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Welcome to Beauty & Spirit Note from the Studio: news & muse from abstract artist Julie Bernstein Engelmann.
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Let It Be Easy
Julie Bernstein Engelmann, 24"H x 30"W,  acrylic and latex on partially primed canvas
 
Does it really have to be hard?  What if I let it be easy?
I remind myself to ask this question whenever I notice stress in my planning or preparation.
It makes all the difference.

Let it be easy


Dear <<First Name>>,

To watch a good artist on a roll is to see ease in motion. Like a trickling brook, the artist cascades from one brushstroke to the next, allowing the gravity of ease to carry them. 

Less experienced artists may struggle. Overthinking and under-observing make it hard to hear the natural voice of ease and flow. 

Let it be easy! 

For example, does the motion of your brushstroke seem to expand your joy, intrigue, and relief? Or does it contract, like your mind is taking control because it doesn't trust the muse? Expand or contract: that distinction makes it easy!

Listen richly to life.

See if you have room, right now, to loosen up and let it be easy. Allow the light and sound around you to help you -- you are in an ocean of Source!  Each moment is a chance to open to expansion and ease. 
 

A gift for abstract painters 

A gift is waiting for you if you haven't already received it. My ebook, How to Bring Your Abstract Art to Life, A Manifesto of freedom and confidence for the creative soul, will help you see abstract painting in a new way.

This ebook has been the freebie on my website for almost two years, so you may have already downloaded it. If not, please take this chance to get your copy here before April 4, because I'll be changing my freebie to a shorter version.

If you downloaded the ebook before, I recently made a few edits. So for the latest, replace the previous file with the updated one. Not necessary though. 
 

Home in Arizona

On a personal note: 21 months ago, longing for the sunshine and vast pink and beige landscapes of Arizona, I moved my family from Pennsylvania across the country to the Sedona area. Soon my art life created a network of support. To see the highlights -- local color, galleries, shows, and teaching -- take a sneak peek of my blog below.

Yours in the love of beauty and spirit,

Julie

Upcoming classes and workshops

Enjoy Sedona's red rock beauty and experience an abstract painting workshop with me at the same time! Click the links below for details and to register on the Sedona Arts Center website. Or see classes and workshops on my website. 

Abstract Painting Classes:

  • From Beautiful Mess to Strong Composition - April 26-27 (Tue-Wed 9:30-4:30)
  • Luscious Abstractions - May 28 (Sat 9:30-4:30)

Abstraction can be rich and lush, filled with depth and drama and more than a little mystery waiting to be discovered! Julie Bernstein Engelmann's layering technique gives participants a powerful foundation for abstract painting, and helps develop new freedom with paint. Sedona Arts Center is offering two opportunities to explore and refine abstract image-making, combining luscious "happy accidents" with expressive mark-making, intuition, and strong composition. Students will create exciting paintings that can surprise, engage, and speak to the mystery. Through group discussion, participants will see each painting more deeply and understand how to enhance its impact. All supplies provided, and places are limited.

Sedona Art Retreat (Personal Imagery Path):

  • Luscious Dream Abstraction - May 6 (Fri), 9:00 am-12:30 pm 

Explore your life's dream in an artwork and let it speak to you of its wisdom. Using drawing, painting, dripping and wiping, Julie Bernstein Engelmann will guide you through layers of visualization and expression to embody a transition you want to make in your life. Self-reflection, happy accident and intuition come together in living color to give you a surprise gift of inspiration from your inner self. You'll come home with a painting in acrylic that resonates with the vibration of your dream come true. A dreamer and lover of the beauty of soul, Julie is dedicated to calling forth your creative spirit.

Abstract Painting Workshop:

  • Inspired Abstracts - June 8-10 (Wed-Sat + free lecture Tue, June 7) 

I'm super excited about my first longer workshop and public talk at the Sedona Arts Center in June. For those of you asking about coming from a distance to a workshop with me, this is the one. All supplies are provided, to make it easy for travelers! More. 

Abstract painting is an inspired conversation. You speak to your painting through visualization, mark-making, and choice. Your painting speaks to you through its language of color harmony, spatial depth, composition, and integrity. Julie Bernstein Engelmann, an award-winning abstract artist, will guide you through this process to create meaningful and powerful abstracts.  If you want to find inspiration in the immediacy of the painting experience – if you want to learn to listen to the spirit of your painting – if it sounds like relief to let go of what you “think” you're doing in abstract painting and embrace the true, surprise gift that your painting has to offer you – then this workshop is for you. All materials included.

Jump to blog to scroll thru all posts
Farewell to dear friends in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Blog post
Home Sweet Home. Blog post.
New pouring studio. Blog post.
On the faculty of Sedona Arts Center School of the Arts. Blog post.
Spirit of Sedona and juried into Sedona Arts Center Fine Arts Gallery. Blog post
Heart Conversations, featured exhibition at Gallery 527 Jerome. Blog post.
Luscious Painted Collage class at Sedona Arts Center. Blog post.
Trash-to-Treasure workshop. Blog post
Cross-country move to Lake Montezuma, Arizona. Blog post
Local color. Blog post
Represented by Gallery 527 in the artists' colony of Jerome, Arizona. Blog post
Arts Immersion: 3 days to paint a 60-foot mural with 127 K-2nd graders. Blog post
Featured artist in Fresh Ideas exhibition at the Sedona Arts Center. Blog post.
Demo and workshop for El Valle Artists Association in Cottonwood, AZ. Blog post.
Dreamtime exhibition at Sedona City Hall and Sedona Mayor's office. Blog post.
Wonderful class in From Beautiful Mess to Strong Composition at Sedona Arts Center. Blog post.

From Julie to artists who love abstract painting


If you've seen abstract paintings that thrill and inspire you -- and your heart announces, "I want some of THAT!"...
If, when you paint abstract, you taste a burst of freedom and triumph that lifts your soul...
But too often it evaporates when you try to complete your painting...
I'd like to help you shift the odds toward your natural brilliance.  
I invite you to work with me. When you fully understand visual depth in abstract paintings, you will discover new freedom, confidence, competence and fulfillment in your art. 
Sign up for a workshop, class, or Art to He
art Session at: JulieEngelmann.com/ForArtists
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