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Watercolor Painting Class

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Watercolor Painting Class

Hello!! This past Saturday I took a really fun watercolor painting class at the Quirk Cultural Center with my mom and sister. The class was led by the wonderful Ana-Joel of Falcon Grove Studio and she taught us how to paint different herbs inspired by an English country garden. To begin, Ana showed us the different techniques to paint rosemary, sage, mint, and basil and then we got to create our own masterpieces:

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My mom, sister, and I would definitely not fall under the category of artistically skilled and have never painted with watercolor before. However, we all jumped at the opportunity to take this class because it was local and seemed like something we could enjoy together. I am so glad that we did and left the class with work that we were proud of and an eagerness to take more classes with Ana again.

Ana is an amazing local artist who founded Falcon Grove Studio during the pandemic to help promote a feeling of safety and wellness at home through art. She is so gifted, kind, and genuine and we all felt lucky to have her as our teacher. Her words inspired each of the students in the class and I loved how she told us that art is special because it’s the way your own body moves to create something. As someone who isn’t good at art, it was so encouraging to hear that you are still making something meaningful.

As I said, I had never painted watercolor before and I had a blast. It was such a unique experience and I was blown away by this whole world that I knew existed but never tried for myself. Ana taught us how to mix colors and use the water to enhance our art and it was so cool to see colors transform from something as simple as adding a touch of yellow or red and a “juicy brush” loaded with water.

For my project, I chose to paint basil and sage and I couldn’t be more pleased with how they turned out. Are they museum level works of art? No way lol. BUT, I thought that it was a pretty damn good first try. Not only did I feel proud of what I painted but I also felt excited to try painting more and I think that definitely qualifies as a GREAT SUCCESS (Borat voice).

Ana offers a variety of different courses in person and online and I simply cannot wait to work with her again. I also have ideas swirling in my head for some commissioned pieces by her! Please check out her social media and Etsy page at the following and support this fabulous local artist:

What is your favorite medium of art? Have you ever taken any art classes before? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Completely Natural Ways To Relieve Pain

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Completely Natural Ways To Relieve Pain

If you are someone who suffers from chronic pain or acute pain occasionally, such as headaches or migraines, then using medication can definitely help with pain relief. However, long-term use can cause some harmful side effects, and if they are made to be something to rely on, then that could have long-term addiction consequences. That is why looking for some more natural ways to relieve pain can be a good idea.

For generations, herbs, essential oils, and other natural therapies have been used as pain relievers. There is evidence that these can work and it could be beneficial to try some to see what works best for you if you’re looking for a natural alternative. Here are some ideas to consider:

Lavender essential oil:

If you are looking for natural pain relief, then lavender essential oil is something that can help. It can be used in a number of ways, from helping people to sleep better to easing anxiety or relieving pain. There is some research that suggests that lavender oil can help animals with pain relief too, as well as acting as an anti-inflammatory, so it really can be used in a number of ways.

Rosemary essential oil:

Rosemary is an amazing herb to add to your food, but did you know about its pain-relieving properties? Rosemary is a plant that you can grow yourself very easily and it can be used to help muscles and pain in bones, as well as treat headaches and help with seizures. One of the best ways to apply rosemary essential oil is to combine droplets with a carrier oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil. Then it can be easily rubbed on the site that needs relief.

CBD oil:

CBD is something that you have probably heard a lot about lately, as it is taking the world by storm for the amazing health benefits that it has. Derived from the hemp plant, it is completely natural and can be found in many forms, from CBD pain relief cream to oil droppers and gummies. They can be used for a variety of different things from pain to anxiety, as well as helping with stress.

Ginger:

Ginger is a root that has been proven through research to be a completely natural way to relieve pain. A review of it found that having even just a small amount, such as 2g per day, can help to relieve pain, especially muscular pain, when taken for at least five days or more. The same evidence also showed that consuming ginger can help to aid recovery and reduce any muscular inflammation that is associated with exercise.

One way to include it in your diet can be through drinking ginger tea, but you could put it raw into smoothies or chop pieces up to have with other drinks like tea. You can find ginger supplements too, which could be a simpler way to get more ginger into your diet.

If you experience pain frequently, try incorporating any of these suggestions into your life for a natural relief.

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