Sunday, January 27, 2013

back to my creative journey

I've been thinking........  if this blog is about my creative journey then I need to stay true to my intentions.  I realize that I have not been posting as often I could have been.  I, have always and still do, struggle with being judged.  My childhood was tainted with not being good enough.  I know there are many other women out there who have the same fear.  It's one that can be overcome, each time it presents itself, with action.  I have decided to step forward with courage in my heart.  It's about my creative journey, good and not so good.   I hope it will encourage you to step out, too.  I'll be your cheerleader.
My word for 2013 is cultivate which means to apply oneself to improving or developing.  One of the places I can cultivate is right here on this blog of mine. These are some of the art that I have been creating in my journals.

I was thinking of my sister, Bonnie, who loves butterflies.

My sister Bonnie has a severe case of viral meningitis.  She went into the hospital on 12/8/12 and didn't leave until 1/18/13.  I was feeling a little down about her and her situation when I did these pages in my journal.  Once I allowed myself to feel my feelings I decided to paint my way out of the doom and gloom.  They say art heals, well I believe it does, too!
Needless to say, creatively I have been feeling like I'm in the ebb, again.  I know it's natural to go there but it doesn't make it anymore comfortable.

On Wednesday, 1/16/13, I went to take care of my sister.  She was being released from the hospital and I wanted to be there to help with her recovery.  After a few days, she encouraged me to paint something for her.  Which I did by standing at her kitchen counter and talking with her.  These are the paintings I created.
Both of them were done with water color.  A medium I had little experience with.  Words are needed to complete them.  So maybe I'll show them again later when they are done.

Here's the greatest piece of all.  One night I coaxed Bonnie into creating a piece of art.  At first she was hesitant because she is not able to control her dominant hand.  So this background was created by her painting with her left hand.  It is truly a masterpiece! 


  1. Beautiful artwork Teresa. Love how healing it is for both you and your sister.

  2. Art is truly healing and I'm glad you and your sister shared that experience. And she likes butterflies? That settles it--you MUST enter my Facebook giveaway for a butterfly book! Right now! Big hugs to you.

  3. feeling the feelings is therapeutic
    and i'm glad you let yourself open to the healing
    and let your artwork flow.
    it's true and beautiful.
    i wish both you and your sister
    love and light,

  4. Oh, Teresa, I have tears in my eyes after reading this. What a difficult part of the journey this is for you, your sister, and your family. I'm so grateful that you were able to be there and spend time together. Her painting is what got me...I can see you there with her, smiling, handing her the brush and encouraging her.

    What a blessing you are, dear friend...

    Sending you peace and blessings

  5. Teresa, Your story and art are beautiful and amazing. I hope your sister has a full recovery! She is lucky to have you. I like your word for 2013 too! Sorry it's been too long since I have visited your blog.



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