Art is good for the Soul

As I stood in the check out line at our local grocery I was flipping through some of the magazines when a little article caught my attention. After reading it I added "Woman's World" to my basket wanting to share with you what I had just read.

A new Swedish study found that women who viewed and talked about art once a week felt happier--and enjoyed a two-point drop in their blood pressure after four months--while those who talked about their hobbies had no changes!

I have a wonderful art group "Mixed Media Collage Artists" that I have been missing over the past several months. This group is so supportive of each other, sharing their ups and downs, techniques and how to's, but most of all just being there for you when you need them. The artwork in this group is unbelievable.

There are several art magazines published each month and it is such an honor to see my fellow art friends grace so many of the pages. Not only are these girls having their art published, some are writing articles which are just fab. We are not just a group of girls with a little art hobby. We are dedicated to our artwork. Over the past year many have had their first piece of art published, written their first art related article, some had their first gallery showing and some have had their work chosen to travel the world.

With our upcoming move I have not been able to create as most of my art supplies have been packed and ready for the move, and I have had very little time to even visit the forum. However late at night when things are coming to an end, I sometimes find myself visiting our art gallery or scanning some of the member’s art journals. At first I was somewhat jealous that I was not able to create and share. Then as I reflected back on why I started MMCA, I began to have a feeling of calmness because I knew in my heart I did this for all of us to come together and share. There will be times when each of us has other commitments in our life and we won't be able to create and share.

This is my time and I have accepted it for now, but come mid-summer when things are settling some from the move, I plan to let the creative juices flow. I have so many ideas on paper and things I started that I want to finish and share. Until then I will continue to enjoy the artwork my fellow artists are creating while attempting to keep my blood pressure under control.

If you don't have a group of art friends to share with just do a search and you will find 1000's of them. At this time MMCA is not accepting applications for membership. You may however visit our website and enjoy our gallery of artwork and you will find many links to our members websites and blogs.

Until next time enjoy some art this week and be happier!



lauren said...

Hi Debbie! I haven't stopped by forever, and I was so happy to see your new home when I visited today!! How exciting for you all! And that yard?!!!!! No kidding it's a football field. Sheesh, they would put ten other houses on that land here in Ca.!!!
Anyway, wanted to say hello. It was nice catching up on your goings on. I'm so happy that you have found such a lovely new home.


kathywas said...

Your posting really touched me. A good art group is only as good as its leader. You know that you have found a great group of women when it continues to share and thrive even when it's leader is not able to be there each and every day. That's the sign of a job well-done!

Christine said...

Awwwww We misssss you, too!!!! Sooo true, your words -- ya gotta have ART. And friends :)

liz smith said...

miss you SO much too deb!! we are all SO lucky that you created mmca for us to be a part of. it is THE MOST WONDERFUL group ever--thank you SO much for putting so much of your heart and soul into making it what it is.
take care
liz xx

liz smith said...

hey deb,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY for the 4th!!! sorry this is a bit late--hope you got time in all the chaos to celebrate a little!
here's hoping the move is still going smoothly!
liz xx

Cris C said...

Having recently moved myself, I can put emotions to your words.
Take care, and enjoy this new direction that your life is taking. Art will happen!

Roxi said...


HI! Summer will be here before you know it! Miss you...take care and have a safe move.