April’s Topic: Drawing’s Healing Properties

Watercolor by Maggie Sylva

Watercolor by Maggie Sylva

Trauma to Art is growing and evolving. I could not be more excited about the people I’ve met and the experiences I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy because of it.

One of the amazing things that has come out of this endeavor is that I get to spend a lot of quality time with my good friend, Maggie Sylva. Maggie, who lost her father last June, is, as you can see above, an amazing artist. Everyone’s experience is different but Maggie told me the process of drawing this picture of her father gave her time to reflect on how she feels. She said the difference between the meditative state of working on an artwork and fleeting thoughts about her father throughout the day was the quality of the time spent.

To give you a little background, this drawing is from a picture Maggie took of her father after telling him the (yay!) good news that she and her love Joe were engaged! Maggie confided in me that in the first year of her loss her mind often wonders to the sad memories right before her father passed away and that spending time with this joyous memory was very therapeutic.

As a result of Maggie’s contribution, she and I want to dedicate April to drawings and paintings! I have a hodge-podge watercolor that is an amalgamation of a variety of thoughts and feelings that I will post soon. I am in no way on Maggie’s level, but I still love using drawing and painting as a meditative outlet. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or a complete novice, your work has a place here. The thing I like most about Trauma to Art is that creating work is just as helpful as seeing another person’s creative expression.

To send a submission or talk about potentially sending in a submission, e-mail me at lauren@traumatoart.com. I am looking forward to hearing from you!

P.S. If you are looking for inspiration, I saw this amazing site Candy Chang today. She is doing awesome, thought-provoking work!

2 Responses to “April’s Topic: Drawing’s Healing Properties”
  1. Nikki says:

    This is really beautiful Maggie. Thanks for letting Lauren share.

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