My Art Saves Story {Thank you Crescendoh}

My “Art Saves” story was featured all last week and I wanted to share it with those of you that didn’t have a chance to read it on the Crescendoh site.

A Constant Companion • by Jeanne Oliver


Jeanne OliverArt has been my companion for as long as I can remember. It has not always shown itself in the same medium but it has been there just the same. As a little girl art has followed me under a shading tree in the heat of the afternoon. Art has allowed me to express myself when I didn’t have any other way to communicate. Art has brought peace and made me a better mother through its process. Why would I be so surprised at the gift that art has given me? I am created by the most creative. Our world is a reflection of the ultimate artist. Creativity has been this incredible and intimate gift given to me by my maker. I have felt His presence, peace, and comfort so many times in my life though art and creating. This time would be no different. 

Comfort from Canvas & Paint
We had gotten a call that had shaken me to the core. I was trying to figure out how to get home as quickly as possible. Home was a two-day drive with three children in the car. Home was where the pain was and I still couldn’t wrap my head around what I had heard. As we were packing the back of the Jeep I kept on going back to my studio and bringing more art supplies. I didn’t know why but I knew I couldn’t leave them behind. I didn’t know what exactly waited for us after our 1,000-mile drive but I would later come to find what healing and comfort would come from a canvas and paint.

After 41 years of marriage we had all found out that my dad had been having a long-term affair. We were sad, angry, ashamed, and without answers. As I write this I still can’t believe that my family is now a different-looking family. So many different emotions were going through my head and heart and I had no control over the outcome of any of it. I am 39 years old and watching your family fall apart still hurts. What do you do when you have so many thoughts running through you but you don’t have the energy to talk anymore? I covered the largest table in my mom’s house with plastic and slowly started pulling out all of my art supplies. Canvases were stacked, pens were organized, pastels were laid out, paint was collected, pencils were sharpened. During a situation where I had no control the act of organizing and preparing to create was comforting. Then we began. No plans. No outcome intended. In silence my sister and I started to create. Sometimes we spoke. Sometimes we cried. Sometimes we even laughed.

Healing & Powerful
When you have no words but you are given a way to express yourself anyways … it is healing and powerful. Our end results were never the intention but the results were beautiful just the same. So, for many nights on the farm when the house was quiet, all the children were asleep, when pencils, paint, chalks, and canvas were the only sounds … art saved.

 

 

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Thank you, Jenny Doh for asking me to share my “Art Saves” story.  I am honored to be included with so many artists I admire.

I also wanted to share with you the 14 blog posts they asked me to share with them from some of my favorite blogs.

These will not be in the Crescendoh archives and I couldn’t resist loving on some of my favorite girls again.

 


Tracey has the most incredible gift for styling.  Her creativity shines with how she takes care of her home, family and friends.  You will love her photography and her tips for making the everyday special.

http://frenchlarkspur.blogspot.com/2010/08/friend-for-lunch.html

When you look at Kimberly’s photos you want to jump into the picture.  Isn’t that what makes an amazing photographer?  There are so many posts I could have chosen but I picked this one because it is her heart of home and family that resonates with me.  You will want to look through her whole blog for her exquisite food photos and recipes.
http://kimberlytaylorimages.com/mimicharmante/?attachment_id=2626 (happiness)

Jennifer is one of the most creative girls I know.  She also makes almost everything in her home (within reason).  There are only two kitchens I have ever been in that have blown me away and I wanted to recreate in my own life…and Jennifer’s is one of them.  What she did with her kitchen is sensational and that she did it on a tight budget makes it unbelievable!
http://www.jenniferrizzo.com/2010/11/welcome-to-my-new-kitchen.html

Maria’s love of vintage French linens and antiques drew her to me right away.  Her photography is impeccable.  I loved this post because so many people love vintage linens and don’t know what to do with them so they keep them safely tucked away.  Get those gorgeous linens out to the drawers and show them off.
http://dreamywhites.blogspot.com/2011/01/french-linen-sheetswhat-to-do-with-them.html

I couldn’t just pick one post from Sara’s gorgeous blog.  Sara’s style and how she incorporates vintage finds in her home and life is so inspiring.  Her creativity and eye for design is true art.
http://www.sadieolive.com/theblog/2011/02/03/as-i-see-it/  or  http://www.sadieolive.com/theblog/2011/02/01/studio-space/  or   http://www.sadieolive.com/theblog/2010/11/03/babys-room/

Even though Melody is known for being an artist with paper and paints…I believe her words are one of her most creative gifts.
http://melodyross.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/07/treat-yourself.html

There are few artists that I admire more.  I love how she loves her children and her life.  I love how she questions and pushes herself as an artist.
http://mistymawn.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/06/on-my-easel–1.html

Cori’s art is stunning.  I love this piece in particular especially after reading why she made it.  Women are too hard on themselves.  Love this.
http://coridantinimakes.blogspot.com/2010/10/truce.html

You will love the whole Fern and Feather blog.  Alexis makes everything lovely.  Her art and creativity is in the food she prepares, the family she is raising and the art she creates.  I love all the sewing she does on paper and thought you would be inspired by it too.
t http://www.fernandfeather.com/2011/02/my-first-class.html

Hands down one of my favorite blogs because of how real she is.  She is just like each of us trying to balance her family with this art that she HAS to create.  You will be richly blessed by not only this post but her whole blog.
http://modernprairiegirl.com/?p=10220

Love at first site.  This blog makes me want to cook all day and get incredibly fat! Not really…but I do want Katie to cook for me.  I cook but not like this and each photo inspires me in my own art.  That is why I love this creative world.  So much inspiration!
http://whatkatieate.blogspot.com/2010/12/wooohooooo-here-we-go-folks-merry.html

You will laugh at loud at Shannan’s posts and in the next tears will be streaming down your face.  Shannan’s gift for the written word is art like no other.
http://flowerpatchfarmgirl.blogspot.com/2011/03/my-life-kitchen-view.html
For those of you that have followed my blog you know that Dr. Haneca is who diagnosed me with food allergies over a year ago and completely changed my life.  You will love her blog for food and health related topics but this post is one of my favorites.  There are always blessings….even in the midst of the pain.
http://www.drhaneca.com/2011/05/cup-half-full.html
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  1. Paula Parrish

    Hello Jeanne,
    Thanks for sharing the heart warming story about family struggles. Your story give me tools to make it past hard times in my life. You are the best; thanks for helping. Keep Creating Art!
    Smiles, Paula

  2. Leah C

    Gut-wrenching and heart-warming…you created positives out of something painful. You have a gift; a beautiful gift:) And we are the ones who are priveleged by it.

    1. jeanne Author

      Leah,
      You met my mom at the farm sale. We didn’t know then. You always say the sweetest things and you have the most tender heart. Thank you!!!

  3. Lara

    You know how much I adore you!!! So happy to be on the list 🙂 Your planet is one that I just can’t stay away from.

    talk soon, soon—love you!
    Lara

  4. Holly

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. As someone who is also dealing with some serious family issues, your encouragement to use the emotion to create is important to me.

  5. Flower Patch Farmgirl

    Well, you told your story beautifully and from the heart. I always believe that redemption is born when we muster up some courage and share those parts of life that still feel bruised.

    And thanks for the nod. 🙂 xo

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