So…I definitely believe that art is therapy. I have started asking the students that attend my art events or cooking classes, what prompted them to sign up? Often times, they will tell me about a personal struggle that caused them to re-evaluate their life and start investing in things that give them more peace and joy.
I recently experienced a “major life event.” I consider myself to be a very positive, glass half full, kind of gal. But life is life, and it is impossible to avoid disappointment. Of course, when disappointment strikes, it can feel stressful or sad. I have learned that when I spend my time creating something, I feel better. It is very therapeutic for me.
I bought a large canvas a couple of months ago with the intention to work on something to update a drab room in my home. I was inspired to paint this elephant from a painting I saw at my friend Heather’s house. My kids went to bed early and my husband was working. I went to the basement to get started. As fate would have it, when I was looking for some art supplies, I found my oldest son’s baby photo album on a shelf. We had his first college tour scheduled for the morning, so I was already feeling a little sad. I sat down and took a stroll down memory lane.
I cried my eyes out for a few then put it back on the shelf. I put on my Barbra Striesand Pandora station. This station has been perfected to sprinkle in some more colorful artists like David Bowie and The Cure. I finally sat down and went to work.
Within a couple of hours I was singing show tunes with “Babs” and calling Tom for ground control with Davie. I felt 100% better. The process made me happy and I am very pleased with the end result. I finished this last night after about 5 hours of work. When I finally went to sleep I had a dream that I was showing Oprah Winfrey how to paint a piece of furniture and then I was caring for a baby. When Oprah shows up in your dreams you know that’s therapy! When your bucket gets so depleted, you have to take the time to fill it up with positive and rewarding things. Replace the bad with good.
Here are the stages of this painting.
I hung it up this morning in our master bathroom and then headed out for the college tour.
I believe the elephant fills the space wonderfully and was just what this room needed.
…And on a side note, the tour was a success; despite my two little ones tagging along. I am so proud of him and of course glad that he will be going to college. I just can’t believe he is going so soon.