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Like last week, thank you to all of our visitors and all the encouraging comments you left for us. For those of you who did, thank you for playing along with us. We will do a drawing for the RAK and announce the name mid-week. And if you didn’t join us before, we hope you do this time.
Ok! It’s time for catalyst number three:
The best part of your day, today.
We’re incredibly honored to have Linda Woods as this week’s Guest Designer.
Linda and her sister, Karen, are co-authors of two of my favorite books of all time: Visual Chronicles and Journal Revolution. Linda’s work and her messages about art and journaling are very inspiring to me. Their art aligns perfectly with the ideas behind creativeTherapy and I cannot encourage you enough to read their books.
If you want to know more about Linda, Karen, and their art, you can visit their website: Journal Revolution * the daily adventures of two sisters.
Linda’s work with this catalyst is below and you can click it to see the larger version.
This is my “fauxto strip” (a project from Journal Revolution) inspired by the Best Part of Today prompt. My best moment was making wishes and this year it was different because I just really wanted chips instead of cake and because it was my birthday, chips won! Tortilla chip wishes do come true, too! I let the photos tell the story instead of using words.
Thank you very much Linda, we’re truly honored.
Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team. It’s interesting to see how many of us chose family as our topic. Click on the photos to see the bigger versions.
Thinking about this week’s challenge, the first thoughts that came to mind were Family & Home. But I thought, how cheesy is that? Doesn’t everyone think of that as the ‘Best Part of Today’? But I decided that I don’t care if I’m cliche’. I am blessed to be able to be home with my girls everyday, homeschooling and interacting with them, and doing art whenever I have a moment. Being with my family is the best part of my ‘today.’
I had to think on this one and it turned out to be so obvious. My kids are always my best part of the day. With this particular picture we had gone to the zoo and the best part of THAT day was the fact that I was able to get all 5 of them in a photo. Now THAT’S an accomplishment. I love being a mother of 5 children!
Since the beginning of this year, I’ve been taking daily photos of David. It guarantees that we spend some quality time together every day.
In the last month, we’ve also started taking walks when I come home and it’s our time together. Now when I walk through the door, David says, “Go for walk, Mommy?” I grab my camera and we run out the door. We hold hands, we talk, we look at the flowers, we laugh, and I cherish each and every moment.
What started as a fun little project has become the best part of my day.
My Birthdays have often passed quietly for the past few years but this year has been exceptional. My family and my best friends have made this year extra special for me, probably because I have reached 35 years of age! They probably thought that I need a bit of cheering up because everyone has been calling me an “old” girl! LOL! And they have truly made this part of the day, the best day of my life.
I was having a pretty bad day and was attempting to wallow alone, when my 4-year-old walked in. “Mommy, look what I made!” Sigh. I was not in the mood for show and tell, but what’s a Mom to do? So, I answered, “Wow, Dylan. That’s fantastic.” It was pretty cool, after all, to see a glitter glue drawing on a paper towel! But, I’m still in a rotten mood! “Do you know what it is?” Ugh! Not fifty questions! Not now! “A fish?” “No silly, it’s a Rhinoceros bone!” “Ah, of course it is!” Grrr! He made me smile; slightly. I’m supposed to be in a bad mood! ” Yes, and see the red?” “Um hum.” “That’s the blood in the bone”. Ok, he got me! What could I do, but laugh and leave my bad mood behind? My day is filled with these little moments of pure innocence and imagination. I could have snapped at my son and asked him to leave me alone, but even when I’m in a bad mood, I know better. The best part of today is being old enough to embrace the fact that the best things in life are small and freely given and that family really is everything.
I decided to scrap “Rhinoceros Bone” because it is the perfect example of my life, today. I want to flip through my Book of Me and see this page and be reminded that I can laugh when I’m in a bad mood and that I am loved. Though I decided to do this for me, it’s turned out to be a huge deal for Dylan. I’ve made him feel so special. He can’t wait to see HIS page up on the internet! Again, the best things are small and freely given.
Our little Kayleigh brings magic into our lives every day. One day while we were gardening, she was looking for fairies. She had been digging in the dirt and decided to go in and change. Shecame out wearing an ankle length tulle dress. When I told her she couldn’t garden in it, she said “ But Mommy, I have to wear a pretty dress or the fairies won’t come. Laughing, I figured she’d already torn it in several places, and what would it hurt to let her wear it in the garden. She kept getting in my way, so I had her lay on her tummy on a skateboard and watch the flowers for fairies.
She looked so cute, sitting there so intently watching, that I grabbed my camera to snap a coupleof photos. Just as I snapped thisphoto a little white gnat came and landed on the flowers. She was so tickled that a “real” fairy had come to visit, and I was able to get this adorable picture of her with such joy on her face. In those moments, I remembered what it was like to “truly believe” in something with all your heart and soul.
She just KNEW that dress would attract a fairy, and she sat there believing and watching until one did. I had forgotten about the magic of childhood. The wonder that is found in such little things. She touched me that day with her special magic. Her love of life, and belief that all things are possible, if you just wish hard and wear a tulle dress.
Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “the best part of your day.” Give it a try. Embrace the healing power of art. It can be any form of art as long as it speaks to you. Leave us comments with your work and we will send a RAK to a random participant. You’ll have to link your work by Sunday night, April 6th, midnight PST to qualify for the RAK.
For our RAK for catalyst #3, we decided it would only be fitting that we give away one of Linda and Karen’s books to the lucky winner. Visual Chronicles is the first of the two books and a fantastic way to start your journey into art journaling.
Remember, this is not a competition. If your art makes you feel even a bit better at the end, you’ve won.
Until next week, enjoy each and every moment.
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