For Week #7 of our Fall Into Art Journaling Challenge, we’re getting in the spirit of Halloween!
Well, here’s the prompt: Pretend that you are someone else for the night. Let your imagination run free, and represent the person you would LOVE to be.
Who is your Halloween-Costume-Hero-Fantasy?
I think we all wish we were someone else at times. For a while I didn’t understand my own life and desperately wanted an easier, carefree path.
But one thing led to another and…well, check out my latest article for The Mighty:
It’s the story of how my bizarre anatomy landed me on the TODAY show (There’s the Kathie Lee & Hoda clip in that link too!) and ultimately led to me starring in a one-woman musical about my life…which I’ll be performing in Denver this FRIDAY!
Discover, Inspire, Create…I need your opinion!
It’s been a busy week full of inspiration from my own detoured journey, and yesterday Discover, Inspire Create #29 went out. You can view it here, but be sure to subscribe to my newsletter for weekly freebies!
Anyway, I’m changing my title to celebrate #30 next week – a name to fit my new Detourist theme – help me out and vote here!
In the studio…
Anyways, this was some art I did visualizing life as “someone else” – what would that look like for me?
Apparently a bunch of newspapers.
And some paint on top of it.
I’ve said it in the past and I’ll say it again. I have no technique. I just throw things on a canvas.
The art of life is improvisation – and that’s where the best discoveries come from!
Slowly I started to see two figures emerge. One was me, and one was the part of me I’ve left behind as I’ve “grown” from my traumas and from, well, life.
I colored one in more of a blue, melancholy tone to represent the part of me that had survived the surgeries and PTSD (which I just wrote about for Huffington Post, actually) while the more vibrant, orange figure was the person I hope to take with me into the future.
I truly believe that we heal through our stories, expressing, using words, art, song, dance, laughter, whatever. We heal WITH CONNECTION. That’s why I gave the bird a cute lil’ book!
I cut out these words from a magazine: THOUGH OUR STORIES WE HEAL.
Because it’s true. Through telling my story, that’s how I’m finally starting to heal. So sorry if I keep blabbin on about my crazy life, but think about it this way – by listening you are TOTALLY helping me heal! Yay!
The words on this painting are THROUGH OUR STORIES WE HEAL. But I’m still open to a title suggestion. You all gave such great suggestions for my work in progress last week. Any ideas? Send me a note or comment below!
Through our stories…we heal. So keep telling yours, and keep track of your travels with #LoveMyDetour!
YOU’RE a detourist and we all need to hear it!