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Pass it On

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.

Liftaway Oil, encaustic, ink, and paper mixed media  24" x 28"
Oil, encaustic, ink, and paper mixed media
24″ x 28″
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

I hope you’ll pass on this on:)



More of Collaging Realities

“Meditating Realities”
Mixed Media Encaustic Collage on Clayboard

Mixed Media Encaustic Collage on Clayboard
10″ x 10″

10″ x 10″

I actually began these  pieces prior to the four of my last post but had the same idea in mind when composing them.  One thing I didn’t mention before but may be interesting to some of you is that the printed text for these works came from pages of a book that had been removed and placed together on a trading table at  Bluebird Arthouse.   This is a local art supply store, studio space, and artist hangout here in Wichita or more specifically, the Delano District.  If you are from Wichita you should check them out:)  One of the cool things they do is provide space for people to exchange materials that could be used to make art.  It’s a give one take one kind of thing.  I was there for an opening of a friend’s artwork and saw these pages, and now parts of them, snipped and pieced together have become a part of my work.  The pages of this book cut from their binding moved me to consider all the paths open to us in life, as well as the ways we look back and make sense of things.  Griefs, losses, accomplishments, joy, heartaches, etc. all pass before us embedded in layers of emotional reality.  How a person remembers their life is fascinating to me.  In my therapist life I often ask  couples  to show me via painting or using a sandtray and figurines, to tell the “The Story of Us”-meaning their story.  I am always amazed at how other’s people’s words are remembered, sometimes in striking details. Likewise, I am surprised too by the flexibility of memory as it is informed by an enlightened moment.   It’s like fog lifting off the sea.