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Day 6 – market day and more painting

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my favorite day here in Soreze  is Saturday because of the farmers market in Revel.  It is known as one of the most beautiful markets in France… Right after the visit of the market may second favorite thing is to … Continue reading

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day 5 – painting marathon

Painting is getting lost
in time ,
not thinking anything
other than
colors, brush and strokes.
A meditation practice
without being afraid
my legs could fall asleep

– heike-

this morning I realized that it is Friday, almost a week past here in Southern France, and am afraid not having painted enough, even though I did everyday. So I allowed myself to have at least a great breakfast with the already mentioned  great french croissant and again a coffee o’le.

Than I went upstairs to getting lost in my paintings again… 10h later I am happy and tired feeling as if I have accomplished a marathon.

 

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Day 4 – short walk & blessing of a big studio

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Another day full of painting, only interrupted by an hour walk around the lake. What I became aware of today, is that my senses are so much more awake since I am painting all day long. It seems, that I … Continue reading

What I learned from my first Art Show

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Between the days, I knew I will exhibit my paintings in public and the opening of my first art show, I had five weeks to go.
I was surprised and amazed on how much work it is to go public. It basically was a full time job for me. Here I want to sum up my experience and give some helpful insights:

  1. When you exhibit at a place where never was a show before you need to come up with a system how you want to present and hang your paintings
  2. When you decided on a system, make sure you get enough supplies, so in case you are at the venue and hanging your paintings you do not have to drive hundreds of mile for just one or two additional hangers.
  3. Take enough photos from the place before hand, so that you can memorize each wall (!!!) it is helpful for the process of decision making where you want to hang which painting.
  4. Plan to hang the paintings in two steps. The first time about one or two weeks before the show, the second time two days before the show. This will allow enough time to make up for missing or forgotten issues.
  5. When you are about to talk about your work, never forget to thank all the people involved in the project, even these people who where just giving you mental support or who gave you a hand while you were hanging your work.
  6. Surround yourself with at least some few friends. It helps to feel calmer.
  7. Get someone who takes photos during the event, you will be to busy to do it on your own.
  8. Do not expect too much at your first show and be grateful for each one who shows up even if there are only three, ten or fifteen people.
  9. Take your work serious, without being to serious yourself. Give your work the respect you would like other people giving it respect.
  10. Be sure resistance will show up during the entire time, in all different forms. Flyers get printed, but not delivered, Friends do not receive your email, the paper loses your information, the weather turns out to be a barrier, family does not react to your invitation and so on….

I am very thankful and happy to have made this experience, it is something rewarding to see the work you are doing outside your world, in a physical space whereby people can interact with it and can give your feedback.

I am also very thankful to have read the book before the show “the war of art” by Steven Pressfield, otherwise resistance might have won this battle and I would have either backed out from this project or I would have been frustrated and sad.

There would be much more to share, but I think for today it is enough. If you want contact me and I would be happy to share more….

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The last month of completing my creative sabbatical and continuing my path

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My dear friends and follower of the elephants journeys. I am at the end of a year, this July it will be 12 month having taken time off work and I am extremely happy and busy finishing this year with … Continue reading

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December – monthly review

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It is January and I am writing my review on December. For some reason I do feel as it would be years away and it is hard to feel an inner connection to this last month. Since I joined in … Continue reading

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the visit of my muse…

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since I started my weekly art class I have the feeling that my muse likes to come by and visit me more frequently… So I indeed painted for days in a row, having some great fun or just become silly … Continue reading

A rainy day and some good photos are the best precondition to a productive day…

I woke up kind of early with the urge of painting that one particular photo I took two days ago. So I started the day without a tea or a coffee and sneaked up the stairs to the studio, trying to not wake up anyone- partly because out of fear, I would be held up again to bring the painting out to life before the day actually starts.

And voy la, it almost automatically came out on the white canvas, like saying, hey, why did I have to wait for you so long…
The bike with the flowers made their way into this or better my world…

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After breakfast I started another painting, using one of the most valuable instruction I learned during this retreat from Carol, saying, everything is under painting until the painting is finished. And the second equally important sentence: don’t keep it if you do not like it.  So I took the blue painting I did two evenings ago and completely over draw it. Now I feel so much more happy with it,  I actually love it.I

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The last painting this evening, after having had a delicious lunch in one of the very small villages around here, I did off of one of my photographs I took some days before.It is very challenging to paint on such a small canvas and yet, I think it is a great training to learn how to place color and perhaps even some texture….
Thankfully it was raining almost the whole day, who knows where else these paintings would have ended up…

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the first morning session

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Waking up early surprised that I would not be more tired than I was, I got quietly up to take some photos of my most beautiful room.
After that writing some few words and going outside to take a shower.
Breakfast is, sitting on the table having just a tee to than later go to the little, only four stands sized farmers marked in this tiny village.

The quality of its food and produces is not in any relation to the size, but ratherquality than quantity.
And than finally- painting!!!
Carol giving some introduction and than just let yourself go and do it….

A little paint, a small canvas, some time and a heavenly joy wraps around your body, your brain and your heart- love art-