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WineandMusic512

42 F Austin, TX

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Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 6″ (1.68m)
Body Type
Fit
Diet
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Other
Sign
Scorpio
Education
Graduated from masters program
Job
Art / Music / Writing
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, and doesn’t want any
Pets
Likes dogs and has cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), Italian (Fluently), French (Okay)

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My self-summary
Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Quick public service announcement before my actual profile write-up.
Someone encouraged me to post this here, so here you go.

For anyone interested in Flow state, an optimal state of consciousness where the brain processes data at lightning speeds, where all creative insights, great inventions and scientific breakthroughs come from, and where all of the best music, writing and art is created...
Read on...

You may know this state by other names: runner’s high, being in the zone, being in the groove, etc. Regardless of the name, the experience is the same ... and unforgettable.

In flow, our attention is so laser-focused that all else falls away. Action and awareness merge. Time flies. Self vanishes. And all aspects of performance go through the roof.

Technically, flow is defined as a peak state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best. In the state, as psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (who coined the term “flow”) says, “every action, movement and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz.”

Flow is a thoroughly transformational experience. A considerable pile of research shows that on the other side of the state, we’re more confident, capable and aware. Even better, as was learned from one of the largest psychological studies ever conducted, the people who have the most flow in their lives are the HAPPIEST people on Earth.

In a 10-year McKinsey study, top executives reported being five times more productive in flow (that's 500%). This means, if you spend Monday in flow, you can actually take the rest of the week off and still get more done that your steady-state peers.

Sound appealing?

I teach Creativity & Flow workshops on how to quickly and reliably achieve this Flow state whenever you'd like.

MY FINAL WORKSHOPS for 2014 are on Saturday September 13. OR Sunday September 14, 11:30 am -5 pm either day, in Austin, TX in my gallery in Boulder Creek, 78704. There are still a few spaces left in each workshop.

DETAILS, loads of TESTIMONIALS from workshop graduates, the scientific research (including links to the McKinsey study & other research) & how to register are here:

Leanne Venier's Creativity & Flow Workshops - September 2014"

http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=9a05af5fafe8fb9d20d9c05ba&id=0bae4c5b0b

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Now for my regular profile. :)

I'm most passionate about having new experiences and constantly learning new things that nurture my personal and emotional/spiritual development and growth, and which in turn, allow me to more effectively help others.

I don't follow any organized religion & consider myself Spiritual, not religious, although the philosophies of Pantheism and Buddhism resonate with me on many levels. I practice Vipassana meditation and also do a meditation of sorts while I'm painting, both of which help keep me grounded and centered. My painting process is not only very enjoyable for me, it's also quite cathartic in many ways.

I lived in Florence, Italy for 7 years (I moved to Austin 9 years ago) and that experience in Italy definitely helped me to further develop my passionate side in other aspects of my life allowing me to fully live in the moment, to love life and to to take time to "stop and smell the roses", so to speak. I've been back to Italy or France many times since returning to the States; these trips back to cultures where life (and food!) is still savored fully, help to keep things in perspective for me. ;-)

I grew up in Ontario, Canada, but have lived primarily in the States & Italy since graduating from university, save a year a few years ago when I moved to British Columbia to complete my acupuncture training and also had a healing practice working with cancer patients.

I typically spend my time in a variety of ways:
- being outdoors (very important and grounding for me - running (several times a week, around town lake), hiking & camping (not as often as I'd like for lack of company), sailing, swimming, etc - horseback riding when I can);
- painting (for work, but I love my job!);
- studying new things; reading; traveling;
- watching foreign & other films - I LOVE an intelligent comedy as well as any film that teaches me something or makes me think about it long after I've left the theater;
- hanging out with good friends; enjoying excellent food and wine;
- finding new places that make the perfect margarita! :))
- listening to all sorts of music - Coltrane, Davis, Haden, Brubeck, Baker, Morgan, Monk, etc.. Gotan Project, Pink Martini, upbeat dance music when I'm painting, Cohen, Waits, Newman & Chuck E. Weiss, Etta James, Billie & Patsy, blues, African & other world music, classical, many Austin musicians (love catching live music at off the wall venues in town); playing the piano ...

... and just enjoying great conversation about a wide variety of topics. I find many people quite fascinating and enjoy learning from them via their life experiences.

I love cooking healthful foods that combine flavors in a unique and imaginative way but I enjoy preparing a meal with another person even more, especially while savoring a fabulous wine from around the world (my favorites are still France & Italy (or anywhere that manages to emulate that wonderful old-world style)). It's much more fun to cook and dine with another person. :)

I'm equally happy experimenting with a new recipe at home or eating out in a nice restaurant or even better, in some as yet undiscovered gem of an eatery or 'healthy-ish' hole in the wall.

Getting dressed up to enjoy some cultural event (opera, theater, dance, etc) can be fun, as can an evening of live music in some funky locale, and I can be equally content other times, staying home, kicking back and watching a great film on DVD with a bowl of popcorn. (BTW, I literally never watch television (ie. network), although I do have one for DVD viewing and Netflix streaming video).

I have a pretty dry sense of humor and a quick wit (a Canadian/British influence thing ;-) ) and love an intelligent man with a great sense of humor who can keep up with the banter. I like to laugh and kid around a lot but can also be serious when the situation warrants.

Speaking of which, I love kids and they, for some reason, have always really liked me ;) ... I've just never wanted any of my own. There are too many other things I've wanted to do with my life besides being a mom.

I'm ultimately interested in finding a partner who shares my sense of adventure in life and who wants a truly intimate connection. I've had two long-term relationships, my most recent lasting 7 years. I'm eventually looking for a man who's passionate about living life to the fullest and appreciating the positive things that are always around us... someone who's interested in learning from each other as well as in personal growth. And having a big brain and a kinky side doesn't hurt, either. There's so much more to life than just plain vanilla. ;)

In the meantime, I'm enjoying meeting a lot of fun and interesting new people.

(BTW, all of my photos have accurate dates on them. And yes, I painted all of the abstract paintings visible in the photos :) )

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What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
my job:
In what now seems like a past life, I used to be a Mechanical Engineer doing design work on submarines for Lockheed... but now, I'm a self-employed full time artist - abstract oil painting, w/ national & international exhibits.

I also spend about half my time doing medical research and teaching medical practitioners and lay people about the science behind the healing effects of color, light frequencies and art.

This is my latest radio interview on a nationally syndicated show (scroll down on this page for the Play or Download buttons):
Nationally Syndicated Radio Interview, February 28, 2014

But when I'm not in research or lecture mode, I'm painting in my studio/office.
This is how I spend my days in the 'office' ;)

I call this "Painting the Music"

(Since my hyperlinks are don't work on smart phones if you're using the OKC app, here's the
LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2smP-1yOqy8)

Here's another one - "Painting the Music 2"

(LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djtkGtf_DlI)

If you'd like to see better images of my artwork, feel free to visit my website:
www.leannevenier.com

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As I mentioned above, I also give talks, teaching doctors and others about the science behind the Healing Effects of Color, Light Frequencies and Art at major medical centers, consciousness organizations, and my last conference was at the MENSA 2013 Annual Gathering in Fort Worth last July when I was invited as one of their conference speakers.

My talk was titled "From Photons to Biophotons: Art, Color and Light Therapy for Health and Healing"

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My talk from January 2013 for IONS & INACS (Institute of Noetic Sciences and Institute for Neuroscience and Consciousness Studies) is on YouTube.

If you're interested in color, art, science and healing, feel free to check it out!

"COLOR, CONSCIOUSNESS & HEALING: The Healing Effects of Color, Light Frequencies & Art"

Color, Consciousness & Healing on YouTube

(LINK: http://www.leannevenier.com/links.php?106241#.UU8NhqNOnFo)

(Watch it in HD for the best resolution! (Scroll down the page, Click on the youtube direct links, then click on the button at the bottom of the screen to change the resolution) :)

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And if you're into art and you'd like to see my work in person (if you're not in Austin, that is), I often participate in gallery exhibitions in Dallas so if you live or travel there, feel free to stop into the LuminArte Gallery in the Design District to check out my work.
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I also have my own gallery in Austin - the LEANNE VENIER gallery - open by appointment for collectors ... and special friends. :)

LEANNE VENIER gallery

(LINK: http://www.leannevenier.com/links.php?142751#.UnhA5flwrng)

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I notify people of my upcoming exhibitions & lectures via my mailing list:

http://www.leannevenier.com/links.php?350397

And via Facebook.... Feel free to friend me on FB if you're on there:
Http://www.facebook.com/leannevenier

Or connect with me on linkedin:

Http://www.linkedin/user/leannevenier

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OK, enough of the work stuff (which for me, is actually a lot of FUN! But I do other stuff for fun, too... ;) )

for fun:
I love being outdoors - hiking, running, camping, etc. or simply sitting outside w/ a beautiful view, sipping a glass of wine or cup of coffee & enjoying a stimulating conversation. I love traveling, great food & wine, reading & music (most genres)

Travel, travel, travel (as much as running my business allows). Just got back from a month in Peru at the beginning of February which ended with a 9 day ayahuasca retreat. Amazing and life-changing experience!

I also completed formal Sommelier training while living in Italy, just for fun & because I love wine. These days, though, I tend to only drink wine when I'm pairing it with good food. It's not really a cocktail beverage for me (other than when I enjoy some amazing bubbly!)
In cocktail situations, I'll lean more towards a good, complex micro-brewery beer or a freshly made real-lime-juice margarita with an amazing high-quality tequila, especially when the hot, summer weather arrives in Austin!
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Pretty much anything I get passionate about learning about... I'm constantly adding to my repertoire of skills :)
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I'm sure it varies dramatically depending on the setting. ;)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
A Few of my Favorite Books (there are many!):
Possibly my all-time favorite novel for learning new, pertinent info and for long lasting emotional effect well after completion, 'A Fine Balance' (Rohinton Mistry) - about the caste system in India & the challenges & suffering that the realistic characters had to endure because of it. I really appreciated the level of understanding it gave me for how much suffering the caste system has caused.

Another favorite novel is 'House of Sand and Fog' (Andre Dubus III) about an Iranian immigrant family in California & a series of errors that end in tragedy.

Some non-fiction favorites that I learned a lot from: 'Animal, Vegetable, Miracle' (Barbara Kingsolver) & the paradigm-shifting 'The China Study' (Campbell) (and its now current (2011) documentary version titled Forks over Knives - highly recommended viewing! :) )

Currently reading:
Numerous books on the topic of color and light frequencies used for healing purposes & various medical applications, researching and studying the science behind why this healing modality works (I do large scale art & science teaching exhibitions about this topic in major medical centers); Quantum Change Made Easy (Resonance Repatterning); Cymatics by Hans Jenny, Inner Work-Using Dreams & Active Imagination for Personal Growth; Tao of Physics; Yunus' 'Creating a World without Poverty'; Kandinsky's 'Concerning the Spiritual in Art'; Gladwell's Outliers ...

... and my latest favorite book: 'The Nature of Order, An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe: The Luminous Ground by Christopher Alexander (architect, scientist and creator of Pattern Language) - it's all about the need for moving away from mechanistic thinking & putting deeper meaning back into art and architecture since spirit, soul, emotion and feeling have largely been lost from much of what is being produced today.

Favorite hot spots & food:
Parkside, Olivia, Uchiko, Snack Bar (worst name ever for a healthy food restaurant!), Whole Foods, Casa de Luz, great Italian (I've yet to discover this in Austin - if you can recommend anywhere new, let me know!), Sahara Lounge, Saxon Pub, Opa, ...
For travel: Paris, Montana Bitterroot, Caribbean, anywhere in Italy (my former home), Australia, Big Sur, CA, anywhere with beautiful nature. Still to come: Africa, NYC, Egypt, Costa Rica, lately been thinking about visiting numerous places in South America...can't decide!

Favorite things in general:
All these can be even better when shared with a romantic man: An intimate meal with fabulous wine; soulful live music; a perfectly made margarita; when raining: a walk in the woods or sitting outside on a covered porch or staying home, watching a DVD or reading; A roaring fire on a cold night.

Favorite Music :
Love music! See body of My Self Summary text above for details (there's not much I don't like under the right circumstances; my music preferences are directly connected to the mood I'm in at the moment. And my mood is very affected by the music that I'm hearing - I'm not able to tune it out and make it background noise ... which for me, is a good thing! :) ).
Love classical music as well (trained as a classical pianist with the Royal Conservatory from early childhood to teenhood (til I discovered other things that were more fun than practicing the piano every day :) ))

Favorite Films: there's a very long list, but these are just a few of them (in no particular order of preference - loved all of these:
Breaking the Waves - Lars von Trier
The Civilization of Maxwell Bright - Beaird
Dersu Uzala - Kurosawa
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Gondry
Blue - Kieslowski
Faithless - Ullmann
Cool Hand Luke - Rosenberg
Contact - Zemeckis
American Beauty - Mendes
As it is in Heaven - Pollak
Fargo - Cohen Bros.
Tootsie - Pollack
The Lives of Others - Donnersmarck
Mulholland Drive - Lynch
Jagged Edge - Marquand
Magnolia - Anderson
The Secret Life of Words - Coixet
Melvin Goes to Dinner - Odenkirk
My Dinner with Andre - Malle
Forks over Knives (documentary - see above) & Food Matters (another documentary about the healing effects of food)

Ok, I could go on and on, but you get the idea... :)

Favorite Series (on Netflix & other streaming) -
The Masters of Sex (about Masters and Johnson and their groundbreaking study on the nature of human sexuality)
The Newsroom (awesome writing ... and acting... and concept... and long overdue in this country!)
Breaking Bad (love the complex psychology of the protagonist in this one - finale was fabulous!)
Downton Abbey - BBC has some of the best shows
Mad Men (used to be cool all around - except the last 2 seasons - LAME! :( )
Big Bang Theory (earlier seasons were better)
Modern Family (great deadpan deliveries)
Shameless USA - no comment necessary if you've seen it ;)

Ok, and I finally caved in and started watching
Game of Thrones last year and now I'm hooked! ! :)
and Da Vinci's Demons (similar feel & production quality to Game of Thrones) is looking quite promising as well :)
Magic City - another great new series by Starz

Older/Cancelled Ones that were very well done:
Deadwood
Luck (same writer as Deadwood)
Six Feet Under

There are probably more ... but these spring to mind at the moment.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
There's nothing I couldn't learn to live without if necessary.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
healing the planet by first helping to heal humanity and by getting us back in alignment with the energies of nature, which will result in raising the level of the collective unconscious - yeah, I know, heavy stuff. I think about fun things, too (see above) ;-)
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
out with friends doing any number of things - dining, 'wining', dancing, socializing, listening to live music, brainstorming...

... and almost never on OKC, although many people have told me that I appear as being online on OKC 24 hours a day ... which I realized is simply because I'm too lazy to logout and then log back in! ... instead, I simply close my browser window & apparently, as a result, I appear to never leave my computer ... or OKC...

...life is full of illusions, isn't it? ;)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
not necessary...I'm an open book
I’m looking for
  • Straight guys only
  • Ages 35–50
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
you're a clever guy with a great sense of humor...

you like to have fun, try new things & are always up for new and different experiences ... ;)

you've travelled extensively and/or lived in another country...

you've read my "You Should Message me if" section...

you're capable of an opening email that says more than "Hey!" or "Love your pics, how are you?" ;) ...

Major Bonus Points if you're a fellow entrepreneur. :)
And super quadruple points if you're inspired and driven to doing something, (either through your entrepreneurial endeavors or outside of your work) that will help people and make the world a better place to live (and you're actually taking the initiative to do so). :)

oh... and those question thingies that the OKC people were kind enough to go through the trouble to compile and post for us?.... they're actually pretty informative and can provide a lot of useful info! So go ahead! answer a few! :))

(btw, if we've been corresponding and then I suddenly disappear, feel free to ping me again... OKC used to have a smiley face feature where you could mark email that you wanted to respond to. They, unfortunately, got rid of that and now, when I don't get a chance to delete all of the incoming email that I don't intend to respond to, the ones to whom I did plan to respond, often get buried or pushed onto the next page. I'm a tad ADD with remembering to respond at times, especially when particularly busy with my business, so out of sight often means out of mind! :) So, again, feel free to re-ping me!)

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