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

Hope For Renewal: The Need For Creative Self-care

Creative self-care is like your personal cloud, an oasis floating in a sun-energized sky. Daydream.

Celestial events, like the recent solar eclipse, are an awe-inspiring phenomenon that reminds us of our connectedness to the cosmos. For a few hours, when Earth aligns with the Moon as it shadows the Sun, creative and spiritual sensations are awakened. The circadian rhythms of all living creatures and plants are effected by the change to darkness when the normal cycle is lightness. Daytime dims and the air cools. We witness a change in energy at the planetary level. It’s a shock and a shift. We can only be present and respect this universal force. Wherever we are and whatever we are doing when it happens, an eclipse is a moment of wonderment. Continue Reading