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Ready for something more powerful than a little abracadabra? Do you want to change your life? Join the club. Everyone longs for change, whether it is changing an annoying old habit or perhaps a larger leap of faith into a dramatic life shift.

Get honest with yourself. What kind of change are you longing for?

Ahhhh, change. I go to bed too late, I am lazy when the gym is concerned, I work too much, and I’m addicted to my iPhone… that’s just the small stuff that I am changing one itty bit at a time. On a larger scale, let’s just say that my amigdala’s frontal cortex overreacts with a fear response that should only be used in 911 situations, however instead, when change is on the horizon (good change!), I freeze like a deer in headlights. I’m working on that one, too.

What if you could use one simple word to make real changes in your life? You can. All you have to do is know that YOU ARE AN ARTIST.


Claiming my identity as an “artist” didn’t happen overnight. An artist is any person who uses their creativity and imagination to create. Create what? ANYTHING. YOUR LIFE. Your health. Fulfilling experiences. Loving relationships. Forgiveness. Acceptance.

The dictionary happens to agree with me:

art·ist (ärtst), n.

1. A person whose work shows exceptional creative ability or skill.

An artist’s purpose is not limited to painting, drawing, singing or dancing. An artist is any person (YOU) who has inborn talents and exhibits these talents through expressed creativity.

Could you be an artist as a talented doctor (an artist of the human body)? Perhaps you are an artist parent (creating a loving home and healthy children)? Maybe you are an artist lawyer (creating legal change to benefit and protect the rights of others). What kind of artist are you?

When you choose to harness the power of the word artist, you claim your birthright and your true identity as a creator. You have been put on this earth to create a life completely unique to you. If you do not consider yourself an artist, you are selling yourself, and the world, short.

Call yourself an artist. When you do, you suddenly hold the magic wand to create, change, and express every possibility in your life. Being an artist goes far beyond the paintbrush. Being an artist gives you permission to be who you are, express who you are, and create a life of meaning, purpose and joy.

Are you ready to call yourself an artist? What do you want to change and create in your life? Share with me below, or share with me on The Art Studio NY Facebook Page. Your expression matters, my dear artist.

PS. If you are ready to flex your creative magic wand this summer, check out our summer art classes that are guaranteed to awaken YOUR art and soul!

PPS. Keep your eyes open for another blog post this week about How One Woman Changed Her Life Through Art!

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Such a positive view of artists, thank you 🙂
18-Nov-2015 12:24 PM
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Rebecca Schweiger

I’m so happy that you enjoyed this blog about artists. Remember, YOU are an artist! Visit https://www.theartstudiony.com or join our FB page to receive more creative inspiration!
18-Nov-2015 12:25 PM
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Anonymous

Thank you, I’ll definitely check that site out. Have an inspiring Day


LESSON #1: Are you too concerned about a final product that you don’t enjoy the process enough (or at all!)? Our world is too product oriented. In art classes , in creativity and in life, children teach us to enjoy the moment. Be present. If you can’t enjoy the journey, then what’s the point? 

CREATIVE ACTION STEP: Go do something this week that has nothing to do with a final product and everything to do with a fun, meaningful process. Jump in a puddle. Dance in the rain (without an umbrella!). Sing in the shower. Stick your hands in pink paint! Embrace the joy of being ALIVE. That is what art is all about.

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So you think you can’t draw? If you have been heard saying the following phrases, then you better scroll down and practice the 3 TIPS TO PROVE YOU CAN DRAW.
YES, YOU CAN DRAW.

“I can’t draw!”

“I can’t even draw a straight line.”

“I can’t even draw a stick figure.”

“I am the WORST artist.”

I beg to differ, and I can prove you wrong. EVERYONE CAN DRAW, and that is a promise. If you follow my three tips for learning how to draw, expect to be drawing within a week. 

CLICK HERE and take a DRAWING CLASS this summer!

3 TIPS FOR LEARNING HOW TO DRAW 

1. Take a beginner’s drawing classYou proclaim that you can’t draw, yet when I ask you “When was the last time you spent time drawing?”, what’s your response? “20 years ago”, “in 4th Grade” or “Never!”. TIP ONE: Take a drawing class that will nurture you, and choose a teacher that will inspire you. There’s no substitution for an excellent teacher. The Art Studio NY is known for warm and encouraging art instructors as well as our #1-Rated Beginner Drawing Classes in New York City.

The Art Studio NY’s Weekend Art Classes: 1-Day Central Park Drawing Class

2. Take it one line at a time. Learning to draw, or for that matter, learning to do ANYTHING, doesn’t happen overnight! When you draw, look for simple shapes such as circles and squares. Drawing is one little line connected to another little line. When you break it down, all you really need to know how to draw is a dash mark! Practice with letters of the alphabet first. The letter “A” is three straight lines which eventually connect. The letter B is two curved lines connected with one straight line. Find simple objects around your house, and practice sketching, one line at a time. 

3. Why are you drawing anyway? Focus on what matters. Our culture is product oriented, and we put unnecessary pressure on ourselves when drawing. Artistic expression is about the PROCESS NOT PRODUCT. Will every drawing be wonderful? No! Can most drawing experiences be nurturing, fulfilling and enlightening? YES! Focus on what matters. The meaningful experiences of drawing (and in life) is what is most important, not the end products. 

CLICK HERE and take an inspiring ART CLASS this summer in New York City! 

What do YOU love most about drawing, and what tips do you have for beginners to drawingPlease share below in the comments section! 

Happy summer and happy drawing.


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Recently, I sat down with renowned journalist for The Huffington Post, Laura Cococcia. Laura had the courage to reignite her artistic flame through art classes at The Art Studio NY after not having picked up a paintbrush in, well, a long time. She then picked my brain, ART and soul, and her interview with me is published in The Huffington Post (and for your convenience, you may scroll down and have a read right here!). I was surprised at how long it took me to respond to her questions about my life as an artist and Founder of The Art Studio NY (she sent them in January, I responded in May!). Clearly, it was time for me to reassess why I do what I do, why art continues to be a driving factor in my life, and what really inspires me, and challenges me, today. I needed time to turn off my artistic autopilot to do some creative soul searching of my own. 

 

What inspires me? How have I remained artistic after all of these years? Why did I open The Art Studio NY nearly 10 years ago? What challenges me the most, and where do I see TASNY going in the future? 

Read on….


On Remaining Artistic: An Interview With The Art Studio NY’s Rebecca Schweiger

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Pablo Picasso 

 

When is the last time you painted, wrote a poem, played the piano? For too many of us, the answer is, “I don’t remember.” But why don’t we engage in the creative activities we enjoyed so much as kids? Painting isn’t any less relaxing just because you have a college degree, and singing loudly isn’t any less fun because you own a home, or wear a suit to work, or pay your bills on time. What changes, I think, is that as we get older we let our inner critics get the better of us rather than letting our inner artist loose to create uninhibitedly. 

I recently started painting again with Rebecca Schweiger, founder at The Art Studio NY. It’s been an interesting experience — I have never been “artistic” in the traditional visual sense, but thought I’d try it out as an experiment of my own talents. My inner critic harshly judged by work, but Rebecca pointed out the positive and unique aspects of the painting. After she was done, I felt a bit more confident. Even at my age. 

As I recently discussed Rebecca, we adults sometimes lack the faith in our innate abilities as humans to be creative, and it’s not exactly good for us. The fact of the matter is that artistic expression and creativity can help us to better problem solve and communicate more freely in our personal and professional lives alike. 

In the interview, Rebecca spoke to me about how art has the ability to heal us, both physically and mentally, and how it can even make us more relaxed. She also discussed how The Art Studio NY came about, and the charitable role she’s carved out for it. 

What inspired you to start a career in art?
I have always gravitated towards creativity, and I’ve had a lifelong love affair with artistic expression. The freedom and self-empowerment I experience when I am creatively expressing myself has changed my life in so many ways. Art has always been an outlet for me that is therapeutic, uplifting and joyful. When I make art, everything else disappears, and I get lost in this magical creative world of art that stems from inside of me. Artistic self-expression is nourishing food for the soul. Authentically expressing myself through art is a profoundly fulfilling experience for me. 

What can art teach us about expressing what it’s like to live the human experience? Do you believe art can make us feel whole, or connect us as humans?
We all have the need to connect to others through sharing our personal life experiences. There are many experiences in life that we just can’t express verbally, but we still need to express them nonetheless. Joys, sorrows, unanswered questions, longings, dissatisfaction, struggle, hopes, dreams, stress, excitement… everything is welcome in art. No one and nothing is exempt from the benefits that art brings to life. 

How did you come to found The Art Studio NY? Why did you feel the need to help people through art?
I once taught a unique art class at a local nursing home in Massachusetts. The residents there were very old and very sick. If I could define the word transformation in the dictionary, I would post a photo of what happened in my art class at the nursing home! It was miraculous how quickly the depressing environment transformed to inspiring, all due the power of art and a teacher who wanted to make a difference through art. While teaching my hands-on art project, the room came to life with smiles, laughter, conversation, eye contact and nurturing human connection. 

I felt a true calling to inspire and uplift others through the beneficial treasure chest art offers (increased relaxation, memory recall, increased human connection, greater satisfaction, fulfillment, stress relief, and so on). Thus, I gave birth to The Art Studio NY in 2004, and it has grown like a weed ever since. The fundamental thought behind The Art Studio is that every single person is creative. When provided with a loving, nurturing and safe environment, magic happens. We help bring out the best in people through artistic creativity. 

 


What’s the most challenging thing about your career? How does The Art Studio NY overcome perceptions about art and what it is and who should participate in it?
There is enormous fear around art. People feel they can’t “do” it, fear they will get it “wrong,” or that it won’t “look good,” that they won’t be “good enough,” or perhaps they are afraid of what might come out when they actually give themselves permission to let themselves go with a paintbrush. I founded The Art Studio NY in order to share the positive benefits of artistic expression while simultaneously overcoming and dispelling the fears, challenges and misconceptions that threaten the creative spirit. Creativity is a powerful force that lives within all of us, it is a tool everyone can access. Often, it is creativity that leads to the world’s most innovative changes that make this world a better place. In our society, creativity is not recognized as the superpower it truly is, art is not being utilized to its potential. My goal is to reignite the power of creativity amongst the masses. 

How would you like to see the next level of the Studio evolve?
The Art Studio NY has been very active in giving back to our local and global community, and I want our community efforts to grow even more. As an art studio, we provide and donate art classes, art supplies and actual artwork to dozens of organizations on an ongoing basis. We partnered with Elizabeth’s Canvas, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that provides free art classes to cancer patients and survivors to prove that nothing can erase the creative spirit. We have participated in fundraising campaigns by giving scholarships and free art classes to over 50 local schools in New York City. After Hurricane Sandy, we donated a portion of our proceeds to hurricane relief efforts, and we ran clothing drives to gather and deliver needed supplies for hurricane victims. I see my role as a leader in the art world as both a great honor and a real responsibility. Art has the power to transform, heal and uplift, and I am dedicated to being a channel for just that.


To learn more about The Art Studio NY, or to sign up for a class, visit www.theartstudiony.com.

Follow Laura Cococcia on Twitter: www.twitter.com/lauracococcia 

Artwork by Rebecca Schweiger, All rights reserved, copyright 2013.

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Thanks. Encouraging words…
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I’m so happy you enjoyed. The artist spirit is alive in all of us, including you! Rebecca

 

What is it really like to be an artist? Step into the shoes of professional painter Galit Oelsner as she shares her secrets of what it really takes to succeed as an artist. With Galit’s first solo New York City art exhibition opening this June at the stunning Prince George Ballroom Gallery (it is a must-see, her paintings move and inspire!), I eagerly listen as Gala gives me a glimpse into her inner-world as an artist. With the poignant honesty that Israelis are admired for, she shares the challenges of her artistic career as well as what makes her most proud, and she gives us a sneak peek at her 30+ paintings and photographs that will be on exhibition. My personal favorite? Galit’s advice to YOU about how to succeed and make your dreams come true, both on and off the canvas of life.  

Rebecca: When did you first decide to take an art class at The Art Studio NY? What was going on in your life that impacted your decision to take an art class? 

Galit: Learning is part of my growth. At the time I chose The Art Studio NY,  I was looking for a place that would help me expand my knowledge in art techniques while providing me with a warm environment for my creativity.  This is what I found in The Art Studio NY almost eight years ago, and this is why I continue coming to this art studio today. 

Rebecca: What role has The Art Studio NY played in your career as an artist? 

Galit: The Art Studio NY changed my perspectives and taught me to think big. Rebecca Schweiger‘s approach has always been, “If you want to do something, DO IT and do not be afraid to make mistakes along the way. It is part of the process of creativity.”  The opportunity to paint in small groups (not as crowded as any other art classes) allowed me to use big canvases and put my ideas on the canvas. Any idea that I had was always encouraged and supported by the high knowledge of the instructors at The Art Studio NY

Rebecca: Do you ever get blocked or stuck in your creative process? What do you do to get unstuck? 

Galit: Sure. It is part of the process of creativity. For me, it helps to continue working on my artwork, and the flow will come through the process itself. Sometimes, it is good to take a pause while I go back to what inspire me most.

Rebecca: Gala,  What inspires you? 

Galit: As an artist, you always need to be living with your eyes open. I get my inspiration from my surroundings, and I translate it to art with my eyes closed. My creative path is to “walk” between the two worlds: reality and my imagination. I am also inspired by books, poetry, movies, music and may other moving forms of creativity.  My work is a reflection of what I see and what I feel. 

Rebecca: Many people are very afraid of taking an art class. What advice do you have for those that are afraid?

Galit: The “barrier” is only in our mind. Start in small steps. Be open and ready to make mistakes. It is part of the process of learning. Do not compare yourself to others. This is your own journey. If you love art and you want to make art, you cannot get away from it. It will always follow you, so you better start doing it! You will be very happy you did. 

Rebecca: What is most challenging for you about being an artist? What is most rewarding about being an artist?

Galit: The challenge for me as an artist is how to make sure that my artwork will transform into a moving experience for the viewer. When my artwork moves others, this is the most rewarding. If someone looks at my art and tells me that he thought about it later, that it touched him in some way – for me, this is the most rewarding part of being an artist. 

Rebecca: You have an upcoming exhibition of close to 30 pieces of your artwork. Tell us all about your exhibition, the artwork you have created, the materials you are using, and how it feels to prepare for your first solo show in New York City. 

 

Galit: I am very excited about my art show. My exhibition, Cover, Uncover, Discover, will include a series of paintings and photographs. My artwork reflects a continuous inner search to discover our hidden layers that we usually cover and protect within ourselves. I moved to New York from Israel in 1999.  From a different cultural environment, I had my own layers that were instilled in me: words, memories, events, childhood, and places carved within me. Arriving in New York City, I started to gain cultural experiences and realizations that covered over my earlier Israeli life experiences. My artwork is very symbolic.  I paint a bird as a symbol of freedom. Our thoughts, much like birds, have no limitations and no borders. They can fly anywhere and everywhere. The tree, in my paintings, are symbols of growth and development. The word “Hineni” (“I Am” in Hebrew) emphasizes my  genuine self, the self that is found only in the purity of a child. My series of photographs, Duality of a Playground, explores childhood as our foundation layer, our first layer of our lives. 

Rebecca: What advice do you have for those who want to exhibit their artwork and become professional artists?

Galit: Art is like any other profession. If you want to be a professional artist, you have to think and be professional. It all comes down to hard work, full dedication, consistency, and most of all, your commitment to believe in what you are doing.

 

JOIN GALIT OELSNER AT THE PRINCE GEORGE GALLERY IN NEW YORK CITY: 

Art Exhibition Opening Reception:
Tuesday, June 11, 7 – 9 pm

15 East 27 Street, NYC,
Exhibition runs from June 5 – 28, 2013


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What are YOUR secrets to success? Tell us!

Life is hectic. You are stressed and overwhelmed with life’s daily demands. You need space and time for yourself to relax, unwind and discover real fulfillment in your life. The Art Studio NY is known as a creative urban oasis where stress melts away and joy blossoms. Are you ready to practice 5 Proven Relaxation Tips That Will Help YOU NOW?

1. Meditation – When you catch yourself worrying about your job, your relationship or your lifelong to-do list, experts say to simply let the thought escape, and bring your mind back through gentle focus. CREATING ART is a form of meditation. Just 5 to 10 minutes of daily practice will make your stress levels drop and your CREATIVITY soar!

2. Picture Yourself Relaxed – Is your mind too talkative to meditate? Try creating a peaceful visualization, or “dreamscape.” PAINT a beautiful scene in your mind and visualize yourself in this place as tensions release. Like us on Facebook to view our weekly BEAUTIFUL BEGINNINGS for inspirational images that will help you to practice visualizations.

3. Breathe Deeply– Feel your breath coming and going up your spine. Inhale, feeling your entire belly, sides and lower back expand. Exhale, sighing again as you drop your chest, and feeling your belly, back and sides contract. Repeat 10 times. This is also a great technique to use before picking up a pencil or brush.

4. Listen to Music – Scientists say that music calms the heartbeat and soothe the soul. So, when the going gets rough, take a musical stress detour by aligning your heartbeat with the slow tempo of a relaxing song. At The Art Studio NY, we LOVE playing music during art classes to further relaxation and self-expression.

5. MAKE ART! PAINTING & DRAWING – Painting and creating ART is an ideal way of healing stress and anxiety. Due to increased artistic focus, the mind and body have time to release toxins and re-balance to a peaceful state. Relaxation gained during a painting session at TASNY enables you to have a clearer line of thought, which later helps you deal with problems and gain more positive perspective. (Sources: WebMD.com and RelaxationHaven.com) Choose at least one of the relaxation techniques above and commit to practicing it daily for just 5 minutes a day. Be sure to share your progress below. What relaxation techniques help YOU the most? Let me know!

With love, creativity and relaxation!

Rebecca Schweiger, The New York Art Whisperer

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Paint Class Health Perks

ART CLASSES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH?

Yes. Art classes are good for your health. 

In our overly demanding, crazily busy, ear-to-the-iPhone culture, it is now more important than ever to…

HAVE TIME JUST FOR Y.O.U. 

Not just for fun, but for your HEALTH. In other words, it’s not a luxury,  it’s a necessity. 

Read what Bite Size Wellness has to say about their health-perked Painting Class experience at The Art Studio NY!

What health-related perks have YOU experienced when taking an art class? Share with us below!

www.TheArtStudioNY.com

AWAKEN YOUR ART & SOUL. 

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Acrylic and Mixed-Media Painting, 20″ x 20″, Rebecca Schweiger, 2013

A quick story of how a man became a huge artistic success overnight, and what his #1 suggestion is I know it will touch you, it has stayed with me for years and really changed my life.

A very famous artist, John Walker (see his work in MoMA and dozens of the biggest museums and galleries worldwide) and I were having a conversation years ago that I will never forget. In an art class, I asked John how his art career took off and what steps I could take to achieve the same success. He stared into my eyes and said, Rebecca, what’s most important about being an artist is to be amongst a community of artists”. 

He continued to share, “Your will make art, you will sell art, artwork will get damaged along the way. But a community of artists, that is what is most important when you yourself are an artist. That is your #1 priority“. The secrets he shared have fueled my successful art career, and I am excited to share these art secrets with YOU! And, you won’t believe how John’s career came to be!

This Monday, April 8, at 6:30 – 9 pm, learn THE SECRETS OF HOW TO SUCCEED AS AN ARTIST (and in your life)… And Where MOST PEOPLE GO WRONG!

Learn the secrets of creative success by clicking here:

ART SALON NITE: INSPIRATION MONTHLY.

What do YOU think is most important when building your art career? Share in the comments below!

These secrets will inspire you in profound ways, I can’t wait to share them with you.

With loving creativity to you,

Rebecca Schweiger, The New York Art Whisperer

www.TheArtStudioNY.com

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YOU CAN PAINT. The two Be-YOU-tiful oil paintings from our Beginner’s Oil Painting 101 class above are the first landscape painting these fabulous creators EVER created (the second canvas of their lives).

I can hear your voice now. “No, no, they must be very talented, but I am not. I COULD NEVER PAINT LIKE THAT.” Reality check. You’re wrong. That’s what these two artists claimed before they had picked up their paintbrushes for the very first time. Would you agree that, indeed, they were wrong? I rest my case.

What to expect in The Art Studio NY’s art classes in NYC? ENCOURAGEMENT. No intimidation. Relaxation. Fulfillment during a much-needed break from your demanding schedule. A big dose of joyful self-expression. Inspiring art class instruction that is tailor made to your needs and interests. And, of course, beautiful artwork!

YOUR CREATIVE EXERCISE: Make a list of 3 things that, in your wildest dreams, you long to paint on canvas! POST YOUR FAVORITE IN OUR COMMENTS BELOW! Let’s inspire one another.
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Get inspired and view our student art gallery HERE:
https://www.theartstudiony.com/studentartgallery.html

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Art Classes in NYC… Express who you are.

If you are breathing, you are an artist. Artists create. Artists have vision. Artists imagine and dream. Artists courageously push the boundaries of what is possible, and they manifest wild ideas into reality.

Do you think a “real artist” is someone who creates masterpieces only through bristled brushes and colorful strokes of paint? Absolutely not! Every human being is an artist. If you’re heART is beating, your mind is thinking, your pulse is dancing, then YOU are an ARTIST.

We are the only living beings on the planet who have the power to use our conscious minds, physical bodies and inner-spirit to create new realities and possibilities in our lives. This is the true essence of creativity at its best. This is art. The real canvas standing before you is not the blank white canvas in a NYC art class or an art studio in New York. While art classes absolutely jumpstart your creative process and will create an inspiring ripple-effect into your daily life, you need not take an art class in order to claim your artistic powers. Creativity is your birthright, art class or no art class.

Your true canvas is your life, and you are the only artist that has the power to create its magnificence. The real question is, what is it you long to create? What do you dream of?

Today you have been gifted with a blank white canvas, and the only rules are as follows: It is the first day of 2013. Create a masterpiece on this canvas to be titled “My Life in 2013”. Consider this canvas the most meaningful from any art class possible.

I invite you to come home to The Art Studio NY (http://www.TheArtStudioNY.com) this year, and come home to the powerful creator that you are. Give yourself the gift you deserve… the gift of connecting with your creativity and living your fully expressed life. Make 2013 the masterpiece I know you have the power to create. Be the artist of your life.

PS- This month… NEW! ART SALON NITE: INSPIRATION MONTHLY is an inspiring, motivational and community-oriented heART salon for artists of all kinds who are excited to take their creative journey to an entirely new level. Unlock the creative power within you and become the true artist of your life, both on and off the canvas.

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.—Henry David Thoreau

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I am so happy that you found my blog and that you are benefiting from it. Continue to enjoy what is shared, my goal is to inspire and nurture you and all readers! Looking forward to hearing from you with future blog posts. Cheers to you, too!
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Merge your brain’s left and right hemispheres, and you will get an ARTrepreneur, a business savvy go-getter that is dedicated to making our world a better place through creativity and heART. Recently, Business Coach, CEO of The Round Table Business, and a very pleased art student from one of my prior painting retreats in Italy, Rena DeLevie (Her clients? Think JCrew, JPMorganChase, Cole Haan, and my personal favorite, David Yurman) shot me a quick email with a list of ARTrepreneur business questions about The Art Studio NY. In a nutshell, Rena’s email asked me how important questions about how I built my art business in New York City. She was hoping to receive answers that would ultimately help her in coaching a new up-and-coming musician.

My first response (to myself, that is)? I’m not sharing nearly ten years of my own NYC art studio sweat, tears and toiling! Top secret!!!! N-O.

My next response (after she called to make sure her email hadn’t offended me, which she truly had not)? I am a blessed woman. I have been guided to successfully create art classes and art events for children, adults, toddlers, teens and senior citizens that provide immense joy, real meaning and overall transformation in the lives of thousands of New Yorkers of every age, from 2 – 102. So, late Saturday night, when I should have been beauty sleeping, I wrote a detailed email that got my creative juices excited.

Rena: What do you think made things take off for you and The Art Studio NY?

Rebecca: Firstly, the #1 way that I got started as a professional artist and Founder of The Art Studio NY was my hunger, drive and confidence. I was eager and willing to do whatever it took. At the time it was 9+ years ago. I really believed I could make this all happen, and I did. I thank God and the Universe. I feel I have support in many realms, as I feel strongly I’m really following a deep calling.

Things took off because of the authenticity I bring to the table. Being “real” is of utmost importance to me. I’m on a mission to light up people’s inner-spirit through art, authenticity and self-expression. I invite people to REALLY be themselves and to find what gives their lives meaning, purpose and connection. I ask people to be themselves and to freely express themselves. I’m inviting people to come home to themselves, a place that in my experience, all people long for. So… my invitation is hard to refuse! This has all contributed to The Art Studio NY‘s success and “take off”.

It’s like love, there’s no such thing as too much healthy love. So, perhaps that’s also a part of why my art business is a success. I and the entire team at The Art Studio NY are pouring a lot of love into a lot of lives, and the “magic wand” we use is a combination of intuition, care, brains, and a few paintbrushes!

Rena: How many years did you invest before things took off for your art business?

Rebecca: How many years did I invest before The Art Studio NY and our endless inspiring art classes and art programs in NYC took off… not quite sure I totally understand the question. I’m assuming you might mean, how many years did I not make any money? Or work like a dog? Believe it or not, I didn’t invest TONS of money to get started, on paper anyway. I invested, and still do, a TON of time. Non-entrepreneurs (sort of like being a mom and speaking to someone without kids- they really don’t understand how a mom is always so busy!) don’t really get why I’m so busy so often. So, I surely have invested money and still do in my business, but I grew up with a strong value of “if you don’t have it, you don’t spend it ” attitude. So, when I started TASNY in the bedroom of a pre-war one bedroom apartment (a shout out to all students who know the space, I love you!), I started with my available means. I also started small and grew gradually. I wanted to make sure I wanted what I thought I wanted. It’s been an organic growth. There have definitely been some bigger jumps, such as when I expanded last year into our new 2000 SF art studios in New York, and a few years prior when I had expanded into a larger previous space.I still feel like I’m investing time and money. Don’t we all invest ourselves in what matters to us? And, I know I want more. Thank goodness, I am VERY grateful with the returns (emotionally, spiritually, financially) of my art studio, and I thank God every day. And, I still want more. In a non-attached-I’m-very-happy-now-but-open-to-more-of-what-I-want-in-return sort of way, I want more.

Rena: What steps are you taking to keep the momentum going?

Rebecca: Steps to keep the momentum going for the nurturing art school that I proudly can say has been rated the #1 Art Classes in New York City… many! I constantly assess what to keep, what to change, and no matter the bumps, I always breath! The nature of life is change, so instead of fearing it, I run towards it. I’m a big dreamer, but I dream in ways that I can actualize my dreams into reality. I really suggest that everyone DREAM BIG and go for it! Many limitations are self-imposed, so take risks and if failure comes, wipe your tush off, get up and try again, because really, why not?! Other things I practice are to take great care of myself and honor my needs and need for down time, I give a ton and need to refill my own well. I analyze what is working the most vs. the least from various perspectives. I try to spend more energy in what I’m most passionate about and where my true talents lie, and I delegate to others where their strengths lie. I surround myself with smart and successful people and keep new energy and ideas flowing! Trusting the business I’ve built is key. In quieter moments, I remind myself to meditate and reaffirm why I’m doing what I’m doing in the first place.

Riding the waves is critical. Surrender is huge. Trusting myself is monumental. All of my practices equate not only to building a successful business, but they are recipes to building a successful, happy and meaningful life. What could be more important than that?

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Anonymous

Thank you, Rena!
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Anonymous

A great success in all means… I was an art student at the studio in 2008; just loved the living room that was such an inspiring space, with brushes, paint, canvases, books, no fuss but plenty of ‘art’ vibrations. A very inspiring universe where each of us would be allowed and encouraged to express our soul, our feelings, our doubts, our laughs. Yes, great success on a human level: making people happy! Thanks Rebecca for your thoughts, your so refined artistic coaching, your generosity and caring for each of us, and above all, bringing us to our ‘true’ self.
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Rebecca S

Thank you so much for sharing. I am so moved by all that you said, and your comment encourages me to continue doing and sharing in very authentic ways. What a gift to know that I have supported you in connecting with your “true” self. Your comment has made my night! Bless you and your heART!!
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Rena Delevie

You are gracious in so many ways. Thank you for sharing your heART, your experience and your kindness.

I must confess, I love throwing things away. The physical and emotional act of letting go floods my body with a giddy sensation of freedom and weightlessness that is a true delight! On the contrary, the sight of endless emails in my inbox pumps anxiety through my veins, and an overload of physical objects, papers and tchotchkies just make me plain dizzy. As my dear mother would say, “Why do you need that? It’s just going to collect dust. Get rid of it!” I couldn’t agree more. At this stage of my life, I realize that the “things” I need the most are within me, right inside of my heART. That’s where I store my most valuable treasures.

So, the fact that I snipped out an article called “The Soul of a Teacher: Answering the Call” in 2006 from a magazine, and I still have that same tidbit hanging on my refrigerator to this day,six years later, says a lot! As an art teacher who is following her calling to share the power of art and authentic self-expression with the world, I read and re-read this article daily. I never tire of it, and it always reminds me of why I started The Art Studio NY, why I teach, and what all of our teachers at TASNY have in common.

When you are searching for an art teacher to guide you on your creative journey, it is this commitment, passion and heARTfelt calling, shared in the snippet article below, that your art instructor must have. Your teacher should long to touch your life in the most unique and caring way through the magical transformation of creativity. Teaching art goes way beyond the sharing of color mixing or paint application. At The Art Studio NY, all of our art instructors teach in our unique art studio because they want to see our students thrive, connect and create in the most joyous, authentic ways. At The Art Studio NY, we are dedicated to our students, and we not only want you to make beautiful canvases to hang on your walls, but we truly want you to succeed with the most important canvas of all, THE CANVAS OF YOUR LIFE.

I am grateful that amidst my love of simplicity and clutter-free living, I have not thrown this article away, for it reminds me every day of my mission as an artist, teacher and as a human being.


The Soul of a Teacher: Answering the Call

By Carolyn Dell’uomo

When we answer the call to teach, what is being asked of us? In looking at the lives of great teachers- Swami Kripalu, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr.- we see that the call to teach is a beckoning of the soul. It beckons us not to an occupation, but to a path of transformation; not to a career, but to a soul-evolving way of life. In saying yes to teaching, we are saying yes to the practice in which the joys, struggles, and breakthroughs of our lives are the soul-infusing force behind what we share with our students. Beyond technique and methodology, we teach who we are. Like teachers before us, we are called to a set of soul qualities that in times of doubt or fear sustain our trust, strengthen our heart, and nurture our relationship with the Divine. This intimacy with life, soul and spirit is the force behind our transformational teaching, courageous acts of compassion, and dynamic social change.

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30″ x 30″, Oil and Mixed-Media on Canvas, Copyright Rebecca Schweiger This image may not be duplicated, copied or used without permission of the artist.

“I dwell in possibility…” – Emily Dickinson

I’ve always been a huge advocate of working on many paintings at once, and I encourage everyone to do the same. When I work only on one lone painting, all of my focused energy pours into that “one and only” piece. The canvas becomes precious, too precious… WAY too annoyingly precious! Any change or unexpected shift on this “one” canvas sends my heart fluttering with anxiety and panic. Love turns into obsession, focus turns into frenzy. With the “one and only” canvas, I am controlling, demanding, and out of touch with life’s true possibilities.

On the flip side, when I create a variety of paintings at once on multiple canvas, there exists a flowing dance of inspiration that moves straight from my soul and right through my paintbrushes. The variety of life chapters within me, asking to be expressed, become like a family of hummingbirds freely pollinating plethoras of blossoms in the lush jungle. The possibilities truly become infinite.   If I’m not feeling a connection to one work of art, I have many others at my fingertips, begging for love, attention and frolicking. I am splattered with florescent colors from head to toe,  I am singing to the music that serenades my artistic ballet, and I feel a life force within me that I can only call magical.  As my creative process unfolds, I have a family of rich, authentic canvases, each expressing a tender piece of my heART that live to be shared. Each puzzle piece of my existence deserves its own canvas. And it won’t all fit into a “one and only” 24″ x 36″ stretched and framed piece of cotton.

We are complex, multi-faceted human beings with inner-worlds that are intricate puzzle pieces with infinite possibilities, we are as deep as the oceans and as vast as the heavens. As heARTists, as living beings on earth, the need to express our unique essence is a longing that we all share. Whether by creating a painting on canvas, entering a new relationship, or engaging in a new project at work, the theory of “the one and only” is a tried and true dead-end road. With too much focus on only one possibility, one outcome and one finished product, we set sky-high expectations that will almost always lead to disappointment… A place, I gather, that most, if not all of us, would rather not visit any time soon.

Set yourself up for success. Whether you are a doctor, lawyer, parent, teacher, investment banker or budding artist, keep many canvases active in your life. Seek new doors to open, and keep them wide open,  on a regular basis. Discover a variety of possibilities, interests and inspirations to nourish every chapter within your unfolding life masterpiece.

Take the multi-canvas approach and experience how many possibilities in life there truly are. Dwell in possibility.

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Emily Klima

Okay-you’re awesome!!
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marteloman

Lots of wisdom here that you’ve eloquently shared with all of us. This goes to show how art and the creative endeavors to create it can benefit ones’s overall outlook on life among many other great dividends. Here’s to life in a multi-canvas, multi-dimensional way!
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Rebecca S

Thank you, Emily! You teach me so much constantly.
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Rebecca S

Thank you, Marteloman. I am grateful to share the truth of my heART!

I’ve lost count as to how many times I’ve witnessed this exact sequence of ever-changing emotional terrain in my New York art studioAnd now that I got your attention by using the word fuck, insert the word “life” for the word “painting”. “I love my life, I hate my life, I fucked up my life. What should I do now with my life?!?! HELP.”

SOUND FAMILIAR?

Some of us are art students, and all of us are human life students. As my hEARTist students are well aware, I loooove to share how the creative, artistic process is THE perfect metaphor for the process of creating a beautiful, meaningful everyday life. While having a stellar painting to hang over your non-working Manhattan fireplace is a novelty and certainly impresses your doorman, creating and deeply enjoying a meaningful, self-empowering and joyous existence is paramount and something that every human being longs to create, have and live. In fact, there is nothing on earth more coveted than a gifted life such as this.

What if I guaranteed you that as you flex your creative muscles in the art studio with a gooey paintbrush in hand, you are actually flexing the muscles of your life that matter most?What if a simple (inspiring, wonderful and best art class in NYC, of course….) painting class in New York City is actually THE perfect practice for creating the life you most want to live?Through your artistic practice, you learn how to strengthen your ability to create beauty amongst life’s ever-changing colorful chaos, you build confidence in your right to express who and how you are in this world, you become the CREATOR of your life rather than a passive participant, and you learn to honor, respect and trust the voice that matters most, the voice of your inner-heART.

Through exploring your personal creativity and authentic self-expression, you don’t fret as your internal emotional landscape twists and turns, because you know that the nature of life is change, and you know that as an artist, you are in charge of your shifting canvas of life. You don’t worry as much about fucking up your painting (or life), because as an artist, you know that if you created meaning and happiness before, you can and will recreate it again. If you hate your painting (or life), you now have the creative wisdom to change it for the better. With the gift of your newfound creativity, when you ask yourself “What should I do now with my painting (or life)?”, your past panic is replaced with a reservoir of endless exciting possibilities. And, when youdowant to scream “HEEEELP!!!” from your 36th floor apartment window as all New Yorkers inevitably do (admit it, we’re in this together), you allow yourself to freely express whatever frustration you are feeling, because you know it is healthy to let it all out, and it just feels damn good to express yourself, rain or shine. This time, however, as you howl under the moon for help, howling right into the city night sky’s symphony of sirens and car horns, you smile to yourself as you spot the only sparkling star in sight. Your creative journey has taught you how to access every answer you have ever needed and every answer you will ever need. For the rest of the days of your precious life, because of the artist that you are, you know that everything you truly need is right inside of you in your heART. At this exact moment, you laugh with confidence, “What if the best kept secret is that painting class really is the greatest guru in town?”

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What is a heARTist?

A heARTist is an artist that lives and expresses him/herself from the heART, because that is where life’s greatest wisdom is born.  Right inside. Everyone is an artist, and EVERYONE can be a heARTist. I promise!  Speaking of promises, I have a handful of solemnly swears just for you.

My promises to you, dear heARTist:

I promise that  life really is your canvas, and you are its true artist. Artists create, that is our gift as humans. We create. You can CREATE joy, beauty and magic every day. That’s what heARTists do.

I promise to rev your creative juices up and bring the artist and heARTist out of you. Get ready to express yourself BIG time.

I promise to be sincere, sassy, serious, silly, sexy, succulent, sensual, strong, and share all possible scintillating aspects of my humanity with you. The intention, of course, is to remind you of how special and singular YOU are.

I promise that I am committed to supporting you in enjoying your life to the fullest while expressing your true authentic self. Share your shine, baby. There’s only one of you, and you are here to sing the song of your heART. Louder, I can’t hear you!

With love from one heARTist to another,

The New York Art Whisperer, Rebecca Schweiger


~ Rebecca Schweiger, copyright 2012

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Anonymous

Rebecca- I am inspired by everything that you shared. I’m so excited to hear creative life tips. Thank you! Jen M.
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