A COMPELLING IDEA: THE SPIRIT OF THE SENSES

A COMPELLING IDEA: THE SPIRIT OF THE SENSES

The Spirit of the Senses, the brain-child of Culture Impresarios, Thomas Houlon and Patty Barnes, is a one-of-a-kind organization exploring a vast range of ever-evolving ideas through informal gatherings – salons. Since its founding, now, almost 35 years later, Spirit of the Senses has been recognized as a Phoenix treasure and is widely known throughout the USA as a mobile meeting arena for cultural exchange: a Social Experience of Arts, Science and Culture for Curious Minds.

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CREATING SOLO: WRITING AND PAINTING

CREATING SOLO: WRITING AND PAINTING

I like to produce solo, particularly when writing, because I can venture into whatever dwells in my mind – and without interruptions, capture my thoughts. I like to paint in solitude too, yet interruptions do not affect the energy of my creative flow as it unfolds on my canvases. I can pop in and out of my intuitive process, with ease.

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THE ART OF POSITIVE THINKING

THE ART OF POSITIVE THINKING

It takes courage to hope and face the possibility of failure; without hope, nothing new is ever tried. A canvas starts as a blank when you begin to paint, and then with YOUR energy, abandon and optimism, your first brushstrokes lead to more – to much more – into a journey during which you might grope in the dark at times but in the end, you might discover your own creative color-stream. All you need to do is start with a tiny bubble of an idea, and then follow its unfolding potential.

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Building Solid Foundations

Building Solid Foundations

Shannon Pogoda, builder and educator, establishes solid foundations for both the children she teaches and the edifices she constructs for her straw bale house project. She gives a future to her ideas.

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CREATIVITY: PRACTICING WHAT YOU ARE GOOD AT

CREATIVITY: PRACTICING WHAT YOU ARE GOOD AT

Writers, artists, most professionals, marathon runners for example – all people passionate about what they do – have a desire to improve – to become better at what they might already be good at. They practice and practice and practice.

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TAKING THAT CREATIVE PLUNGE: WELDER, DEDE HARRIS

TAKING THAT CREATIVE PLUNGE: WELDER, DEDE HARRIS

It takes courage to create and side-line fears that can become debilitating and creativity crunchers. Why not imagine the best scenario – joy and success from your work as well as a life of freedom rather than living within the confines of prematurely closed doors. Narrative artist-Welder Dede Harris kept her Doors to Possibility wide open when she entered THE WORLD OF WELDING.

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