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

@rosemarya The life of an artist who works alone at home is about the same with or without stay at home orders and a pandemic. What is different is all of the outside connections like shows that were canceled or ended early because of business closures, and I'm not able to go to a group artist model session at a friend's studio because we would gather around one model and put our easels right next to each other. Artists are affected a lot when there is no physical show and the public cannot attend opening parties. Some places are now going ahead with shows, and I just shipped a couple paintings out, but all the shows I've been in this year have been affected with limited access for people to see the shows.

My inspiration usually comes from something I experience, and I was out on a horse trail riding trip and taking photos and video and got hurt a month ago, so my attention lately has been toward healing a broken ankle and I haven't been able to paint. I just returned to Mayo for a follow up with my surgeon and got the first splint/cast removed and now have a fiberglass cast. I picked green because I wanted to paste horse pictures on it when I got home. The nurses came back with some printed horse pictures that I cut out and we pasted on as they cast my ankle. That was after we talked about horses and she showed me pictures of her paint horse on her phone. I am going to need to work on this cast some more and put my own horse on it too. Having a cast is kind of a love/hate relationship, so fun pictures should help. I did get a lot of attention as I passed others at Mayo for the horse pictures on my cast. That is art for healing literally….

I also completed editing a video of me painting the portrait for my spine surgeon that shows almost the entire process of completing the painting. It was recorded in real time, but in editing , I cut and spliced to remove all the time when my brush was not moving, and sped it up about ten times. It is a time lapse set to music that is 39 minutes long. I have been inspired by my own healing through art and it gave me a new purpose to my work. I'm working on a new project with that in mind to tell art inspired stories. Personally, the challenges I have faced in my medical issues have inspired me to use my art creatively toward healing and to want to teach others ways to do this for themselves through creativity.

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The arts are therapeutic and help to heal us👩‍🎨
Music therapy
Art therapy
Quilting
Baking
Can you add some more?

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@helenfrances

The arts are therapeutic and help to heal us👩‍🎨
Music therapy
Art therapy
Quilting
Baking
Can you add some more?

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@helenfrances Pottery, painting
Ginger

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@helenfrances

The arts are therapeutic and help to heal us👩‍🎨
Music therapy
Art therapy
Quilting
Baking
Can you add some more?

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@helenfrances Dancing

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@gingerw Totally understand about the baked goods caution. At your request I am attaching the watercolor "If wishes were horses beggars would ride". this painting is an older one (2013). It is 19.5" x 21". Have you finished with your rock garden? I did get some flowers going in containers. Not as many this year. It will suffice and helps me to enjoy my morning coffee even more.
I have been doing a lot of creating and also going on daily walks for a break from the creative process and myself. I have these episodes of getting on my own nerves. There are several sweet pea vines blooming in the field across the way. Smells divine. I picked a bouquet to bring home.
Hey, even chopping veggies can be an art!! I am encouraged and inspired by the many ways others here are being creative.

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@parus

@gingerw Totally understand about the baked goods caution. At your request I am attaching the watercolor "If wishes were horses beggars would ride". this painting is an older one (2013). It is 19.5" x 21". Have you finished with your rock garden? I did get some flowers going in containers. Not as many this year. It will suffice and helps me to enjoy my morning coffee even more.
I have been doing a lot of creating and also going on daily walks for a break from the creative process and myself. I have these episodes of getting on my own nerves. There are several sweet pea vines blooming in the field across the way. Smells divine. I picked a bouquet to bring home.
Hey, even chopping veggies can be an art!! I am encouraged and inspired by the many ways others here are being creative.

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@parus This is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Truly a meaningful picture.
I can so relate to your comment of "getting on my own nerves".
Here is the Seger pile [in honor of Bob Seger and "Like a Rock"]. Just the cement edging to do around it. As I was toting the stones from corners of the yard, my mind went to the concept of moving heavy burdens to a central point and seeing that they all fit together, in their differences, and it's okay.
Ginger

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@gingerw

@helenfrances Pottery, painting
Ginger

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Yes!👨🏼‍🎨💃🏼🕺🏾💐🧁🎂

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@gingerw

@parus This is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Truly a meaningful picture.
I can so relate to your comment of "getting on my own nerves".
Here is the Seger pile [in honor of Bob Seger and "Like a Rock"]. Just the cement edging to do around it. As I was toting the stones from corners of the yard, my mind went to the concept of moving heavy burdens to a central point and seeing that they all fit together, in their differences, and it's okay.
Ginger

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Great analogy.
I am thinking of another quote when I look at this:
The yolk is heavy but the burden is light.
( heavy work to place the rocks, but the yolk is light when you see the results?”
Do I have that right?

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@helenfrances

Great analogy.
I am thinking of another quote when I look at this:
The yolk is heavy but the burden is light.
( heavy work to place the rocks, but the yolk is light when you see the results?”
Do I have that right?

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@helenfrances What a wonderful analogy I love that .

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@parus

@gingerw Totally understand about the baked goods caution. At your request I am attaching the watercolor "If wishes were horses beggars would ride". this painting is an older one (2013). It is 19.5" x 21". Have you finished with your rock garden? I did get some flowers going in containers. Not as many this year. It will suffice and helps me to enjoy my morning coffee even more.
I have been doing a lot of creating and also going on daily walks for a break from the creative process and myself. I have these episodes of getting on my own nerves. There are several sweet pea vines blooming in the field across the way. Smells divine. I picked a bouquet to bring home.
Hey, even chopping veggies can be an art!! I am encouraged and inspired by the many ways others here are being creative.

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@parus, Wow! So you took a saying ("If wishes were horses beggars would ride") and created a watercolor. That is so amazing!! One thing I've become aware of with both you and @jenniferhunter is that artistic people have more than talent but they have remarkable insight and are able to express that through their art. I so admire that.

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@parus

@gingerw Totally understand about the baked goods caution. At your request I am attaching the watercolor "If wishes were horses beggars would ride". this painting is an older one (2013). It is 19.5" x 21". Have you finished with your rock garden? I did get some flowers going in containers. Not as many this year. It will suffice and helps me to enjoy my morning coffee even more.
I have been doing a lot of creating and also going on daily walks for a break from the creative process and myself. I have these episodes of getting on my own nerves. There are several sweet pea vines blooming in the field across the way. Smells divine. I picked a bouquet to bring home.
Hey, even chopping veggies can be an art!! I am encouraged and inspired by the many ways others here are being creative.

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WOW! @parus !!

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@jenniferhunter

Sometimes words are just not enough to say thank you. I am a fine artist. For a couple years, I had been unable to control my brushes and was in constant pain because of spinal cord compression in my neck. I stopped painting because I couldn't produce the quality of work that I expected. I was getting worse and couldn't find a surgeon to help me until I came to Mayo Clinic and met Dr. Jeremy Fogelson. As the days drew closer to my surgery, I had to find a way to be confident and calm, so I used sketching and listening to music to relax. I had been drawing pencil sketches of Dr. Fogelson as my own art therapy to help me on my journey. It helped me get to know him in my own way. I did other things to confront my fears as well, but I always returned to art and music when I needed to escape for awhile. I was calm on my surgery day and everything I did to prepare myself worked like a charm. While I was recovering, I wanted to paint again and to create something for my surgeon. Prior to my surgery, I was loosing what I cherished most, and my surgeon returned that gift to me.

I called his nurse and we arranged for my followup appointment to be on his surgery day, so I could get photos of him in his scrubs. He enjoyed posing for my camera in the exam room for a few minutes and even made me laugh. I had to work out how to match the photos of him with my photos of the Plummer building to make it look believable. I put the history of Mayo behind him with the beautiful carved doors of the historic building, and that was a challenge to draw and paint them in accurate detail.

It took about a month to create this watercolor painting, and I would have to take breaks and lay down to rest when my muscles fatigued. At my one year followup, I hid the finished painting behind the curtain in the exam room until we finished the exam part of the appointment, and then Dr. Fogelson saw this for the first time. It was a complete surprise to him and he loved it. I really painted this for both of us… to say thank you when words were not enough, and to challenge myself to see if I could do it since it had been so long since I had been able to paint. I'm honored to know that he will enjoy this for years to come. I makes me feel good to be able to do this for someone who gave me back the ability to do the job, and knowing how much it meant to him is priceless.

Art has healing power, and creating art takes that one step further for me. I told Dr. Fogelson that there was an emotional side to healing and recovery, and for me that was to overcome the fears that had help me back in my life. Facing major surgery has a way of bringing all of that into focus. This was truly life changing for me in many ways. All of my experiences at Mayo, and my courage are all in that painting. It also represents the talent, the kindness and compassion of my surgeon. At Mayo, medicine is an art. It's also true that art is medicine.

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I have an update to share. When I painted this portrait for Dr. Fogelson, I recorded a video of the creation of this painting. Not everyone shares my passion for watching paint dry… or has that much time because this painting took a month to complete, so I created a multi-camera time lapse version that shows almost all of my process. It made sense to post it as a reply to my post with the images of the painting. It is 39 minutes and set to music. Here is the link. Enjoy!

With gratitude ~ Jennifer Hunter

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@jenniferhunter

I have an update to share. When I painted this portrait for Dr. Fogelson, I recorded a video of the creation of this painting. Not everyone shares my passion for watching paint dry… or has that much time because this painting took a month to complete, so I created a multi-camera time lapse version that shows almost all of my process. It made sense to post it as a reply to my post with the images of the painting. It is 39 minutes and set to music. Here is the link. Enjoy!

With gratitude ~ Jennifer Hunter

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Just remarkable, @jenniferhunter. I appreciate you sharing this with us. It was (and is) a genuinely wonderful way that you showed your thankfulness!

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