Endings and Beginnings, with Some Sad Art and a Coloring Page

A recent loss had me under the covers over the weekend, but I channeled some of my feels into art. Mostly used the dry ink brush here in Procreate. I have been wanting to work on a coloring book, so I decided to do a line art version, and I used some of Flo’s brushes (a YouTube Procreate teacher I adore!) and some Procreate texture brushes on the blankets to give it lots of little  bits to color in.

Feel free to download and color in the jpeg below, at some point I’ll have a nice little coloring book on Amazon, but I’m going easy on myself with that right now. I have lots of healing to do and lots of creative projects going, so I will be sharing some happier posts and work soon as I paint the late Spring flowers bursting forth around me.

Procreate illustration of sad girl under pile of blankets
Coloring page for sad times laying in bed with blanket

Healing in Color

yoga meditation painting

Hello, World! It’s been a rough decade, huh?

I’ve lost some loved ones, some jobs, some mobility, and some dreams. I’ve started to focus on recovery, poking into the traumas of my life and examining my reactions. Facing the long, lonely days of COVID quarantine, I purchased an iPad pro and Procreate and resumed a daily drawing practice that had waned years ago. It was nice, healing, and I learned to enjoy painting again, but I needed more.

Though I relish living alone and consider myself an introvert, I missed people. I crave community. I want to get my art off the dining room table and into the world. The more I’ve prodded into my own mental health, the more I’ve seen these themes come up in my work. I’ve been creating a happy place in my work, where color and texture reign, and I focus on topics and themes that encourage the skills I’m building: mindfulness, tenacity, curiosity, and embracing joy.

My aim in this blog to reflect and share how art helps heal our hearts, to be part of the supportive and thoughtful community of artists online, and having a place that’s all my own (I’m looking at you Zuckerburg!) to share my work and ideas.

Please join me on this healing journey! I’d love to connect on social media and I hope to start a monthly email newsletter soon. I’m so excited to connect with other artists, people in recovery, art lovers, and shoot I’ll even take some haters! It is the internet after all!