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OPENING TO YOUR CREATIVE FLOW
WHAT IS ALL THE BUZZ ABOUT INTUITIVE ART?
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WHERE CAN I USE MY EXPRESSIVE ARTS TRAINING?




WHERE CAN I USE MY EXPRESSIVE ARTS TRAINING?

I am writing this blog about how Expressive Arts is used in the world because I get this question all the time.   I will try to cover all of the possibilities and options that I can think of, but I am always amazed at my students who find even more unique ways in which to use their training in expressive art and combine it with what they already are doing in the world.
 
Let begin ~ First, I usually prefer to speak to people over the phone about this topic because it is so vast that it is difficult to write about.

Dance Movement Therapy and Artistic Expression For Healing

Dance/Movement Therapy and Artistic Expression for healing
 
What does dance and moving our body have to do with art? The answer is EVERYTHING!  Have you ever put on upbeat music, and try to keep your body still?  Impossible, isn’t it?  Music moves through us and our bodies cannot help but move to the rhythm and beat.  As the music plays it moves our bodies, our emotions and that moves our energy.  As the energy moves, we begin to release and transform trapped or blocked emotions and memories.

OPENING TO YOUR CREATIVE FLOW

OPENING TO THE CREATIVE FLOW


The creative flow is always there and available to us.  It is the flow of the Universe.  It is the movement of the cosmos.  We are all channels of this creative energy flow that is ever moving and undulating.  This creative energy is around us and flows through us IF we allow it to.  So, what are the obstacles limit this energy to freely flow through:  reason, planning, critical thinking, lack of time, procrastination, stagnation, lack of self-trust, holding on, judgment and resistance to change.

WHAT IS ALL THE BUZZ ABOUT INTUITIVE ART?

WHAT IS INTUITIVE PAINTING
 

There is a lot of buzz around the painting town about intuitive painting.  But, WHAT ISINTUITIVE PAINTING? Intuition is independent of any reasoning process; or without rational thought.  Intuition is a prompting from an inner guidance or voice.  Traditional artistic training teaches us that we must have a plan.  We must block out of space and plan or color pallet.  However, in intuitive painting we suspend all of that reasoning.   Intuitive painting is not concerned with what color pallet you are ‘planning’ on using or what your plan is for a subject.

The Story of Aslan ~ My Hero’s Journey Through Art


My Hero's Journey 
Throuth Painting

Art is a reflection of how we live our lives.  How we approach our art or painting is how we approach other parts of our lives.   Flora Bowley (my painting guru), said, ““Often, how we live is how we paint.”  What we do when being creative transfers into our daily lives and visa versa. In this blog, I am going to use Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey as a metaphor for painting and how this translates to daily life.
 
Aslan is a mysical lion in the movie called, 'The Chronicles of Narnia'.

BRAVE INTUITIVE PAINTING

Hello Expressive Arts Therapy Enthusiasts,
 
This year I was drawn to an artist who is teaching a form of art or she calls "Brave Intuitive Painting".  Her name is Flora Bowley.  I was drawn to this process at first because of the name, 'brave intuitive painting'.  I know it takes a certain amount of bravery to approach a blank canvas, and to release your creative spirit.  So, I wanted to see what this ‘brave intuitive painting’ was all about.  So, I joined this online painting e-course by Flora Bowley.

Affirmation Cards to help you Calm and Rebalance


AFFIRMATION CARDS

Any time your feel stressed, it is helpful to try to maintain a positive perspective and a calm center.  With all of the extra activities and obligations it is easy to become overwhelmed and pulled away from our center.  Additionally, dealing with the crowds  can be very stressful.  Feeling  stressed and pulled out of our center, can create feelings of anxiety, depression and hostility.  Taking some time to refocus and rebalance can help you regain your calm and composure.

How Expressive Arts Therapy Is Used for Healing


Art, Music, Drama and Dance Therapists have long been used for healing throughout time. The field of Expressive Arts Therapy is a growing field of practice used by many healing professionals from nurses, doctors, psychotherapist, occupational therapist and rehabilitation specialists. The Expressive Arts Therapy is the of use of the arts for healing and self enhancement. Expressive Arts Therapy includes: Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy and Drama Therapy, Creative Writing and Journaling.

Why Expressive Arts Therapy Works with Children and Adolescents

WHY ART AND EXPRESSIVE ARTS WORKS 
WITH CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
 
 
Expressive Arts Therapy is a new field that is quickly gaining National and International recognition for it’s effectiveness in working with a variety of population dealing with a multitude of issues.   As a therapist trained in Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy, I have extensive experience working with various populations.  I have come to discover through my work, that I favor working with children and adolescents using Expressive Arts as my therapeutic modality.

INTUITIVE ART: WHAT IS THE MAIN INGREDIENT?

Intuitive Art: What Is The Main Ingredient?
By: Yvette Lyons, Ph.D., Director of the Expressive Arts Therapy Dept. at the San Diego University for Integrative Studies
Aug. 19, 2014
 
There are many terms out there labeling the process of intuitive art.  But, no matter which label you give this process, the main ingredient is the same ~~ Self Trust!
Yes, I know, you thought I was going to talk about some new art-making method.  The process is the same across the board for all, trained and novel artists alike.
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