Art for Healing

Posted by Harriet Hodgson @harriethodgson1, Oct 26, 2018

Kudos to the Montreal Museum of Fine Art for allowing physicians to write prescriptions for free admission to the museum. And kudos to Mayo Clinic for its art program. From the beginning, Mayo Clinic believed that art can uplift patients and foster healing. Whether it’s Rochester, Jacksonville or Scottsdale, Mayo Clinic displays a wide range of artwork for patients. The Rochester site published a brochure for a self-guided tour of artwork. I live in Rochester and every time I’m at Mayo, I take the time to look at the artwork.

@jenniferhunter I saw this as I enjoy this magazine. Congrats.

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Please know that no animal was harmed for this painting. Also nothing violent-rather some of how I was feeling. "Adrift On The Covid Sea".
We all have ways of expressing different feelings/emotions. There are many different types of art. This particular one is a watercolor (9"x20")of the struggles and disparities that are continually taking place the world over. I found this helped me to deal with things a bit better.

adrift on the covid sea

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@parus

Please know that no animal was harmed for this painting. Also nothing violent-rather some of how I was feeling. "Adrift On The Covid Sea".
We all have ways of expressing different feelings/emotions. There are many different types of art. This particular one is a watercolor (9"x20")of the struggles and disparities that are continually taking place the world over. I found this helped me to deal with things a bit better.

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@parus wow! So beautiful! Becky

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@parus

Please know that no animal was harmed for this painting. Also nothing violent-rather some of how I was feeling. "Adrift On The Covid Sea".
We all have ways of expressing different feelings/emotions. There are many different types of art. This particular one is a watercolor (9"x20")of the struggles and disparities that are continually taking place the world over. I found this helped me to deal with things a bit better.

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@parus What a gift you have! Thank you so much for sharing this gift with us.
Ginger

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@parus

Please know that no animal was harmed for this painting. Also nothing violent-rather some of how I was feeling. "Adrift On The Covid Sea".
We all have ways of expressing different feelings/emotions. There are many different types of art. This particular one is a watercolor (9"x20")of the struggles and disparities that are continually taking place the world over. I found this helped me to deal with things a bit better.

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So much feeling is in this painting, @parus. I can recognize the feeling of "treading water" and the feeling of "keeping my head above water." It takes a lot of energy to do both, in the same way, that it takes a lot of energy to make it through the COVID restrictions. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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@parus

Please know that no animal was harmed for this painting. Also nothing violent-rather some of how I was feeling. "Adrift On The Covid Sea".
We all have ways of expressing different feelings/emotions. There are many different types of art. This particular one is a watercolor (9"x20")of the struggles and disparities that are continually taking place the world over. I found this helped me to deal with things a bit better.

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@parus What a beautiful painting. You are so talented.
JK

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@parus

Please know that no animal was harmed for this painting. Also nothing violent-rather some of how I was feeling. "Adrift On The Covid Sea".
We all have ways of expressing different feelings/emotions. There are many different types of art. This particular one is a watercolor (9"x20")of the struggles and disparities that are continually taking place the world over. I found this helped me to deal with things a bit better.

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Parus, this is so beautiful! What a struggle for this magnificent animal. Beautiful! You are blessed with such talent. Thank you for sharing with us. Art is a healer. Every time I go to Mayo Florida I stroll the corridors and take extra time to take in, digest the beautiful artwork in all the corridors, offfices, cafeteria. The ceiling and walls are filled with beauty, with art that speaks to the soul.

The buildings themselves are works of art. When I began to feel better after several months visiting the campus, walking into the buildings, I began to look up for the first time. Beauty was staring down at me. Art in stone, design. And my spirit soared…for the first time in years I was filled with the joy and love of beauty. What a healing experience. And still, I am healed every time I step on the campus. Before seeing any medical personnel. Thank you for this. Blessings to you. Elizabeth

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@harriethodgson1

I have an MA in Art Education and have often wished I earned a degree in art therapy.

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About 30 years ago, I took 2 UC extension classes in art therapy. I found it an area full of potential, but, alas, at the time, it was underutilized. Meds were (and are) the preferred method. I also have MA in art ed. and lot's of years teaching.

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@healthytoday

About 30 years ago, I took 2 UC extension classes in art therapy. I found it an area full of potential, but, alas, at the time, it was underutilized. Meds were (and are) the preferred method. I also have MA in art ed. and lot's of years teaching.

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Art therapy was a saving grace for my Mom after a couple of strokes left her in assisted living and unable to drive. The teacher discovered a talent we never knew, and got her private sessions with the Artist in Residence – we cherish the few paintings she completed before her final illness. If I can find it, I will send a shot of her Memorial card from her funeral – my husband put a picture of her favorite painting on it.
Sue

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@parus this is so beautiful I feel like that horse alot these days just keeping our head about water Im sure alot of us feel same way . What a talent have you shown any of your pictures in art gallary,s ? You should if you haven,t beautiful thanks for posting . How are you doing? I took some time of but am glad to be back and see this horse .

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@lioness Thank you for your kind words. I no longer do the gallery thing. I am doing okay. Just taking things slow and easy. Have you been able to see your grandson lately? My grandson and his family have all had this virus so I am back to weekly visits most of the time. He is my best medicine. He recently turned six and so delight in having conversations with him. He is like talking to an adult only with the fresh, uninhibited imagination of a six year old. We like many of the same things and have fun sharing our own brand of humor.
I have days where my energy allows returning here and I am always thankful to see some of the old gang around along with the newbies. This cyber-table is always available.

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@sueinmn

Art therapy was a saving grace for my Mom after a couple of strokes left her in assisted living and unable to drive. The teacher discovered a talent we never knew, and got her private sessions with the Artist in Residence – we cherish the few paintings she completed before her final illness. If I can find it, I will send a shot of her Memorial card from her funeral – my husband put a picture of her favorite painting on it.
Sue

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@sueinmn Please do. What a tribute.

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@parus

@lioness Thank you for your kind words. I no longer do the gallery thing. I am doing okay. Just taking things slow and easy. Have you been able to see your grandson lately? My grandson and his family have all had this virus so I am back to weekly visits most of the time. He is my best medicine. He recently turned six and so delight in having conversations with him. He is like talking to an adult only with the fresh, uninhibited imagination of a six year old. We like many of the same things and have fun sharing our own brand of humor.
I have days where my energy allows returning here and I am always thankful to see some of the old gang around along with the newbies. This cyber-table is always available.

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@parus . I was on hiatus for most of the year and just getting back. NO I haven't seen my grandson only on zoom I miss his hugs he is 12 now and taller then me of course I,m only 5 1 I really enjoy seeing your work I wish I was a talented with art . I have done mostly acrylic but now doing oil. We,ll see how it turns out . Keep looking up and stay a good pain warrior as I know you are . Take care

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@lioness How interesting that we both ran into one another. Glad you are back. I am glad you have returned. Yes, I have mostly been MIA. At best I am sporadic.

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@parus

@lioness Thank you for your kind words. I no longer do the gallery thing. I am doing okay. Just taking things slow and easy. Have you been able to see your grandson lately? My grandson and his family have all had this virus so I am back to weekly visits most of the time. He is my best medicine. He recently turned six and so delight in having conversations with him. He is like talking to an adult only with the fresh, uninhibited imagination of a six year old. We like many of the same things and have fun sharing our own brand of humor.
I have days where my energy allows returning here and I am always thankful to see some of the old gang around along with the newbies. This cyber-table is always available.

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Hello @parus. I'm a newbie on this site, although I've been posting on several other Mayo Connect sites for a few months. I was pleased to learn today that there was an art site too. I've had a great career as an artist, but like you, unable to keep up with the gallery thing anymore. I miss painting and teaching and often wish that I might at least get back to some painting one of these days. Your painting of the horse is just awesome!

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