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Art Therapy

Painting as Meditation

Gina Hamilton Stratton calls this painting Boundless Joy. After her metastatic breast cancer diagnosis, she went back to painting, which she finds meditative; this painting symbolizes for her the joy the world has to give and receive.
April 2022 Vol 8 No 2
Gina Hamilton Stratton
Willis, Texas
Boundless Joy.

I used acrylic on canvas, 24 by 36 inches, to create my Boundless Joy painting. Being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer returned me to my love of art and creative discovery. It also reunited me with myself.

Painting for me is meditation, a way to disconnect, so that I could connect. I continue to be amazed and inspired by the diversity in artistic expression of life and emotion from all those who are affected by cancer.

Standing face to face with a blank canvas, noticing that inspiration points undeniably to joy, was a reminder that our world has boundless joy to give and to receive. Slowing down to zoom in on life’s details always leads to where joy waits. I find small joys in painting, writing about life’s experiences, thought-provoking conversations, reading during early-morning silence, comfortable shoes, soft pillows, warm blankets, key lime pie, and the smell of freshly cut hay.

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