Aliya tries Stuck@homeArt

I want to share something with you that I feel is wonderful! I was recently invited by my friend Fabienne of the Paxton Green Time Bank in the UK to be part of an art class called Stuck@homeArt.

What is Stuck@homeArt?

The idea is that every Wednesday at 14.00 to 16.00 a group of students meet in a WhatsApp group to draw, sketch and paint from photographs sent in the chat by Fabienne. After two hours, we all send our own photographs of our artwork to the chat and Fabienne constructively critiques the artwork, giving guidance and making observations.

Here are the photos we were sent:

Here is what I made in just under two hours.

Watercolour and pencil: daffodils, gardening glove and lemons in a stone bowl.

My particular style is to draw a pencil outline to guide my future self of what I want to make sure I include in my painting. Often I end up ignoring some of the lines as the painting evolves, as was the case with the trumpets of the daffodils in this piece. However I choose to keep the pencil marks as a reminder that plans need to change and adapt depending on what happens.

Some might consider these lines as mistakes, however I see them as guides for where to move next, and as in life, you can’t erase the past so why bother? Just move on and notice what happened and plan what happens next. Nothing is perfect and if it wasn’t for those original marks, I wouldn’t be where I am today, or painting what I am now.

I love my lemons! I tried to work with layers of yellow and ochre to build the shape of the lemon. Lemons aren’t just round like oranges, as they have a cone shape on either side which I have tried my best to illustrate with circular shadows. You can see a bit more clearly in the close up photo. I think the bowl looks more like a hat, I will have a try for more realistic bowls in the future. Here’s hoping that in the context of this still life it’s clear it’s a bowl.

Lemons in a stone bowl

The glove was a bit tricky for me as I rarely paint fabrics of any kind as I spend lots of time drawing or painting life art. It was however a great introduction for me to start drawing hands as I often leave them off my artworks because they are so tricky to get right! The glove was great to try and convey all the lines and folds a hand has. The seam of the thumb also allowed me to structure the articulation of a thumb. In real life, it’s a ball and socket joint like a shoulder, so has an amazing amount of mobility! The glove is not my favourite part of the painting and the feedback I got was I could have added some yellow or orange to unify the picture, something I will keep in mind for the next time! What I do like are the panels of brown wash to build up layers of shadow and they way I hope the wrinkles in the suede have come out.

Gardening Glove

The daffodils are my fave as they are so cheerful and bright. You can see from the photo that there are many of them so I felt it was going to be impossible for me to record every detail in the time I had in the class. Giving an impression of the flowers would be more manageable in my mind. It also turned out to be the most fun part for me to paint as I felt very liberated once I had decided to give myself the full freedom of artistic licence.

I started of a with a light yellow wash to mark out the bulk of where the flowers were, then built out petals to make, in my minds plan, different individual flowers, not placed exactly as in the photo, and in this case, not even where I had marked the central trumpets of each flower. I picked a few flowers to create the central star, then building up petals and layers of colour, moving from outside of the star to the edge of the yellow wash, adding more petal shapes. It was fun moving between building up sections of the edges of the flowers whilst also defining the central parts of the petals closest to where the trumpet would be. I finally added the darkest central section to each flower a cluster of five circles or ovals, depending on how the brush let me! If you want to know more about the way the brush and I work together, have a look at this post: https://amazingartsociety.com/sumi-e-at-taller-la-griega-with-teofanu-calzada/

After that I added the green stalks, building up layers of colour give a light side and a dark side to each stem. The photo we were sent was a great reference to see how many different angles the stems of the flowers had. After the stems I wanted to paint were all in place and dry (I worked on the green table cloth whilst waiting), I painted the blue edge of the vase and carefully added a wash of water to blend a panel of colour which I hoped would give the impression that the stalks were behind the glass. The most important thing I learnt in this section of the painting was to let each layer dry fully before adding another layer on top. The left hand side of the vase bled into the green table cloth a little because I didn’t wait long enough for the green of the cloth to dry. Patience is important and I guess I was conscious of the two hours time limit I had. I waited a little and when the green of the cloth and the blue of the glass was dry, I added another layer of the blue to give a crisp edge.

Whilst different sections of the watercolour dried, I would work on a different section. So in the video you can see (when my head is not in the way – apologies!) I move around the painting, adding layer after layer of colour and wash.

I’m very happy with the result I got. I got to take part in a great class, got some important and unique feedback and I discovered a new way to paint daffodils.

I tried my best to video the process and I have added these to the YouTube channel.

One of the four parts of the painting of this Stuck@homeArt piece

The channel is open to all artists that want to have a presence online with us at The Amazing Art Society. It’s free, so if you would like to be featured just get in contact.

What is Paxton Green Time Bank?

I came across the time bank when I was living in London. The time bank is an awesome service that allows volunteers to ‘bank time’ spent helping others in return for access to trips, events and socials. It’s a cashless swap of skills and fun.

I joined the time bank as a volunteer to help those who would appreciate what I could help them with. I wanted to spend my free time helping others and I wanted to give back to my local community.

It’s my understanding that the time bank started off as social prescribing. Vulnerable members of local communities in South East London would be referred by their GP to the Time Bank in order to get help for household chores, have access to a group of friends and to get a bit more social (I’m a firm believe that you have to outsource your own sanity as it’s not possible to generate it alone).

I would help with office administration, CV writing and help organise some social events in exchange for free entry into exclusive events like exhibitions at The Dulwich Picture Gallery, tickets to concerts at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, mindfulness classes, cake bakes, picnics, and lots of other fun social activities.

As the case often was, some members would be on benefits and unable to pay for help around the house or tickets to museums and shows. However they might love gardening! So the Time Bank allows people to do what they can, in exchange for things that they might not be able to afford or may not normally have access to. Some Time Bankers would help someone with their shopping, do some gardening or keep someone company by reading to them and in exchange would be be able to claim back time for things that could enjoy. Often some time swaps would be enjoyable for both parties involved!

What ended up happening was, instead of feeling like I was helping people, I felt like I was helped more by the people that I met at the time bank! For example, the picnics were always so much fun with lots of laughter, so much more than I had in my social circle at the time! I learnt new recipes for beautiful meals, I learnt how to get the most out of a garden and I learnt that everybody can help someone if they want to. It doesn’t matter about their level of education, their mental health, or their pay grade.

Caring, helpful people are everywhere in the world and they are wonderful to spend your time with. Often when people have very little in their lives, they tend to be the most generous with their time, the most helpful and supportive in a tricky situation and the most soul rewarding connections you could ever wish for. I am so grateful for the time I spent with The Paxton Green Time Bank.

One day all the volunteers were invited to a half day mindfulness class, organised by a lady called Mel. Natural health with Mel advertises a one day meditation retreat in 2020 starting from £325. You can imagine I jumped on the chance to have access to something so amazing. As a qualified yoga teacher I really appreciated topping up my mindfulness knowledge, a top up on my walking meditation techniques and having a great laugh with my fellow Time Bankers.

The class took place at The Dulwich Picture Gallery, we were surrounded by beautiful gardens and had access to a private viewing of Tove Jansson‘s artwork, probably most known for her creation of The Moomins. You can watch an interview with the niece of Tove, Sophia Jansson here. How the mindfulness class was blended with the artwork by Tove was very special.

It’s said that Tove put part of herself into every one of her Moomin characters, a concept many artists would agree with. I’m working on a post about energy transfer and the benefits of Therapeutic Art, when it’s ready I will post it!

We were encouraged to recognise each character of the Moomins in our own selves. What this meant was that we were invited to see that we have very many different characters that live within ourselves, depending on the day, the season, or even who may be around us.

A mindful approach to our actions means we can be our true selves, a self which we have chosen is the best for that situation, without having other influences take over. I feel that art is one of the ways we can be most mindful of our actions.

Creating art is nothing but mindful action taking place in the present moment.

If you would like to take part in the Stuck@homeArt group, get in contact with me. If you would like to contact The Paxton Green Time Bank about their programs you can do so here.

I am very much looking forward to the next class Stuck@homeArt on Wednesday and I hope to meet some of you dear readers there too. Lets be mindful of how we pass the time and lets enjoy what we can. Art is for everyone and I invite you to be free.

Sending you lots of love and creative vibes! Aliya xx

Our New YouTube Channel!

I helped a friend set up a YouTube channel for their English lessons and I thought “Why not start one for The Amazing Art Society?” It’s impossible to ignore that an online presence is what our current future is moving towards! I also think it’s great to have memories of this time to look back on in the future.

We are at moment in history that is very strange so to pass the time, I’ve been drawing and painting rabbits. This is the first time I’ve filmed the process of drawing and painting an artwork. The red rabbit I painted is a mix of frustration, annoyance and a bit of frantic energy. The blue rabbit is my favourite so far! I wish I had filmed whilst I was painting him! Never mind, I’m sure there will be more fluffy bunnies to come!

If you would like to add your videos of how you make artwork to our channel, get in touch: https://amazingartsociety.com/contact/

There is also an Instagram page you can be featured on: https://www.instagram.com/amazingartsociety/

Feel free to upload your artwork to your page and tag us @AmazingArtSociety or use the hashtag #AmazingArtSociety

GROWTH in a time of Cutting Back

The Amazing Art Society has been growing and as of today we are over 530 people strong across our three meetup groups, the website has had over 1640 visitors and over 2700 sessions so far since July 2019. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to do what I love – combining art and yoga in a blend that allows for the therapeutic aspects of art to benefit the lives of my students and my own.

Every Saturday we meet on Zoom for 40 minutes to laugh, share our creative projects and see each other. You can find all the details here: https://www.meetup.com/Amazing-Art-Society

We also have a Whatsapp Group where we share our artwork and keep in touch with like-minded, creative people. If you would like to be part of the group, please join our Meetup Group and you will find the details in the notes. https://www.meetup.com/Amazing-Art-Society

A BIG THANK YOU

At this time I want to send my thanks to everyone who has continued to be part of our Amazing Art Society. With each other we can enjoy the little things in life that bring us joy. I am so grateful to those of you who have shared our group with friends, family and other loved ones. I understand that sometimes, in these dark moments, it is very important to still shine a light to guide us forwards.

Our light is brighter through art. Our light is brighter when we shine together.

Lots of love and sending you every creative vibe I have to keep you drawing, painting, writing and constructing an amazing future for us,

Aliya xxx

OUR NEW CHANNEL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmoDdRPe8__6aFCd7O4V-7Q

Sumi-e At Taller La Griega with Teofanú Calzada

Teachers need teaching too!

I want to share with you a workshop I went to at my friend Carmen La Griega’s artist studio. Carmen invited Teofanú Calzada to run this exclusive workshop. You can see all the details here: https://tallerlagriega.com/cursos-y-horarios-2020/

WHAT IS SUMI-E?

Eastern Asian style ink painting has a name and that name is Sumi-e, pronounced (Soo-Mi- Eh). This technique is something I had never tried before. I have seen this style often in prints in Japanese and Chinese artworks but I had no idea about the creation or specialised technique that was being displayed.

Monochromatic images are created using the brush to make shapes and impressions of the form of the subject. It looks very simple and is very effective. There are strong aspects of it as an extension of calligraphy.

Ando Hiroshige – famous for the The Great Wave

I thought as I have plenty of experience with watercolours I would find this class easy. I was wrong. Perhaps it was a little tricky as the class was given in Spanish language so maybe I didn’t catch all the instructions. It was my fault, I had thought my grasp of the language would be sufficient, but really the specific words in the art vocabulary were not in my range. Next time I will ask for more guidance in english as there was plenty of time to ask for help.

Anyway, three quarters into the class when I started painting with my own techniques Teofanú Calzada tutor came over and showed me a few sumi-e techniques and explained in English, I caught up enough to be able to find a flow in this new style I was there to learn!

WHAT I LEARNT

There is a balance that can come from understanding that the brush has a mind or energy of its own, just as much as I have a mind and energy of my own. When I give power to the brush as an equal, rather than a tool to do my bidding, we, together can make something beautiful. Sumi-e for me was the learning curve that as an artist I need to trust my body and my tools. I must switch my mind off to allow the brush and my body to show me something more than I am capable of imagining.

THE CLASS

The table set up

When I arrived at the studio, the table was set up beautifully. The ink blocks were laid carefully on a plate, offered up next to a stand with the special Japanese paint brushes hanging like ornaments. Each student had their own ink holder, a dark grey almost black dish made of stone with a reservoir for the ink. There was also a small shallow plate to test the blackness of the ink, a brush, the class overview and a small glass of water were ready for each of us. And as you can see below a lot of tissue to mop up spills or use to blot the brushes when they were too wet.

The ink blocks on a stand, decorated with Japanese writing and pictures.

We spent the first 15 minutes of the class making our ink. We were shown how to pour a little of the water in to the ink holder, then carefully and with time, we ground the ink block into the water on the shallow area of the well. In Spanish I caught that we needed to put our intention into the process of making our ink. It seemed to be very therapeutic to spend time preparing this black liquid.

When the ink was ready, we started with all the practises of making leaves, orchids, chrysanthemums and something to do a with a Phoenix. I will ask more questions about this in the future!

I was so engrossed in my artwork, I didn’t take the break in the middle of the class! I also didn’t take many pictures during the class although I did manage to take a video towards the end when I had completed my final piece – an art work on proper sumi-e paper displaying all the techniques we had learnt in the class.

A video of us all painting

At the end we chose our favourite pieces, either the final piece or something from the practise session, to display on the mirror so we could all appreciate each other’s styles.

The final exhibition of our collective artworks!
My final painting to show all the techniques I learnt at the workshop

I loved this class. It was challenging and exciting. There were parts I wanted to burst into angry tears because of my frustration (I thought the brush was broken – it wasn’t broken, I was disconnected from it) and then there were parts I was floating in a world of flow where me, the ink and the brush were making something cosmic.

I’ve discovered there is plenty I don’t know and I am now becoming an intrepid explorer into the far east, packing just my paintbrush and leaving my expectations of myself at home.

I’m going again, if you would like to join me, book directly with Carmen by calling her or emailing her: tel: (+34) 655 17 43 59  –  (+34) 914 29 61 07 or email: carmenlagriega@gmail.com

Pink and Black Orchids, Sumi-e Feb 2020

Amazing Art Society in Madrid, art classes by brilliant teachers.

Private Art Classes

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING…

Instructional, motivational, represented well and well thought out.

Rus Hughes, CFO of Intelligent Labs

I did a vision board workshop with Aliya which was fantastic. Aliya is absolutely lovely and I look forward to participating in more of her workshop. 1000% recommendable 😍💖😊

Charlotte Cotton, World Champion Mountain Runner

The instructor, Aliya, is amazingly involved in the creation process. She encouraged me to try new drawing techniques in a really nice and relaxed environment

Christian VP, Transportation Engineer

Me encanta como Aliya te ayuda a salir de la técnica y disfrutar el proceso del dibujo como un medio terapéutico.

“I love how Aliya helps you get out of the technique and enjoy the process of drawing as a therapeutic medium.”

Gabriela Ramos, Freelance Graphic Designer

WHY CHOOSE PRIVATE?

There are so many reasons why private art classes are a great idea!

  1. Personal attention means you can progress much faster in developing your skills. You accelerate your learning with one on one tuition.
  2. You are free to discuss and ask questions as the class is about your personal needs and requirements.
  3. Personalised classes are tailored to what you want to learn, no set syllabus means you can pick and choose what you want to explore.
  4. Working with a therapeutic art life coach means you are encouraged to create not only your personal style of art but also to try new techniques to find out what you really enjoy doing.
  5. Everyone learns in different ways so private art classes can be adapted to suit the way that you learn.

WHERE ARE THE CLASSES?

Classes can take place almost anywhere!

  1. In my private art studio close to Embajadores.
  2. At your home or studio, provided that travel time and expenses are reimbursed and you have already had one class with me in my studio.
  3. In outdoor spaces if the weather permits and travel time and expenses are reimbursed.
  4. Over video call or similar.

WHAT IS NEEDED?

  1. A willingness to learn!
  2. English language (my spanish is improving!)

WHAT CAN BE LEARNED?

My background is in non-objective artwork, a style that has no basis in this reality. Over the past 20 years I have explored many styles of art, my favourites now include illustration with watercolour, life art with colour, collage and acrylic paint pouring. As I have the qualification of Therapeutic Art Life Coach, I very much enjoy exploring the personal and unique creative styles that my students and clients develop. Often, I help them discover their own talents, mainly by trying different styles and approaches to the same subject. Whatever you would like to learn, if I can help I will. If I can’t help, I will find you a person who can.

HOW TO BOOK:

It’s very easy to book a private art lesson with me. Fill in the request form below. I will reply and we will confirm a date and time to meet. The first lesson always is the quickest so I ask you book at least 2 hours. After that lessons can be booked at your preference up to 8 hours in one day, depending on the project.

I also politely request that you include any information that you feel that might be helpful for me to be able to provide a safe and comfortable environment for you to learn in. If you have any body health issues such as nut allergies, mental health issues such as depression or any spiritual beliefs such as veganism, please let me know so I can accommodate these during our time together.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

I charge a flat rate of €15/hour for private art tuition in english at my studio close to Embajadores, Madrid, Spain.

For video calls the rate stays the same between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday in my timezone in Spain. If your time zone is different we can discuss the rates.

Art supplies, travel expenses, travel time are not included. These can be discussed and agreed, then added to your bill.

I am registered as autonomo in Spain and can provide a IVA (VAT) invoice for you at your request.

If you are interested in Therapeutic Art Life Coaching, please get in contact so we can discuss a course of classes and prices.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING…

Instructional, motivational, represented well and well thought out.

Rus Hughes, CFO of Intelligent Labs

I did a vision board workshop with Aliya which was fantastic. Aliya is absolutely lovely and I look forward to participating in more of her workshop. 1000% recommendable 😍💖😊

Charlotte Cotton, World Champion Mountain Runner

The instructor, Aliya, is amazingly involved in the creation process. She encouraged me to try new drawing techniques in a really nice and relaxed environment

Christian VP, Transportation Engineer

Me encanta como Aliya te ayuda a salir de la técnica y disfrutar el proceso del dibujo como un medio terapéutico.

“I love how Aliya helps you get out of the technique and enjoy the process of drawing as a therapeutic medium.”

Gabriela Ramos, Freelance Graphic Designer

Life Art Classes In Madrid

Our next class of interest is on the 15th of February, Two Models with poses inspired by great romantic works of art! Buy tickets in advance to save your space!

What is it Life Art?

Simply explained, Life Art is nude figure drawing. A model poses for a set amount of time so that artists can practise drawing the human body.

Join us and see our calendar of events on MeetUp or Facebook.

When, Where and With Who?

Members of the Amazing Art Society meet almost every Saturday, from 19.00 to 21.00 in a venue in Madrid. The venue changes so keep updated by joing our group on MeetUp.

The class is relaxed with constant tuition and updates on time left in each pose. The two hours includes a 15 minute break to stretch, compare artwork and chat.

After class we stay and socialise, discuss our art and share stories of our week. Sometimes we play games to have fun, other times we just chat.

I had a wonderful experience doing one of the events with Amazing Art Society. It was fun, engaging, and I learned a lot! Definitely do one of Aliya’s events, you’ll enjoy it a lot! She’s knowledgeable, well-prepared and makes sure everyone has a great time. Looking forward to another one.

Lisa

Blue Monday – Banish it with your Brushes!

Today is Blue Monday, one of the most depressing days of the whole year. You can read about it here or just take my word for it.

How about combating it with your artwork? I often turn to my paint brushes and bright colours when I need to focus on something other than the reality I am presented with.

I choose to spend my time doing things which bring me happiness and joy as there are far too many tasks, people and tv shows that want to rob you of your time and your positivity.

Put pencil to paper, sketch something from life and then change it into something magical.

For example, my salt and pepper-mill cats and the bull door-stop are a sweet collection of useful animals. I find it easier to draw from a photo sometimes so I placed my friends together, took a photo and started sketching in my book with a 2B pencil.

Step by Step Illustration

As always, any mistakes, I leave them in as a reminder that we all fail sometimes and it’s not actually a big deal in the end. Notice the bull has two tails from where I had to move it.

After I’m happy with the composition, I start to add the colour, in this instance with water colours.

Layers and panels help to bring the painting to life and slowly but surely my focus becomes clearer on the present moment and the practise of creating.

Adding a background can be one of the most imaginative aspects of a painting. Often people start with a back ground however I don’t often know when I want to place my subjects until I meet them in colour. I also want my subject in the foreground to be free from pencil marks of the landscape.

Inspired by the friend that gave me the bull, I chose to place my painted friends in a the desert. Looking at a few images on Google helped me to add the Hand of the Desert in Chile to the background and I chose the time of day to depict. apparently it’s most beautiful there at night time when you can see the stars.

The reason I’m sharing this illustration technique with you is to offer you a way out of the Blue Monday of January, a way to banish any negative fogginess with your brushes.

Happy Arting. xx

En-guard Blue Monday! You are Banished by the power of the Paintbrush!

I will be having an exposition of my work in the next few months, please follow me on Facebook and Instagram here for more news.

If you would like to attend one of my art classes you can find me on Eventbrite and Meetup.

For Private Art Classes in my studio, send me a message.

The Four Houses – Vision Board Technique (2020)

Due to the success and positive feedback from the vision board classes held in January, I thought you might like to know a little bit more about what it was all about! I will be holding one of these workshops every month from now on. If you have already been to a Four Houses Technique Workshop, please comment on this post with your thoughts and feel free to come back to a class, to update your board in good company any time you like!

I did a vision board workshop with Aliya which was fantastic. Aliya is absolutely lovely and I look forward to participating in more of her workshop. 1000% recommendable 😍💖😊

Charlotte Cotton – World Champion Mountain Runner 2019

2020 – it begins!

January was host to a fantastic run of three workshops for The Amazing Art Society’s unique vision board technique called The Four Houses.

Based on a way to compartmentalise the four aspects of a balanced life: Health, Connections, Career and Energy Charge, we saw our students plan their boards using their cognitive skills and then furnish their vision board with their creative skills!

Anyone that has ever wondered how to bring more focus and clarity to their life would benefit from spending a few hours with this technique of therapeutic art.

PROUD OF MY STUDENTS:

The workshop includes the learning of the concept of The Four Houses and a start on arranging and attaching images to the vision board. There is a week allocated to keep working on the boards and then encouragement to share the final board created for 2020, 7 days after the workshop took place. I am so proud of my students! Success has already occurred for a few with dance classes, new romantic partners and work opportunities already showing up in my students lives!

Here are some of the completed boards!

CONCEPT:

Imagine you have four houses in your life. Each house is where you go to spend your time when you want different things. For example, when you want to relax on the beach, you go to your house on the coast. Or when you want to complete lots of work, you go to your private office building. Imagine what impact you could create in your life if you could use this compartmentalisation technique to make your vision board true to your life goals.

THE HOUSES EXPLAINED:

Health: You go to this imaginary house when you want to focus on your health. Filled with your favourite gym equipment, maybe a pool because you love to swim, a spinning studio or a steam room and hot tub, this imaginary palace will have everything you enjoy in it, keeping you in good physical and metal health. This house will have a kitchen with the most delicious food you love to eat and that you know is good for you. It is important to focus on healthy options that you enjoy so that you like to visit this house. Furnish it with good habits, good choices and think about who you would like to invite to spend time with you here. In your vision board make sure to use images that reflect these choices.

Career: Firstly, ask yourself, are you happy with your industry and your current projected career? If yes, then the next question is: What do you need to do to be seen as an expert in your field? How can you progress and what steps do you need to take in order to feel like an expert? In other words, how can you be the best example to someone new coming into your work place or industry? If you answered ‘no’ to the ‘are you happy’ question, then start to think about why you don’t enjoy the work anymore. Think about if it is the people around you that have caused this feeling (you could keep the same job but work for another company) or, if it is time to move into a different industry that you feel will be better suited to your new goals for the future. Ask yourself what your career options are. Can you transfer your skills to something else you could enjoy? Use images on your board that display the actions you need to take as well as images that capture what it would be to have achieved these goals.

Connections: This house is your social house, this is where your best friends, family, peers, mentors and trusted confidants live or visit you. What kind of people do you want to be connected with and supported by? It is very important to be open to understanding that you may need to shed some relationships that no longer benefit you. This will make space for the new people that you want to come into your life and for existing relationships to deepen in the way you want. For example, if you want to make friends who are energetic and love nature, then you are likely to meet them in hiking groups. If you want to meet people who enjoy playing video games, you are more likely to meet them online. Go where these people are and you will make these new connections Think about where these types of people are and make sure to focus on using images that capture this in your vision board.

Energy Charge: This is the house you visit when you want to recharge your batteries. This is your play house! Not only when you want to take a break from your career, connections or health, this house has been created in your mind for you to enjoy being you. The question is: What do you do that is not for money, not for status, not because of obligation, not for any purpose or reason, apart from, it makes you happy? This house is to be full of your favourite toys, hobbies and past times. When you spend time in this house, you get to rest your brain from the other parts of your life that require effort into the external environment. This is very important to keep your brain happy and healthy!

If you have any questions or would like more clarification, please get in touch.

HOW:

Take an A4 piece of paper and quarter it. Label each quarter with a house name: health, career, connections and energy charge. Ask yourself the questions in each explanation above. Take your time to use your imagination to create the best possible outcome. Play with your imaginary lottery winnings and really explore the positive options in order to shed your inhibitions and break out a version of your self, free from doubts and with a free spirit. You are invited to imagine anything you want!

When you have completed your written plan, start searching through the images you have collected and make sure to match words and ideas to the images you want to place on your vision board. This is where you may notice how easy it is to be attracted to images that are nothing to do with your plan! Stay on track and set aside any images that do not appear to correspond to your plan, you can do something different with these in the future.

When you’ve collected around half the images you think you will need, take a larger piece of paper to make your vision board on, I use A3 tracing paper. Start to arrange the images that are in line with words and ideas on the plan, onto the second piece of paper to make a nice layout.

When you are sure every concept written on the plan has a corresponding image on the vision board, stick everything to the second page, NOT ON THE PLAN ITSELF. At the end of the exercise, you will have an image vision board which reflects the plans for your Four Houses that is bursting with the energy you want to have in the coming year as well as your written plan to keep on the back side of your board.

Tape the written plan to the back of your board so when you want reminding of what each image represents to you, it is close to hand. Place your vision board somewhere you can see it everyday.

The Four Houses Vision Board Technique, The Amazing Art Society Unique Art Classes

WHEN:

The beginning of a year is always a good time to make plans. Whenever the seasons change is a good time to make plans. Whenever you have a really bad day is probably the most brilliant time to sit down and plan a better future for yourself. Basically any time you really want to take control of your life, do this exercise.

I will be holding a Four Houses Vision Board class every month. You can see the most up to date news on events here.

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The Amazing Art Society Studio, Embajadores, Madrid

Librería Café La Fugitiva: Calle de Santa Isabel, 7, 28012 Madrid

La Fugitiva: Calle de Santa Isabel, 7, 28012 Madrid
Librería Café La Fugitiva: Calle de Santa Isabel, 7, 28012 Madrid

Exhibiting Isa Molina

Prices available directly from the venue and the artist, see contact details below.

Whilst waiting for a friend to arrive at a nearby bar I will be holding laughter yoga workshops and art classes in this year, I discovered this library-slash-coffee shop-slash-gallery.

At first glance I assumed it was a book shop, then I noticed it could be a coffee shop only as there were people sitting and drinking coffee, then as my eyes are not tuned into spotting art flyers, I noticed the poster in the window, so this space seems to be a lot of things in one location!

Librería Café La Fugitiva: Calle de Santa Isabel, 7, 28012 Madrid

Walking in to the shop I was met with rows and stacks of shelves covered in books. a real book lovers dream, AND they serve coffee!

Librería Café La Fugitiva: Calle de Santa Isabel, 7, 28012 Madrid

A few tables dotted about the place provided space for guests to sit and read or learn something, a couple of customers seemed to be learning languages, which reminds me I need to practise my Spanish more!

Librería Café La Fugitiva: Calle de Santa Isabel, 7, 28012 Madrid

The artwork is on display high up above the shelves and on the walls, the ones not covered in books! These bright collage pieces are playful and bright, some are portraits with a childlike aspect of the character of those portrayed.

Librería Café La Fugitiva: Calle de Santa Isabel, 7, 28012 Madrid
Librería Café La Fugitiva: Calle de Santa Isabel, 7, 28012 Madrid

Isa Molina’s pieces seem typical of Spanish art: bright, playful and emotive. This exhibition finishes quite soon, I look forward to seeing what’s next on display in this book lovers heaven!

You can find Librería Café La Fugitiva‘s Facebook page here and on Instagram here and on Trip Advisor here.

I’m still searching for the contact details for the artist Isa Molina, if you find them, please send me a message, or you can contact them directly through the Librería Café La Fugitiva‘s Facebook page here.

Art for Sale in Madrid

Estudio de Oscar Estruga: Calle de Fúcar, 17, 28014 Madrid

Estudio de Oscar Estruga: Calle de Fúcar, 17, 28014 Madrid
Estudio de Oscar Estruga: Calle de Fúcar, 17, 28014 Madrid
Estudio de Oscar Estruga: Calle de Fúcar, 17, 28014 Madrid

Exhibiting Oscar Estruga and Susana Estruga

Prices from €25 for unique pieces of handmade jewellery and from €60 for artwork. Sculpture, Drawings, Paintings, Jewellery.

Walking around Barrio de las Letras is a wonderful experience for art lovers as it is packed with galleries, art schools and creative spaces. I was captivated by the large scale sculptures visible in this studio from the other side of the street!

Estudio de Oscar Estruga: Calle de Fúcar, 17, 28014 Madrid
A cavern of creativity!

When I entered I was surprised to see the artist of some of these amazing pieces sitting on the client side of the desk. His daughter, Maria, the jeweller, was on the phone so I looked around whilst she finished her call.

The style of work from Oscar is incredible, the sculptures are larger than the life: a voluptuous woman hangs from the ceiling, also featuring in the centre of a large bronze bull on a pillar in the sea (photographed below). You can take home a metal representation of this sculpture, or opt for a custom made sculpture if you wish.

Estudio de Oscar Estruga: Calle de Fúcar, 17, 28014 Madrid
Photogrpahed: Pasifae, in Barcelona – 1987, mini sculptures available to buy in gallery.

Romanesque vibes emanate from drawings and paintings with curly and fluid lines. Drawings highlighted with watercolour tints are ready to take home with you from a suitcase and drawing folders dotted about the gallery.

Estudio de Oscar Estruga: Calle de Fúcar, 17, 28014 Madrid
A suitcase of drawings!
Continuous line drawings with watercolour
Estudio de Oscar Estruga: Calle de Fúcar, 17, 28014 Madrid
Striking style of drawings, a head on a plate presented to a committee of sorts!
Estudio de Oscar Estruga: Calle de Fúcar, 17, 28014 Madrid

The front window display, hand made jewellery

Sculptural jewellery displayed in the front window, invites the wearer to touch and explore these hand made and unique pieces. Super tactile and incredibly well made, Susana signs the jewellery Diseños Krahe, continuing the legacy of her late mother Maria Luisa Krahe’s designs and influence.

You can find the Studio of Oscar Estruga‘s website here, Facebook here and on Instagram here.

You can find Diseños Krahe‘s Facebook page here and Instagram here.

For direct contact to make an enquiry you can use these details:

oscarestruga@gmail.com or disenoskrahe@gmail.com

T. 91 139 36 66, T. 646 037 620

Art for Sale in Madrid

Oficina 42 All Day Bar: Calle de la Magdalena, 42, 28012 Madrid

Oficina 42 All Day Bar: Calle de la Magdalena, 42, 28012 Madrid

Exhibiting Nanja Wierda, creator of Bananarty.

Prices available from €40 in this selection. Prints in Various sizes available on request. Photography of mixed media.

Want to start the year off with a smile on your face? Just make some time to visit this brilliant bar with this bright display of unique banana based art.

I first met Nanja when scouting for artists to display in a bar that was looking to help local artists with gallery space back in October 2019. This exhibition is only on for a short time so go today if you can!

Bananas on Barcelona Beach!

You can find Oficina 42 all day bar on Trip Advisor here. It has been under new management since August 2019.

You can find Nanja Wierda‘s, creator of Bananarty, website here, Instagram here and Facebook here.

When you visit, please feel free to comment on this post with what you think of the art and if you enjoyed the bar give a good review on Google.

Photography for sale in Madrid