If you are born to be an artist, you just know. You know very early on. The trees speak to you, the grass and flowers contain a soul, and dew drops sparkle like natural diamonds. If you are born an artist, the mountains look like giant profiles of an ancient people, and fast running streams are filled with happy spirits rushing home to the ocean where they were born. If you were born an artist, the world just looks different through your eyes. It is the rest of the world that needs to tilt a bit so it can see it too!
Some of us wake up every day in a world that looks and feels like magic. When we imagine, when we give ourselves permission to be silent and listen with our heart, the world really is magic.
There is a calm sensitivity that you feel when you meet a creative soul that sees this world of beauty all around them. In their presence, a natural ease sets in and suddenly you let your shoulders drop, and you remember to breathe. When creative people meet, there is an instant kinship, and within that kinship there is so much learn. Such very special people do exist-
Say hello to Anna Schueler.
Q. Tell us who you are and what do you do?
Hi, I’m Anna Schueler, mixed media artist and painter and I’m living my dream.
I live and work in a small town in Germany and spend my days with painting, creating artworks and teaching children and adults in my studio.
There is also my husband who is a musician, my children, and my grandchildren, and not to forget my dog, my birds and my garden that make my life complete.
Q. How do you like to work?
I work in silence, no music or TV and I work fast without thinking, just breathing and painting.
During my work I need breaks to look at the artwork, to feel it, and it is like a communication between me and the canvas.
Q. What role does the artist have in society?
There are two important roles I guess. At first the artist is a reminder of the earth and spirit.
Second, the artist has the chance to put his finger on things that are going bad in this world and in our communities.
English is not my mother tongue so I’m not sure if I explain it correctly what I think, but for me the first role is the most important.
Q. What art do you most identify with?
With abstract art, I find more in it than in figurative art.
Q. What work do you most enjoying doing?
Everything except marketing work . It makes me somehow confused and keeps me from painting.
Q. What do you like about your work?
My soul is in it and mostly I see a lot of tenderness in my work.
Q. What do you most enjoy about teaching?
The moment when the student realizes what he or she is able to do. When all the doubts are disappearing and there is pure joy.
Q. How do you get into the mood to be creative?
I never have problems with getting into a creative mood. Sometimes I think it’s my natural way.
But if some things or thoughts are disturbing, this is the moment when I turn on the music. Loud, very loud! Sometimes Miles Davis and I love Kid Rock.
I take a canvas and some paint, no matter what color and I start to treat my canvas very bad
…..this always helps to get my mind free.
Q. What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
Easy! Do what you love, work hard and never give up!
Start learning today:
Anna’s Artisan Workshops available now on DVD include, My Art, My Voice: Diving Into Your Creative Space
You can learn more about Anna Schueler at AnnaSchueler.com