|a 15-minute colored pencil sketch rendered in grayscale|
Releasing the story,
as it is not my own.
From color to black & white,
I send this one home.
The testimony I hear and transcribe is often beyond words, and I couldn't talk about it even if I wanted to; so more and more, making art has become one of my favorite means for self-expression.
This practice, whether it's doodling, coloring, or maintaining a sketchbook, puts me in a great mood, probably by helping to release emotions and pent up energy from working in this intense but rewarding field.
When I'm able to creatively express myself, my days are just somehow more awesome. Recently, I was dreading working on a particular transcript, but after first taking an hour to paint with watercolors, I jumped right back into editing, seize-the-day style.
What is your favorite creative outlet? Feel free to share in the comments.