Miss Gabi teaches ART IS GOOD WORKSHOP at The Children's Home in Pittsburgh!

I think "we" artists have been trying to tell you this for years....Art is so good for you.

Today at the Childrens home i watched and helped children that were non verbal expressing themselves thru art. For some more so than others, this is their way of being heard....of communicating and talking to YOU, to ME, to EVERYONE!....

Their faces liT up!! We made a connection!!!! AMAZING!!!!

When I hear people say "I can't draw .... I can't paint .... I can't do art" ...... it frustrates me and I say to them YES YOU CAN! For example, Today I had a bus tour and 71 people. Thw tour theme was I LOVE LUCY and therefore on an 8x8inch canvas panel we painted Lucille Ball...."Andy Warhol style".

At first, All of them immediately started to say they would not be able to do the art project because they were not artists.

I said to them....YES YOU CAN! You CAN DO THIS PROJECT! Just trust me!!

As they began to paint....everyone started to realize that they did NOT have a peach color for her skin. They became very irritated and distraught and acted like they couldn't continue without a flesh color.

So I said "OK LISTEN UP! I did NOT give you a flesh color on purpose. Your goal is to BE WILD AND CRAZY! This is YOUR time to let your wild side show and let it flow through your brush right onto the paper. BE FREE!!"

As the hour and a half went by....I slowly started seeing smiles, hearing laughter and having them say
This is fun!
This is relaxing!
This is like therapy after a while!

The one lady said "I just gave Lucy a tattoo!" And she laughed out loud!

I said YES YES YES.....SEE YOU CAN DO IT. YOU SURVIVED. YOUR AN ARTIST NOW!

By the end, they all left with smiles on their faces. The one gentlemen said said he had fun and I said to him "you sure let out your wild and crazy side with those colors!" He laughed and said "YES I guess I did didn't I? You are one sweet young lady and what you are doing is wonderful."

Sometimes in life, all we need is that kind, gentle extra push that gives people the courage to be themselves and to let out their wild side!!!! It's not an easy task and some put up a good fight. But with constant encouragement and determination, the end results are well worth it. It's like fireworks!!!!

This is what my job is all about.
Touching lives and making a difference with Art. If everyone (including me) just set aside a half hour to an hour of art every day, I truly feel everyone's life would change.

And remember "ART" covers not just drawing and painting but creating.....just create anything that gives meaning and that makes a statement....Like a PUZZLE PIECE!!!!......SERIOUSLY,.I guarantee you in the end you will feel pretty damn good. WHY?

BECAUSE ART IS GOOD FOR YOU! Yes! Yes!
ART HEALS! ART IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL!!

HALLELUJAH!!!!! ART IS GOOD!
STAND UP!!
LETS DO THE HAPPY DANCE!!!!

Gabi Nastuck