For the length of my career as an art educator, I’ve stood firm on the belief in art therapy as a tool to manage life. I’ve watched it help students and loved ones for years. Now, I need to improve my own practices.

I’m preparing for my upcoming show at the same time of dealing with the loss of my father. My work, my emotions, my frustrations, my to- do list have all become intertwined into a messy, grey hodge- podge. It is what it is. This too shall pass and transform into new life. The process of letting go and opening up to creative flow is not a “one and done” kind of thing. I’m finding I need to develop an ongoing process of letting go/ then holding on/ then letting go/ then holding on.

During this process of transformation, I’m really trying to stick to a routine. No. I’m not really in the “mood” to paint or do the laundry. All I really want to do is sleep and put my head in the sand. But that doesn’t help anyone! I need to keep moving, and as my Dad would say, just put one foot in front of the other.

Here are a few of the upcoming paintings for the show. There are four additional ones not pictured. There will be four from my previous work and eight new ones.

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