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An artwork and poem inspired by the Virtual Writing Class I am taking with Maria Brophy on Maria is a wonderful instructor and mentor. Thank you for this week’s session. There has been a lot I have been working through on my own, and I am so happy to have a community of writers to talk, write and share with. I feel like I took a BIG deep breath today.


An Original Poem by Christine Samad

Release the feelings that hold you back,

Your fears are unfounded,

All of the things you think you lack,

Are the things that have kept you bounded.

Call upon the Strength inside,

It lives in your true Nature.

The Spirit and Light you carry burn so bright,

Take a deep breath, and don’t wait for

The stars and planets to align,

They are already in your favor.

Let your tears nourish the barren heart,

On which you faithfully and firmly stand,

Though you have been fractured from the start,

You have been strengthened, not eternally damned,

Believe in the things you love. Find hope in the future that you seek.

The visions you are thinking of, have willingly been Released.

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Elements of Harmony

The Elements of Harmony are found in Nature, and that is what I aim to capture in this painting.

Keeping busy and remaining calm in this weird and tragic time is not always easy. But I find that the only time I ever feel truly free from fear and sadness, is when I create. Even when I am creating monstrous things, expressing myself freely, and letting my emotions run their course is a part of that. But this piece is a reminder that the powerful elements of nature also hold a peace, and work together in harmony if only we take a moment to appreciate it. Remaining inspired and connected with people and artists are the world who have a similar goal or have already walked the path is essential. I have been attending Virtual Posca Paint Parties with the very talented artist, Drew Brophy. Finding your circle is really important to remaining connected. And it is important to find positivity and hope. I hope that my art brings you these messages of hope and happiness. Stay strong!