"The Purple Hour", Oil Pastel, 10" x 10", Marianne Mitchell
Story telling is an art form.
Abstract paintings are visual stories, communicating personal expression while inviting
imaginations viewing the work to have different perceptions.
Story telling weaves the personal with theuniversal, illuminating feelings, thoughts and life experiences that can resonate with many. Yet each interpretation reflects your own story.
"Rushing By", Oil Pastel, 10" x 10", Marianne Mitchell
"Exciting, surprising details and color reminds me of clothesline in Italy; of course another time I may see something completely different. That's why abstract art is so terrific!"
- Risa Benson, Renowned Fiber Artist
Knowing your own story.
When creating in abstraction, "your story" unveils through your marks, color choices, and shape making. How you see, feel, think, and move builds form, revealing "you". Grasping an understanding of your personal expression
comes through investigation in the practice of making abstract art.
For me, the first step in helping people develop their personal expression is to learn "their story". What floats their boat, what makes them run the other way, how do they navigate life, why do they want to make art, what are they compelled to express, and what are their obstacles and facilities technically, emotionally, and intellectually.
I offer safe containment for showing vulnerability and strength - to feel total
acceptance while being guided on their own creative path.
"Storm Vista", Oil Pastel, 10" x 10", Marianne Mitchell
"I don't know why, there is something familiar about your work... it is transfixing"
- Laura Cowperthwaite, founder of the Thriving Artists Alliance in Denver
Announcing a "Whole New Way" for artists who want to...
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" Marianne crosses over multiple boundaries in her art and in teaching. As a serious art guide she takes her students on journeys they otherwise would never experience. Working with Marianne transformed me into a more confident, observant artist." - Nancy Halbert, Professional artist, Philadelphia "Marianne is an enrichment to the humankind. Words I use sparingly, and not many I know of. I am sincere about this!" - Connie Reschke, Private student, Germany
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Marianne Mitchell, "Ancient Homage", Acrylic on Panel, 30" x 40", 2013
The "universe" absolutely communicates what we need, when we least expect it.
The key to being aware of these messages is keen observation, which can distill limitless information into one reason. This is "connecting the dots".
"Innovation" equates with success these days and keen observation is essential in connecting the dots visually, intellectually, and emotionally to generate innovation. From the arts to medicine to law and across the business world, innovative thinking is crucial for advancing all realms of productivity.
When working with people who are interested in delving deeper into their creative expression and integrating intuition and logic, the first thing I focus on is raising awareness of their surrounding environment through the senses - sight, touch, smell, taste and sound - and how their senses interpret experiences.
color light shadow texture sound fragrance taste
"I certainly am far more observant today than I was when I first started working with Marianne.Now, when I take my dog "Pumpkin" to the park I really pay attention to what I am drawn to and why. Marianne taught me how to use "reckless abandonment" to begin a painting and then investigate and think about where that abandonment might lead me. "
Gerrie Grossman - Psychologist and painter, Monhegan Island Art Retreat, 2012
Information gathered by the senses feeds the "reckless abandonment" or "brainstorming" phase of making an abstract painting, initiating a diagnosis, and forming a strategy. These intuitive senses are the foundation upon which analytical thinking can build a composition, develop a diagnosis, and create business action. Call me crazy, call me imaginative, call me aware! The day our beloved "Annie-the-Boy-Cat" went to kitty heaven I saw a cloud formation right in my line of vision while bicycling that was "Annie", complete with striped markings, stretched across the sky, from head to toe, in his favorite position. The other clouds in the sky were very different in character. I like to think it was a "farewell with love" message, and that instant recognition of this message came from keen awareness.
The universe absolutely communicates what we need, when we least expect it.
Making Abstract Art = Personal Growth and Rejuvenation
Marianne Mitchell, "Synthesis" detail, Oil Pastel, 10" x 10", created as a "demo" during the
Monhegan Island Maine: Truly Magical 2012 Summer Art Retreat
Over the years I have introduced many people to the making of abstract art. They are abstract painters in need of guidance, artists interested in exploring the abstract realm, people who have been told "you have no talent" whose urge to make art prevails, and doctors, lawyers, psychologists, engineers, business entrepreneurs and "other" who need to have an artistic practice in their lives.
And, over the years recognition of attaining invaluable life skills through the practice of making abstract art has become apparent, in myself and in my students.
Getting in touch with one's intuition
Learning to balance intuitive and logical thinking
Employing this balance for problem solving in painting, and in life
Taking risks and letting go, knowing what's ahead will be "different" and that's a good thing
Leaving self criticism and judgment of others behind
And, then there is the "aahhhhhhhhh" factor! One's whole being feels delicious joy in the act of creation. Feeling the power of intuition, reflecting on personal expression, and rejuvenating one's spirit results from making abstract art.
Intrigued? Are you asking "why abstract art"?!
Because making abstract art requires being comfortable in the unknown, feeling pleasure in losing control, enjoying freedom from expectations, honoring your unique-ness, and recognizing the "order" in the "chaos" as you build your painting and bring it to resolution. Totally immersing yourself in this kind of expression fosters a lightness of being. It is magic!
Articulating this magic in linear sentences is hard.
Seeing this magic without experiencing it is challenging.
Make abstract art and you will see and experience this magic.
Retreat opportunities for you to Create, Reflect, Rejuvenate...