Goodbye Summer… Hello Fall :-)


To celebrate the end of summer, I’ve included a sketch I did almost 12 years ago (where does the time go?) while at my favorite Michigan lake with one of my best friends.  Looking at it reminds me of long swims, picnics at the beach, and summertime.  I recently gave the picture to my friend as a gift.  The best memories are shared 🙂

Fall officially begins Tuesday, September 23.  What do you plan to do on the last days of summer?  Or have you already welcomed the fall weather that’s slowly creeping in?  I’m personally hoping for one more swim!  But I have to admit, my husband and I have also already been to the cider mill three times!  I guess I love summer and fall.  Now winter, especially Michigan winter, that’s another story…

 

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Art as Therapy

Prismacolor markers and pencils

I’m a runner.  Two years ago I fell on my face.  As you can guess, the experience was pretty traumatic.  My friend, a nurse, said it would be considered a head injury.  My world changed in an instant.  My front tooth was bent at an odd angle.  My husband and dentist (both angels) helped pull it back in place.  In those first moments, I lost my ability to communicate.  For a Gemini, this is a problem 😉

The recovery was emotional.  One of the things that helped me most was art and prayer.  These two things go together more than people may realize.  I started by writing about it, but the experience was hard to put into words.  Working with images can be more intuitive.  Here is a sketch I did when I was trying to facilitate the healing of my tooth.  Many times we feel powerless.  The best thing of course is to go with the flow and give up control.  But working through difficult situations by creating art is also a beneficial tool for becoming empowered.

I’m a big advocate of positive thinking.  I think it keeps us relaxed and helps promote healing.  If we can visualize change (through art and positive thoughts), we can make it happen.

You may not consider yourself an artist, but don’t let that stop you.  Art therapy is more about the process than the end result.  Focusing on color imagery might be one place to start.  You can make it as detailed or abstract as you want.  Check out this art therapy blog for more information.

We may never learn the reason why certain things happen to us, but we can bring a sense of peace and closure  to these events.  In literature, we call this catharsis.

So where am I two years later after this event?  I’m running outside again.  I’m also finally pursuing my lifelong dream of becoming a published author and illustrator.  I’d like to think art and prayer/positive thoughts had something to do with it.  What will you do when life gives you lemons?  Please comment and share!

Need some comic relief?  Here is a new favorite quote of mine:

“When you’re falling on your face, you’re actually moving forward.” — from Friends: Lovable, Livable, Laughable Lines

In Celebration of the Fall

I came across this wonderful poem by my new favorite poet, Rainer Maria Rilke.  It’s from The Book of Images.  I hope you enjoy it.  It’s not just an ode to fall, but falling.  We all fall at one point or another, but I think it’s what we do afterwards that has the most meaning.  Next time you fall, what will you do?

AUTUMN

The leaves are falling, falling as from far,
as though above were withering farthest gardens;
they fall with a denying attitude.
 
And night by night, down into solitude,
the heavy earth falls far from every star.
 
We are all falling. This hand’s falling too–
all have this falling-sickness none withstands.
 
And yet there’s One whose gently-holding hands
this universal falling can’t fall through.