Art Meets Life,  Creativity Prompt,  Healing Art

Painting Up a Storm

Art Heals

There is a storm in my body.  I think it has been brewing for a long time, although I didn’t know it.  Recently it made itself known in a big way.  And now, I am sitting on the front porch of my soul watching it pass over me.

In the last several weeks it has felt so big that all I knew to do was sit with it. As luck would have it, I was in my studio the other night, and I began painting while I was doing that sitting.  The painting felt good.  I could tell it was doing something in my body.  Something…a hormone or feel good chemical, perhaps the workings of my creative spirit….something was helping the storm dissipate.

storm 1

This isn’t a huge surprise to me….this feeling that comes when we dive into creativity, no holds barred.  That is one of the benefits of art, it is a catalyst to healing.  And so, I am painting up a storm….or should I say OUT a storm.  And my body feels grateful.

storm 2

So grateful for the release that I have just kept painting…..a piece of cardboard, a bigger piece, a small canvas, then larger….then the entire top of my studio table.  The more I paint, the more cleansing.  The more I paint, the less dark the storm.  The more I paint, the better I feel.

storm 3

This is how creativity leads to healing, how it helps us understand ourselves, and connect with the world we have spinning inside.


Creativity Prompt:  Invite yourself to sit with simple art supplies….pencil and paper, pen and paper, cardboard and paint.  Nothing fancy, just what is at hand.  Close your eyes and let the supplies give life to what you feel.  You don’t have to paint pain….but you can if you wish.  You don’t have to draw storms, but you can.  Perhaps what wishes to come up is that smile that doesn’t get to glow often enough or bright enough.  Don’t think too much and don’t halt what comes forward.  Make a mess.  Start with silly, ugly, scribbly, doodles, dashes, and wing-a-dings.  It doesn’t have to make  sense or look beautiful.  Think of it as giving your creativity permission to wander around.  When you are done, let it be what it is. Share it or keep it to yourself.  But KNOW….that this kind of self-expression builds bridges to healing us.  It gives us permission to express who we are and love ourselves in the process. 

Creatively yours….

Rachel Payne Life Coach


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I am Rachél Payne, the quirky, dedicated heart behind Creativity Tribe. I am an artist, writer, and creative life advocate.


  • Amy Putkonen

    Hi Rachel,

    This is great. I sent an email to a friend of mine who has a similar style of painting to yours. She recently took a class with Flora Bowley. Are you aware of her?

    • Rachél

      I have never taken Flora’s class, Amy, but I am very familiar with her work. The work I am showing was inspired by a class I took with Tracy Verdugo. If I am not mistaken, I believe she may have studied with Flora. 🙂

  • Amy Putkonen

    Also, I know a woman who made one doll a day for an entire year. It was pretty cool. She was my next door neighbor years ago when she was doing that. Amy Egenberger. She was featured not too long ago in a book I was reading and I had to laugh. It was awesome to see her there. I think the book was The Creative Entrepreneur, but not sure. Anyways, connections abound! So nice to know you, Rachel.

  • Kathleen

    What a wonderful post, Rachel! I find the very same thing happens in my life – I just wonder why it always takes me so long to get to what helps me heal instead of spinning my wheels. I am sorry that you have been having such a rough time lately, but I know that on the other side you will have learned a lot, grown stronger and will be ready to take that next leap of faith!

    I love these creations in every way . . .

    xo, Kathleen

    • Rachél

      Thanks, Kathleen. I am feeling better already. I agree. It can take so long to remember to go with what works. Love seeing you here. You are always a breath of fresh air!