joanne vanin

art/wellness blog

“Seeing” how it Feels      January 22nd, 2015

This visualization process has become one of my “thrive tools”.

As a visual arts teacher, I sometimes use guided visualization to inspire creativity in my students when they are stuck. I find that most outcomes hold a strong personal component, exploring emotions, challenges, interests, or concerns. Apart from being a catalyst for an idea or direction in their research/studio work, it is clear that these images also help in moving toward a partial or full resolution of the issues explored.  Read More

Disclamer: The information I share with you on this blog is based on my own healing journey and is  for educational purposes only.

Please consult the appropriate health care professional to deter mine the best treatment for you.

Blind contour drawing: relax and let go of outcome   February 5, 2015

To practice blind contour drawing is to relax and let go.  It's not as simple as it sounds.  The natural desire to peek at the page while you are drawing is undeniable. However, with practice, you will find the letting go liberating; the focused drawing, soothing and relaxing. Read More

Modified Blind Contour, blind contour with a bit more control, February 16, 2015

Here is how you can take blind contour drawing one step further.                 

Modified blind contour drawing allows you to regain a bit of control. You can peek from time to time.

Briefly glancing at your drawing at intervals will help you monitor proportion, relationships of space and size, direction and lengths.

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Making your own Inspiration Squares: Painting with Juice, Coffee and Spices March 2nd 2015

Optimism is known to boost the immune system. You've most likely read about the empowering effects of positive affirmations or receiving and sending uplifting messages. The effect of your thoughts and words on your overall wellbeing has been illustrated over and over again. Read More



Art Love  October 6, 2015

Thanks to research in the study of emotions and their impact on the immune system, we now know that taking time to view art that moves us in a positive manner can produce physical and emotional benefits.

A beautiful painting, drawing, sculpture or photograph that draws us in has the ability to transport us to a place of wellbeing. Solace and peace are found in the colors, shapes and forms. Read More

Deep Breaths:

but what about the air quality?

September 4, 2016

“ Don't forget to breathe ”

“ Take three long, deep, cleansing breaths ”…..words I often say when leading a Visual Journals session.

Although each breath we take is controlled by the autonomic nervous system, and we don't have to think about doing it, there are different approaches to breathing. We can consciously guide and alter each breath. Read More

Lunch for Breakfast January 28, 2016       

Eating lunch for breakfast? I've been told its a revolution but I think many of us have done it before. After all, bacon and eggs could qualify as lunch.

I followed the full Gerson Therapy, a vegan diet including juicing, for over two years. Coming out of it and gradually adding even more healthy, whole foods, I continue to cook creatively and eat more intuitively.  Read More

Alone at Christmas?

You're not alone.  December 15, 2016

Christmas day alone can be a marvellous thing!

With two weeks to go until that magical day, I decided to ask some people in my neighbourhood about how they would be spending Christmas.  Read More

Overcoming Fear

January 30th, 2017

In my practice, Visual Journals, I find that the most predominant negative emotion that appears with consistency is FEAR.

Fear can be due to a perceived danger or threat that is clear, the kind that is essential to our survival such as any situation that threatens our safety, security or sense of well-being. This is natural, as long as these fears don't control one's life.

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Candle Light Therapy - The Beeswax Way

March 25th, 2017

Lit candles create an inviting atmosphere and present a luxurious feel to a room. They delineate a space, your space. The soft light grounds and relaxes. Focusing on the flame will invite you into meditation. The subtle light impacts your mood and sense of wellbeing.

Lighting a candle sets the intention to RELAX and enters into my realm of wellness tools. Read More

Angel Print Collage....the process

November 12th, 2017

Collage is one of my favourite techniques. It consistently demonstrates that by adding just one simple

detail, or by taking it away, the whole can change dramatically.  I began working with this selection and assemblage of elements in the 90's.  Read More

Visual Journals, the process

Why a Visual Journals workshop might be beneficial for YOU.

Before explaining a bit about how the workshop unfolds, take a moment to consider the questions below. If you answer YES to any of these, then this method of healing might resonate with YOU.  

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