Creative Rendezvous: Discovering Eduardo Chillida | March 18, 2018

On March 11th I’ve started the Creative Rendezvous series. The first event was dedicated to the links between the inner necessity, impressions that music evokes in us and visualizations of those in line with the Wassily Kandinsky Synthesis of Arts.

This upcoming Sunday, March 18th we will dive into exciting and mesmerizing world of Eduardo Chillida, a Spanish Basque sculptor notable for his monumental abstract works.

Chillida (1924 – 2002), known for his massive and abstract sculptures that concentrated around the human form, actually preferred to be called a “realist sculptor”. There is a lot of movement and tension in his work and we will look into his sketches and graphic work, that often became the prototypes of his sculptures. He was a great master of using both, the positive and negative space. We will do some exercises that tap into technique Chillida often used as a step towards making 3D sculptures.

We will talk about the dialogue Chillida was engaged with Heidegger, a prominent German philosopher, about Art and Space. What is the relationship between emptiness and space and how sculpture is ’embodiment of places’.

And of course, we will explore his works and way of thinking in a more practical way!

Looking forward to challenge your notion of space this Sunday! Join the fun! Find your ticket here.

During the next Sundays you’re more than welcome to join the Creative Rendezvous about Sonia Delaunay, collaging and tribal art.

Looking forward to share my passion with you!

 

Creative Rendezvous with Kandinsky on March 11, 2018

The Creative Spring of 2018 started out this past Sunday with the workshop on Wassily Kandinsky, where we talked about his very interesting performances: “Pictures from an Exhibition” and “Yellow Sound”. We talked briefly about his theoretical approach to arts and his Synthesis of Arts ideas.

It was a great pleasure to host the event in such a nice company! Here are some photos from the workshop and hope to see you this Sunday, March 18th, when we will be diving into the intriguing world of the Basque abstract sculptor, Eduardo Chillida. Grab your ticket here!

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Rereading Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull as a good reminder for “Find what it is you want most in the world to do – and then do it.”

Practice it every day. Experiment. Strive to know “what I can do in the air and what I can’t” – “there is so much to learn!” And through practicing this art of being who we really are we feel alive, “trembling ever so slightly with delight” and we let go of fear. Once we find what is it that we want the most, we feel power, joy, pure beauty and “how much more there is to living!”

Jonathan Seagull discovered that boredom and fear and anger are the reasons that a gull’s life is so short, and with these gone from his thought, he lived a long fine life indeed.

On perfection and being there:

You will begin to touch heaven, Jonathan, in the moment that you touch perfect speed. And that isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesn’t have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there.

… To fly as fast as thought, to go anywhere that is, you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived…

The trick was to know that his true nature lived, as perfect as an unwritten number, everywhere at once across space and time.

It always works, when you know what you’re doing.

On kindness and love

… and then you will be ready to begin the most difficult, the most powerful, the most fun of all. You will be ready to begin to fly up and know the meaning of kindness and of love.

“Jonathan, keep working on love”

And the more Jonathan practiced his kindness lessons, and the more he worked to know the nature of love, the more he wanted to go back to Earth. For in spite of his lonely past, Jonathan Seagull was born to be an instructor, and his own way of demonstrating love was to give something of the truth that he had seen to a gull who asked only a chance to see truth for himself.

On friendship

If our friendship depends on things like space and time, then when we finally overcome space and time, we’ve destroyed our own brotherhood! But overcome space, and all the we have left is Here. Overcome time, and all we have left is Now. And in the middle of Here and Now, don’t you think that we might see each other once or twice?”

 

Books in my life

 

What I am Working On Now – July 2017

Most of July 2017 I am based in our Latvian countryside house nearby Kadaga / Adazi.

This month is dedicated to regaining my own balance, reconnecting with my own past, clearing out old books and papers, exploring my family roots and mental traveling through time…

There is a possibility to join me for Finding Creative Flow sessionscontact me for more information.

As a follow-up to the Time Perspective Network meeting in Potsdam, I’m collaborating with Marc Wittmann on a paper: Orientation to the present and future and its role in pro-environmental behaviour and sustainability.

I’m continuing to work on the #100daysofinnerart project, which I have decided to exhibit during the art festival in Tunisia later this August.

I’m taking more visual notes while on location for my Book of Memory: Riga Chapter project – follow along: #bookofmemoryrigachapter

I’m coming back to the idea of creating something out of my father’s music collection of over 4000 tapes and various other objects from the Soviet times – Blast from the Past. Contact me if you have any ideas or museums that might be interested in this!

Working on the second leg of the Indvielsen project – stay tuned to see the new portraits!

End of July – beginning of August, I’m traveling with my mom to her home town – Chelyabinsk, Russia – to spend some time with my aunts and cousins and their kids.

How do I manage all of the above and a few things that were left out? I love working with my version of the bullet journal and I also follow my own medicine regarding taking the creative breaks.

I am available for giving workshops on how to deal with culture shock and using creativity as a resource. I would be thrilled to develop a tailored talk / workshop regarding time, creativity and your field of interest.

Best ways to keep up with my progress and stay in touch with me:

  • subscribe to my newsletter with my recent discoveries and updates & invitations to my exhibitions / pop-up galleries openings, events I’m organizing / hosting, talks & workshops I’m giving, etc.
  • see my visual explorations on Instagram
  • follow my occasional banter on twitter , updates on facebook or browse my blog on Medium

Find out more about me on my about page

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Page was updated in July 2017.

Finding Creative Flow: Next Stop – Latvia

Finding Creative Flow course is about to start in Greece – we are starting the creative journey this Sunday, June 11.

This summer I am moving around a lot. After the sustainability meeting in Potsdam, I will be heading a bit more north, to Latvia. In case you are nearby and would like to have a taste of the Finding Creative Flow course, you’re more than welcome to join me there from July 1 to July 23.

This time around I am hosting the course in our family house in Latvia. It is located in Kadaga, which is about 24 km away from Riga, not far away from the road to Tallinn. It’s a 3-bedroom house, with spacious living room and a nice outside patio looking at the forest.

July in Latvia is probably the best time of the year. Of course, it is located on the Baltic sea, so the weather can always bring some surprises, but usually it is sunny and warm. Perfect weather to go on bike rides around the nearby villages, go for hikes in the nearby forest, collecting berries and mushrooms. Our patio is the best place to have a BBQ and watch the beautiful sunset. We can listen to different music from my huge collection and play some instruments as well – there is a piano and an acoustic guitar.

Kadaga is about 24 km away from Riga, not far away from the road to Tallinn. There is a lake with the sand beach nearby, and places for volleyball. There is also a tennis court and a swimming pool with sauna in Adazi (2 km away). It is about 15 minutes away from the sea (by car) – Saulkrasti, where Jazz Festival takes place. There is a farm nearby where we can get fresh milk and other products locally produced.

I am open both to individual inquiries and small groups up to 3-4 curious minds to join me in Latvia.

We will do sketching and writing. You don’t have to be able to draw to join this workshop, but you must be willing to draw anyway. We will do mindfulness exercises. We will go on long walks in the surrounding area. We will sit silently in nature. We will observe sunrises or sunsets. We will actively explore the space around us, paying attention to small details, overall patterns and color change.

We will listen to the space around us and inside us and put it into words and images. We will be alone and we will be together.

We will actively explore the Latvian countryside, sketching at the local food market, or visiting the fisherman’s villages, walking in the sand dunes and pine forest, visiting medieval castles, tasting the locally crafted beers and cheese.

Booking:

The course fee: up to 5 days – 1800 dkk / 250 euro + VAT (25%)

Deposit of 500 dkk / 70 euro + VAT (25%)  is payable upon sign-up

The fee does not include transportation to the location, accommodation, meals or personal art supplies – however they can be organized if you wish. Contact me for more information.

Accommodation

20 euro / 150 dkk per night – minimum stay 3 nights

Typical Week at Stavrianna Organic Farm

Finding Creative Flow course in June 2017 is taking place at Stavrianna organic farm, nearby Diakopto in Greece. When Stavrianna’s owners, Stavros and Anna, got married they we had a common dream to create their own paradise in a countryside, to cultivate own all natural vegetables, to pick all kinds of fruits directly from the trees, to grow domestic animals and to have beautiful flower gardens. Their dream became true in 1990 and now, that they are retired, they offer us to be part of their dream.

With this post I would like to give you a taste of our life here, at Stavrianna organic farm. Contact me if you would like to join us – there are still some opportunities!

Stavrianna-FCF-2017-9

The days starts with the sunrise. I go around on the bike to different places and observe the morning colors and collect them in my sketchbook.

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What I am Working On Now – June 2017

Most of June 2017 I am based in the Stavrianna organic farm nearby Diakopto, Greece.

Here I am:
– hosting my new course Finding Creative Flow through Sketching and Writing – there are still a few spots left for the session starting on June 11 – contact me for more info
– sketching daily
– doing yoga every morning
– meditating
– going for bike rides around the area, location scouting for best points to see the sunrise or sunset, exploring the nearby villages and beaches
– enjoying the locally grown organic vegetables and fruits and other local delicacies

– struggling to make a sound on my Turkish flute

– getting better at working with aquarelles – I have decided to join the 100 days project with #100daysofinnerart – where I observe what catches my attention on a particular day and how exactly do I feel that day and transform that into abstract paintings. it is interesting to observe the results so far – the choice of color palette and the brush used changes every time.

– planning the new sessions of Creativity as a Resource course and Creative Rendezvous sessions back in Copenhagen to start in autumn – sign up for the mailing list to keep up with the news and not to miss special offers.

– working on the second leg of the Indvielsen project – stay tuned to see the new portraits!

Towards the end of June am invited to host a session “Individual differences in time perspective and sustainable behavior: Game and debate” during the mini symposium “Thinking the present and the future – Psychological insights on the role of subjective time.” at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V., Potsdam, Germany, 22.6.2017.

How do I manage all of the above and a few things that were left out? I love working with my version of the bullet journal and I also follow my own medicine regarding taking the creative breaks.

I am available for giving workshops on how to deal with culture shock and using creativity as a resource. I would be thrilled to develop a tailored talk / workshop regarding time, creativity and your field of interest.

Best ways to keep up with my progress and stay in touch with me:

  • subscribe to my newsletter with my recent discoveries and updates & invitations to my exhibitions / pop-up galleries openings, events I’m organizing / hosting, talks & workshops I’m giving, etc.
  • see my visual explorations on Instagram
  • follow my occasional banter on twitter , updates on facebook or browse my blog on Medium

Find out more about me on my about page

Page inspired by Austin Kleon and nownownow community

Page was updated in June 2017.

Creative Rendezvous series – March, April 2017

This spring I’m inviting you to revitalize yourself in a creative and artistic way. During the series of 2-3 hour workshops you will be able to create your own art and no previous experience is needed for it.

I have selected three different artists who fascinate me personally, but also allow plenty of room for exploration, imagination, experimentation and taking creative risks.

We will explore the works, main guiding principles and different techniques, such as contrasting, paper cut-outs, collaging and relating color and form to music, from the following artists: Eduardo Chillida, Sonia Delaunay and Wassily Kandinsky.

I will offer a short introduction, some images for inspiration and simple exercises that will allow you to create your own masterpiece!

Dates:

March 12 – Discover Eduardo Chillida

April 2 – Discover Sonia Delaunay

April 9 – Discover Wassily Kandinsky 

Time:

12:00-15:00

Address:

Prinsesse Charlottes Gade 16 , 2200 Copenhagen N

Price 315 dkk 

Make art like Eduardo Chillida at Creative Rendezvous

Finding your passion – a life changing experience

Having a passion in life and for life can be literary a life saving and changing experience. The story of Prof. Rafi Eldor and his struggle with Parkinson’s disease is an extraordinary inspiring example of it:

Variety of courses I offer in my Creative Time Studio are aimed exactly at that – to help you to discover your passion and also equip you well during the initial stage, when making the first steps can be hard, to provide you with different tools that can help to overcome the uncertainties while finding your way and getting in touch with your creative flow.