Cheers to the Second Official Week of Spring

Spring is finally in the air, and retail stores in the US are making sure we all know that Easter weekend is upon us. As I free associate to the influx of pastel colors, green tinsel, plastic bunnies and marshmallow chicks, my mind leads me to the confluence of spiritual and religious traditions that fall on the calendar between the end of March and beginning of April. We had the vernal equinox last week, which astrologers hold as the true beginning of the new year; Holi a.k.a. the Festival of Colours in Hinduism on 3/25; Easter coming up this weekend as US retailers will have us know; and Eid al-Fitr or the “Holiday of Breaking the Fast” during the second week of April, just to name a few.

Art-Making to Reflect on the Seasonal Change

One of my favorite art tasks at this time of year is to create artwork about the change in season and what it means to you. For me, springtime comes with a sense of energy, color, optimism, rebirth, and even adrenaline as if something primal is being released from its cage as the winter thaws. And pink trees! Magic!

Here’s What to Do

Carve out some quiet time for yourself as best you can. Ten minutes is all you need, but please feel free to give yourself as much time and space as you like! Grab your favorite drawing, painting and/or collage materials. Set yourself up somewhere comfortable, perhaps outside if the weather allows. And now use line, shape and color to illustrate what comes up for you at this time of year. Perhaps it’s a feeling in the air, a ritual associated with a religious tradition, or spring break if you’re a student or have children who are in school. After creating your artwork, take a moment to reflect upon it and any of the colors, symbols or line qualities that you used. And if you feel moved to do so, write a short poem or haiku about it.

Closing Questions for Reflection

How did that go? What did you come up with? Did any emotions or body sensations come up for you while you worked on your artwork or when you reflected back on it? What would you like to do with your artwork next? Save it? Come back to it later? Destroy it? Whatever it is, go for it! And cheers to you for taking this quiet time out for yourself to create and reflect.