am amazed by the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity, especially when it comes out in the form of artistic expression like the unstoppable spirit of music from
New Orleans. Been studying one of those musicians through videos all week! Here is a tribute to Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.
After many a yoga and bellydancing class, a few years back I started to paint dancers. Going from yoga stretches into dancing is a liberating experience and can keep your metabolism in better working condition since core exercises have been known to do that.
Oh, how I recommend dancing for stress relief and increasing joy. Free form, tango, hip hop, whatever kind and home or in a class, it always makes one feel better even if you only have five minutes to step away from the computer or whatever work you are doing. Stretch before and after and Shake it up!
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Recently, I taught an art class on art and healing through Mixed Media journaling. Mixed Media journaling is innately healing due to the emphasis on process instead of product. Each page is always a work in action. If a student doesn’t like a page simply paint or collage over part or all of the first layer of work. Play and explore through Mixed Media art journaling and let the healing journey begin.
Students in class learned how to make their own mixed media journals and combine wet and dry materials. We painted backgrounds to relaxing music that helped unleash creativity so that the mind could play with color and texture. Building layers by painting, stamping and scraping helps a student through further abstracting the background so that personal visual language can come through.
The art journal is not for exhibit so the stress of having a finished art product is relieved.
Layering their own personal imagery, poetry, collaging, glazing, cutting up old artwork and reusing it, will help students connect with their personal stories and journeys through insight.
Students can learn to work with the use of images as self symbols and metaphors for their lives.
Tribute pages to a lost loved one or somebody special is also quite helpful in the area of self healing.
Laura K. Bohn
This painting evolved from working kinesthetically in moving the brush around the page to music until a bit of form evolved. Then following the form, the dancer emerged to the jazz composition floating through the soundwaves.
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This painting started out as a textural process but then images started to emerge as layers, lines, shadows indicated bits of suggestions of images. It reminds me of a dream that I have while awake trying to figure out why this woman is pointing in a certain direction while I flow by on the waves.
I could also call this “The Artist Searches For The Way To Go”.
Fascinated by studies of different cultures, religions, myths, tales and the ties to art and art therapy. The dance of both creation and destruction are part of the same process. In painting sometimes an old painting is worked over and destroyed only to become a new creation. This is a work in progress that ties me to the constant flow of ideas and my studies. Recently I read about composting old parts of art into new art and that is basically what artists do to continue on with inspiration. This painting is a response to my recent readings and studies.