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) 
Also notice their additional work: Healing Quilts in Medicine   

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 .  I am Deborah Lyn, a watercolorist, sketcher and textile artist.  I can be reached via email at

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 -   and  Dr Sacks work - , and the "Alive Inside" Documentary -

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.

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 -

Alzheimer's Assoc Newsletter signup:

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Thursday Watercolor Memories - Toys!

Our theme this last week was Toys - Our Favorite Christmas Toy.  We had rocking horses, wooden toy soldiers, wooden trees, teddies, and trains for our inspiration pieces!  Lots of great pictures made by all!

Creative activities have been found to really enhance the lives of those physically impaired with dementias.  Drawing, painting, and music are used with the wonderful results of encouragement and peace, socializing and having fun with others.   Many times my artists will draw and paint for a while and then just hang-out, enjoying being with the group.  Sometimes a new visitor will come just to sit and watch - very happy to do just that.

I want to bring your attention to the documentary movie, Alive Inside.  It is touching, enlightening and wonderful.  I have provided links after a summary intro.
Alive Inside: How the Magic of Music Proves Therapeutic for Patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia Diseases

Could a pair of headphones change the lives of millions of Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia? "Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory," a new documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, follows a social worker named Dan Cohen who has launched a campaign to bring iPods and music therapy to nursing homes.  One of the central characters in the film, a 90-something Alzheimer’s patient, is Henry Dryer. The documentary makers of Alive Inside posted a video of Henry on YouTube in 2012. The clip began with video of him looking largely unresponsive to the outside world. Then he’s given a pair of headphones to listen to Cab Calloway, his favorite. The music energizes him, awakens him, and brings back old memories. The clip of Henry went viral, and was seen nearly 10 million times. The film Alive Inside is now done and available as well.  It's a must see: 

Quick trailer - Henry:
Movie - Alive Inside:

DR. OLIVER SACKS said - "In some sense, Henry has reacquired his identity back for a while through the power of music."
Memory and Music

Friday, December 26, 2014

I'm in 1000 Quilt Inspirations !

I am excited to tell you that my textile work is included in Sandra Sider's 1000 Quilt Inspirations book, available early February 2015.  Can't wait to see this wonderful 320 page book of inspirations from so many quilt artists!  

See the VW Magic Bus on the cover?  That's Teresa Shippy's!
See the rain walkers?  That's Terry Aske's!

Book available at:

Friday, December 12, 2014

Thursday Watercolor Memories - Artists of the Year Awarded!

We had a wonderful morning painting with a guest demonstrator this week!  Great Santa's painted!    AND two resident artist's in my class have been honored with the Artist of the Year award from the Alzheimer's Association!  So we had a fabulous time at the Association's Open House last evening! 

Great food, great art from artist's throughout the program framed and ready for sale, lots of awareness information, & lots of wonderful people to meet!

Please see my new Blog page called "Thursday Watercolor Memories".  It is a page dedicated to Creative Arts and working with those afflicted with Dementia diseases.

Though some of the info may look familiar I have included below a description of the Memories in the Making Program I am involved with and love, as well as its history.  I hope you find it useful!    Thank you all!  deborah

Memories in the Making®, Alzheimer’s Association
A fine arts program for people with dementia

Memories in the Making (MIM) was introduced in 1988 and is a signature art program of the Alzheimer’s Association Orange County Chapter. It is a unique program allowing persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia to express themselves through art.
MIM can benefit each participant in the following ways:
     • improves self-esteem
     • serves as an outlet for emotions
     • increases attention span and focus
     • activates neurons
     • reduces isolation and provides opportunity to socialize
     • taps in pockets of memories that still exist
     • reconnects families

Dementias and the loss of language does not mean the desire to express oneself is less. One does not cease to exist just because one can no longer remember the past few decades of his life.
Through the creative process of painting, these individuals speak to us, offering us the essence of themselves. In viewing the art, the families, caregivers and public are often very touched by the tangible evidence of what remains of the individual even after the disease has robbed them of so much.

History of the Program
Memories in the Making® Art Program was established in 1988 by art enthusiast, Selly Jenny, and art teacher, Marilyn Oropeza.  When Selly’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease Selly became disheartened by the lack of meaningful activities for those who suffered from memory loss.  A painter, Jenny thought of art.  Perhaps Alzheimer’s patients could say something to loved ones if their tools were paint and paper, rather than that highly structured and organized thing called speech.  Jenny’s hunch about art and Alzheimer’s was more than right.  Even Alzheimer’s patients deep into the disease and already living in care facilities filled their canvases with bright colors, fuzzy but pleasant scenes of long forgotten vacations, honeymoons, and childhoods.  In addition, Jenny and Marilyn identified the importance of venerating the artist, by celebrating the artwork they produced at art shows.  Since its establishment, the program has shown tremendous growth as the facilitators involved with the program continuously strive to create a warm environment for individuals who suffer from memory loss.

 “The therapeutic value of art has led me to search for a practical application.  Specifically it is my interest to apply the creative process with individuals experiencing minimal communication abilities, often as the result of illness.  It is my observation that individuals who are given a way of expressing their feelings experience lessen anxiety and have a greater peace of mind.”  LaDoris Heinly, MSW
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