Affirmations

Your Ally Within, A Free Creative Workshop @ #Artomatic – 4/9/17

Your Ally Within-

Do you feel that you have an inner artist or creative side but need help coaxing it out?

Do you find yourself stuck in moving forward on that next creative project?

Affirmations can help! Positive affirmation are great messages to have around an art studio or office or creative space as reminders of your creative talents. During this engaging workshop, we will talk about our identities as creative individuals, via the best selling book The Artist Way by Julia Cameron, the benefits of affirmations, create our own affirmation cards using index cards, magazines, paper and other mixed media. These cards will reflect images of your affirmations that you can take with you where ever you go or have placed around your office, studio or other creative space to look at when you need an extra boost.

You don’t have to be an artist or creative to participate! Bring your creative passion and an open mind! Space is limited. Register now at https://yourcreativeally.eventbrite.com/

About the Facilitator:

Sharon Burton is an artist, art curator, and has been active in the fine art communiy in the Washington, DC area for over 12 years. Learn more about her at www.sjbcreativeart.com or follow her on social media at twitter/instagram: @sjbcreativeart or Facebook: SJB Creative Art. Her artwork can be found at Artomatic 2017 in room 3108, 3rd Floor

Directions to Artomatic:
Artomatic is located next to the Crystal City Metro Station on the Yellow and Blue metro lines. If you come in from the underground, simply turn left at the top of the first escalator and go through doors into shopping area. We are just above the Synetic Theater, there is an elevator bank by the optometrist. If you are outside on ground level, cross 18th Street to South Bell Street. We are in the same building as the University of Phoenix.

Driving Directions to Artomatic

From DC:
Take 395 South into Virginia (crossing over the 14th Street Bridge). Follow signs to “Route 1 South – Crystal City” and take the left exit. Get into the left hand lane on Route 1 and turn left on 20th Street and then take an immediate left into the parking garage under the Crystal City Marriott (there are two Marriotts in Crystal City). Follow the signs for Artomatic down the ramp to the left to park. Do not park in the Marriott lot on ground level – they will not validate for Artomatic patrons, only the underground parking is free.

From Rockville:
Take 270 or 495 South into Virginia. Take Exit 43 for the George Washington Parkway. Merge onto the GW Parkway and continue South. Take the exit for “Reagan National Airport.” Stay in right lane and follow signs for “US-1 – Crystal City” (keep bearing right). Take the right exit ramp for Crystal Drive. Take a left onto 20th St. and take a right into the garage just past Bell St. (there are two Marriotts in Crystal City). Follow the signs for Artomatic down the ramp to the left to park. Do not park in the Marriott lot on ground level – they will not validate for Artomatic patrons, only the underground parking is free.

From Southern Maryland:
Take 495 across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Take Exit 177B to Route 1 North. Continue on Route 1 through Alexandria. Aftercrossing into Arlington County (across Four Mile Run), take a slight right onto the exit for Crystal Drive. Turn left on 20th Street then take an immediate left into the parking garage under the Crystal City Marriott (there are two Marriotts in Crystal City). Follow the signs for Artomatic down the ramp to the left to park. Do not park in the Marriott lot on ground level – they will not validate for Artomatic patrons, only the underground parking is free.

From points south in Virginia:
Take 395 North. Take Exit 8C (to Route 1 South – Crystal City). Go straight at the light onto Hayes Street. Hayes Street becomes 18th Street and will take you into Crystal City. Turn right onto South Bell Street, then another right onto 20th Street and an immediate right into the parking garage under the Crystal City Marriott (there are two Marriotts in Crystal City). Follow the signs for Artomatic down the ramp to the left to park. Do not park in the Marriott lot on ground level – they will not validate for Artomatic patrons, only the underground parking is free.

From points west in Virginia:
Take 66 East. Take Exit 75 (Route 110). Route 110 will end and continue as Route 1 South into Crystal City. Get into the left hand lane and turn left on 20th Street then take an immediate left into the parking garage under the Crystal City Marriott (there are two Marriotts in Crystal City). Follow the signs for Artomatic down the ramp to the left to park. Do not park in the Marriott lot on ground level – they will not validate for Artomatic patrons, only the underground parking is free.

Affirmations for Creative Break Throughs

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Image above:  My collage on for the following affirmation: “I am a creative who heals and transforms others with my art”

Over the weekend, I facilitated a special workshop for Well Being, Inc., a community-based non-profit with a mission to provide self-development programs for women that focused on affirmations in Baltimore, Maryland.   The session focused on self-love and self-worth. We created affirmations that demonstrated our feelings about ourselves and created images to reflect those affirmations on index cards that we could keep with us.

Positive affirmations, are phrases which you repeat to yourself that describe how you want to see yourself.  The idea is that when you start saying positive affirmations about yourself, whether they are currently true or not, in a repetitive fashion, they will sink into your subconscious mind, you will begin to believe them, and they will eventually become your reality.  By repeating them on a daily basis, they can become a self-fullying prophecy and become true.

Affirmations can help re-wire beliefs or thoughts about ourselves that is not true or keep you in one place that may create feelings of being stuck or unproductive.  Saying and repeating affirmations are tools only and cannot take the place of other interventions such as therapy.  However they are great messages to have around an art studio or office or creative space as reminders of your creative talents.

Looking for  affirmations to help you feel more inspired and creative?  Try these from Spirituality and Health Magazine:

  1. I choose to create.

  2. The artist is already present within me.

  3. I attract brilliant ideas.

  4. Today I am making time to create.

  5. Divine inspiration surrounds me.

  6. I am awake and see the world through fresh eyes.

  7. I am spontaneous; I surprise even myself.

  8. The wellspring of creativity runs deep.

  9. I am always developing as an artist.

  10. Today, I am filled with infinite, creative energy.

  11. My creative self wants to come out and play.

  12. My creativity flows freely.

  13. I’m ready to share my authentic expression.

  14. I open myself to a life of creativity.

  15. My creative energy is limitless.

  16. I give myself room for expression.