Heal Thyself

Cassandra Tondro, "Let Go," abstract art

Greetings Friends,

I was talking with a friend about the creation of healing art, and she pointed something out to me. She said that writers are advised to write for themselves, and in the same way I should create art that’s healing for me. If it’s healing for me, it will resonate with other people in a healing way.

Oh wow! I kind of skipped over that step. I’ve been so busy creating art for other people that it never occured to me to create art specifically for myself.

In a way, all of my art is made for me, and I love the work that I create. But that’s different from creating art that heals.

If I were to intentionally create healing art for myself, what would it look like? What form would it take? What materials would I use? What colors would I choose? What imagery or symbols are meaningful to me?

I’d have to decide what I want to heal. Do I want to create a calm environment or maybe one that’s joyful? Do I want to encourage more energy or more thoughtfulness?

And what qualities do I want to bring into my life? Love? Courage? Comfort? Prosperity? Clarity? Balance? Happiness? Peace? Passion? Forgiveness?

I think I would like my healing art to span different themes — some expansive and joyful, some grounding and comforting, some quiet and peaceful. I’m going to have to give it some thought.

In the meantime, what kind of art feels healing to you? Is it jewelry or something else wearable? Music? Sculpture? Wall art? What gives it a healing quality? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please share them with us in the comments section below.

May we all be healed of what ails us and live each day with ease.

With love and appreciation,

Painting at top: “Let Go,” 40″ x 30″, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas



  1. First of all, your newsletters are uplifting Cassandra. They are the only ones I never tire of. Your choice of short newsletters; full of art, colour, the closeness to nature fill one with hope. So I would say that movement, colour and hope in art is healing for me during the process of creation.

  2. Your question about healing art is very interesting & thought provoking. I am a gardener & I believe that is the most healing art for me. I also paint & dye fabrics using Shibori design techniques. Painting takes my mind off worries, frustrations, etc besides just the challenge of getting the vision in my head onto a canvas. My dyeing fabrics is also a challenge to create interesting designs & colors. It can take several days to produce a piece so I have to practice patience…

    1. How wonderful, Jane! I hadn’t even thought about gardening, but yes — working in the soil is very healing. I enjoy slow art, too. Things that can only be done one small step at a time, and having to wait in between each one. It’s very calming and centering. Do you think the finished work conveys those feelings?

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