My friend Debbie Lockie has a company called Expressive Exchange. Fancy huh? She invited me to a workshop. I said yes. The day came and I thought ,’I’m so super screwed on this one.’ But I made a green tea to go, tossed on old tenny’s, and went.
I sat down to my supplies! Q-tips and make-up sponges. Huh… that’s not too scary. Debbie went on to ask each person why they were there. I told the truth. “Ill do anything Debbie tells me to.”
Our first “piece” was about being in a garden. As I listened to Debbie encourage us to blend our colors, I forgot the whole garden situation and just painted. My intention was just to chill the eff out and put some color down. I did it! Crazy part…I just didn’t care what it looked like.I know it’s not much of a garden. But it blends dammit!Debbie then placed our work in the front of the room. She asked us about how the process was and what we felt. I then realized this process has NOTHING to do with skill, it just had to do with expressing ourselves withOUT judgement. By the way…I know it is not supposed to matter, but the other work in this room was beyond amazing and truly beautiful!Oh no! Another canvas. And it was BIGGER!!!!!!! This canvas was to represent all the things I was balancing in my life. Debbie asked we only paint one at a time.This represented my MTV show, Chelsea Settles. Stressful, hectic, & very emotional. This represents my clients. Simple, fun, & easy.This represents ME. The yellow is just me… being shiny. The red is all the crap I let affect my sunshine.This is what it would feel like to let go of my red craziness.This is how it would feel IF I let the red go away. Open. Full of love. Life. Peace.My final work! I’m proud of it. Because of what it means! I’m also proud I was able to express how I was feeling through art. I often will run, or workout, or just work. But this was a very new way to feel.And…this is Debbie! Creator of Expressive Exchange & a very talented boot camper of mine! So very lucky to have her as a client, friend, & teacher!