Expressive Exchange Blog

February 04, 2013

Gratitude!!

A gratitude painting is something I always end with in my Expressive Exchange workshops. During the signature painting of the workshop unexpected emotions can come up. The gratitude painting is a calming and brings positive energy back in the room.

The gratitude painting is a 5×7 canvas that you can express one or many gratitudes you have in your life with any colors for 15 minutes. I always have the artists cover the entire canvas with paint, use white paint if you want a white area.

Doing a gratitude painting is a nice way to end a workshop. These painitngs end up being some of their favorites. I always encourage the artists to frame their work. You can get inexpensive frames that make your work pop. And it’s so nice to have the paintings hanging in your home as a reminder of what you are grateful for and your experience of painting.

I myself love doing gratitude paintings. They have a lot of meaning in a small space. I also have many of my gratitude paintings framed.

When life can be overwhelming sit down and do a gratitude list if you don’t have time to paint one. It can really help you get out of your head of all the stressors that are going on and see all the good things in your life.

Lately, I make a list everyday of 20 things that I’m grateful for. The list changes a little every day. I’m grateful for my family, my friends, my health, ability to work and the willingness to write a gratitude list. Sometimes I just list every friend individually that I’m grateful for, you get through the 20 gratitudes pretty quick. I mix it up. Whatever I’m feeling in the moment. First thought, best thought.

If you don’t have time for a gratitude painting definitely write a gratitude list to start and end your day.

What are you grateful for today?

I’m grateful I can write this blog for Expressive Exchange.

-Debbie

 

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