Thursday, April 25, 2013

Self-Soothing with Paint

Quietly and softly painting quiet and soft things this week in the wake of a diagnosis of Parkinson's.  Art is the best coping mechanism I can think of and so I paint and journal and doodle and paste.  I plan to continue to do so for a very long time.

This is another piece inspired by Mindy Lacefield's class Paint Your Story.  The body is definitely different from what Mindy does in her paintings but the head is still not my own.  For now, I sort of don't care so much as I appreciate the simple act of smooshing paint onto the canvas and seeing a character develop.  It is a soothing process and exactly what I need right now.

14 comments:

bluegiraffe (Sherry) said...

Michelle- I enjoy your blog and your art so much. I just wanted to let you know that you bring color and smiles into my life every day. I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, and wish you strength and healing. I agree with you that art can help us navigate life's difficult challenges. I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful and whgimsical art. Take care, Sherry.

Marcia Beckett said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Art is a source of healing. My thoughts are with you.

Snap said...

Michelle, I think Sherry (bluegiraffe) said is all. You bring much joy to those of us who follow your blog and your art. I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Wishing you well and keep on going on!

Cynthia said...

I agree with Sherry up there. I'm so glad you can find hope and healing in your art and that you choose to share your creations with all of us. Many hugs to you.

zoogarden36 said...

Your art is such an inspiration in spite of (or perhaps because of?) your struggles. Sending good vibes and healing thoughts your way!

Tina

gem said...

What all the other gals have said - your posts are always insightful and inspirational, and I am glad to hear you are finding a way to cope with yet another obstacle this life is tossing at you! I very much hope you continue to do so, inspiring & encouraging the rest of us along the way XOX from one Michelle to another <3

Connie Rose said...

Oh Michelle, I'm so sorry to hear about the diagnosis...thank you for sharing this very personal thing. I know you'll continue inspiring us for a long time to come. I just love your work. xo

Jennifer Shelby said...

... I just want to give you a big hug right now

iHanna said...

Hugs!!! Lots of them!

gypsy said...

Oh sweetie. What poor news. What a shock. May art continue to soothe you, to be a place of refuge, to be a calming influence in your life. Paint on.

Janet said...

I was also shocked to read of your diagnosis. The great thing is that there is medicine to help and so many new, innovative things going on in the medical field that its not quite the diagnosis it was 100 years ago. So glad you are living today where there are great doctors, so much hope and great art supplies too! I think art will be a great support to you. Much love!

Kate Bucci said...

I always read, rarely comment...but felt moved to when I read this. I have been thinking about you all day. I love your blog and reading it kept me going through my own battle with bowel cancer. Sending much love your way xx

Natasha said...

I am so saddened to hear about your diagnosis. Sending you hugs and wishes. You are in my thoughts. May you continue to find art a soothing place to lay your head.

KRISTINA said...

Dear Michelle,
I just came across your blog. There are no accidents. I have been getting tests for months with all kinds of new health challenges since the spring.
I believe art is healing and so is being vulnerable.
Thank you for sharing throughout your diagnoses. And your art is beautiful!
Blessings for Health and Happiness!
Love and Light!

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