Clothing

Admittedly, I’ve thinned the herd of clothing that used to be in my closet. But still, there are those cherished garments that I may have worn once yet will never wear again that reside sleeve and collar next to my current go-to wardrobe. Enclosed in plastic garment bags are my maternal grandmother’s 1907 . . . → Read More: Clothing

Transition

Moving messes with one’s creativity. At least it does mine.

After six weeks in our new home where most things had found a new home, a new room, a new cupboard, or a new shelf, we were getting the hang of living in our new space. But then we transitioned back . . . → Read More: Transition

Settling

We’re getting settled. The last boxes have been opened weeks ago and their contents distributed to new logical locations…not that I can find what I want when I want, but that’s a part of settling in. Going through the arduous effort of imprinting new routines. The refrigerator-sink-stove-dishwasher routine we’re getting down pretty well . . . → Read More: Settling

Empty

It has been decades since my calendar is as empty as it appears now. No more breakfast or lunch dates, no more doctor’s appointments, no more art workshops to plan for or facilitate, no more dinner engagements with friends. No more deadlines to meet. There has been a emptiness to our days – . . . → Read More: Empty

Effort

I’m back…but it’s been an effort. It’s been nearly two months since I’ve sat down at my computer to create what had become a weekly discipline for four years. How quickly one gets out of a routine when other things in life take precedence. But seriously, I have a good excuse. Many of . . . → Read More: Effort

Joy

It’s been an usual spring at the Lighthouse in terms of the weekly therapeutic art projects. Some weeks there was no discreet end product. We’d simply spent the morning painting and texturing old calendar pages, or creating complex papers with randomly pasted bits of colored paper on a tracing paper foundation, or even . . . → Read More: Joy

Balance

Finding balance is the hard work of recovery. Right relationships with God and others, healthy choices, attitudes, feelings and behaviors. Easier said than done as the ladies of the Lighthouse, a twelve-month, faith-based, residential treatment program for women recovering from substance abuse know all too well. Invited to create a composition where the . . . → Read More: Balance

Basics

“How do you mix yellow?” You don’t. But that’s been a common question over the last six years at the Lighthouse therapeutic art workshops. So periodically we introduce a day of color mixing. A day of learning the basics. Given just three colors – red, yellow and blue, the ladies learn they can . . . → Read More: Basics

Heart

Recent the ladies at the Lighthouse got a chance to use some of the painted and marbleized papers they’d had fun creating over the last few months – even in the midst of their bewilderment about what we were doing…and why. Ordinarily, our weekly therapeutic art activities are stand-alone projects with a specific . . . → Read More: Heart

Retreat

I have a friend who thinks that retreats intended for rest, renewal and spiritual growth are wrongly named. She thinks they should be called advances. She’s got a point. Particularly since I enjoyed a glorious retreat this last weekend at the C Gallery in Los Alamos, hosted by artist/owner and consummate hostess Connie . . . → Read More: Retreat