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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.

Today’s Live Painting

Here’s yesterday’s funky painting – joint effort among the ladies from New York.

Live Painting with Susie

Live Painting with Susie

They chose the colors, determined the orientation and when to declare it “finished!” they named it Beaufort Secret Garden.  One of them purchased it as a fond memory of her experience here at ArtLofts.   It was a good day. But boy was it a challenge to keep the red and green from making mud.  I got them to agree that a little yellow might help out.  It looks a lot better in person, and so do I, thankfully.

My wish for you that you have as much fun in your life as I do here at ArtLofts!!