Divas That Care Interview * Pause and Paint

Divas That Care Interview

create2uplift1- What cause is near and dear to you? What difference are you committed to making? I wish to help women who feel isolated and lonely. We often think we have to wait and do something really big in order to make a difference, but I tend to believe we can create change by doing small but heartfelt actions. Create2Uplift is dear to my heart because It’s a way to take small but direct actions towards uplifting a woman in need…while being creative in the process. It’s a win-win.

We can shine a light in someone’s day/life in very simple ways and the smallest gesture can create powerful ripple effects!Click To Tweet That’s what Create2Uplift is all about!

 


2- Was there a AHA moment or is this something you were always interested in? In October 2017  I attended a Beth Moore conference with my Church. Nearly 2000 women gathered to worship God and hear her message. Hearing Beth Moore message was awesome and I found myself soaking the energy in the room. There was such a deep force rooted in this arena and I felt a sense of support and togetherness. It was truly a special experience. As I was leaving, I looked back in the room, still filled with thousands of joyful women, and I thought to myself;

How could all these women keep that joyful energy once they get home? I didn’t have an answer…just yet!

The idea of starting  Create2Uplift stemmed from  an illustration I created during the event.  It’s a simple illustration but as I examined it more carefully, it made me realized that I have been an advocate for uplifting and empowering women for a very long time! I decided to use that illustration and started a YouTube Playlist called: Art Journaling – #create2uplift

 


I am passionate about Create 2 Uplift because if offers a way to actively help a women in need through creativity. There are a few ways to use create 2 uplift:
1) Watch the videos, print a few coloring pages and offer a colorful illustration to a girlfriend.
2) Invite a girlfriend to color with you
3) Share the create2uplift playlist with friends and spread the word about how coloring and being creative helps heal your soul

4- What do you do to support this cause?
I create videos on YouTube where I offer tutorials on how to make pretty journal pages as well as coloring page that women can easily color and send to a girlfriend in need of a lift.  I post updates on social media and invite women to participate. I also facilitate painting and journaling workshops in the New England area.

5- How has it helped you? What difference does helping make in your life?
I remember a time when I  felt isolated and I honestly didn’t see it coming. Even though I was surrounded by my family, I missed the personal interaction with other women. I didn’t know what isolation felt like so at first I didn’t pay attention to these feelings and just kept busy but eventually it all caught up with me.  I think many women experience isolation but like me, they brush it off. After all, there are plenty of other things to worry about. They don’t really realize they actually long for interaction with other women. When I started my Pause and Paint business 3 years ago it helped me find joy in connecting with other women. Sharing my love for painting and facilitating workshops locally made me come out of my shell. I just loved meeting new women and seeing the smile on their faces when they join the painting parties. I realized soon after starting my business that on top of sharing my love of painting I get a huge bonus of knowing I help women with isolation as well. We all need to gather and experience the energy we get from other women. There is so much more happening then just painting! It’s truly a gathering of joy!  Create 2 Uplift is an extension of Pause and Paint. It’s a way to reach out even further and have a similar impact in uplifting and supporting women through art, videos, coloring and connecting.

6- How can others get involved? 

STEPS TO GET INVOLVED

1- Make a list of 2 or more women you would like to uplift.

2- Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/paintwithnathalie 

Start with this this playlist. You will find the coloring pages inside the video descriptions.

3- Get some art supplies (or use what you already have at home)…Find my recommendations here

4-Print your coloring & journal pages (watch videos & color with me)

5- Share your coloring page on Social Media using the hashtag #create2uplift and help us spread the #creativegoodness

Other hashtags: #strongertogether #creativegoodness #pauseandpaint


7- What is your secret to balancing work and giving back?

I am always searching for balance.  I go with the flow between the demand of my Pause and Paint  business and find time to record my free videos and share about Create 2 Uplift on Social Media and by talking about it. As I mentioned earlier, giving back starts with small but heartfelt gestures.


8- What’s Next?

I am preparing for an art exhibit to take place in 2019. I also wish to have health/creativity retreats in the New England area and continue to grow my YouTube channel.

Last notes

I hope you enjoyed getting to know me and my passion for creativity, meeting new women and offering painting workshops to uplift and support women! Please feel free to connect with me on other social media platforms or send me an email with any questions. I hope you get to visit my YouTube channel and start sharing coloring pages with other women. It all starts with self expression…because creativity is within YOU!▼

 

 

About

Nathalie Villeneuve is a Canadian-born visual artist. Her paintings are best described as Expressionist meets Parisian chic. Villeneuve’s, strong influence of Franz Marc, a German printmaker considered a pioneer of the German Expressionist movement, creates a series of heavy lines contrasting bright colors fading into soft brush strokes on canvas.Her body of work depicts women in dance, cinema, photography and even the mundane such as sitting at a Cafe or by the beach. The scenes she creates on canvas consists of elegant, long-legged feminine figures gracefully perched and seem frozen in time during moments of peaceful reflections.Villeneuve, a Meriden resident has shown her artwork at various galleries and venues in Connecticut and Canada. She now has a growing body of collectors throughout the U.S. Northeast. Ms. Villeneuve studied at the Dicksen Art Center/UCLA under Professor Roger Herman towards receiving her Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Art.For more information: www.NathalieVilleneuve.com

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