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Sparking and Savoring the Artful Life


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JOy Stuff!! The Art of Noticing. A new online class 🌼😀🌿

JOy Stuff-An Online Class with Lynn Whipple

I would love to share with you my favorite ways to celebrate delight in our everyday lives. Working in my JOy Stuff sketchbook has opened up a whole new way to make art, move my hands and soak in appreciation. It has been a wonderful addition to my world and gets me off to an artful, positive and grateful beginning to each day. The best part, other than that it is fun, is the way I feel connected to the things I love!

Come join me and our super supportive, fun-loving online community as we draw, paint, write, make paper with a Gelli Plate and play. 😀 We will collage and create delightful pages and fill them with meaning. And we will extend our gratitude to others by making tiny thank you notes to love letters and more. Let’s create a joy based and portable art studio in our sketchbooks.   Starts October 3rd! Click here for more info! 

With loads of JOy!

 xoxo Lynn

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It’s All About Flow 🌼🌿🌺

Hello hello!

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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 of 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  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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Art, friends, food and flavors. The joy of workshops 😊

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 🙂 Many thanks to Kathie Vezzani and Ana Elana Martinez for showing us the sites and taking such great care of all the details 🙂 

A few pics! 



Thanks to you all for making the trip so much fun 🙂 

Next post will be about The Face as Muse workshop 😊😁😊


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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!  click here for more information!! 


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Oh, yeah. Passion. Keepin’ the lurve alive.

Jen Storer you delight!! LURVE!!!

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If you scroll down or if you go clickety-click here you’ll see that a while ago I scribbled a post about the Three Ps of Creative Writing. I also spoke about those Ps on a podcast with Allison Tait. (She’s the bomb by the way. People dig those podcasts so much. Check them out. Later. Once you’ve read this. No! Don’t go! Here’s some pretty words to make you stay…).

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The third P as I declared it, is Passion. I remember Al asking, ‘So Jen, how do you keep the Passion flowing?’ I gabbled something. I don’t remember exactly what. Something about reading poetry. And watching films about C S Lewis. Or the Brontes. Or Will Ferrell. It was near the end of the interview. I had a touch of brain fatigue.

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But the main thing about the Passion P is that I  encourage writers to CONSTANTLY do stuff that reminds them…

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