The Heroine’s Journey of Brynn Elizabeth

What is the best thing that I love about my work? 
I love that I can express feelings and emotions that otherwise can’t be articulated with words. I love the sense of “flow” and connection when I really dive into the process of painting. I just love painting feminine, yet powerful and mysterious women.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? 
Continuing this journey through life and art with my husband at my side. Always progressing but also celebrating what’s already been accomplished. To worry less and enjoy little things more. To have a calm mind and laugh a lot.
What is my greatest fear? 
Complacency.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? 
Over-thinking and projection.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? 
Jana Brike, Pamela Wilson, Soey Milk.
What is my greatest extravagance? 
Rich black coffee and dark red wine. Also, I go on lots of Skyrim-playing binges.
On what occasion would I lie? 
Honestly, I’d lie to my husband if we’re out somewhere and he asks if I’m having fun and I’m clearly not. I’ll always say “yeah I am!” but he always sees right through me and my lies, haha.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? 
I dislike that it never feels finished. I’ve learned to be a lot more loose and expressive in my paintings, but I do still have a hard time figuring out how and when to stop.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? 
A painting I just finished recently actually. I went in without worry of selling it because it was a gift. Something about that stripped away all my own expectations of myself. I completely fell into the experience of painting like I hadn’t ever before, and it felt fun again.
If I could, what would I change about myself? 
Simply how self-critical I am.
What is my greatest achievement in work? 
The fact that I get to do this at all! I am so grateful that I am able to call this my job, that in and of itself is my greatest achievement.
Where would I most like to live? 
Where I grew up, in northwest Washington State. Near the ocean, and surrounded by forests.
What is my most treasured possession? 
This is kind of a long story. When I was 12 years old (literally half my life ago) I bought a tiny tin of lip balm from Hot Topic that had a painting called “Memory” by Nene Thomas on the lid. It was a faery sitting on a moon, and I remember being so inspired by that tiny little image. From that moment forward I started drawing fantasy and faery art, which ultimately led me to the feminine and imaginative figurative art that I do today. I still have that little lip balm, it’s sitting on a shelf above my work desk.
What is my most marked characteristic? 
Persistence. I’m very driven to do the things I set out to do.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? 
Where I live, you can drive about 30 minutes in any direction and see no sign of civilization. I love being out in nature, so any place wild like that is inspirational to me.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Probably my own house. I live in a town of maybe 1800 people, there are not many places to go.
What books influenced my life and how? 
The Codex Seraphinianus. It’s incredible, bizarre, and a little unsettling. Also “The Desire Map” by Danielle LaPorte – I’m actually still reading it but its wonderful and definitely helping me out.
Who are my favorite writers? Oscar Wilde, Bernard Cornwell, Andrzej Sapkowski, the Bronte sisters.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? 
Definitely the Last Day, Final Hours soundtrack from Zelda: Majora’s Mask.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? 
Does Link count?
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? 
Anyone who lives their life with full authenticity.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? 
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
What role plays art in my life and work? 
I feel with absolute certainty that I’m here on this planet to paint. I make art because I see no other way to live. And I feel like I’m just starting out on this journey although I’ve been doing it my whole life. There’s so much more I want to accomplish. It’s not just a job to me, it’s my purpose.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? 
In the real world its definitely my husband, my mom, and my sisters. In the art world, its Megan Buccere, Alex Garant, Ellen Wilberg, and Amanda Stalter.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? 
I would love to work with Modern Eden Gallery or Haven Gallery, and I think it would be fun to do a duo show with a friend!
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? 
I would most like to meet the ladies I previously mentioned. Megan, Alex, Ellen, and Amanda. I’ve been online friends with them for so long, I would love to finally get to meet them!
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? 
I am working on a series of 10 paintings for Hudson Hughes Gallery to be released in late April. I’ve never done such a large and cohesive set of work, and it’s been a great experience so far. I am looking forward to continuing work on them!
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? 
I’m always active online on various social media platforms, but in the first half of the year, you’ll be able to find my work at La Bodega Gallery, Sally Centigrade Gallery, and Future Gallery as part of group shows. I will also be showing a lot of work with Hudson Hughes Gallery, online.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? 
It means that even when I’m an old lady, I’ll still feel that inspiration and drive to paint. The passion will always be there.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? 
Ellen Wilberg & Lara Dann.
How can you contact me? 

Here follows a message of Peter de Kuster, founder of The Heroine’s Journey 

Spring Journey

eatpraylovebigstill (2)Wednesday 14th March – Sunday 18th March

The best of The Heroine’s Journey condensed into a single, unforgettable week.

The Heroine’s Journey is a global organisation dedicated to teaching skills not covered by the regular education system – skills that develop storytelling intelligence and encourage psychological well-being for creative professionals.  The Spring Journey brings together the very best in our storytelling.

We will cover such themes as how to make money doing what you love, how to promote your business, which is you, how to choose our partners more wisely, how to make relationships last, how to find and create your dreamjob by meeting your rolemodels and making testdrives, how to manage your time and organize yourself creativitely, how to focus on our creative goals, how to have the financial freedom to create and how to more regularly experience creative flow and happiness.

You’ll embark on a rich and enlightening voyage, discovering how to make lasting, meaningful change across every aspect of your creative life. By working within a fixed group led by Peter de Kuster over the week, you’ll dive deeper than would be possible in any single daytrip. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences.

The Journey is ideal for those seeking a more meaningful, transformative vacation; for attendees of our daytrips who now wish to take a structured journey through our expertly curated material; and for those wishing to save time in the long run by working through the dilemmas of creative life, business, passion, and your own story in a single, high intensity week.

Blending tuition, exercises, meeting with stories of rolemodels, and discussion in journeys in a world city, each day of the Spring Journey will equip you with tools and strategies to help you find answers for your creative life’s big questions.

Join us for a truly transformational vacation for the mind in Rome

Ticket costs Euro 1250 excluding VAT per person, includes all teaching, materials, light refreshments & additional activities.

You can reach Peter for a skype meeting about questions you have by mailing him at peterdekuster@hotmail.nl 

DAILY TIMETABLE

09.40    Tea & Coffee on arrival

10.00     Morning Session

13.00     Lunch Break

14.00     Afternoon Session

17.00     Drinks

Read on for a detailed breakdown of the Spring Journey itinerary.

“You are the Storyteller of Your Own Creative Life. You can Create Your Own Legend – Or Not” – Peter de Kuster

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Spring Journey Itinerary

Day One: The first day of the Spring Journey is designed to equip us with the core skills of The Heroine’s Journey and Storytelling. We will learn the power of the story we tell ourselves, why our minds have a hard time understanding themselves, how to map and understand our passions, and how and why we characteristically respond to them.

Day Two: The second day of the Spring Journey takes us on a structured journey around the power of your story as creative professional.  Creative flow is always in essence a mental phenomenon, it is a result of ideas- and a story you tell yourself therefore relies on having to hand a raft of enriching stories about your business, your money management, your self promotion and your time management that can be called upon in moments of truth. The day begins with a Heroine’s Journey Breakfast – considering what three of the greatest creative heroines of all time have as story about the art of creative living wisely and well.

Day Three: The third day of the Spring Journey teaches us how to choose our clients and business partners wisely and make our relationships last. One of the gravest errors we make around business relationships is to imagine that they aren’t things we can get wiser or better at. On this day we will learn to practise and rehearse our skills at working with the people who can help you further your creative business (clients and business partners like agents, publishers, marketing professionals etcera). In the evening, we will attend a Storytelling Dinner in a local restaurant – learning to overturn small talk and master the art of opening up our deepest stories.

Day Four: The fourth day of the Spring Journey teaches us how to achieve our creative career potential. We will employ storytelling tools to be better able to understand our creative talents and to move forward using the opportunities that are open to us.

Day Five: The final day of the Spring Journey explores new business opportunities and markets for you to as creative professional. Many of the challenges we encounter in modern life require us to develop creative solutions to complex problems. And even when we’re not tackling big problems, continuously improving the way we live using invention and imaginative strategy is deeply important.

You can reach Peter for a skype meeting about questions you have by mailing him at peterdekuster@hotmail.nl 

 

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