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When I was a little girl…

May 19th, 2015

When I was a little girl I used to fly off into my imagination and dream up magical worlds and adventures.  As I grew up I discovered art and realized I could make my imagination real by creating it. I was hooked! Art became the oxygen for my soul to breathe.

To this day I am still so deeply nourished by the power of art to heal, to transform, and to birth nü realities.

I created International Soul Art Day to celebrate the power of creative expression and the sacred gifts it offers our individual spirit as well as for the world.

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This year marks our 4th Annual International Soul Art Day!

Will you be joining us this year?  Sign up for Soul Art Day here.

Each year thousands of creative spirits gather virtually from around the world to connect and create art together for the day.

Over the years I’ve invited small groups of artists to join me live in my studio during International Soul Art Day to channel our creative energy and unleash our latest inspirations.

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Here are some images from our Soul Art Day archive. Each year activates new layers of creative expression and creative possibilities. I’m always surprised and dazzled by the brilliance that emerges.

The creative process allows us to tap into our genius mind and open up to our divine potential. Are you ready to tap into your genius mind?  Join us for this year’s International Soul Art Day!

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When you sign up for International Soul Art Day you will receive a free guided Soul Art journey on the special day that will lead you through a creative process to awaken your unique expression and activate the next level of your artistry.

You can work in any art medium that inspires you from painting, collage, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, textile, earth art, installation, etc…

You don’t need art experience to do Soul Art. All you need is the desire to connect with your creative spirit.

Sign up for Soul Art Day here.

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Soul Art Day is a very special day that only happens once a year. Join us this year on May 27th and celebrate your unique expression, nourish your inner child, honor the power of your creativity, connect with a global community of artists and simply just enjoy yourself!

Sign up for International Soul Art Day today!

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May 27th is the big day!

Soul Art Day is a free, virtual event to unleash the power of your creative spirit.

Sign up for Soul Art Day now!

Laura’s Sabbatical Update

March 13th, 2015

I’ve been on a sabbatical for a few months now and a lot has happened!

I created a video to give you an update and share details about some exciting projects in the works. Find out where I am and what’s happening…

When I decided to take this sabbatical I had know idea what was going to happen. I just knew I needed to create sacred space to listen for the next level of my art to speak to me. And speak it did!

One juicy piece I can share right away is that my sabbatical is taking me to Kristin Morelli’s Red Tent Revival Event.

Kristin’s Red Tent Revival is a global phenomenon. It is a live event where 1,000’s of women gather virtually, from around the world, to renew, revive and re-invigorate their feminine potency.

I’ll be speaking at Kristin’s Red Tent Live Event about cultivating your potency by creating sacred space for your Iconic Self.

Join us and feel the gush of your feminine energy flowing like a waterfall!

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Sign up for Kristin Morelli’s Red Tent Revival today!

It’s free, it’s virtual, it’s global, it will light your soul on fire with inspiration!

I’m going on a Sabbatical!

January 13th, 2015

In the recent months I received a very clear and potent message from within to carve out the space for the next level of vision to come through and allow for some time to restructure the business to support it.

Soul Art Studio has expanded exponentially over the last few years and it is getting ready for another big growth spurt. In fact, we’re in the process of hiring nü team members right now.

While all of this is happening, my artist soul has been luring me on an adventure to ensure the nü creations come from the most magical source possible.

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To honor the call I will be going on a sabbatical for the next 4-6 months. This will include traveling, co-creating with other artists and nü Icons around the world, and playing with nü projects that will be released later this year.

I will still be fully present to my nü Icon Program and the Soul Art Certification Program.  Actually, I imagine they will benefit from the extra energy of all my adventures.

I wanted to officially share this with you because you may wonder where I am as I will not be sending my weekly ‘Pure Inspiration’ newsletter until further notice, and I may be quiet on social media for awhile as well.

As an artist, I know there are seasons and cycles to everything.

I’ve been joyfully creating the weekly newsletter for close to 10 years now.  Wow, that’s a lot of inspiration!

In order to birth this next level of vision I’ll be entering the season of the sabbatical to deepen the roots to support broader shoots.

This excites me as I know I’m being called into nü spaces in my art and my business.

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I believe our life is our art and I think it is important to learn the rhythm of our own unique expression so we can honor the cycles as they are happening.

I am sending you all my love as I venture into this sabbatical cycle, and I look forward to sharing the next level of vision with you later this year!

 

Photos of Laura Hollick as Unicorn were taken by Kevin Thom.

Top 10 Highlights of 2014 & the 4 Most Potent Lessons

December 28th, 2014

2014 was the year that I learned what truly makes me happy. I discovered that connecting with nature, communing with spirit, expressing my creativity and guiding global experiences makes my heart sing with joy!

Here are my Top 10 Highlights of 2014 along with the 4 most potent lessons I learned that changed my life.  I hope this inspires you to reflect on your own year and recognize the things that make you truly happy.

Top 10 Highlights of 2014

1.  Epic Nature!

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This year I had the chance to travel to the beaches of Hawaii , the Rainforest of British Columbia and commune with my own hometown nature on a whole new level!

I realized that my love of the Earth is a huge driving force in all the work I do.  To honor this love I was able to donate $1,000 to a number of different Eco-Activist Organizations and Charities.

I am eternally grateful for the many magical moments when I hear the trees, the water, the wind and the rocks call my name.

 

2. The Trees of NU York

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When I discovered there was a Hotel in New York called the NU Hotel, I knew there was a special connection. But when I learned they had Art Rooms it felt like the stars aligned.

I submitted a proposal to create a mural at the NU Hotel to showcase the trees of New York. They loved the idea and so I spent a week in New York painting and meditating amongst the Trees of NU York.

 

 

3. TEDx Talk

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The first time I heard of TED talks I heard a whisper in my soul saying “You’ll do one.”

This year that vision came to fruition when I shared my TEDx talk called ‘You are the Art’ in my hometown Hamilton, Ontario.  I think I surprised the audience when I started painting myself, literally becoming the art!

 

 

4. Cover Girl

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I feel so proud when my art, image and ideas are showcased to larger and larger audiences. I truly feel on a mission to circulate love around the planet with creative inspiration. Being featured on two covers this year was a delight!

 

 

 5. International Soul Art Day

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2014 marked our third annual International Soul Art Day!

This year thousands of people engaged virtually while I was accompanied by 5 Soul Artists in my studio including Amethyst Wyldfyre, Amanda Aitken, Cora Flora, Laura West and Jennifer Lee.

We now have a Soul Art Day Gallery that features hundreds of pieces created by people around the world during International Soul Art Day.

 

 

6. Soul Art Mural

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4 of my Master Shaman Level Students in the Soul Art Certification program joined me to create a mural on the outside wall of the local Yoga Studio.

It was so inspiring to work intimately with Christina Szegedi, Lucinda Rae, Joan Marie and Sunne Bernt to create this mural.  Each Soul Artist radiated with their unique expression.

Every time I drive by this mural on my way downtown I smile with delight at the magic we created!

 

 

 7. Making the nü Icon Movie

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The nü Icon Movie is becoming an annual tradition. During the making of this years movie 8 nü Icons flew in from around the world to co-create the power and beauty of the movie.  The Rainbow Dragon truly came to life with Summer McStravick, Alia Hall, Liz DiAlto, Laura Hames Franklin, Jess Johnson, Ariel White, Jody England and Cora Flora.

I’m still smiling from all the incredible discoveries we uncovered through this creative process.

 

8. nü Icon Intensive

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7 of the nü Icons from the 2014 nü Icon Program flew in from all Continents to work on their Iconic Essence expression and career.

We had so much fun! We laughed for days as our hearts filled with the nourishment of true soul connection.

It was extra special to feature these nü Icons in this years movie, including Joan Marie, Fleur Van Til, Jill Soenen, Yoshi Arima, Ute Lambretch, Sunne Bernt and Christina Szegedi.

I will cherish this experience forever. It was a total Soul Family reunion!

 

 

9. The nü Icon Movie

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Thousands of people participated in this years nü Icon Movie experience to connect with their Iconic Essence.  Dreaming up the movie experience and creating it satisfies my inner child in the most delightful way. Leading the Vision Quest for thousands of people roots me deep in my purpose. I feel my soul harmonize with this type of expression.

I feel so much gratitude for the whole experience and everyone who participated.

 

 

10. My Relationship with Kevin Thom

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By far the most treasured highlight of 2014 is my relationship with Kevin Thom. Kevin is my partner, my creative soul mate, my best friend and the brilliant photographer and videographer behind all the images you see.  He warms my heart and soothes my spirit in ways I’ve never experienced before. He is the biggest blessing in my life.  My heart bursts with love just thinking about him!

 

 

4 Most Potent Lessons

1.  Beauty is an essential nutrient

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I learned that when I surround myself with beauty I’m happier, more productive, more grateful and more willing to see the higher perspective of any given situation.

This year I started buying weekly bouquets of roses and other flowers to fill my home, my office and my studio.  I realized that simply seeing them and smelling them changed my mood.

I learned that beauty is an essential nutrient that adds to my joy, my health, my clarity and my purpose.

 

 

2. Embrace fear as a partner in growth

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I am one of those people who is constantly in a state of transformation and I seem to thrive on the possibility of creating something new and expanding my expression constantly.

As much as I’ve benefited from this quality I’ve also experienced a tremendous amount of stress, overwhelm and fear as a result of always seeking the next level of my expression.

This was the first year I learned that I could embrace fear as a partner rather than resist it and try to change it.  As a result my stress and overwhelm went down and I was able to let fear fuel my dreams rather than stunt them.

To test this discovery I did a photoshoot with a giant python snake.  Since snakes were something that brought up fear for me, I wanted to find out if I could truly embrace fear as a partner in my growth. Success!

 

 

3. Music makes me happy!

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When I was growing up I was in a band that traveled around the world. It was a highly competitive experience with a lot of rules, judgments, comparisons, and better-than/less-than projections. The whole experience left me completely turned off of music, to the point that I wasn’t involved in music for over a decade.

This was the year that music came back into my life and healed a hole that I didn’t even know was there.

I sang for the nü Icon theme music this year and recorded with a group of nü Icons. I made my very own drum using Elk skin and I’ve been playing it every day since. I also hired a Sound Shaman to come into my studio to perform a private healing sound ceremony for me. It was glorious!

I realized I LOVE music and it has found its way back into my life!

 

 

4. If you have a dream, make it real!

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I always dreamed of going up in a Hot Air Balloon.  When I was a child they flew over our home and I watched in awe and wonder. Finally this year I thought to myself “What am I waiting for?”

So, I made a childhood dream real simply by deciding to do it.  This was a huge lesson for me, I realized that we all have dreams to inspire us but we also have the power to make them real and it is as simple as deciding to do it!

 

2014 has been an amazing year!

Thank you for being part of my journey this year.

I look forward to many more creative adventures with you!

 

Making the nü Icon Movie

November 23rd, 2014

The nü Icon Movie was in creative process for close to a year. To create the stunning images you see throughout the movie I worked with photographer Kevin Thom. We traveled across Canada to the rainforest in British Columbia to immerse ourselves in nature. We also filmed a number of scenes in the Conversation parks in my hometown Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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To create this year’s nü Icon Movie I did dozens of solo shots along with leading two group nü Icon Intensives. Many of the solo shots included elaborate hair, makeup, headpieces, costumes and set elements.  My studio was brimming with Iconic Essence art all year!

 

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The first nü Icon Intensive started with 7 of the nü Icons from my current nü Icon Program.  Almost every continent was represented with people from across Canada, USA, Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand, a true Rainbow Tribe!

 

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Everyone had their moment in the spotlight to shine their unique Iconic Essence. It was beautiful to witness.

After working together for close to a year, in the nü Icon Program, we had formed such a Soul Family bond. Being together in person left such a loving imprint on my soul, I will never forget the profound magic we experienced together!

Check out the behind the scenes nü Icon Intensive with my current clients.

 

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The second nü Icon Intensive was with creative spiritual entrepreneurs that I’ve been on the journey with for some time. We’ve all been riding the dragon for a number of years weaving our magic in the world.

 

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During our Intensive we created portals to open space for the next level of our unique expression and business success. There was a glorious feeling of resting into the feeling of being met by others who understand the entrepreneurial path with all its challenges and ecstatic opportunities. There is something so invigorating and peaceful about being with people who ‘get it’.

Check out our behind the scenes creative process.

 

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All of the singing you hear in the nü Icon Movie was recorded during our Intensive. Then Kevin Thom produced our sounds into the music you hear throughout the movie.

See our behind the scenes music creation and sound healing sessions for the nü Icon Movie here.

 

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There were lots of behind the scenes creations for costumes, headpieces, set elements, planing meetings and the biggest construction project was creating the Rainbow Feathered Canoe.

Check out the behind the scenes making of the Rainbow Feathered Canoe here.

 

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Creating the nü Icon Movie has been amazing, and it’s still in motion!

Watch the full nü Icon Movie today!

 

Create a business plan that matches your Iconic Essence

November 16th, 2014

Creating a business plan that matches your Iconic Essence is an art and a science.

I used to feel so intimidated by the idea of making a business plan, because I didn’t think I knew anything about business. But then I realized I just needed to make a plan that made sense to me, and spoke my language.

Now I love making business plans and my business continues to create multi-6 figures year after year. I wouldn’t have believed this was possible during my struggling artist days.

When you’re a creative spirit who thinks about things differently, you need a business plan that makes sense to you so you can actually use it

Learn how to create a business plan that matches your Iconic Essence…

The first step to creating a business plan that matches your Iconic Essence is knowing who you are, what inspires you, and knowing what kind of life and career you actually want.

In the nü Icon Movie you’re guided on a vision quest to discover your Iconic Essence.

Once you make a connection with your Iconic Essence, you are in a powerful position to transform your dreams into reality. This is where your own unique business plan becomes invaluable.

If you’re a creative spiritual entrepreneur and you want to create your own thriving life and career being yourself, join me in this year’s nü Icon Program and let’s map out the life and business of your dreams and let’s make it reality!

Join me in this years  nü Icon Program and transform your Iconic Essence into your thriving career.
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Recreating Masterpieces

October 26th, 2014

The journey to discover my own Iconic Essence started while I was studying art. I became intrigued by the masterpieces and iconic works of art from the past. I wondered, “What made them masterpieces?”, “What made them Iconic?”, “Can everyone be Iconic?”.

The questions set me off on a quest to recreate masterpieces as a way to find out and truly understand the architecture of an iconic creation.

I started with Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’…

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Embodying Venus was a powerful experience of claiming my own femininity and allowing my body to be seen.  To create the shells I gathered up my old canvases and transformed them into cones. Inside each of those cones is a painting, a story from my journey as an artist.  It felt as if the art of my past was ready to carry me into the future and help me birth my next vision.

 

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Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ was an obvious masterpiece that I wanted to explore. The most recognizable aspects of this painting are the smile and the eyes. But, it was actually the environment that became the focus for me when I recreated it. It was quite a process to find the perfect subdued space with the winding curved path in the background. My appreciation for space and the role the  environment plays in the overall feel of a piece grew through this recreation.

 

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I have so much respect for Frida Kahlo.  She was first recognized artist who used herself as the subject of her art. Now with social media this concept is mainstream, but at the time it was revolutionary. The roots of Art Therapy are in the work of Frida Kahlo.

In the process of recreating one of Frida’s pieces I wanted to include her trademark eyebrow, of course, and it was the composition of the art that became the focus.  She is always the center focus of her art, which communicates her willingness to see herself as the art and put herself clearly in the center.  Recreating this helped me to see the importance of claiming space for myself and unabashedly viewing myself as the subject of my art.

 

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Picasso’s ‘Les Demoiselles D’Avignon’ is an Iconic Cubist creation.  Recreating this piece was so much fun because it cut up the ideas of traditional beauty and made room for a more unusual vision of reality to come through.  Traditionally symmetry, balance and correct proportions drove most art before Picasso. He paved a way for a completely nü idea of reality to come through.

 

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Jackson Pollock’s uninhibited freedom of expression challenged me to bare it all. I started this recreation in the nude, as if I was a blank canvas, and asked a group of friends to paint me. The experience completely transformed me as I felt the total release of judgment and expectation of what something should be and truly let it be what it is.

 

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Lichtenstein’s comic style pop art was the most challenging for me. I had to dig in deep to find an emotional barbie-like seductress to pull this off. I resisted this one the most because I  didn’t understand why it was iconic. Then I realized that an iconic work of art has a few qualities:

1) It clearly expresses and reflects the essence of the artist, or the artists vision.

2) It taps into a bigger essence that resonates with many people.

3) It captures the crystallized vision of the point in time when it was originally created.

4) It goes beyond a trend and creates a timeless space where no matter when you experience it, it still holds a potent transmission.

5) It opens a portal of possibility for generations to come.

6) It is art, in it’s purest sense, which is the co-creation with the divine.

 

Exploring the Iconic creations of others artists just wet my appetite for exploring my own Iconic Expression and guiding others to do the same.

What art masterpieces inspire you?

Share the art masterpieces and iconic artists and images that inspire you  in the nü Icon Movie Facebook Group.

Our Global Community of creative spiritual evolutionaries are exploring their Iconic Essence with this years nü Icon Movie.  Looking at other masterpieces and iconic art of others gives clues about your own Iconic Essence.

Discover yourself and create your own masterpiece~ YOU!

 

Sign up for th nü Icon Movie now!

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Recreating Masterpieces was a project I co-created with photographer Kevin Thom. He is also the photographer for the nü Icon Movie.

My Hot Air Balloon Adventure

October 12th, 2014

It had been a dream of mine since I was 10 years old, when I first saw the colored shapes dancing in the sky.  I grew up near a park where the Hot Air Balloons used to take off from. During the summer months while we were eating our dinner outside my whole family would watch in awe as the Hot Air Balloons would lift off above our heads. The passengers used to wave to us while we were eating. For years I thought to myself, “I’m going to go up in one of those one day.”

Then I thought “What am I waiting for?!”

With this years nü Icon Movie release I wanted to do something to celebrate and activate its magic. Realizing a childhood dream seemed like the perfect way to honor the magic of the movie and enter a whole nü reality traveling in nü Icon style.

Going up in a Hot Air Balloon was a completely surreal experience.

Did you recognize the music in the video? It is the theme music from last years nü Icon Movie. The beautiful voice you hear is Ariel White, who was featured in last years movie and she is gracing her presence again in this years nü Icon Movie.  Hearing this music carries me on a breeze of beauty.

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Here’s a sketch I did to dream into the Hot Air Balloon experience.  The reality of the experience was even more magical then I imagined.

 

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While the balloon was blowing up I was able to go inside the belly of the rainbow and dance! It felt like a Shamanic Dance to call in the Rainbow Tribe for this years nü Icon Movie. This journey is for you!

 

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Looking at the world from the Hot Air Balloon perspective is stunning.

 

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It’s different from being an in airplane because there are no walls or windows blocking you from the air, it is just you in a basket in the sky.

 

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The fractal brilliance of nature is outstanding. Seeing trees and crops from above does a macro/micro mind-trip.

 

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It was extra special to enjoy this magical experience with my creative soul mate Kevin Thom. Kevin is also the photographer of all these images and this years nü Icon Movie.

 

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We took off with 3 other balloons and danced in the sky with them.

 

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Landing with a whole nü perspective on life. Amazing!

 

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We were up in the air for about an hour. Our pilot from Skyward Balloons sent this flight map after the trip to show us where we traveled and how high up we went. How perfect that our flight pattern was a rainbow!

 

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Going up in a Hot Air Balloon was a dream of mine since I was a child. I decided NOW was the time to live the dream because I wanted to do something to celebrate and activate this years nü Icon Movie.

The essence of this years nü Icon Movie is about living the dream.  It is about embodying your essence to the highest degree and making your life a living breathing work of art.

If you’re feeling NOW is your time to fully embody your essence and make your dreams real, definitely join us for this years nü Icon Movie experience. I will be guiding you on a Vision Quest to discover your Iconic Essence.

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Sign up for this free, virtual nü Icon Movie experience of a lifetime!

The Soul Art Mural

September 28th, 2014

Making the Soul Art Mural has been a wild adventure into the depths of creativity and the true power of art!

4 Soul Artists from around the world flew in to Canada to work on this magical creation through the summer of 2014.

All the artists who participated in this mural are part of the Master Shaman Level in the Soul Art Certification program. They have been cultivating and mastering their unique expression to become creative spiritual leaders in their communities.

Now that the mural is complete and each artist has had some time to reflect on their creation, it is inspiring to hear their thoughts about their Soul Art.

 

The Soul Artists

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I am here to share and spread my love, creativity and artistry to inspire others on their journey to unleash their creative dreams, to uncover and release their authentic truth and clarify their soul’s purpose and work of art.

Christina Szegedi, Switzerland, www.christinaszegedi.com

 

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My path as a Soul Artist is to express the archetypes of the goddess within as self expression, however they desire to flow through and also mirror for other women to inspire and help remember their innate multitudes of facets  of light divine.

Lucinda Rae, California, USA, www.prosperitybranding.com

 

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I am expansion, I am queen of my world, I am free to feel, be, do, and have all that makes me smile. My goal has always been to fully express vibrant-and-fun passion through my artwork.”

Joan Marie, Missouri, USA,  www.joanmarieartist.com

 

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My Soul Art journey has  exploded my intuitive GIFTS to another level. Intuitive Art is pouring out of me like flood gates that have been opened from an overflowing dam. Soul Art is a vehicle for us to receive the messages of our own divine spirit. It is divine cosmic energy made visible so that we can clearly feel, see and own what our hearts yearn to create on this earth.

Sunne Bernt, Australia, www.sunwellbeing.com.au

 

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Creating this Soul Art Mural with these 4 incredible artist has filled my heart with joy.

When it came time to create my own section of the mural I went through a mini-disaster at first (you can read about the disaster here), but it turned out to be a tremendous cleansing experience that opened me to allow the true vision to flow through.

My part in the mural was about expressing the heart of Soul Art.

Soul Art is a journey of discovering who you are on the deepest level and mastering your ability to express it in the world. Soul Art is about unifying your inner and outer worlds into one cohesive expression. Soul Art is about making your imagination real.

Laura Hollick, Creator of Soul Art, Canada, www.soulartstudio.com

 

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You can visit the completed mural and experience the transmission of creativity for yourself.

The Soul Art Mural is located at the corner of York St./Crooks St. (near Dundurn Castle), on the outside wall of the De La Sol Yoga Studio, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

 

Activate your own Soul Art Journey with my free quiz…

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Discover yourself, connect with your unique expression and open yourself to the creative world of Soul Art.

 Free Quiz: What kind of Creative Spirit are You?

 

 Photos and video of the Soul Art Mural by Kevin Thom.

 

The Trees of nü York

September 14th, 2014

I was in New York last week painting a mural at a place called the NU Hotel.

With a name like NU I knew it was the perfect place to share my art. Especially with this year’s nü Icon Movie about to be released in October.

Most people think of New York as a busy cityscape, but it was actually the groundedness of the city and the incredible trees that inspired this creation.

Watch the mural unfold and hear the full story behind this creation…

The mural evolved into a piece called ‘The Trees of nü York’.

I love the creative process. To me, it feels like entering a deep conversation with the divine and opening spaces within that I wasn’t aware of before.  Creating ‘The Trees of nü York’ opened me to a nü level of grounding and understanding about where true support really comes from.

There is often a stereotype that artists and creative people are ungrounded, flighty, up-in-the-clouds,  but I find the opposite to be true.

In order to channel and create so much art, it is essential to be very grounded, at least this is my experience. This mural deepened this awareness for me and opened space for even more creation to flow through me.

Here are some sketches of the ideas unfolding for The Trees of nü York.

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Sketches are a great way to work out ideas, but when I’m actually painting things take on a life of their own and can change a lot from what I initially envisioned.

Initially I thought I would paint a red bird perched over the Fire alarm to blend the red color. But, as I started painting it evolved into a flying red Fire Bird.

Art is alive and evolves in the moment. Sketches are simply a way to activate the energy and offer an entry point into the creative process.

Now that the mural is complete I want to fly back to New York and sleep in the room and dream.

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It feels so magical to sit in the chair beneath the tree. It feels like magical story time.

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So fun to sit in bed and journal about dreams and be carried off by the Fire Bird into the Land of the ImagiNation.

Stay in this room during your next New York trip.

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85 Smith Street,
Brooklyn, New York

I’d love to hear about your experience of The Trees of nü York!

 

Photos and video of Laura Hollick's art and creative process by Kevin Thom.