This is Summer Solstice #2, 24x24 inches, Oil on Canvas, ©Lynn Goldstein $1700
For some reason, this painting reminds me of my maternal grandmother. While working on the piece, I felt the warmth of my Mimi's embrace. I hope that my art provides a warm "hug" for you today and in the future.
Since one of my goals as an artist (and a human being) is to touch people in a positive way with my artwork, I am always happy when I hit the mark. People say that my art makes them feel calm and peaceful.
An easy way to touch people we care about in a positive way is to give them a hug.
This coming Sunday is National Hug Day. Now, I love holidays, and the sillier the holiday the better. I can really get behind a holiday that celebrates hugging.
Studies have shown that there are multiple benefits of an embrace. Hugs cause the brain to release endorphins which leads to better healing throughout the body. Deprivation of a kind human touch can delay development in children. Good heavens, hugs can even lower your blood pressure. Guess what, it helps if you hug a tree too! Now, you KNOW that I can get behind that.
Here's a pic of my son who knows the healing power of a good hug. He is with his lifelong friend. They always hug one another with joyous abandon, and it warms my heart.
Here I am with my sweet little mom. She always understood the healing power of a hug, and would drop what she was doing if she knew that I needed one.
What are you waiting for? Go give a loved one a hug and reap the benefits. Do you agree with me? Are you a hugger or a touch-me-not? Let me know in the comments below.