IT CAN DO A BODY GOOD.

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TWO TREES ON HORIZON, 8X18, Cold Wax & Oil, $375 (Click on image to visit website)

It doesn’t matter what time of year, how cold, how hot, when I see birds in a waterscape, peace flows over me. Birds give us so much just in their existing, yet many of us have no idea what their needs are for them to survive. We hear of birds becoming extinct when their native habitats disappear, but apparently it doesn’t sink in that the habitat didn’t have to disappear.

Ecology needs to be taught in school beginning very early so that it is ingrained. Then perhaps our planning boards wouldn’t thoughtlessly allow development everywhere. Perhaps, then, developers wouldn’t consider clear-cutting land to put up concrete parking lots and buildings. They would understand that trees don’t grow there just to be used to provide wood.

Hasn’t it occurred to everyone yet, that trees, their roots, their leave, are protecting our soils from erosion? Do they not understand that roots and leaves are absorbing and using the heavy rains that fall to grow. Haven’t they realized how much cooler in the summer it is to stand under a tree than lean against their car on a macadam parking lot? Please, take a walk in the forest and tell me trees aren’t important for controlling temperatures.

And the next time you take a deep breath remember to thank a tree for providing the oxygen and improving the air quality. Hmm. How wonderful when building roads to include a large medium strip with trees and plants.  Just imagine how that design might have changed the pollution levels in places like Peking and Los Angeles, not to mention making a pleasant drive home from work.

Yes, those beautiful trees aren’t there for us to cut down. Besides being a home for those beautiful birds, one acre of plants absorb six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. Plants filter the air by removing dust and absorbing other pollutants including carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.

Let’s all go out and plant a tree or shrub. It can do a body good.

 

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HEALING EFFECTS OF ART

Marsh at Dusk, oil painting, by Jude Lobe, 20X60, $1250.

Marsh at Dusk, oil painting, by Jude Lobe, 20X60, $1250.

You walk into a gallery, store or even restaurant, and see a painting that grabs your attention. You relate to it. It takes you somewhere else. It makes you feel. But did you also know art has healing benefits.

Scientific studies have shown that art heals by changing a person’s physiology and attitude. By looking at artworks or listening to music, a person’s brain wave pattern changes. One becomes less stressed and moves into relaxation. Think about the last time you were at an art gallery. How refreshed and calmed did you feel?
Also effected is our nervous system, our hormonal balance and our brain neurotransmitters. With all of our cells in our body instantly reacting to the art or music, our body’s physiology is altered and the immune system and blood flow to our organs is increased. After you walked out of that gallery, or spent time in the morning drinking your coffee while gazing at the picture you have hanging on the wall, ask yourself, “do you feel better and ready to face the day with a positive attitude?”
The next time you are having a stressed day, take some time off and go to a local art gallery and enjoy the art. When you walk back out the door, I bet you will find yourself in much better spirits and able to handle whatever it is you need to do.
Our physiology is deeply effected by feelings and emotion. Try to keep a balance of good feelings in close proximity to yourself during the day. Perhaps a small painting on  your desk, or larger one on the wall. Maybe a piece of art at home in your kitchen to look at before you walk out the door. Or a calming artwork on the wall of your bedroom to send you off to a peaceful night’s rest.
The artwork above is available at Anthm Gallery in Black Mountain. You can see more of my artwork at Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, 121 N. Churton St., Hillsborough, NC; Carlton Art Gallery in Banner Elk, NC; Carolina Creations, New Bern and on my website

 

SOLUTIONS FOR SMALL ROOMS

The easy way to do it? Hang a large landscape painting in the room. Give the illusion of space with a landscape painting that has a distant horizon. It will become your focal point and if you are in the mood to change your environment, you can use the colors in the artwork to determine your wall colors, accent pillows, etc.

Exhibit at Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, Hillsborough, NC.

  • STEP 1: Visit an art gallery and buy the work of art that speaks to you. Art is literacy of the heart. It is functional. You will use it every single day. Every time you look at it, it will lift your spirits.Look up  local galleries in your area and visit the gallery. Enjoy walking through. Are there pieces there that make you stop and gaze? Well, ask about the artist. If it’s a local artists owned gallery you may even have the artist there welcoming you into the gallery. Think the price is too high? Ask about paying on time. Many galleries and artists offer payment plans. You know how time flies, so before you know it, the painting will be yours. No real hit to your pocketbook and the other best thing? It’s an original. You and you along have this painting. You can see the brush strokes, the luminosity of the colors.
  • STEP 2: When you get it home, hang it in a prominent place. Go out and treat yourself to buying a pillow or two that feature the colors in the painting and pop them on the chair or sofa near the painting. That helps carry the painting into the room.
  • STEP 3: Enjoy. Research has shown that art heals by changing a person’s physiology and attitude. By looking at artworks or listening to music, a person’s brain wave pattern changes. One becomes less stressed and moves into relaxation. Art lifts our spirits each time we look at it. Lift your spirits by taking a trip to your local art galleries. Buy local. Support your local economy and your local artists.
Along the Eno River, painting by Jude Lobe.

Along the Eno River, painting by Jude Lobe, 24X48, $1250.

And the next time you are having a stressed day, take some time off and go to a local art gallery and enjoy the art. When you walk back out the door, I bet you will find yourself in much better spirits and able to handle whatever it is you need to do.

Our physiology is deeply effected by feelings and emotion. Try to keep a balance of good feelings in close proximity to yourself during the day. Perhaps a small painting on  your desk, or larger one on the wall. Maybe a piece of art at home in your kitchen to look at before you walk out the door. Or a calming artwork on the wall of your bedroom to send you off to a peaceful night’s rest.
See more tips for decorating small rooms here at Better Homes & Garden.
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Click here to visit a locally artists owned & operated gallery, Hillsborough Gallery of Arts.
If you know of any artists owned & operated galleries, please comment and add information. I’d love to help spread the word.