Matisse Made Manifest


I’m going back to school, virtually that is! A few days ago I received an email from the extraordinary Barnes Foundation about online art courses. The Barnes is a magical art collection originally showcased in a suburban mansion in Merion Pa. I have been a frequent visitor and fan of this unconventional art connoisseur whose vision was clearly ahead of his time.

Typically I delete these types of promotional emails because of the location or cost. But I noticed that the subject heading said ” You can take a Barnes course for free. ” This got my attention.

Most of my readers know how much I fancy art, especially painting. I have really missed visiting art museums during the pandemic and have been viewing some artwork online. What you probably don’t know is that I have wanted to take Art History classes for many years. I did not have the time or inclination to do so while in school. I flirted with taking painting classes to improve my skills but did not make it a priority. Yet the dream to immerse myself in art history and art appreciation has been building steadily into a bucket list – like obsession. I figured I could pursue this once I retired and would just enjoy art whenever I could. I had a  lovely time in Santa Fe, New Mexico attending a conference called Creativity and Madness  that focused on the mental health challenges of well known musicians and visual artists. It was a great event and allotted me plenty of continuing education credits for my license. I also had many adventures and transformative experiences. New Mexico is certainly the Land of Enchantment!

In any case, I went to the Barnes website yesterday and browsed the course offerings. Scholarships were available. While I usually find these type of applications daunting, I decided to apply. I chose to write from the heart about my love of art and my dream to enrich my art education. I selected a class about Henri Matisse because I adore many of the French impressionists and expressionists. Also, Matisse employs pointillism in some of his paintings. This seemed like a longshot but I figured I had nothing to lose and it would also be a way to practice manifesting. Writing from my heart and showing my love for art was key. No pretense, just authenticity. This opportunity certainly seemed out of the blue, just as my introduction to the Creativity and Madness programs that arrived in my snail mail box one day back in the late 1990s. I recall being transfixed by the postcards that arrived in the mail describing unusual lectures taking place in exotic settings all over the planet. I had a strong knowingness that this was meant for me and I could not ignore the invitations that kept arriving. The Barnes e-mail felt similar but not as strong. I could see myself taking the class because I have pictured myself taking art history classes often, knowing I would simply love it.

Today I received notice that I was given a full scholarship! The woman who wrote me is named Alia and I knew that was a great synch, reminding me of my blogette pal Alia! This “happy accident” was not lost on me.

I am so excited about this class and wanted to share my glee with of all you by sharing some Matisse paintings:

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I have been using Dr. Joe Dispenza’s techniques to recalibrate my brain and emphasize choosing my thoughts, pairing them with gratitude and joy while imagining my situation in the “future” had already happened. I am especially interested in having an excellent job well suited for me to “find me” and break the cycle of toxic workspaces I have been experiencing. I am encouraged by how easily this art class found me. I will keep you posted on “future” developments.

all images courtesy of both wikipedia.com and wikiart.org, public domain

18 thoughts on “Matisse Made Manifest

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    1. Thank you! I a very excited and added more classes to my “roster”, i have started Reiki 1 training and am taking a course on my life signature based on Jung’s archetypes. It is like going to college without grades or exams!. I am happiest when learning and am excited to see what Reiki will be like to add to my healing skills ❤

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    1. Thanks W! I hope you are well ❤ I had not thought of it this way regarding my pay it forward offerings, still in play with 2 more to go. I really like how you get me to think and also warm my heart. Blessings back!

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  3. That sounds awesome. Congratulations!
    Will you paint , too, or is it a class about Matisse’s paintings only?

    I loved this story and how it encourages you to stay with the Dispenza method.
    Hugs,
    Karin

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    1. Karin, this class in held online and will highlight Matisse’s time in the South of France and the work that he created there. I will continue with Dr Joe’s technique, although this manifest came without much effort on my part. It is interesting though how I did not hesitate to apply for the scholarship and how I often put off applying for work. Maybe there is little mystery as to why 🙂

      I have not thought about instruction classes lately, especially with the pandemic. I did start a drawing based on a Lorie Ladd experience I participated in and I also began a mandala from an Adult Coloring Book. I did once want to be an artist and took a few classes in school. I did not feel very gifted in this area and felt more confident as a writer and began taking more writing classes in High School. However, when doing a group past life meditation a few years back, a couple loves appeared to me and one was quite clear. I was a painter in France maybe in the 1800s? I was working at an easel in some grande building. I do not know if I was just a privileged amateur who took up painting or if I was composing as a career. I do know my love of art came from my mother and her side of the family. I could say more on this but will end here for now.

      hugs, Linda

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  4. Such happy news Linda, so pleased that you are in charge of bringing it all into your life! Love the art, can’t wait to see your future paintings too❤️ Now for that job and getting your full credentials for working as you love💃🏼🥰 much love to you x

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