This month in my regular blog spot ‘Creatives Living Life In Colour’ I am introducing you to a wonderfully fun artist from Belgium Leni De Goeyse, who has a love for painting – especially with her feet!
Leni has wild curly brown hair, and a wicked smile. She was born and raised in Belgium, so small she says that it is more like a history without a country. Lenis company which she started in 2014 is ‘Feeling Irie’ (feeling happy in Jamaican Patois) and apart from being an artist Leni is also a massage therapist and creative coach.
Leni also turned 40 the same year and decided that by the following year she would be no longer chasing her dreams, but making them come true. Leni says “I’ve had the name ‘Feeling Irie’ in my head for years, I always knew that would be my company name. Feeling Irie is about discovering what makes you happy, doing things that make you happy, giving and receiving happiness and joy.”
Where do you practice your CREATIVE living?
I practice my creative living in almost every little thing I do, but if you mean physical location, I recently started sharing a studio space in Aarschot, Flemish Brabant, Belgium near my massage room. With regards to my creative coaching that is done … anywhere, in nature, at my house or clients homes. I recently starting renting a new place, which I will soon move into and where I can create for myself I have a nice sunny space that is purely dedicated to all my creativity work. Mucho sunlight with a nice view on my garden. My space, my zone. I love it already!
What was your journey to becoming an artist?
When I was child I was drawing all the time. When I was a teenager I was drawing combined with writing. I lost touch with my creativity when I got married for the first time. When my marriage ended creativity boomed again, mostly being expressed in writing poetry. Then about a year ago I felt I needed that little push to get me going again., and I knew I also wanted to help other people to (re)discover their creative self. I trained to be a Creatively Fit Coach with Whitney Freya and BOOM!!! Off I went. That same year I finally took the step to set up my own business (without a business plan). That same year I sold two paintings. – to be honest I never thought I would ever sell any of my works.
What inspires you to create?
Oh deary me what does not inspire me?! Sometimes I have so many ideas I do not know where to begin, and sometimes I just paint without knowing what is going to come out. Talking to people inspires me, they trigger my imagination, all my senses inspire me: a touch, a smell, a taste, …. They create ‘stuff’ inside my head.
I’m not always good at expressing my feelings, but writing and painting help me. I love the touch of the canvas, of the paintbrush, of the paint (yes, also on my feet) , … I sometimes have the crazy idea of massaging people with paint. So far I have not found a customer willing to try that unique experience … not yet ha ha!
What do you love about being an artist?
Anything goes! There is no right or wrong. It is freedom, it is peace. I’m a rather outgoing and at times an extroverted and chaotic person, but put me into the creative process and it is like I’m not there. People are always surprised when I’m that focussed and silent. Painting, writing, creating and massaging is pure Zen to me.
What essential mistakes have you learned from along the way?
I love writing and painting. However, I almost never like the outcome of my work. It could be nicer, lighter, stronger … Other people’s works always seem so much better. But it wasn’t the works I made which I didn’t like. I didn’t like them because ‘I’ made them. How could they be good? So … I started to allow myself to like my works and thus allow myself to like ‘me’.
What is your favourite piece of equipment and why?
Haha! The first thing that pops to mind are my feet but I do not use them that often, however the paint does feel funny but nice on them and you never know what the result is going to be. I love touch and sensing so using my hands is always great. But I do not have one favourite piece of equipment. I have a very messy table (I currently still paint on my dinner table) and there’s lots of stuff on there. So I usually go ‘What is this?’ and try to use it on the canvas, with or without paint. So I guess you could say my favourite tool is randomness and coincidence. J
Do you have any tips for new artists?
It is ok to fear. Fear yourself, your art, your talents, the responses of people around you … but do not let fear stop you from doing your thing ever!
What is one thing about you which you think would surprise people?
I’m a bit of a tomboy and I do not care much for makeup but sometimes I just LOVE to dress up rockabilly style. I’m crazy about 60’s-70’s dresses and pettycoats. I straighten my wild curly hair and pull it into a pony tail and wear nice eyecatching make-up. Only last week I bought a pencil dress with leopard print!
If you would like to find out more about Leni you can connect with her via her website www.feelingirie.be
Or via her Facebook page : www.facebook.com/feelingirie.leni
Or follow Leni on Twitter: @FeelingirieLeni
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