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SHOW CALENDAR
2014

July 19/20 Art Under the Oaks
Aug TBD ADAS Tao House
Sep 1-30 LAA Abstract Show
Sep 27 - Oct 25 PAL Firehouse
Oct 4-5 Art in Park San Ramon
Oct 11 Artwalk

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Featured Events


PAL Workshop: Jeannie Vodden Watercolor, September 12 & 13

The next PAL workshop will have Jeannie Vodden teaching watercolor techniques. The workshop will be at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton. Reserve your space before July 1 to get a lower price! See information about it here.


Message from the PAL President, Lisa Rigge

“You can’t use up Creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”   -   Maya Angelou

There are many quotes online about creativity, but I liked this one by Maya Angelou because it reminds me that there’s an infinite wellspring of Creativity within each of us. The more we use it, the more it will be replenished.
Where Creativity ultimately originates and how we access it intrigues me. Someone once suggested I replace the word “Word” with the word “Creativity” in the Bible’s Gospel of John. Thus, the verse would start “In the Beginning was Creativity”. Before any material thing ever appeared in this world, there was a creative thought preceding it. In Hinduism, one belief is that there is a Creative Flow of the collective unconscious. Artists sacredly prepare themselves to access this flow, and once they do, their creative moments are born. No matter what we believe about Creativity, I do know that we all have to let loose our negative self-judgements so we may inhabit and utilize that creative space.

Mark Shawver, our June demonstrator, learned new computer skills which enabled him to combine photos to create a better one from which to paint his paintings.   His enthusiasm was contagious. The computer opens up infinite creative ideas!

Speaking of which, we are looking for ideas of what to present at our General Meetings, which will start up again in October.   What kind of demonstrations will inspire you to add to your pool of creativity? Please let Rahul Prasad or me know (see back page).

I also want to welcome our new members. Some people are interested in meeting up with painting groups, so please extend a hand if you see someone new at our gatherings.   The LAA/PAL September pot luck will be a good place to do so!

As you enjoy your summer,   please come by ArtBlock on Wednesday, July 2nd as Ron and I will be at the PAL booth. And keep on dipping into that River of Creativity!
Lisa

--- Lisa Rigge

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