Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Notes For Caregivers #2 - Developing A Habit Of Caring


"Love" collage by Lani, textures by FlyPaper.

Here is an interesting short video from Stories For Caregivers on the importance of caring and connection. Very sweet.


Saturday, July 28, 2018

Notes For Caregivers #1

"Care For Ourselves" collage by Lani, textures by FlyPaper.
I'd like to add something new to the blog, posts that are specifically for caregivers.  Whether we are art therapists, caring for our patients/clients/artists, or if we are caring for someone at home, my observation is that self care is extremely important. So I will be posting some really helpful ideas, web sites, or videos that have come my way. There is a Canadian web site, Stories For Caregivers, that feels like a life line. I started with Dr. Yvette Lu who has some great ideas to help caregivers find practical solutions to improve their lives.  Ever wondered about flotation therapy? Dr. Lu has an answer.

The website also has a list of resources for caregivers in Canada which led me to a list of resources for caregivers in Ontario. Very helpful.

For those in the US, AARP has a helpful website.

Friday, July 27, 2018

#192 out of a thousand ways to have a happy artist's life; Creating Art With Joy




"Joyous" collage with Pandia by Lani, textures by FlyPaper.


This one comes from a delightful 13 minute TedTalk by Ingrid Fetell Lee on Where Joy Hides and How to Find It.  She describes an experience from her Design class where she became curious about the connection between joy and tangible objects. She began to ask people what brings them joy, the Nancy Drew of Joy. She discovered bubbles, tree houses, balloons, ice cream cones, and rainbows are pretty universal in their ability to bring us joy. She discovered pops of color and circular shapes are very pleasing.  It's only 13 minutes but a very well spent 13 minutes.

"...if the aesthetics of joy can be used to help us find more joy in the world around us, then couldn't they also be used to create more joy?"

Try this. Listen to this short talk and try incorporating some of her ideas into your creative efforts.