Monday, March 30, 2015

Coming Soon to Oasis Palm Springs!

I have a special exhibit debuting in Mancuso's Oasis Palm Springs show this Fall!!  My collection title is "Reflections in Black and White".  
Hope you plan to attend - see you there!
I am jazzed to share a little look see with you:

 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Thursday Watercolor Memories - Party Day

This week I accompanied the senior artists in attending the Alzheimer's Association 2015 Artist Tea
This grand event honoring the artists and their teachers included a lush buffet, entertainment and wonderful camaraderie.  Presents too!
 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Thursday Watercolor Memories

As many of you know, I work in a senior living facility painting with memory impaired residents.  I love the time I have with each one!  Every week the class is the same yet every week holds surprises and sometimes unexpected changes.  Such is life -- It's real time “thinking quick on your feet”!

Every artist resident has good days and not so good days.  But my aim is to give them quality time in their happy place.  My class attendance is growing and is almost at maximum.  Some folks just come to sit, watch and enjoy being with us.

Memory is impaired for some more severely than others, BUT, familiarity is nurtured in that creative space and grows and is SO wonderful to witness.  I have one artist that is severely handicapped but is growing in that familiarity and becoming wonderfully responsive.  Oh, how my heart swells with joy! 
Wishing you all the best!! deborah

 

Monday, February 23, 2015

She's Finished and Registered for Sacred Threads 2015

"In Loving Memory" was created as a tribute to my Mother; remembering her favorite things and all the good times we had together.  I sure miss her.  I am very grateful for the opportunity to enter this piece for consideration for this year's Sacred Threads show. 
 
Do check out Sacred Threads website - it is a one of a kind endeavor and a fabulous opportunity for all art quilters.  There's still time to enter!!! (closes March 9th)
http://www.sacredthreadsquilts.com/ 
Also notice their additional work: Healing Quilts in Medicine http://healingquiltsinmedicine.org/index.htm   

Monday, February 9, 2015

My Artistic Endeavors -- 2015!

I am delighted with the expansion of my artistic path by my Thursday Watercolor Memories painting with memory impaired seniors and by illustrating and writing children's picture books. 
I am so fortunate and thrilled that these 2 aspirations are finally happening!  The work is fulfilling and I am feeling wonderfully caught up in worthwhile work!

It is challenging too!  Painting with dementia afflicted folk is taxing but I love every minute of the time, and I am sufficiently tired after class and clean up! 
I have found and joined a Children's Picture Book writers community and my resource list has grown to be extensive and very valuable!  I have enrolled in a writing class for the PB genre and I am learning about writing poetically!  Grand fun ahead!  So happy I am finding where I fit and embarking on wonderful undertakings! Best to you all, deborah

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grow Your Blog Party 2015 - The Party Begins January 25th , 2015!!

Happy New Year 2015 !!!
I am thrilled to participate in Vicki's ("2 Baskets Full") International Blog Event on January 25th, 2015  http://www.vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com/ .  I am Deborah Lyn, a watercolorist, sketcher and textile artist.  I can be reached via email at deb.artqlts@earthlink.net

I love to blog to promote art and artists!  I publish articles about art and I think you would enjoy reading my Artists' Interviews - on my Featured Artist's pages above.  I participate in a few 'linkin'  opportunities to share my art with blog groups of creative folks.  See my Creative Fun page - tab above.

The Alzheimer's Association, Memories in the Making creative arts program is near and dear to my heart.  I work with a group of seniors weekly to paint, and enjoy music.  It has been a wonderful and fulfilling experience!  I write about my experiences on my Thursday Watercolor Memories page above.  For more information I have included some informative links: Memories in the Making -  http://www.alz.org/oc/in_my_community_10849.asp   and  Dr Sacks work - http://musicophilia.com/music_video.htm , and the "Alive Inside" Documentary -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Zo_JQZo3Y0

Thank you for stopping by.  Please enjoy a tour of my Blog.   I Welcome Followers!  see "Deborah Lyn's Followers" on the right side bar or choose to follow by email.  


Monday, January 12, 2015

Tin Tile Painting with Teresa Shippy


Early in 2013 Teresa and I collaborated with  Stampington for the publishing of her Creating Fabric Designs with Tin Tiles article and two of my articles.  My articles were Floral Black & White Value Studies and making fabric portraits, of which  Autumn's Grace was showcased.


I am delighted to announce that Empty Easel has published online my Tutorial interview with Teresa for her Tin Tile work.  Please follow the link to enjoy her article.  http://emptyeasel.com/2015/01/05/how-to-create-your-own-fabric-designs-using-tin-tiles/

Friday, January 2, 2015

Thursday Watercolor Memories - New Year 2015

It was a Happy New Year celebrated with painting baby animals and fresh flowers this week! 

The following article was sent out in the Alzheimer's Association's Newsletter recently.  It is very significant considering the work being done through arts: painting, music, dancing even poetry!  The arts bolster a sense of well-being, lighten moods, reduce stress and agitation (for all of us).  I'm sure you can imagine that those suffering from memory impairment diseases are in a constant state of fear. Little by little we can give each one comfort and loving care.  I am so very grateful to have the opportunity to work with these folks.

I am jazzed to read about Gary Glazner's work with poetry in Northern California as a possibility for my dear mother-in-law, who by the way is doing wonderfully well attending activities at a local Day Care facility - making friends and so happy!! 

 Article Excerpts:
December 26, 2014   
As rock-and-roll fills a sunny recreation room at Birmingham Green in Manassas, residents of the assisted-living facility seem swept up in the music as if by a powerful wind.  Brett, 52, belts out the lyrics of a Beatles tune while dancing in place with all the vigor of a middle-aged Mick Jagger. John 64, rises to his feet in dance. Up front, Norma 85, a former department store clerk whose eyes are glued to a TV screen showing the lyrics for “Hey Jude,” sings into a microphone, not always in sync with the words but joyfully all the same. Even those whose thoughts appear far away sometimes sway or tap their fingers in time to the beat.

The karaoke session is a popular draw at the facility. But music, art and dance sessions like these are also the subject of intensifying interest among the scientific community.  As the nation’s median age rises and baby boomers retire, the federal government, universities and health-care institutions are seeking to determine whether the arts have a quantifiably therapeutic effect on people with Alzheimer’s disease or other age-related disabilities.  Many researchers agree evidence seems promising that the arts can improve cognitive function and memory, bolster a person’s mood and sense of well-being, and reduce stress, agitation and aggression.

In a paper titled “Shall I Compare Thee to a Dose of Donepezil,” researchers Kate de Medeiros and Anne Basting called for developing research models that would better suit interventions that involve the imagination and meaningful personal experiences, instead of those that have been used to test clinical efficacy of pharmaceuticals.  “I think these are the so-called intangibles that we as a society have tended to underplay,” Iyengar said. “These are really devastating diseases for these people and their families, and anything you can do to reduce that pain is important.”

“But outside of these things is sheer joy,” said Gary Glazner, founder and executive director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. Glazner said he was working at an adult day-care center in Northern California and searching for ways to connect with people with Alzheimer’s disease when he discovered the power of poetry to reach people with cognitive impairment.  Having studied poetry in college, Glazner shared Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “The Arrow and The Song” with a resident and from the first line — “I shot an arrow” — hit the mark. Glazner uses poetry, particularly beloved classics learned by older adults, in call-and-response with older people and guides them in writing poems. Jump-rope rhymes, even military cadences, can evoke responses from people with cognitive impairment that engage them, he said.

Read the full article at - http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/studies-aims-to-quantify-how-the-arts-can-help-the-elderly-and-cognitively-disabled

Alzheimer's Assoc Newsletter signup:  http://www.alz.org/apps/email_signup.asp
 

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