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Watercolor Doodle Journal

This past week I was unable to find time and energy to read The Creative Cure by Jacob Nordby. I didn’t even attempt it one little bit.

It was an emotional week knowing someone I respected and absolutely adored died from a long battle of cancer. My heart will break forever.

Sleeping was barely there, basically the death of this person brought me back to being 24 years old when my mom died. Her son is in his 20’s and what he has to do made my memories vivid.

After I saw two clients this morning, I went to the craft store. I tossed in many bottles of acrylic paint, canvases and paint brushes. I am set for awhile. I also bought a stand for all my painting supplies.

My studio is now organized, a little better. Not exactly what I want but definitely able to sit at the table without feeling I’m in a tight space.

Watercolor paint was calling me. But I knew I couldn’t do anything with detail. My brain is emotional my heart is emotional and I’m so exhausted my eyes hurt.

Doodle painting! That’s mindless but mindful for what I need.

Here’s the result:

Supplies Needed:

  • Watercolor paint
  • Brushes
  • Water
  • Towels
  • Paper/journal
  • Gel pens

First use the watercolor paints and paint any shape with multiple colors on the paper.

Then take the gel pens and doodle on top of your doodle painting. Use multiple colors of gel pens if you desire. (I used only a black gel pen for my doodle)

Some close-ups

I feel relaxed. Maybe I’ll do another one before I go to bed. I’m going to try to cross stitch for the rest of the day. It’s a Hulu or Netflix night with my legs up on the ottoman.

Even my cats and dogs want to take a nap now.

I’ll be back to blog more about the book I’m reading.

Happy day

Caroline

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Chapter 4- more on intuition

The last part of chapter 4 of The Creative Cure, by Jacob Nordby, is more about intuition but he added exercises to connect with emotions.

He writes on page 67, “Cultivating your intuition is a lifelong process best approached with curiosity, imagination, and even playfulness.”

He writes more about traumatic experiences and how it can close off our joy. page 73, “healing from trauma is also healing the connection to your inner creative self, which often involves giving your feelings expression in the outer world.”

He explains unhealed trauma and the diagnosis that are connected to it, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction etc.

exercise

page 77, he has a practice exercise about making big decisions.

write one sentence or a word that describes the issue: Do I leave my career and find something less stressful to do?

where do I feel this in my body: my head and chest

pretend I am looking at a picture and relax my eyes, allowing things to get fuzzy: think about What would bring me joy in this situation?

Daydream…then at the end say aloud :”Let it be so.”

next exercise

pg 81, Relax body for a few minutes and ask How am I feeling right now?

write one word that describes how you are feeling: Numb

where do you feel this emotion in your body? chest,

give the emotion a color or shape, temperature, texture- color: light gray, shape: blob, temperature luke warm, texture-smooth

write mental story about these emotions:

If you read my previous post, a person I know, died from a long battle with cancer. I couldn’t stop crying, I drove home crying, I sat on my sofa crying. I went to bed sad and my physical pain increased. I had a hard time talking to the family member, because I was hurt. I was hurt by the feelings he is going through, as I lived them when I was his age. Everything returned to me. To watch someone die of cancer, or any illness, it a trauma. But to be at the side of someone’s bed and watch them die and see them hemorrhage is a trauma that will never be forgotten. I am numbed by so many health issues of people around me. I tend to be alone when I hear “bad” news, I never have anyone to talk to me about it as it is happening, I have to wake up alone with it. And go on with my day as if I didn’t hear about anything traumatic. I am always alone dealing with emotional issues. I am tired and need to escape away from work and death and illness. It’s taking away my creativity.

Both images on this post is in my shop on etsy: 4pawsartstudio

Happy Day

Caroline

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Chpt 4 cont…The creative cure-creative exercises

Intuition is the topic for this chapter.

The exercise the author Jacob Nordby, suggest is blind contour drawing.

He stayed it can “take you out of your logical, results-oriented mind and into the realm of pure observation and creative flow.” Page 65

So here goes…

This is a plant I have in my window sill, thought it would make an interesting blind contour drawing.

Here’s the finished blind contour drawing…

Then the next creative exercise is intuitive painting. He states it is “an amazing tool for developing and honoring your intuition.” Page 67

I used watercolor paints.

I really liked that both of these exercises were in one chapter.

It helped me to not fully concentrate on perfection. But I need to admit it was a challenge to not look down at the paper doing blind contour drawing.

I want to repeat this exercise again.

Happy day

Caroline

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Fruits, French and Art Journal

What does fruits French and art journal have anything to do with each other?

Not much to some. But it makes sense to me.

I have been trying to find time to do all three, so I thought why not put them all together?!

I have been learning French since high school which has been a long time ago. I want to visit France again, but this time I want to actually speak the language when I’m there.

But I have no time with my busy job as an art therapist and counselor.

Art journalling came to mind. Why not combine both to learn and spend time to make some drawings.

Therefore fruit became first on my list…it was a random thought no particular reason.

Watch my video on how I made this art french language learning page.

Stay tuned to more art sharing…

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Kiwi Watercolor

The other day I wanted to relax before the day ended. I found myself wanting to water color that night.

The lights were dim, the candles were lite in the window. Painting in dim light was a challenge, but it was something that I have not done since art school.

I used watercolors from Artist’s Loft, it is a cheaper brand of watercolor. It seems that the colors are crisp and the flow of consistency of the paint is really fluid. The five colors I used were Viridian, Lemon Yellow, Prussian Blue, Violet, and Burnt Sienna.

The brushes I used were small sized watercolor brushes, again inexpensive.

And the paper is watercolor by Artist’s Loft. This paper is really nice for small simple watercolor paintings.

I did not take pictures of each stage of the painting. In the future I will show steps on how I completed it.

Caroline

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Watercolor Monday

I had some time today while waiting for my dog who is at the doggy spa. (Definitely a well needed bath)

I wanted to watercolor, sometimes I have artists’ block. I began painting the rose from a photo I took.

I’m not sure if I like it. Definitely can tell I was not loose in my hand.

Then I decided to paint an elephant. One of my favorite animals.

Most definitely very proud of this watercolor painting. Painterly style is what I paint in the best.

Hope you enjoyed my paintings today.

Caroline