Attended a painting workshop today at Art & Creativity for Healing a wonderful non-profit for which I helped facilitate workshops many years ago.
Laurie Zagon the founder and creator of the Art4Healing® method has created a wonderful vehicle to express feelings using color. It’s not about making “art” but about processing thoughts, feelings and experiences using paint. Today’s workshop was “Painting Hope”.
The paintings are done very rapidly so that intuition rather than artistic skill is the focus. And it’s hard to be skillful when make-up sponges and q-tips are used instead of brushes!
14 x 18 acrylic, Prayer of Hope
Please check outArt 4 Healing.org. Their mission is to support emotional healing through art & creative expression for those living in pain, grief, fear or stress.
There are on-line video workshops available to everyone, anywhere. Proceeds go towards providing free workshops to organizations such as wounded veterans, Children’s Hospital and woman’s shelters.
Take a look at the incredible creative expressions by the participants in a 4-week The HEart of Spirituality GroupShop. The first exercise “Creation” was using oil pastels on black paper. The second was a process painting using acrylic paint on canvas board. (Unfortunately the brilliant oil pastel colors don’t show. My camera setting wasn’t right for the lighting.)
Afterwards we processed each painting: How the elements of the paintings and the process of creating corresponds to and are metaphors for our lives. It was a great group!
Those of you who have been following Max’s blog know that Max and I really like to share other people’s creative expression.
Every once in a while I stubble across an artist whose work inspires me. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Therese’s use of color and particularly the portraits she paints. Therese-joseph.com
AND take a look at Therese’s blog Therese Lydia Joseph — she teaches art to children and there are examples of her lessons and the children’s artwork. And if children’s work isn’t inspiring I don’t know what is.
AND she writes poetry! Here’s what she wrote about this painting: Larger than Life