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Intuitive Artist + Teacher.

Creator of Intuitive Artworks, Card Decks + Classes/Courses.

Based in Clontarf, Queensland Australia.

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Nature Inspiration

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

Hello beauty,

What I've been really feeling called to connect with lately is how effortlessly Mother Nature inspires us with her beauty. Truly, whenever we take the time to nourish ourselves with a walk in the great outdoors, there is so much gorgeousness at every turn.

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A daily walk has been part of my self-care practice for many years now. Actually if I'm honest, it's probably more like 5 times a week. But even if it's just a 10 minute walk down the road, there's something about being in nature that brings me back into myself. I feel refreshed, invigorated and strangely enough - more positive about the future of our planet.

Why?

Because when I'm connecting with nature, I can take time to step out of my busy mind and instead, notice how incredibly She evolves, adapts and grows ... and that brings me such hope and trust in the intelligence that underlies our lives and the Universe.

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Nature creek

The truth is, ever since I was a child, I've felt absolutely in awe of nature's expression and ecosystems. Whether it's the shape of a smooth, curved leaf, the reflections or patterns on the surface of a water, tadpoles in a creek or a surprise visit from nature's creatures - my goodness - I can't help but see it all as a beautiful blessing every time.

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As humans, we are wired to protect the things we love. I see my role as an Artist as someone who can share my inner feelings and expressions through my work and for me that means, Mother Nature. When we are so busy, we often forget how beautiful the very place we live in is. But it doesn't take much to connect with Her and drink in her natural beauty.

All of the images I've shared with you here are within a 5 minute walk from my house. There is a creek that runs behind my house and about a year ago, I discovered that the local green group had cleaned up a pathway through the bushland alongside it. It's now become like a sacred ritual to visit here and because it's a place I've grown to admire so much, I feel so deeply passionate about conserving, showcasing and sharing its beauty with others.

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Feeling inspired, this week, I taught an intuitive nature art session with my son's prep class. I just love how having conversations with children can so easily open them up to the beauty and awe within us all. And I have learned that this awe actually never leaves us, we just get too busy to notice it.

So this week, I invite you to visit somewhere natural and reconnect with that sense of wonder and beauty that exists every day around us. It doesn't need to be a grand gesture - most of us can find somewhere natural within 5 - 10 minutes of our home.

If you feel so inclined, you might like to make it a photo walk - get down low and look at the little wild flowers growing in the cracks of the pavement, or the shimmering light shining through the canopy of trees overhead. The camera in your phone is enough for this.

I can guarantee - I promise - you will return feeling all the better for it. Because when we connect with nature, we also connect with the natural part of ourselves within. Our planet is truly the most magnificent gift; an incredible ecosystem, which we are a part of. When we remember to appreciate and nourish Her, we in turn, nourish ourselves and every other thing on the planet benefits.

If you feel inspired to connect with nature creatively, I invite you to check out my Mindful Nature Artwork e-class, online with Wanderlust 2018. Details on my classes page HERE.

All my Love,

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

LATEST JOURNAL ENTRIES

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

Lately I've been really enjoying nature sketching in my journal. 

As a child I drew every single day, yet in adulthood I've favoured painting and collage as a self-expression tool. If I'm honest, some of the reason for this is that I thought there wasn't really a place for my drawing as an Art-form, because my work is kind of cartoony and naive and doodly. 

Yet, I've just pushed through that old belief, purely because I find nature just so damn beautiful and inspiring - and because I've discovered my love for mindful nature drawing. 

Mindful drawing is a bit like the continuous-line Art exercises I learned in Art school, but it's less about rules and more about presence. As I find a natural item I adore, I just look very closely and breathe, as I sketch the piece in my journal. 

Often when I'm out walking, I'll find seed pods or interesting leaves on the ground that I'd really love to draw. Other times, I'll just sit on my front porch and draw the plants in my hanging baskets and pots.

The best thing is - the whole purpose with mindful nature drawing is that it doesn't need to look perfect. In fact, I would argue that the looseness and abstract freedom in the lines make it even more beautiful and full of feeling.

If this is something you'd like to try yourself, all you need is a sketchbook, pen and something beautiful to look at.

There's a book I can highly recommend by Wendy Ann Greenhalgh on mindful drawing HERE.

 

All my Love,

Inside My Studio

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

Hello beauty!

Great to be here with you again today.

As the title suggests, I've created a new 'Inside my Studio' video for this year. My studio changes and evolves along with my family life, so here's a peek inside the space where I'm currently creating my Intuitive Artworks, from my home studio in Redcliffe, Australia.

All my Love,

When Artist Meets Motherhood

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

There is absolutely no denying that Motherhood has changed me in many ways. This week I've opened up on what life's like for me as an Artist Mama and how parenting has impacted my creative practice. 

 'Heart Mountain' - Prints available  HERE

'Heart Mountain' - Prints available HERE

Having been an Artist and Early Childhood Teacher for almost 20 years now, I thought I would take to parenting like a duck to water. I understood how children developed, I genuinely loved kids and I was going to have a blast doing heaps of painting and creative activities with my kid.

What I didn't take into account is how much parenting could actually pull me away from my creative practice as I knew it.

 'Bloom Song'. Mixed media on paper. Original Artwork Available  HERE

'Bloom Song'. Mixed media on paper. Original Artwork Available HERE

The truth is, parenting has forced me to change almost every way I've approached Art-making. It's made me grow, it's made me more raw, more deep and care more about my self-care than I ever have before, because there seems so much less time for it now.

In the five years since becoming a Mama, it's been a long and ongoing journey back home to myself. Every day I experience the pull of both worlds, beckoning me to nurture and nourish my lifelong careers in Art + Motherhood.

So how do you chose between the loves of your life? 

Many times I have had to come to terms with the surrender of one whilst doing the other. I have had to scrutinise my values and self-talk on a daily basis. I have had to make ease with not being a superhero. I have had to embrace my humanness in all it's inspiration, sorrow and moments of wisdom ... because that's where all the riches lie. 

Because of Motherhood, I'm being forced to become whole, within.

 'Mama's Nurture'. Mixed media on paper. Original Artwork available  HERE

'Mama's Nurture'. Mixed media on paper. Original Artwork available HERE

In a recent chat together, fellow Artist and Mother Jenna Michelle Pink, interviewed me as part of her 'Artist Meets Mother' series. Wearing your heart on your sleeve is one thing in an Artwork but another to put it into words that can capture the experience of when Art + Motherhood meet.

In the interview, Jenna asked me to share my journey of Mothering, how it's changed me as an Artist, whether I involve my son in my paintings and how I manage to balance my creative time with parenting.

CLICK HERE if you'd like to read the full interview.

 'Sacred Wisdom'. Currently on show  HERE

'Sacred Wisdom'. Currently on show HERE

The truth is, I'm a better Artist now that I ever was before my son came along. Although my heart has been blown wide into the ethers, every day a small piece of the puzzle comes back home to me as I navigate this new life with paint, love, hugs and stinky little boys feet.

Motherhood has been the exact gift I needed to grow into my own skin. I've grown richer as a person. I've got more feelings to feel. I've got more stories to tell, more moments to share, more little bumps to rub and kiss better. 

For all this, I am grateful, even on the days when it's hard. Because it means, I've a lifetime of Artworks to make and hugs to share as I navigate this journey through life. For this, I have my Husband, Son and Spirit to thank.

All my Love,

Chrissy


SHOP NEWS

I've restocked my shop with available Art Prints, Classes and Original Artworks, however my Oracle Card Decks are almost sold out! CLICK HERE to browse for something beautiful.

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Just a couple weeks left of my Creating with Feeling Art Show in Ipswich! My next exhibition commences April 4th at the brand new Blume Gallery, in Brighton, Queensland. Can't wait to share some large pieces this time.

UPCOMING CLASSES

New Monthly Art Classes commence from my home studio in late April. Click HERE to book.

My Vulnerable Truths - An Interview

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

This week I am incredibly humbled to be featured interview over on the Expressive Art Inspirations blog. This interview is hands-down, the most raw and honest I've ever done.

In it, I talk about how my lifelong experience with anxiety has influenced my art, growth and self-care - particularly since becoming a Mama ... and how I've gone on to teach others.

Shelley is an internationally renowned Artist-come-therapist, who has created an incredible body of work built upon supporting people's creative expression and self-identity. The questions she asked were deep and fruitful. I hope my responses strike a chord with you.

READ HERE.

All my Love,

Chrissy x


UPCOMING CLASSES:

'Creating with Feeling'. 5th March, 2017 @ Viroga Yoga Studio + Day Spa. Brighton, QLD. 10 am - 4 pm. BOOK HERE.

A Calling to Teach

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

Hello, beauties. 

In recent months I've recognised an old friend gently knocking on my inner door ... A calling to teach again. Although I've been a teacher for 20 years, it's only in recent years that I've felt called to teach my creative process with others. 

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After falling ill a while back, I've taken the last couple of years hiatus to go within, feel the feels fully and nourish new seeds taking root in my being.  This year, I'm feeling safer and more inspired that ever to share the new blooms I'm experiencing though my creative practice. 

I'm calling it 'Creating with Feeling'. 

The truth is, for me teaching calls for a great amount of courage, inner strength and presence. I've needed the last couple of years to truly explore who I am as an Artist + Being, so I felt strong enough to lead others into this world of inner discovery.

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What has emerged from this time is a unique fusion of Intuitive Art, Feeling, Colour, Mindfulness and Spirituality. It feels like all the most inspired parts of me have coalesced into something I feel so deeply honoured to have lovingly discovered ... and that's why I can't wait to share it with you.

WATCH my new CREATING with FEELING CLASSES intro HERE

The best thing about these classes is that they're perfect for beginners and seasoned Artists alike, because it's not about 'getting it right'. Instead, I share a bunch of really simple, yet soulful techniques on hearing your unique voice within and exploring these notions with colour. Imagine the joy of seeing your Divine Inner Being expressed outwardly in paint! It's truly what keeps me coming back to making Art every time ... I feel deeply felt, heard and inspired.  

For those of you in Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast (or keen for a visit to our sunny part of the Australia!), I invite you along to my first class offering at the beautiful Viroga Yoga + Day Spa in early March, 2017.

CLICK HERE for more info.

Here's to an heartfelt beginning to 2017 for us all.

All my Love, 

Chrissy xx

Evoking Inner Truths

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

There's something very special about this year, 2017. I can feel it in my bones; like a fusion of fresh new beginnings, seasoned lovingly with all the learning and growth of the past.

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The last couple of years I've celebrated the new year with an intention word, rather than a resolution. I originally chose 'Presence' ... but after reading Shelley Klammer's newsletter, I decided to try flipping through a magazine to allow a word to stand out for me.

The word was EVOKE.

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When I looked this word up online, I found the meanings to be quite poignant:

To bring a feeling, picture, word or memory to mind; to summon, give rise to of bring forth; to kindle, stimulate or awaken. 

Amazingly enough, these explain my way of living and particularly my Art-making process to a tee. My word felt like confirmation from the Universe that I am on the right path, that I am supported; that I am enough already, right now. No amount of study or skills will make me more than I am in this moment. This feels good to me. 

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So as I approach this new year I foresee true heartwork shifts taking place ... Including a greater focus on exhibiting my Art and sharing my process through teaching again. 

As my son starts school next week as a preppie, I will be taking some time to settle into a newly unfolding routine ... Then in the coming weeks I will share some announcements around these events, so be sure to stay tuned for more updates. 

Thanks for being here on this wonderful ride of Life with me. 

All my Love, 

Chrissy x

Gratitude Creation

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

I'm truly a big kid when it comes to Christmas - I just LOVE this time of year. There's a palpable sense of possibility and kindness in the air, I reckon ... everything feels inspiring and possible!

I dressed to match my feelings this morning and went out to the shops to get a few last-minute things for Christmas.

Still feeling inspired when I got home; it felt like a great time to paint.

I celebrated by first exploring my current feelings of being Open, Loved and feeling Gratitude for Myself. You know you're joyful when you feel truly happy and blessed to just be who you are ... it's been many years coming and I'm really lapping it up! 

All my meditation and mindfulness really is paying off.

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Some of the cues that came from this morning's feeling journal exploration included: diamonds, simple leaf shapes, poppies and warm colours including light yellow and rust. 

I began working these into the canvas, using delicious techniques such as etching, glazing and bringing in bright white accents. 

Step by step, Intuition led the way.

Every mark I made felt true and alive and so good to express. As I created, I marvelled at the beauty and magnificence of our Intuition ... when we can truly let go and step into the flow, everything unfolds with delightfully unexpected awesomeness. 

So here is the finished piece and I gotta say ... I effing LOVE it! It feels wild and magical and alive; just as I felt throughout the creative process. I love being able to document my life in this way. It's truly an honour to experience.

This new Artwork will be added to my stash of minis, which will be available early in the New Year. I'm really looking forward to sharing them all with you.

All my Love,

Chrissy x