On doctor’s “orders” I’ve been struggling to lose weight. The biggest problem I’ve discovered is swallowing. Now that art classes have resumed I think I’ve solved the “swallowing problem” . . . I’m painting . . .
Haven’t gained a single pound . . . So far so good . . .
Taking a painting class as well as life drawing. Because of a class schedule mix-up, the class is oil PORTRAIT PAINTING – a bit more advanced than I am and I use acrylic paint which is a bit trickier for portraits. Luckily the assignments are using photographs which are already reduced to 2 dimensions, making it a bit easier.
The teacher, mercifully, explained that paintings go through ugly stages and with each layer of paint the image gets a bit more refined.
It occurred to me that in life we go through ugly stages before we become more refined. Like paintings we all have layers and layers of “stuff” beneath the surface of what others see. Here’s a Peek at mine (painting that is, not life):
He’s not quite finished . . . like life, the closer I look the more I find that needs changing, tweaking . . . and like my hair . . . re-coloring . . .
Practice makes perfect . . . so they say . . . I’m practicing using just 3 colors burnt Umber, raw Siena and white.
These are all studies in value which is training my eye to see darks, lights and midtones. It’s easier when using just one or two colors and right now I’m all for easier.
The biggest problem using the back of food boxes is I have to eat the food first.
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!
Please check out Art 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.
If you want to see my explanation of Prayer of Hope click here The HeART of Spirituality!
round, round, around in our minds
obscuring what’s real
All is connected
round, round, around in our souls
encircled by love
(poem with 2 “haiku verses”, Haiku Horizons’ prompt CIRCLE)
The Princess loves her pea
For without it
She’d be like you and me.
Assignment was to do an illustration for The Princess & The Pea using a credit card as our “paint brush”. The horizontal lines represent the mattresses and the big round green thing is a vegetable.
I started the illustration by smearing paint with a credit card over the entire paper:
Let’s create famine
starve the world of violence
drink from cups of love.
- Meditation Labyrinth homework – journey to center and back out as a doodle/color mediation
- Oil Pastel – pass around pictures, each person adds their colors to each picture as it is passed around the table. We talked about how we are all connected and all contribute to the whole.
- Acrylic painting – Focus this week was on the Spiritual Spiral ascending from the Ego = I to Soul = We.
|I don’t know why Judy but watching this slide show…has left me overwhelmed.. that feeling of connectedness..the magic of WE was reaching me too….
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.
Boasting lightly – vim and vigour
Destined to be bold and bigger
Better than Bliss
Blooming brightly – free and fragrant
Rich and regal – somewhat vagrant
Softer than Silk
Blushing slightly – red and rosy
Crafted to be kind and cozy
Taller than Time
Budding tightly – bloom and blossom
Never wilting – always awesome
Painting & Poetry by Therese Lydia Joseph
Now! Go splash some color into the world!
I set 3 rules for participants when I facilitate a Therapeutic Creative Expression workshop:
- There is no right or wrong way to express feelings with color.*
- There is no right or wrong way to express feelings with color.**
- There is no right or wrong way to express feelings with color.***
“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
* Exception to rule #1: No painting the walls
**Exception to rule #2: No painting the carpet
***Exception to rule #3: No painting the facilitator.
****Every person in every workshop has exceeded my expectation.
Paintings from classes taught by Therese Lydia Joseph at
A favorite Therapeutic Creative Expression exercise is mask painting – whether it is on an actual mask or on a 2-dimensional outline
I have participants paint or collage the inside and the outside of their mask representing in color, symbol, design how they experience
PHYSICAL, MENTAL or EMOTIONAL PAIN:
what they present to the outside world and what they experience on the inside that no one can see.
There is a worksheet on the TUTORIAL PAGE – click on TUTORIALS in the header and scroll down – that helps PROCESS the exercise. The processing is as important as creating the mask.
I have three masks hanging in my office waiting room. I find all the masks beautiful, each in their own way.
Even if you don’t draw/paint or collage your mask imagine it in your mind’s eye and do the worksheet.
I would love to know what your vision is.
We can’t ever grasp
The enormity of God
No ghost of a chance