As far back as I can remember, I imagined that there could be a symbol, or picture that when one viewed it under certain conditions, would empower them to excel, to ascend and feel at one with the universe!
I still feel that way except now my perception and understanding both of myself and others has been influenced to believe that each individual can create the perfect symbology for themselves! For the last several years after leading dozens of social group painting events and parties, I have witnessed a hint of that personal ascension. Not that every one should aspire to "be successful artists", but that each of us can benefit in ways unimaginable if encouraged to experience some form of artistic expression. Expression that locates hidden meanings in past encounters, both positive and negative.
After all, the jury is still out on life after death, time-travel, bigfoot, extra-terrestials, etc., the many undecipherable sensations that add to the obvious overt influences that slip into our subconscious. Is it that we do share some collective and spiritual oneness simply as human beings? Of course we do!
That is why it is called humanity.
We celebrate the 'Y' in Humanity through dynamic events like paint parties, axe throwing, escape chambers and hundreds of other group activities, getting a glimpse of our infinite potential to be the very best we can be!
Sometimes, I just wake up and feel like there is an idea, or shape, or colors all floating freely through my mind as it moves from dream state to wakefulness. My desire to bring those fuzzy thoughts closer to being clear concepts is not a burning desire as much as a curiosity.
Will this be the new 'thematic identity' seed that I am always on the lookout for?
Usually not so much, as I surreptitiously coax myself to try and go back to sleep and then, that 'dream art' gets buried under thoughts of my demanding to-do list that keeps me from falling back asleep for 10 minutes!
It seems a ponderous cycle of pondering, especially when your subconscious senses something 'really good' is in those drifting art thoughts just before dawn.
Do you get inspiration at times of in-between-ness?
When taking action and attempting a translation of these 'impressions',
what do you grab? A marker? pen, brush?...those will come after the easy hardest step of all; getting back to the drifting consciousness while being fully aware of what you are uncovering in yourself! Artitation, is similar to meditation but loosely focused on cellular responses to emotions both detached and deeply rooted in your soul. Soul Impressions; abstractions? not really...because these images when they do get produced can be counted on to be representational in that they are depictions of those 'dream art thoughts', the one's you simply must let live for the sake of being inside out to yourself!
We focus on:
CHALLENGING THEMES and
Whether used as a main activity for social gatherings, employee retirement parties, or corporate team-building, etc., the customization of the art theme can dramatically increases the sense of shared challenge.
Additionally, creating art activities inspired by personal or business mission statements, logos and themes for wellness initiatives and fundraising activities can further strengthen collective bonds.
The applications are endless.
ART/WORKS/WONDERS and MAPSYS, INC. team up for a fun wrap to their sales and marketing meeting held at The Vue Columbus, an excellent venue perfectly adaptable for large meetings then transforming into a giant art studio where everyone joining the effort was rewarded with their very own painting "Above and Beyond"...a great way to end the corporate gathering on a HIGH NOTE!
On Wednesday June 22nd, I was asked to give a private one-on-one lesson PaintParty style with Yan Hong Wang, who is the sister of my acupuncturist, Dr. Nancy, from China.
Yan is an enthusiastic athlete and loves artistic pursuits, doing some traditional Chinese folk art with Sumi brushes on parchment, very controlled and methodical. Her sister Nancy is a big fan of PaintPartyColumbus and wanted Yan to have the PPC experience, which teaches form and color with no drawing at all, only paint and brush, a completely different approach for her to experience.
What was especially unique is Yan does not speak a word of English and of course, my Chinese language skills are non existent. I should mention also that Yan was the GOLD MEDAL WINNER at the 2004 Special Olympics in Athens for Archery!
We set up side by side at Dr. Nancy's office desk where I set the easels, brushes and plates with all the colors. What took place then was amazing! She followed my exact moves with mixing the colors, application of paint, choice of brushes as she was right next to me and could clearly see my demonstration. Within a few hours we completed the painting much to the delight of Dr. Nancy and her assistants.
When we are shown how to, in a close up real time environment, the results are quite remarkable. Here's to more cultural exchanges and good vibrations through the excitement of creativity!
We are sometims asked to create a special painting for a private party. The requests are so often very inspiring as we want to give the best opportunity for elegance and good taste as well as making the end result very appealing!.
Here is the latest request done for a small group in Gahanna. The hostess wanted this particular painting that consisted of five ladies all in the same pose.
This was a good study in every sense. The paintings that we bring to our social group painters the majority are totally original works designed to allow completion of a finished work in under 3 hrs. by our novice artist guests. But please bring any suggestion to us for your corporate team building event, birthday, bachelor, bachelorette party and we will be sure to create something delightful and fun. Bring it on, people!
Rick Borgia is an artist, composer and mentor: a developer of teaching concepts based on observation and instinct. He specializes in leading artistic activities and helping others to experience the art power that is present in everyone. Rick has spent his life between and among the muses of music and art; as a creative director for a worldwide marketing firm, as a guitarist and vocalist with the pop group, Mink DeVille, a film composer, graphic artist, music producer and more, gathering extensive knowledge and experience that he translates into understanding and communicating the creative process. He offers useful tools and techniques with his innovative teaching approach to foster self-esteem, understanding and cooperation to individuals, groups and corporations seeking higher performance goals in an ever evolving world.