My Art

Sketching, doodling and copying cartoon characters have been part of my life since primary school. Singing and dancing, i.e. the passion for musical theater followed in high school together with the knowledge that a non-artistic education would bring me financial stability. Therefore, I chose an international career in the hospitality industry after having obtained a bachelor in hospitality management from the Glion Institute.

Once I was back in Zurich, Switzerland, my passion for the arts led to an industry change and a masters in arts administration from the University of Zurich. A career at the opera house Zurich followed, where I learnt that the people back stage are as important as the ones on stage. In my rare spare time, I kept developing my acrylic painting and drawing skills.

Original Acrylic Painting on Canvas
‘Value Beauty’

 

I was subsequently a freelancer, supporting individuals or groups in the performing arts with their project and production management, organisational, and process development. The joy to work impactful with people and the desire to spend more time as a producing artist, brought me finally to Vancouver in 2014 where I got certified and accredited as coach  and neuro-linguistic programming practitioner from Erickson International College and the International Coaching Federation.

Original Drawing stitched on Canvas
‘Value Freedom’

 

Being a professional coach enables me to combine all my experience and skills in service of individuals and teams, while at the same time actively draw and make art prints. I have joined the Malaspina Printmakers studio and organization as a board member and artist on Granville Island.

Original Oil Monotype Print on Paper
‘Ocean’s Peace’

 

My abstract ‘Doodle Art’ ink pen drawings and oil monotype prints are all inspired by people, nature and values; aiming to trigger a smile and the viewer’ imagination. 

Visit me in my online Esty shop!

 

 

Touched By Art

You just have to go for a walk in your city.

There you’ll find street art, installations and statues. Open your eyes, look up and discover different styles of architecture, colors, materials and textures.

+ Which object or building is your favorite?

+ Why did you chose it?

+ What is the story behind it?

+ How can it brighten up your day or become an inspiration?

 

‘Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.’
Twyla Tharp

Enthused By Food

Fish Tacos

Recipe delivering the Hawaii-Aloha-Chill feeling!

It’s not only easy as pie, but also gluten-free 😉

What you’ll need:
A blender – otherwise you don’t have to continue reading.

Chunks of a local/safe/’meaty’ fish (I recommend already skinned/gutted – except you’ve been a student at Glion Hotel School!). The amount depends, of course, on the amount of people you’re delighting with this.

Marinade for the fish:
1-2 limes or lemons juiced
0-2 cloves on garlic (you know my opinion on this)
[if you go for the garlic: get Chlorophyll tablets!]
2 hot chili peppers or 1 jalapeños or simply chili flakes
1 tbs cumin (again totally depends if you’re a fan)
1 tbs herb salt (nix Aromat my dear Swiss friends)
-> put everything in the blender & let the fish swim in it for some time

Corn tortillas (small soft ones)
I know it doesn’t make sense, as the recipes is called “Tacos”…yet see it with some Hawaiian relaxed attitude…if troubles persist – eat first & then check again how you feel about it.
Thinly sliced Napa cabbage
Sprouts

Salsa:
Option 1 – buy it
Option 2 – make it yourself while you are frying the fish
-> put following in blender: tomatoes, avocado, onions, lime juice, more garlic, cilantro, opt.: papaya & more chili

Note: I’m sure that by now I’ve convinced you that Chlorophyll tablets are essential & only prepare this for a date if you’re a) not intending to kiss b) immune to the odors c) already madly in love…

And then:

Well, easy – just fry the fish (you’ll manage – even if you haven’t gone through hotel school) after it had been sitting in the marinade for an hour.
Heat the tortillas in the oven, pan or (heaven forbid) the microwave – wrap them in a kitchen towel & put them on a warm plate, or have them in a warm glass bowl lined with kitchen towel and put a lid on it.
Toppings in small bowls, fish and tortillas on the table – Done.

p.s. I’ve actually been introduced to Fish Tacos by my friend Katy. I remember it very well, as we took the “whole lime” in the Salsa very literate & put the whole thing into the blender…there was a lot of peel going on there 🙂 🙂 🙂 

The image above is from one of the famous Fish Taco Food Trucks – it was an excellent lunch incl. the company (you might have guessed…it was this guy).

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ok, maybe he was more interested in my fish taco than me…

Dazzled By Nature

Visit a botanical garden. 

Immerse yourself and take time noticing the impeccable designs of all around you. Learn about the difference between trees, bushes, flowers and succulents.

+ Which colors are predominant for which season?

+ Which is your favorite flower or tree breed?

+ What is the one thing you will remember from this visit?

Seized by Education

This talk was ten years ago, every word is still true today.

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

I’m committed working with youth for them to discover their vocation and life vision; supporting mastery in the interplay of the physical, emotional and rational mind for a purposeful, fulfilled life and a creative, productive community.

Participating as a coach and offering pro-bono sessions in the program ‘Chance to Choose’ run by S.U.C.C.E.S.S is one way of doing this.

We all deserve to know how to change how we feel about our personal history, to learn how to look at things differently and develop solutions.

I believe that coaching should be part of a teacher’s training and part of any secondary school curriculum. The benefits range from fostering confidence, awareness, focus and improve overall health, communication and team work. That leads to a state of productivity and balance, from which not only the individual profits, but also their families, friends and work colleagues. Also, it leads youth to choose a career/profession that truly is in line with their values and their ways, rather than pursuing a path because of an external belief or society pressure.

Feeling very passionate about this, I have developed a youth program myself that I call ‘360 Degree Life’. It guides participants through seven modules, with the goals of increasing life skills and creating a long-term mindset of resourcefulness. This is achieved by passing on and applying techniques from the area of coaching, neuro-linguistic programming and the performing arts.

Research has shown that we don’t even know today what sort of professions will be part of our lives in the future. What we do know is that a creative, resourceful, confident human being is more likely to succeed and thrive in any given new, potentially challenging situation. Isn’t this the mandate of education and what we want for our youth; to be safe, succeed and be happy?

Get in touch if this struck a cord, and you like to discuss a potential cooperation. I’m curious to hear your input.

 

‘It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.’
e.e.cummings

Giving Back & Forward

How are you giving back and forward? I’ve had everything growing up, including a loving family and an exceptional education. I support others either by working for free or by giving donations. I believe in initiatives that enable people to develop and help themselves. Creating a balance between the rational and the creative, which allows us humans to thrive. Therefore,  I’ve joined initiatives that help people through coaching, education, or that support artists and bring art to the community.

Find out more about the organizations I’ve chosen:

Room to Read – Vancouver Chapter
Global not-for-profit organisation for literacy and girls’ education.

Malaspina Printmakers
Vancouver based not-for-profit artist led organisation to preserve traditional print making methods applying them in a contemporary way.

Kiva
Global not-for-profit for micro credits for small entrepreneurs.

If you’re interested in getting involved on a personal or company level, let’s talk about that!

My Doodle Art

All my pieces are inspired by people, nature and values.

Recently I have started print making, and I have absolutely fallen for oil monotype prints including a technique called Chine Collée 🙂 I am honored to work at the studio of malaspina printmakers on Granville Island in Vancouver.

If you like to see more or buy one, check out my Etsy online shop:
DoodleArtbyBee.

Imagine your very own drawing is greeting you every day, making you smile and give you inspiration! I love doing personal commission work and the price is the same. Drop me line to discuss what yours might look like.

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‘Pathway to Change’
Brigit Elisabeth Eichenberger Oil Monotype Print
Festival of Lights
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‘In the Forest’
Oil Monoprint_1
‘Island Shores’
Coach Bee's Doodle Art
musical duck in Paris.
Brigit Elisabeth Eichenberger Doodle Art
‘Value Fun’
Coach Bee's Doodle Art
time to move on
Coach Bee's Doodle Art
Summer peace

The Benefits

You are becoming aware of your patterns, way of working, motivations and beliefs. Also, you will learn how to work with emotions productively, rather than be run by them. You  become and stay productive on all levels (physical, emotional, intellectual) in any given situation.

Fact is that people in transition are at risk being not their most productive self.  A transition might be a change of career, setting up a business, taking on a new role etc. With it comes uncertainty and fears. Fear in a person can result in the most unproductive behavior for the business and themselves.

I support people in a transition, not because I think they cannot make it themselves. I work with them, because I believe they will make it through faster, more successful and even have some fun. Humans operating at maximum productivity live in a state of personal confidence, contentment and motivation.

Combined with the structural element of a solid administration it is a major key to business success. It ensures operational efficiency, which leaves time to focus on business development.

My coaching and training techniques will help pull your many skills, abilities and experience together to create a plan to achieve both personal and professional goals, consistent with your deepest beliefs and values.

TAKE A BREAK

Why I have a section called “Get Inspired” and “Take a Break”.

The idea of this section is to ‘shake out’ your mind, let your own creativity emerge and just have a bit of fun. Sit back, breath easy, relax, watch/read/write and smile. This is a free, healthy, instant productivity booster!

 

  • + When you last had an inspiration, a creative spark, an idea – where were you?
    Write down the place and what you were doing. Try to consciously set yourself a creative task while doing this activity and to ensure this activity is anchored in your daily routine.

 

 

  • + Here is the completely bias, incomplete, unsorted, unofficial Vancouver-Crucial-Word-List. If you are not originally from Vancouver (which most of us aren’t), you might want to research and incorporate all of them into your vocabulary 😉
  1. Amazing!
    (to be used only with exclamation mark)
  2. Beer Micro Breweries
    (with the most creative names, labels and flavors imaginable)
  3. Various types of bad weather conditions,
    (like raining cats & dogs, drizzling, downpour, hail, overcast etc.)
  4. Bicycles
    (the whole tech. glossary that comes with it & rides)
  5. Coffee
    (need to have & declare your favorite coffee shop)
  6. Gluten-free
    (happily written on everything, i.e. diary products..)
  7. Green
    (meaning outside, food, clothes, packaging…etc.)
  8. Yoga & Meditation
    (not a question if you do it, only which style & where)
  9. Vegan
    (making sense from an environmental and health point of view)
  10. Beaches
    (there are so many, true CA-style with huge logs on it)
  11. Smoothie / Shake / Blender
  12. Spinach
    (to be eaten for all three meals in every shape & format)
  13. Kale
    (if you’re fed up with the spinach)
  14. Organic
    (even more expensive than in Zurich..)
  15. Hemp Hearts
    (protein, apparently the best way to honor your body temple – you guessed right, that goes into the smoothie with the spinach)