Art and Sadness

“Art making has the ability to move people along their journey of grief and loss into a more balanced place of healing and hope. In the face of tragedy, the creative process can help recalibrate a mourner’s life.” ~ The Chandler Gallery at Maud Morgan Arts

I’d like to dedicate this blog post to my Mom. She passed away, at the age of 88, in her sleep on Friday morning due to complications associated with Alzheimer’s. It has been a tough decade for her as the disease took more and more from her and from us – her family and friends. She was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii and we will be taking her home to scatter her ashes in the land she loved the most.

Mother in floral dress

Since I last posted, several pieces  of art have been completed. Weeks 16 and 17 of the Colour Me Positive Art Journal Challenge were inspired by thoughtful quotes on how art allows us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time, and how we all need a “tribe.” Whether it be a family, friends, a community of artists or something else, we need to “find them, and love them hard.” I also did two pieces using Roben-Marie Smith’s Art Pops™. You can find her art collage materials on Etsy™. And, I added another house to my growing collection of houses.




Can’t Believe It’s April

As I start another blog with “can’t believe it’s…” I realize that time really does fly. It’s not that I haven’t been creating art daily, it’s a matter of finding the time to sit down and post to this blog. I want to do it at least once a week, but one week passes after another and soon it’s been a WHOLE month since I last posted.

So, what have I been up to? There was, of course, the weekly art journaling for Colour Me Positive. I love getting the email with the week’s quote. Some are easier to jump right into and others take some thinking. You’ll see a month of my art journal pages in this post.

Week 10 CMPElephant CPMEye CPMHopeHome

I also worked on a number of collage pieces. Collage is certainly becoming my focus in creating art. I LOVE IT! I plan on taking Lynn Whipple’s two online courses, The Joy of Mixed Media Assemblage and The Joy of Collage this Spring. She is an extraordinary teacher and her collages have definitely inspired a few of mine. I am also continually inspired by my fellow Sparkers from Carla Sonheim’s and Lynn Whipple’s Year of the Spark course which I took last year. Many of us have stayed in touch through the class FB page as well as our own.

Easter also gave me an opportunity to create some pieces to add to my decorations, as well as give as gifts. It was great fun! And, I hope everyone enjoyed receiving something I had such fun creating.

Easter Girl with Egg

Today, my oldest granddaughter is coming over to work on her art class assignments. I love having her in my studio. She’s really becoming quite a good artist and I like that I have a place for her to create.

Signing off for now. I promise to try and post more often.