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How do you make your way through a beautiful mess?
“The reason that art (writing, engaging, and all of it) is valuable is precisely why I can’t tell you how to do it. If there were a map, there’d be no art, because art is the act of navigating without a map.” ~Seth Godin
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Thanks to Lisa for featuring me on her DIY Creative Therapy Blog.  I wrote a bit about the journey that art therapy has taken me on.
You can read my article HERE!
Now is the time for giving back.  Take the world around us – great example.  After pelting us with snow for an icy, bitter winter, we are showered with lush greenery, burgeoning blossoms, and sprouting seeds…
I’m giving back too.  It’s actually the first time I’ll be a vendor at a fundraiser for Leukemia.  
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Then I’ll be singing some Disney songs at my old stomping grounds for the kids at Columbia Presbyterian Children’s Hospital.

My brother Matt will be playing piano for me – this is us doing our usual brother-sister informal jamming – so something like this, but Disney!

And of course – I get the biggest gift of all – a husband…
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In The Studio…

Well this is how my studio first looked:
(Hold all compliments until you reach the end of this post!)
And now, the paints come out…

 

 

 

As usual, I really didn’t know where  I was going with this.

 

Then, I made so much of a mess, that every thing that followed were sort of “mistake-turned-art”

I spilled an open jar of blue paint in the corner, so I thought, hey why not go with it.

It still doesn’t sit exactly right with me. but that’s okay too.
I’ve had a very interesting relationship with
figure drawing.  Being a self taught
artist, the idea of drawing the human body always has intimidated me – we all
have an inner critic!  However, I used
figures in my work over and over again throughout the years in order to process
what I was feeling after nearly 30 life AND body-altering surgeries.  After every surgery, I would wake up with a
new anatomy – a bag here, no belly button here, this missing, that added.
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It was very dissociating and made me feel
like an alien to myself.  I drew the
figure to find wholeness with my body again, to accept it, to show the
different “selves” of me, to love it as my own. Now, I am very fascinated with the figure in how it relates to the
world, nature, and the flesh.  Seeing my
“figures” look more and more body-like reassures me – it lets me know that I am
starting to feel human, starting to accept my body for what it has been
through, and call it my own.

But I think Calvin says it best:
“As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance” ~Calvin and Hobbes
There are actually a few Calvin & Hobbes strips that I often think back on…
And you can also see 25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips here.
As a kid – I always used to get my inspiration from comics – I loved drawing the Dilbert necktie!
And remember the Little Miss and Mr. Men series?
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Well…I like painting pottery too 🙂

 

 

There’s something very therapeutic about just copying or tracing cartoon figures or simple characters – maybe that’s why coloring books are so much fun 🙂
Are there any comic favorites of yours that you’ll always remember or that you love to follow?  I’m open to recommendations!  Comment, please!
But Before I go…let me give you
And – for me and for anyone else getting married in…about 3 weeks!
Oh and by the way…this is how my studio looks when I”m done…
I did say I like making “beautiful messes!”
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Have a great day!

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