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Grow Your Art

Hi Creative Friends!

As a creative person, I’m always looking for outlets that will put me in a happy place, or happy space.

I mean, who doesn’t, right?

I wanted to show you a creative space I walked into today…

Grow Your Art is a phrase I noticed as I walked into this beautiful, creative space. Heartseed Studio. It’s a place one can go to be inspired with paint, pencil, marker, yarn (I will be teaching a knitting class there soon), and just about any other medium you can think of. It’s a place I would love to own. My brain went wild on the drive home. That would be my dream, to have a studio space like that. I felt instantly in my (new) happy place. My happy space. They have it all figured out.



They believe artistic expression and creativity is vital to a happy life. You know what?

I do too! Now, more than ever. It’s a way to find YOUR happy. It’s a place you can go to find what inspires YOU. It makes life infinitely more fulfilling. Imagine YOUR life without a bit of creativity. Boring, huh? Imagine working a 9-5 job, coming home to kids/husband/chores, bed, then doing it all over again without squeezing something creative into your day. Fortunately, for me, I don’t have to punch a time clock, but you better believe, if I did, I would certainly have a creative outlet that would release tension, allow me to pull back from a stressful day.

Art makes you happy

Art is a true form of happy. It’s the expression of human creative skill and imagination. Doodling and drawing are my new art forms. Really new. I’ve began “coloring outside the lines” and am very proud of that. My friend said to me last night as I was taking one pattern and making it new, “Way to color outside the lines, Deb.” I hadn’t thought of it that way. I’m a left-brained thinker, coming from the nursing field, and have learned that both sides of my brain can, and do work well together. Most days, anyway.


So, what’s your creative happy? I’d love to know. Please leave a comment below and lets chat about it.

CoLoR OuTsIdE ThE LiNeS and Find YOUR happy!



1 thought on “Grow Your Art”

  1. Hi Deb,

    Great to connect with you! I don’t think I’ve written to you before.

    I’m Jo – artist, writer, traveller (I was interviewed by local radio on that subject), mental health advocate, music lover, wild west nut intrigued by science, and renaissance soul with a potty sense of humour.

    Four years ago I began a three-year journey towards miraculous full recovery after thirty years of depression – a medication crisis was the catalyst, I’ve never felt this good – and I’m chronicling the rebuild of my polymath, adventurous and creative lifestyle on my blog, *Creating My Odyssey *

    I’m networking with creatives with mental health issues and reaching people with a voice, and those with depression in particular, to show that depression is the most treatable of mental illnesses.

    By enormous good chance through my medication crisis and wonderful neighbours, we met the brilliant mental health team, who, with a combination of medication (known as California Rocket Fuel – love it!) and cognitive behavioural therapy, brought me to where I am now. Which proves that provided sufferers know where to look, help is available. That’s the hard part, which shouldn’t be the case.

    *Creating My Odyssey * is a great vehicle for my creativity – writing (anecdotal articles and an epic novel) and art – and also covers a myriad of eclectic subjects. I’m unleashing everything that was previously hidden under a bushel, and I’ve been interviewed and had articles published on mental health sites.

    I’m also posting blog links on my site and would love to exchange links and guest posts with other bloggers, particularly on mental health matters, so if you’re interested, I’d love to hear from you. Also, if possible, to collaborate with other creatives who suffer or have suffered from mental health problems. Possibly exchange blog posts about creative lives, whatever ideas anyone may have. I’m open to (almost!) anything! I should also add that my artwork is very much for sale if you’re interested.

    I’ve also been writing a humongous novel forever, on and off, particularly during young parenthood and depression, to help keep me sane*. Alias Jeannie Delaney *is the life story of a devastating cowgirl who’s the fastest gun in the west and also bisexual. Since my recovery from depression I’ve decided it’s time to get it out there! I’m blogging about it on my site. I’ve had interviews about my fascination for the wild west, and even appeared on a news item on southern UK television!

    Thank you so much for reading, and I’d love you to follow me on my travels through life.

    Jo UK

    I’ve had an interview published here: Leslie Tate interview/Recovering From Depression Part 1 Leslie Tate interview/Recovering From Depression Part 2

    I’ve had mental health articles published here: Councillors Cafe – All Dried Up Councillors Cafe – My Experience of CBT Rachel Kelly/My wellness story by Jo Clutton Creative Mental Health – One of the Hardest Things iam1in4/ creating-my-odyssey Author Jo Clutton – Mental Movement Lifelightsmag – Who Are You and What Have You Done With

    My Wife? Debra Eve – (Late Bloomers) More Proof It’s Never Too Late

    I had many anecdotal articles published in the *Alton Gazette (Hampshire UK)* I was featured in my cowgirl role in the *Alton Gazette* and *The Sunday Telegraph Magazine*! I had an article on narrow boating featured in Waterways World

    I write about life, creativity and mental health here: I go west here: Kitty Le Roy’s Wild West I talk to mates and share here: Facebook Jo Bennett I share my posts here: Facebook Creating My Odyssey I jaw with western folks here: Facebook Kitty Le Roy’s Wild West Saloon I tweet here: Twitter Jo Clutton I post some of my umpteen zillion photos here: Instagram JMClutton I find interesting folk to exchange notes with here: Linkedin Jo Clutton I pin loads of images here: Pinterest

    On 18 Jan 2016 20:55, “Deb Buckingham – Inspiring a Creative Life” wrote:

    > deb posted: “Hi Creative Friends! As a creative person, I’m always looking > for outlets that will put me in a happy place, or happy space. I mean, who > doesn’t, right? I wanted to show you a creative space I walked into > today… Grow Your Art is a phrase I noticed a” >

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