Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Don't Text—Touch

In the article I've been referencing recently, the final research finding presented by Kolb addresses the benefits of touch in elevating mood. Neuroscientists recommend hugs as follows:

A hug, especially a long one, releases the neurotransmitter/hormone oxytocin, which reduces the reactivity of the amygdala.

The message is very clear: Hugs, hugs, hugs. Don't text—touch.

Painting is a mostly solitary pursuit for me, given that I put my brush into gear at my home. But sharing my paintings does offer me a lovely way to touch others. 

In fact, I would like to send this featured bookmark as a hug through the mail … to someone I don't even know (yet). If you'd like to bring a little surprise and fun into the life of someone you love, speak up in the comments section below. If you're the first person to express interest, I will indicate what step to take so I can get the wheels in motion to mail the bookmark to whomever you choose.

The Sea Has Always Whispered to Me
1.5x5.5"; acrylic, oil pastel, and collage on black cardboard


  1. Hi Dotty,

    What a fantastic idea. Reminds me of artwarmers, and of abandoned art!
    I hope indeed someone special will receive this bookmark soon!


    1. Thanks for your thumbs-up, Simone. Yes and yes re artwarmers and abandoned art : )

      I, too, hope someone special will receive this bookmark soon.

  2. Oh Dotty, I love the texture, the thick strokes. The torn pieces, the hints of purple and green in with all those glorious blues. But my name is not in the hat. (I want someone else to know the joy of receiving a gorgeous Dotty creation :)

    1. Sheila, thanks for your observations—you'd be a great one to play "I Spy" with; you see so much.

      It was fun to add collage pieces (with stampings, once again, from the texture sheets you sent me) to this bookmark.

      Looks like I've got someone below to whom to send my bookmark—thanks for making space for her.

  3. First I love hugs, hugs, hugs.... I do believe in their power.
    I have a dear artist friend who also writes, and reads a lot. She is in need of a uplift in her painting and would certainly appreciate a gift like this. You can see some of work here.

    1. The hugs, hugs, hugs reminder is a good one. It's altogether too easy to get into high gear and move mindlessly.

      So excited to have your dear artist friend to whom to send my bookmark! I'll contact you via email to get the ball rolling. Loved seeing your friend's art!