Crayons. Markers. Colored pencils. My childhood was spent coloring and drawing on papers, walls, books, and the occasional cat. (When you have a calico, everything blends beautifully.) Artistic expression for me, as kiddo, was so important to my mental health, even though I'm sure it came at the cost of my mother's mental health. (She had to clean off the walls now and again.)
There's something so therapeutic about art, whether you color in the lines or all over the place. It feels good to express yourself artistically. I have some friends whose paintings look like photographs, and ones whose photos look like beautiful watercolors. Their talent amazes me, and I envy it.
Because I am not artsy fartsy. I wish I was. I can't draw or paint of sculpt up anything remotely recognizable. But thankfully, being "artsy fartsy" isn't limited to the classically talented. You can let you art out by means of crayons, or sticking googly eyes on mustard jars, or creating a log cabin out of old glucose vials.
Which brings me to the point of this post: Diabetes Art Day. September 1st has been deemed Diabetes Art Day by the diabetes online community's resident art therapist, Lee Ann Thill. Here are the details, courtesy of Lee Ann's blog post:
"I’m asking you to break out of your linguistic comfort zone, bust out some art materials, and make a piece of artwork – painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, an installation piece, a mixed media something or other, or whatever you can imagine. I’m sure most of you don’t consider yourselves artists, but I think that you are, and just haven’t discovered it yet. Then, once your masterpiece is complete, post it on September 1st. If you want to get your family involved, maybe each of you can create something, or you can even do a group art project. The possibilities are endless if you use your imagination!"
Even though my talent is limited, I'm very excited to participate in this advocacy effort. And I can't wait to see what everyone submits for September 1st!
(For more details, please visit Lee Ann's post on Diabetes Art Day.)