Diabetes Art Day 2014: Life Sentence

Life Sentence
Life Sentence

The insanely talented Lee Ann Thill, author of The Butter Compartment, T1 warrior, and all around cool individual, created Diabetes Art Day five years ago. (Happy Fifth Anniversary!) If you have a moment today, take a breath and let your feelings about diabetes flow onto a page…or a canvas… or in an image.

Art is soul moving. If I was independently wealthy, I would spend my days wandering galleries over the world, seeking out the rawness and the gentleness of the human condition. Alas, I must reside myself to hitting museums when I’m in a particular city (damn you, San Francisco and your SFMOMA siren sounds…) and taking brief, but deep, inhales as I discover a work online and devour it with my eyes.

Art is freeing. When I paint, my focus is not on what’s going on around me, but in myself and how I feel. Time is suspended as I mix the colors and choose where to place the acrylic. I’m a hack, but at least I find some peace when I immerse myself in the moment.

Art is not always pretty. And here’s where we get to Diabetes Art Day.

My piece this year as a submission is how I feel sometimes about this disease. It’s not uplifting or even representative of the type of art I normally throw onto a canvas. But it’s real. For me. The minute I finished the piece and took the image of it to upload, I felt like I could let something in me… fade. Then I let The Kid rip it up and use markers to create her own work of art. A tiny corner of it remains, pinned to the refrigerator with circles and scribbles on it that makes it look much happier than what I was feeling.

Create your art today, whether it’s for Diabetes Art Day – or for getting out on paper what your heart needs to say. If you need inspiration, view the galleries from the past years of Diabetes Art Day.

If you do make something for Diabetes Art Day, please go to the website and upload it. (You don’t have to put your name on it!) I’d love to see what other people are thinking about…