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Art Therapy Project: SATISFACTION

satisfaction cat art therapy

When the topic of SATISFACTION was proposed for our art therapy project, my mind immediately hopped to the Cheshire cat with his infamous grin. So I knew I had to create a cat.

  • Topic: Satisfaction
  • Result: Satisfaction cat made of pen, ink, glitter glue and paint on canvas. Note the illustrations within the cat’s body that depict different things that bring me satisfaction.

Artist comments:

While the Cheshire cat was definitely the primary motivator for creating a cat for the topic of satisfaction, he wasn’t the only one. Cats in general kept coming to mind with this topic. Not only is cat art fun to create, but felines frequently look very satisfied with themselves. Maybe it’s because they:

  • Sleep 18 hours a day
  • Do what they want, when they want
  • Ignore or even shun people yet still get love and attention
  • Can jump extraordinary distances
  • Always manage to land on their feet
  • Are thought to have magical, mystical, supernatural powers
  • Have nine different lives to play around with

Dang good reasons to be satisfied.

The topic also made me think of a cat perched high in the cat bird seat, next to an open bird cage, with the kind of contented grin one can only get from eating the resident bird.

I didn’t want to use the idea of eating small feathered things as the only way to be satisfied, so I let that last thought flutter out of my head altogether.

My final project result was a non-bird-eating Satisfaction Cat, featuring a rosy pink, glittery outlook, a collage of images representing things that bring me satisfaction, and a sensationally satisfied smile.

Enjoy!

satisfaction cat art therapy
Things that bring satisfaction:: Hummingbird, sunshine
satisfaction cat art therapy
Things that bring satisfaction: Planets, pulling out a splinter
satisfaction cat art therapy
Things that bring satisfaction: Flowers, garden, hugs, purple swirls from Biomat energy, headstand on a paddle board
satisfaction cat art therapy
Things that bring satisfaction: Love, dogs, lifting weights, naps, making money, LOL-ing, phone calls with mom, job well done

Dig the satisfaction cat? Check out more fun felines and other animals at rynski’s etsy shop.

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Happy Chameleon

What It Is

Happy Chameleon

Pen and ink, acrylic paint on canvas

Why I Created It

This sweet chameleon dude was created as an art therapy project asking us to create art that represented a happy moment in our lives. My thoughts immediately turned to soothing serenity I felt on a yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico, where a bigfat chameleon hung out in the corner of the studio hut watching our yoga sessions.

The interior of the chameleon features small, detailed drawings of my path to happiness throughout life, with birth starting at the guys tail and current state ending at his nose.

Want One?

In addition to making you smile every time you glance at it, your own personal Happy Chameleon can contain a rundown on the happiest moments in your life.

More details at ryndustries Etsy shop.

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daily intention list (inspired by a bug wing)

daily intention list

Setting a daily intention can help you focus and get through the day without the usual headaches and anguish. I’ve been using a daily intention list for some time, picking one each morning that suits my mood, fancy and what I feel like I need.

My old list was on a soggy neon yellow index card clipped to an outdoor candle holder. A bug wing found floating in the backyard bird bath inspired me to create a new daily intention list, complete with the bug wing as the debut petal.

Feel free to use the list and any of its included intentions or, better yet, create your own list – and share it with us when it’s complete!

Need even more inspiration? Check out inspirational things at ryndustries on etsy.

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binge monster – ryn original illustration

binge monster

Stop! and think before you fall prey to this dude and eat that entire chocolate cake. The binge monster is dangerous, leading to sprees of all sorts. Whether it’s eating, shopping, smoking, drinking or repeatedly collapsing your veins with heroin, this guy is often behind it.

Original illustration created by request. Want  you own original art? Contact ryngargulinski@hotmail.com for pricing and options.

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