca Schweiger’s advanced online painting class. Anna has been a student with The Art Studio NY since March 2021. Anna says, “I think it is great that I am able to join an art class in New York City from my home-based atelier in The Netherlands!” Being the only European in the class, Anna has found great pleasure in meeting people from across the world with the same passion for painting. 

“The class gives me a sense of community, structure, and energy”

Shades of Green, Anna Chatsisvili

Some of Anna’s favorite painters are Klimt, Tsereteli, Akhvlediani, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, and Renoir. Anna’s mother has cultivated her love for painting since a very young age. “She enrolled me in painting classes, and when I was 10 years old, she got me an amazing encyclopedia of art history – I still love those books!” Anna also fondly remembers her middle school art teacher who taught her a lot of new techniques and inspired her to paint.  

Network, by Anna Chatsisvili

When asked how the pandemic has affected her art practice, Anna shares that it has given her the opportunity to devote more time to painting. It has also taught her to appreciate the things that we take for granted in life. The hardest part of the pandemic for Anna has been the uncertainty. Anna shares that she “feels excited and creative before art class, fulfilled and uplifted afterwards.  I also find it very fun to prepare my own colors – I only get the basic colors (yellow, red, blue, white and black), and create the rest myself.”

The Tree, by Anna Chatsisvili

 

“Rather than just a hobby, painting is a need for me, a way of meditation and self-expression. When I paint, I lose the sense of time. Is painting my ikigai? Probably.”  

 

                                

               Metekhi Church at Dusk                                          Eternal Flow                                                   You and I 

Sign up for a LIVE online art class today! We have classes for adults, teens, and kids. The Art Studio NY’s nurturing style of teaching is perfect for beginners. Engage with some of New York’s top rated artists and mingle with students who share a similar passion for art.

by Kristen Andersen | June 9 | @theartstudiony

For Bari, by Jeannie Blaustein

The radiant florals & shades of pink juxtaposed the circular & linear patterns of the azure pottery are what makes Jeannie Blaustein’s For Bari truly stand out. The story behind the artwork is what captivates us. 

Bari Moss (left) holding For Bari, gifted to her by fellow artist and The Art Studio NY student, Jeannie Blaustein (right)

 

As Jeannie’s good friend Bari Moss’s birthday began to approach, Jeannie thought it would be the perfect opportunity to put her new found painting skills to use and paint something for her friend. Bari is a talented artist herself and Jeannie has enjoyed many of her mugs, bowls, and vases over the years. Every morning, my coffee tastes better because it’s in one of her beautiful mugs, and I feel so grateful for the craft and beauty she’s brought into my life. I absolutely love the colors and patterns she creates,” says Jeannie.

She continues, “I thought what better way than to use her own work as my inspiration! So, I bought flowers and set up a still life. I waited until the moment of the day when the sun casts strong shadows into my living room, and snapped some photos! I made a large print of the photo and worked on it for weeks. Each detail reminded me of Bari’s gorgeous work, and gave me pleasure to try and capture her art in another medium.”

For Bari has taken Jeannie about 2 months of the 18 total months she’s been practicing oil painting to complete. Jeannie started painting 4 months prior to the pandemic- only painting once a week in her studio art class.

Now she practices art on a daily basis– whether it’s at home or on the go, Jeannie makes sure to squeeze in a paint session each day. 

“I really don’t know why I paint,” Jeannie says, “About two years before I signed up for my first class, I started hearing a small, still voice within me that said, ‘You need to paint.’ I don’t know where that comes from and, honestly, I tried to ignore it. Until I promised a wise friend of mine that I would start painting so I signed up for a beginners class and took it over and over again! As soon as I started, I fell in love… Color, the process of mixing colors, and finding something that feels just right brings me a lot of joy.”

Attending an online art class really helped Jeannie during the pandemic. It’s been a wonderful way for her to stay connected to her artistic practice and fellow students of art. Jeannie’s advanced oil painting online class consists of mostly the same group of students which contributes to a strong sense of community within the virtual art class. This camaraderie has helped Jeannie feel encouraged and supported to continue practicing, trying, and learning. “My instructor, Rebecca Schwieger, is full of ideas, examples, and radical encouragement at every turn. She has played such an important part in this last year for me, and I’m so grateful for her open, accepting, and enthusiastic approach to painting,” shares Jeannie. 

“My life has changed completely. All I want to do is paint. 

‘I’m taking both painting and drawing, and I notice that I’m seeing the world through new eyes. I take pictures with my phone all the time now, always alert to something that I might want to paint or draw. I feel more alive and connected to the world around me, both the beauty and the ugliness, because it all needs to be told and shared and acknowledged. And I get excited about looking at things in this new way. I helped launch an organization 4 years ago called Reimagine End of Life, which helps people confront the realities of death and dying while also supporting them in living fully during the precious time we have. In painting, I feel I’ve discovered for myself something that makes my life richer and more beautiful, and I feel so fortunate to have found painting, even at 58 years old!”

Jeannie spent the first 8 months of the pandemic in Cape Cod, where she fell in love with the colors of the gorgeous landscapes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When asked what advice she would give her pre-pandemic self, Jeannie says, “Paint every day. Life is short and unpredictable. Figure out what matters and what you love, and honor that in yourself.” 


Sign up for a LIVE online art class today! We have classes for adults, teens, and kids. The Art Studio NY’s nurturing style of teaching is perfect for beginners. Engage with some of New York’s top rated artists and mingle with students who share a similar passion for art.

Meet TASNY Student Pilar Lagos

 

Kristen Andersen (KA): Why did you decide to take an online art class? Describe your experience.

Pilar Lagos (PL): Art brings me joy. This is the main reason why I made the decision to take an online art class this year (2021). 

With the pandemic, I started to notice that my days and weeks were becoming a blur, so around the holiday season in 2020, I took time off work even though I knew I would have to stay put in the city. At first, I was feeling sad that I would not be able to fly home to my native Honduras to spend time with my family. I was also worried about how I would fill my days; I felt stuck and restless at the same time. 

Fortunately, after spending an entire year at home with my husband, I began to notice that he is always able to entertain himself. He’s either studying for his PhD, reading fantasy or sci-fi books or “hobbying”, as he likes to call it. 

I figured I could also do the same thing; find ways to keep myself busy and enjoy much needed rest. So, I ordered a bunch of DIY embroidery kits and dusted off my watercolor paper and paints from previous art classes. Needless to say, spending time off immersed in my own art practice rekindled my interest in drawing and painting. So, without giving it much thought, I signed up for two classes with the Art Studio NY and stayed on. 

CVST, by Pilar Lagos

KA: What have you gained from taking virtual art classes?

PL: I have gained the ability to spend time alone with my ideas and not be afraid of my thoughts.  Before the pandemic, I kept my social calendar full and didn’t really make time for myself or my art practice.

I’ve also learned to be much more patient with myself.

For example, I’ve learned that if I want to achieve good value on a drawing, spending the time on a piece will reap results. Part of the creative process is to be present in what I’m doing and being unafraid to pause to let ideas simmer.

KA: What advice would you give your pre-pandemic self?

PL: I would tell myself to never stop doing art, even when life gets busy. It’s ok to carve out time for yourself to do the things that you enjoy. 

KA: How has the pandemic impacted your art practice?

PL: The pandemic has impacted my art practice in several good ways. 

For example, when I took a children’s book illustration course at the University of the Arts London in 2017,  I went there with the goal of creating and finishing a children’s book. This did not happen and I felt frustrated that I did not experience a eureka moment. In hindsight, I didn’t even have a character in mind, yet I was expecting so much from myself.  

What I failed to notice at that time was that a week in London playing with colored pencils, pastels and markers, sparked my interest in the different techniques that artists use to illustrate children’s books. From then on, I started to collect children’s books and would spend hours looking at each page. One thing led to the other, and, in 2018 I took another picture book course at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, this time with a character in mind. Yet again, I felt frustrated that I could not illustrate my character in the way that I wanted because I lacked basic drawing skills. 

This year, I set myself the goal of learning to draw. I told myself to enjoy the process rather than rush it. I also allowed myself to explore different mediums and not fixate on a particular project. 

In a way, my pre-pandemic art practice was a reflection of my life. I was always rushing, taking the subway from one place to another and did not allow myself to rest or reflect.

Now, I feel much more grounded in my art practice. I physically have nowhere to go on a daily basis so I take out my paper and allow myself to explore and play with paint or graphite.

KA: Why do you practice art? What has attracted you to this hobby in particular and why has it stuck?

PL: I practice art because it makes me forget the outside world and I’m transported into my little bubble of joy. I think the reason why this hobby has stuck is because I finally relented to my obsession with perfectionism. I have given myself the opportunity to learn; to be a beginner and enjoy the process of achieving something new (and unexpected) each time I sit to work on a piece. 

Cortical, by Pilar Lagos

KA: Do you have an artistic influence (a favorite artist, someone in your life, someone you look up to, etc)?

PL: My all time favorite artists are Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Vincent van Gogh, Piet Mondriaan, Henri Matisse and Claude Monet. More recently, I’ve become obsessed with the work of Michelangelo. My favorite illustrators are Marion Deuchars and Francesca Sanna. 

More personally, I consider my mom an artist and my biggest inspiration. She was always ready to help me out with my art projects while growing up and made sure that my brother and I were exposed to art. I recently found an old photo of my family at an art exhibition. It’s not surprising that my younger brother went on to become an amazing architect, and, here I am in my mid-thirties, doing art again. 

KA: Has art changed your life, and if so, how?

PL: Yes, I’ve become more protective of my time and how I start my days. Art has given my life a sense of structure in this very unknown world that we are living in right now. 

One of the first things that I do every morning is spend a few minutes working on a piece. I’ll either go back to add more value to a drawing or continue working on a second or third layer of a watercolor piece. I usually do this before work and before my husband wakes up. It’s a pocket of time that belongs to me and I like to savor it as much as I can. 

KA: Do you have any art pieces in particular that you’re really proud of? 

PL: I am particularly proud of the distorted portraits that I drew in the ‘Fear-Free Drawing: Portrait and Figure Drawing Class’ with Lindsay Eller. Around the time of the course, I had a very sudden and painful positional headache, which turned out to be a spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak. I was in constant pain and bedridden for 10 days. Surprisingly, when I drew in bed, I would forget that my head was pounding.

I placed all my energy on what I had in front of me, a sheet of paper and graphite pencils. 

When Lindsay tasked us with the exercise, I wanted to draw a portrait that would depict the pain that I was experiencing underneath my skin. When I drew the first piece, I literally felt that I was releasing all the pain in a very tangible way.

Venous, by Pilar Lagos

Spontaneous, by Pilar Lagos

 


Sign up for a LIVE online art class today! We have classes for adults, teens, and kids. The Art Studio NY’s nurturing style of teaching is perfect for beginners. Engage with some of New York’s top rated artists and mingle with students who share a similar passion for art.

by Rebecca Schwieger | May 25 | @releaseyourcreativity

How to Create A Life You Love

COVID times have pushed us to take stock. Of everything. Investing in the life category of friendship is a worthy cause. New friends or old friends, who you surround yourself with impacts the story of your life.
Friendship can be fierce. I pick them, they pick me, we pick eachother. Some last forever, some are like the ever changing seasons, some come and go. Welcome them all.
With my female friends, I am part of a secret soul sister society. With these bonds, I’ve experienced something as strong- if not stronger, at times – than blood family. Into my 20’s, friends were a given. Come my 30’s, I woke up to what a privilege it is to choose and be chosen within my sisters’ clubs.
My mother always said, “There’s no friend like an old friend.” It is a great privilege to witness, and be witnessed by, friends who we have laughed with, cried with, grown and changed with, shared our longings and fears and tears and worries and conflicts and wounds and successes and best and worst selves with, together.
To live our individual lives and know there’s both a cheerleading squad that has our backs as well as a gang of truth tellers that won’t sugarcoat it, even when it’s hard to hear. Soft love, tough love, sister love.
This weekend, I celebrated a beautiful sister, Rebecca, and I’m so proud of her. For her grit and her growth and her commitment to healing and wellness and heart-centered living. She is the creator of her life, her business, and now her sacred beloved upcoming marriage, that stands for conscious love and a life well lived.
Deep friendships sweeten the game of life. Many people say that it’s harder to make great friends as we get older. I do not agree. We all thrive with connection. We need it. It just takes open vulnerable hearts that choose each other for the long game.

 

by Kristen Andersen and Laura Salzberg | May 20th | @theartstudiony

Meet Laura Salzberg

 

Laura did not grow up drawing and painting. Her art journey began in high school when a classmate taught her how to develop film and to print black and white pictures. This led to Laura going to college to study photography, where she ended up learning about drawing, painting and mixed media as well. This opened up a whole new world for her; for the first time, she thought of herself as an artist. She did a little drawing, collage here and there but without a support system, it didn’t amount to much. After college, Laura began teaching special education in NYC public schools. Once Laura married and had her son, she stopped making art altogether. She found that she didn’t have the time or energy to do both. Her husband tried to convince her to go back to making art but it was met with resistance. Finally, when their son was about 15 and pretty self sufficient, her husband gave her a gift certificate to TASNY for Christmas. Laura started taking classes with Rebecca and other teachers at the studio and she didn’t stop!

Untitled, by Laura Salzberg

 

 “I found art again. I was very insecure and not sure I could do it again but Rebecca and the other teachers were so supportive, the community there was so friendly that I could take my time, develop my own style and skills and found the courage to try new things.”

 

Now, Laura and her husband are renting gallery space to put on their first solo show featuring Laura’s paintings! She will be exhibiting about 26 paintings  – acrylic paint and mixed media with some combination of acrylic paint, paper and mark making materials. The idea first came about when her husband suggested they do this on their anniversary last year. “Why wait for a gallery?” Laura’s husband is a jazz musician and wrote a suite of pieces based on three paintings of faces Laura did a few years ago. On opening day of the gallery, he’ll perform the songs with his trio and the paintings will be projected on a wall nearby.

Deivi at 6 years old, by Laura Salzberg

In Laura’s words, “I have continued to focus on making art dealing with issues like resistance, fear, lack of confidence, how to build an art practice, how to let people know what I do, how to improve my work, all things I think I’m getting better at and I can see progress over the last few years. I guess if I were to give advice to my pre-pandemic self it would be ‘Don’t stop. Keep going, don’t judge’”

“I don’t think of making art as a hobby, something I do in my spare time for fun. It is who I am. I am an artist.”

Those Eyes, by Laura Salzberg

“Pushing paint around, watching the colors mix, noticing happy accidents, making new discoveries is fun! Making art and seeing my own progress has helped me feel more confident as an artist and as a person. I can say to the world ‘I am an artist, this is my painting, it’s good enough to hang on the wall of this gallery, I think you’ll like it, if you love it you should buy it. I think it will bring beauty to your home.’ I couldn’t say that with confidence a year or two ago.

“I think that people see my earlier face collages as a totally different body of work from my abstract work but I see it as a progression. After the face collages, I wanted to work in a looser, more abstract  style. I have never totally let go of collage and do some collages with paint and some paintings with collage.”

 

 

 

 

 

Come see Laura’s beautiful art at Prince George Gallery at 15 E 27th St, NYC on Friday June 11th from 4 pm to 6 pm, and Saturday June 12th and Sunday June 13th, 2021 between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm. 

 

 

 

 

by Kristen Andersen | May 17th | @theartstudiony

Meet Diane DeFilippo

 

 

Acrylic from Mixed-Media Class, by Diane DeFilippo

Diane began taking online art lessons with The Art Studio NY when a friend invited her to join in on a lesson. Feeling isolated and alone while working from home as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, Diane figured an online group class seemed like the perfect outlet! 

Vase with Flowers from Acrylic Class, by Diane DeFilippo

A self-taught artist; Diane was given a Learn to Draw kit by Jon Gnagy as a child. At about 8 or 9 years old, Diane learned step-by-step how to draw perspective and shading from this kit. Amazed at how she was able to accomplish this herself, her practice pushed onward.  

“Moved by the beauty of Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh, I have been drawn to reproduce their work.”

Van Gogh Irises, oil painting by Diane DeFilippo

Before art class, Diane feels; “pent up and restless”. After her art classes, she feels; “calmer, recognized”.

The last year has been challenging for the collective. Diane shares her personal experience with the pandemic as, “Feeling isolated and fearful– not only for myself, but for my family. It has been difficult caring and being present for clients who have experienced trauma working as nurses directly with Covid, their losses & fears, the chaos families felt regarding work and school, frustrations on how to adapt with shopping, less opportunities at gyms and restaurants and other organizations which were social outlets for my clients and perhaps the only thing keeping them structured each day. While doing this for others I also needed someone or something to help myself.” Working from home was an “opportunity in disguise” for Diane to finally have time to focus on herself.

3 Graces From Drawing Class, drawing by Diane DeFilippo

 Immersed in the beauty of colors and shading, Diane felt a sense of accomplishment with each finished product. Diane finds being fully focused on mixing the correct color, recognizing the shadows and variations in tone, and trying to capture it on canvas or paper to be quite calming.

Diane shares, “By taking a virtual art class I was able to keep safe while still interacting with others. Intrigued by the idea of learning more artistic techniques, I wanted to learn the science behind the art as opposed to copying someone else’s art.”

“[My art practice] has given me positive feedback to see my work as an accomplishment. This, I’m sure, has improved my self esteem and is something I could be proud of doing and doing well. It has taught me how to slow my mind down and focus on detail– this has given me a feeling of relaxation, which comes along with the mindfulness of focusing on what’s in front of me instead of inner anxiety and worry.”

Renoir’s Seascape, oil painting by Diane DeFilippo

We are so glad to have Diane as part of our artist community at TASNY! Thank you, Diane, for sharing your story with us. We hope Diane’s story provides those intrigued by art the push they need to begin their practice. 

Bushkill Falls PA Path, oil painting by Diane DeFilippo

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Sign up for a LIVE online art class today! We have classes for adults, teens, and kids. The Art Studio NY’s nurturing style of teaching is perfect for beginners. Engage with some of New York’s top rated artists and mingle with students who share a similar passion for art.

AT LEAST once a year, I go someplace I’ve never been before.

To know that the “stuff” that matters, I can carry on my back and in my heart.

To expand and learn and grow.

To see through new eyes and open to fresh perspectives.

To make new friends and delight in old ones.

To leave the routine, remember the magic, and bathe in the beauty.

To remember that through compassion and our shared humanity, no matter where I travel to, we are all much more similar than we are different.
#newdaynewyou #createalifeyoulove #goplaces #dalailamaquotes #changeisgood #mixedmediaart

-Rebecca Schwieger

 

May be art of outdoors

May be an image of rose and outdoors

by Rebecca Schwieger| May 9 | @releaseyourcreativity

You are a mother.
I am a mother.
She is. He is. We all are.
And we are all children, too.
On Mother’s Day, the “traditional” type of mother celebrated is a woman who gives birth to a baby. Flesh of her flesh.
And.
I’ve learned that the bravest mothering we can do is, first and foremost, towards our own selves. To love and care and devote ourselves to that child within, to healing the old wounds, showering ourselves with compassion, forgiving our own epic mistakes, and learning to sooth and hold ourselves tight where life hurts the most.
To telling ourselves new stories that feel empowering and hopeful, and to letting go of the old narratives that drag us down. Mothering ourselves births a full embrace, acceptance and expression of our authentic selves.
We love better, bigger and fuller when we first practice self-mothering. The love we give to others- kids, spouses, coworkers, strangers, lovers- is then done with a fullness.
When you can walk through the fire of life and mother yourself through it with a showering of love, you, and every single person you ever touch, will be all the better for it.
It all- everything worthwhile- starts with mothering yourself first.
Happy Mother’s Day to the inner-mother inside of every person on the planet.

by Rebecca Schwieger | May 4 | @releaseyourcreativity

Susan is a true blue Manhattanite. She is smart, sassy, classy, warm, friendly and genuine. She always pushes herself to explore, learn, and leave her creative comfort zone. As an interior designer in New York City, she’s a wizard at weaving together color, texture and space.

During in-person art classes pre-COVID, Susan was most often the student who continued working on her artwork long after the class ended. The class would end at 1:30p, and Susan was there at 3p still working away, warmly sharing rich conversation with staff and students alike. Susan is a core member of our studio family.

One thing we miss the most during the pandemic is the connective conversations IRL and time spent together with people like Susan, talking about everything from family, art, and city culture, to books, movies, and restaurants.

We are grateful to Susan for her support of our studio this past year, and she has continued to be a member of our art studio community through our virtual art classes every Thursday for the last year.

In yesterday’s class, Rebecca taught the group painting techniques of how to create an abstract floral painting. While Susan typically works in watercolor paint, she felt inspired to take the risk of jumping into acrylic painting, integrating all she’s learned from years of art classes at The Art Studio NY.

 

#soulart #arttherapy #onlinepaintingclasses
#theartstudio #artandhealing #remoteartclasses #artathome #createathome #createanywhere #artworkshops #acrylic #painting

 by Kristen Andersen and Emily Kilma | Apr 28 | @theartstudiony

 

Meet Emily Kilma, one of the Art Studio NY’s first students.

Emily began her studies at TASNY in Fall of 2007, when Rebecca was still teaching out of her apartment’s living room. In college, Emily was formally trained in drawing, painting landscapes, still lives and nudes. Emily went from working as an art director for various fashion publications to becoming a stay-at-home mom and a freelance graphic designer. After her very long hiatus from art, she was ready to try her hand at abstract and mixed-media painting. A quick google search introduced her to Rebecca’s studio, thus beginning her relationship with TASNY. 

“My experience was amazing! I felt so welcome and understood and free to create. It was the coziest, tight knit group of people with Rebecca as teacher, friend, healer and magic maker.”

When asked how her art classes at TASNY have impacted her, Emily says;

I gained so much validation and peace with art making at Rebecca’s. I found my unique expression and haven’t stopped since”.

Now that 13 years have passed since Emily began her lessons with TASNY, Emily has created a wonderful body of work! She is taking commissions and gearing up for some exhibitions. The pandemic was a sudden shift that impacted us all. Like any change, there are sacrifices to be made. Emily shares the hardest part of the pandemic for her was socially distancing from her family and friends. She also shares that it was difficult for her to feel safe in public. Not to mention, it was an exercise in patience waiting for her art supplies to arrive! But with the negative comes the positive; 

“The pandemic has set my art practice on fire in a good way! I had been working full-time and missing my art so much-it was missing me too! I got laid off and immediately got to work painting and creating again in my studio.”

 

Emily’s art practice began as a way to create art so she could decorate her apartment–but it has turned into something so much greater. Through her art, she found her authentic self. She uses her art as a way to freely express herself and share it with so many.

 “I love that I can make people feel something when they look at my art-that it resonates some place deeply and mysteriously inside themselves.”

Emily admires artists like Helen Frankenthauler, Gerhard Richter, Richard Diebenkorn, Elizabeth Peyton, Cecily Brown… and of course, Rebecca! When describing her experience with TASNY, Emily says, I felt like I had arrived easily and soulfully into the fold. I made awful art and then okay art and then ‘my art’- it was incredible. I grew and became the artist that I am today-largely due to the freedom and divine teaching of Rebecca”.

Emily says art has transformed her life in an indescribable way. It has helped her to do what she loves and love what she’s doing. 

recover

“recover” by Emily Kilma 30″ x 30″ mixed-media and collage on canvas

 

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“beloved” by Emily Kilma 30″ x 40″ mixed media, collage, ink, and pastel on wood panel

 

To view more of Emily’s art, please check out her website Emily Klima (emk-art.com)

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Sign up for a LIVE online art class today! We have classes for adults, teens, and kids. The Art Studio NY’s nurturing style of teaching is perfect for beginners. Engage with some of New York’s top rated artists and mingle with students who share a similar passion for art.

by Rebecca Schwieger | April 18 | @releaseyourcreativity

How to Create A Life You Love

The only thing that stays the same is that nothing ever stays the same. Just when you think you finally get how it all works (“it” being life), the tides change.
In a recent post-vax retreat to Miami, the first thing I did was run straight into the ocean for a soul cleanse. Instead of feeling soothed by the abundant waves, I was stung by a Portuguese Man-of-War.
Afterwards, I knew if I skipped a day of swimming, I might grow afraid. So, despite the inferno-like burn on my entire arm, I ran back into those turquoise waters every day for weeks. The current always lifted, lowered and carried my body differently than the day before. Same ocean, never the same waves.
The tides of life forever change, and what matters most is how you choose to ride them. Through tapping into your creative power, you can consciously create who and how you want to be. With every changing tide, you create your life anew. Again and again and again.
Creativity isn’t reserved just for artists, it’s a powerful force that lives inside of you. You’re always creating, and it’s your choice as to whether you do so unconsciously as a victim or bravely awake as a warrior.
Your life is your canvas, and it’s up to you how, and what, you make of it.
May be an image of Rebecca Schweiger, ocean and beach

by Kristen Andersen | Apr 19 | @theartstudiony

 

Meet student artist, Robin Price

Robin Price is one of The Art Studio NY’s first online students. Originally from New York, Robin moved down to Virginia with her husband over 20 years ago. Despite the 400 miles between NYC and Robin, she was able to take her first art class online with us at The Art Studio NY!

Once the Stay-At-Home orders were enacted, Robin found herself (like many of us) with a whole lot of time and not a lot to do. Robin was always interested in being able to paint, and she soon found herself on our website, signing up for an online watercolor class with our art studio. 

The pandemic has been incredibly hard on us all. However, Robin’s experience is a bit different than the average pandemic story. Shortly after the lockdown started, Robin went to the doctor for her routine mammogram screening. The doctors found a lump near her breast and everyone’s initial thought was breast cancer.

After more tests, it was discovered that the lump was not from breast cancer, but from stage 4 ovarian cancer. 

 

Robin remembers clearly the day she was informed of her diagnosis. “I’m sorry, what?” she repeated, in shock. It had to have been a mistake. She’s a woman in good health, exercises regularly, eats well– how could she have stage 4 carcinoma?

At first Robin’s weekly online art class was a way to break up the monotony of the long pandemic days. Once she began her treatment, however, Robin was determined to create more than ever. Her diagnosis is always on her mind and art is a distraction– a way to quiet the worrisome thoughts even if for a moment. Her art practice leaves her with a sense of accomplishment, it makes her feel good at a time when nothing else could. 

Before art class begins, Robin feels a sense of “anticipation and excitement”.  After all, it is always important to have something to look forward to. Robin’s virtual drawing class instilled within her a sense of community.  The Art Studio NY’s smaller class sizes create an atmosphere of camaraderie and familiarity amongst the instructors and students. After class, Robin is left with a feeling of satisfaction and a creative spark that stays with her throughout the week. 

The more she practices, the better she gets. Seeing how quickly her artistic skills improve makes her want to practice even more! Robin’s therapeutic art practice usually consists of finding a photo online and trying to recreate it with watercolor. After months of practice, she finds herself learning to handle paint better– with more delicacy and intent. 

 

“The more I paint, the more I want to keep doing it!” 

Here is Robin showing us how strong she is after finishing chemo.

 

Robin loves painting florals, Japanese florals, and landscapes. 

 

Robin likes to incorporate the color teal into her artwork as it is the color of the ovarian cancer ribbon. 

 

The Art Studio NY team thanks you, Robin, for supporting us throughout those uncertain months. We are so happy to hear that art is able to keep you anchored during a tumultuous time in your life. We couldn’t be more grateful that you are still here with us! Here’s to kicking cancer’s butt; the world needs you here to create more of those elegant watercolor flowers you love so much. We look forward to seeing many, many more artworks from you!

If you’d like to learn more about ovarian cancer and show your support for those affected by it, please visit @nocc_national (National Ovarian Cancer Coalition) on Instagram.

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by Kristen Andersen and Kate Mailer | Apr 12 | @theartstudiony

 

The transition from in-person learning to virtual was a swift and unexpected one. Fortunately for us, online learning has been a wonderful opportunity to connect us with not just our usual NYC community, but artists from all over the globe. This week, I’d like to use our blog as a platform to spotlight one of our regular NYC students, Kate Mailer.

 

Kate has taken art classes at The Art Studio NY’s W96th St location since 2016

 

“I have been practicing art for many years as a relaxing and meditative activity, but I always and still  feel like a beginner!”

 

Kate has been practicing art since the 1990s. She started out doing small drawings in colored pencils which led to a further exploration of different mediums– pastels, ephemera, acrylic, oil, and mixed media. Kate even enjoys art in the form of writing!

 

“What I find with art is, I can do some form of it, whether abstract or figurative,  almost anywhere; inside, outside, alone, and with other people around! I love doing art with kids and chatting to them while we draw or paint together,” Kate wrote. 

 

Kate was one of the first of our online students when we made the initial transition last March.  When asked how the two modes of learning compare, she says there are upsides to both. 

 

“I love the in person studio classes at The Art Studio New York. The teachers are all so wonderful and supportive while also offering great advice and tips. I also loved the social aspect of it. I have dear friends from the class and we would often go to lunch afterwards. They are all incredible artists who I am in awe of.”

 

While we all miss learning in person together at the studio, online classes do have their own advantages. Kate shares, “I have loved the chance to just be at home and have the class available online with all of my materials available and at my fingertips. I also love having the chance to take different courses- two which I have taken steadily- painting with Rebecca and drawing with Amy- as well as some other classes in different mediums- which I would not have done had I had to travel by train to get uptown! The community with my friends has continued and blossomed as we have all taken class together online for almost the whole year! We hope to have lunch in person again, though, at some point.”


My Desk 2020, mixed media by Kate Mailer
 

Kate’s recent art piece, My Desk 2020, has been the talk of the office lately. Its bright colors catch your eye, while the scrupulous details keep you staring! In Kate’s own words: 

 

“What initially inspired me was the colors and shapes of the flowers of the central candle holder. I have many such items in my apartment and had just finished a mixed media/ more collage-y  abstract piece that had started with another candle holder. I thought this would be another such mixed media piece but then I got caught up in drawing  and painting other objects on my desk- the spines  of my journals, my paintbrushes in their jar,  an art journal piece I had done. Then I decided that I would include postcards I had been writing to registered voters urging them to vote in local and national elections.  Once I threw in my “I voted” sticker, it became for me, about 2020 and the combination of writing, doing art and engaging in politics. Which is why I included my calendar for 2020.

‘The mediums I used to create the piece were pencil, Caran D’ache Neocolor water based wax pastels. The pastels I used as both watercolor and as a crayon/ drawing tool. I also used black ink. I am quite experienced with these mediums. I’ve used them in many places both at home over this past year and while traveling for many years.”

 

We are so excited to see what 2021 has in store for Kate’s art practice. Kate, we thank you for your continued support of our studio. The Art Studio NY just wouldn’t have the amiable atmosphere it does if it weren’t for students like you. 

 

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by Rebecca Schwieger | April 4 | @releaseyourcreativity

How To Create A Life You Love

Passover, Easter. Holi. Soon, Ramadan. Spring.
We’re living the season of release, rebirth and renewal.
Whatever holidays you do or don’t celebrate, be sure to pause and celebrate YOU. You’ve gotten this far, with all of life’s ups, downs, ins, outs, breakdowns and breakthroughs.
Our society is results, appearances and achievement oriented. And yet, the unseen is where the treasures lie. All of the times you failed and had courage to dust yourself off and get up again. The heartbreak you healed, the time you were on your knees alone and praying for help, the moments you vulnerably asked for what you need even though you feared rejection. The days that fear gripped you and you chose to face the unknown.
Today, give yourself space to pause. Thank yourself for your bravery that daily human living requires. Acknowledge just how far you’ve come. Know how worthy you are to step into all that you desire.
Look at you, precious one. You’re doing it. You are brave. Celebrate yourself.
May be art

by Rebecca Schwieger | March 25 | @releaseyourcreativity

How to Create A Life You Love

When you are staring at choices around stepping out of your comfort zone, both big and small, which do you choose: courage or comfort?
E.E. Cummings said it best. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
I have long felt intense, “convincing” fear around all sorts of things. You’re human, and thus so have you.
Fear of success, fear of failure. Fear of living fully in my most expansive self, fear of playing it too small. Fear of “what will others think” to “what do I lose when I care about what others think”? Fear of big changes, fear of no changes. And more.
Just when I begin to dance with greater levels of empowerment and standing in my truth, self-doubt and fear get LOUD. “You’re not safe, danger ahead! The rug will be pulled out from under you, bad things will happen!” Bravery: Our hearts rely on it for everything worthwhile, and our reptilian brains fight it.
Fear is a gripping force to reckon with, it lurks in the shadows of the narrative that tells you safety exists by staying tight in your bud.
Safety that is fear-based is chosen at the expense of living your deep desires, full-on and full-in. If being and becoming all you’ve been born for is tossed in the name of safety, it’s an epic fail.
Are you willing to dance with discomfort (temporarily) for the sake of your own expansion? Facing such intense emotion (fear) isn’t easy, and yet it’s crucial. The bigger the life vision, the more you’ll fear. Courage and bravery are non-negotiable for a life well lived.
When in doubt, ask Maya Angelou for North Star wisdom. “Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”
Artwork: “I Am Brave. Are you?”, mixed media on canvas, 12” x 12”
May be art

by Kristen Andersen | March 26 | @theartstudiony

 

The first daffodil of Spring has bloomed! 

 

We plant daffodil bulbs in the Fall and they don’t bloom until Spring. We wonder all Winter whether or not those bulbs will actually sprout…sure enough, however, those happy, yellow flowers greet us every March! The first flowers of the season, reminding us that we made it through yet another winter, and soon enough, we will be basking in the Summer sun. 

 

The Spring weather has inspired me to try my hand at gardening. I’ve purchased cute plants at the grocery store before, but never have I been able to keep one from meeting their untimely demise. This time around, however, I’ve actually found success in not only keeping a plant alive, but also getting a plant to grow from just a seed! I’m not sure what it was, but this time, it just clicked. Plants flourish and reproduce in the wild all without human interjection. If just the soil, sun, wind, and rain could keep plants alive, how hard can it be for me to partake in the process? 

 

The hardest part of gardening is waiting to see if a plant will actually grow from the little, tiny seed. The germination process takes place underneath the soil, so you have no idea if it’ll sprout until it finally does. After a few days/weeks/months, a little, tiny, green seedling starts peeking out through the boggy soil. That little sprout brings with it the feeling of accomplishment, encouraging you to keep going– your hard work is actually paying off!

 

If it wasn’t for the whole timeline of gardening, I would have gotten into it earlier. It takes a good while for you to see the fruits of your labor. I wanted a hobby that provided instant gratification. I felt like I needed to see results right away to validate this adventure is worth my time and effort. This mentality ended the day I realized time is going to pass whether I planted seeds or not. Wouldn’t that be nice if I have a new baby plant at the end of those two weeks as opposed to nothing?  

 

In fact, you can take that notion and apply it to any hobby. Time will pass whether or not you’ve started practicing a new language. You may as well spend 15 minutes today learning what you can. Sure, it does take a while to learn how to play an instrument, but the sooner you start, the sooner you will no longer be calling yourself a beginner. Every renowned artist there is started out knowing nothing, it took years of practicing their skill to become as notable as they are. 

 

The idea of time passing us by can seem scary– it is scary, I will not discredit that. But we are brave enough to accept our fear, understand it, and look at it from a brighter perspective. Let’s make the most out of our finite supply of time and just enjoy it. Treat your time like the most valuable commodity in the world. Invest it in the right places and you will reap what you sow!

 

 

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How to Create A Life You Love

by Rebecca Schwieger | March 22 | @releaseyourcreativity 

In life, you are either growing or decaying.
Expansion is what our souls crave. Beware (be + aware): Clinging tightly only to your comfort zone leads to rapid decay.

When invited to lead a 2-day, 12-hour virtual art retreat for PS educators by the radiant

Adrienne Hecker Sapione

(who taught for years at

The Art Studio NY

, and who taught me the quote of growing or decaying in life), doubt was my first reaction. “That’s a lot of hours, I don’t usually work on the weekends, I’m not sure, my plate is full…”

I snapped myself out of my fog quickly, and chose to say yes to both a growth mindset and to Adrienne. Yes to the unknown, yes to
growth.
Entering as strangers on a zoom screen, we co-sculpted a shared brave space, feeding our hunger for authenticity, freeing our self-expression through art (beginner friendly), opening to vulnerability, unmasking fears, challenging false beliefs, letting go of control in order to make space for the joy of “the now”, and learning together as community.
The experience that I almost no’ed excites me so much that I’m giving birth this second to:
BRAVE SPACE: VIRTUAL ART RETREAT
Our Brave Creative Tribe
Dare to BE YOU, freely express all parts of yourself, and feel inspired to authentically play, deepen your joy, and express yourself in art while you learn to create a LIFE YOU LOVE.
Stay tuned for more info, and drop a line if this sparks joy in you. ❤️🙏🏾
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May be art of nature and tree

by Kristen Andersen | March 18 | @theartstudiony

Grief, depression, anxiety, shame, anger… all unpleasant yet inescapable experiences. 

These negative emotions may become so intense, so debilitating that they get in the way of our daily functioning. It becomes very difficult to remember what happiness was like when all you are feeling is sadness. 

Once I learned that these feelings are almost universal, I felt comforted, in a way. I thought it was amazing how we all struggle with our own internal battles and hide it from each other so well. How do we manage to get out of bed and go to work on the days we feel like there’s nothing worth doing? 

I’ll tell you how we do it; we do it because we are stronger than our mind gives us credit for. Our minds are programmed for self-preservation. It doesn’t want us to go out into the world where we will be exposed to the possibility of getting hurt emotionally or physically. Our minds are like our overprotective and over-bearing mother. At a certain point, you will have to tell yourself “Hey, listen, I know you really love me and I appreciate it, I do… but if you really loved me, you would trust that I am strong enough to face the things that scare me”.

We have to remind ourselves that these tumultuous times will eventually pass. Allow ourselves the allotted time to feel sorry for ourselves, there is no shame in that. It is our job, before anyone else’s, to love ourselves. With love comes forgiveness. Forgive yourself for these negative emotions and the circumstances that preceded your visit from them. 

Remind yourself;

This too shall pass.

 

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How To Create A Life You Love

by Rebecca Schwieger | March 16 | @releaseyourcreativity 

The only constant is change, and it’s up to you whether you flow and grow with life’s tough times or resist (and your troubles persist), all alone, in your defended brick-walled fortress.
At times, the Universe decks you when you least expect it. I call these “baseball-bat-to-the-head” (BBBTTH) moments, and they’re humbling.
Joined in our shared humanity, this COVID year has been a serious and devastating BBBTTH.
No matter WHAT life drops at my door, I’ve realized the most important question to ask of myself is:
What are you here to teach me? What can I learn from this, and how can I grow?
As we continue to endure this shared rollercoaster, consider carving out time for your own inner-accounting. Ask the questions that matter now before the world speeds back up.
PS. One big learning for me is how quickly change happens, and how time waits for no one. So, I’m cranking up the volume on maximizing JOY. Stay tuned, prerecorded art classes are on the way!
May be art
May be art

How to Create a Life You Love

by Rebecca Schwieger | March 4 | @relseaseyourcreativity

It was a girl friend crush at first site when

Yael

and I met over 15 years ago in NYC. I even still remember what I was wearing.

Recently, Ya-Ya asked in her fun-loving (yet serious) way, “Rebex, if you paint flowers in your next Sunday night class, can I have the painting?”
Translation: Rebecca, will you please paint a watercolor floral and gift it to me?
Last night in “The Art Class”, I created this watercolor painting. It now belongs to Yael. Today, she ordered a frame.
If you don’t ask? A guaranteed rejection from yourself to yourself, and disconnection from what you desire.
Ask for what you want and need. At worst, the answer will be no, and you’ll be better for it, knowing now to seek elsewhere. At best, you’ll flex your courage muscles, learn, grow, say yes to yourself and hear yes from another.
Either way, you win by asking.
May be a closeup of rose

by Kristen Andersen | March 5 | @theartstudiony

The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining longer, and soon enough it’ll be time to trade our winter coats for denim jackets. Snow melts to reveal fertilized earth that will soon bear the fresh blooms of Spring. Following in nature’s footsteps, we can take this time to sow the perfect personal environment for new ideas, fresh energies, and soon-to-be memories.

 

1. Fresh air

Spread open those curtains and let the sun shine in! Humans need sunlight the same way plants do. There’s got to be a good reason why cats love to spend their time in the sunniest spot in the room. Crack open the windows to get some fresh air circulating. We learned in our earliest science classes; humans breathe in oxygen and out carbon dioxide. Make sure to take a few minutes a day to let the waste riddled air out and fresh, oxygen-rich air in. Taking care of little details like this really can make all the difference.

 

2. Organize

Categorize your items according to groups that make sense to you. Assign a spot for everything. Notice the items that you find constantly lying around everywhere, then create a spot for them. Only take them out of that spot when it is time to use it, once you are done using it, sacrifice an extra 30 seconds to put the item back in it’s assigned place- your future self will thank you! 

 

3. Take Inventory

Tidying up is the best time to take stock of everything you have and everything you don’t. Take a few moments to write on a note the items you’d like to pick up next time you’re at the store. This way, you won’t have to desperately wrack your brain in the store’s parking lot before going in.

 

4. Out with the old

Perhaps while taking inventory, you may even notice you have a surplus of a specific item. All of those extra items really do take up a lot of space! Take this time to donate your excessive, no longer used items. Make space for the things you actually do use. 

 

As a final thought, a rule of thumb I always go by, “if it takes under 2 minutes to do, do it now”

Hopefully these tips can be the little nudge you needed to do that thing you’ve been pushing off– finally mark it off your To-Do list so you don’t have to worry about it anymore!

May be art of bird and nature

This. Is. So. True. For. Me.

by Rebecca Schwieger | Feb 3 | @releaseyourcreativity

Create your life as a white glove fit for YOU, and free yourself from what everyone else thinks and expects. Because really, do you want to live someone else’s life… or your own?

Thank you

Stephanie Redlener, first class diva and truth teller, for your words below  (L❤️VE)
“For my whole life, my goal has been freedom.
To live a life where I feel free to be me. To live the way I desire. To own my choices. To set up structures, systems and situations that allow me to move as freely as I please. To work on things I care about and get paid for it. To wear and do whatever the f* I want.
This has been my guiding force in life.
Every choice I make is ultimately about freedom.
Who I want to be in the world.
Who I want to be with.
What kind of relationship dynamic I need to support me.
How I need to parent so that I still feel free.
What kind of work I want to do that will inspire me and won’t FEEL like work.
How much money I want to make so I can come and go as I please.
What kind of beliefs I need to fill my mind with to support my desire for freedom.
How I need to take care of myself to stay fueled up.
What kinds of things truly turn me on.
Who I need to surround myself with to support the life I want to live.
These questions have required me to look hard at the places that have scared me in order to find where I’m out of alignment.
They’ve asked me to tell myself the truth about what I truly desire—not what I think I should do or what other people want for me.
They’ve forced me to take brave steps even in the face of fear—actually, especially in the face of fear.
They’ve asked me to have hard conversations with people I love who might not want the same things as me.
And in turn…
I’ve freed myself from my own inner shackles.
I’ve learned to share my voice and my gifts freely in the world—and make a ton of money because of it.
I’ve created a life that’s designed perfectly for me and my desires—not what the world wants me to be.
And my life is so good, it brings me to my knees.
Because I believe when a woman is free, she is inspired, embodied, powerful, and alive. And the whole world feels the difference.
Gimme a 🙋🏽‍♀️🙋‍♀️🙋🏾‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️ if you’re ready to set yourself free.”
-Stephanie Redlener
May be art

by Kristen Andersen | Feb 26 | #practicemakesperfect

 

I don’t believe anyone is born with talent. Maybe one can be born with inclination, but talent is something one strives for. Talent is something achieved, not given.  Renowned psychologist and professor from Florida State University, K. Anders Ericsson, pioneered the concept that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert. Here are four tips to help encourage a consistent practice:

 

1. Routine

Routine is critical to a sustainable schedule. If you cannot carve out a set time to practice your skill, create a “ritual”, an action or habit that will separate “regular time” from “practice time”. Maybe wear special slippers while you paint, or take a bath before every session, maybe play a special musical playlist dedicated specifically for your practice. Anything to help your brain make the connection “Now is the time to focus on my practice”.

 

2. A place for everything and everything in its place

An organized work space is a productive workspace, a messy room is a messy mind! These are some of my favorite mantras to keep me motivated to keep a tidy environment. The best way to keep a place organized is to literally have a designated place for everything so that you know when something is out of place. For example, before I had my coin jar, all of my loose change was just spattered all over my room. In old purses, pockets, drawers, dressers, etc. Now that I have a designated place for my coins, anytime I see a coin, I instinctively place it in the jar. If you are an artist, an organized work space will lead for a productive practice. You don’t have to waste 15 minutes finding your pencils when you know where they are. Also, it will be easier to clean up after your practice because you also know where to place all of your pencils. 

 

3. Accountability

Have a system in place to hold yourself accountable for your practice. Find a buddy who will help keep you motivated. Whether it’s for working out, practicing an instrument, learning a new language– having a buddy helps keep the flames alive. Maybe tell your friend that every Friday you two will meet to discuss the progress you’ve independently made during the week. Perhaps even a little competition can even be healthy!

4. Passion

Find your passion by asking yourself “Why?”; why is it important to you to master this particular skill? When you lose sight of the “why”, the practice becomes a chore– and chores are no fun! Perhaps upon asking yourself “why?”,  you may find that what you once did for enjoyment no longer brings you joy. And that’s okay! If it doesn’t bring you joy anymore, then why keep doing it? Knowing when to quit is also part of succeeding. One of my favorite C. S. Lewis quote is “We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”

 

I hope this helps whoever needs a little bit of encouragement… you are not “untalented”, you just need more practice! 

 

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by Kristen Andersen | Feb 19 | #meow

 

“I can’t paint, I’m not creative” WRONG. Anyone can paint, even your cat!

I saw this painting technique in a Tiktok video over the weekend and I just had to share it with anyone and everyone. Here’s how you can teach your cat how to paint:

1. Grab your blank canvas, put globs of paint on it.

2. Gently slide the canvas with paint globs into a plastic bag.

3. Place catnip and/or cat treats on top of bag. 

4.  Step aside, and let the artist do their thing!

 

And voila, you have your beautiful abstract painting, even more special because it was done by your beloved furry friend. 

Now, if a cat can do it, you don’t have any excuse! Start painting today.

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by Rebecca Schweiger | Jan 5 | @releaseyourcreativity


How to Create The Life You Love

Everything you do- and I mean everything-has built in benefits. Otherwise, you just wouldn’t do it.

Skipping daily workouts, even though you “really want” to be healthier? You gain more time lounging in PJs and texting with friends.

Repeating the same relationship pattern after you promised yourself you’d “never” date someone unavailable again? You gain self-protection, control and avoid getting hurt.

We create convincing stories why our choices are healthy (even when they’re not)because we are terrified of the unknown. The best option? Embrace discomfort as if your life depends on it… because your life really does depend on it.

Every behavior has its gain, and by clinging to the comfort of familiarity, there is also a huge cost.

WHAT DO YOU LOSE?

The cost is higher than the gain.

#bebrave #createthelifeyoulove #feelthefearanddoitanyway #creativepower #bebrave #narratives #choosestrength #abstractpainters #commissionedart #befreebeyou

 

Photo by Rebecca Schweiger in Manhattan, New York. May be art.

by Kristen Andersen | Feb 12 | #varietyisthespiceoflife

For the last 11 months, most of us have hardly seen a thing besides the inside of our homes. Many of us sit on the computer, watching from our windows as the Sun and Moon relentlessly chase each other.  The days blend together, the weeks go by quickly, and before we know it, an entire year has passed us by and we have almost nothing to show for it. 

How can we overcome this feeling of… time lost?

To tell you the truth, I don’t know! I don’t really think anyone knows right now…

But I do know that I have found one basic principle that has helped combat the monotony:

Do at least one “new” thing a day 

Whether it is to listen to a song I’ve never heard before, practice a yoga pose I’ve yet to try, or even call a friend I haven’t spoken to in a while… having one unusual experience per day has been so helpful in keeping the days separate. 

I started getting into videogames over the last few months despite being a lifelong videogame-hater. A few months ago, I found myself already over the day by 2 pm. I wanted to just go to sleep already so that I could “fast forward” time. Fate had it that my little brother caught me just before my depression nap. He asked if I wanted to watch him play the new videogame he just downloaded. I wanted to saw “Ew, no” but I was so out-of-my-mind bored that I agreed because there’s no way it could be worse than refreshing my Twitter timeline for the 467th time that day.

To make a long story short, my brief open mindedness led to a a completely new hobby. I’ve since purchased a few videogames of my own. I even found an online community of people who also love the same videogames as I do. I have something to look forward to after work, I have a new group of online friends to talk to, and I have a lot less free time (which is a good thing nowadays, isn’t it?)

New, new, new. The brain grows stronger when it turns the unfamiliar into routine. 

Pay attention to how you feel physically. I’ve noticed when my mind craves fresh stimulation, it sends me signals in the form of my physical well-being. I notice I feel more antsy, my legs get restless, my shoulders tight, my eyes strained. That general malaise is almost always cured by a change of scenery– a walk to the window, a walk to the mailbox, even just a simple room change. 

Let’s all challenge ourselves to try one new thing this weekend. One thing we haven’t yet done. Whether it is to saunter down the street you usually walk past or to watch a movie you’ve never seen before; Let’s satiate the mind’s craving for novelty and defeat those feelings of apathy!

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How to Create a Life You Love

by Rebecca Schweiger | Feb 10 | @releaseyourcreativity

The healing journey of self-development and personal growth is a winding pathway to home. Home within yourself.

At times a steep climb and at others a gentle summer’s rain, you learn to get out of your own way. You strip away the layers that were not ever yours to begin with. False beliefs handed down from generations, traumas acted out onto you that were never about you, all of the times you were told no when your soul needed a yes.

Like an onion, peel them away. Bless and thank each layer of intelligent self-protection, and then let it go. With each release, you become lighter. Freer. You’re one step closer to home.

The parts of you that need changing often get so loud that denial is no longer an option; they’re (you’re) ready for alchemy. The parts of you that have known home get clearer, truer.

10 years ago, I posted this poem. It speaks to me even more today than it did then. It’s home.

“We are not valuable because we are a member of a certain group or because
we call God by a certain name. We are not valuable because we follow a
guru or observe a certain diet. We are valuable because we are a spark of
the divine. And the only thing Gurus, priests, rabbis and elders can do
for us is point us back in the direction of home, and home is, of course, within.”
~Darren John Main

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May be art

May be art

May be art

 

Fake it Till you Make it

by Kristen Andersen | Feb 5 | #muse

“I’m not an artist”, we tell ourselves, because we can’t draw a realistic portrait. 

“I’m not that creative”, we convince ourselves because we’ve never bothered to push our limits. 

We create a self fulfilling prophecy when we allow our preconceptions to hinder our drive to try something new. 

 

Your art doesn’t have to look like a Monet to consider yourself an artist.

You don’t have to be the best, you just have to do your best. 

 

I implore you to find your muse. Sometimes I look at my cat and I think “Holy moly you are so cute, I’m filled with so much love, I just want to squish you, squeeze you, never let you go”.

 

Anyone who’s ever been around a baby knows the conflict between needing to be delicate but also needing to ‘squish’ because the cuteness is just so out of control. That conflict can be your muse. 

Put pen to paper and write about how cute your baby/fur baby is. 

Put brush to canvas and express through color the feelings your cute baby/fur baby evoke out of you. 

 

You don’t have to “be an artist” to create art. You just have to do it. Don’t let your fear of creating something unsightly hold you back. Let your guard down, tell the critical voice in the back of your mind to take a hike, and just be. 

As they say, “the only wasted paint is paint still in the tube”

 

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How to Create a Life You Love

by Rebecca Schweiger | Feb 1 | @releaseyourcreativity

Everything starts and ends at home.
Home isn’t just an address. Rather, it’s the world inside of me, of you and of every human being.

YOU are your HOME. Create the home you long for inside of your own skin.

Want more LOVE? Learn how to love yourself more.

Want to TRUST life more? Begin by learning how to become the person you yourself can trust.

Want more SUCCESS? Learn how to let go of limiting beliefs and replace them with beliefs (and then action) that inspire you.

What you want the most in life starts as an inside job. You are a creation of the Universe, and the entire Universe lives inside of you. Get clear on what you want, and then do whatever it takes to become the person who creates and attracts every last drop of the full life you desire and deserve.

Create it within. You’re worth it. I believe in you.

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by Kristen Andersen | Jan 29 |#awakenyourcreativity 

Art has proven stress- relieving properties. There are many published studies on the correlation between colors and moods. There are so many benefits to exercising your creative muscle, below are some suggestions on how you can awaken your inner-artist!

1.Hang some on your walls

This may seem like the most obvious one, but of course I have to mention it! Create a space for yourself that you find pleasant to look at. Hang up posters with stimulating colors. Find some throw blankets in your favorite color and use them to add another layer of color and coziness to the space. Don’t be afraid to change things up. Maybe rearrange things once every few months to keep the energy flowing and fresh. After all, the brain craves novelty. 

2. Print out your photos

In the age of the smartphone, many of us have seemingly transformed into amateur photographers. Sometimes we will share those photos on social media, but most of the time the pictures just sit in the cloud, never to be looked at again. I encourage you to spend some time and a few bucks printing them out! You can frame them and hang them on your wall, turn them into a beautiful mixed media art piece, or even make a scrapbook! I always think of photography as a way to immortalize time. Hold on to your pictures, you never know where they may end up 100 years from now…

 

3. Cook a beautiful meal

Food is a way to nourish your body. In today’s era of convenience, all too often we eat food for pleasure rather than fuel. A rule of thumb I keep in mind when it comes to eating a balanced diet is; your plate should feature an array of colors (Natural colors! Not food dye/artificial flavoring). I like to challenge myself to make color coordinated food dishes. Red tomato sauces, orange turmeric spiced, yummy yellow polenta, leafy greens, blueberry smoothies, and pretty purple cabbage slaws… the possibilities are endless! It is especially fun when you visit your local market and try to cook with the seasonal produce. Cooking is more than a chore, it is a form of art. 

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4. Express yourself through fashion

Fashion can seem like an intimidating niche. Too often we let our own insecurities get in the way of wearing the clothes we admire. And sometimes, it’s our budget that gets in the way. Well, like anything in this world, if you want it bad enough, you can make it happen. It’s the beginning of a new year, now is the perfect time to start revamping your wardrobe. There are so many great resources online on ways to upcycle old clothes. Thrift stores and secondhand shops are wonderful places to find great quality clothes for a fraction of the price. Draping your body in colors that are pleasing to you, textures that feel stimulating to your skin will certainly boost your mood and your confidence.  

5. Discover your creative hobby

Everyone who isn’t an artist claims they have no creative bone in their body. That is just not true! You just haven’t found your creative outlet yet. Not everyone is a painter, but everyone is an artist. Perhaps your art is in the form of woodworking, model making, Lego building, sewing, etc! The best thing you can do is try it all and see what sticks. If you find that you are at a point in your life where you are very unstimulated, bored with your regular routine, social media no longer gives you that sweet, sweet dopamine release, then you probably should be doing some self discovery. Explore yourself, figure out what you are interested in. Embark on a creative endeavor. It can be anything from building a fort for your cat out of cardboard to filming and editing TikTok videos. At the end of it, you will have something tangible to show for your time spent. 

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