WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS – DRAW THEM!

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Hi, and welcome to the School of Real Art

FOLLOW YOUR ART

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This month’s talk is about why, when life gets heavy, often our creativity is the first thing that gets put to the side. But, when we learn about real art, we realise that our creativity can act as the engine of our transforming all kinds of challenges. 

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A self-portrait from 1995, Glasgow School of Art – which clearly illustrates my tensions and dark emotions at the time; living off less than £2000 a year, moving around from one awful bedsit to another, struggling to understand my place in the world, feeling terribly isolated and fearful about my future, extreme anxiety trying to acclimatise to the big city….

I dealt with a lot of crazy in my life; harsh experiences left-right-and-centre, which were often exacerbated by my high-sensory-sentience. For the greater part of my first 3 decades I was genuinely struggling to hold it together; the world made me feel like an alien, and no matter where I tried to fit in, one thing after another went awry, and it never felt like home.

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2006 in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, Scotland; super-overworked trying to single-handedly transform the troubled community I lived in, hiding deep grief around family and personal losses, struggling to pay rent, finding it impossible make long-term plans involving stability, deep anxiety about how to support myself as an artist with the price of living in Scotland, craving the countryside and sunshine…  

Though photos like the one above made me seem bright and engaged, inside I felt like I was fighting for my life.

Art wasn’t just my anchor during my struggles, it was a gateway into a whole inner landscape – in which I could rest, be nourished, find meaning, immerse myself in pleasure, and much more.

My creative activities methodically drew out all the inner resources that were sitting right inside – the ability to improvise, to make something out of nothing, to find beauty in the everyday and progress in the smallest of steps, to feel the interconnectedness of all things.

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Healthy and well in 2018 – living in the southern Italian hills of Campania – connecting deeply with landscape, culture, language, seasons, plants, healing heritage, knowing depth and meaning, feeling like I belong, and that my art has purpose in the world.

Our creativity will always help us navigate stormy times, no matter what the overwhelm is: when we get out of our short-circuiting, panic-stricken mind, and into the rhythm of making, doing, expressing… we start to see new perspectives, possibilities, positivity – instead of being dragged under by whatever our irrational ‘logic’ might be yelling…

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Last year: much more grounded, fulfilled, stable and happy… Deepest fulfilment from my art, bringing life-long-dreams into being, owning my own home outright, steady income from paintings and patronage, beautiful relationships with my clients, profound partnership with my uomo, millionaire lifestyle, steadily improving health….. yes! 

By-the-by, this morning a good friend in Edinburgh told me about more than one food-growing project flourishing in Wester Hailes – a predominantly council-estate area of the city, where I lived 10 yrs ago, in crisis, but creating a visionary 100 year project for transforming council housing in Scotland – empowering community by shifting land from public liability to community ownership… Seeds planted – even in chaos – can grow and grow, even without our further striving, when we create from the deepest place.

If you love what you hear, join The SORA for free!

Also, watch our SORA vision series

Loads of creative power to you, 

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  1. Please share this post, if you know someone who’d be inspired – it might even change their life!
  2. Join me on Patreon if you’d like to hear/ see/ read much more about the school: that’s my inner circle, where I share all my creative outpourings with my very special folks – I’ll be publishing all the new school material there, first.
  3. My website is here, my art is on Etsy, e mio sito in italiano è qui.
  4. Social media: Instagram, Facebook – the art school page and my artist page.

Thank you so much for your interest in this visionary project!

FOLLOW YOUR ART podcast

THE DANGER OF POSITIVE THINKING!

Hi! Welcome to the School of Real Art podcast and blog, this expansive July!

This month’s talk is about positive thinking – but it’s not the usual blahblah on how everything will be alright if you just hammer enough happy thoughts into your brain…!

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Of course, positive thinking, loving attention, happy thoughts – these are all incredibly important aspects of our well-being – and we should cultivate them where possible.

However, jolly synapses alone cannot make us fulfilled, and they also will not draw abundance to us. To think that life is that simple, is to fall down a rabbit hole of superficial success and deepest disappointment.

If you want to have a seriously creative life, you need to know what expansion really is, so that you can grow into your own unique potential, but most ‘positive thinking’ or new age openness is essentially about aiming for others’ ideals.

I’m going to introduce you to the hard work and dedicated attention that is vital to bringing your inimitable brightness into being.

If you love what you hear, join us on Teachable! You can also watch our About The RSOA series, there.

If you’re stimulated to respond – I’d love to hear your thoughts below. 

The School of Real Art is passionate about your immense creative potential!

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***THE HAPPY ENDING ***

  1. Please share this post, if you know someone who’d be inspired – they’ll love you for it!
  2. Join me on Patreon if you’d like to hear/ see/ read much more about the school: that’s my inner circle, where I share all my creative outpourings with my very special folks – I’ll be publishing all the new school material there, first.
  3. My website is here, mio sito in italiano è qui, my art is on Etsy, The Real School of Art is here, my books on Lulu and Blurb, and art holidays on VAWAA.
  4. Social media: Facebook has the art school page and my artist page, and clareartista is on Twitter and Instagram
  5. Thank you so much for being part of this ambitious creative project!

FOLLOW YOUR ART podcast

Hi! Welcome to the School of Real Art podcast and blog, this beautiful June!

This month’s talk is about vulnerability, and how we can use art to make sense of/ witness our deepest sensitivity – and thus transform it.

The key is movement – energetic movement that connects our body-mind-emotions-somatic-experience: primal activities like drawing and painting (or gardening, sewing, cooking – all the potent domestic alchemies!) allow us to delve into this flow.

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It’s important to understand that we’re not static ‘objects’ entering a flow outside of our self… we are dynamic beings, whose consciousness is movement, and whose well-being depends on this ongoing, changing, colourful energetic flux.

If you love what you hear, or are stimulated by it to respond – please let me know your thoughts below. The School of Real Art is passionate about your creative expansion and healing. Join us on Teachable too, when you’re ready! You can also watch our About The RSOA series, there. 

 

***THE HAPPY ENDING ***

  1. Please share this post, if you know someone who’d be inspired – they’ll love you for it!
  2. Join me on Patreon if you’d like to hear/ see/ read much more about the school: that’s my inner circle, where I share all my creative outpourings with my very special folks – I’ll be publishing all the new school material there, first.
  3. My website is here, mio sito in italiano è qui, my art is on Etsy, The Real School of Art is here, my books on Lulu and Blurb, and art holidays on VAWAA.
  4. Social media: Facebook has the art school page and my artist page, and clareartista is on Twitter and Instagram
  5. Thank you so much for being part of this ambitious creative project!

WHAT IS THIS?!

THE REAL SCHOOL OF ART IS

totally UNLIKE ANY OTHER ART SCHOOL!

Our approach is all about authenticity, spontaneity, depth of spirit & meaning, and energy!

It’s going to bust a ton of myths which stop YOU from being the vibrant creative human you were born to be!

TERM ONE launches in just a couple of weeks!

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It’s going to support you in building a real, successful career as a happy artist, by illustrating methodically how I made my own, and bringing out the dormant gifts which YOU are hiding!

And it’s online: a substantial course of videos and worksheets which will span a whole year: you can follow at your own pace!

Here’s the video series which answers:

-what’s the point of art anyway?

-what is creativity, and why is it more important than ever right now?

-what if I don’t paint – what will this teach me?

-who the heck are you, anyways?!

and other juicy Qs:

ONE:  WHAT IS ART?!

TWO: WHAT IS CREATIVITY?

THREE: WHY IS CREATIVITY SO VITAL TODAY?

FOUR: WHAT IS THE RSOA, AND WHAT CAN IT TEACH ME?

FIVE: THE COURSE – OUTLINED

SIX: WHO THE HECK ARE YOU TO TEACH THIS?!

SEVEN: WHAT IF I DON’T PAINT – WILL THE RSOA TEACH ME OTHER STUFF?

EIGHT: WHY SIGN UP NOW?

NINE: SEIZE THE DAY!

TEN: HOW TO SEIZE THE DAY!

Any Qs about the school or the course, just message US below:

 

 

COUNTDOWN BEGINS…

Here’s video 1 of 10, which is introducing you to the art school – countdown to the raw version unfolding from January 2017!

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The happiest of creative days to you!

Clare xx

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DON’T INTERRUPT!

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all illustrations from the soon-to-be-published MAKING SPACE TO MAKE book

One of the most misunderstood aspects of artists’ lives… is their work schedule.

I’m serious! It’s one of the most constant issues which has perpetuated; throughout the past 25 + yrs, no matter where in the world my studio has been: daily, often hourly, unanticipated interruptions when I’m working in deep concentration.

Peoples’ perception of what an artist is actually doing is not always accurate: perhaps they look superficially and think we’re just painting pictures, like plastering a wall or cooking dinner. Folk see the surface of a painting, and often don’t appreciate the many layers behind that surface, nor the intensity of focus which we need to place one mark upon another.

The reality is, we’re deep in alpha-wave consciousness, balanced on a wave of inspiration, focussing our energy, experience and passion intently and profoundly in one place, in that one potent moment.

If you’re not really fucked off when someone interrupts your dense creative concentration with a trivial query -then something isn’t right!

We’re expected to put pleasure or ‘non-necessary’ things to the side, and to attend to others’ needs- to not to need or want to go deeper, and to not prioritise our own joy and fulfilment.

Certainly, in my own (Scottish) culture, taking indulgent time to yourself could even be seen as highly offensive: it’s much easier and crowd-pleasing to connect with others through complaining, suffering, being frustrated, than it is to share our ecstasy.

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Let’s change that!

Here are 5 top tips for making space to really concentrate on your creative projects; they all might seem obvious, but it’s harder than you’d think to put it into consistent practise.

Get these things right, and you’ll be on the way to having a thriving creative space and practise:

  1. Lock the door and put a sign on it: this is really important – the message should be clear that only the postman has permission to buzz without an appointment.

  2. Switch off the phone and internet – it might go without saying, but real focus only comes through methodically removing all distractions, and the phone and web are both potential irritations. Make at least a few hours’ block to get into your creative space, and work at this – put on some nice ambient music if you really need background noise, but try the silence, just try it, to see what comes up.

  3. Tell people the boundary beforehand, NOT when you’re peeved: start letting folks know that you need this space to really get into your mojo. If you don’t tell them, they won’t know – and they’re likely to react negatively if you bark at them, or get ratty: it’s up to us to define our boundaries and needs. Do it slowly but methodically.

  4. EMPTY your diary: your space and time has to be literally that, space and time. When your agenda is clear, you can get down to the work, which often involves a huge amount of prep time – some of it practical, some of it energetic and psycho-emotional: you need to bring your energy slowly into focus.

  5. Are people still bothering you? Look deeper; what is it about your energetic boundary which is still accepting them in your field of sensitivity: is there something which can’t define that boundary – something which believes that you deserve to be pestered? In my own journey I struggled with this last aspect for years: it was anguishing – perpetual small annoyances, someone always ‘just popping by for a minute’ – totally distracting me from that sacred place of flow.

Remember – creative flow IS sacred, and it’s up to you to define and protect it appropriately!

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Making space to make is a vast subject, which I am soon to release a book about: keep in touch via the Live Like A Happy Artist website or Patreon, to hear more.

The Real School Of Art will also be delving into this topic, in a series of classes about how to make your creative space and time truly sacred, and an integral part of your lifestyle – stay tuned!

And if you REALLY need to get away from at all apply now for the Arthouse competition 2016: you could win a month’s creative retreat in Italy!

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Now go get creating!

Clare xx

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