CREATIVITY IS YOUR

BIRTHRIGHT

I strongly believe that everyone is creative and that to create is to be alive. Like a muscle, though, creativity needs exercise and training to perform well and produce good results.
Fly away with me into a bright and colourful new world by reserving your easel at one of the next workshops listed below, planning your own party or event, or booking private lessons in the studio
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THE CORPORATE CREATIVE

“Testimonials work great. Showing your reviews in quote marks has a powerful effect on customers and makes them more likely to trust you.” 

 

—  Name, Title

Bettina, a lawyer and amateur painter with 20 years experience, says, "I had a wonderfull day painting with Adrienne and the others. The day was both very relaxing and very challenging. Each of us created a really great piece, and Adrienne did a fantastic job of supporting us throughout. We are all incredibly proud of the beautiful pieces of art we made!"

BE YOUR OWN MUSE

Maria-Theresa Schinnerl, expert for customer service, knew nothing about painting before taking the course. She wanted to spend the day focussing on something entirely out of the normal for her. She is amazed at what she accomplished in just a day and can't wait to have a colleague join her for the next workshop.

THE CORPORATE CREATIVE

Often the concept of creativity is limited to typical artistic activities such as painting, drawing, dancing, music etc. but there is so much more to creativity.

Creativity can be found in business and every aspect of daily life. In fact, creativity is hailed as the #1 key to success in companies and employees for the 21st century*. The problem is that most people forget that they are creative as they grow up or worse, have learned and been told that they are most definitely not creative because their drawings were not realistic in the first grade. 

I offer workshops both in the making of artwork as well as corporate creativity. Through exercises, theory, and projects, participants remember that tasks and life can be fun. We creative-apostles call this serious fun: finding your flow and having fun while getting real work done. You’ve got to have serious fun—every day and in every task—in order to get the best results and be an inspired, innovative employer/employee.

And now I feel like Mary Poppins.

I have made it a mission to rekindle the 

creative spark

in people and businesses.

Neither boredom nor burnout exist for a person living out their creative potential.

*IBM, global survey of 1,500 CEO's from 60 countries and 33 industries worldwide

 

THE CORPORATE CREATIVE:

FLOW LIKE POPPINS

What can we learn from the genius of
Mary Poppins?
 
Serious fun leads to serious results--and fast.

Industry leading companies worldwide (think Amazon, Red Bull, Starbucks and and and ) know why they rank creativity as the #1 key to success in the 21st century, more than rigorous, management discipline, integrity or even vision. 

Leaders must be creative, solving problems in new and useful ways, to stay on top of a rapidly changing global economy. In a super-saturated market place, the key to success lies in the developing and identifying creativity in individuals, then nurturing this creativity in teams until this creative spirit permeates the whole organisation. In this way, the individuals placed in businesses become proactive constructors and ambassadors of company philosophies, values and vision. The individuals in your organisation are your greatest asset, and you can be sure that when they are actively involved,  the results will show it.

Find out more about how to invigorate your team and work environment with a creative jumpstart á la Mary Poppins.

Contact me about reserving a date and designing a workshop specifically tailored to your business and team needs.

element of
In every job that must be done,
there is an 
fun.
Find this element of fun
and it becomes a game!
Mary Poppins
Life is found in the here and now. 

So much of our mental capacity is preoccupied with dealing with (or suppressing) the past and worrying about the future that we very often forget to be present in the time being. Have you ever done something, like driving the car, only to realise afterward that you have no recollection of doing it? That you were “completely someplace else” at the time? To be consciously aware of our thoughts and current actions requires a level of stillness and calm that can be difficult to find in today’s world, which competes at all times and at every level for our attention, time, effort and money. At the same time, we have a great deal we would like to accomplish in life. We can't just spend all day meditating and watching ourselves from the outside in. Where's the balance? 

Flow is that happy place where we function with full concentration and power. It is a term psychologists use to refer to a state of total absorption, of being fully engrossed in a task to the point of losing all track of time and everything else around you, of great contentment and personal satisfaction. We are getting stuff done and feeling fantastic, having fully activated a region neuroscientists refer to as the task positive network (TPN). Then we look up and realise the dishes and laundry are completely heaped up, we are an hour late for the rest of the day’s commitments and have entirely forgotten to drink or eat. 

 

And mindfulness? Mindfulness is a heightened, non-judgmental awareness of your thoughts and emotions. It is living in the moment in a state of active, open, intentional attention to the present. Harvard and just about everyone else will tell you how important mindfulness is for mental and physical health, having scientifically been found to be a key element in stress reduction and overall happiness. Neuroscientists have discovered something Eastern traditions have known for sometime: there is a place in our brain, located between our eyebrows, that is constantly at work and referred to as the default mode network (DMN). Our experiences, perceptions of ourselves and memories run back there amongst a lot of other things. In this hyper-busy world, this state is running unmonitored and at full speed, resulting in stress, poor health and all the other typical negative symptoms we want to avoid.  When left unchecked, our mind tends to wander which results 80% of the time in worrying and ruminating on negative experiences. So, self-awareness is really calming and great, but just as the state of flow can run the danger of becoming a tunnel, we must be careful not to let mindfulness keep us stuck on the sidelines as inactive spectators of our own lives. 

 

This is where creativity comes back in. Working creatively in a focussed way on a task—such as a day spent painting in this workshop—quiets the busy DMN while activating the TPN.  It helps to unify mindfulness and flow to achieve the sweet spot known as mindflow. Our brain has a yin-yang if you will, of focussed and mind-wandering states. Both states are important, but neither should be overbearing. Practicing a task-oriented state of mindfulness achieves a homeostasis in our brain activity that lets us engage fully in the present without stress and hyper self-criticism while maintaining an awareness of ourselves and environment. 

 

We will put the theory of mindflow into action in this workshop. Painting and focussing at what we see  with an enhanced sense of awareness brings us fully into the present moment. A guided exercise of the fundamentals of painting including active observation, perspective, setting up a palette, mixing colors, shades and hues, brushwork and composition serves as preparation before embarking on the adventure of bringing your favorite snapshot—a moment to be held forever—to life on the canvas.

The workshop fee includes all material costs. Suitable for all levels of expertise, from beginner to professional, we will paint on canvas using water-soluble oil paints, which provides the long working time of oil combined with a faster drier rate and no toxic fumes. 

 

We strive for happiness, peace, freedom and joy—but where are they to be found? They are only found in the balanced present tense—in this moment. Right. Now. This very moment, which is your life. I hope you will join me on a journey to the state of mindflow and that you will be able to apply the knowledge and experience gained through this workshop into your daily lifework. 

 

MIND

Flow

To prepare for this workshop, please fill out the worksheet which is accessible after registering in the MY WORKSHEETS section of your logged-in, member profile area of this homepage.  The worksheet has a set of questions for you to answer to help with the conceptualisation of your piece. You also have the assignment of finding a snapshot of a moment that moves you in some way. Due to the limited time we have together, we will be painting in an expressionistic & impressionistic style, with large, gestural brushwork. With these steps taken in advance, we are able to maximise the time we have together in front of the easel, for the creation of your work.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • a photo of a snapshot that moves you in some way, printed out approx. A5

  • the same photo as a digital file on your smart phone or tablet

  • to have completed the worksheet accessible under MY WORKSHEETS after logging in to your member profile area as preparation for the conceptualisation of your artwork

  • a smock and clothes you don't mind if paint gets onto

  • courage

  • an open and relaxed mind!

  • Mindfulness & flow unite through creativity!

    Starts Nov 28

    €130

Gift Certificates

Give the priceless gift of creativity - with flexible amounts and flexible bookings.

 

BE YOUR OWN

How do you see yourself? What does the very best, most excellent, most free, most confident version of yourself look like?

Muse

This workshop is all about self-portraiture. The selfie has become the most common form of self-portrait of our time. Choose your favorite selfie or work from a mirror--either way, let's see the most amazing version of yourself, the version maybe few people ever get to see come to life on the canvas.

 

A self-portrait is a powerful instrument of self-expression, but also of self-actualisation. If we can dream it, we can become it--so let's dream of the best of ourselves and then allow ourselves to live that version out to its fullest.

In this and all my workshops, you are free to express yourself in your own style. Your portrait can be abstract or figurative, expressionistic, impressionistic, realistic, mixed media incorporating collage elements. It should be based on a photo, that you bring printed out with you to the workshop, as well as having digitally available on a smart phone or tablet. I will assist you in planning, conceptualising and executing your piece. After registering for the workshop, I will send you a questionnaire to fill out that will mark the begin of the conceptualisation and planning phase. This will ensure that our time together in the studio can be spent effectively for the execution and finishing of your artwork. 

 

Rediscover your beauty, your grace, your astuteness, your humour, your confidence, your kindness, your power...be your own muse and celebrate the amazing creation that is YOU.   

To prepare for this workshop, please fill out the worksheet which is accessible after registering in the MY WORKSHEETS section of your logged-in, member profile area of this homepage. The worksheet has a set of questions for you to answer to help with the conceptualisation of your piece. You also have the assignment of finding photo of yourself or how you would like yourself to be. With these steps taken in advance, we are able to maximise the time we have together in front of the easel, for the creation of your work. 

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • a photo of a yourself or how you would like yourself to be, printed out approx. A5

  • the same photo as a digital file on your smart phone or tablet

  • to have completed the worksheet accessible under MY WORKSHEETS after logging in to your member profile are as preparation for the conceptualisation of your artwork

  • a smock and clothes you don't mind if paint gets onto

  • courage

  • an open and relaxed mind!

  • What does the very best version of yourself look like?

    Starts Nov 21

    €130

Gift Certificates

Give the priceless gift of creativity - with flexible amounts and flexible bookings.

 

Everybody loves a party. And everybody loves to paint - really--even if they don't know it yet or it's a long-lost memory. The combination?  A winner every time.

Whether for a birthday, a bachelorette party, a shower, a retirement party, a company event, a painting party is always a fun and refreshing way to break away from the ordinary. 

In my experience, there are two types of reactions when the surprised participants see the easels for the first time: excitement or "oh no!" But many laughs and priceless memories later, everyone goes away from one of my painting parties with a huge smile on their faces and most likely a piece of artwork they can be proud of.

 

Being creative is - or should be - fun. A party is - or should be - fun. Together, we will make your next event an unforgettable hit.

Fill out the submission form to plan your dream party.  I will get back to you with all the details, including availability, pricing, location etc. 

Let's get this party started: 

PARTYTRICKS

PLAN YOUR PARTY!

ART RETREAT

The total art immersion experience

Delve into the artist's life with a fully stocked studio and the inspiration of Lake Wolfgang in the Salzkammergut at your disposal. In this 3-day intense workshop, you will have the opportunity to create your own masterpiece.

 

You will be astonished by what you are able to accomplish, and your finished piece will forever transport you back to your unforgettable stay in this idyllic paradise. 

 

Come and join me at my little corner of paradise where my studio is waiting. Poised on the banks of the snow-fed lake, Wolfgangsee, the Austrian alpine village of St. Gilgen has retained a seldom nostalgic charm, seemingly untouched from the cares of the world yet vibrant and contemporary. 

Artists and painters have a long tradition here, finding the inspiration and peace with which to produce many treasured works.

You are invited to come for the weekend. I will guide you, together with a small number of other enthused creators, along the journey of producing a piece of art of your own--a piece that you are proud to take home with you, proud to hang up, proud to show others, proud to gift a loved one. 

No prior experience is necessary for the workshop; on the other hand, if you are already an experienced artist, I will gladly share my techniques with you while ensuring you freedom to express yourself your own way.

Having several compact days in which to work is core to the effectiveness of this program. For in these several days, you are truly able to dive into the (prolific) artistic lifestyle of creating and into the atmosphere of the historic, well-loved and breathtakingly beautiful Salzkammergut region.

The retreat begins on Friday morning at 8:30. Should you becoming from farther away, it is recommended that you plan to arrive in St. Gilgen on Thursday evening. We will spend all day Friday and Saturday working on our projects. On Sunday we will bring our project to an end by noon. We will review our work and reflect on our experiences before the workshop comes to an end. 

If you would like to be notified about the next available retreat dates, please sign up using the contact form here. To ensure the quality of the retreat, attendance is limited to a maximum of 6 people per session.

I look forward to working with you in the studio!

You are
invited.

Gift Certificates

Give the priceless gift of creativity - with flexible amounts and flexible bookings.

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ST. GILGEN
Enter the studio to find out firsthand 
what happens when
wine, beats and paint flow

Uncorked

 

Individualised

Private oil painting lessons, as unique as you are. 

Book an individualised session in the studio with flexible booking times, dates and duration. Simply fill out the submission form above or call at +43 664 546 8037 to schedule a class.

 
Grab your smock and dive into the original artist's studio experience. In the heart of the Salzkammergut by Salzburg, evening  studio sessions with friends and creative flow are sure to create a night to remember.
The studio is currently under construction, so stay tuned and register for notifications about the next available easel.

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