I’m celebrating getting ready to perform my show tonight, BUT…Did you know that there were three celebrations so far this month?
(And it’s not even Halloween yet!!!)
1.) It was World Ostomy Day – a day to appreciate the body your have – for ANYONE!
October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
3.) It was Domestic Violence Awareness Month – a time where we need to celebrate speaking up for ourselves and taking care of our own bodies. You can listen to an interview I did about my own history of abuse here.
This is how I honored my body, my mind, and the gift of being alive this month:
|“The Body Song” by ME.|
|Me…with an ostomy. (But still me.)|
It’s hard to always feel connected to your body. I just saw this book in Barnes & Nobles -and it’s true. We keep so many emotions locked up in our bodies
In The Studio…the body DOES keep score.
I tried experimenting with a different color palette this weekend in honor of my newest Fall Into Art Journaling Challenge– basically it was an excuse to squeeze out the last of any old paint bottles.
I call it early spring cleaning! Okay, my studio’s a mess. I admit it.
How I Used my Art to Celebrate:
I’ve been thinking a lot about my body lately, especially after World Ostomy Day this month. It made me reflect on my relationship to my “self” and the actual body my “self” is in.
I’ve been painting a lot of figures without faces or expressions lately because the truth is…I’m not so sure how I feel about my self in my body at this moment.
I like just dabbing around a paper towel through my art – that’s all I did to make this. There is something soothing about the non-exact kind of just playing around in paint. Very therapeutic not knowing what I’m doing – or caring.
In the past, I’ve talked about how terrible I am at minimalism. I have a problem “walking away” – there always needs to be STUFF added to it!
So the next day I came back to this…
And I might have added a bit too much. But as the wonderfully charming folks over at Powerful Nonsense Podcast found out from reading my blog, it’s hard for me to leave a canvas without adding one thing…
(sorry, can’t help it.)
So that’s what I added. Knowing it was probably fine as is.
“I need your honest opinions…just used paint yesterday. Went back and added the fabric teardrop, eyelids and heart because I couldn’t help myself. Does this call for an edit: undo?”
And of course everyone has their own opinion…
PERSON 1:Sometimes less is more I do like the one that has nothing on the face. But having said that I like the tear drop and eyelids (heart ? Can’t place it?) it has more emotion and feelings to it. To me.
The tear was more for me than anyone else.
Finding Gratitude When Your Body and Mind Aren’t Perfect:
- Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to understand ourselves. Carl Jung
This October, we love our bodies, our minds and our detours!
October – you’ve been a crazy ride. We’ve delved into health, life, and loving all of it all month long. Now let’s get crazy for HALLOWEEN!!!
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