This blog is co-authored by Marietjie Uys (artist) and Melette Els (therapist).
Now you get to choose your own colours for painting your life. Don't feel you need to follow my dictation. I will give you the names of the colours I used in case you like them and want to use them as well, but the whole idea is to find what you love and to paint the picture the way you like it. Choose colours that represent something to you. When selecting a colout, ask yourself why you chose that particular colour. What does this colour mean to me? What does it say about who I want to be? I paint the body of my bird Permanent Light Green by Dala.
The wings and dimples are painted Permanent Light Red by Dala.
The tail and beak are painted Permanent Deep Yellow by Dala.
The colour of the eye is painted Ultramarine Blue by Dala.
I then use Titanium White for the white of the eye.
I use Lamp Black by Dala for the pupil of the eye.
As I have been using Acrylic Paint, it dries very quickly. I then use a brush tip Posca Marker to firmly outline the drawing I have planned for my life, i.e. the bird.
Then I use Pearl White by Iris to add some sparkle to my life.
Do not forget the white dot in the eye. This is a life of faith, hope and love, and that is how I choose to live it. Take a bold stand, declaring firmly what you want to be in life and how you want to live your life. Changing only your own image of yourself, the way you see yourself, can be the beginning of a totally new direction for you.
With all three birds completed, we look back on a journey where we had to rebuild a warped image, replace our pain with good things, and paint a new life. You have come a long way. Do not hesitate to do this as often as you need. Everyday is a brand new canvas. If you need a restart, take time out and shape your life the way it was meant to be.
Melette Els (Clinical Social Work) can be contacted via the webpage www.m-e.co.za, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 082 776 1536.
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Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making PRETTY things.
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