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CREATIVE WELLNESS: PHOTOWALKS

Take a photowalk to document what inspires you but also to get some needed exercise! I often walk with a friend to make it a bit of a “therapy”  talk session as well.  I also use a fitness tracker to keep track of how far I walk. The only camera equipment I take is my digital camera and iPhone.  I don’t take a bag or extra lenses so that I can walk freely and keep photo taking simple.  Here’s a post about how I use my iPhone. I…

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WHAT IS “CREATIVE WELLNESS”?

I was recently asked by a reporter from the US News and World Report on what I mean by “creative wellness” for a recent article. In response, I said that if you relate to how you take care of your health to creativity then you can understand how creativity can be part of your overall “wellness” just like eating right and exercising. Wellness is actively seeking to be in good health and creativity can be a part of it. Perfect health just doesn’t happen one…

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ALTERED BOOK HIGHLIGHTER DOODLED FLOWERS

I’ve been using this book about flowers to sketch and doodle flowers.  I doodled these while in the hospital visiting my sister. Here are a couple more posts about how I use this book as a sketchbook. Altered Book Highlighter Art Repurposed Book as Sketchbook for Flower Illustrations

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ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: WHEELCHAIR ART, EDITH KRAMER & KOREAN WAR VET

Check out this week’s “ART FOR YOUR HEALTH” headlines! Wheelchair art adds colour to Ottawa Rehab Centre Reflecting on Edith Kramer:  Art Therapy Pioneer and Artist Healing Arts:  Carving Wooden fish eases Lakeshore veteran’s mind from Korean War Memories

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FINDING TIME TO SKETCH & DOODLE

Trying to find time to be creative can be a difficult. But I challenge you to find small increments of time (10-30 minutes) when you can sketch and doodle. Creating doesn’t mean making a finished piece of artwork but rather being free to try new techniques, experiment with a new color combination or style of artwork. When do I find incremental time to create?  Think about all the time wasted “waiting”  or just sitting… having my morning coffee waiting at the doctor’s office while watching television while being…

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