Sunday, January 19, 2020

Making Fun Graphics for Invitations, Greeting Cards, Fliers, Posters, Social Media, Blogs and More On Any Computer or Smart Phone

Do you ever want to send a fun, personalized greeting card to family and friends via email? Do you need to create graphics for a blog or newsletter? Would you like to spruce up your social media posts?

I am offering a two hour easy graphics class. You don't need to have an Apple product. You can do it on any computer or smart phone that can search the internet.

This is a fun class. People will be wowed by your ability to do graphics. You don't have to tell them it's easy!

Sign up soon. Space is limited. Located in Central Ajijic.

Wednesday Feb 19th 2:00 - 4:00
$300 Mexican Pesos  

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Creativity and the Hero's Journey Workshop. How to Get Over Those Creative Walls

It doesn't matter whether you are creating as a painter, writer, musician, photographer or are working in another creative field, we hit walls. Sometimes they feel temporary. Sometimes it feels we are on the wrong path. We get frustrated, discouraged and just want to give up.

For some reason we believe that talented artists don't have these hurdles. We believe they move through their craft smoothly, while greatly inspired.

I have a degree in psychology and worked in mental health for several years before spending the next 30 years as a photographer. I then became a Creative Trainer at Apple. I know about those walls. I have tried to go over, under and around them. I have sometimes made those walls my enemy and tried to knock them down and ignore them. Finally I began to learn how to use them.

I remember reading Joseph Campbell's book The Hero of a Thousand Faces in college. I was reintroduced again to Campbell's work when I saw Bill Moyer's series of interviews in 1988. At that time it dawned on me how similar the hero's journey is to the creative process. I have been researching that connection ever since.

In Ajijic, on Feb 20th from 4:00 to 6:00 I am offering a workshop about Creativity and the Hero's Journey. I believe if we better understand the Creative Process we are less likely to get frustrated, blocked and distracted from our creative goals. I want to share what I have learned over these many years and hope you will join me.

Thursday February 20th 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in Ajijic

300 Mexican Pesos  

Mindful Photography Workshop in Ajijic

Would you like to go deeper with your photography? Would you like your photographs to have a richer impact on those who view them, as well as on yourself?

I can't think of many places more beautiful than Lake Chapala to take photographs. So, I am taking my 30 plus years experience as a professional photographer and an adult lifetime as a meditator to teach a workshop called Mindful Photography. 

It does not matter if you are a professional photographer or have a budding interest in photography, these classes will help you to see with a camera and without. Bring whatever camera that feels most comfortable to you. It can be an Android or iPhone, a point and shoot, a digital professional camera or even a polaroid. This workshop is not about hardware. It is about learning to see, calming your mind and discovering your creative style.

This workshop includes three 1½ hour classes. We will cover 12 mindful principles that will dramatically improve your photography (four each class). 

At the end of this workshop you will have a greater sense of your creative vision and style as a photographer. You will learn how to use your photography practice as your mindful practice.

Three Mondays in February 
Feb 10th, 17th and 24th
4:00 - 5:30

500 Mexican Pesos which includes all 3 classes

Class 1 on February 10th is called Walking on Cobblestones. We will cover four mindful principles.

1.  Clear Seeing
2.  Beginner's Mind
3.  Capturing The Moment
4.  Wabi Sabi - Beauty in the Ordinary and Imperfect

Class 2 on February 17th is called Gratitude in Your Photography and will cover principles 5 through 8.

5.  Heightened Awareness
6.  Love of Light
7.  Collaborate with Nature
8.  An Attitude of Gratitude

Class 3 on February 24th is called Finding Your Soul In Your Photography and will cover principles 9 through 12.

9.  Intentional Photography, Vision - What do you have to say?
10. Style and Your Personal Aesthetic - How will you say it?
11. Photography as a Gift. Inspiring a Moment of Awareness.
12. Full Circle - Creating a Body of Work

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Understanding the iCloud

Is the Apple iCloud a mystery to you? Are you wondering if all your Apple devices are syncing and backing up? Do some items appear on your iPhone but not on your iPad? Well this is the class for you.

I will take you step by step through how the iCloud works and how to make sure all your devices are backing up and syncing.

It's really not very difficult once you know a few tips. This class is 1½ hours long and is held in Ajijic. I am a retired Certified Creative Trainer who has taught students about the iCloud both for Apple and in Mexico.

Sign up now. Space is limited. Thursday February 6th 3:00 - 4:30. Central Ajijic
$250 Mexican Pesos  

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

The 2020 iPhone Photography Workshop

Make 2020 the year you take the best photographs of your life.

The 2020 iPhone/iPad Photography Workshop

The 2020 iPhone/iPad Photography Workshop is a year long event. We will meet in Ajijic Mexico on the 2nd Wednesday or 2nd Thursday (there are two separate groups) of each month from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. You will be a part of a supportive group of iPhone/iPad photographers. Our focus will be to develop our photography and editing skills, to...

1. make the most out of our iPhone and iPad cameras, 
2. to learn how to use the very best editing apps
3. to develop our individual artistic style 
4. We will cover iPhone/iPad features  (including the newer ones), 
5. how to take great sunset photographs, 
6. how to improve the lighting in your photos, 
7. how to improve the color in your photos, 
8. how to use a number of my favorite iPhone/iPad editing apps, 
9. how to turn your photos into paintings, 
10. how to prepare your images for large prints 
11. and lots more.

The workshop is limited to 8 students and includes two individual tutoring/critique sessions. We will end the year with an exhibit and sale of our work here in Ajijic and on Social Media.

Make 2020 the year you take your photography to a whole new to level. The cost for all 12 monthly sessions and your two individual tutoring sessions in only $120. Sign up soon as the workshop space is limited to a small group. 

2nd Wednesdays 4-6 pm

2nd Thursdays 4 -6 
3 spots left

$120 U.S. Dollars  

2400 Mexican Pesos  

$160 Canadian Dollars  

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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