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Sunday at the Studio

I spent the early part of the morning relaxing. The studio is cool right now. So I decided to work on painting to distract my mind from some worry thoughts. Later today I’ll be cross stitching.

I’m enjoying painting these little flower paintings. I might continue flower paintings for another month. Also I am planning to read the Creative Cure book by Jacob Nordby this week and post some updates on it.

I finished these small 8″x8″ paintings.

$50 on etsy

Look for art for sale on Etsy: 4pawsartstudio

Happy Day

Caroline

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Wednesday Night by the Light

Oh my! Was today a long tedious emotional day! These are the days I do not like as a counselor. The needs are growing, especially with a panic of uncertainty with covid. Stress and the unknown of what will come in our mid-west town. As a counselor I have understanding of their fears and worries about another year of covid concerns and worries of a lockdown. As me, a person, I just don’t know what to say anymore to anyone. I feel desensitized to Everything!

I finished the documentation for today’s sessions. Answered a few questions and closed my computer and said no more of work until Friday.

After feeding the pets, as I call the 4paws, I ate dinner and honestly it had no taste…not the no taste covid gives. But the no taste as I’m exhausted and burned out. Then I thought, oh no what would happen if we have another lockdown!? Last year I was beyond busy. I certainly cannot take another year of that. I don’t mind working from home, in fact that’s what I eventually want to do. But it’s the amount of needs and the exhaustion it caused me. By the way counselors are the unspoken heros during covid or any crisis…we hear and see it all, and we tend to be forgotten in how we are taking care of everyone during covid.

At this point I was done for the day, in my PJs and in the studio. I finished my paintings and they should be ready to be posted on Etsy soon.

I started two paintings, put the first layer. As I was painting it hit me my back started hurting and my hand wasn’t able to do what I wanted. That means my energy is low and my fingers are tired. I had to finish up for the night.

Before I closed up the studio, I prepared a few canvases to be painted.

Now I’m laying down with the weighted blanket and might do some knitting. But I’m thinking sleep might be better.

Stress from my job, rheumatoid arthritis flared and edema becomes too much for me…I accomplished enough for tonight.

Happy evening

Caroline

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Flowers and more

It’s been productive tonight in the studio. My mind was clear and I felt awake. This is the best I felt in a long time. I believe it’s because I went outside in the country and had a relaxing time at my dad’s house. I also think doing yoga daily has been helpful to manage my emotions.

More canvases was prepared. And I’m feeling confident about painting. I’m thinking the book by Jacob Nordby, the creative cure is also improving my intuition and creativity.

More to come….

Happy day

Caroline

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Painting Plan

It’s finally Sunday! I’ll be visiting my dad for the afternoon. Once I get home my plan is to paint for a few hours.

Canvases are prepared and ready to go.

I’ll post updates on these paintings.

In the meantime I will be knitting a oversized scarf, that I can use as a shawl. The stitch is huddle stitch. This will not be sold.

Hurdle stitch

Cast on even number of stitches

  • Row 1- knit
  • Row 2- knit
  • Row 3- k1, p1
  • Row 4-k1, p1
  • Repeat until size you want.

I’m excited, this week most of the days I will be working from home. I’m considering to transition to work at home permanently. Either I’ll ask the practice I work at for that position or I’ll work for a telehealth company. Time will tell what the decision will be. But I believe I’ll have more painting time and more time to write my book if I work from home.

Enjoy your day

Happy day

Caroline

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Chapter 5: I am enough..

I am reading the creative cure by Jacob Nordby. This chapter has some deeper writings to try.

It focused on the internal story we tell ourselves and to learn how to write your own story.

“the inner creative self takes a back seat, and the enemies of creativity take over.” Page 97.

The impact of the stories “…can lead to feeling uninspired, helpless, or hopeless in certain areas.” Pg 97-98

The exercise is about taking a list of “should and should not,” and explore changing that story.

Here’s mine: I should have studied art in Europe.

My story rewritten:

I stayed home to be with my mom. And discovered I wanted to work as a healer and art therapist like I wanted to when I was looking at colleges. This time gave me the insight and awareness to focus on my career and to become the art therapist I wanted. I now have a good paying job, and own my home and I can always travel Europe. With this experience I can be a creator and healer and can help others be stronger. I learned about my inner strength.

I am enough. I am safe. I love myself. I see myself.

More on chapter 5 later

Today’s art in the studio…

Started a new painting…first layer of colors.

Working on coasters…. selling on Etsy…

This painting is not completed…

Happy Day

Caroline

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And then there’s a creative art journal

My flower journey is still going on. While painting flowers this month, I’m also started back to creating art journal pages.

Along with reading “the creative cure” it made sense to me to work in my journal.

This is a great way to start when you are unsure what to paint. It’s also a good way to loosen up if feeling tense and restricted about painting. And it’s a great way to paint a background.

Here’s the directions:

The brush of colors

  • Acrylic paint
  • Flat brush
  • Journal
  • Palette
  • Water
  • Paper towels

Chose 4 colors. Any color that appeals to you.

Use a flat brush and paint blobs of colors onto the paper. Fill it until the white paper is covered.

After it is dried. Choose 2 more colors. And paint on top of the colors on the paper.

That’s the first part….more to come about this painting.

Where’s my flowers? I’m working on some paintings for Etsy…will be showing them on blog soon, and posting on Etsy hopefully at the end of July.

Happy day

Caroline

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Flower #9 Underwater Bloom

Today was a day of seeing clients by video, making a good meal and starting a new knitting project… I’ll post that later.

Yesterday I finished the headband. It looks amazing. There’s a matching scarf. (Not pictured)

This evening I spent time outside. I have a brick wall around my home that needs to be repaired. My gate is rusty too. It is a project on my list. So much for earlier retirement… wouldn’t that be a dream?!

I decided this evening to do yoga, the weather cooled and my upstairs is decent to be in. (My air conditioner guy never came yesterday to inspect my air conditioner-I’m not happy) It was nice to relax and stretch my legs. They get swollen when walking and standing. I was on my feet for over an hour, then walked my dog. My feet hurt and it was difficult to finish the mini walk. Having edema and rheumatoid arthritis and chronic fatigue really is harder than people realize.

So after yoga, which I did floor stretches, I spent an hour painting. My hand is unsteady. Not sure why, might be the fatigue. My accupuncturist does a finger test and pull on my fingers and I have no strength to keep my fingers touching. He says that’s a sign of low energy.

Look at my new cat…he likes to get on the yoga mat with me. He’s a good cat.

Hope you enjoy this painting. I might add more to it later.

Happy day

Caroline

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Flower #8 The Large One

July 3, 2021 a quiet day working in the morning from home.

Worked a little on the journal book I hope to finish writing sometime in the present future.

Then later in the day I spent a few hours in the art studio.

I had a migraine for the past few days. And I have a slight headache again..let me just say the stress in my life is too much for me to handle. Unfortunately I have to handle it.

Here’s the first layer of this flower painting. It will look nothing like this when it is complete!

I am using acrylic paint. Late I will be using dot painting and painting with acrylic markers.

Happy day

Caroline

Shop open on Etsy: 4pawsartstudio

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Flower #7 A Quick Painting

The past few days I have been under much stress. So working in the studio has been difficult.

When I have stress and anxiety on top of chronic pain, my creative side does not emerge.

So today I went in the studio opened my journal and began painting. I wasn’t after anything perfect or amazing. I was after releasing the stuff that is clogging my creative side.

There it is my quick painting. Let’s hope my creative side returns quickly. Tomorrow I won’t be able to paint, another stressful day.

Happy day

Caroline

Artwork is in Etsy shop