Thursday, June 30, 2011

CREATIVE THERAPY


Some of you may wonder if I've fallen completely off the face of the Blogosphere!! Thankfully, no!... But April & May were filled with many family events and needs that kept me both from writing & from drawing much.

In April, my husband & I had the JOY of traveling north to celebrate my nephew's wedding with family & friends. As co-pilot in the front seat of our little red Corolla, I happily counted the miles by knits & purls as I practiced my new knitting skills on a cozy blue scarf.

Home again in May, we learned of my mother-in-law's unexpected hospitalization & quickly repacked our bags (along with more yarn) and headed to the farm for 3 weeks. During that time, my mom also had knee replacement surgery... a very difficult experience for the whole family. My life felt upside-down & in limbo... and so I knit.

It's interesting now, looking back on my whole May experience... Much as I wanted to draw & create, I found I just wasn't emotionally able to concentrate. And yet, my hands still yearned to "make stuff"... so knitting did indeed become my creative therapy! Nothing very complex, mind you!... Just miles & miles of colorful scarves! It was one of those times when I wondered if I'd ever be able to draw anything again. But God is GOOD!... and I'm once again able to put pencil to paper & let my "sillies" out in living color.
    
Thank you so much, Lord, for your faithfulness to me!!

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."  James 1:2-4 NIV

4 comments:

Softpencil Studios said...

Fun artwork!
I hope your mom and mother-in-law are better now.
In difficult times I usually think the same, but finally I realize I´m still able to draw :)
Hugs!!!

Patti Moore said...

Hi Elizabeth!

I'm happy to say that both our moms are doing much better now!... Thank You!! :)

I'm coming to the conclusion that creativity requires a lot of energy from me. When LIFE holds emotional challenges, I guess I shouldn't be surprised when I just don't have it "in me" to create. But it is reassuring that, when the storm is over, the sun (and my energy) come back again!

Hugs to you, sweet friend!

Cindy D said...

I hope everyone is ok (including you)! That actually sounds like fun, knitting the miles away in the front seat of the car as the countryside rolls past.

I love your style - so adorable and whimsical. Found your blog link at the ACEtsy team. :)

Patti Moore said...

Hi Cindy! :)

Thanks so much for your well-wishes! We are ALL doing better (tho I must admit, I've knit many miles of scarves this past summer!). I am glad that my husband & I have been available to help our family along the way.

I absolutely LOVE your colorful artwork!... and I noticed you also enjoy using Copics! They're a brand new medium for me... and I "see" a growing collection of them in my future! ;)

Wishing you all the BEST!... Happy Creating!!
~ Patti

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