Time and time again my belief in the benefits of creativity is reinforced in my everyday life. This past fortnight a fluey virus has been doing the rounds which has seen me at different times as nurse and patient at home. There have been a few troublesome but not serious stresses to deal with and along with the general chaos of everyday living I've felt the strain. It has taken me a few days just to post on this blog because every time I sat at the computer to write I'd fall asleep! But yet again, making time to create despite having not felt like it - whether it be doodling in the middle of the night when I'm awake with spasms, scribbling down a story, working on my round robin journal or painting with the kids - being creative this week has been my relief and healing balm. Something soothing and meditative happens when I focus on bringing forth a creation even if it is a rough doodle. The two felt pieces displayed above and below will be inside covers for my journal box that I've been working on.
Its hard to capture on camera/scan the sparkly silver thread that I used to embroider the 'Welcome' and 'Si-lver' so you'll have to imagine how this lifts the overall pieces. I've done much of these in the wee hours with sleepy eyes or in the day when I've not slept very well the preceding night. Therefore the stitching is not perfect and I only know about 3 stitches anyway. But I hope the mix of texture that thread, felt, silver coloured buttons and charms adds will add to the feel of the journal.
Then a few days ago when the kids were feeling a bit better my son asked if we could paint together. These were some of the results:
The top and bottom left are two of my eleven year old daughter's paintings. I love her painting and drawing style that shows at even her young age. The bottom right is a canvas my nine year old did and is now hanging on my living room wall. I think somehow he's been influenced by my doodling and mandalas but is also developing his own style. The top right I included was a silly painting I did to spark a bit of creative story telling between us. We asked 'what's that coming over the hill?'. I just kept adding layers of paint with no plan or idea myself. We created stories that included everything from a firework factory explosion to a giant with a colourful beehive type hairstyle. We had lots of giggles and despite originally feeling too rough to bother I was glad I did. I felt lighter in spirit and mentally energised even if physically exhausted. Plus, spending quality time with my children in this way is a gift I treasure.
- How has your creative time (or lack of it) influenced your wellbeing and mood this week?
Wishing you all a Happy & Creative rest of the week and weekend!
And - Sending you much love on Valentines Day today :-)