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Do you long to have the confidence to paint with nature & your wild heart anywhere at anytime, without fear of failure?

You will learn the Creative by Nature Art Method, a hands-on sensory approach to painting. This painting practice will boost your confidence and painting skill. Watch your unique artful expression be born, naturally. Discover freedom, joy and presence through painting using natural principles, done with heart.

If you yearn for more heartful self expression and love nature my courses are for you. Touch Joy courses are for anyone who loves nature, yearns for more creative expression and senses there could be so much more beauty, joy and creativity in their daily lives.

Touch Joy courses are for anyone who has always wanted to try their hand at painting. Maybe you find yourself buying beautiful art supplies but watching as they gather dust. Or possibly you are self described as art shy but would secretly love to feel confident to paint? You could be an educator looking for simple, do-able, material-light activities that deepen nature connection and boost creative confidence in your students. Touch Joy courses are also for green professionals looking for supportive nature based self-care and also for mindfulness practitioners who have creative curiosity, who intuit that the contemplative state is a creative one and that painting can deepen presence and insight.  Nature lovers enjoy Touch Joy courses as a way to deepen nature immersion and uncover new ways to connect with the living world. Finally these courses will also be of interest to anyone seeking personal transformation through expressive art.

   The Creative by Nature Art Method

*Upcoming courses- Summer 2017- 1-Day Art Retreats in July
Ever wonder what it would be like to have the confidence to paint with natural ease anywhere, anytime without fear or failure?

The Creative by Nature Art Method is an unique contemplative art practice that helps even the most reluctant painter paint with ease. Learn how to paint with a quiet mind for joy and connection. Many people make the mistake of beginning a painting like they would any other planned task: with a good dose of thinking and direction following, when really, the trick is to shift your awareness to a deeper level of engagement. The rest follows naturally.  Learn how to make this shift into sensation, feeling and intuition through simple-to-try art encounters that slowly build from “new born” painting (as one student recently described it) to free flight. What separates the Creative by Nature Art Method from the other painting programs out there is that it is simple, portable, “do anywhere at anytime” art, that supports a more harmonious relationship with your heart and nature as you build painting skills that last a lifetime. 

What will I learn?

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Paint anywhere anytime.

During our time together you will give colour, shape and attention to sound, texture, pattern, intuition, feeling and spontaneous expression. You will practice the Create Cycle: setting an intention, following what attracts, empathic attunement, drawing & painting with both hands and eyes closed, no plan creating, image dialogue, reflection, synergy of group sharing, and expressing gratitude. You will draw and paint in fresh ways, with no brushes, tracking your experience in the moment and experiencing the joy that accompanies art merged with nature, heart and contemplation.

This method focuses on process. You will come away with a new appreciation of how art is a natural and universal language. You will embrace drawing and painting as a personal practice that brings insight and connection, and that is available to you anywhere at anytime. You will feel energized and inspired to jump into your paintings with new tricks up your sleeve. You will be able to apply these principles to your chosen medium as you move forward. Finally you will feel a big boost in your drawing and painting confidence.

Paint in the comfort of your own home.

Paint in the comfort of your own home.

    Though the Creative by Nature Art Method focuses on drawing, painting and mark making in the broadest sense, the practice taught here can be applied to any creative endeavour and applied to most every medium. This is because it is process based, a way to approach creating. You will learn how to navigate around the usual habit of planning things out, or trying to control what’s happening, and instead shift into a place of intuitive free flow art-making characterized by co-creation, presence, ease and joy.

   The combination of time on your own and time sharing with others can boost you into a being a full fledged painter in 6 short weeks. Remember fledged means free to confidently fly on your own. That is my goal for you. 

Here is what one student had to say about the Creative by Nature Art Method.    

I will continue exploring this wonderful world of expression you taught me. I am very grateful.

 

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What will I do each week? (this is compacted for Day-long and weekend programs)

*Week 1 – Introduction to the Create Cycle and the Key Elements of the Creative by Nature Art Method

                        –Touching into nature then drawing and painting- Hand Touch Draw, Nature Touch Draw, Nature Touch Paint

*Week 2- Tuning in to listen deeply- Listen Draw, Listen Paint

                      – How to extend images- Adding Colour, Adding Line

*Week 3- Looking beneath the surface- Look Draw, Look Paint

*Week 4- Finding flow- Mindful Flow and Playing with Movement

*Week 5- A new vision- Artful Engagement Drawing, Artful Engagement Painting

*Week 6- Strengthening your practice

                       – Reflection and intention setting to keep your practice going.

Paint with a beautiful tree.

Paint with the shadows and light of a  beautiful tree.

 

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“There! The stream again, tinkling through the forest, tripping downhill to Fulford harbour and the breath eases and the non-seeing hands burble pale green swirly shapes onto the page. I ask the stream, stay, please stay. I am the stream and I say, stay, please stay”. -Maggie Z., 2012

 

Paint with your hands.

Is a Creative by Nature Art Method course for me?

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Feel the flow of a painting practice to call your own.


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Paint with both hands!

   

Play with your personal imagery.

Do you still have questions about taking a painting course?  Don’t hesitate to pop me an email. 

I am looking forward to being your creative mentor.

   I love facilitating the Creative by Nature Art Method because I love watching people’s creativity blossom.

    My work as an artist, author and teacher focuses on sharing the transformative power of painting with anyone who will listen. I nurture joyful creative connection and authentic personal expression through art. I do this via in person and online art courses, experiential nature art encounters, and thoughtfully crafted self study resources because I believe art-making is our birthright. Everyone has the ability to create with natural ease. My world turned upside down the day I painted the way a tulip feels instead of the way it looks.  For so long I had craved a deeper connection to my inner world and to the world around me. That pivotal day painting pointed the way and I can confidently say after 20 years painting still brings the same joy, insight and soul nourishment to my life. I hold a Doctorate in Transformative Learning (with a focus on creativity and nature) from the University of Toronto. I paint, live, work and play on Salt Spring Island, BC.

Invest in your creative well being, register for a course today. Just click on “register here” and send me your contact info. I will reply lickety-split with info about upcoming opportunities.

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A collage of paintings.

A collage of paintings.

The Creative by Nature Art method is an unique contemplative painting practice that helps even the most reluctant painter create with ease. Many people make the mistake of beginning a painting like they would any other planned task: with a good dose of thinking and direction following, when really, the trick is to shift your awareness to a deeper level of engagement. The rest follows naturally.  I teach just how to make this shift into sensation, feeling and intuition through simple-to-try art encounters that slowly build from “new born” painting (as one student recently described it) to free flight. Here is what another student had to say about the Creative by Nature Art Method.     

“Fears of failure and not being good enough could not gain the slightest foothold in the context of Lisa’s approach. How can a painting fail when it has been created with closed eyes?” -C. Mauro  

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   Though the Creative by Nature Art Method focuses on drawing, painting and mark making in the broadest sense, what you will learn can be applied to any creative endeavour and applied to most every medium. This is because it is process based, a way to approach creating. You will learn how to navigate around the usual habit of planning things out, or trying to control what’s happening, and instead shift into a place of intuitive free flow art-making characterized by improvisation, co-creation, presence, ease and joy.
Click here to see what Creative by Nature Art Method courses are currently being offered. Invest in your creative well being, sign up for a course today.

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   What separates the Creative by Nature Art Method from the other painting programs out there is that it is simple, portable, “do anywhere, anytime” art, that supports a more harmonious relationship with your heart and nature. This method is not just for wanna-be painters (though it is how I started and is the way I continue to paint), it is also for anyone who loves nature, yearns for more creative expression in their lives and senses there could be so much more to their daily experience. 

Painting onboard during Sail Stretch Create 2015.

Painting onboard during Sail Stretch Create 2015.

Creative by Nature Art courses are for you if:

-you love nature and yearn for more creative self expression.

-you seek a simple, portable and powerful painting practice that will last a lifetime.

-you are an educator looking for simple, do-able, material-light activities that deepen nature. connection and boost both student and teacher creative confidence while expanding ways to know.

-you are a green professional looking for supportive self-care and fresh ways to know self and the living world.

-you are a wilderness leader looking for creative ways to deepen nature connection.

-you are a meditator or contemplative practitioner with creative curiosity, who intuits that the contemplative state is a creative one and that drawing and painting can deepen insight and presence.  

-you are a parent seeking ways to nurture creativity and art skills in family life.

-you are seeking personal transformation through expressive art. 

   During our time together you will give colour, shape and attention to sound, texture, pattern, intuition, feeling and spontaneous expression. You will practice the Create Cycle: setting an intention, following what attracts, empathic attunement, drawing & painting with both hands and eyes closed, no plan creating, image dialogue, reflection, synergy of group sharing, expressing gratitude. You will draw + paint in fresh ways, with no brushes, tracking your experience in the moment and experiencing the joy that accompanies art merged with nature and contemplation.

 

What will you learn?

The Creative by Nature Art Method focuses on process. You will come away with a new appreciation of how art is a natural and universal language. You will practice the the key principles and skills behind embracing drawing and painting as a personal practice that brings insight and connection, and that is available to you anywhere at anytime. You will feel energized and inspired to jump into art-making with new tricks up your sleeve. You will be able to apply the Creative by Nature Art Method to your chosen medium as you move forward. Finally you will feel a boost in your drawing and painting confidence.

Click here to see what Creative by Nature Art Method courses are currently being offered. Invest in your creative well being, sign up for a course today.

 
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I will continue exploring this wonderful world of expression you taught me. I am very grateful.

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