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Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Arts and Healing

Arts and Healing have long been closely intertwined.  In the years before Hippocrates, the healing temples of ancient Greece surrounded patients with paintings, sculpture, gardens, fountains, music, poetry and storytelling.  An environment rich with art was seen as therapeutic, providing a means to alleviate physical discomfort and emotional distress.

Florence Nightingale, in her book Notes on Nursing, described the patient's need for beauty, even to look out a window or gaze at a vase of flowers: "People say the effect is only on the mind.  It is no such thing.  The effect is on the body, too."

If you, or someone you love, is sick physically or emotionally, consider beautifying the space around you or them with flowers, a water feature, art or peaceful music.... it really does make a difference.

Returning Insight    (30 x 48)   Giclee Prints Available

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hummingbirds, Sarah Goodnough Paintings

Being Present (40 x 40) - Original Sold, Giclee Prints Available

Flicker In Time (30 x 30) - Original Sold, Giclee Prints Available

Beyond Limitations (30 x 30) - Original Sold, Giclee Prints Available

Joyful Abundance (40 x 40) - Original Sold, Giclee Prints Available

These paintings combine flora and fauna, integrated in a magical way that I hope evokes the feeling of divine energy all around us. Hummingbirds are a connection to spirit for me. When I see them it always seems to be at a time when God is saying "everything is alright".

Friday, March 23, 2012

Love Story, Sarah Goodnough Painting

Love Story - 36 x 48 Acrylic Painting on Canvas - Original Sold - Giclee Prints Available

Love Story was a romantic piece that came about because of my passion for roses. I have had the idea to paint roses for awhile and decided to add the birds in a tree to this contemporary impressionist painting. I can just imagine looking up at the moon while sitting with my loved one in this old English garden.