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Express Your Heart

Sunday, 05 January 2014 08:24  by Jessica W.

This project is about letting your hands express what is in your heart. Through creating art, we can work out our dreams, fears, joys, ideas and daily struggles. The images that speak to us the loudest often reflect important aspects of ourselves.

Nature is a muse full of dramatic color, sweeping sunrises and a panoply of flowers and plants. It is always changing, wild and dramatic regardless of the season.

The benefits of nature are well studied. Simply spending time outside can boost mood, calm the spirit, reduce depression and anxiety. This project idea captures the beauty of nature to propel us to express our hearts on paper.

Make a month-long challenge to go outside each day. Spend time enjoying the beauty and wildness of nature. At the end of your time outside, sketch what impacted you the most, the thing you felt most drawn to or what resonated with your heart. Use whatever artistic tools you prefer. If you feel drawn to, go beyond a simple sketch. Use paint, pencils, textiles or materials from nature to add complexity and dimension. Follow your thoughts and feelings however far they take you.

At the end of the month, look back on your daily images. What themes emerge? Have you developed a particular style? Is there a recurring image that speaks to you? This can be a gateway to self-discovery and joy.

Last modified on Friday, 03 January 2014 20:32

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