Wednesday, June 29, 2005

"The Flow"

© 2005 dragonfly. Used with permission. Posted by Hello

Sunday, June 26, 2005

"Wounded Woman"

© 2005 Julie M. Ellis Posted by Hello

Monday, June 20, 2005

"Eye of the Beholder"

© 2005 dragonfly. Used with permission. Posted by Hello

Artist Profile: Julie Ellis

Mostly written prose or digital painting.

Primary Hereditary Lymphedema, Chronic Venous Insufficiency, Lipedema and chronic cellulitis infections.

Philosophy about Lymphedema:
It takes great tenacity, strength and courage to face the challenge of managing a condition like Lymphedema each day. I had thought "managing a medical condition" was the easy part, before I was diagnosed.

Now I believe the temporary acute conditions are easier for me to manage, even though they are often traumatic, they are easier to contend with because I can deal with it at the time, put it in the past and get on with my life.

I struggle with dealing with the emotional ups and downs that come with Lymphedema and in maintaining the stamina and consistency of self-care that is needed to manage a condition like Lymphedema.

That's why art is such a good outlet for me, it allows my subconscious to release some of the emotions that I struggle to express in other ways.

People who inspire me:
Pema Chodron: She shows you how to be more compassionate toward yourself and others, she doesn't just tell you and expect you to figure it out.

Maya Angelou: She is such a strong and powerful woman with a voice.

Having role models like this are necessary for me to feel like I can deal with the day to day struggles...I am able to move beyond my smallness and become something more than just this body, this mind.

Personal Website:
  • coyote dreamin' blog

  • Saturday, June 11, 2005

    "Under My Skin"

    © 2005 Julie M. Ellis Posted by Hello

    Friday, June 10, 2005

    No experience necessary!

    No experience is necessary to create art for this blog.

    There are no age restrictions.

    This art journal could contain any form of written or visual art, including poems, prose, paintings, pictures of sculpture, quilting, crocheted items, crafts...anything you created yourself.

    We are concentrating mostly on art as therapy for those with Lymphedema and related disorders, so art done with that subject in mind is what we most want posted here. However, really any art that a person with Lymphedema created is therapeutic for that individual, so pretty much anything you create may be submitted here.

    Also, written art doesn't have to be a really magnificent poem or the like, it may simply be something you wrote about how you feel about having Lymphedema and its complications. The point is, this is a site where you can express how you feel about this illness and its related disorders.

    If you are uncomfortable downloading stuff to the internet, just email me (see the link in the title) and I will attempt to help you.

    Thursday, June 09, 2005

    "Rainbow Leg" Lymphedema, Lipedema and Chronic Venous Leg

    © 2005 Julie M. Ellis Posted by Hello

    "Fire Cave"

    © 2005 Julie M. Ellis Posted by Picasa