Staying Well with Art

Hi Everyone,
I hope all us are well during this interesting time in our history.  As we are encouraged to “Stay Safer at Home” we are finding ourselves burdened with adjusting to many things.  Some of my friends tell me they are adjusting to a lack of structure.  Some were used to waking up and going to work every day, and with that came their routine of “getting out the door”, and that is no longer necessary in the same way it was a few weeks ago. 

Couple that with the extra management of home-schooling children, providing your own daily meals, struggling with hectic grocery store runs, and managing dwindling finances, how do we cope with so many new considerations suddenly thrust into our lives as never before? 

What’s Going On?

Many have suggested that tuning into the news for just some updates may be better than ingesting every tidbit of information.  They say that could lead to over analyzing all the data and wrestling with what is or is not so factual.    

Some of us are finding ourselves off balance in general.  During this time of isolation, seemingly an artist’s dream was initially a window of opportunity to keep my brushes constantly moving without burdensome interruption.

Surprisingly, my easel sits in our living room and I have yet to paint a thing! I think, it has something to do with that period of allowing for new regimens.  For instance, my wife is working from home now.  We each are having some time figuring out how to make our work lives happen together at one kitchen table!  We bumped into each other along the way at first, but after a while, we adapted our routines and found another way to inhabit the same space for the same purpose.

Here at home, we ease ourselves with cooking and playing music.  We reached way back and found those old cookbooks we rarely use and started on some adventures in the kitchen.  Its kind of turned into a fun exploration into some new dishes we haven’t tried to make in a while.  I’ve picked up a guitar I haven’t played in a while and got reacquainted with that old friend.

The point is, even though perhaps painting and drawing might not be at the top of everyone’s “survival list”, it is a very important part of survival and wellness.  Diverting ourselves or engaging our minds on creative tasks often paves the way for inspirational solutions to more immediate issues.

15 Art Therapy Activities, Exercises & Ideas for Children and Adults

Here is something from a website called Positive Psychology offering their excellent ideas


The American Art Therapy Association is a great resource that may be useful.

They have extensive materials, articles and suggestions regarding art and Covid-19.  Here is an excerpt I lifted from their page:

Resources for the Public 

  • If you need help, please text SHARE to 741741 to reach a crisis counselor with Crisis Text Line. You can also call The Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to be connected to free and confidential support and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.
  • Check out the Quarantine Family Toolkit by Kristin Ramsey, ATR-BC, LPC, which offers suggestions and resources on how to talk with children about COVID-19, a sample daily schedule for working/learning at home, online apps, podcasts and other resources for daily activities, mindfulness activities and short guided muscle relaxation script, as well as many art activities instructions and examples.
  •  Resources for addressing COVID-19 — The National Council for Behavioral Health offers resources to help manage coronavirus-related anxiety and to communicate with your kids about this crisis among other topics. Behavioral health care workers will also find resources including telehealth best-practices and implications for certain vulnerable client groups.
  • #Coronart is a Facebook group for people to share personal renditions of the coronavirus. “Paint it, draw it, build it, carve it, knit it, grow it, sing it, play it. Anything you can imagine it. Let’s make this thing ours and share our vision!”

Also, if you would like to be more engaged with the output from my easel or studio, here’s how:
Visit my new YouTube channel
Visit my Facebook Page
Follow me on Instagram
Comment about the artwork on my website,
Let’s stay in touch.
My wife and I truly wish for everyone to maintain that spark of hope and inspiration now and always.  The creative self tends to manifest joy, humor and levity and even some beneficial soul searching that can often illuminate a better or brighter way forward.  Sharing your thoughts, ideas or creations is part of it too.  
Stay well and healthy in all ways.

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