Touch the Earth

I offer workshops in intuitive paint process grounded in nature for special events and conferences. As a mentor I also work with individuals in co creating personal modalities for art inquiry.

In pursuing a deeper course of attunement we find our body to be part of a vast body. Art practice in nature (the outdoors) is a potent theater for a deeper sense of enchantment, connection, spiritual embodiment and creative revelation.

Held in a loving container we ground in the earth, the elements and nature, letting our native impulse to explore and commune with the vegetable and elemental worlds return. Using components of painting, drawing, movement, meditation, poetry and song we delve into a multi layered call and response. The shared intention to hold sacred space and the tender arising of soul response in nature softens our attachment to 'product' in artistic expression and makes for greater currents of aliveness through grounded play. As our awareness deepens and we relax into our true nature, dormant relationships from the deep past come alive. Facing the inevitable shadows that arise in creative dialogue challenges us to go deeper, to experience the root of our unease and give that as an offering to Gaia. She does the work, we do the dance, let go, revive and deepen.

If this work calls to you please contact me for more information at or 707-634-4640.

Infinite River: Intuitive Painting Workshop

This workshop is designed to liberate the participants from conventional concepts of art making, so that they can fully trust their own innate ability to find joy, connection and release through the creative process. Participants are guided to the center of their body/mind with gentle exercise and tempera on paper. Fears and inhibitions that block the flow of creativity are disarmed so that participants can identify what keeps them disconnected from their intuitive source. A fun and rewarding experience for teens and adults, artists and non-artists alike.

Workshops run anywhere from 3 hours to 7 hours. All materials provided.

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Infinite River: Intuitive Painting Workshops

Flatfile Galleries, Chicago, IL. (with Mur Quaglia)
Atelier Mur Quaglia, Chicago, IL. (with Mur Quaglia)
Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN.
Purdue University, North Central, Westville, IN.
Zieve Studios, Three Oaks, MI.
Tom Robinson Studio, Chicago, IL.
Silver Creek Farm, Laporte, IN.
Camp Summit Boot Camp for Juvenile Boys, Laporte, IN.
Liberation Park, Buddhist Study Center, Oak Park, IL. (with Mur Quaglia)
Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, IL


" ...the workshop was a wonderful experience for me. I was able through Zieve's gentle coaching, to open my mind to colors I never dreamed of painting with, and to breakdown personal restrictions about what to paint and how to paint. The workshop encouraged me to become one with the brush, the paint, and the paper, and to freely express my interior dialogue in my work."
Susan Aurinko, Flatfile Galleries, Chicago

"...I felt challenged to own my ability to listen and take heartfelt action in a medium where I have often felt a great deal of uncertainty. Thanks for your attention and directness. A totally freeing experience. Wonderful Job."
Don Wenig, Dancing Feet Yoga, Michigan City, IN.

"I am constantly looking for tools to break down barriers to the creative flow. The workshop with Mike was a big help. It was supportive and fun (yet serious) ...I recommend it to any artist who is looking for ways to looosen up!"
Lynn Bassa, Chicago

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