Walking the streets of Riga
The exhibition time in Tunisia is getting closer. I will be presenting some of my art projects in FESTIVAL INTERNATIONALDES ARTS PLASTIQUES DE GAFSA – TUNISIE – «Session Jugurtha» in late August this year. 100 days of Inner Art is going to be one of them.
Here are the pages I was working on during my art retreat in Latvia in July.
Now, looking at those pages, I can clearly see the influence of the Greece colors and palettes that I was observing during my morning, day or evening sketching trips around the area. Moreover, it will be interesting further to compare those to the ones I will make during my stay in Latvia… Follow along #100daysofinnerart
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.
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.
20 euro / 150 dkk per night – minimum stay 3 nights
This year I am joining #the100dayproject with #100daysofinnerart. For now it is an exploration of my emotions on a particular day. I also observe what catches my attention that day, what is the greater context and transform that mix into abstract paintings. So far it has been an interesting journey to see how the brushstrokes change, which brush I tend to use and what are the dominant colors in the palette.
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!
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.
Sketching has always been my personal challenge – how to draw something in a very short period of time, how to let go of the strive for perfectionism… After my #100daysofcelebratingtime attempt at participating in #the100dayproject I was happy to see that there is something of the sort during the month of October – hence the name Inktober.
The original idea was also providing different prompts for each day – that easily became too much for me, but just the fact of sketching in ink was very appealing. I did not manage to sketch something everyday, but I’m getting better at it. Here are my sketches for the inktober 2016.