Healing Arts to Help Victims of School Shootings

To aid victims of school violence, Joy’s Garden healing art project encourages painting to promote processing trauma.

The Painting Lesson Virtual Studio is FREE, as well as the CreativSOUP Facebook Group. Healing art posters will be donated by artist Dorothy Fagan to victims. joysgarden.org for information

My heart is breaking for these kids at the school in Florida. Watching the violent attack on the news, rattled me to the core. I can’t get it off my mind. How many young people, 3,000 at that one school alone, were traumatized. We have a whole generation of young people growing up in a war zone.

Watching them, I felt my own traumas flooding back all over again. And it makes me keenly aware of just how much healing this generation of young people will need. How to even begin?

I received an email from a fellow artist this morning, Brainard Carey writes, “We face the reality of another school shooting in the US, the 18th, by expert accounts, in the calendar year. That’s a rate of over 2.5 per week so far in 2018. Atrocities against children. As we all struggle to deal with this latest disruption of our already fragile sense of security, art can offer a path to healing for so many.

“Art is a language through which that which cannot be spoken is portrayed. Art heals, it exposes, it decries and demands. Art disturbs and disrupts our comfort zones and requires that we re-calibrate how we encounter the world.

“As an artist, you are the voice box, so to speak, of a world that is full of indescribable cruelty. You bring beauty and truth, you offer an unedited look inside the mess that is humanity.

“The responsibility you carry is great. The burden is heavy. Do not leave the details that may be an obstacle to getting your message out to the world to chance. Find the path to optimum exposure and pursue it relentlessly.

“Absorb your community and let it absorb you, dive deep in the waters of those who share your spark and passion. Let them hold you up as you, in turn, hold them up. No one with a message so powerful that it compels them to follow a career path as precarious as this can possibly exist without a village. Find yours and hold tight.

“Make art that speaks loudly to your journey, your beliefs, your convictions, and to the way you want to see the world changed forever. Do not for one moment let anyone tell you that this is an impossible endeavor. Find a way. Insist.

“As we reel in the losses that will become more clear over the coming days, it is impossible to ignore how fleeting life itself really is. What are you waiting for? Do it today. Take charge and make your future one that you want to live. Make it count. Fall and fail but do not give up.

“Remember the words of George Bernard Shaw:

“A life spend making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

“Do something. Your moment is now.”

Something clicked into place as I read his last words. Immediately I knew what to do with the paintings on my easel. Unlike anything I’ve painted before, this new series is colorful, whimsical, and joyful.

inspirational art as prayer poster
Falling Stars Wash Dreams Ashore

The titles are longer than ever before. Titles like, “Prayers Go Up, Stars Light the Sky”, and “Falling Stars Wash Dreams Ashore,” and “My Heart Rising Radiates Passion & Dreams.” And the posters and wall decals with those prayers and artwork that have been floating in my mind ~ suddenly have a destination and purpose.

inspirational wall decal poster
Wall Decal or Poster, Prayers Go Up, Stars Light the Sky

I am donating Free Virtual Studio here on The Painting Lesson to anyone who wishes to use it. The CreativSOUP Facebook Group is Free to participate as well.

In addition, I have set up Joy’s Garden on my art website and will donate a poster for every three sold to anyone you name. Learn more and participate in the Joy’s Garden Healing Arts Project.

If you prefer, you can donate to the project by sponsoring. 

CreativSOUP Treasures in Tuscany

A Few Spaces Left in the Tuscany Painting Holiday

See Tuscany’s Colors with an Artist

Step Off the Beaten Path
Explore Your Creativity with Dorothy Fagan

See Tuscany’s Unspoiled Landscapes, Stunning Vistas, Villages, Rocky Coastlines with an Artist’s Eye for Color

September 29 – October 7, 2018

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Stir Up Your CreativSOUP!

Taste the home grown wine, olive oil and prosciutto, Hike the trails, paint in the gardens. Swim in the enchanting emerald pool, paint the stunning vista of Monte Amiata.

Hang out at ‘home’ at the Sant’ Antonio Villa
Enjoy gracious indoor and outdoor living areas on this spectacular 2500 acre Restored 15th Century Estate.

September 29 ~ October 7, 2018
$1800 – $2800 / person

King Bedroom w/ Private Bath
$2800/1 person, Add spouse + $2400=$5200
Deposit $900

Twin  Bedroom w/ Private Bath
$2400/1 person, Add companion + $1800=$4200
Deposit $800

King Apartment w/ 2nd Twin Bedroom, Great Room, Kitchenette & Private Patio
$3200/1 person, Add spouse + $2400=$5600, Add 3rd person +1800=$7400
Deposit $1000

INCLUDED  Daily continental breakfast, Tuscan cooking lesson, optional daily art activities including demonstrations and lessons, and two festive dinner parties. Main house library with fireplace and wireless, TV, DVD, Apple TV and Sky, lounge, kitchen and dining areas, screened porches and decks, guest kitchen with fridge, microwave, snacks, and ice maker.  All rooms have private bath, efficient hot water system, washing machine, dryer, dishwasher,  microwave.

NOT INCLUDED  Transportation is not included. A car is recommended for getting around small villages. Fly to Florence or Rome. Rent a car at Hertz. Drive 1.5 – 2.5 hours. Or take high speed train to Grosetto, rent car and drive 30 minutes.



To Reserve Your Room
Make Deposit Now
or Call Dorothy 804-366-0990

Select Room & Make Deposit

When you make your deposit, an invoice will be emailed to you showing DEPOSIT RECEIVED. You will also receive Dorothy’s personal welcome and information about preparing for your retreat, including how to add a second person to your room.

100% Refund before January 31, 2018, 50% Refund before March 30, 2018. No refunds are available after March 30, 2018.

Questions? Call txt or email Dorothy 804-366-0990

Are these 2 Paintings the Same? Or Different?

This time I’m going to let You tell me what you see!

Painting Lesson Abstract Design

Are these 2 Paintings the Same?
Or Different?

I painted these both the same week. Below, I’ve attached sketches from my journal. At the bottom is a smaller painting that I painted in Tuscany last fall.


Is this jumping from one thing to another?
Or do you see similarities?

Use the comment box. Let’s hear what everyone thinks! If you see them as different, tell us how and why. If you see similarities, tell us what they are.

Villa Rossa

Contemporary red abstract architecture painting
Villa Rossa, oil, 30″ x 24″

Orchids Mum

colorful contemporary orchid painting
Orchid Mum, oil, 30″ x 18″

Thumbnail Sketches for Villa Rossa

thumbnail sketches
thumbnail sketches for Villa Rossa painting

Thumbnail Sketches for Orchids Mum

orchids mum abstract sketches
TThumbnail Sketches for Orchids Mum

Warm Glowred villa tuscany painting

Warm Glow, oil, 14″ x 11″

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