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Chapt. 1: The dance of light & shadow

Lesson 1:

Your natural light

We are all sensitive to light, in our bodies and in our souls. We all have a different kind of favorite light too, a favorite time of day, a favorite season... For some of you it might be the bright light of the sun on a hot summer day. Or the soft, diffused light of a misty morning. The crisp light of winter reflected on a snowy landscape that makes it look like the world is lit up from below. It can be a silent moonlit night, the flame of a candle in the dark, or fairy-lights in the trees. One of my personal favorites is the late afternoon light in the woods, when the trees cast long shadows, and sparkles of light flicker through the leaves overhead...

As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
— Marianne Williamson

Light changes all the time, just like life, just like us. The art I create changes with the seasons, with the cycles of life, with the feelings and experiences I go through. What about you?


inspiration warm-up

Photo discoveries: open your eyes!

Start to pay attention to all the ways that light (and shadow!) play in your surroundings. Grab your camera and go for a walk in nature, or your neighborhood, and catch all the interesting lights that you find! Notice how light peeks through the branches, how it is reflected on water, metal, buildings, how it changes with the weather and from one hour to the next... Then select your favorites and take note of the types of light you are naturally most attracted too. Is it mostly soft? Or very contrasted? Maybe there's also a favorite color palette that seems to unfold with it?

You can share your images on Instagram with the hashtag #layersoflightart!

 
We went down into the silent garden. Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.
— Leonora Carrington

Journal explorations: Seasons of Light

What is your favorite kind of light for each of the four seasons? Going one season at a time, maybe closing your eyes, take a moment to let an image or a memory come to you, and simply write it down:

Spring: ..............................................................................

Summer: ...........................................................................

Autumn: ...........................................................................

Winter: .............................................................................

Then choose your favorite among the four, go back to the vision of it and let it unfold a bit more: what do you see? feel? smell? hear?... Take the time to really "be" in this magical moment. Take a mental picture of it, then "come back" and write about it (it can be as short or as detailed as you like). Know that this light-filled time and place exist within you and that you can go back there any time you wish!
 

Pinterest inspiration quest

Create a "My natural light" board on your Pinterest and find images of light that you are naturally drawn to, and images of light in nature that resonate with you. You can also create a board for your favorite season, or a board for each season!

Check out our "Atelier" Pinterest page as a starting point of for more inspiration, especially the following boards:


Main project

"Soulboard" Visual journaling

This first creative project is all about finding your natural light, connecting to your creative spark, and gathering inspiration for all the other projects of the course!

What I call a "Soulboard" is somewhat similar to an art journal spread and to a vision board. It's visual journaling, but done on a single substrate that you can hang in your creative space. The point is to get in touch with your inner light, and to let it guide you and inspire you all along the journey. Let's begin!

There is a morning inside you waiting to burst open into light.
— Rumi
 

What you'll need:

Basic materials:

  • A large enough substrate (cardboard, heavy paper, canvas...)
  • Magazine images
  • Matte gel medium
  • Acrylic paints
  • Pens, markers
  • Water & rag
  • Flat paintbrush

Optional:

  • A variety of other collage papers
  • A few bits of fabric, lace...
  • Alcohol inks
  • Acrylic inks
  • White-out pen or white Posca pen
  • Black pigment liner
  • Assorted brush-tip Pitt Artist pens
  • Gesso

> Step 1: Gather images of light

This first step is fun and very relaxed... you can do it in your PJs!

  • Gather a stash of favorite magazines and start by collecting images that evoke light to you. Tear the pages and make a pile of them.
  • Then spread the pages in front of you on the floor (or on your bed!)
  • Sort them by color to get a first, spontaneous feel of your own natural palette!
  • Sit with the images and narrow down your choices to those you really really love.

> Step 2: MEET your Supplies

Gather your supplies, put on your apron and get ready to play!

> Step 3: Getting started with journaling

Get rid of the blank surface and start connecting to your inner light...

> Step 4: Collage

Play and relax with collage, let your intuition lead the way!

> Step 5: Painting and journaling

 Bring it all together and invite more light with paint. Pay attention to the guidance of your soul and express it with journaling.


I hope you enjoy these first activities! Take the time to be fully present: this is not always easy in our busy lives, but you can incorporate these creative practices in your daily life: a few minutes here and there to browse through magazines, to notice your surroundings and snap a few pictures, a few minutes of journaling and paint tubes at the ready! (working with your fingers and taking paint straight from the tube means that the only clean-up you need to do is just to wash your hands, easy!)

I'd love to see what you create!

Please share your questions and creations below in the comments and/or in our Circle of Light Facebook group!

You can also share images of your creative process and the art you create in this class on Instagram with the hashtag #layersoflightart!


Diving deeper

Light-Bearer interviews

Read this week's Light-Bearer interviews, featuring two amazingly inspiring ladies: Meghan Genge and Sarah Treanor!

Meghan Genge

Writer, storyteller and magic finder...   Read the interview HERE

© Meghan Genge  

© Meghan Genge
 

Sarah Treanor

Photographer, writer and creative mentor... Read the interview HERE

 © Sarah Treanor

 © Sarah Treanor

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