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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.

 

Making Rainbow Canoe
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!

 

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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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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.

NU Hotel
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.


When Disaster Strikes

September 3rd, 2014

What do you do when disaster strikes?

I recently experienced a complete creative disaster and I’m still processing it.

In retrospect it always makes sense, but while you’re in the clutches of chaos it can storm over the greatest intentions.

Watch and see my creative disaster….

While I’m processing creative disasters, like this one,  I enjoy having a good laugh and a good cry, in which ever order comes first.  Anything that allows the energy to flow through feels good. Any resistance only prolongs the pain and frustration.

For now, I am beginning to receive the insights of this cleansing storm and am eager to get back to work on the painting.

I’m definitely looking forward to sharing the completed mural with you when it happens. Or should I say when the universe wants it to happen!

I’d love to hear what you do when disaster strikes in your life.

Share your thoughts in the comments on how you BE with your moments of chaos.

Making a Rainbow Feathered Canoe

August 31st, 2014

I had a vision of a Rainbow Feathered Canoe flying through the air and carrying me on a Shamanic journey into the land of the ImagiNation.

Once the vision landed I knew I needed to make it reality. The first thing I needed to do to start bringing this vision into reality was get a canoe!

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Since the vision came during the chilly winter months it proved to be more challenging than I expected to find a canoe. But finally I found the perfect canoe. I saw it and felt it would be the perfect Shamanic Vessel to carry me into the Land of the ImagiNation.
Kevin Thom helped me get the canoe into my studio and we had some laughs as we realized this canoe was already transporting us into some nü realms.

 

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Once I had the canoe, I primed the surface with white paint and noticed the canvas floor mat had a message for me…

I had been using this canvas floor mat for years and during one of my very first Soul Art workshops, one of my students, Sabrina Armani, wrote the message “Love is here” on the floor mat while she was painting.  It was such a wonderful surprise to rediscover this message and see it pointing at the canoe!

 

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The canoe is ready for feathers!

 

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For over a year I collected rainbow feathers to gather up enough to cover this canoe.  There are thousands of feathers!

 

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Before attaching any feathers I wrote a dream story all over the body of the canoe so it would be ready for its feather adornment. While I was writing the story I felt like the canoe was giving me a navigational map for where it wanted to travel.  So exciting!

 

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Attaching thousands of feathers is a meditation in patience.

I’ve already devoted days to the process and it is almost half done at the moment.

 

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I absolutely love being in my studio bringing visions into reality. I feel like I enter I deep meditative space of channeling when I’m in the creative process.

I do have some creative quirks that help me through the creative process…

I don’t wear any makeup when I’m working and often have a clay mask covering my face. When I’m creating channeled art a lot of energy is being processed through my body and the clay mask helps draw it out.  For the sake of this photo I took the clay mask off, but I imagine I’ll share that too in the future. We’ll see, it makes me feel kind of vulnerable.

For now, I’m over the moon excited to complete this massive project and share the final creation with you.

We’ll be featuring the Rainbow Feather Canoe in the upcoming nü Icon Movie!

Keep watch for the nü Icon Movie to be realized in October 2014.

I shared one of my little quirks, wearing a clay mask while in creative process.  I’d love to know about any little quirks you have that help you through the journey of bringing visions into reality. Is there anything odd, interesting or unique that you do while you’re creating?

Share your thoughts, what creative quirks do you have?

7 Thought Provoking Questions to Activate your Next Level

August 24th, 2014

As the season shift from Summer to Fall there is a natural rhythm of something ending and something nü beginning. In these in-between moments I love to reflect on what has happened so I can integrate everything and create space for the next level of creation to come through.

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The balance to creation is reflection.  Whenever you want to broaden your creative abilities take time to reflect. Reflection massages the soil for new visions to grow.

Here are some questions I reflect on when I want to open the next level of my expression.

 

Play with these 7 Thought-Provoking Questions yourself:

1. How would you describe your current life experience?

2. What has been most meaningful over the past season?

3. What feels most important to you now?

4. Where do you want to focus your energy as you move forward?

5. What would make this next season absolutely amazing?

6. How would you know if you moved into the next highest level of your expression?

7. What simple thing can you do today to honor the past season and activate the nü one?

 

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The Dark Goddess

August 17th, 2014

I’ve been exploring a character I call The Dark Goddess for the upcoming nü Icon Movie.

She is wild, unpredictable, full of untamed power, fierce in her conviction to her truth and at the same time fearful of losing herself to her own wildness.

We’ve been filming and photographing lots of images in preparation for the nü Icon Movie release in the Fall.

Which Dark Goddess image is your favorite? Vote in the poll below.

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Share your thoughts about the Dark Goddess in the comments below. Do you have your own Dark Goddess that wants to be expressed?

Keep watch for nü Icon: The Movie to be released this Fall!

Each creative shoot I do is a ritual of channeling elements of my Galactic Origin and becoming more embodied in my own Iconic Essence. I’m blessed to work with an incredible team of creative geniuses that support the ritualistic nature of my art and elevate it to another level!

Kevin Thom is the photographer and videographer for the nü Icon Movie and images. Sue Upton is the hair/makeup artist for this Dark Goddess shoot. Thank you team!