Art as Healing: Finding Comfort in Color

Life has a way of knocking the breath right out of you. Sometimes for good and others out of pain. My sweet younger brother, Donnie, passed away last week. Although we knew it was his time and ultimately for the best, my breath seemed to get caught somewhere in my throat. I loved him with all my heart. He truly was a gift from God and helped me through some very difficult times. His smile and his love will always remain in my heart.

While I worked through this breathless stage of grieving, I found comfort and solace among my friends! Some of my friends were here with me at Jane Dunnewold studio in San Antonio during our Art Cloth Mastery. They were there for me in love and support.

I also found my breath as I began to dive into my work of bright and beautiful colors! This thickened dye screen printing technique that I just learned energized my soul. I know the Don would have loved these.

Thank you friends for your support, and thank you Don for your radiant smile!


About cherylolsonartquilts

I graduated with a major in Fine Arts degree from NSU in Aberdeen, but my passion for learning has been a continual process as I have taken classes in design, dye, fabric surface design and many ongoing classes over the past 10 years. I have been eclectic in my approach to my Fiber Art with the love of learning and trying out many variable techniques as you will see with my older pieces. This year you will see a shift, as I am finally beginning to have a vision of where my art will take me. I am very excited, for this new concept has not been used in the Fiber Art or Art Quilt world thus far. This new approach begins with my love of thickened dyes and batik layered dyes as the background piece and then adding the variances of scraps of color fused on top to create colorful and textural pieces of art.
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4 Responses to Art as Healing: Finding Comfort in Color

  1. Darlene Kihne says:

    You look like you are having a ball!
    Good for you.

  2. Brent Halling says:

    Our family experiences contribute to our colorful lives. This is beautiful Cheryl.

  3. Virgene Wagner says:

    You are our inspiration for us in your Art through your healing!!!

  4. I’m so sorry, Cheryl. May God bless you, your work, your family, and your life with the knowledge and peace of His comforting presence.—Terri

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