Last year I facilitated a Solstice Global Healing Art workshop for the Planetary Healing Artists Association of Australia. Members and invited guests came together for an afternoon of art making. Together we explored what it feels like to belong in the world, and then expressed this in a giant mandala.
Although many of the participants were unknown to each other and were from different religious and cultural backgrounds, the process of working together to complete a beautiful piece of art engendered a respect for diversity and promoted cooperation and team work.
As we reflected on what we had created we became aware of the similarity in the symbols we each used (the sun, hearts, nature, birds) and the feeling of balance and unity in the finished mandala.
The theme for the Solstice was “Healing the Family” and indeed all participants left feeling inspired, peaceful and connected to others.
You can watch a short video of the process here.
With thanks to Steve Yarr form ArrowsVision and the Planetary Healing Artists Association.
Last week I received my 4 Artist trading Cards back from the Pocket Change exchange. So exciting to have a little bit of art, love and care from an artist in a different part of the world! Thank you Jocelyn, Sara, Mosha and Bailey for your art and affirmation. These timely messages of support and care really made my day a little more special.
This project reminds me of the old days when family members would send photographs of themselves to one another as keepsakes. Now, thanks to the internet, the world is a bigger place for all of us. I like to think that through this project I’m connecting with members of my artist family. These tangible artistic affirmations are something I will treasure.
the gift of giving is priceless
The first of my Artist Trading Cards to be submitted to Pocket Change: creating change through making something small ~A 6 Degrees of Creativity Artist Trading Card Exchange.
Each artist submits 4 cards and receives three back in the mail. Inspirational and positive messages encouraged!
When I hold my heart with compassion
it becomes possible to love the world.
Art created for the Global Art Project for Peace 2012