Thursday, September 15, 2011

How will you change the world?

"Arrival" by Cat Tesla
Photo courtesy of Pfortune Art & Design, Inc.

"New Horizons" by Cat Tesla
Photo courtesy of Pfortune Art & Design, Inc.

When you ask someone what they do for a living, rarely will you hear them say "I want to change the world by doing  __________".  Instead they usually respond with "I work at such-n-such". For me the answer is that I'd like to change the world with my art - - by spreading a little beauty, a little joy, a moment of respite.

I believe this is what art does - it heals. Art connects with people on an emotional level and creates a vibe in a space that can make you feel joyful and uplifted. This is evidenced by the use of art in healthcare. Who wants to look at an ugly white wall when they're going to the doctor for an exam? You're probably already a little anxious to begin with and the last thing you need is to feel more uncomfortable. Lately there's been a surge of artwork being installed in hospitals, medical centers, and assisted living centers. This is because we all want to feel good - - or at least better. Particularly when we're sick.

Last weekend I met an art consultant who utilized some prints of my art in a sleep lab testing center. I've been told my artwork is relaxing. . . .but this really made me laugh! I sure hope the patients relax - - and then wake up again to enjoy my art.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Hello Fall

Cat with her parents
The weather is finally cooling off here in the Atlanta area and for me my energy is renewed. There is much to be grateful for. I do my best to live in the moment (not always easy, to be sure). The art walk at my studio last week was wonderful! There were lots of people browsing and buying art, and I had some amazing conversations with folks about the importance of beauty in our lives. Treating yourself well, and surrounding yourself with what makes you happy - - pretty simply ideas but too often ignored.

My parents visited over Labor Day weekend and we had a blast! I'm lucky, I know. So many of my friends have lost their parents or their parents don't come to visit them.

I painted in my studio most of Labor Day and reflected on how much there is to be grateful for.

Art is the river that runs through my life. I drink from it as often as I can to refresh myself.”  - Loretta Marvel