September 24, 2012

Diabetes Art Day 2012

Filed under: Awareness,Creative Expression,Inspiration — Tags: , , — Lee Ann @ 6:20 am
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It’s the 3rd annual Diabetes Art Day! When I started Diabetes Art Day, I didn’t expect people to be as receptive as they have been. I figured it would be a one-time event, and crossed my fingers that a few people would participate. Here we are two years later, and it’s an annual event, with participation beyond anything I could have imagined… and I’m a very imaginative person. The first year, there were about 80 participants, last year there were 172 images submitted to the Diabetes Art Day 2011 Gallery, and this year, it looks like a lot of new people are joining.

Diabetes Art Day would be nothing without the DOC, so thank you to all who participate – those who’ve participated in the past, and helped make it what it has become, those who are new to participating, and those who have helped spread the word to get more people involved. With all my heart, I believe that art has the power to heal and connect us, and for the third year in a row, I’m excited to see the healing and connection in action. It brings me great joy, so thank you!

Last year, I started an altered book project for Diabetes Art Day, recycling an old diabetic cookbook, with plans to transform it into something more useful because I think diabetic cookbooks are lame. I didn’t get to work on it as much as I hoped, but here is one page of my book that I did recently. I took the copy from an ad for One Touch strips that kind of annoyed me, and I edited it to reflect my experience with diabetes.

Below that is a painting I finished a couple of days ago. Actually, it might not be finished, but for now, I like it. I’ll look at it for a few days, and maybe I’ll tinker with it some more. I didn’t plan to share a painting for Diabetes Art Day, but after I worked on it on Friday, I decided I would post it because there was something about it that just seemed right.

To see more Diabetes Art Day artwork, please visit the Diabetes Art Day 2012 Gallery.

"I Am", collage in altered diabetic cookbook

"Vasculature", acrylic on canvas

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10 Responses to “Diabetes Art Day 2012”

  1. StephenS says:

    Lee Ann, both of these are very creative, and very good!

    Thanks for D-Art day. Never thought I could come up with anything, but I did. Thanks for getting me to think outside the box.

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  3. Courtney says:

    I love both your pieces of art!

  4. Rosaland says:

    Lee Ann, I love both of your pieces. I work in an art therapy environment and know just how important self-expression can be. This is my first time submitting something for Diabetes Art Day and I plan to participate from now on. Thank you for opening this door to sharing.

  5. Beautiful stuff, Lee Ann. I’ve had such a great time seeing everything people have created today. Thank you!

  6. Amber says:

    These are great! Thanks so much for creating Diabetes Art Day! This was my first time participating and I just love seeing what everyone has come up with.

  7. shannon says:

    outstanding! thanks again for this outlet and congrats on another successful year! :)

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  9. Zahid says:

    We found a circle of stone chairs (well-lit, as all of the other pieces of art were) with a table in the middle, and there happened to be as many seats as there were people with compromised pancreases.

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