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wise spirits: Civita di Bagnoregio

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Art becomes a spiritual process depending upon the degree of commitment that you bring to it. Every experience becomes direct food for your art. Then your art teaches you about life.

—Nick Bantock

This was written while studying drawing in Civita in 2013 as a fellowship with the Civita Institute:

City of Ghosts

‘I do not believe in ghosts; however, I do believe in spirits. Spirits are everywhere; and yes, in they are in Civita too. As I began my sketching session this morning, different spirits touched upon me.

Let me tell you the rules: These spirits are those, past and present. I think of them as the grand teachers that have touched my life up to now. As my pencil or paintbrush dances along the page, words of wisdom and creativity flow: Tom: ‘keep it simple.’ Dawn: ‘think in shape.’ Astra: ‘motive.’

Many spirits flow in and out, moving me along. Most important, the spirits continue to keep me present and inside my right brain. Though Civita has reluctantly gained the nickname, ‘City of Ghosts’, I am certain Civita is instead a town of spirits, alive and wondrous. Who will be meeting me next?’

Come experience Civita with me this Fall 2019.  Let’s begin the adventure.

More information here: https://anitahlehmannteacher.com/civita-workshop/

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