MEDICINE OF STILLNESS: A SELF-PORTRAIT
MELANIE RIVERS - Artist & Guide
Materials: Mixed media paper, canvas, or Woman Unleashed journal, acrylic paint (favorite color or two and a white) or watercolors, pencil, and/or charcoal pencil or stabillo all, black pen, collage papers and matte medium/gel (or glue sticks)
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Melanie Rivers, Tiyaltelwet (Tea-yal-towel-wet), is an Indigenous mixed media artist and expressive arts guide who teaches online art classes to women around the world. She helps women build joyful and self-compassionate art practices. Melanie has taught as a part of international art teams in art journal and portrait courses and Summits such as Life Book, Let’s Face It, and SketchBook Revival. Melanie says, “Creating art brings me into the present moment, into stillness. In this space I am not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. In stillness, I find myself. I find peace, clarity and connection with my real emotions”. Melanie is from the Squamish First Nation in Vancouver, Canada. She lives in her community with her wonderful husband of 21 years and she draws from her traditional ancestry and teachings in her art practice. In her art, she depicts the strength, realness and vulnerability of women. She believes art has many medicines to share with us—stillness, joy, connection-- and by building a self-compassionate art practice, we can experience these medicines on a regular basis.
You can find out more about Melanie's work on her website at MELANIERIVERS.CA.
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