2016 #takeheART Project

2015-12-31About the #takeheART Project

In January 2016, I made a new year’s resolution to make more art! I  zentangled hearts and posted one each day in January on Instagram. These personalized drawings were created for my friends and family based on their favorite quotes. This was my way of acknowledging their friendship & love, while keeping my resolution to make more art.

Over the past year, in light of current events, I have found it difficult to create new works of art because I wanted it to be meaningful. Abstract painting is usually my comfort zone and preferred medium. This #takeheART project pushed me to connect with my audience while creating new works of art that have positive messages.

Why am I interested in Zentangle? Zentangle is a practice that inspires relaxation and inner focus. It has multiple benefits including calming an anxious mind, increasing self-confidence, and cultivating moment-to-moment awareness in a similar way as mindfulness meditation. This process encourages my own heart and life while balancing being an artist, mother and full-time professional.

*Drawings were exhibited in the first floor Gallery at the Columbus State Library in January 2016 To view the collection in their archives, please visit this link:  #takeheART.

Quotes that inspire me to share my narrative and create:

2016-01-03Why do any art if you’re not going to bring out of yourself the thing that is most vulnerable and most precious, that has to be said? Why do something unless you’re really trying to get at what it’s really about?   -Marc Kelly Smith, New York Times, June 3, 2009

When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space. -Pema Chodron

“Even more than bread we now need poetry, in a time when it seems that it is not needed at all.” -Leon Staff, a Polish poet who lived in the Warsaw ghetto.

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