Sunday 23rd July 2017

Creative Art & Listening. 2017.83.

Creative Art & Listening. 2017.83.

I’ve been following art groups and becoming more creative in my retirement years. I am lucky to have a range of materials to work  play with and have had some lessons in their use. Now I get to have fun and create. I was doing this as part of my transitioning to retirement anyway but since I received my cancer diagnosis it has become a very important element in keeping me mindful and creating to heal.

For each of the photos I have written something about the process and you can see the products.

The accompaniment for me is always a CD where I am learning or reinforcing learning about life, our spirits, our behaviours and more. I have a range of CDs by Brene Brown, Pema Chodron, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Anne Lamott, and Rick Hanson among other. The one I am listening to right now (for the 3rd time!) is about offering ourselves self-compassion. I have been a late arrival to the need to show myself self-kindness and compassion and it is through the works of Kirsten Neff and Christopher Germer that I am undoing the practice of old (criticism and self-judgement) and integrating the practice of: self-compassion.

I hope you enjoy what you see here.

Denyse.

This is my post for the LAST EVER weekend linky called The Ultimate Rabbit Hole here with Sammie and Friends. I thought it was time for another post on creativity! Congratulations to all who made The Ultimate Rabbit Hole great and THANK you for sharing the love.

Large Page, Meditative Patterns & Repetitive Colouring.

 

Accuracy and pattern making in paint to the ROYGBIV colours…of the Rainbow!

 

The flower pattern started. So meditative and gentle I saw frangipanis arise.

 

Adding painted background close to leaf colour made for good concentration and distraction.

 

From the middle is the famous yellow of most if not all frangipanis. Letting the paint dry before next stage is a measure of my patience these days!

 

Taking the idea further, there have been many pink frangipanis on our tree as well as while ones, so I added a highlight colour in paint.

 

Almost there but not quite. Adding different shades of pink within the same tones from my gouache paints. Very slowly adding where I thought it was needed.

 

A3 size, the finished product is now on display. I loved doing this so much I have started another!

 

This one is different but still floral in focus. Listening to this book on CD reminds me of self-compassion and my need to be as kind to me as to another.

FacebooktwitterpinterestFacebooktwitterpinterest
FacebooktwitterpinterestFacebooktwitterpinterest

Comments

  1. I love the frangipanis, especially the white and yellow ones. I love that you are always learning about life, art and your self, and that you are showing yourself the self compassion that you so justly deserve. I think everyone needs something to keep them mindful and not mind full, especially after a cancer diagnosis and how wonderful that your passion project is creating work that is so beautiful. I hope that your materials continue to bring you joy over the coming months, I for one, am looking forward to seeing what you create xx

    • Thank you my friend. You have been very encouraging in my creative endeavours. Your support here and in personal ways is much appreciated. Last one for the Ultimate Rabbit Hole and I congratulate you for your diligence and energy in helping support so many bloggers over the years. I am pretty sure that is where we ‘met’. Have a wonderful weekend. Denyse xx

Denyse values & reads every comment written, thank you. There is always a reply.

*