Thursday, September 29, 2016

The ART of Well Being





Art means a lot to me.  I'm not exaggerating when I say that I make art every day.  It makes me happy.  It keeps me sane.  I can't imagine my life without it.

I'm retired and art gives me a purpose.  I know what I'm going to do when I wake up in the morning. I have goals.  I learn something new everyday.  It gives me something to be proud of and it's opened up communication with a wide array of people that have art in common with me.  When a person is young it's easy to make friends, then during your work years you have relationships with colleagues....... but when I stopped working, my life became a lot smaller.  Art has helped me connect and share with people all over the world.

When I go upstairs to my art room in the morning with my cup of coffee, I am truly happy.  I start working on something and the "chatter" stops.  I stop worrying about life's problems and focus on my project for the day. My sister has stage 4 breast cancer.  She wrote a poem called "There's No Cancer at the Beach".  She says that cancer is in the back of her mind every minute of the day, except when she goes to the beach.  It's the only place where she can really quiet her mind.  My art room is my beach.

After you watch my, short, video.....hop over to the next project in the list below!!






Supplies

8" X 10" Gel Press Plate
Acrylic Paint - blue, white, pink, purple, lime green, turqouise
Mixed Media Paper
StencilGirl Stencils - S369 Pine Cone Woodcut, Optical Large,  Circles,Circles  Floral 1
Gel Medium
Vine Charcoal
Black Pen
Charcoal Pencil
Prismacolor Pencils
Pastel Pencils







Cynthia - you are here

Check out other, great, Gel Press projects on the Gel Press Blog, on Facebook at Gel Press Junkies, Pinterest, and YouTube

PEACE!

Cyndi


20 comments:

  1. Prayers for your sister and I'm so glad that she has a place to go to. I'm retired like you and love arting every day also! It does help!

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    1. Thank you Sandee. My sister, finally, stopped working last week, so she's going to the beach every day. (and we are going to start some sort of art business together because she's artsy too)

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  2. Sorry to hear about your sister. I, too think the beach is a healing place. Your Art is beautiful! Great post :)

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    1. Thank you Kitti. Yes,it's wonderful that she lives just 10 minutes from the beach.

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  3. Beautiful project! Art is good for the soul. Sorry your sister isn't well.

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    1. Thank you Jeanne. Yes, art is a wonderful thing.

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  4. In awe of your face drawing abilities! Love the carbon paper trick. Will be using that one. Beautiful project!

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    1. Thank Kathy. I use carbon paper a lot because I'm a really bad stamper LOL.

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  5. Love the colors and your ability to draw faces - faces are my downfall - big time!

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    1. Thanks Cindi....that vine charcoal is the trick for faces because it erases very easily.

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  6. Fabulous! Being creative gives my mind a place to focus and I ignore my worries for a short time. Prayers for your sister.

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    1. Thank you Nan...you are so right, art's a wonderful way to clear the mind!

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  7. Really great project, post and video!

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  8. Loved watching your video! Just wonderful!

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