I’m Christine Pensa the creative way-shower and face behind Art That Moves, where ART is Ceremony. I lead sacred creative classes – weaving the bliss of traditional Shamanic practices with intentional art making in live and online workshops. I am the co-creator and illustrator of, The Soul Discovery Coloring Book, and the co-host of the Awakened Woman Self Care podcast.
Where my creative joy began and where it has led
After a successful career as a political assistant to both a federal and provincial cabinet minister in Canada – I was increasingly drawn to creative life. I took an art course and found my true passion was painting – not politics. I recognized that I was not only the sort of person whose spirit is fed by visual treats, but that I was also the sort of person who needed to create or wither. I pursued studies in art and continue to find joy in painting and print making.
Figurative work is central to my art. My visual pieces are a reflection of what is germane in my life and therefore revolve around the evolution of spirituality and especially my training over the last few years in Shamanic practices.
Art’s true path of knowing the self begins with the innocent child
My personal art practice led me to working in the elementary school system on large scale art murals. What I saw in the children I was working with was a real need for embracing and showcasing their own creative spirit. The joy on their faces as they transformed their bland playgrounds and drab hallways made me feel I could make a difference. I felt blessed to be able to work with these children highlighting the joy and energy of their own creativity. I found that many children begin to shut down their creative spirit by maintaining, “I am not a good artist.” They put their technical art skills and creating in the same hand and prepared to pack them both away for good. Frankly, it broke my heart. That’s when I realized there were adults out there that had done the same. These are the people I love to work with. These are the people I want to help break through their resistance to the joy of art or mark making—art and soul expression.
Art That Moves
Celebrating art, creating and joy everyday
Let the beauty of what you love be what you do-
there are 1,000 ways to kneel and kiss the earth. (Rumi)
The name Art That Moves came because I have always loved exploring—art that moves—has always of my favourite ways to create. Inspirational words from great poets and seers, like the Sufi mystical poets Hafiz or Rumi have often provided inspiration for my creations. Now my Shamanic practice has opened me up to creating, painting, or drawing from the images and messages I receive from my helping spirits through Shamanic Journeying. It’s been such a beautiful heart-opening practice for me that I am beginning to offer and guide others into this state of receptive creativity.
Life’s visual treats have always fed my spirit. When someone creates something there is a joy radiating off of that object. My vision is to be part of a community who celebrates that joyful vibration and the sharing of visual treats. Mutually inspiring friendships boost creativity.
To that end, I have been blessed to welcome collaborations with so many mentors who have become friends over the years.
In 2017, Emma Kupu Mitchell and I continue our collaboration with our course, Elemental Self Care. The course will be offered again in January of 2018. In the meantime, you can get a taste of the self care delights we offer by following our new podcast launching in September of 2017, Awakened Woman Self Care. We would love to have you listen to the podcast and sign up for our free video retreat during this year’s solstice. Link to AWSC.
The second exciting collaboration in 2017 is with the soulful and successful author Janet Conner. Janet and I collaborated to create and publish, The Soul Discovery Coloring Book, in 2015. We co-taught the 10 week online course, Express Your Soul’s Beauty, in the summer of 2016—and much to my delight—we are offering the course again beginning on August 9, 2017. You can find out more about how you can express your soul’s beauty and open to the fullness of you here.
The Soul Discovery Coloring Book is now published and available on Amazon, Indigo and for order at your local bookstore. Along with author Janet Conner, I co-created and illustrated this exciting colouring book, which is so much more than a colouring book. Find out more here.
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