Plus Six = Thirty!

Ah, I have finished the 30-Day Art Challenge in exactly thirty days! Below are my final six encaustic art pieces.

The most significant thing I have learned about this process is letting creativity in and then letting go of outcome. I purposefully tried to make pieces that were different from my usual creations. No Buddhas and not even one bird. I couldn’t help but include a butterfly in one piece and yes, I did have eggs, but my aim was to be less literal with my pieces and to allow the “cures” to come to me. I worked with color, texture and shape more than anything and then meditated on each art piece before knowing the cure.  I never set out to create a certain cure; the cure always appeared after the process of creation.

I also learned about trusting my intuitive process during these thirty days. I didn’t create one art piece a day, for heating up encaustic wax and setting up my work station takes some doing, and I also didn’t place any less value on a piece I created in 15 minutes vs. a piece I created in an hour. All of my art came from a creative source/force in me and I wanted to honor my art equally.

Without further adieu, here are my last six:

Cure for Financial Distress

Cure for Helplessness

Cure for Hidden Desires

Cure for Apathy

Cure for Fear of Death

Cure for Overwhelm


About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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