Painting Workshops

Sacred Word of the Year: Presence

Happy New Year! Choosing a word of the year is one of my favorite New Year rituals. I love how it weaves it’s way through my year. It usually shows up in unexpected ways and always prove to be a guiding light. This is my 5th year choosing a word – I have chosen ABUNDANCE, CONNECTION, NOURISH, and DEVOTED and each served me well and in their own way.

In sharing my word of the year, I believe that it creates a sacred energy that feeds and nourishes it’s intention.

My heart has chosen PRESENCE as my sacred word for 2017.

Truthfully, when it first appeared towards the end of the year I was all YES! I even picked up the book Presence by Amy Cuddy to read. Before I began reading I started to doubt it. I didn’t feel as if it was active enough so, I thought of other options. However, I kept coming back to PRESENCE – ultimately it chose me! I loved all the expressions of presence and how it relates to personal power discussed in the book. Once I embraced the word, I realized all the ways it was a perfect fit.

“By accessing our personal power, we can achieve “presence,” the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we’re making on others and instead adjust the impression we’ve been making on ourselves.”

Ways I wish to embody PRESENCE

  • Let go of the past and release future worries. Only this moment is real. Be present.
  • Technology detox – disconnect from devices and allow inner self to show up.
  • Remember where attention goes, energy flows. Focus toward that which ignites passion.
  • Relax into the flow of life with yoga and meditation to discover peace, joy, and purpose.
  • Create rituals to empower my soul and bring consistency into my life
  • Be confident enough to share my imperfect self and imperfect work with the world.
  • Focus on the positive and lift each other up

Why Choose a Sacred Word for the Year?

ONE WORD deepens change. It relieves the pressure of having to make too many changes all at once and provides a laser focus on one significant change. Most of us forget our long list of intentions. It is easier to remember one word.

Tips to Choosing your Sacred Word

➳ Ask, “What word do I want to embody into in 2017?”
➳ Intuitively choose a magazine.
➳ Flip until you find a word that surprises or delights you, cut it out.
➳ Research and contemplate what your word means to you.
➳ Let your word pick you. If you “think” it’s not right but, you can’t shake it – honor it.
➳ Create artwork to celebrate and illustrate your word.

Life is yours to create!

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Catching Dreams, An Intentional Art Workshop

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Catching Dreams is an intentional creative workshop. For this workshop, I am teaming up with intuitive life coach Kerry Burki to help you tune into your dreams, your desires, and your intuition. Kerry will guide you on a meditation journey and mini-oracle card reading beforehand to help you get clear on your dreams and what might be blocking your access to them and Kristen will guide you to create your own dreamcatcher artwork that will hold magical power for your journey ahead.

The new moon is the beginning of the lunar cycle and is a rebirth and regeneration of energy.

It is a more restful and calming energy though and becomes more active towards the full moon. This is a good time to explore new projects and goals and dreams you wish to see through.

Some believe feathers hanging from a dreamcatcher are a soft ladder for good vibes to glide down.

Through getting clear on your desires and the creation of your dreamcatcher artwork during the new moon, you will attract those good vibes and have a visual reminder of those big, beautiful dreams of yours! Create art as a mindful practice and bring your intention for the coming months into visual form.

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Soul full of dreams

Catching Dreams Workshop Details:

October 1, 2016
Lively Mind Art Studio
3232 N 16th St.
Phoenix, Arizona
1 pm – 4 pm
$65/person

Click Here to Register

Bring a pen and paper or journal.
Have a dream in mind that you are working towards or want to explore.
No experience needed.
All supplies included.
Bring your favorite beverage (BYOB).
Light snacks provided.
Wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on.

*** Limited to 10 Dreamers.***

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Mandala Magic

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Mandala Magic at Lively Mind Art Studio

I’m happy to announce a new offering at Lively Mind Art Studio this Saturday, September 17th – Mandala Magic. Create and explore the magical art of mandalas in a fun and nurturing environment.

In this workshop, you will create beautiful layered backgrounds with acrylic paint on canvas and add your own expressive mandala art. We will explore how to draw a freestyle mandala and create a collaborative design on paper before taking it to the canvas.

Even if you do not have a creative bone in your body, you can do this!

What is a mandala?

A mandala is a circular form with all kinds of shapes and symbols emerging from the center. Mandala art has been used throughout the world for self-expression, spiritual transformation, and personal growth. Mandalas are one of my favorite ways to get lost in process of creating.

Circles are very powerful symbols throughout nature, art and the world around us. They symbolize “wholeness, continuity, connection, unity, harmony and the cycle of life.”

Mandala Magic Class Details:

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October 15, 2016
Lively Mind Art Studio
3232 N 16th St.
Phoenix, Arizona
6:30 pm – 9 pm
$45/person

Click Here to Register

Please register in advance.

No experience needed.
All supplies included.
Bring your favorite beverage (BYOB).
Light snacks provided.
Wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on.

*** Limited to 10 creative souls.***

Below are a few mandala paintings from past classes.

 

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Want to attend a painting workshop and be notified of future dates? Click here sign up for email. If you would like to host a private painting party, email me at kristenjfagan@gmail.com to discuss your event. I look forward to painting with you!

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Free spirit MASHUP

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The creative joy that filled the Lively Mind Art Studio last month in the Free Spirit MASHUP was epic! It went from bustling chatter to so silent you could hear a pin drop. Holding space and giving permission for you to tap into your creative spirit inspires pure magic. ✨

I was nervous about how the collaboration aspect would go over and it turns out that everyone loved it – it was super fun! My intention to shake things up, help you let go even further and practice non-attachment made for some really interesting paintings and experiences during this class. It felt like the best one yet and I think the mashup is a keeper for future Free Spirit workshops.

Creative adventure in process:

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In my Free Spirit workshops I talk a about how the art we make together is less about how it looks, and more about how the soul painting process allows you to express your feelings, connect with your intuition, and experience creative flow. I see the process as providing a sacred space to allow your authentic self to show up. Art nurtures our need to express.

My intention in my soul painting workshops isn’t to teach how to make a technically perfect painting. There are other workshops that do that beautifully. I want people to discover for themselves how the process can empower, uplift, and heal themselves. I use simple supplies and prompts to break down the “I’m not creative” barrier and instill confidence that we each have a unique voice and creative muse inside. When I receive a phone call while someone ho took my class is shopping for their own art supplies, that they have always held a block on the fact that they can be creative or paint and that they are no longer stuck in that mindset or they’ve share a photo of artwork they created with their kids using the simple techniques in my classes, that’s why I share my process. That’s where the magic is.


Want to attend a painting workshop and be notified of future dates? Click here sign up for email. If you would like to host a private painting party, email me at kristenjfagan@gmail.com to discuss your event. I look forward to painting with you!

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Soul Painting Workshop: Free Spirit Mashup

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Soulful painters at the June “Free Spirit” soul painting workshop. The creative joy that filled the Lively Mind Art Studio last month was electric. Holding space and giving permission for you to tap into your creative soul inspires pure magic.

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Let go.       Explore.        Play.

Create a multi-layered work of art

Wanna feel like you’re filled with creative FREEDOM and have an unforgettable experience? Then now is the time to tap into your inner artist and inspiration!

Join me for the “Free Spirit Mashup” Soul Painting workshop at Lively Mind Art Studio. This “Mashup” will have an extra element of surprise and collaboration.

Soul Painting is accessible to anyone!
What I love most about soul painting is that it highlights your intuitive, artistic spirit. All you need is an open mind, a willingness to enjoy the process as your creativity simply unfolds. Experience an inspiring and judgement-free space where creativity flows.

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Soul Painting Workshop “Free Spirit Mashup”

Saturday, July 16th 6:30pm to 9pm
Lively Mind Art Studio & Gallery Boutique
3232 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ
$45

Yes! Sign me up for a soul painting experience.

***Seats are limited to 8 free spirits.***

No experience needed.
All supplies included.
Bring your favorite beverage (BYOB).
Light snacks provided.
Wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on.

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Soul Painting Workshop: Free Spirit

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Wanna feel like you’re filled with creative FREEDOM and have an unforgettable experience while making something awesome? It’s time to tap into your inner power and inspiration!

Join me in the Soul Painting Workshop “Free Spirit” at Lively Mind Art Studio. Experience the joy of intuitive painting as I guide you through a multi-layered, free spirited work of art on canvas.

Soul Painting is all about letting go, exploring colors, and intuitive mark making while enjoying the painting process and allowing your artwork to unfold. This is where my creative source works magic and I want to share how I tap into that magic with you.

Not artistic? No worries – all you need is an open mind and a willingness to let go and enjoy the journey in an inspiring and judgement-free creative environment.

No experience needed.
All supplies provided.
Oh… and bring your favorite beverage!

Soul Painting Workshop “Free Spirit”

Saturday, June 18th 6:30pm to 9pm
Lively Mind Art Studio & Gallery Boutique
3232 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ
$45

Yes! Sign me up for a soul painting experience.

***Seats are limited to 8 free spirits.***

Yoga + Art + Self-Love = Pure Bliss

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I am super excited about sharing this month’s painting event with you. I have teamed up with my friend and yoga teacher, Kerry Burki to bring you a self-love yoga and mandala painting party. I am all sorts of giddy about bringing together two of my favorite things, yoga and painting and sharing them with you!

Are you ready to let go of limiting beliefs you have about yourself? Are you ready to move your body and let go of unexpressed emotions that you have been carrying around? Are you ready to get quiet and listen to your inner voice Are you ready to spend an evening immersed in self-love? Wanna feel like you’re filled with joy and have an unforgettable experience while making something awesome?

It is time to tap into your inner power and creativity!

Join yoga teacher and inspirational magazine editor, Kerry Burki, along with artist and mandala painting guide, Kristen Fagan, as they take you on a journey of self-care and self-exploration in a safe, judgement-free atmosphere.

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What to expect:

Yoga poses mixed in with painting (all levels welcome)

Light journaling

Guided mandala painting (no experience needed)

Not artistic? A little nervous? No worries – all you need is an open mind and a willingness to let go, get messy and enjoy the journey. I’ll share my supplies and secrets, as I guide you through a multi-layered self-love mandala design on a 12×12 canvas. Bring a friend, it’s more fun that way!

Self-Love Yoga + Mandala Painting Party Details:

Saturday February 20th 6 to 9pm

Funke Yoga Studio

7375 E. Stetson Suite #202

Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

$65

Click to sign up on Kerry Burki’s website.

Limited to 10 people. Please register to reserve your spot by February 17th.

Kerry and I look forward to moving, connecting and painting with you! 

Painting & Pajama Party Wrap Up

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This life is yours to CREATE! I had the privilege of leading a painting experience to my largest group yet during a private painting party with My Sister’s Keeper AZ. 16 fabulous women and friends from the women’s empowerment group My Sisters Keeper AZ came together for an evening of painting, sisterhood and fun in their pjs!

My favorite part was meeting so many beautiful woman and witnessing them release their inner artist onto a canvas. Everyone was so open and willing to enjoy the process! They had a fun bonding experience while creating unique works of art. It never ceases to amaze me how different they all turn out when each person is presented with the same mix of tools and colors. This group of women came together and we had a night full of laughter, positive energy and each tapped into their individual creativity.

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I have always hoped I could create something this beautiful and thanks to Kristen I did! I had such an amazing experience at the Pajama & Painting Party put on by My Sisters Keeper AZ last Saturday night. I laughed, I cried, I created and I made at least 5 new friends. If I ever tell you about one of their events you must go! They are all about supporting women, holding space for them and having fun. Also, go check out Kristen Fagan Art & Design – she is an amazing artist with a big heart. I am forever changed! ~ Kerry Burki

Such an inspiring and fun painting party with one of the most fantastic and supportive group of women I have ever met! I had such a blast and felt at home instantly. Kristen, you were such a wonderful teacher and I love how you set up the class. iamLensKitchen, the food was so nourishing, just like the whole group of ladies and the time we spent together last night. Thank you! I’m so happy with what I created with the help of Kristen Fagan Art & Design … this one is going in my studio to remind me that I’m always exactly where I need to be … don’t worry be happy! ~Kimberly Kling of Joyful Roots

I could not have pulled this event off with the help of these lovely ladies! My sweet friend Meg helped with setup, keeping everyone’s water clean, replenishing paint, and so much more! I am so grateful for her generous and helpful spirit. Small bites menu of healthy goodness provided by Len’s Kitchen (@iamlenskitchen), we were lucky to have such good eats! Jennifer of Rowen Tree Photos graciously took a ton of pictures to capture the event. And lastly, I cannot thank the co-founders of My Sister’s Keeper AZ enough for their support and for putting their faith in me to lead this event for their members. In addition to the painting fun, the ladies of My Sisters Keeper AZ collected donations of clothes, bras, and toiletries for women who live in homeless shelters right here in our communities. These ladies have such big hearts!

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My Sisters Keeper AZ Mission Statement: “Our mission is to be a source of positive change by locking arms with women in our surrounding communities and inspiring them to support each other in a global shift to better overall health. We will do this by helping women achieve a holistic and happier balance in all areas of their lives; while setting an example of self development, growth and personal expansion. United we stand!” Learn more about My Sisters Keeper AZ here.


My paint parties are a safe, judgement-free zone to create! I guide you through a multi-layer painting process with lots of room for self expression. Embrace the opportunity to play and give yourself permission to paint with abandon.

Want to attend a painting party and be notified of future dates? Click here sign up for email. If you would like to host a private painting party, email me at kristenjfagan@gmail.com to discuss your event. I look forward to painting with you!

Birthday Paint Party

The painting parties continue! I had the pleasure of guiding an amazing group of girls for a birthday party! We had a blast building up layers with lots of texture techniques and then painted a dreamcatcher focal design.

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Want to attend one of my painting parties in Arizona and would like to be notified of future dates? Click here sign up for email. If you would like to host a private painting party with me as your guide, send me an email at kristenjfagan@gmail.com to discuss your event. I look forward to painting with you!

“Create Magic” Painting Parties

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I’m really excited about this new path! I began hosting small in-home paint parties this summer and decided to call these events “Create Magic” painting parties. My passion is process painting which I define as letting go, playing with color, mark making and enjoying the process without a clear end in mind. I believe like this is where the “magic” of my creative source shows up. After each painting party I have had someone reach out to say they created something on their own or with their kids using the simple techniques I shared. Wow! That just makes my heart smile. It brings me such joy to hear that they had the confidence to jump in on their own and create.  Just read what those who have attended are saying!

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I purposefully keep my paint parties loosely guided and have gone back and forth in my mind about choosing not to do a “step by step” specific painting and instead have a guideline of techniques and ideas that leaves the creator open to interpret it in their own way. I faced some unique challenges with my decision to open up the process and keep it loose but, it’s totally worth it if one person feels comfortable enough to paint on their own. Expressing yourself is incredibly healing and good for your soul. Sharing this way of creating with others has been rewarding in so many ways. I am confident that I’m on the right path with this and need to trust the magic!

Progress, not perfection – that has been my mantra during this journey. Most of all, I don’t want to compromise my vision and let my passion get lost in the process because it’s that passion that makes the event so much fun. I want everyone to walk away feeling like something special transpired when we created together.

Want to attend one of my painting parties in Arizona and would like to be notified of future dates? Click here sign up for email. If you would like to host a private painting party with me as your guide, send me an email at kristenjfagan@gmail.com to discuss your event. I look forward to painting with you!