behind this colorful wall hides the year 2011
let's make it a beautiful and happy year!
here is a fish 
on her way to the island
where the color tree grows
there she will paint herself
in orange, pink and glowing blue
until she will smile again
until she will live again


14 things that listening to your creative soul can bring you

Creativity is something I’m passionate about. Not only because I love painting and colors more than anything else. It is also that I deeply believe in the power of creativity to help us make life better on a personal level and a worldly level. We NEED creativity. That is we need to use it, because we all already are creative beings. In this post I’ll list a number of advantages learning to use your creativity can bring you.
The word CREATING is mostly used meaning ‘making  something new’.  It doesn’t need to be art. You can for instance make a new dish, invent a tool or find a solution for a problem.  Making something new asks us to use our imagination. Imagination is making an image in your head of something that doesn’t exist yet. Learning to use your imagination, which we all have just because we’re human, can bring you a lot of things in life. In a random order and by no means all inclusive I’ll give you a list of 14 advantages.


  1. first and for all it gives  more fun in life

  2. it gives room for a playful attitude

  3. can help us understand other people better

  4. helps us develop problem solving capabilities

  5. enhances self-knowledge because it allows us to see deeper in our own souls

  6. no words needed: ‘one image can say more than a thousand words’

  7. learns us that there is always more than one truth

  8. learns us to discover our dreams

  9. helps us to make our dreams come true

  10. makes attentive for details

  11. learns us to look very carefully

  12. helps us develop an exploring attitude

  13. learns us to be more mindful (=being attentive here and now without judging  yourself or others)

  14. learning all the above mentioned things leads us to more freedom

I know this list is much longer. So if you have any ideas for the numbers 15 to infinite, please let me know them.




the colors are a gift  of the earth
The assignment of today was to come up with an elevator pitch, 

which is a very short note on what your blog is about. 

It made me think and rethink my blog.

 Am I true to what I wanted  to  do on this blog in the first place?
I realize that I tend to use this blog mainly as my online gallery. 

That is okay, but what I mostly want is written in the following ‘elevator pitch’:


PASA is a blog on the power of creativity 

… on the creative soul we all have, 

but don’t listen to often or well enough. 

Do you feel your creative soul? 

Learn more on this blog!


So by writing this down here and now I commit myself to do more 

posts on the topic of the creative soul. 

Come back for more!!!
I know, this used to be a newspaper
now it is a piece of art
what will its next life bring?
and what will eternity bring?
this is an assignment to promote creativity and fun (see below the image)




THE GREEN STORY
1 Print this document  (click here greenstory.pdf)
2 Cut out the 7 drawings
3 Make your own GREEN STORY by putting the drawings in the order that you want, altering the drawings, making new ones, whatever. Write your story down next to the drawings. Make a real piece of art!!
4 Scan your story and send  it to me if you like (mariska.eyck@gmail.com). I’ll figure out a way to publish some of them on this blog.
from my guest-blogger Nathalie


assignment: find as many objects  as you can! the reward is your own happiness!

nostalgia

 design for a mural painting in my school
(more than 35 years ago)









praise for  a very friendly piece of cloth 


on which I slept many peaceful hours


phase I

'people think to much'







-  Ajahn Chan





http://www.aandachttraining.info 



This sentence arrived today in my mailbox. I like it a lot. What would the world look like if we would make art as an answer to our problems instead of thinking to much about them? Probably this would result in chaos, but it might become a very nice chaos, full of colors, shapes, music and dance.





Let's try this for a couple of days: every time you have even the slightest tendency to start thinking, grap a pencil, a piece of paper and start doodling. Or put on some music and sing along, no matter how much out of tune.




Let's make art!!!


















"WILD WOMAN"


1995





Today I started rereading 'Women Who Run With The Wolves' by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. In 1995 I made this painting while reading it for the first time. My art was never the same again after this painting especially the way I looked at it myself. I started to be more curious about what I made was telling me about myself. There was a deepening in my experience in making art. It also started my thinking about the meaning of creativity in the understanding of the mind in general and of the mind of my clients in special. 


Anyway, maybe this is the most important painting I've ever made. I don't mean the most beautiful or the best but really the most important to me. Thank you very much Wild Woman and thank you Clarissa Pinkola Estés.