Art Fun

Hoping this artwork sample brings a smile to your day!:) Art therapy is a good, healthy stress-reliever and stress-manager. The kids had been asking to do some painting (with me) for a while. So, this mama decided to enjoy some “relaxing” (whatever that means:)–art time with my girls…(usually they do a lot of art stuff with Daddy!)

What fun!…What a mess!:)

A week later and i’m still finding “traces” of colorful, acrylic paint in odd places. You cannot get creative without a mess. I live with VERY creative people!:) It’s like i blinked and walked away for a split-second and…OH NO!-lol:)

The kids did GREAT cleaning up and mopping the tile for me, which i appreciated!! Let them paint inside and outside…grass looks great green and other colors, too.

Before kids, i was a neat freak…sorta, everything organized and in its place…sparkly clean!! I still “prefer” organization and cleanliness. Though, i’m “realistic” about the natural messes kids need to make in order to learn and grow. Learning and growing requires mess to a degree. Creativity requires a measure of mess and i’ve learned to adjust. Making adjustments is an essential part of life.

I’m still constantly cleaning and trying to keep organized and get the kids to do their fair share. (FYI: i don’t expect kids to do the share of an adult nor be able to organize or clean like an adult.) I just “try” to set an example of organization/cleanliness and hope they follow…fast!

At times, keeping things organized and very clean…is like trying to shovel in a blizzard! “Almost” impossible…i just work harder.

The snow constantly keeps coming at you. Working “smarter” means: You gotta wait till the snow stops then clear it away!:) I strive “not to let” my need for clean encroach on their need to create (within reason)! I don’t want to stifle their learning processes…taking things apart, making new things out of  junk or baking, cooking. My kids like creating with junk, etc. i don’t mind some junk/stuff…i “prefer” less stuff…minimalist at heart…sorta.

I’m always learning patience and more patience, and more patience and more…when it comes to patience, more is desirable.

Are You a patient person?? Are your preferences top-priority?! Are you willing to adjust when needed to keep the peace or let others learn?! In what ways can your care-giving and partnership/s improve with more patience on your part? Can you and your family/friends enjoy some art time together? What can you help clean up together? (This world/life/planet could use some cleaning up, eh?)

How do you contain creativity??…it’s like love…it grows and grows…

Oldest daughter really likes elephants.

Youngest daughter loves bunnies and kitties.

Middle girl LOVES birdies. (That’s her owl at top and flower below.)

Waterfalls and rainbows:

i know, you’re laughing:)…This is my “attempt” at using-up left-over paint the kids’ blended..tough to see the shades of color…(it’s unfinished–who knows when/if i will ever get back to it?) Can you see our cat’s paws prints??…walked away a second and Smudge, our cat, decided to participate/”smudge” my work/doodling!-lol:)

I call this poster “squiggles” cause i live life like a squiggle -lol:)


Yeah! a squiggle is a “flawed” (i.e. me) person who “tries” his or her best to be compassionate, loving, flexible, forgiving, reasonable and not demanding…willing to go with the flow (within safety boundaries) while exhibiting self-control…willing to go the extra-mile to help anyone/all breathing-fragile-life in need and be merciful and not rigid, etc.

When you try to live love and live compassion, life gets squiggly!🙂 

Love is long-suffering and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, does not get puffed up, does not behave indecently, does not look for its own interests, does not become provoked. It does not keep account of the injury…rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Art Fun

Joan Winifred

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Winifred, J. (2013). Art Fun. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 10, 2020, from


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