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February 2014

Art Lessons of letting go and breathing life

Uncategorized / February 27, 2014

From the book, Brave Intuitive Painting by Flora Bowley:

Turn your canvas or paper every 15 minutes or even 5 minutes if you are short on time. After every turn step back and see what is emerging. Add new elements with each turn. How does this feel? How does it look? Do you feel anxious or excited? Do you feel any resistance to changing your work?

Turning the paper provides new perspective and forces you, as an artist, to have your original vision be challenged. It frees the air from the feeling of needing to know what will be produced, of being perfect, and the freedom to loosen up. This is a meditative practice of letting go and not attaching to circumstances.

Feel free to add upload photos of your creation and I will update you on my own.


Another version of this project would be working on two canvases or paper, switching between them every 5/15 minutes. Challenge yourself to cover up 3/4ths of what you’ve previously painted. Work like this for 2 hours to build up four layers on each surface.

Nancy Culver

Organization / February 24, 2014

Nancy Culver moved to Denver with her husband and two daughters in 1995. She holds an A.A.S. Degree in Graphic Design Communications from Villa Maria College in Buffalo, N.Y. and a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Regis University, Denver. She has always had a passion for art and creativity and has become increasingly interested in how it can be used in the healing process. She believes the creative process can take us to a peaceful place where all the stress of life disappears.

Nancy started volunteering with the Healing Arts program in December 2013. Her favorite famous artist quote is “One can speak poetry just by arranging colors well, just as one can say comforting things in music.” – Vincent van Gogh

Tandy Rackerby

Organization / February 21, 2014


Tandy has enjoyed living and working in the Denver community for over 25 years, and joins Soul’s Palette Arts supporting the oncology and pediatric patients through her year long internship as a graduate expressive art therapy student.  Now on her second career in expressive art therapy, Tandy has interned at Porter Hospital and addiction treatment facilities before joining our team.  She holds a bachelors of science in Mass Communications from ASU, and is working on her Masters of Science in Counseling/Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy from Prescott College in Arizona.

She values her role as a wife, mother of a grown daughter, photographer (former videographer at the Las Vegas ABC News affiliate), gardener, digital artist, skier, and golfer. Tandy provides the bone marrow transplant patient with creative therapeutic activities in effort to lower their stress, improve coping skills, and aid in their healing process.  Her motto is “Boredom is not an option.”  More and more she spends a part of her time with patients showing them digital art apps on their personal tablets, as a majority of them are coming in with these portable image-making devices.  The benefit of digital art making is patients can create anywhere, during chemo treatments, at home or in the hospital and the patients can easily share their artwork to family and friends with a click of a button.  She engages with the pediatric patients either by their bedside or in small group activities held in the pediatric playrooms.  She exudes passion in her role here and carries that love to the patients.