My name is Amy, and I have been practicing intuitive painting for the last seven years.
I was first introduced to intuitive painting when my mom was told about a class in Oakland and she asked if I wanted to go. Mind you, this was NOT typically the type of thing I would have said yes to, because it would have been way too anxiety-producing, plus, I am NOT an artist.
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But I happened to get the invitation at a time when I was in a hugely transformative and life-changing time; as I was planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to west and east Africa for an undetermined amount of time (also mind-blowingly outside of my comfort zone, and not the type of thing I ever imagined myself doing).
I was being called to explore and expand and connect, and I was finally listening despite all the fears and unknowns.
So, when I was asked if I wanted to go to an intuitive paining workshop, it seemed like a hilarious invitation from the universe to which I had to say yes, since I was already in the land of doing things that sounded terrifyingly interesting.
I need to tell you that my entire life I told myself and others that I was not an artist.
That my sister was the talented one. That I could do collaging, or photography, because those are ways of creating from already existing things. But I can’t just make a thing from nothing. I appreciate people who can, and I am not one of those people.
I also need to tell you that I am still not someone who can paint or draw a horse and have it look exactly exactly like a horse. But what I have come to know and believe, is that hyper-realistic art is just one type of art. It is one that requires a lot of time and effort and training, and it’s beautiful and to be appreciated, but it is still only one of many styles of creating.
In all areas of our lives we have become completely obsessed with what things look like, with this idea of perfection, and we have come to value only things that look a specific way.
But I have come to understand, with all of my being, that every single person is creative. And that being creative is our most natural state. We ourselves are creations. Every single moment, every breath, is a new creation.
And when we block ourselves off from creative expression, for whatever reasons we have, we are blocking ourselves off from the divine, and from our truest selves.
And that disconnect negatively affects every area of our lives.
I am a caretaker by nature. I feel most connected to myself and my world when I am actively showing love and care. With the state of the world right now, I knew that I needed to be doing something more actively to help heal and love and support both myself personally, and anyone else that I could be in contact with. So, I left my job and made the commitment to follow this path with all that I have.
I thank you and I honor you for being open to the world and yourself in a new way.
You were born to create! Thank you for joining me.