Wednesday, June 29, 2011

New Art and thoughts...

This is a new piece I just finished. It doesn't have a name yet. I was in such a bad place when I painted this....chronic pain, frustration, confusion, anger, sadness. I literally just started throwing paint on the canvas. Reds and blacks and some dark blue for a "punch". I just completed an Art4Healing Certificate training and let me tell you....this stuff works. We all need to find a way to get "it" out. Maybe for you it is writing or photography or.....screaming. Screaming's good. I need to scream more. I felt like I was screaming when I flung the paint at the canvas and smacked some spots here and there. I felt the tears when I sprayed the paint and watched the red tinted drops of water stream down my painting. Sometimes it's so hard. So hard to do it all. So hard to deal with the pain. But it sure helps to get it out.

One I was able to get some of my "stuff" out I was able to feel the clouds part slightly. I started thinking about all that I had to live for and all that I am blessed with. My colors became brighter and my shapes more whimsical. The word "hope" floated across the bottom of my canvas because if we don't have hope, what do we have? Some days it's so hard to find it....but it's always there.....waiting for you.....when you're ready.

I HOPE you have a wonderful holiday weekend. Be safe. Be creative....oh, and of'course....

Have fun!!!!!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

First Art Class!!!

(room set up)
Today was my first art class and we had so much fun!!! I am teaching "Expressive" art classes based around my Art4Healing training. This class was 4 girls ages 7-12, so I called it "Girl Power" class.

We did a warm up to show them how different colors and movements can symbolize their feelings.

Warm up #2 was to paint a beautiful garden of melting colors.

The large canvas was a guided exercise where they imagined that they had shrunk and were traveling through their bodies.

The last small canvas was to be a gift for someone and they each drew a word to inspire them. I demonstrated a couple techniques that they could use if they were inclined.

All in all, it was a wonderful class and I was so struck at their different approaches to the same exercises (3 were sisters, 2 of the 3 were twins). The energy in the room of girls was lively and creative. I loved feeling their bubbling excitement as they discovered more and more about the world of art and creativity.

Can't wait for more classes, and according to today's girls, we should have class EVERY day, ha.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011