Friday, January 15, 2010

Art as Salve for the Soul

The Beginning is the End is the Beginning, mixed media, 6" x 8"

Sometimes art cannot be helped. It relieves a deep ache. The salve for this ache is color and image; the analgesic is paint-stained fingers and sharp-edged paper scraps. Messes create an opening for breath in the chest, make room for self-forgiveness.

Tonight, I sit beneath the dining room's water-cracked ceiling as I create. I watch for water to drip from the tiny cavern of slit drywall and apply the antiseptic of art over my heart. I hear a thrum-hum inside me calming the tendrils of loss just a bit, just a very little bit.


  1. Potent and beautiful Courtney. Thank you for sharing your process!

  2. Art is truly heArt healing Courtney."Messes create an opening for breath in the chest, make room for self-forgiveness" What a powerful way to express your feelings through words right beside your art making process. It's all one isn't it? When the words aren't enough the visual art is there, when the visual art isn't enough the music rises up. How blessed all humans are to be Creative...every single one of us.

  3. your title reminds me of the quote by Winston Churchill:

    "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

  4. Thanks for the reminder of grace that can come through healing, Courtney. In times of feeling helpless, moving to create is a special way to stay centered. This is a beautiful piece and helped me.

  5. Thank you for all of your responses. I love how we are creative beings and can stay sane, centered, grounded, and inspired by just the act of art making. And writing, too!

    all the best,