The Heart Of Art-giving

Love is the gift at the heart of art.

Art-making, art-taking and art-giving. These are ways to creative wellness; when we are present in the moment, engaged in the experience of creating, experiencing what is created, and sharing creative experience.

At the heart is art-giving, creating and connecting for the greater good. It is something creative, self-actualized or acquired, that is enlivened by sharing to uplift and help others. In a communal experience, it is our singular creativity combining with the beauty and diversity of other people to make a unique work of art. Together, our true colors shine brightly. Our shared creative rhythms are the vibrations that celebrate life. We make and take art in life everyday. When we give art, to Self and others, it can express love in ways that strengthen and heal. Art given can care for a need or desire, show how and what we feel. Love is the gift at the heart of art.

From my heart, I want to thank all the Art HOPE program participants, community partners, artists, educators, and volunteers who have shared their creative gifts to make our small organization a vital arts and healing resource in Southern Maine. Art HOPE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to promoting creative wellness through free expressive arts programs for people living with cancer or longterm illness and the community at large. In 2018 we will be sharing creativity in new ways, locally and nationally, on our website, www.arthope.org. We will begin to publish our experiential creative wellness curriculums for individuals and groups with the imprint Art HOPE Press. They will be offered for free download or suggested donation. The creative format is based on original themes presented in a new book I’ve written, Art HOPE The Way To Creative Wellness. Buy the book to learn more and support this nonprofit work. Give the gift of creative wellness, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Art HOPE using the PayPal button or by sending a contribution to our address.

Feel the love. In this season of gratitude, art-giving is a gift that gives back. Thank you for supporting Art HOPE.

Drawing Inspiration In Season

Draw what you love.

The seasons can inspire how we experience the world around us. Autumn in New England is a sensory delight. The sun’s golden light is low in the sky, making for bright contrasting shadows in the day and dramatic emblazoned sunsets at dusk. The axial tilt of the planet increases the length of night, cooling the air. In the northeast that means that the trees are an artist’s palette of red, orange, yellow, amber and russet greens. Fruits of the season reflect these colors, now harvested for food storage, savory cooking and festive decoration. The gourds, squashes and apples offer the artist’s eye a feast of warm colors and three-dimensional shapes. Time to draw. Continue Reading

Parents As Teachers: Learning By Instinct And Experience

Mother loon in a teachable moment.

The loon parent looks serene in my photo, but she’s teaching her fledgling a lesson in survival. What you don’t see is her juvenile loon hiding under the pine trees along the shore as a big, hungry eagle looks on. I’m compelled to write about how this mother loon used a teachable moment to save her baby. It taught me that the sentient nature of an animal, regardless of the species, will fight for her child and teach them how to survive in the big, wild world. Continue Reading