It's no secret that we fill our studio with a lot of fun and laughter each day at Whimsy, but the benefits of getting a lil' messy with paint may surprise you.
For this week's post, I thought we might delve into the subject of creative expression as a therapeutic tool.
Let's talk about our old friend stress. You know, that meanie-pants that makes us lock our keys in the car while rushing into work late in the morning? In today's world, we are constantly trying to balance work expectations with the needs of our personal lives and dear ones WHILE being barraged by additional stressors, like that guy who just cut you off on I-25 or forgetting to reschedule an appointment. All of these daily factors take their toll, and they can happen so often that we begin to feel like it is normal to have a fight-or-flight response all of the time, like nervous little bunny rabbits.
So let's talk about how we can become CREATIVE and PEACEFUL bunny rabbits. Research in the American Journal of Public Health shows that the creative arts give us a feeling of overall "well-being by decreasing negative emotions and increasing positive ones".
In a research study with 30 patients dealing with chronic conditions, the results showed a measured decrease in stress, anxiety, distress and negative emotions, but an increase in positive emotions.
While losing all of this icky stress, you can expect to gain spontaneity, sense of self, a boost in confidence, and-get this-a social network. And these researchers didn't even know about Whimsy when they wrote that!
If making art helps build a social network, then that's perfect, because getting together with our friends and loved ones, giggling together and making great art is sort of our specialty at Whimsy!
So, my little bunnies, before the stress of the holiday season makes you go bananas, do me a favor. Call up your favorite friend to laugh with, make a date, and come paint with us. You will feel so much better. You might even get done holiday shopping early and go ice skating!
P.S. I have also heard that a splash of moscato is good for stress...and we happen to have that here, plus a whole bunch of other wonderful drinkies.
From our family to yours, have an excellent, stress-free week!
Brrr! In less than twenty four hours, flip flops are giving way to puffy jackets and moon boots (am I the only one who still owns moon boots?) As the flurries swirl by our colorful windows here at the studio, we take a moment to grab a cup of Chamba Chai and reminisce about the fun fall we've enjoyed at Whimsy so far.
In mid-October, we celebrated our joining the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce by hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony. Raye used her expert scissor-cutting mojo to really get at that ribbon and just cut the darn thang! It was a very special moment for your Whimsy team, and we were so grateful for the excellent turn out of supporters and chamber members.
The Saturday before Halloween, the Orchard Town Center hosted its annual Malloween event. It was a festive fashion-parade filled with many tiny Princess Elsas and a few (not quite) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Lindsey and Shannon had the absolute best time watching the little ones toddle up and ask for a goodie. Do you remember being little, and feeling like your costume was the most important outfit that you would ever wear?
The weather was beautiful, so we pushed the doors to the studio open, and Lindsey painted some spooky-cute pictures while Shannon passed out candy and did the Monster Mash. It was a spectacular time!
Perhaps the most special part of our fall thus far has been the number of wonderful causes for which we have hosted fundraisers for. We love hosting fundraisers, there is always an extra-special feeling in the air when everyone is painting for one special purpose. Do you know someone who needs to raise some funds towards an amazing cause? Call us, we want to help!
As the holiday season ramps up at Orchard, our calendar has begun to fill up FAST!!! Have you had an eye on one of our pieces of art? Sign up ASAP, we already have wait lists for several of our classes!
We are so excited for this warm and fuzzy time of year and have been adding classes to our calendar to keep up with the demand. We have many of our classics, some great new Lindsey art, and some festive, wintery pieces coming up this month and next.
(Psssst! You know that one person who has everything, and is so hard to gift? I can tell you what they DON'T have yet-a masterpiece made by YOU! Just think it over, okay?)
We hope that you stay warm and cozy on this especially chilly day! We wish you cinnamon rolls and a warm fire!
A family of 7 women came in for open studio yesterday. They were so sweet & cute. They were all dressed up in black &/or tiger prints. The grandmother of the group used to paint supposedly extremely well. Unfortunately, she has dementia & isn't able to do things like she once could. She started crying & it took a bit for us all to calm her down. Then one of the ladies thought of the cute idea of everyone contributing to her painting & it turned out super cute!!! :-) It made the artist on duty tear up when the grandmother pulled her in close & said how great of a family she has.
It's stories like these that just warm our heart. We are so happy to have been a part of making this particular Grandmother's painting day a special event.
-An incarnation inspired by boundless imagination; an expression of deep subconscious emotion, drawn up from the pit of the artist's very being; a Translation:
through strokes, sculpts, exposures, sounds, words, stitches, shapes, colors, movements and any other tactile measure of feeling.
Yep, she about pretty much summed the "ceativity" definition up don't ya think.
Painted at Whimsy: 17 times
Loves: (the…) how excited I get when I know I am going to Whimsy, especially after work. Just makes the whole day better.
Favorite painting event memory: back in Erie when Raye and Terry were there with their doggie. It just felt like home and They walked around showing us great tips. One that sticks in my mind is the help husband gave me on how to create the mist of water on the dragonfly and moon painting
Favorite painting so far: Irredecense
Tell us something interesting about you: I love children and I enjoy getting to be the fun aunt with all the kids that come across my path. Gardening is another love of mine, it is relaxing and very satisfying to watch things grow and bloom.
I love to paint because: it is a wonderful world of self discovery. I remember my first time to visit whimsy, I was so nervous. I went by myself so I was conquering 2 fears at once. Going alone and painting. It helped me overcome some of my personal fears and build great friendships with the artists and a few regulars too.
I’d rather be: living in San Diego in a little beach house that faces the ocean painting pretty pictures and growing beautiful flowers.
I love to listen to: (musical choice,band). Michael Buble pandora radio while I paint.
I’m a: person that is never to old to learn new things.
I recommend Whimsy to my friends because: for all of the above answers.
Lil story, February 2013 I said to my husband I want to learn how to paint. He jumped on the opportunity and told me he would by me a few classes for my birthday. Even though my birthday was not until April he did not want me to lose my momentum and encouraged me to find a place to go. I looked into many studios and when I found Whimsy it sounded perfect and it still is! My husband is my biggest fan and loves decorating the house with my artwork. He commissioned me last year to paint Irredecense on 2 - 24 x 36 canvas's. I was petrified! It took me 7 months to get the nerve to really try it. I invested in another Irredecense class to remind me how to paint it, get tips from Raye on the kind of paint to use and encouragement from Lindsey and here are the results. My husband is so proud! Thank you Whimsy for the way you have brought joy into my life!
Creating an artful life doesn't mean that you have to have a paintbrush in your hand and create big giant colorful canvases to hang on your wall. That's just one idea of art. There is so much more to it than that. It's where the expression "Art is Everything" comes into play. It can be an inspiration, a feeling, a thing, a look. Everything is art. Even something as simple as a beautifully set table. There's freshly pressed linens, sparkling water glasses, a pitcher of mimosas sitting next to a vase filled with dainty flowers. It's visually appealing (art) but also emotionally appealing (art) it makes you feel a certain way. It doesn't always require a paintbrush.
Whoever set the table in the image below is an artist. Their canvas is a table. What is yours?
Well that didn't work. We sent Jess to Florida for a much needed vacation. She came back, packed up and MOVED there! Don't worry, you'll see Jess again, she works
remotely on the computer and will fly in to teach occasionally!
We love you! ..... Mom
The BIG SURPRISE! It's a TREASURE HUNT (whooohooo) and
It's happening NOW...this week only...This moment in time.
Are you paying attention? We've blitzed the marketplace
with 1/2 price ticket deals that are good for the whole summer!
Hurry... FIND them, buy them & register online...
while supplies last. (no complaining if you lose out).
Yeah, we know...this is pretty sweet.
Hit the 'share' button...get more friends help you FIND the daily deal!
Whimsy Paint and Sip Art Studio
We are the FIRST to have:
Professional Grade Artist's PAINT, not that cheap tempura stuff
Signature martinis! Try the Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini!
Real wine, never serving 'house' wine or wine from boxes or cheap wine
Real wine glasses, not those plastic cups (that's no way to serve good wine!)
Soft & cushy swivel stools, better for your butt !
Funky playlists, our sounds are 2nd to none, Jess makes sure of that by mixing it up regularly
The sing off. Who says you just have to paint and sip here? You get to SING, too!
A 40 foot long, curving stainless steel bar - so cool, you gotta see it to believe it!
The 50 foot long Graffiti Wall where you get to do your 'thang'.
The famous Yay! magnets! What's your Yay! thing?
THE cute and whimsical Flying Pigs! Need we say more?
Artsy Aprons - find the saying that resonates with you and WEAR it for the evening! Bitch! Hunk! Betty 'Boop! Queen Bee!
Strings and strings and strings of Christmas lights, when it's not even Christmas!
Online registration, making it easy to sign up for classes and convenient, sign up when you want to!
The 'drying' station. Let's keep paint off your car seats!
Order in pizza - when your tummy says 'feed me' !
Whimsy, always thinking outside the box...for your painting and sipping pleasure!
Whimsy's GRAFFITi Wall !
Only at Whimsy Paint and Sip Art Studio
in Historic Downtown Erie (Colorado, of course)
can you WRITE on the WALLS!
Paint/Draw/Sign the 50 foot long wall.
Leave your mark, your art, your tagline,
your favorite saying, your wit or even
your phone number. Leave your one liners,
your drunken confusionisms or just the date you
came to paint, sip and play at Whimsy. The wall
is YOURS to do with what you want!
(no profanity, please, this is a rethpekable,
respethicalbe, respectable place) :)