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Still Workin’ Out? SOLD!

This is one of my favorite little collages.  Mostly because it was done at my friend Diana’s house in California.  She was painting, and I was collaging.  We were catching up on the few years we hadn’t seen each other.

The other day I decided to donate it, matted and framed, to an Alzheimer’s organization for an upcoming auction for their Art Program.  But, before it even made it out the door of our local Art Club, our President wrote a check to the organization for the full price of the collage, and took it home!  She said it was to inspire her to spend more time exercising her abs.

What you need to know is that this woman is gorgeous, fit and capable.  She has done wonders for our art club, bringing us into the 21st century. We LOVE her.  And I am delighted for her to have the collage.

HEADACHE

Ever tried to find a cure for a headache? The other day I had a doozy. Nothing I did helped, so I decided to collage about it to take my mind off my misery.  In looking for photos for this collage, I learned a  lot about how much suffering there is from headaches.

I wonder, though, if headaches might indicate that something in our lives needs attention. Is it our diet, getting better exercise, paying more attention to our relationships, relaxing, taking care of our own needs, self-expression, and on and on.

What’s in this collage are many things:

  1. The frustration and “headache” of finding a suitable remedy, and even finding an accurate diagnosis;
  2. Drugs vs. drugs – what to choose – Fast Company magazine had this amazing flow chart, see below, about the choices available for headache medicines. The example is more of an art piece than exact data, but the impact is startling.
  3. Drugs vs. Nature – what to choose:
    • Healing Processes: Acupuncture, acupressure, chiropractic, massage, self-therapy, Yoga, spiritual healing
    • Nutraceuticals;
    • Foods or elimination of suspect foods;
    • Elimination of suspect environmental toxins: mold, VOC’s, perfumes, laundry soap and fabric softener with perfumes, oil-based paints and cleaners, dust, poorly ventilated spaces and so forth;
  4. Emotional causes: Stress, trauma, grief and loss (perceived and actual), inability to manage life’s circumstances;

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It made me want to develop a checklist. But, then, that gave me a headache!

The award is official!

The Beaufort Art Association’s Spring Show was full of amazing paintings, photographs, collages, sculpture and student creations. Winning the Kris Cox Memorial Award for “City Rhythms” was an added thrill!  Came with a check, too. Wonder where else I can enter my paintings for exciting rewards….hmmm.

Susie with award-winning "City Rhythms" - collage, acrylic ink - 20" x 16"

“City Rhythms” wins award and 6-week private class offered!

"City Rhythms" - Collage by Susie Stockholm, winner of Beaufort Art Assn Kris Cox Memorial Award

Two things:  Happy to report this collage – one of my very favorites – won an award yesterday!  Also, I’ve got a new one-on-one course coming up. I’m offering 6-week, 2.5/hour one-on-one collage/painting courses for people in stressful life or business situations. Spend time loosening up, relaxing and enjoying being creative.  Producing a finished work of art is only one outcome. The process of collaging provides powerful lessons in learning to be  “at choice” rather than “at effect” in your life. These are private lessons, unless you choose to include someone else.

In my former life, I was an executive search consultant and coach.