I’ve been observing, reading and learning about the habits of creatives and I’m astounded by this force I refer to as creative momentum. You know that feeling, those bursts of inspirations or rock steady intuition that nudges you to introduce new goals and ways of being in your life that brings you more joy. If you feel a gradual inertia sets in over time, remember this- where focus goes, energy follows. So has always guided to ask myself, what action am I taking today to create what I like to see more of in my life?
It’s March and as I’m evaluating the goals I’ve set out for myself this year, I realised, in the last 18 months since I’ve started my creative studio Within and began painting, I’ve not updated my biography, updated our client list (from 0-47!) and all the work we’ve created and completed in our cycle of creative momentum. Encouraging and guiding people to develop creative confidence to find their own version of creative momentum is what I love to do, so I really hope to able to share my holistic art practice with you in the coming months ahead. My entire teaching calendar for 2018 is now out with new flexible class structures and packages. You’ll see that the new class schedules does not consist of weekly practice anymore since I’ll be working towards more exhibitions and commissions this year. For me, these dates that I’ve singled out are really precious time with you, so I look forward to welcoming you to my garden studio and share the love of nature, beauty and art.
Before you go and create your great work, here’s a snippet of how I spring into action and maintain my creative momentum.
Aloha and flower salutations to you!
I’m Lucinda, Singaporean botanical watercolour artist, writer/editor, educator and founding director of a nature-led creative studio called Within. You will see very quickly that everything I do revolves very much around my love of depicting and talking about the beauty of nature, helping others to develop a holistic creative lifestyle through my workshops and creative retreats, conceptualizing and creating botanical-led art and design projects and commissions from my clients and discovering nature-endowed travel destinations and properties to share with my audience.
*This is my service and passion. This anchors and drives every single moments of my life, especially through inertia, fears and procrastination.
Time to Get Lucky
I consider myself lucky to be able to spend my days, and hence invariably, my life centered around my passion of art, design, nature, travel and wellness while channeling my last 15 years of previous working experiences as a writer/editor, lecturer, speaker and artist into a whole new creative expression and business at Within.
* I’ve worked very diligently to be “lucky” in what I do and when the opportunities comes for me to rise up to what I want to achieve and who I want to work with, I work doubly diligently on it.
In the last 18 months, I have grown my start-up from 0 to 47 clients comprising of corporate companies and lifestyle brands and over 8 private commissions. Within & Co is a nature-led creative studio started in 2016 where we do our work of art/design commissions and consultancy, educational programmes and creative retreats. I’m passionate about teaching and learning, so far I’ve innovated, write and conducted over 175 botanical art workshops, four botanical art courses, two overseas creative retreats in collaboration with Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens. We’ve also begin to exhibit botanical art installations (one was attended by almost 2800 people in May 2017 and a new botanical art installation is coming up with Changi Airport Group in April 2018).
All this means that my team and I spent 10,423 minutes teaching and talking about the well-being and appreciation of art and nature. And also certainly the immeasurable rest of the other thousands of minutes spent researching, designing and improving new botanical-art workshops, courses and retreats in 2018 and 2019. Above all, you may also have noticed the dedicated human hours that goes into creating the detailed botanical illustrations, art commissions and design projects. Our clients lists are growing which in turns expands of portfolio of art and design works. Our students (which I always refers to them as guests) have also been expanding beyond Singapore. The course schedule for 2018 is up for booking right now. Soon, the details of our creative retreats to the cool montane rainforest of Chiang Mai, Thailand in Nov 2018 and the garden island of Kauai, Hawaii in Feb 2019, will be released. We only have spaces for 14 guests for these retreats respectively, so I hope if it resonates with you, you’ll embarked on this once-in-a lifetime immersive journey into the beauty of nature filled with creative rejuvenation, nourishment and wellness with me.
*I focus on this momentum and keep building the upon the work we do. I always ask myself what is the latest work I’ve done to add to my goals? You’re defined by what are the latest series of things you do, not what you say you do. If you’re singing, then you’re a singer. If you’re designing, then you’re a designer. If you had stopped, then you had been one before. Question to ask- so how do you gain the creative momentum back again?
My creative fitness and what drives me
What keeps me driven as a creative entrepreneur and in a peak state to live out a creative fulfilling vocation and lifestyle is my based on my core belief that the powerful combinative effects of nature and arts provide creative nourishment for us to deepen our connections with ourselves, people and the world. I love sharing, helping and connecting us to nature’s intrinsic ability to enhance our well-being, expand our creative potential and experience a deeper affinity with nature.
*This core belief is based on my direct experiences of connecting with nature and arts that has been transformative, healing and nourishing. Through this and also by listening to my intuition, I guided to know what my values and belief systems are to keep myself fit for this service and how to continue to pursue my passion.
I hope to share this with you through my works and classes, so let’s create something together soon.
May you light up within,