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Intuitive Art + Wellbeing for Mamas and Kids ❤

Based in Clontarf, Queensland Australia.

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New + behind the scenes Intuitive Artworks, Classes, Card Decks + Life.

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,

New Release Artworks

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

Hello, beauty.

Things have been super busy in my world lately and whenever this happens, most of my Art-making time happens in my Art journal. But I have managed to complete a few finished pieces and pop them up in my shop this afternoon. 

 Evoke. Mixed media on paper. $350   Available HERE

Evoke. Mixed media on paper. $350 Available HERE

 You Yourself. Mixed media on paper. $375   Available HERE

You Yourself. Mixed media on paper. $375 Available HERE

 Celebrate. Mixed media on paper. $350   Available HERE

Celebrate. Mixed media on paper. $350 Available HERE

Also if you're in Brighton, Brisbane and keen for a stretch and some colour, my latest Creating with Feeling exhibition is now on show at the beautiful Viroga Yoga Studio and Health Spa

There are 12 originals on show and they feel so at home in this environment. 

All my Love,

Exhibition @ Blume

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

You guys, the coolest little gallery cafe has opened up in my neck of the woods this month, and I've been lucky enough to have one of the first exhibitions there.

Blume Gallery + Cafe ❤

My works will be showing @ Blume in Brighton until around Easter Tuesday 18th April.

If you're in the area, let me know and we'll try teeing up a cuppa.

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 Latest Show

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

This weekend I installed a new exhibition at the Beans and Green Cafe in the nostalgic old town of Ipswich. Recently dubbed 'Hipswich'; this is an area filled with lots of hidden pockets of awesome, creative talent. This little venue is super cute, with bean bags out the front and organic offerings served with heart. My kind of place!

The Artworks I'm exhibiting here are from my 'Creating with Feeling' series; a collection of succinct square 8" X 8" mixed media Artworks on canvas.

This a wholly new series for me in that they are all small pieces with a lot more free, raw emotion in each piece. Rather than prettying them up to be all 'perfect', I have let it all hang out with a combination of edgy, scratchy line work, bold contrasts and spirit symbols in collage.

They were incredibly nourishing to create and felt like they emerged directly from my Intuitive Muse and onto the canvas.

 'AMETHYST'. 8" X 8" mixed media on canvas.

'AMETHYST'. 8" X 8" mixed media on canvas.

 'EMERALD'. 8" X 8" mixed media on canvas.

'EMERALD'. 8" X 8" mixed media on canvas.

 'EYES TO THE SUN'. 8" X 8" mixed media on canvas.

'EYES TO THE SUN'. 8" X 8" mixed media on canvas.

 'FULL MOON RIVER'. 8" x 8" mixed media on canvas.

'FULL MOON RIVER'. 8" x 8" mixed media on canvas.

 'JOY'. 8" X 8" mixed media on canvas.

'JOY'. 8" X 8" mixed media on canvas.

 'LAVENDAR CRINKLES' 8" X 8" mixed media on canvas.

'LAVENDAR CRINKLES' 8" X 8" mixed media on canvas.

 'PATHFINDER'. by Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

'PATHFINDER'. by Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

 'SACRED WISDOM'. 8" X 8" mixed media on canvas.

'SACRED WISDOM'. 8" X 8" mixed media on canvas.

 'SAFETY IN PRESENCE'. 8" X 8" mixed media on canvas.

'SAFETY IN PRESENCE'. 8" X 8" mixed media on canvas.

 'SHIMMER'. 8" X 8" mixed media on canvas.

'SHIMMER'. 8" X 8" mixed media on canvas.

 'THE WHALE AND HER HEART'. 8" X 8" mixed media on canvas.

'THE WHALE AND HER HEART'. 8" X 8" mixed media on canvas.

 'WHIRLWIND FOREST'. 8" X 8" mixed media on canvas.

'WHIRLWIND FOREST'. 8" X 8" mixed media on canvas.

This exhibition will be available for viewing at Beans and Greens Cafe from now until 8th April, 2017 @ 61 Limestone Street, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. Once the show is over, any unsold pieces will go into my WEB SHOP, for those of you unable to make it in person.

Did you feel inspired by any of these pieces and love to learn with me? I am offering NEW Monthly Creating with Feeling Classes from my home studio in Redcliffe, Australia. Saturday afternoon classes kick off  in April. Pop over to my CLASSES page for more info.

Exciting times, my friends.

All my Love,

Chrissy


UPCOMING CLASSES:

NEW! Monthly 'Creating with Feeling' Art Class. Learn the art of infusing your work with more colour + spirit, using inspiring mixed media + mindfulness techniques to discover your unique way of sensing the world within + around you.

Join us on the last Saturday afternoon of each month at MY HOME STUDIO in Redcliffe, Queensland. Enjoy a small group atmosphere with all materials provided.

NEXT CLASS: 29th April, 2017. 1:30 pm - 4 pm. BOOK HERE

CURRENT SHOWS:

Intuitive Art Show @ Beans and Greens Cafe, throughout March, 2017. Pop in for a cuppa and treats at this quirky venue and check out my Art while you're there. Opens March 11th - 9th April @ 61 Limestone Street, Ipswich, Queensland. MORE HERE.

Peek Inside my Workshop

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

Hello beauties. I sit here at 4am, writing to you because I can't sleep. I have all these beautiful ideas and reflections floating in my body and I feel almost busting to share them with you.

This past weekend, I facilitated my first Creating with Feeling workshop

I was joined by 5 beautiful women at my home studio on the pretty Redcliffe Peninsula. This is the first time I have run a class from home and I have to say, the comfort, ease and accessibility was next level. Think comfy lounges, a double long table for painting and art-making, lots of hanging plants and access to all my Art and painting resources. Oh - and plenty of inspiration from my favourite oracle card, incense, music and book collections ❤

This workshop was different to anything I've taught before. More than anything it was a true culmination of my Art + Wellbeing journey to date. I went into this class with the intention of sharing my heart fully, along with my love for creativity, wellbeing, self-care, and intuition.

It was so beautifully received.

I am someone who likes to get in there with my students. To create. Paint. Draw. Brainstorm. Share. Collaborate. Reflect.

Working alongside my students as an equal companion is part of my ethics as a facilitator. I feel the importance in sharing my skills as well as my struggles, because we're all human ... and sharing our stories is what makes our lives meaningful. We can truly connect, knowing we are supported, safe and encouraged to be truly ourselves.

At one point, we had a long roll of butchers paper set up on a double long table, with a selection of colourful pants and brushes in the centre. Starting with one of our intention symbols from the day; we began painting, adding, collaborating, smearing, messing, painting over and letting go until the entire surface was one long river of colour and hearts and smiles were full. At this point, the energy shifted and I felt the beautiful "Ahhhh" of surrender into the present. 

I like to allow a good portion of free time for my students to fully explore the mediums and techniques we've shared together throughout the session. With scissors in hand and National Geographic magazines, the afternoon was spent cutting, gluing, drawing, painting and discovering ourselves through creativity

By the end of the day we were that kind of good-exhausted that comes from a day filled with deeply present creative self-care and inspiration. I've since received some truly beautiful feedback from my students and my heart continues to fill with gratitude for them. They have allowed me to share some of their beautiful, heartfelt creations with you, below.

In the coming weeks I will be launching new monthly Creating with Feeling classes from my home studio in Clontarf, Queensland. Each lesson will feel rich, energising and rooted in intuitive Art processes and creative wellbeing. 

If you are interested, be sure to subscribe to my mailing list if you haven't already. I can't wait!

Oh and a big thanks to @widevisionarts for the beautiful photo shoot of our day. 

All my Love,

Chrissy x


UPCOMING EVENTS:

Intuitive Art Show @ Beans and Greens Cafe, throughout March, 2017. Pop in for a cuppa and treats at this quirky venue and check out my Art while you're there. Opens March 11th @ 61 Limestone Street, Ipswich, Queensland. MORE HERE.

NEW IN MY SHOP:

My current range of Intuitive Art Prints are now available for custom order. All my prints are professionally printed, packaged and delivered directly to your door via by my fine art print supplier from Brisbane, Australia. Exceptional in quality and vibrancy; they arrive beautifully packaged in white tissue paper in a bend-proof cardboard mailer. You will love these prints ❤ BROWSE HERE.