Excited to reveal my latest painting, Art Healing! This piece celebrates the power of art to promote mental, physical and emotional healing. I firmly believe that art can lift our spirits, and furthermore it can transcend a person’s difficulties and encourage positive well being. As an artist, I have long known the personal rewards of creating art, and I have also witnessed the joy it provides for those in need of healing, whether or not they “know how” to create art. In the painting, I depict the experience of either viewing or creating art initiating a spiritual transformation which fills the mind and body with vibrancy. (Read more about my interest in art and healing here.)
This piece is currently on display in a wonderful show to benefit our local Alzheimer’s Association. Portland friends, I hope you can stop by!
A-Z Art to End Alzheimers
Milwaukie City Hall & Bay Galleries, 10722 SE Main St., Milwaukie, OR
Exhibition runs: July 7-July 31, M-F 8am-5pm
Opening reception on First Friday, July 7, 5-7pm
In the studio, creating Art Healing:
For this piece, I started with sketches. First I developed an idea for the composition and then created a rough sketch of the head…
I built up layers of acrylic wash to add muscle tone to the face:
Next, I evened out the color with more layers and began the background. As you can see my first background ended up changing a bit later! It’s always fun to let a more intuitive process take over.
Sometimes my initial idea morphs into something else.
More light and detail, changing background…
Framed and ready for the show! And a glimpse of Jewel Inside and Reflection in the background (more on those coming along soon).