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A few photos of a work in progress for December Reflections day 2: light.

I finally got back in to my studio today for my first full day of painting in a few weeks. Lately, I’ve been drawn to explore monochromatic color palettes, as a way to focus more on light and shadow. This one started out with what I felt was a somber mood (or perhaps that was just me picking up on my own somber mood of late) which only intensified as I started shading the face.

There’s something about the limited color palette and muted tones that feels spacious, like I can sink in to the painting and take my time. Whenever I come back to painting after being away from it for a while, I am always startled to rediscover how paint (and oil pastels and pencils and all the other tools cluttering up my studio) feed my soul on a deep, visceral level. We all need something that feeds us in the way.  Like many adults, I lost my ability to be playful somewhere between childhood and learning how to be a grown-up. Now, at the age of almost-43, I am rediscovery how to play. I love the concept of deep play- those activities that give us that delicious combination of pleasure mixed with challenge and cause us to lose track of time. What about you? What feeds your soul?

much love,





My name is Angela Amias and I am passionate about cultivating a life of joy, appreciation, playfulness, and connection with others. In addition to my interests in blogging, photography, journaling, and travel, I also have a strong interest in mindfulness, meditation, and the use of the creative arts in healing- all practices I put to use in my work as an artist and holistic psychotherapist.

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