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Art has this incredible way of boosting brain function! I have been creating for the past 8-10 years. Actually, I’ve created my entire life but maybe, like you, didn’t realize it.
If you’re raising children your creating constantly. Creating ways to keep them occupied. Creating healthy meals to help them grow and function. Creating life events and holiday celebrations to help THEM create memories.
All of that creating… All of it, is art. The exciting part though is you can redirect those “energies” into a detox practice for your brain! Yoga for the brain. So what does yoga do for the body? It stretches the muscles. It slows down and focuses the movement. It encourages you to slow thoughts and focus on… breathing, poses, intention.
That’s exactly what art does. It stretches the muscle between the ears. Art pulls you into another dimension. Slowly. Kindly. It offers you the space to “not think” but to just be.
Which is how I discovered “12 Minute Art”. I had accompanied hubby on a biz trip and was hanging out in the hotel with Little Dog. I’m not much for watching TV and was tired of looking at magazines. I had brought a Mixed Media Art Journal with me and some markers. I sorta just picked it up and with no actual direction started fooling around. I remembered in elementary school we used to draw random meandering lines and then color them in.
I Finally Get It
I would love to say I had a huge ah-ha moment. Nope. I messed around with it and that was it. A few months later I picked up the same journal and saw that scribble and did another one. (ok, I’m a bit slow). Fast forward TWO stinkin years! I get it. I totally get it.
The thing that I knew was the thing I took for granted. Art *moves* your brain and emotions to a calm state, almost a disconnected state. It allows your mind to stop for a moment, to “zone out”. This is totally different than hanging out with friends or mindlessly watching TV. Both of those activities are just that… Your brain is focused externally. You’re taking in action/reaction but your not singularly focused on anything.
Creating without thought of outcome brings you to a single focus… What am I doing in this exact minute. Not what will I do next or what did I just do but what is happening right now. Your’e feeling the texture of the paper under your marker or ink, you sense the movement and space you are in. The color is absorbing into your conscious and subconscious without the need for words to describe or defend it.
Why 12 Minutes for Art?
THIS is your BRAIN ON ART. This is 12 Minutes of being in the zone. Why 12 minutes? 10 minutes did not allow enough time to “get into the zone” and at the 13-15 minute mark I could feel myself getting itchy… Like… okay, what next? What color next… What design next. Much like meditation, it takes time for the brain to accept this new state. And with meditation the more often you practice the more your brain becomes comfortable and you can extend your time ” in the zone”.
This is how 12 Minute Art started. I’m excited to continue sharing the process with you. I truly hope you choose to experience this short burst of yoga for the brain.
Do you have calming practices you already use? I would love to hear what they are.
“So this is Christmas”… as the song goes… and yes. It is Christmas! All grand and glorious and color-ful. The bittersweet mingled with joyous. How can one holiday encompass so many emotions! If you’re like me, you experience them all…
I have wished for you this Christmas… for my friends, my family, to those I partner with in business… online and off…
I have wished for you…
- JOY in the middle of difficulty
- COURAGE while walking through sadness
- PEACE within deep sorrow
- LOVE in spite of indifference
- IMAGINATION without end
Merry Christmas and many abundant blessings for you and yours on this day we celebrate as our dear Savior’s Birth
This is exciting! Can I just tell you… THIS is exciting? Since about the first week of August my world has been nothing but exciting. NOT EVEN KIDDING!
I’ve been dropping little hints on social media for a couple months. We haven’t really officially announced yet.. and NO!!! I am NOT having a baby! We’re just not going there…mmm-kay! I’ll be working on sharing this info very soon.
What I can tell you is … drum roll please!! WE’VE MOVED! If you’ve been keeping up with us at all that makes three moves in nine years of marriage. What can I say? We love adventure!
OKAY! Now that that’s semi-outta the way. Let’s get on to fun stuff!
The art guild in this new town is filled with fun, creative, exciting, and seriously talented artists! Meetings are packed with laughter, info and ya know, art biz stuff. The last meeting I attended had a member of the guild sharing her sculpture techniques. Honestly. This was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. She is totally out of the stuffy ol’ art box! Here let me show you!
Here she is!! Meet Elizabeth. Elizabeth Parks.
Elizabeth is one of those amazing people that if you give her a piece of leather, three boards, a couple hair pins and an hour she will have constructed an exact replica of the Sistine Chapel! No joke! Along with furnishing it and having a splendid meal on the table, that she has grown in her own garden no less! *ok. I might be embellishing just a tad*
The point is, the woman has got MAD skills and not just in art. Elizabeth has worked in the nursing field and she actually coaxes a prolific garden from the earth! She tells me she uses her personal experiences to draw from when creating. She has the amazing ability to see clearly the smallest details and convey them in her work. Bird feathers, buffalo fur, even the “feel” of a subject are captured in her work.
Elizabeth’s sculptures and paintings are created predominantly in the still of winter. While the garden sleeps Elizabeth gets busy creating “life” through art. She is a problem solver by nature and refuses to be derailed from her endeavors. If a specific art medium or tool is not available to her, she improvises. Creativity is not just about what she can make with her hands but also the raw, unusual materials she decides to use.
Numerous awards and accolades have come to Elizabeth over the years. No surprise there! Her work can be found in area businesses and homes across the state. After meeting Elizabeth, though, I can tell you she has a beautiful heart and quiet demeanor. Her art is simply the visual representation of her lovely spirit. Members of the guild are quick to share “While Elizabeth’s art and creativity are quite stunning… It’s her ‘charm and humility’ that is the foundation of her art.”
I am so thrilled Elizabeth agreed to chat with me. Honestly? I implored… ok, I asked kinda nicely… if she would stay and let me ask her questions about her work. She is the best. She hung around after the guild meeting to tell me all this cool stuff! I’m pretty sure she was ready to be home after sharing all the details of creating sculpture with the guild members.
Elizabeth! Thanks so much for letting me share your awesomeness on this space on the web!
I love our new little condo-ish place we are living! It’s the perfect size at the moment plus yard work is all taken care of! If I want to pull in some plants I can pop them into pots and be good to go!
One of the things I knew right away was the bright funky green table was not going to work. AT ALL!! Too big. Too bright. Not the vibe I was going for.
Of course the immediate answer was to paint it! I fell hard for this crazy dark green/blue color that I found on a fake pumpkin at the local craft shop. That color is now throughout the entire house in some form or fashion!
SO… Pics for you of the table makeover and the fall tablescape!
Have glorious fall! And I have to know! Have you got that furniture refurbish bug like me? I would love to see what your creating!
Good evening and Happy Monday! Yep. I’m totally late with this today. But! Here it is! A Birds Eye View!
I wanted to give you a peek at what the Thursday coloring pages will be like. These are the pages that carry a different theme. Sometimes a bit modern with geometric designs or something on a different scale. You can grab Thursday coloring pages by signing up here! These won’t be available other than in the sign up group.
This is as far as I’ve gotten coloring my Birds Eye View page. I’m using watercolor pencils and water based markers. It creates an overall controlled watercolor effect. The markers I’m using are my faves from Stampin Up. Nope, this isn’t an affiliate and I don’t get a dime for tellin ya this. They are hands down my favorite markers though!
Hope you enjoy this weeks sneak of the Exclusive Coloring Pages! I’ll be sending out the new Exclusive Coloring Pages a week from this Thursday… so April 27! Just click the picture to download it! Or… HERE!! Which ever you prefer!!
I hope your Good Friday is BLOOMIN’! I am searchin’ out as many flowers and blooms as I can find. Doesn’t it feel amazing when winter is finally over? Right now we’re in that space between everything being spring green and everything still being brown. There are green shoots coming out and the nurseries are shipping in their flowers but gardens are just not bloomin’ yet! Anticipation is killing me!
I was thinking this week about today’s flat lay and was coming up with a big fat goose egg! Earlier this week we had those spring winds that sweep in outta no where and turn everything upside down. I happened to have the back door open when one of those blew through… literally. Papers went flying, paint tubes learned how to sail, art work started bouncing off the walls, *more so than normal*. It was wild. I have a monogram metal “M” on top of the kitchen cabinets and this lil typhoon style wind kicked it right off and onto the counter. It just happened to land on a vase of flowers on the counter and decided to do the tango with a bunch of carnations.
AND ta-da!!! Inspiration! Out of a messy, crazy, water spilled, flower disaster… a flat lay was born.
I kinda really love that “M”. For one it’s spots… ADORE spots… And of course it is the monogram of my last name. In case you haven’t noticed, my name is on the organic side. LOL! And hubs and I have the same initials. How cool is that?
The Bloomin’ Mess
What really struck me though, is outta this bloomin’ mess something was created. Pretty much like Spring. The Divine created “Spring” and basically told it… you’re gonna have to use intense force to get the winter season tucked back into bed! We don’t really think about it much. It’s like the entire earth gives birth at once… well… on this side of the hemisphere right now. And if you’ve ever given birth-YEAH! You know the intense force that is!
Creativity can happen the same way. An idea or inspiration sneaks up on you. You ponder it a bit. Maybe try to talk yourself out of it. Then BAM! You’re in the middle of rippin out a wall! Hubs walks in in bewilderment, shakes his head and grabs a crow bar to help… ~Oh, wait, maybe that’s just me. But you get the idea!
When creativity strikes just go with it. Seriously. It’s a gift of force from the Divine. It’s one of the most powerful experiences you will EVER have. Even if it makes a huge mess, a crazy disaster can bring the most beautiful creations!
Okay! Your turn! Show me your flat lay using #flatlayfridayskm and be sure to tag me @sandykayemoss on IG! I totally hope you connect with me over on Instagram!