Welcome to Art and Healing Wednesday!!
One of the things I love about using art for healing is that you can create anywhere and out of anything. I was one of those kids in school who doodled in his notebook all the time. It’s a practice I continue still today and I make it more fun by having a collection of colorful pens with me at all times.
You don’t need art supplies to create art. I encourage you to look at the art of Andy Goldsworthy. Goldsworthy creates art with materials in nature and then lets nature run its course. His documentary, Rivers and Tides is mesmerizing and inspiring. He gives you a crash course in making art in and with nature and then being disconnected from the piece because nature will take it back.
If you’d rather create art using art materials you can get mini-art kits that have paint or pencils. They make sketch pads very small so their portable. If you have your computer with you that’s one more way to be creative. You can write, create computer generated art, find clip art and make a collage, the options are endless.
The most important part with any of this is for you to continue telling your story. Your story is a healing narrative. It gives you the opportunity to express yourself completely without remorse for the words/pictures/ideas you express. Create a tune that expresses how you feel and then sing it to the world. I love music for self-expression. You can often find me on the pavilion in one of Denver’s parks singing to the mountains.
Abandon the notion that you need an art studio. Your pockets, purse, backpack, car trunk all work as portable art studios. The real question is, “Are you willing to tell your story?”