Dear Creative Heart,
What are your creative influences?
Are you influenced by…
No matter what type of creative activities you pursue, whether that is creative thinking on the job, creative parenting, creative pursuits such as painting, writing, sculpting, photography, you are using your creative muscles multiple times a day as you solve the problems you encounter in the many aspects of your life both personally and professionally.
I’ve been thinking lately about what are the key things that influence my own creative work. I find some things are easier to discern and recognize in my own work than other things. I also am keenly aware that sometimes we are so close to our own influences and personal stories that it is easy to underestimate the ways that they seep into our work and creative solutions. I know I’m influenced by where I live-I am a creative living in the heart of the prairie in central Iowa. I know my relationships with the people who surround me in my personal life show up in the emotions and colors I create with on canvas. I’m becoming more aware of how my past experiences as a professional educator color the way I approach my creative work and the business of being a creative. I am certain that my love of reading and books challenges and grows the way I think and experience the world.
In a recent painting I was surprised to find one of my past explorations into the world of science creep into my work. When I was in college I was faced with the decision to choose a science class and studying the stars seemed a better choice than all the other options, so I signed up for a year of astronomy. I had no idea the amount of actual math and science (!?!!!) that would be involved in the course, but lab time spent gazing through the huge telescope in the observatory at our professor’s house more than captured my active imagination. And so at random interactions in my life, my interest in astronomy is peeked-a visit to NASA in Florida, solar eclipses, red moons, and now… gravitational waves. I’ve been a bit mesmerized by the recent scientific news this year scientists have been able to measure gravitational waves, which are ripples in the fabric of space time that are created when black holes collide. Predicted by Einstein in 1915-1916, studied for decades and now the year 2016 will be going down in history as the year that successful detection of gravitational waves occurred. I really am the farthest thing from a science junky, but thoughts like “What would it be like to experience the energy created when black holes collide?” and “What would the collision of black holes really look like?” have fascinated my mind.
And, as these thoughts and random scientific articles floated through my mind, I designed a painting. When I looked back at the line work several weeks later-I wondered if this might be a mere imperfect impression-a bit of intuitive artistic imagination on my part colliding with my scientific reading…I’m still pondering about it, but I do know that this painting experience stirred something deep within me.
Dear Creative Heart, my encouragement for you to today is to reflect on your unique life and study how these influences maybe showing up in your creative work. Repeat again and again…
If you’d like a little help in dealing with creative overwhelm or other creative challenges you face, please consider joining me here in the studio for Just Imagine.
|Painting completed during Just Imagine class|
This is for you if…
You are still not working on your projects.
Still not creating what is in your heart.
Still answering to someone else’s call rather than your own.
Still not leading the life you imagine.
Still not following the unique call on your life.
Come explore with us…
What is standing in the way?
Why is it so hard?
Let me walk you through a process of creating real change. Let’s uncover the path to a vibrant, passionate and creative life that can be yours.
Let’s take a look deep inside to see what is blocking you from creating the compelling and stimulating work of your dreams.
Together we will explore the building blocks necessary to a healthy creative lifestyle.
We will take some time to look inward to help unleash your passion that is simmering right below the surface.
Start connecting the dots of your emotional, spiritual and creative needs to help you take the next steps in your journey.
And, the best thing…we will use art as the pathway for this discovery process.
Monday, September 24, 2012 7:00 pm-8:30 pm Awareness
Monday, October 1, 2012 7:00 pm-8:30 pm Identity
Monday, October 8, 2012 7:00 pm-8:30 pm Process
Monday, October 15, 2012 7:00 pm-8:30 pm Imagination
Monday, October 22, 2012 7:00 pm-8:30 pm Resistance & Attacks
No class Monday, October 29 Take a Break
Monday, November 5, 2012 7:00 pm-8:30 pm Authenticity
Registration begins Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 at 8:00 am. Registration is “first come, first serve basis”.
Registration will close on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012.
For more class information, see the studio website at www.melyndavanzee.com.
|Painting in Just Imagine class at Melynda Van Zee’s Studio|
A “Just Imagine” study guide containing all lessons & projects will be included.
•This is a 6-week course meeting once a week for 1.5 hours.
•You will create your own personal art journal-a place to respond and react to your “Just Imagine” journey and several other artistic projects to unleash your creativity.
•Materials for use in class will be included in your registration fee.
•Outside class expectation: Prompts for activities outside of class will be provided each week. It is your decision to participate as time and desire allows.
•A recommended reading list will be included in your materials.
•Melynda will be available to answer questions over email for the duration of the class.
|Creativity in action at Just Imagine Retreat|
Class Fee: $135.00 (includes study guide and all in-class art materials).
Class Size: Limited to 4 students per session to allow for individual attention.
Registration begins Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 8:00 am. Registration is “first come, first serve basis”.
Registration will close on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.
Payment due Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
Class must meet minimum enrollment to be held.
|Sometimes you might get a bit messy!|
“I was looking for help in getting over a “rut” I’ve been in. Melynda has helped me tap into helpful exercises to overcome my creative block.
The class is in depth and open, all at the same time. I highly recommend this class! Fun, too!” Lisa Davis-Kovarik
“Definitely take this! It makes you think about a lot of different areas and have those ‘Oh! I get it!’ moments!
This is an awesome class. I suggest it to every artsy person!!!! even if you’re not, you will love it!!” Jill Edwards
|Experimenting with new supplies is just part of the fun|
“It’s not just for visual artists. It’s for anyone who longs to express who they are-what God has given them to share.” Heidi Schulte
“It’s so important to surround yourself with other creatives as you pursue your creative journey. Just Imagine provides the content and community helpful for creative growth.” Aaron Jones
“It’s so beautiful hearing your stories, looking at how your lies have been affecting you and how you’ve overcome them. I relate to you and being in a room full of creative and spiritual people is a comfort and joy.” Jodie Landt
Quotes from other Just Imagine class members…
“I was looking for help in getting over a ‘rut’ I’ve been in. Melynda has helped me tap into helpful exercises to overcome my creative block. The class is in depth and open all at the same time. I highly recommend this class! Fun, too!“
“Do it!!! You’ll learn a lot about yourself and the beautiful gift we have been given as creatives.”
“Go! Even if you don’t think you’re ‘in the mood’ to be creative”.
“Learn to let go and experience and be “REAL”.
“You’ll love this class-very relaxing and fun!”