TASTER CLASS 25 MAY 2019
If you wish to take visual art lessons on a regular basis and progressively develop your own creative skills, please do come along to my studio on Saturday 25 May at 3pm to learn about a new class that I will soon be offering. The session will last until 6pm and during this time I will be explaining the methodology and providing a taster of the exercises. This is all free, and you don’t need to bring any materials.
Limited spaces, please book before 18 May using the contact form in www.marianaacevedo.com
I was born in Chile, where I worked as a designer and also studied oil painting with a renowned artist. A few years ago I decided to take up art as a second career and came to the UK to study at Oxford Brookes University. I now have a BA Honours and MFA in Fine Art, and I am working mainly in Oil Painting, Photography and Collage.
Over a decade practicing yoga and meditation, using methods to help quiet my mind and stay present, has had an important influence on the way I make art. Making art in a meditative state releases an unlimited flow of creative energy and frees my mind of prejudices, self-criticisms, and expectations that condition the final result. This is why my practice is positioned within the concept of mindfulness, which is understood as the act of being fully present and aware of what we are doing at a given moment, preventing a reaction to our constant stream of thoughts.
Meditation has changed the way I observe and perceive the world around me, and that is why many of the themes that I work with have to do with what I call “present moments”, because they belong to a present that will never be again, they are unique and that is what makes them so valuable to me. The possibility of capturing the present moment in an image either in photography or in oil painting transcends time and space, and this image becomes a physical document, allowing me to comprehend how ephemeral these moments are and how important it is to capture their essence. The ever-changing colours of the sky and its interaction with elements like water and trees; the views from a velux-window, subject to the passage of time and weather; the electric cables that look like black lines drawn in the sky; the many possibilities of one drop of oil paint on a piece of paper; the fascinating lines made by subtracting the fresh oil with a metal tip, revealing the first layer of colour that lies underneath; all of these are recurrent themes in my work. I consider my creative process as an exploration with a high level of intuition and uncertainty and therefore each one of my works is an exciting new discovery.
Within my practice there is a marked interest in teaching, especially what I have learned through meditation. This is why I am implementing a meditative art teaching methodology. This method uses different mindfulness drawing exercises to learn to quiet the mind, because when the mind is full there is little opportunity for something new to arise. These exercises also help to develop intuitive observation skills, invaluable when it comes to reproduce what we are really looking at, and not what we think we are looking at. I give special importance to the process of "making", experimenting with various materials before deciding on one in particular. I aim to help each person to discover their own creative potential, which is often hidden by too many judgemental thoughts and the fear of not being good enough.