Day 18 Outside My Comfort Zone

One thing that I appreciate about this challenge is that it is pushing me outside of my comfort zone artistically speaking. I am trying new and different things as far as the mediums that I use. I am seeing everyday objects and thinking of ways to utilize them in my art.

I have been receiving physical therapy for about a year now for a bad shoulder. I have just been discharged, or more correctly, my insurance has denied me any more visits. In gratitude for the care I received for the last year, I wanted to make a piece of art for my physical therapists. The idea that came to mind was to create a plaster cast of my hand, sand it down, and then cover it in encaustic medium. After which, I would attach it to a panel. I am going to call it "healing hand."

Today I made the plaster cast of my hand. Right now, I feel like this may not work. I don't know if I will be able to attach it to a panel, and the cast doesn't look that great, but maybe if I sand it, it might look a bit better. Perhaps I could put it on a stand, so the hand is standing upright. I'm going to keep going and see what happens. I will keep you posted. As I have embraced my creativity and have been flexing my artistic muscles, I have found that my problem-solving skills have become better and when something doesn't go as planned, I start looking at what I have and how I can work with what I have. A few years ago, if something didn't go as I thought it should, I would throw in the towel and give up.


Creativity has helped my perseverance and my resilience. I stick with things, and I bounce back quicker when things don't go according to plan. I am finding creativity to be a salve for the soul. Embrace your creativity and find out how it can improve your life.

In Gratitude, Karen



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