Here is preview of the work in progress! The VOICE program is  a program for 18-21 year olds in the Edmonds School dist. that serves folks with disabilities and equips them to join the work force and for adult life. I have the honor of teaching art workshops with these  fine folks and my daughter Jessica is in the program. We are so honored to be chosen as the featured artists for  Art Spot in the February Edmonds Art Walk https://artspot.squarespace.com/ . The students have had 3 workshops at Art Works in Edmonds learning about Henri Matisse and his painted paper cutout art. They have painted lots of beautiful papers with acrylic paints and added pattern with random objects. After sketching  shapes that remind them of our theme for February.. love, friendship, community.. they cut their shapes out of the colorful papers for collaging onto various substrates. We will be showing students individual pieces and 2 large 36″x36″ pieces on recycled doors at the reception on February 19th. The night will celebrate the students hard work and beautiful creations as well as all things artfully French.

Join me and fellow artist Michele McGraw and take a break from shopping, cleaning, and holiday preparations and find your inner voice, an alter ego who wants to play and create!
Come create in the company of others who also need a fun project.  Combine imagination with art and discover your inner muse, then bring it to life! Register here : https://artspot.squarespace.com/winter-creativity-bliss

Altered Ego Figures

What a joyful experience to have my two worlds come together! My hospice work as a RN and my artistic endeavors! Every year the Evergreen Foundation accepts applications for grants to foster improvement in the care of patients and betterment of staff. This is the second year I have applied with the encouragement of management, as studies show that creative work as an outlet helps prevent compassion fatigue.  My idea was to have each staff member make a beacon of love via a flag that could hang outside the hospice center for the month of Hospice Awareness. The flags would serve as a vehicle for staff to express their own hopes, blessings, and love for our patients. The act of making the flags itself was a chance for the staff to decompress from the heavy work we do. We wanted to do it during the already scheduled staff meetings so that more staff could attend and get paid for their time making art! This proved a challenge as naturally we don’t meet in an art studio but in a auditorium and conference rooms! So the project had to be portable and not messy.  After looking at options.. it seemed stencils and fabric paint dauber and fabric pens would be the best fit. So lucky for me my dear friend Tracy Fraker of Art Spot in Edmonds met with me and was able to order all the materials bar the fabric for me.  The materials were very nonthreatening to the staff who are ” artistic naïve” and allowed for the 40 min. we had to create the flags.

Again, I saw that when staff who otherwise deemed themselves inartistic are given the right tools and encouragement they lose themselves in the process and find they can communicate artfully!

I had 2 sessions with 30-40 staff at each meeting.  Before each meeting I began with a reading from Ann Voskamp,

“It takes a full 20 min. after your stomach is full for your brain to register satiation. How long does it take your soul to realize that your life is full?…. This moment I enter–I don’t reach forward and I don’t reach back and I weigh the moment down with full attention.”  I then invited the staff to join together in weighing down our time together. I also reminded them not to get too attached to the art but to remember that these flags were going to be outside in the weather, symbolizing our lives and wishes being spilled out over the ones we love. Also, a reminder of our own impermanence. Here are a few samples of the flags created. The flags will be hanging at Evergreen Hospice Care Center in Kirkland,WA the month of Dec.

HERE ARE A FEW OF THE BEAUTIFUL FLAGS

Zazzle Storefront

Colorful Tag by Mary B. Peterson

See this and other artwork at My Zazzle

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