Life With Art

Explore the purposes of art, get familiar with the genius artists that shine throughout history and get lost in the beauty of your aesthetic. There is nothing more powerful that art to transmit multiple emotions in a single statement, to catalyze political issues, to bring depth to a day and to illuminate the mystical in tangible terms. Art-obsessed me has learned a tremendous amount about myself and life from art. Sharing my art obsessions, hopefully you will find your artistic expression, a bit of inspiration or the key to unlock the aesthetic potential of your life!

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Art therapy is a way for people to express their inner emotions through an artistic medium. The creativity involved in art therapy can serve as a medium to improve self-esteem and reduce stress. It is defined as an “expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.”

It’s nearly impossible to find a licensed art therapist.  How do I know? I looked. And looked.  And I met one at a book signing a few months back.  Turns out she’s one of 5000 (!) in the USA. Or, that’s what she told me and I’m apt to believe her!

Why did she choose to do it?

It’s immensely powerful. Art taps into memories and emotions in ways nothing else this simple seeming can do.  It’s breath and beauty.  And it works.

Art is a powerful force of change. I hope that this catches on in huge waves… it’s been a huge force for change in my own life and I see it change lives daily!

Use art in simple ways to symbolically- and actually- let things go that are weighing you down!  Continue Reading…

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While I’m a huge fan of hanging art anywhere that feels right, it took me many years and many many extra holes in the wall to realize that a little bit of a plan can be a good thing, even when that plan is largely breaking every “rule.”  This guide from Made.com is so useful, I wish I had it ten years ago!

 

 

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feng shui 101And, if you want to dive in to your own personalized feng shui in a modern, practical way, Say hello to Feng Shui 101.  Its the guide I made for you to create your own personalized feng shui at home, in the office, wherever you may be… in 8 weeks.  It’s not filled with strict rules or what you “must” do.  Its filled with information, questions, exercises and even videos and classes to help you confidently create amazing spaces with killer feng shui and live with more flow.   Learn more about the 8-week feng shui adventure & grab your copy to get started right HERE…  And, as always, please let me know what happens!

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Exploring art.  Melting into it. Living with more creativity. Making art. Turning life into art.  All of it.

Creative thoughts and vibes of art literally make your cells vibrate more glowingly!

Every day this month I’m sharing ways to glow more daily from the inside out and the outside in… all in the sprit of creating the highest vibe, happiest and most inspired New Year.

Art is everything harmonizing in life.

I’ve been saying this for years.  It’s why roaming through huge Manhattan museums saved my own life as a young teenager in a troubled place.   It’s why I promote The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron more than any book I’ve been involved with or even written myself.  It’s why art is the core of my life.

Creativity heals your life.

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I spied this quote from Deepak Chopra on Mystic Mamma this morning when I dove in for a dose of cosmic wisdom today:

“…Studies show that when we’re thinking creatively, or when we are feeling peaceful, or when we’re feeling love, those emotions generate a very coherent electromagnetic field. And that electromagnetic field is broadcast to the rest of your body.” ~ Deepak Chopra

Boom!

Creativity is a resonance that makes your cells dance together in harmony.

Do you know what happens when you fall in love and you seem to sparkle?

That’s what art does.  It’s falling in love, evey day.

Ideas to glow more with art: read a great book, get into some gorgeous nature, fingerpaint or do some kids crafts… knit, crochet, draw or dance.  Get lost in museums, on a roadtrip, taking photos…

You get the picture.  It’s endless, all the making.  All you have to do is stake the first step and light up your life!

Take the glow next-level and detox your whole life of anything but high vibe art and awesomeness.  You can sign on HERE to the free 5-part Life Detox Jump Start Course if you haven’t already… and set life in a more dazzling direction!

 

xoxo Dana

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feng shui 101And, if you want to dive in to your own personalized feng shui in a modern, practical way, Say hello to Feng Shui 101.  Its the guide I made for you to create your own personalized feng shui at home, in the office, wherever you may be… in 8 weeks.  It’s not filled with strict rules or what you “must” do.  Its filled with information, questions, exercises and even videos and classes to help you confidently create amazing spaces with killer feng shui and live with more flow.   Learn more about the 8-week feng shui adventure & grab your copy to get started right HERE…  And, as always, please let me know what happens!

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Today’s Day 11 of #30DaysOfFengShui and the creativity is flying.  I feel like I’m floating as I release these daily, and once we get into the actual energy of art today, you’ll see why.  As well as how to float and fly yourself, today!

Each one of the 30 Days of Feng Shui ideas (*follow the series HERE on Instagram)  has it’s own space-making power and today’s is particularly close to my heart because it’s all about the power of using art to squash your problems and create major change in the world!  Continue Reading…

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Yes, when you’re in a space of joy, peace or love… what could possibly be wrong in the whole universe?

Living in this super-happy, super-calm way doesn’t mean you can just kick back and expect life to fall in place perfectly… but it really does dramatically re-organize the universe around you so that things do fall into place far more easily.

Love feels better.  Peace brings better ideas and more cooperation.  Joy is contagious and magnetic.

Today is Day 10 of #30DaysofFengShui (join the countdown to the best Fresh Start ever on Instagram HERE) and it’s all about living in love & leading with love.  This is where all limitations fade away and we become unstoppable! Continue Reading…

yayoi kusama obliteration room I love the art as life and life as art idea so much… but its far better when its not an idea and it becomes your reality.

Today’s thoughts on life as art are all about seeing the world in your own way and creating the language in your life – in fun ways- that is inimitably YOU.  When life is your art, you’ll always feel more self-expressed and more grounded in your truth! Continue Reading…

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If you want to be a rebel, learn the way everyone does things first.  Once you know how it is “supposed” to go, even if you practice it differently, you’ll have more of a foundation for your rebellion.

I never learned to “draw” because, well, if you weren’t able to sit down and do a virtuoso rendition with photorealistic quality of anything you saw,  and you were a kid in New Jersey when I was growing up, you just “couldn’t draw.”  Drawing is a foundational practice for thinking freshly, expanding your mind and, yes, making art.  Picasso could draw.  You never really see his drawing skill in a classical sense in his most famous paintings, but that skill enabled him to break the rules and become the groundbreaking artist that he is known to be today.

You can learn to draw. In fact, my favorite art-learning-and-making blog Marky (started by some heavyweights in the arts) can provide you lessons for free right now to sit down and learn some of the fundamentals.

Then, practice… And find your own way!

I highly tout The Artist’s Way as a foundation in creativity that we all need, no matter what we do professionally and personally.  You can learn more about it HERE.  You can also join The Artist’s Way group where we do The Artists’s Way together through 12 weeks in a FREE group on Facebook!

There are so many ways to learn rules… then break them. I learned the rules of feng shui and did it “by the book” for a few years before I realized that there were holes I needed to fill in my own way to meet the needs of my clients.  I know there’s value in knowing the full picture before you dismantle and re-style the whole thing.

If your rebellion is just taking you far away from anythng productive, you might want to backtrack, learn the best practices, then go off and do it your own way with confidence and lots of smarts to ground you.

Thriving artist ideas for the day…! xoxo Dana

  

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feng shui 101And, if you want to dive in to your own personalized feng shui in a modern, practical way, Say hello to Feng Shui 101.  Its the guide I made for you to create your own personalized feng shui at home, in the office, wherever you may be… in 8 weeks.  It’s not filled with strict rules or what you “must” do.  Its filled with information, questions, exercises and even videos and classes to help you confidently create amazing spaces with killer feng shui and live with more flow.   Learn more about the 8-week feng shui adventure & grab your copy to get started right HERE…  And, as always, please let me know what happens!

  GÜNTHER FÖRGColor dances when it is energized with motion and selected with rhythmic talent.

That’s what I see when I look at Gunther Forg’s art: this kinetic flowing and exuberant party!

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