Painting from the Source: Awakening the Artist's Soul in Everyone

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Imagine yourself painting with no hesitations, no conflicts. Your brush dips into pots of vibrantly colored paint; inner inspiration guides your hand into lines and shapes that find their perfect places on the paper . . .

Welcome! I'm Aviva Gold, your guide to the magic source. As children, all of us lived and painted intuitively. And as adults we can re-create the boundless joy of unselfconscious art by setting aside intellectual critique and self-doubt and reconnecting with the source. Remember standing at an easel as a child and painting in a trancelike state of wonder? Somewhere along the line this freedom gets trained out of us, and we are either categorized as artists or not.

Paint and remember! Return to the easel with the same childlike sense of play. My program is not about regimentation. Learn to let go of inhibitions, relinquish control, and embrace the source. Using simple materials--tempera paints, newsprint--paint without worrying about the end product.

Just let go, and begin! Every human being is an artist. In Bali, one word means both "human" and "artist." Just show up and face a blank piece of paper. Tap into the source. Revitalize! Transform! Now, imagine yourself painting . . .

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Aviva Gold, M.F.A., C.S.W., M.P.S., A.T.R.-B.C., gives "Painting from the Source" lectures and workshops all over the world and has appeared at the Omega, Open Center, Kripalu, and Common Boundary conferences.

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"Flamboyant, fearless, and freeing--just like Aviva herself." -- Henriette Anne Klauser, Ph.D., author of, Writing on Both Sides of the Brain (HarperCollins)

"Flamboyant, fearless, and freeingjust like Aviva herself." -- Henriette Anne Klauser, Ph.D., author of, Writing on Both Sides of the Brain (HarperCollins)

"If there is an artist buried in you who is struggling to get out, or a free spirit who needs to be set loose, this book will be like spending a week at a creativity spa. Read it, study it, live it, and you and your soul will emerge rejuvenated." -- Suzi Gablik, author of The Reenchantment of Art

"Painting from the Source is a wonderful invitation to free the artist within you. It offers excellent advice on how to get over your blocks and enter that dreamlike state of creative flow in which you can tap into an inner cosmos of imagery. Aviva Gold teaches painting as everyday shamanism; paint like a child, and you call back your lost children and your vital soul energy. I highly recommend this spirited, generous book." -- Robert Moss, author of Conscious Dreaming and Dreamgates

I love the emphasis on a truly accessible and intimate "source." Discoverhow art is made in partnership with the creative spiritit is not you alonewho paints the picture when you paint it. Aviva Gold significantly enlargesthe artistic and spiritual landscapes and eloquently affirms how all creation springs from the great mystery that gives shape to everything. -- Shaun McNiff, author of Art as Medicine, Earth Angels: Engaging the Sacredin Everyday Things, and Trust the Process: An Artistic Guide to Letting Go

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