While I’m fascinated by all forms of black and white line art, the Zentangle® Method uses structured patterns to create its own style of abstract art. It allows entry into a relaxed, meditative state, making for heightened intuition, as well as a sense of well-being and timelessness. It’s been a springboard for my launch into all kinds of art and creativity.
Art has changed my life since 2014, and when the opportunity arose to take the 6-week Train the Trainer class on Healing Through Art offered by California State University Institute for Palliative Care a few months back, I immediately signed up. The fundamental concept is that there is something inherent in the creative process which makes us feel good!
This is not art therapy. It does not require a therapist. The person who makes the art, makes their own meaning. The art itself acts as the “therapist”, allowing people to find healing through the process of creation.
My thoughts on what art, or being an artist is, are still forming. I hadn’t done anything I would have considered art since I was about 10. I didn’t set out to “create art” when I took the expressive arts class during cancer recovery 4 years ago. It was a group activity within a larger program covering a wide range of topics geared to...
“Every artist is a philosopher who records images rather than words.” --Jess Freher-Lyons
Movement and transformation are persistent themes in my work. I didn’t actually reach this observation all by myself. My husband, Jess, brought it up in passing one day, assuming I was already aware of it. I wasn’t exactly...
An echo is a close parallel or repetition of an idea, feeling, or style. Here it’s a way to explore slight rhythmic nuances; some subtle, some not so much.
“The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.” –Isaac Bashevis Singer
I think art pretty much has to be unique...it flows through your chosen instrument onto your chosen surface, your colors, your lines. That flow must incorporate some essence of you, your experiences, your mental/emotional contacts of the subject. How could it not?
Most of us know the benefits of meditation, but can’t seem to find the time. For years, my daily practice included both journaling and seated meditation. Sometime during the past decade, both dropped out of my daily routine, and try as I occasionally do to take these helpful practices back up, I don’t seem to be able to access the state of mind which once supported them easily.
The creation of art provides another way into the meditative state.
I'm learning more about my art, and from my art, every day. It's not so much a matter of skill or practice... mostly it's a shift in perspective, a way of shaping how I look at and exist in the world.
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