the idiotplayers podcast 14: Winnie Givot

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The idiotplayers podcast is a caravanserai of conversations with important thinkers, be-ers and doers. The idiotplayers podcast aims to explore art, creativity and expression.  If there is an elephant standing in the dark, as the Sufi story goes, we want to do more than grope and theorize. We invite conversations with people who aim from the heart to make practical, the far-reaching.


Winnie Givot (Self portrait)

Winnie Givot lives in a straw bale house on a small ridge overlooking the Three Sisters and the Cascade Mountains. Her studio in the barn is welcoming to students and collectors and those who simply want to share the beauty and peace there.

She teaches weekly watercolor classes during the school year in her Barn Studio near Sisters and workshops in the summer. She is currently planning to teach watercolor journaling workshops in Portland, Philadelphia, and Sicily as well as classes in her studio in Sisters, Oregon.

In 2000, she presented a painting to the Chilean Congress (for which she received a Congressional Medal), and in 2002 she took 24 paintings to Washington DC which were presented to Congressmen and women as inspiration – that instead of basing decisions on greed and fear, they will work to find new responses and solutions for making decisions honoring the highest in ourselves and all others.

Painting presented to The Congress of Chile

More than 700 of her paintings are in collections internationally, a few of which are those of Pres. & Mrs. Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Colin Powell, Deepak Chopra, Senator Ron Wyden, United Parcel Service, Colorado College, Dan Fouts, Harley Brown, Gov. & Mrs. John Kitzhaber and The Congress of Chile.

Winnie Givot has been included in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. She belongs to Northwest Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, Watercolor Society of Oregon, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, and Plein Air Painters of Oregon. Her paintings have been included in numerous solo shows and national and international juried exhibitions.

To visit Winnie Givot’s Barn Studio and Gallery near Sisters to see her work or for information about classes, workshops or the Sicily Painting Retreat, contact her at or 541-548-5440. See also


Why watercolour?; The painting Red Shoes; Mary Oliver; Deepak Chopra; Maurice Nicoll; Two Rivers Farm; David Kherdian & Nonny Hogrogian; Mrs. Staveley; The consent to become a watercolourist; Getting light into a painting; Learning to see; Painting energy; Differences in light; Jude Siegel; Courses in Italy; The Metanoia Society; Two Rivers Farm; Importance of the Work; 36 years working with the ideas and practices of inner work; The connectedness of everything; Making the ideas of the Work real; “Little steps for little feet”; The Sacred Images workshop; Painting from a sacred space from within ourselves; Breath; Painting presented to the Chilean Congress; Thomas Moran; Putting clear intention into the painting; the gentle steam of humiliation; desire and perseverance; The tremendous tools offerred by the Work; Gurdieff laid a foundation that many others have built on; He re-introduced the esoteric dimension to Western life; Paul Rockman; the power of questioning; being a woman in the Work; paintings given to the United States Congress; what is Objective Art?.

Redwood Bark

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