Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Georgia's Art Talk #3

Georgia Fullerton -- Art Talk #3 on healing

Hi everyone.  Georgia is one of the busiest people I know -- an artist, an
expressive arts therapist, a TV personality -- so I was so happy when she
took the time today to talk on the subject of healing and art.

A friend on Facebook responded that when you can get back to your art,
and get in the moment, you create new neural pathways that override the
old pathways that lead to grief and sorrow.  I loved that information.
Everyone's lives hit roadblocks and very sad chapters and it is so hopeful
to know that the activity of doing your art can help pull you out to a
new dimension.

I'm including a couple of pieces that had that effect on me.

Winter tea at the art gallery
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014
I started this painting in the late fall after my mother died.  I was 
absolutely heart broken, and we'd lost our family dog too.  This
painting in colours much more muted than my normal bright 
palette brought me back to the feeling that so many things in life
are beautiful.

Acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017


Last fall I lost my niece, and her death had a very clear impact on
my creative life.  I hardly even knew it on a conscious level, but
I couldn't work until I got this sweet commission and hit the easel
again.  I am very grateful to this sweet dog for helping me face
my sorrow, and feel the happiness of playing with paint.

Yesterday's blog has my little video about art and healing.  

Have a getting back to your true self day!

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