Pope McElvy: The Artist’s Way workshop changed my life.

Pope McElvy: The Artist’s Way workshop changed my life.

The Artist’s Way workshop has literally changed my life. In my youth I was an artist with my paintings hanging in many homes and I was a musician who played my own compositions for audiences, small and large. While living in Germany in the late 60’s, I performed my songs on national German television and Ed Ames, of the Ames Brothers, (if you know who they are, you are probably old, too) performed one of my songs on national German radio. In short, I loved to perform and share my music. This continued well into the 70’s, but somewhere along the way, I lost my enthusiasm for performing and slowly my creative juices atrophied to the point where I avoided any situation where I might be asked to play and sing. That was before the Artist’s Way workshop, but now I am fully engaged in sharing my God-given talents. I credit the inner work that is so much a part of the Artist’s Way program for my new direction at the ripe old age of 67. I feel that we all have our own unique talents and that we have a responsibility to share them with others. I know that I am a channel for the creative force of Father, Mother God, as we all are, and I am grateful for the opportunity to share my gifts. The Artist’s Way program challenges us to release the creative force within us and to express ourselves fully without fear or reservation. I am so grateful for this program and for the wonderful facilitators, Mado and Anna, who so beautifully opened a loving and sensitive space for my growth as a creative being. I could not be more enthusiastic about The Artist’s Way workshop for anyone who is ready to discover and activate their creativity. We are creative beings at our core and our greatest joy comes from aligning with that aspect of ourselves. From that alignment and that connection we can create anything. Pope McElvy Asheville,...

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Jim Biddle: More Present, Accepting, Heartfelt, and Joyous

Jim Biddle: More Present, Accepting, Heartfelt, and Joyous

Are you ready to embrace life fully? The Artist’s Way workshop is not just for artists.  As a physician, I recommend it to folks ready to activate some creative aspect of their life, to folks going thru a major life transition, and to folks who are just finally ready to embrace life more fully. The Artist’s Way workshop has helped me  to be not just more creative, but also more present, accepting, heartfelt, and joyous.  If you’re ready to let go of some old patterns of restriction, and open into deeper engagement with yourself, then sign up now. James Biddle MD Asheville,...

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Drawing, art, and writing

I’d definitely recommend Natalie Goldberg’s book (Living Color: A Writer Painter Her World) to anyone drawn to multiple artistic media.  I just finished it.  She writes compellingly about her process both as a writer and an artist.  Remarkable. I had a delightful time yesterday morning at a downtown art store acquiring pastels, pastel paper, and an interesting drawing pen (in a brush format). It was a revelation.  I had no idea how varied and rich pastel color sticks and pencils could be.  But I still haven’t drawn anything, in spite of a couple of blog posts! This was my inspiration for thinking about pastels:  a wonderful piece by Carl Peverall from the Toe River Studio tour a couple of weekends...

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Thanks for this opportunity

I have had the Artist’s Way book and Journal for more than 10 years and never really did much with it.  A few weeks before I found the ad for the course  in the Mountain Express, I came across the book and journal and thought, I ought to do something with this.  So, I promptly set them aside for another day.  I am really good at procrastination!  When my attention was drawn to the tiny ad in the Express, I knew that I was receiving some powerful guidance to take the course. I am so grateful for this opportunity.  I have been an artist since childhood but over the last 20 years or so, I have produced almost no art.  My creative juices seemed to just stop flowing as I immersed myself in business and other non-creative activities.  I even stopped playing music for many years.  Last year, I picked up my guitar and started playing again.  I even started writing some music and playing with some other musicians at the little Unity church I attend occasionally.  Finally, my creative juices are flowing again and the opportunity this course offers for me to do even more is very exciting.  In just the first 3 weeks, the difference the Artist’s Way is making for me is profound on so many levels.  Frankly, on some levels that I did not expect, but that I welcome with open...

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Writing, drawing, and creating

It was a revelation, fishing around my study desk at home (in Clemson) this weekend to see that I had not just one sketch pad, but five (!), plus a watercolor tablet.   They’re all blank (I think); I guess I’ll need to check.  Hmm. There weren’t any pastels, but there was a watercolor set.  I’d already brought all of the colored pencils, charcoals, and drawings from my previous drawing classes up the ‘hill.’ I put the watercolors and brushes in my stack to bring back to Asheville. I’ve been thinking through the morning pages that perhaps my blog (and an excerpted book) is actually where some of my creative energy is actually moving and evolving, not into drawing or pastels or painting.  But perhaps that’s not that as clear as it could be. I checked out a marvelous book at the library on Friday called Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World (by Natalie Goldberg).   I don’t know anything about her, but her message is...

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