Artist Mentoring Program with Leslie Montana
Artist Mentoring Program, 1-on-1 Learning Intensive with Leslie Montana
This program is set up to be designed around you, and you can join as many times as you like. As we work together, I'll convey concepts associated with the way I work with an individualized focus on you, your work, and what you want to learn most. I’ll talk with you about the practical handling of materials, and how I go about making paintings, as well as the more esoteric and spiritual aspects of my process. Discovery and inner work are key components of this journey, and it usually has an impact on all aspects of life.
As part of our time together, you'll also receive energy attunements which are a natural experience for anyone who works with me. This happens in the background through conversation, and more deeply as I demonstrate technique. This aspect of my work has grown through my experience as a healer and Reiki Master, and while I'm not doing anything to your energy field directly, positive energy simply flows in the direction of greatest need. That often turns out to be support for you in your journey whether you can feel it or not. It's like a prayer going on in the background. It feels really, good and the results promote a sense of wellbeing.
After we meet and decide what our initial focus will be, we'll lay out a plan for a painting that we'll both work on using the same reference materials. We will aim for a similar outcome on both ends. In this case it will be a watercolor study that we’ll paint in tandem, at our separate locations. For the duration, we'll be in contact with each other as this artwork develops and questions arise.
You’ll receive a link to a private page at www.lesliemontana.com that will be updated with photos, videos, and writings that are of specific relevance to help you learn, and assist as you follow along.
• Duration: Six weeks, meeting once per week.
• Schedule: We’ll plan to meet by, Skype, FaceTime or Zoom for 2 hours or more.
• Leslie will be available by email, and you can send photos of your progress for comment, ask questions and receive support and/or constructive critiques as needed.
• A private page on Leslie's website will be dedicated to you and your program where personalized videos, and other relevant materials will be posted to assist you in your process.
When I first discovered Leslie’s work online, it took my breath away - she captures the very soul and life essence of every flower she paints. I knew immediately that I needed to connect with Leslie and study with her! I wanted to watch her paint and learn her technique, so I too could capture flowers so beautifully – what were her special techniques, paints, brushes, materials, etc. that made her so successful?
I signed up for one-on-one mentoring with Leslie, excited and open to whatever she had in mind. Little did I know the amazing, transformative journey Leslie would lead me on! She guided me to see that capturing the life-force of a flower is not a technique, it is a way of seeing, a way of being with the flower and connecting with its life-force. It is a conversation and a watercolor dance across the page. I learned how to breathe and calm my mind and connect with what I am seeing. I discovered, through our time together, how to allow myself to paint as a connection with nature, rather than as a ‘producer’ of excellent art. And in this letting go, I started to see layers and layers of detail and value and color that I had never seen before. And yes, I learned some great new techniques as well.
Now, as I sit down with a painting, I take a moment to breathe, and I hear Leslie’s words and feel her energy calming me, and it brings me right back to our sessions together, no matter what I choose to paint. I can never go back, now that I have had this time with Leslie. It is truly a gift to my body and spirit, and I cannot wait to see where it takes me!
With the deepest of appreciation,
Debbie of Santa Rosa, CA
To learn more about how you can participate in this program, please request an interview. You can ask questions, show me your work at that time, and there is no obligation on your part to continue. It's important that we find resonance and right timing as we set out on this journey to work together.
It's time to own more of your creative power, and receive its many benefits. My mentorship program is a gentle yet intense boost for this very purpose.