Sunday, November 23, 2014

Art Therapy for Dealing with Difficult Situations

I love my job. It has been a blessing in a thousand ways. It is a place where I learn and I teach. As in Life, some lessons are harder than others. There is a current cultural shift happening at work due to the new administration, and it can be difficult to accept. Recently, upon hearing a new decision mandated from above, I found my heart pounding and my emotions mired in a stew of negativity. My opinions hardly matter or even make a difference, so I went to the one place where I have a voice- my studio.
At the studio I started with a piece of paper that had been pressed into the paint filled art room sink, lifting off a print of fluid colors. It was kind of like a Rorschach's Blot.
The first thing I painted into the center cleared space, was an anatomical heart. It sat on the page like a face- so I added the shoulders, and more arteries and veins for hair. I felt as though in a dream, dealing with some momentous news, so I added another character- the bird on my shoulder whispering into the Inferior Vena Cava. The news kept revolving and churning through my heart/head, and I felt a series of emotions; anger, rage, sadness, despair, and exhaustion.
Just as I was cleaning the brushes, and turning off the lights, I realized that the day was beautiful...The skies outside were sparkly. There were so many more blessings I could feel, having given myself the space and the time to feel what needed to be felt, and then putting it aside.
There is a way to take information and accept what cannot be changed, change what can be changed, and like the al-anon Serenity Prayer: look for the wisdom to know the difference!
That is when I painted the blue bird shooting out the Pulmonary Artery. Blue for the sky, blue for hope, blue for peace... and the momentum is for courage and action!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Student face time

My drawing class and my painting classes have arrived at that magical time in the semester when they can look in the mirror and see who they are. I am trying to help them capture it.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Insult to injury

My employer wants us to be in better health so in our mailboxes we recieved this little pedometer!
I walked 8023 steps today, since wearing it...
What is all this focus on feet?
I got my newest boot today! Arrived from ebay in the mail.

I get to wear it while I sleep.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Soundings in feet continued

What does a heeled shoe sound like in my closet?
Silence! They are scared to death I am going to be throwing them away.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Soundings in feet

I finally went to a podiatrist. If you will indulge me, I will share about how my four months with Plantar Fasciitis have brought me to this point. I've tried ice, stretches, meditating, acupuncture, lotions, sitting still, swimming, praying, and lots of complaining,  balanced by trying to "appreciate the messages" my foot was trying to tell me. Obviously, I live a life unbalanced, and perhaps I don't have a foot to stand on, or I need to take more of a stand, so when my girlfriend insisted I call her podiatrist, and she was giving me a ride in her car, I had no choice but to dial the phone. 
At Garnet and Carbonell's  Miami Footcare office in south Miami, they took Xrays, shot my heel with cortizone and gave me a full round of anti inflammatory pills to take for the next 20 days. I was instructed to give up my closet full of flimsy heels and flat shoes and enter the world of orthopedic arch support. I have pink SUPERfeet shock absorbing pads to fit inside of a new pair of black sneakers from Footworks. I am bummed by the lack of style and the limiting wardrobe... so I got self-indulgent about it all, in my art, once again.
At the studio this weekend, I started painting my foot, large and on the only paper I had available- old maps of the Florida coastline. Only after I finished my second one did I notice they both have the words "Soundings in Feet' on the border! I guess this is meant to be!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Avoid the mall and have some Adult Painting fun

Join me at my studio for a fun afternoon of painting. BYOB, and I will provide everything else you need- from snacks to paint and canvas and instruction. We will focus on gratitude and you can think of your painting as gift potential. Classes are to be November 28th OR November 29th, right after Thanksgiving.

Classes will be small so I can help you get the results you want in the 2 1/2 hours. I promise it will be painless and fun. It is a great way to spend a day and avoid the crowds at the mall. Check out my website calendar page to schedule your choice of available dates (two in November, one in December, January and February). Hope to see you! Stay inspired.