The Art of Gratitude

This page started as a way to deal with the challenges of isolation during COVID. The theme of this project is ‘Gratitude’. Interpretation is open. Medium and technique are the artist’s choice. Join us!

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‘Deep Thanks’ By Jamuna Burry
Digital Media

The practice of Gratitude has got me through some dark times in my life. There was a time when I had to travel an hour back and forth to a horrible job where Satan was the boss of me. I hated my job and struggled to find things to be grateful for. I clung to being thankful for having eyes to see, hands to work, feet to walk. Being thankful for everyday mundane things that made up my immediate world gave me hope. It meant I was still a functioning human being.

I am grateful that today I do not have to stay in a job like that.

These times of COVID have presented challenges for everyone. In a conversation with my friend Patricia Paton, we came up with the idea of making art around the theme of ‘Gratitude.’ This was mine. In making it, I looked deeply at my life and saw things I hadn’t seen before. I was able to identify pivotal events and people in ways I had not seen before. This was a powerful exercise, and for me, this is an important piece of art.


The Art of Having Gratitude‘ by Patricia Paton
Digital Media

What thoughts did the word gratitude bring to me? First of all; health. My entire family is well thankfully. Second; doctors, nursers working hard without stop to save lives. I take my hat for them and think of their braveness to be there every single day in the worse environment possible to be. A huge example of selfless. Third; science. All the discoveries in such a short period of time. It will take us from this nightmare and bring our lives back to normal as we hope! Fourth; the educators. Being present and taking risk for our children. Fifth; all the frontline workers such as postmen, pharmacists, deliverymen. It would had been much harder without them. I am in the nest of my home with my entire family face to face or electronically protected by all the above and I am forever thankful.

See my full blog post on this subject.


‘Gratitude 1’ By Ivan Smith
Acrylic on canvas
8″ x 8″

If gratitude is given permission, it nests in your heart; it nourishes your spirit and lessens the burden. Gratitude is a state of being, intangible and transformational.


‘Gratitude 2’ By Ivan Smith
Acrylic on canvas
15″ x 30″

If gratitude is given permission, it nests in your heart; it nourishes your spirit and lessens the burden. Gratitude is a state of being, intangible and transformational.


Gratitude By Kara Patrick
Poetry and Photography

The candle in me was lit by your wildfire.
My spirit shines because you told me to
never let anyone crush it.
I am here because you showed me how
to turn dreams into real life.
How to run towards things that spark,
with no regard for what’s next.
To see a flicker,
even in the dark.
The light in me was lit by your wildfire.
My spirit shines because you taught me
that fire needs room to breathe.
I am here because of you.
Flickering.
Even in the dark.
Lighting little wildfires of my own.

Inner Child By Lydia Knox

I’m grateful that I can tune into the child within myself when I paint portraits. So very grateful for the app that allows me to paint people royalty-free!

Grateful
Sian Barlow

grateful for ink
grateful for paper
also paint, scissors, pencil, ruler, craft knife, bone folder
grateful for friends who believe in me, so that when I waver, believing in me will still be happening
grateful for swimming in the sea
grateful for music in the house, bad and good
grateful for books and lazy time reading them
clouds, grateful for those
also bog asphodel, bethony, valerian and meadowsweet on the mountain
grateful for blackberry and apple pie
grateful for my father’s wounded anger, which shows me
where he cares
grateful for sun on skin
grateful for unknown nurses and known ones
grateful for terrible knock knock jokes that make my eyes cry laughing in the morning car
grateful for the generosity of people
grateful for my running shoes and my running legs
grateful for Youtube videos of Maria Callas, Amanda Palmer, Nina Simone
grateful for the disused railway path through the coal spoil woods
grateful for the faces of strangers
grateful for my working space and my work
grateful for a space for your words and a space for mine


Reno Punk Rock Flea Market 2021
Sharlea Taft

I grew up in the 80s and skate zine culture was very much how we expressed our teen angst. COVID has brought those feelings around full circle to me so it seems appropriate to use the same template as a vent and realize how lucky I am.


This page started as a way to deal with the challenges of isolation during COVID. The theme of this project is ‘Gratitude’. Interpretation is open. Medium and technique are the artist’s choice. Join us!