i’m enjoying some time to self reflect these past few days…taking in some good reads and delighting in time to re-examine my life. I fully recommend this read.
These works represent a time lapse. Longings and dreams fade…the narrative changes…people come and go in our lives and we adapt, we merge, we yield. Nothing is lost… just re-purposed, re-homed, re-fueled.We tell stories to make sense of life. My story Is being assembled as I go.
I’ve been away from my blog for quite some time, but I am emerging…
Wishing peace and blessings- Holly
Mixed media encaustic on board.
Hi blogger friends,
I am passing along a fantastic deal I’m promoting through Groupon for a new expressive arts couples workshop I’m hosting through my therapy business. To visit Groupon click here: Expressive Arts Couples Workshop Here’s a little more info about my relationship with Expressive Arts.
I was first introduced to expressive arts through a personal journey of transformation following a significant and life altering accident. As I healed from serious physical injuries and emotional trauma related to my accident, art making was the healing agent in my life. From this experience I have sought training in expressive arts therapy as both a therapeutic tool for my clients and as a way to work with individuals and couples for personal growth, transformation, and relationship enhancement. Expressive arts utilizes the power of creativity to open up the body, mind, and spirit. It refers to the intentional use of creative modalities such as guided writing, poetry, movement, visual art making such as painting and collage, as well as drama to generate growth on a personal level and in relation to others. When we use creative expression with this type of intention we access our inner wisdom and true nature. This connection to one’s self facilitates growth emotionally, spiritually, physically, and relationally. Every person has within them the ability to create. Unfortunately,most of us have lost our ability to tap this potential. In a world dominated by left brain processing, creative caapcity is left behind or censored with judgements of what is good. Expressive art is a process oriented practice that eliminates the need for perfection. You need not have any artistic skill to benefit from expressive arts.
Expressive Arts is beneficial on many
1) It honors the life of each person individually and as part of a whole.
2) It encourages freedom of expression personally and in relationships to others
3) It provides a non-verbal, right brain form of communication that enhances words
4) It unlocks emotions and deepens a persons sense of understanding by access to wisdom in the body, mind, and emotions.
5) It helps open a sense of connection to others by building a sense of safety, fun, and freedom to be one’s true self.
6) It helps focus attention
7) It reduces stress
8) It strengthens the autoimmune system
9) Creates a sense of well being and peace
This was originally a self portrait and in many ways it still is, but the painting has morphed over time, much as I continuously change. I’m not saying I don’t exist, only that I am always learning more about myself.
This painting was one I entered into a competition here in Wichita. It wasn’t selected but three other small paintings were. They will be featured at City Arts here in Wichita, in a juried group exhibition opening October 25th.
This is oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 24″ x 32″
This is a mixed media piece assembled from discarded paintings and a drawing of a duck. What mood does it evoke in you?