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It’s All About Flow ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒบ

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I wanted to share Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi with you. He is one of the first authors I encountered who researched the “in the moment joy of creating”. I found his book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, 20 or more years ago. It peaked my interest way back then and since then I’ve listened to Csikszentmihalyi’s wonderful Ted talk as well. But, it’s that idea that when we get in the moment we know the next logical thing, we feel the creative sparks moving us forward and we make the perfect next move. We are in the glorious flow! Perhaps we are making music or we are doing something athletic or we are painting or drawing or writing or singing or dancing!

I hope you find yourself experiencing creative flow often! One way I know how to easily dive into flow is to set a little time aside (even 15 minutes) and simply move your hands!! See what happens!

Let’s flow!

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All my best!

Xoxo

Lynn

P.S. Here is a recent article featuring some ofย Csikszentmihalyi’s wisdom. Enjoy!

HI! I love sharing things that have given me a spark or smile. Some of them have a link to Amazon for you. I want you to know if you use the links, it is possible I ย may get a little pocket change from Amazon, so thank YOU!! xoxox Enjoy!! xoxo Lynn

 


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Fantastic Article About BELLISSIMA ART ESCAPES

Hello, I hope you are enjoying a relaxing and creative summer. I wanted to share with you a wonderful article about BELLISSIMA ART ESCAPES in the latest issue of Where Women Create. Kathie Vezzani is a genius at putting together Beautiful and artful trips together, complete with fantastic food experiences, great people, lots of inspiring locations and a ton of time making art. John and I love working with Kathie and are excited about our upcoming workshop Making Faces in Oaxaca Mexico, February 2018.

Check out this link to learn more!

We would love to have you join us!

All my best!

Xoxo
Lynn

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“Faces” ๐Ÿ˜Š ย Workshop in San Miguel de Allendeย 

John and I truly enjoyed teaching “The Face as Muse” workshop in lovely San Muigel recently. Every workshop has a special combination of learning, joy and laughter, and this one was filled with fun loving, talented folks who made the entire trip an artful adventure and a true pleasure. 

Many thanks to Kathie Vezzani and Ana Elena of Bellissima Art Escapes for making our time together so full of art, culture, fun and delicious culinary delights. The colorful city of San Muigel brings out the artist and explorer in us all. 

Here are a few photos! 


Julie holding up two of Holiday’s faces 


Zohra’s amazing work! Inspiring! 


Our group with the Mojigangas created by the big hearted Hermes Arroyo Guerrero and family.. what a treat and a parade! 


Beautiful Cie leads the group! 


With our hand painted masks and big paper flowers ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’š


Spilling onto the sun drenched streets in the center plaza of town called El Jardin or main garden 


Artists Kate, Julie and Holiday in our roof top studio 


Yummy well used brushes 


Julie’s workspace filled with great faces 


Stella’s fabulous work ๐Ÿ™‚ 


Kathie and Ana Elena, our wonderful guides through it all! 

John during our final show and tell ๐Ÿ˜Š 


Dining with Chef Paco… as delicious as it was beautiful 


Our studio in full work mode 


Jacquelyn and Becky chatting about their work 

Our great group and their artwork! 

Wishing you many wonderful times of Creating with friends ๐Ÿ™‚ 

With love,

Xoxo Lynn 


Ahhhh!! Color!!!! 

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Art, friends, food and flavors. The joy of workshops ๐Ÿ˜Š

Three art filled weeks in beautiful San Miguel, Mexico has left me with a broad smile on my face and tons of great memories. Carla Sonheim and I co-taught “Fiesta Flores” where we celebrated flowers with drawing, collage, painting and more. Our group of fun loving artists was fearless and full of laughter. We saw the sights and enjoyed fine cuisine in restaurants and in chefs kitchens ๐Ÿ™‚ Many thanks to Kathie Vezzani and Ana Elana Martinez for showing us the sites and taking such great care of all the details ๐Ÿ™‚ 

A few pics! 



Thanks to you all for making the trip so much fun ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Next post will be about The Face as Muse workshop ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š


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Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting Retreat!! April 18-23, 2017 New Smyrna Beach, FL

My husband John and I are thrilled to host the Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting Retreat in one of the most beautiful and nourishing settings in Florida. Atlantic Center for the Arts is located in a nature reserve, just a few miles from New Smyrna Beach. We will be working in the painting and sculpture studios in this architectural award winning space, and will stay in simple and peaceful housing on property. For more information and registration click here!


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Big Bold Blooms 2!! New online class!

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It’s here!! Big Bold Blooms 2!! Let’s paint, draw, play and have fun as we create mixed media paintings using beautiful, abundant flowers as our muse! I am excited to share with you new techniques, new layers, and new tools! We will start small, in our sketchbooks, then work on several medium sized canvases and go all the way up to one big, beautiful bloom painting…36×48! This 5 week, 10 lesson class starts soon… October 3rd, 2016.

Join me and our super supportive, happy and generous online community, as we celebrate the joy of art making together! ย click here for more information!!ย 


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Blooms Class Givaway!ย 

So happy to be giving away a free Big Bold Blooms Wild Painting online class! And thank you Gracie of Tea and Cake with Gracie for the lovely chat and interview!

Be sure to leave a comment on the Willowing Arts blog to be in the running for a free Blooms Class!! http://www.willowing.org/2016/08/16/tea-and-cake-with-gracie-featuring-lynn-whipple/

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