My name is Simone Nijboer
I'm a Dutch artist.
Before I turned into a full-time artist, I’ve also been a life coach in private practice for about two decades. I’ve always loved my coaching work. I’m deeply interested in personal growth and spiritual deepening, and in my experience, these are inseparable from unleashing your creativity and making art.
A joyful and fulfilling life
Being an artist, I know how fundamental creativity is for living a joyful and fulfilling life. And being a coach, I know how important it is to create from a still and deep place inside of yourself.
The beautiful thing about making art is that it helps you to foster your creativity and at the same time your personal growth and spiritual deepening:
- Creativity: Making art helps you to express yourself, become playful, find back your inner child, lets you explore all the creative possibilities that you thought impossible.
- Spiritual deepening: it helps you to become still, get out of your head and into your body, experience that you're one with the fundamental life force that's underneath everything. It invites stillness and depth in your life, from where wisdom, truth, and power can emerge.
- Personal growth: it makes you resilient and strong. It helps you to find the inner power and trust that you need if you want to make fundamental changes in your life.
How I started art-making
My personal art journey is long and winded. For many years, I wanted to paint but did not dare to start. When I had gathered enough courage, I started painting, but dropped it again quite soon, since I had lots of insecurities, doubts, and unhelpful thoughts around painting.
This all changed when I started painting on a more or less daily basis. I loved it so much! It might sound exaggerated, but I personally feel that daily painting changed my life. Creativity became an indispensable and joyful ingredient of my day, and this joy spread over to the rest of my life.
In a miraculous way, being in touch with my creativity grew my resilience and resourcefulness, and it strengthened my ability to simply enjoy life instead of staying trapped in negative thinking.
The Joy of Collage Making
Then I discovered collage making, much to my delight. The moment I started making collages, I found it to be so much easier to sustain my daily painting practice, even in busy times. Making collages happened to be a fantastic counterpart to more time-consuming types of painting.
Because I enjoyed the collage-making process so much, I decided to make an online course about it: ‘The Joy of Collage Making’. I wanted to inspire other people to start making art on a regular basis and in a very intuitive, easy, and light-hearted way. Collage making is the perfect way to do so.
I am a great lover of intuitive painting. But I also developed a more structured approach: The six visual elements. In the online course about collage making, I systematically teach these six visual elements:
- Marks & lines,
- Shapes & Images,
I had always loved the freedom and joy that some paintings seem to radiate. And when I started painting, I knew one thing for sure: I wanted to paint in this free, liberating, and intuitive way. From that moment on, I’ve experimented a lot. I was always focussing in the first place on the joy of the process instead of on the outcome of the paintings.
Of course, I didn’t always manage to paint that way. Often I got stuck, harassed by my inner critic, doubting and second-guessing how to proceed in the middle of an ‘ugly’ painting.
But I realized that in the moments I could paint from this free and liberating place, I felt wonderful. I completely lost time and became one with my paintbrushes and painting.
These moments ‘in the Now’ lifted me up and helped me to develop the same attitude for the rest of my life. Whenever I felt stuck in my life, often painting helped me to get in the flow again. It brought me back to an attitude of trust, in myself and for the rest of my life. Slowly, making art became a kind of spiritual practice for me.
The Art of Now
That’s when I started to create my second course ‘The Art of Now’. I wanted to show how you can learn to experiment, play, and not worry about the outcome. By letting go of expectations, painting becomes a meditative process.
Make Art & Change your Life
More and more, I realized that making art, spirituality and personal growth are interconnected. When you encounter personal issues, your art can help you to break through barriers and get in touch with your natural joyfulness and inner wisdom. That’s why I created the online course ‘Make Art & Change your Life’.
After I created the three courses
I felt that it was time to create my ArtSchool - a membership site for people who want to discover the wonderful world of abstract intuitive painting.
Try it out: one week for free!
With ArtSchool, I wanted to make my courses available for a larger public, and create the possibility to try my courses out for free. That’s why ArtSchool is free for one week.
If you would like to
- learn to let go,
- use your intuition,
- discover artistic freedom, and
- make paintings that you love,
I would love to meet you there ;-)!