Expressive Exchange Blog

January 16, 2012

welcome to expressive exchange!

expressive exchange website is a work in progress and it’s growing organically.

please keep visiting to hear and see the exciting expressive exchange workshops
happening in santa monica.

thanks for being a part of an expressive exchange.

•    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •    •   •    •    •    •    •  Expressive Exchange facilitates workshops that allows you to express yourself through the medium of art. Expressing yourself through the art for healing method. This is not art therapy, but it is an enlightening way to play with paint.

Just come with an open mind and be ready for a new experience.

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I had no words for.”
~ Georgia O’Keefe

January 08, 2012


I’m a firm believer that color evokes emotion…happiness, sadness, anger, hope & peace, to name a few. And every color can mean something different to each individual. 

There are some common associations and know responses to color.*

RED = It’s nature symbol is the earth, defined often by it’s qualities of high energy and passion. Studies shown that red has the ability to excite and raise blood pressure. 

YELLOW = It’s nature symbol is the sun, defined often by its qualities of optimism, clarity and intellect. Bright yellow is often noted for mood enhancing.

BLUE = It’s nature symbol is the sky and the ocean, defined often by its qualities of relaxation, serenity and loyalty. It is know to lower blood pressure. Blue is excellent as a healing color for nervous disorders; and due to its temperature being cool, it is also good for relieving headaches, bleeding, open wounds, etc.

VIOLET = Its nature symbol is the violet flower, defined often by its qualities of spirituality. Violet is also a stress-reducer and will create feeling of inner calm.

ORANGE = It’s nature symbol is the sunset, defined often by its qualities of emotion, expression, and warmth. Orange is noted for its ability to encourage verbal expression of emotions.

GREEN = It’s nature symbol is growth – grass and trees, defined often by its qualities of nurturing, healing, and unconditional love. Because it is the opposite on the visual spectrum to red, it is often thought of as a healer of blood.

Now there are many theories if black & white are colors. In my book they are colors. There are paint tubes of black and white so they are colors. In Expressive Exchange workshops you always have to fill the entire canvas, even if you fill it with white. They are colors that are often used for mixing to create other colors. Black are white are the 2 paint tubes that run out first in almost every workshop.

BLACK = Is a strong & powerful color. It can represent positive and negative energy.

WHITE = Often associated with being pure, clean and can represent peace.

Expressive Exchange workshops give you a chance to find out what colors you are drawn to, to express your individual emotions. Simply putting paint on canvas while being guided by an art for healing facilitator. You get to create your own personal color wheel. 

The next workshop is Sunday, January 29th: Self Expression through Color

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Just come with an open mind and be ready for a new experience!

*”The Power of Color: Creating Healthy Interior Spaces” 
©1995 Sara Mayberry and Laurie Zagon

January 02, 2012

Spinning Plates

“Spinning Plates” paintings from Expressive Exchange workshop 12.4.11

We all have plates in our life that we are spinning. Sometimes we can handle them, sometimes it’s a balancing act and sometimes we just want to drop them. 

“Spinning Plates” is of of the many exercises you can do an Expressive Exchange workshop. This exerise gives you a chance to express yourself through color & paint. You get to really look at all your plates and how they affect your life. You also get a chance to let go of a few plates and see how you feel with out the extra stress. 

The last workshop in December, we did the Spinning Plates exercise. I had a great group that was very open to exploring all the plates in their life. Putting those plates on canvas with paint and expressing how the plates affected them through colors of their choice just using magic sponges and q-tips.

I loved how open everyone was to share to the group about how they felt after doing the exercise. There was a lot of honesty in the room. Even attendees who didn’t like the way the exercise made them feel were open to sharing their discomfort. Overall many people felt some relief and clarity. And I have to say all the painting were amazing!

What’s great in these workshops everyone is going to express themselves differently. No two paintings are alike, just like our signatures, we all have our own painting stroke. And we choose different colors and shapes to express our emotions.

Thank you everyone who was a part of our December workshop. Looking forward to the next workshop January 29th: Self Expression through Color. 
(Spinning Plates will not be at this workshop, but there will exercises that are just as good.) 
You can purchase your tickets on eventbrite.

“Spinning Plates” paintings from Expressive Exchange workshop 12.4.11