Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Student Spotlight - Women who Art

This weeks spotlight shines on another woman who is new to our Ladies Morning Art classes ~ Celeste McLean.  Celeste, as she tells it, wanted to focus on art in high school but her art teacher told her, in a round-about way, that she might want to put her energies elsewhere.  Taking this advice to heart she became a Chiropractic doctor.  Thankfully, putting that teachers advice to rest, she has kept up with the creative and artistic side of her brain.
The Yoga Place
For her first class Celeste brought an image of one of her favorite spots in Hawaii. This is the place she goes to meditate and practice yoga whenever she is vacationing there.

As one can see from these images, her style is very expressionistic.  She paints not to depict objective reality but rather the subjective emotions and responses she feels when visiting what she calls her special place

Her goals here were not to reproduce the impression suggested by the natural landscape, but to impose her own feelings and sensibility onto it.

Celeste aptly expresses her memories of this place by distorting and exaggerating the natural elements and through her bold use of color and brush strokes.
Celeste and her finished painting - the colors of which are much more vivid in person.  A true testament to the fact that you should sometimes follow your passion and not necessarily the advice given to you by others.  Well done Celeste!!


  1. If adults (teachers and parents especially) only understood how much a force for good/bad they are in children's lives!
    thanks for sharing.

  2. Bravo! After all, life is not about trying to be perfect in something..., but follow the flow of joy!

  3. Love it! Thank you for your open space so that we may express our creative energies..... I am thankful for all of my teachers for they help to direct me in ways that are in accordance with divine intention!

    Live Well-Love, C

    "When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be."

    - Patanjali


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