Davis Phinney Foundation Ambassador and artist Lorraine Wilson recently joined us for a two-hour workshop called “Sketching For Joy.” In the workshop, Lorraine explained how anyone can be an artist and taught us how to use creativity to work through difficult emotions, revel in positive emotions, and how the process of being creative can significantly contribute to living well with Parkinson’s.
Missed the workshop? Sketch alongside Lorraine and catch up on what you missed by watching the workshop recording below.
- Lorraine emphasizes that you don’t need any special materials or innate skills to be creative. Use what you have! Whether you have a piece of computer paper and a crayon or a 72-piece set of high-quality paints, living well through creativity is about the process, not the product. Lorraine reminds us of Pablo Picasso’s words: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
- Art techniques Lorraine highlights in the workshop include neurographic art, the Zentangle method, and “sketching your day.” All based on mindfulness, these techniques use creativity to improve your mental well-being.
- When shopping for supplies, be sure to shop around. Often, items you can buy online cost less at a local crafts store or a chain such as Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, or Walmart. Taking advantage of rewards programs can also be a cost-effective approach.
Resources and Materials Mentioned
Recommended Websites and Books to Inspire Your Creative Endeavors
Brooklyn Art Library: The Sketchbook Project
The Quiver: Art by People with Parkinson’s
Draw Your Day by Samantha Dion Baker
The Urban Sketching Handbook by Stephanie Bower
Facebook Group: Art Journaling For Beginners
Facebook Group: Big Country Rocks
Koi Water Color Field Sketch Set with included brush
Sakura Black Pigma Micron Pen Set
Sketching Paper, Watercolor Paper, Mixed Media Paper
The app Lorraine uses for teaching
want to learn more about living well through art?
Art Therapy For People Living Well with Parkinson’s
Art and Parkinson’s: Sketchbook 101
Grab a Sketchbook and Live Well With Parkinson’s