About Louise

About Louise

Art Tutor, Walks Leader, Certified Zentangle Teacher

I have always had a love of nature, as a child whiling away many hours in the fields behind the house, and throughout my life walking the hills, woodland and seashores near my home. For the last 10 years I’ve been leading mindful walks with Soles & Souls on the South Downs, sharing the sanctuary that is often provided in spending time in Nature.

Mindfully Creative is a synthesis of Creativity, Mindfulness and Nature. I studied Art (printmaking) in Sydney in the 1980’s and have taught a variety of art classes over the years, in particular life drawing. I’ve explored a wide range of media and have an eclectic approach, enjoying the contrast of working on the one hand in a gestural and spontaneous manner with paint and mixed media, and on the other hand working very carefully and precisely in pen and ink to create detailed designs and mandalas.

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I see the patterns of interest and engagement that weave in and out of my life. As a child, I loved drawing and making crafty things. I also loved spending time in nature. In my early 20s, I travelled to Australia on a working holiday visa, fell in love and stayed for 7 years. I took the opportunity to go to art college and subsequently set up several community art classes, mainly in life drawing which was my biggest passion. Back in England, art went on the back burner for a few years until I moved to East Sussex, where I set up classes and workshops, and spent time drawing and painting in my garage studio. When my daughter came along in 2001 my creative attention got diverted into raising this wonderful being. Now I find myself drawn back to bringing creativity more fully into my life and sharing the process of how to engage in the creative flow with other people, through classes and workshops. I also practise Buddhist meditation, bringing Mindfulness to all aspects of living and teaching and completed a Mindfulness Teacher Training course in 2016.

I have led mindful walks on the South Downs (Soles & Souls) for the last 10 years and, until recently, I worked three days a week as Manager of a complementary health practice in Lewes. I am now devoting myself fully to Mindfully Creative classes, teaching the Zentangle method and engaging in my own art practice. I am also a qualified life coach.

Qualifications

  • BA Visual Arts (Sydney University)
  • City & Guilds Adult education Teacher Training (Sussex Downs College, Lewes)
  • Life Coaching Certificate (Newcastle College)
  • Mindfulness Teacher Training ( TT1 Bangor University)
  • Creativity Coaching Course (Eric Maisel)
  • Certified Zentangle Teacher Training (Zentangle Inc. Rhode Island, USA)

Mindfully Creative

I believe we are all creative by nature, though sometimes the creative part of us can get surpassed by ‘more important’ endeavours or get thwarted as we grow up.  Fortunately it is possible to rediscover the part of us that loves adventure, trying out new things and seeing what curious, unexpected creative outcomes emerge.  Young children are innately creative and create new worlds through play. As we grow up creativity can get blocked for one reason or another. Often a childhood experience of having the latest painting or play dismissed by a busy parent can stifle your creativity for a lifetime. The creative part of ourselves is very sensitive and needs nurturing with a gentle, kind heart to grow and flourish. It needs to be given space to try things out, and make mistakes without judgement. The critical voices that arise in response to some of our creative endeavours may try and guide us on a sensible path, but they can get in the way of being spontaneous and open to whatever emerges.

In the west creativity is often seen as a result of great creative personalities and we herald well-known creative people as brilliant. However there is also a different way of viewing creativity as something less personal, as more of a universal process that we can discover ways of tapping in to. So it’s less about ‘our’ creativity and something that ‘we’, the ‘ego’ creates, but more about finding the creative flow that we can meld with. To this end it helps to ‘get ourselves out of the way’! What I mean is finding a way to bypass the critical conscious ego part of the mind that jeopardizes the possibility of allowing creativity to flow.

‘Getting yourself out of the way’ can be achieved by becoming mindfully absorbed with the process of making something, so that the process takes over and the mind becomes calmer and more focused. In the various classes and workshops I run I will introduce different ways to help you become more present moment by moment as the creative process unfolds.

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