Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Painting Fun

Judith came up with the idea of using some images of Sally Dean's 
fabulous and fun paintings for the patients to paint from. 
We chose these four. 

We drew in some of those big lovely shapes 
in pencil for them to color in.  
The colors and shapes in these paintings made them happier 
than I have ever seen them.  
Here is some of their work. 
Lorraine is a watercolor painter and just loves this class. 
And we love having her! 

When I showed Eleanor Sally's paintings, she said to me 
"Can you imagine anything more wonderful than to be able to do that? " 

Edna worried about every move she made doing this, 
but was so pleased with the results! 
It's "trees in the Fall". 

Fran just gets totally absorbed while doing her paintings. 
And that just makes my day! 
Look how she blended those colors.

Janet is very social and talks the whole time she works. 
Half way through, she told me she would rather paint alone 
so she "could think about what she was doing".

I just LOVE this! 
Barbara was having a "bad day" until I saw her 
in the hallway on my way in 
and told her we were going to be painting! 
I'm so glad she came.
Winston is just so sweet and such a hard worker. 
And this painting is so "her". 

 I feel so blessed to have this opportunity 
to work with these wonderful people. 
I wish you could see the joy on their faces when they are working! 
 Thank you Sally for providing us with 
such wonderful reference material. 
We all love your work! 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Making a Painting

My goal here is to get these folks to experience the joy of 
making a painting. 
Today, I xeroxed a bunch of simple landscape painting images 
 cut out of art magazines and then made them into cards. 
Each patient was given paint, a pencil, a good sized brush, 
water and a piece of watercolor paper. 
We had them choose a painting "they liked"
and then asked them to think about the location,
 the time of year, the weather etc. 
We then drew some lines in pencil 
to get them started. 

Once they got going
the results were amazing! 

Mary Lou needed a lot of prodding.
She kept saying, "I don't know how to do this."
FYI. She was wearing a sweater the same color as that sky. 

Janet chose the most complicated image. 
and was thrilled with her painting. 
She told me she "just let it go".  

Barbara just does her own thing.
As she dibs and dabs those brush strokes 
she is so happy.

Gloria started this and then decided she had to leave. 
I think this is pretty amazing as is! 

Love those colors! 

Josephine is almost blind and yet worked very hard at this. 
She was the most content today than I have ever seen her.  
Fran was absorbed while doing this the whole time.
She is more functional than most in the group.

Now THIS is what I've been hoping for.   
They clearly enjoyed creating a painting.