Attended a painting workshop today at Art & Creativity for Healing a wonderful non-profit.
Painting is done very rapidly so that intuition rather than artistic skill is the focus. And it’s hard to be skillful when make-up sponges and q-tips are used instead of brushes!
The theme of this workshop was PAINTING HOPE. Here’s my painting and what it revealed to me: #CreativeSprint
14 x 18 Acrylic, Prayer of Hope
My painting first focused on 20 years ago when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue.
- The red represents the searing pain I experienced.
- The dark black color of despair turned into purple as the painting progressed.
- The goldish/orange is the hope I felt with each new doctor’s appointment that maybe this time I would have an answer of what was wrong with my body. (Those were the days when fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue were thought to be psychosomatic because test after test showed nothing wrong.)
- The paler gold represents giving hope to others.
When it came time to talk about my painting it became clear to me that I no longer had hope for a cure in my life time. And the realization that my hope was replaced by faith – faith that God gives us all trials and pain to help us learn and grow spiritually – brought me to tears.
Twenty years later I realize that fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue gave me an experiential reference for helping others find hope during my 30 years as a practicing psychotherapist. Fibro has been a gift, albeit a painful one.
If you want to see the other painting I did click here Curious to the Max.
Please check out Art 4 Healing.org. Their mission is to support emotional healing through art & creative expression for those living in pain, grief, fear or stress.