Why Art Benefits Your Mental Health: Are you ready for a free class?

Why Art Benefits Your Mental Health: Are you ready for a free class?

I want to be able to show up in life for my kids and family, and in order to do that I need to take care of my mental health.

Do you know what it looks like when your mental health declines? Fatigue, relationships suffer, isolation, memory loss, confusion, self-harm, prolonged grief, and the list goes on.

Art is my therapy. It does not have to be pretty or understood or look like anything special. It just helps put feelings and emotions that there are no words for, and expessed in color, shapes, and lines where maybe it can help you find the words or the insight to a feeling to help your healing and health journey.

I am doing a FREE virtual/online class doing and inviting you to join in the journey. You do not need any art skills. You just need to show up for an hour or so, with some random paper, colors, colored pencils, watercolors, markers, or whatever is handy for this class.

Interested in using easy art techniques to help you through your journey of those hard feelings, or maybe grief, depression, or struggles in daily life? Leave a comment, or send a DM, sign for email at https://designbydayle.com/classes/

And join to watch my Facebook Page for more info! https://www.facebook.com/DayleSundbergArt

My Mind is Exploding with Ideas for You!

My Mind is Exploding with Ideas for You!

The change of seasons to Spring is like my creative brain. Renewal, growth, care, and color are all showing up again after a cold winter. And my creative brain is doing the same. The S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder) is lifting, the longer days are GOOD for me, and that blue sky with the big ball of yellow heat is even better. It is all leading to growth.

I have ideas, so many ideas growing. I know I might not be able to do them all, but here is the current list:

  1. Start offering in-person kids and adult paint parties again in The Barn during warm weather months; then on-location during cold weather months
  2. 6-week Art 101 in-person class for ages 5-10 and 11-18
  3. Themed adult paint/craft events in The Barn on Custer Avenue during warm weather months
  4. Online healing, intuitive Art Journaling 6-week course and monthly membership
  5. DIY, maybe: “Doin’ It with Dayle” membership group, featuring DIY projects, painting cabinets, furniture rehab, fixing items, tool time/introduction to tools, contractor interviews, and a community for your questions for fixing and DIY projects in your life
  6. Private, individual in-person or virtual weekly art lessons (already taking appointments)
  7. Online, virtual paint parties
  8. Art and craft take and make kits
  9. 6-week Art 101 online or virtual classes for adults, so you know how to do the basics and we can move into more complex techniques
  10. 1:1 Family Story Canvas painting (1 family creates a abstract painting reflecting their stories)
  11. Finishing www.designbydayle.com “Shop” section offering some of the above ideas. Please check it out this new site, and sign up to receive email from me to “stay in the know” with all my creative ideas and what comes up. I always love hearing from you on what you need and want to know!

Just trust me.

Just trust me.

“Just trust me.” We have heard it one time or another. It might have been from a teenager talking back after you have said they cannot do something, or maybe it is jokingly said by your bestie about daring you to do something silly!  It signals to our brain to move towards: towards an action, a person, an experience, a financial deal, a product, or whatever it may be.  We want to be trusted, we want to trust, and we need the trust to have the connections with everything. 

As a business, you need trust to earn a customers’ investment in your product or service. As an individual, in any type of relationship, you need trust to earn your investment in the person and the future of the relationship.  And earning it is just like having a savings account earning interest, the more money you put into that savings account, the more the interest grows it.  The more time you put into a relationship, the more it grows.  Or not.  Put a penny in a savings account at .01% interest and see how long it takes to grow to $100. The more you bank, the better the return.

When the bank account is empty, sitting there with a penny in it, you need to make a daily deposit to make a difference.  In “trust” terms, that looks like work, just like a 9 to 5 job where you need to put in your time, show up early, stay late, build teamwork, invest in communication skills, being curious by constantly learning and always improving your performance.  And just like a 9 to 5, trust is built with intent, motive, your abilities, showing up for the others to complete the job, your track record, and mostly by your character.  

Five factors create trust and when a few are missing or slipping, so does that trust.  They are understanding, intentions (are they in it to serve an honorable purpose), abilities (do they have the skills, willingness, and knowledge to move forward), character (traits like honesty, integrity, courage, etc.), and accountability (do they show up, keep their word, follow through?).  These factors also need to always be in motion, continually be nurtured with actions that go the extra mile so you can move forward.

So, trust me!  You need to add pennies to that account. The next time you see a penny laying on the ground it may be “a penny from heaven” reminding you to make an investment in the time, effort, and move toward someone needing a connection.

My Parents are Gone. Aren’t they?

My Parents are Gone. Aren’t they?

As I worked in my studio a few days ago I was going through papers, sketchbooks, patterns, old jewelry, and magazines trying to come up with the inspiration and bits of quirk for The Turmoil Series I have been working on the past two years. I got sucked into a time warp and I found myself going through a box of The Saturday Evening Post from the 1970’s.

Saturday Eve Post Magazine Cover

I try not to lick my fingers to turn the pages because I am afraid of all the nasty germs from being in dusty storage over the years. There are little spills here and there on the pages, they are 40 years old. I am mesmerized and intrigued by the stories, the advertising and artwork of Norman Rockwell. My heart aches a little as I read the stories and reminisce of time before digital media and technology.

Then as I finished the last page of one magazine and turn to the cover of the next, hot tears come to my eyes and roll down my cheeks. I read the address label. I realize that what I am holding in my hands, is what my parents held in their hands 40 years ago. The thumb smudges on the corners are my dad’s, not some stranger. The tagged pages are ideas that my mom loved or a story that touched her heart. These were seen through the eyes of my parents and now, 40 years later through my eyes.

I did not realize I had these. I thought they were thrown away when we cleaned out Mom and Dad’s house years ago. It seems like when I need an encouragement, a reminder that it will be okay or need an idea or hug, I get a little message from Mom and Dad. I get a little nudge of hope.

Technology is good for sharing stories, like this one, however, sharing what is real, what you feel and what you can hold in your hands and touch is something technology can never replace. Connect with the ones you have in your lives now and hold them in your heart and hands while you can.

Remain original. Be intuitive. Remain true to yourself and honor the feelings when they come. It might just lead you to the answer you have been searching for.

(PS: I hope you dance. Thanks mom.)