Rise Above Club: Clarity

Explore each chapter of Whitney Freya’s book, Rise Above: Free Your Mind One Brushstroke at a Time, with me.  As a certified Creatively Fit Coach, I have trained with Whitney and worked through her book twice (so far).  In this session, we will focus on Clarity.

“Detach and distance yourself from demands that steal your attention… lift up and over whatever is challenging you today… Clarity creates clear vision, clear direction, and peace of mind”, Whitney Freya.

Each session of the Rise Above Club includes discussion of the featured chapter, time to paint or work in an art journal, and meaningful conversation in a supportive space.

Create art to create the change you want in your life!

Get details and register at Brown Paper Tickets.

Rise Above Club: Fearlessness

Explore each chapter of Whitney Freya’s book, Rise Above: Free Your Mind One Brushstroke at a Time, with me.  As a certified Creatively Fit Coach, I have trained with Whitney and worked through her book twice (so far).  In this session, we will focus on Fearlessness.

“Rise above” the fear that holds you back and keeps you living small. You have survived your lessons and now is the time to bathe in the light of your being. “There are no limitations, no boundaries, only potential.” You can never lose your real treasure- YOU.

Each session of the Rise Above Club includes discussion of the featured chapter, time to paint or work in an art journal, and meaningful conversation in a supportive space.

Create art to create the change you want in your life!

Get details and register at Brown Paper Tickets.

Everyone is an Artist (ages 8-12)

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Time travel with Susan Korsnick through the fun and joy of creative expression.  She uses stories, sketching, and a variety of mediums to explore styles from the earliest cave paintings to the present.  Susan has a BA in Fine Art, 20 years of teaching experience, and K-12 Art Certification.

This is a 5-day camp that runs from 9:30am-12noon daily.  Children bring own snacks and water.  Dress comfortably in clothes that can get messy!

Register at York Art Association, 220 S Marshall St, York.  717-755-0028.

Rise Above Club: Abundance

Explore each chapter of Whitney Freya’s book, Rise Above: Free Your Mind One Brushstroke at a Time, with me.  As a certified Creatively Fit Coach, I have trained with Whitney and worked through her book twice (so far).  In this session, we will focus on Abundance.

Whitney shares that there are three types of abundance available to us at any time. Inner Abundance (its source is within you), Creative Abundance (create new ideas that serve you and bring you joy), and Radiant Abundance (spread energy of abundance into lives of others).

Each session of the Rise Above Club includes discussion of the featured chapter, time to paint or work in an art journal, and meaningful conversation in a supportive space.

Create art to create the change you want in your life!

Get details and register at Brown Paper Tickets.

 

 

Rise Above Club: Presence

Explore each chapter of Whitney Freya’s book, Rise Above: Free Your Mind One Brushstroke at a Time, with me.  As a certified Creatively Fit Coach, I have trained with Whitney and worked through her book twice (so far).  In this session, we will focus on Presence.

“From present moment awareness, we get to access the ‘field of pure potentiality’.  In the present moment, we are not limited by our past experience, nor are we being constrained or distracted by our worry about the future.  In the present, we can choose from infinite possibilities- if we learn how to stay there long enough,” writes Whitney Freya.

Each session of the Rise Above Club includes discussion of the featured chapter, time to paint or work in an art journal, and meaningful conversation in a supportive space.

Create art to create the change you want in your life!

Get details and register at Brown Paper Tickets .

Intuitive Painting 2-Day Workshop

I will guide you through warmup activities and a process of painting that focuses on playfulness, layering, and experimental mark-making to reveal personal imagery that can open you to your inner wisdom.  Intuitive painting is a style of painting that is relaxing and informative.  I have used it as part of my meditative practice with great success.  No art experience needed.  You’ll learn many techniques to help you relax in front of the blank canvas or paper.  This deeply personal painting practice focuses on process more than product.  It’s through the process that you can “Come Home to Your Self.”  Supply list and registration on York Art Associaiton website or by calling 717-755-0028.  Workshop is 10am to 4pm daily on June 29th and June 30th.  Bring a lunch and dress comfortably as we will also do a bit of movement and meditation.

Rise Above Club: Self-Love

Explore each chapter of Whitney Freya’s book, Rise Above: Free Your Mind One Brushstroke at a Time, with me.  As a certified Creatively Fit Coach, I have trained with Whitney and worked through her book twice (so far).  In this session, we will focus on Self-Love.

Many of us were not taught or encouraged to love ourselves unconditionally.  “In the process (of painting and conversation), you will observe your inner critic, your inner perfectionist, your inner ‘poor me’.  You can take back your power and tell those voices that they have been misinformed”, writes Whitney Freya.

Each session of the Rise Above Club includes discussion of the featured chapter, time to paint or work in an art journal, and meaningful conversation in a supportive space.

Create art to create the change you want in your life!

Get details and register at Brown Paper Tickets .

Elemental Being: Water

“Earth our bodies, Water our blood, Air our breath, and Fire our Spirit”.  Each 4th Saturday of the month from April through August, we will explore our relationship to a specific element and how it connects us to our Selves, all that is around us, and the Divine.  Using creativity, intuitive experiences, ritual, sound baths, and guided visualizations, I will guide each participant to a deeper understanding of life as a Divine Elemental Be-ing having a human experience.

In this session, we will call on the element of Water for Trust.  Water is the symbol of the emotions, twilight, receptivity, dreaming, synchronicity, the cleansing, healing, purification, and compassion.  Connect to Divine Feminine energy found in rivers, oceans, and all bodies of water.  Connect to whale, seal, frog, swan, dolphin, and other water beings.  But most of all, connect with your Divine Elemental Self.

Register by calling Radiance at 717-290-1517.  Call for price (save by registering for all 5 events in advance!)

Cost includes all art supplies and materials.  Bring a lunch, a journal, and a small object/picture to represent your connection to the element for our monthly altar.  Dress comfortably (slippers welcome!!).

Rise Above Club: Freedom

Explore each chapter of Whitney Freya’s book, Rise Above: Free Your Mind One Brushstroke at a Time, with me.  As a certified Creatively Fit Coach, I have trained with Whitney and worked through her book twice (so far).  In this session, we will focus on Freedom.  “You are going to create the FEELING of freedom.  What does it feel like to be free from any expectations or limitations?… Your mind is NOT meant to captain the ship.  Your soul is.  Let’s see what insight we can gain from the canvas into what is holding us back”, writes Whitney.

Each session of the Rise Above Club includes discussion of the featured chapter, time to paint or work in an art journal, and meaningful conversation in a supportive space.

Create art to create the change you want in your life!

Get details and register at Brown Paper Tickets .

Rise Above Book Club Intro

I’m super-excited to be bringing Whitney Freya’s Rise Above: Free Your Mind One Brushstroke at a Time to York!  During this introductory session, I’ll be sharing why I’m leading this “more than a book club” book club (hint:  It inspired me to make major changes in my life.) I’ll also give an overview of the chapters and a hands-on experience to give you a taste of what is in store.

 

It will be a 12-week course the second and fourth Thursdays from June 13 to Dec 12 (no meeting on Thanksgiving), from 5:30-7:30pm.  It’s more than a book club because it is discussion AND guided open studio time.  Bring a canvas (16″x20″) and I’ll provide the paint and brushes.  No art experience is needed.  This is about the process of self-discovery and awareness not a product, although, you will find that what is revealed on the canvas is perfect for where you are now.

 

Cost is $240 through June 13th if you purchase the package.  Otherwise, it is $30 per session.  Come for one… but you’ll want to come for all.  Register at Brownpapertickets.com.  Tickets are non-refundable.

 

Topics include:  Freedom, Self-Love, Presence, Abundance, Fearlessness, Clarity, Intuition, Spaciousness, Peace, Ease and Grace, Joy, and Personal Symbols.

 

Email me for details or if you have any questions.  Intro session is FREE.  This is a wonderful way to do some self-awareness exploration but is not to be seen as therapy.

Intuitive Painting 101

Intuitive painting is a relaxed, mindful approach to creativity that uses words, colors, and mark-making to build up layers that reveal personal meaning and symbolism for the artist.  It allows participants to focus on process and self-discovery rather than product.  No art experience needed.  $35.  Supply list available through York Art Association, York PA.

Register at yorkartassociation.org or at 717-755-0028.

Elemental Being: Air

“Earth our bodies, Water our blood, Air our breath, and Fire our Spirit”.  Each 4th Saturday of the month from April through August, we will explore our relationship to a specific element and how it connects us to our Selves, all that is around us, and the Divine.  Using creativity, intuitive experiences, ritual, sound baths, and guided visualizations, I will guide each participant to a deeper understanding of life as a Divine Elemental Be-ing having a human experience.

In this session, we will call on the element of Air for Clarity.  Air is the symbol of the intellect, imagination, birth, rebirth, freedom, and the breath of life.  Connect to Divine Feminine energy found in sky, the dawn, rainbows, springtime, and youth.  Connect to winged beings honored by ancient cultures.  But most of all, connect with your Divine Elemental Self.

Register by calling Radiance at 717-290-1517.  Call for price (save by registering for all 5 events in advance!)

Cost includes all art supplies and materials.  Bring a lunch, a journal, and a small object/picture to represent your connection to the element for our monthly altar.  Dress comfortably (slippers welcome!!).

Come Home to Your Self

The Message I Needed to Hear

Late last spring, I received a one-word message from my intuition, “Home”.   After a busy year of teaching, two consecutive summers of work-related traveling, and the end of a significant relationship, this was a welcome word that I took literally.  I stayed home to create art, take care of my house and pets, and tend my garden.  To keep this story short, what I got for my effort was bare skin covered with ant bites and a bee sting on my lip that caused significant swelling.  “I stayed home for this?!”, I complained out loud.  And just as clear as that one word message I received in the spring, I heard, “Come home to your Self.”  Actually, I think I heard, “Duh, Suz!  Home means come home to your Self.”  The Universe has a sense of humor!

What did it mean?  Start doing things differently.  Like what?  (I was full of questions but unaware that I was full of the answers, too, if I would only listen.)

At first, I felt stuck.  I heard that “when one door closes, another opens.”  But, I didn’t see any open doors, sun-filled windows, or light through a keyhole beckoning me.  I was facing the wrong direction.  I was focused on what I didn’t want and what wasn’t working.

The Choice

There were two choices- stand still and stay stuck or take a step.  It sounds a bit flippant and oh-so easy but it’s not.  It takes a lot of courage to take the first step in the direction you want to go.  You don’t have to run or even walk… just take one small step and it will guide the next step.

“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. 

Tiptoe if you must, but… take the step!” 

Naeem Calaway

Journey of Love

I realized that coming home to my Self is a Journey of Love.  Whoa, hold on just a minute!  Isn’t it selfish to put my Self first?  Absolutely not!  How can I offer anyone else a drink from an empty cup?  I had to fill my chalice first.  I had to be “Self-Full”.  Keep in mind, I said this is a “journey”, not a destination.  It meant reprioritizing.  Making space.  Saying “No thank you” to things I didn’t want to do.  Taking care of my body, mind, and spirit.  Having fun.  Reconnecting with people I love.  Doing less so I could be more present.  It meant loving, accepting, and respecting myself.  It meant having the courage to be authentic… and visible.

Home Means…

  • I choose Love over fear.
  • I express gratitude for all the treasures in my life.
  • I focus on what I want with greater clarity and intention.
  • I use my creativity as a portal to connect me to my inner wisdom (intuition, highest self…).
  • I allow my inner wisdom to guide my choices.
  • I follow “YES”.  Even if it’s a baby step, I take the step.
  • I release, with loving kindness, what no longer serves.
  • I connect to the Divine energy in all that is seen and unseen- the Divine within me, too.
  • I trust the Mystery- relinquishing the desire to control outcomes so the real magic can happen!
  • I accept myself for being human…a perfectly imperfect human being.

Come Home to Your Self is a Journey of Love… it begins with one brave step!

When we can love ourselves and have the confidence to show up authentically,

our example gives those around us permission to do the same.

My Calendar of Events lists upcoming workshops and retreats where I guide people on the journey back to Self through creativity, intuitive experiences, ceremony, visualizations, and more.

 

 

Awaken Your Authentic Self

Transformation

How do we find and maintain balance?  Part of us is logical when we long to return to our intuitive selves, our inner wisdom.  Part of us is busy “doing” when we want to be fully present in the moment.  I hold sacred space at the captivating Moonstone Manor for women to explore their creative, powerful, loving selves.  Nourish the part of you that longs for balance.  Reveal your intentional focus and discover ways to manifest what you truly desire.  You have everything you need.  Let’s use art, meditation, movement, a sound bath, and intuitive experiences to tap into your Inner Wise Woman.  With balance comes power.  And with power comes limitless opportunities!!

$95 cost includes supplies, lunch, and beverages.  Click on Brown Paper Tickets to register.

Dauphin Women’s Expo

Stop by my booth at the Dauphin Women’s Expo to learn more about Susan Korsnick: Art & Soul!  Experience creative ways to tap into your intuition.  Enter drawing for free 1-on-1 coaching session valued at $199.

Rise Above

 

Feel free, empowered, and supported in the beautiful Moonstone Manor!  Experience a sound bath, guided meditation, and an intuitive painting practice- immersing yourself in sound, energy, and color.  Be guided to a place where you can courageously “Rise Above” whatever is weighing you down, holding you back, or causing you to feel stuck.  Paint your wings and give yourself permission to SOAR!

$125 cost included all supplies (except a 24×30 or 24×36 inch canvas), lunch, and beverages.  Click on Brown Paper Tickets to register.

PureWisdom

Winter Solstice is the darkest time of the year and holds the promise of the returning light.  This workshop, held at the magical Moonstone Manor, is the sacred space to connect with your Inner Wise Woman.  Identify limiting beliefs and replace them with new, expansive beliefs to guide your coming year.  Gain insight through activities such as guided visualization, intuitive art experiences, meditation, and ritual.  Creativity and intuition illuminate the path back to self.

$85  includes all supplies, lunch, and beverages.  Register on Brown Paper Tickets .

Finding Your Personal Sacred Symbol

Hand of Fatima: My Symbol for 2019

 

Finding Your Personal Sacred Symbol

Symbols hold great power and meaning.  From the earliest cave paintings to pop-culture images of peace signs and hearts, symbols speak to who we are and what matters to us.  Through guided visualizations, experiential activities to help you tap into your inner wisdom, and painting, we will relax and allow the images to flow freely.  By building layers on a canvas, we will reveal the sacred symbols that hold significance for us NOW.  No art experience needed.  Bring a journal and something to write with.

$65 includes all supplies.  Register by calling Radiance at 717-290-1517.

Balance

Several months ago, Marcy, my acutely perceptive Tarot Reader, spoke of the struggle we each have balancing our analytical, logical side with our intuitive, LOVE-centered side at different times throughout our lives.  This is especially true when we are in the midst of great change.  The masculine aspect of ourselves, associated with action, wants to DO something.  The feminine aspect of ourselves just wants to BE.

The back of Balance- Animus

Logic

Marcy used the image of a uniformed guard putting great effort into “protecting” a stone building.  He held a flag and took his job very seriously… to the point of exhaustion… not realizing that this much effort wasn’t really needed.  The guard represents my logical side- some call it the masculine, ego, thought, left brain, or animus.

The front of Balance- anima

Intuition

At the same time, in this vision, a sleek female cat-burglar was sneaking past him into the building.  She wasn’t gloating but she was definitely amused that she was able to sneak passed him undetected.  Some call her the female, Intuition, spirit, heart, right brain, or anima.

The Illusion

It’s an illusion to think each, acting alone, will be beneficial.  They both need to stop their “game playing”, truly SEE each other, and know that when they unite, they will be able to fulfill their true purpose- provide balance.

Marcy saw the cat-burglar go outside and make the first gesture toward connection.  He wasn’t able to do it; he was too focused on his duty to guard and protect.  The guard didn’t realize that by joining forces with her, it would free them both.

She embraces him and he literally lets his guard down- weeping and awakening at the same time.  The cat-burglar, too, realizes the need for unity to fulfill their symbiotic roles.

Balance: masculine and feminine supporting one another

 

What is fascinating to me, beyond Marcy’s skill as a Tarot reader, is that this message was already coming to me loud and clear through my creative expression.

Creativity

Creativity is where I’m most comfortable letting go of expectations and outcomes, allowing my Intuition to guide the process and analysis to follow.  Intuition communicates most clearly through imagery, synchronicity, dreams, and most often my art.

Possibilities

The beings in both my sculpture and my colored pencil drawing depict the positive effect the unity of masculine and feminine energies can have when they are in harmony.

Return of the Bird Tribes

Ken Carey, in his book Return of the Bird Tribes, explains, “In a healthy state, the ego is a secondary component of identity…the Great Spirit is experienced as your primary sense of self….When your ego stops trying to do everything all by itself, and invites eternal spirit into your consciousness, your historical illusion evaporates like mist on a sunny morning.  A polarity reversal takes place in the charge of your human envelope.  The field of consciousness around you changes.  Instead of your ego dominating your sense of identity and blocking your awareness of the Great Spirit, an eternal sense of self awakens within you.  You know yourself as a projection of the Creator of all the stars in the sky.  You know yourself as one of a family of god-beings, sharing God’s Being.  You remember.  Everything is seen differently.  The world is perceived anew through the eyes of a universal awareness.  Your ego becomes your working partner, and you commence the conscious creation of a new human reality.”

Our Outer World Mirrors Our Inner World

Marcy went on to explain that our outer world mirrors our inner world. Relationships with others and our experiences inform us of the times we are living in balance and when we are not.  Balance, for me, feels like greater clarity and flow, bring to mind words like Trust, Allowing, and Surrender.  When the masculine and feminine are out of balance, I feel discord between my heart and throat chakras- the centers for love and communication.  To come back to center, I have to form a harmonious partnership between the rigid, analytical aspect that is most comfortable “DOING” and the intuitive, heart-centered aspect that finds comfort in “BEING”.

Seeking Balance

Seeking balance between Doing and Being, I treat myself with greater compassion, gentleness, and kindness.  In my Tarot reading, Marcy saw the cat-burglar make the first move toward the guard.  By holding him in her arms, she represents taking a LOVE-focused approach.

My intuitive art practice, meditation, connecting to nature, and time for dream-filled sleep entwine these two aspects of my Self.  From this place of unity, I can move forward with greater grace, serenity, confidence, and love.  That’s when I know I’m on the right path.

What do you do to bring balance between DOING and BEING?

How can your Intuition be given space to guide you more often?

When you are still and quiet, what is your heart saying to you?

 

 

Intuitive Art Journal Practice

My intuitive art journal practice awakens my authentic self and allows me to access wisdom I already possess.

 

Journal Writing Had Limits

I developed my intuitive art journal practice after years of working in written journals and traditional art journals.  For many years, I faithfully recorded my thoughts in a notebook every morning.  It was full of entries that explored the same issues and concerns, day after day after day.  I became frustrated.  I already know what weighed on my mind and made me feel like I was spinning my wheels in mud; I wanted guidance.

Interestingly, I knew the answers were within me, I just couldn’t access them this way.  I came to the conclusion that the process of writing sentences kept me in my left brain, the linear and analytical half.  This hemisphere is very helpful for planning a budget and making decisions but not so helpful when I want to get in touch with the source of my own wisdom, my intuition.

An Art Journal Was the Next Step

I turned to my art for answers.  Art journaling gave my right brain freedom to fly into areas my left brain wouldn’t dare to go.  The right hemisphere of the brain is in charge of creativity and artistic expression.  It wants to play, explore, and be adventurous.  I splashed colors on dry surfaces and watching as colors flowed into one another on wet surfaces.  Then, I grabbed spray inks, stencils, stamps, water-soluble crayons, and bits of paper to layer and create different effects.  It was fun and relaxing.  I explored colors, compositions, and subject matter that made their way into artwork I exhibited and sold.

Like a written journal, an art journal has a purpose and I value it when my intention is to experiment and discover.   But there was still an aspect of myself that hungered for something more.  I longed to integrate my artistic side  and my logical side in a way that honored my uniqueness and opened me to deeper inner knowing.

Intuitive Art Journal Practice

My intuitive art journal practice is one way I awaken my authentic self and access the wisdom I already possess.  By weaving together ritual, meditation, guided visualization, and artistic expression with what I learned from spiritual guides, artists, and writers along the way, I am able to tap into information that has always been available to me.  I just had to learn how to access it.  Intuitive art journaling is a sacred process that allows me to hear the quiet voice within.  The piece above, Accept and Love, is one example of the messages I receive when I’m open and willing to surrender to my higher Self.  In other words, I allow the process to inform me.  I become my own guide.

Do you have a practice that allows you to awaken your authentic self and receive wisdom? 

Are you interested in learning more about intuitive art journaling?             

Appreciation for Life’s Little Joys

Art is one of Susan Korsnick's greatest Little Joys.
Creating art is one of my favorite Little Joys. It invites me to be present  and playful in body, mind, and soul.

 

EXPRESSING MY APPRECIATION FOR LITTLE JOYS

Several years ago, I became more aware of my appreciation for life’s Little Joys.  I actively sought them out.  I didn’t have to look far or put much effort into finding them.  They were, and are, around me every day.  These treasures come bundled in gratitude, reverence, nostalgia, and humor.  At times, I capture some in photographs and post them to Instagram and Facebook; at other times, I write a blog post like the one titled Little Joys Part 1 from April 2015.  More often than not, I just stop, allow my Self to be fully present, and imprint the moment on my heart and soul.  These memories later flow out of me and into my artwork.

Snowy Days are another of life's little joys.
Snowy days give me permission to slow down and savor each moment.

 

STOP AND SAVOR THE MOMENT

Some treasured experiences are so fleeting that all I can do is stop and savor the moment.  After a playful session in my art studio, I laugh at the rainbow of paint on my hands and most likely, somewhere on my clothing, too.  A single leaf flutters past on the crisp autumnal wind; I float with it.  Sunlight dances on a sycamore’s mottled bark; I let my eyes dance over it’s surface wishing my hands could touch it, too.  The snow falls with the distinct sound of silence; I let the silence wash over me and fill me.  As I dress, I pay attention to the feel of various fabrics against my skin- the practical warmth of wool, the snuggly comfort of polar fleece, the luxurious softness of velvet, or the heightened femininity of lace.  The strong, bold taste of coffee in a ceramic mug delights all my senses; the feel of the mug warms my hands as the coffee warms me inside.  Obviously, my list goes on and on with all the Little Joys that reveal themselves to me!

Coffee is a Little Joy
What’s better than fresh ground coffee in a sturdy ceramic mug?

MY MOST TREASURED MOMENTS ARE SMALL

While I love life’s big adventures, my greatest appreciation is for treasured moments that are “small”.  Julie Cameron writes in her bestseller Finding Water, “Life is made of small sweetnesses, and they come to us when we are willing to be little, instead of big.”  She goes on to say, “Sometimes, we must play the sleuth with ourselves, asking ourselves what makes us eager.  We must follow our noses and allow ourselves to pursue curiosities.”  I agree with Julia, that at times we may be out of touch with ourselves and need to ask, “What makes my heart sing?”  But for me, more often than not, I don’t have to analyze my Little Joys.  I need to step out of my own way and simply allow them to be.  They having a way of finding me!

Dogs are at the top of my list of Little Joys
Goofy dogs like Sophie and Freyja have to be on my list of Little Joys. Just look at those faces!

 

TO FIND LIFE’S LITTLE JOYS

When life is super-busy, it’s easy to miss the Little Joys.  I’m preoccupied with to-do lists, obligations, and errands.  I’m reflecting on the past and planning for the future (as every good teacher does).  It’s at these times that life gives me a reminder (sometimes a friendly reminder, sometimes a not-so-friendly kick in the pants!), saying, “Be still and notice what brings you joy.  Fill your life with more of that and savor each precious moment!  Take time to share your little joys with the special people in your life.”

Stillness connects me to Little Joys
Stillness is at once a Little Joy and the light that illuminates other Little Joys.  I’d delete the word “alone” if I created this now, for I’ve learned that Little Joys are best when shared with someone else.

 

What are your Little Joys?  I’d love to know.  

 

Awaken to Creative Possibilities

This week, I’m sharing how “saying yes” in my creative process awakens possibilities beyond the realm of intellectual decision-making.  Last week’s blog post “Saying Yes Leads to the Next Yes” explored how opening to possibilities in life as they speak to me on a soul level, can create space for profoundly wonderful things to happen.  The same is true with my artistic process.  Sometimes, I start with an idea or sketch which makes its way to the canvas or paper.  Other times, I like to sit in the stillness and wait.  Rather than put my idea on the surface, I want to see what will reveal itself to me.  Being receptive rather than being “in charge”.  Allowing rather than controlling.

Awakening to creative possibilities means saying yes as images appear.
The sketch for “Awakening” came when I allowed music to guide my process.

INSPIRATION THAT AWAKENED MY CREATIVITY

Several weeks ago, I decided to do something I had never done before.  This isn’t news.  I love trying new things!  Sounds of Spirit was performing nearby and I had the opportunity to attend.  I had never heard of them before but their website intrigued me so off I went with a sleeping bag, my journal, and a water bottle.  It was a spiritually moving and creatively inspiring experience.  The group uses a rich variety of instruments, nature sounds, and human voices to transport the listeners to a different place.  The outward experience of being in the space with them led to an inward journey for many of us in attendance.  I was so deeply moved that I bought their CD and listened to it over and over as I worked in my art studio.

 

Colorful washes both hide and reveal.
During the creative process, I have to allow each bold choice to guide me to the next choice.

 

ALLOW MYSELF TO BE A CHANNEL

On the day I created the sketch above, I turned up the volume on my CD player and let the music wash over me and through me.  I kept my eyes closed until imagery started to appear.  Then, I opened my eyes and simply transferred those images to the paper.  I felt like I was a channel not a creator at that point.  I said “Yes” to one image, which informed the next, which informed the next.   I allowed the process to happen freely without interference from my analytical mind or pesky inner critic.

I started with the 3 large repeated shapes in the background.  Then, the larger seated figure wanted to appear.  Then, little images around her began to tell their own story.  These figures informed the border and smaller symbols around the edges.  Each “yes” lead to the next “yes”.  The same thing happened when I chose my first color to wash over the larger areas.  Each choice naturally flowed into the next.

 

BEING BOLD MEANS BEING VULNERABLE

Who said being bold meant being confident or certain?  Not me!  Having the courage to be bold is also having the courage to be vulnerable and exposed.  Being bold doesn’t mean I’m always going to get it right in art or in life.  It means I have the courage to try.  There is a measure of risk  in creating art that is a genuine reflection of who I am and where I am on my journey.  There is even greater boldness and vulnerability in allowing others to see it.  For I’m aware that those who truly look at my art with open minds and hearts will have the ability to catch a brief glimpse inside the soul of the artist.

The finished piece by Susan Korsnick is an example of what happens when one is open to creative possibilities.
The finished mixed media piece titled Awakening is the result of saying yes to creative possibilities.

 

AWAKENING

After many hours in the studio and many layers of pencil, gouache, and ink, AWAKENING was complete.  I was awakened to the possibilities created by saying one “yes” after another.  I hope this piece awakens something in you, too.