If you’ve ever felt a burning urge to create…
you owe it to yourself to honour that urge.
However, I 100% get it…
Painting is intimidating!
I’ve heard it a million times. Where do you start? For any creative, a blank canvas is definitely one of the most paralysing things you can encounter — all sorts of fears can come to the surface upon the sight of one: “What if I make something ugly?” / “What if I ruin the canvas?” / “But I’m not an artist!?!”
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT. Trust me when I say that I myself have made a bajillion excuses for myself to avoid doing the very thing that I know makes my heart sing loudest. The thought of literally infinite possibilities of colors, patterns, shapes, and compositions that you can come up with is freakin’ overwhelming. What I’ve learned over the years, however, is that giving in to these fears can rob you of the JOY it brings to just create without giving a crap! Because creating, if you are drawn to it, is supposed to be FUN.
And this is where abstract painting comes in.
More than any other art technique, I think abstract painting is one of the best ways you can really experience the joy, freedom, and flow of creating without fear. The true magic of abstract painting is in the process, not the outcome. It’s about being in the moment, giving yourself permission to play, experiment, make mistakes, and simply focusing on wherever your intuition takes you on the canvas.
It’s also about just STARTING. Things are a lot scarier in our heads than in reality. If you’ve always been curious about this medium, but have never allowed yourself to follow that curiosity because of paralysing limiting beliefs you may have in your subconscious about what it means to be an “artist”... then let this be that sign from the universe telling you that you should just GO FOR IT.
Living a fulfilling creative life is about choosing
curiosity over fear.
If you are ready to believe in your innate creativity and just need a little push to help you get on your way, I would love to help you out!
abstract art explorations
— a workshop
In this workshop, I’ll be sharing with you the creative mindset I’ve honed over the years that helps me tap into my creative flow, show you my own painting process in-depth, take you through some of the materials that I like using in my studio, and demonstrate a few abstract painting techniques that you can build upon to discover your own unique painting style.
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Venue: The Lib, Katipunan
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Early bird fee: ₱2,200 (registration until February 17)
Regular fee: ₱2,600
The cost is inclusive of:
Your full workshop kit (brushes, acrylic paint set, paper, canvas, paint palette)
Your drink of choice from the Lib menu
A 10% discount voucher for your next purchase from my online shop
Absolutely no previous painting experience required! This workshop is open to anyone and everyone, regardless of wherever you are in your creative journey. All that’s needed is a willingness to let go of your fears, the desire to tap into your playful inner child, and the openness to get MESSY :)
There are very limited slots for this workshop as I would like to keep things small and intimate, so please get in quickly if you’re keen!
I am SO excited to share this special time with you. Hope to see you there!
about your instructor
Ivy is a Filipina visual artist and graphic designer. She started her creative career 8 years ago as an advertising art director, working her way up the ranks for 4 years until she realised that her true joy was found in living a creative life away from the corporate world. Completely self-taught, her painting journey began in 2016, after many years of delaying that urge due to limiting beliefs and unfounded worries around what other people will think. (UPDATE: other people did not care… and isn’t that such a liberating thought?)
Her work is inspired by the here and now, spirituality, the perfect imperfections of the natural world, and the vibrancy of life. These are expressed through her affinity for colours, textures, and mark-making. She follows an intuitive art practice, and strives to live a life driven by curiosity and excitement amidst the uncertainties of this creative path. She is in the process of finding her voice — and believes that it will forever be evolving the more she grows into her identity as an artist. She hopes to help you on your journey in finding yours.