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Mirrors that Love You Back
by Shannon Caprio, Partner ICE

Montine Montine Montine!!! I just had to write you and tell you that I am still "high" from class today...and it wasn't from the paint and mod podge fumes.

I have so desperately needed an outlet for my creativity. I need to be creating! Today I decided that while 9 to 5 I may belong to the job that is sustaining me financially...the other 16 hours of the day are MINE and I can begin making those hours work for me. I don't know if anyone else has had such a powerful experience but I rushed home (doing the speed limit of course!) and immediately started journaling my experience.

I hope you realize how much you are touching lives. I felt alive. I felt refreshed. I felt energized. I felt happy. I felt inspired. I felt I was in a good place and I want to keep creating that place for myself. Thank you for opening a whole new world of discovery for me. I haven't been able to stop staring at my mirror!!! I do love it!

Team Bonding: Mirrors of Strengh and Inspiration
by JoNell A. Usher, Asst. Dean, Emory University

The Mirrors of Strength and Inspiration activity allowed each member of our office "team" to explore her/his unique qualities in a safe environment. The early time together brought our shy-ness to the forefront. Then came the playful involvement...suddenly we were lost in our visions, activating our curiousity. By the close of the day, each person willingly shared a creation with the group. We saw new possibilities in each other, for the workplace and beyond.

As the senior leader of this 20-person group, I benefited in two significant ways from this experience. First, I learned more about the strengths and goals of each team member. Second was the capacity to show myself as open willing to look into the unknown.

Many of our mirrors now adorn the office conference room giving rise to new conversations within a larger community.

 

Transformational Process Painting Testimony
by Penny Treese, PennyTreese.com

 

PYGO saved my life. 

I found Montine and PYGO during a horrific divorce that left me destitute raising an infant & toddler. I was seeing a counselor several times per week at the time. Over time, painting with Montine and a small group of incredible women in a completely safe environment aided my traditional counseling. The revelations about myself and my situation that were revealed through "lucid dreaming" painting techniques were life-changing. 

In the beginning I repeatedly painted vines. One time Montine lead me through an exploration of this vine symbol where I could clearly see it linked me to my ex-husband. I visualized the vine that I had repeatedly painted, being cut with scissors of light. The feeling of freedom I experienced afterwards was incredible. That week, my ex unexpectedly moved across the country and I was literally set free. During later PYGO sessions, the vine symbol disappeared, being replaced by "horizons of hope."

Today, I am unimaginably happy as a successful fine, artist living in Atlanta with my new husband who adores my now teenage children.

I have continued my love for art. Today I create personally informed, abstract, serene, and thought-provoking landscapes in the luscious medium of encaustic painting. I celebrate and embrace the aging process with these photo-encaustic creations, believing that aging and beauty are synonymous.

The two years of intuitive painting with Montine connected me with 4 women that are still my dearest friends. I will never be able to adequately thank Montine for the Paint Your Guts Out experience that allowed me to find the "Real Penny" again.

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"Paint Your Guts Out is like the yoga of art-making!" – Rebbecah F.

"Thanks so much! Class was awesome! " – Lisa K.

"Loved it ! Thanks for your inspiration!"  – August M. 


2013-14 Anonymous Survey Comments

"I was looking for a way to disengage my logical self and rediscover the joy of creating with colours & paints.  I got that - but I actually ended up with so much more!  You've triggered a renewed desire to tap into my intuition and I've reconnected… Thanks so much for that !"

"I enjoyed this class and recommend it to anyone and everyone.  I have no training in painting of any kind and felt at ease right away.  The instructor is very smart, kind,and Patient.  I really lucked out." 

"Accessing my right brain with a paintbrush is something I haven't done much in my life, if ever, but I feel really excited to play with painting now!  Thank you! :)"

"I thoroughly enjoyed the class, the other participants, the lovely instructor, and the environment.  There were more than adequate supplies and just enough instruction.  I would most definitely take another class. "

What did you gain from this class?  

  • "I am more accepting and more patient.
  • "New ways to stimulate the right brain and creativity and motivation to actually DO IT!"
  •  "Learning to let go of perfection. Relax."
  • "I was so pleased at every aspect of the class. Small enough that we could get one-on-one if we wanted it.  The meditation was great!   The directions like "no judgement", "no expectation", and the like.  The space was way cool, too. "
  • "Sense of freedom to create for the sake of creating and experiencing.  Use of watercolors.  More self knowledge."
  • From a struggling writer: "I noticed when asked what I saw in the paintings I always wanted to make a story about what I saw.  It was quite amazing to me as I have not written much this winter."
     

Transformational Process Painting Article
by Jill Hall, Turner Broadcasting

Each time I go, something else in me loosens. Once blocked paths are beginning to look a bit less impassible. I see positive, incremental changes happening in my life and others with whom I've painted and shared in these workshops have expressed similar experiences of growth and renewal.

We, as a culture, spend a lot of time running around chasing our tails, chasing our jobs, chasing each other and rarely do we find time for ourselves so that we may actually chase our dreams. The few hours I spend painting each week or every other week provide a type of quiet and time for reflection rare to find these days. The least of what I get each time I go is a fun evening playing with paints, and the best, I look forward to discovering.