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January Art Challenge

I have all kinds of fun goals and healthy habits planned to bring into my New Year. Fitness, Self-Discovery, and Creativity are some of my top intentions for 2018. In 2018, I’ll be launching Do Five Things A Day’s Monthly Art Challenges.

5 Reasons to Participate in an Art Challenge:

1.) Art stimulates the mind

2.) It has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety.

3.) It promotes self expression and creativity.

4.) It provides learning opportunities.

5.) It’s fun!

 

Here are January’s prompts to kick it off:

 

 

Follow me on Instagram @dofivethingsaday where I’ll be sharing my artwork each day. Share your artwork on Instagram and #dofivethingsaday in your post.

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A Delayed #ArtThursday

So super late, must admit, the last week has felt a bit overwhelming, just so much that has crept up on my plate. In some moments I feel like quitting and crawling under the covers and sleeping right through all the chaos but in most of the moments I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. When I finally got home last evening I was having a “ah, forget it, I’m so tired moment” but then some little things with big impact to me happened…I received two of my product shipments for my upcoming store launch (more news to come in the future about that!) and I saw my latest unfinished painting sitting on my dresser where I had strategically placed it to finish for an upcoming local art show with the very soon deadline of midnight last night, and I felt a little bit of inspiration creep up inside me. I realized I couldn’t catch up on it all last night but I did pull out my paints and I felt motivated again.

Sometimes lining up the art show deadlines on my calendar can add to the stress…but the actual part of letting loose in my artwork is where my therapy comes in… last night I sat down on my bed, watercolor pencils in hand, with no definite thought of where I was going to go with my painting, other than it was a bug and I had decided I was going to paint a praying mantis. The thing I love about diving into my paintings is that I find freedom and escape there. The more I let loose, the more exuberant my paintings become. My paintings are teaching me that the process is many times more important than the end result. I’m learning to live more in the moment and to focus on the process in all areas of my life through my art sessions. You can check out more of my artwork on my Artist Instagram account

Do you paint, do you draw? What activities do you find escape in? Share your arts and craft projects!!!

Link Up! 

(And because I was late, I extended the open party!)


Next Link Up June 8th!!!

10 Ways Art is Therapeutic for Your Mind, Heart, & Soul

Today’s #ArtThursday is brought to you by me…and the benefits of Art Therapy. Did you know that practicing art or even by doing a craft it can act as a meditative practice for you? When we channel our energy into creating something it can have many therapeutic properties.

1.) Art is relaxing and has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety and decrease worry.

2.) It can teach us insight, empathy and acceptance.

3.) It promotes self-expression and can help us express and process emotions or stress that we may have suppressed.

4.) Art therapy stimulates the mind.

5.) It can encourage self-discovery, self-observation and encourages the discovery of our subconscious.

6.) Art empowers us.

7.) It helps teach us constructive ways to deal with tough feelings and traumatic or stressful situations.

8.) Art Therapy improves emotional, cognitive and sensory processes.

9.) Art can help us see beauty in rough times.

10.) It provides us with many learning opportunities and provides a sense of worth and accomplishment when we complete projects.

Now it’s your time to share! Link up your current artwork and projects! DIY Arts & Crafts, thoughts on art, Art Bucket List, all welcome!

What kinds of art and projects do you do to relax?


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Speaking to the Artist’s Soul & Emerging in the Progress

Creating art is a therapy for me…when I pick up a paintbrush or open my sketchbook I immediately feel a wave of calmness enter me. The stress of the world melts away. I become the center of the balance beam. 

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~ Thomas Merton

It frees me. It allows stubborn emotions to flow out of me, whether it is trauma or joy, the feelings can pour freely from my soul, leaving my heart and my mind clear. 

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

It opens a space for me to heal.

“Art opens the closets, airs out the cellars & attics. It brings healing.” ~ Julia Cameron

I used to rush my paintings, feeling the need to bring them to completion in one sitting. I found that through my patience they became so much more. I have learned to allow them to be works in progress. I allow them to grow as I grow through them. Letting them layer upon layer as life does, creating a story to be told. And in that they give back to me as what I put into them.

Art is beautiful to the eyes, but it is compelling to the soul. 

 

My Visions & Dreams In Paint – Hidden Self Portraits

I had it on my bucket list last year to paint a self portrait. I took it off my bucket list this year.

Though I haven’t sat down in front of the mirror and painted a mere image of myself, I have painted many self portraits.

Each piece of my artwork also has a piece of me in them. A reflection of who I am, how I feel, how I see. Artwork is an expression of ourselves, in each piece a part of our individuality is captured. Therefore I will always be painting a self portrait in some way. In my Phoenix is how I arose above and beyond life’s challenges and tragedies, the strength in my angel that I found within myself, the blue hues of my dreams in my gypsy…each painting and sketch holds a view or a dream of mine.