How my mum used watercolour painting, healthy food and exercise, to heal her arthritis.
I always loved anything and everything that has to do with creativity! When I was growing up, my mom was always sewing, drawing, painting or making something.
My mom is an excellent chef, and cooking was her main job, but the rest of the time she always did something creative. I have a long line of creative and and artistic ancestors behind me. Before her there were more artists, for example my grandmother. YES. it makes me proud. I grew up knowing that my heart beats with excitement for all art and design.
I remember that I admired my mom´s drawings and tried to mimic her. I found her work absolutely amazing, It probably made it very easy for me to follow my family´s artistic path.
15 years ago my mom was diagnosed with arthritis in her hips. Intense pain kept her up at nights and marred her days.
She started to paint ladies with volouptuous hips having lots of fun relaxing and enjoying life. My mom says ” When I become ill, I started painting these ladies. I felt that my aching hips where as theirs. And I think they become a symbol for me, a hope that I would one day feel better, because when I painted, I didn’t feel the pain.” Incredibly, my mom become well again without an operation, after several years of daily intake of healthy foods and working out.
Her blog Elsa Wendt
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Food for the Soul (my mums recipe and watercolours book)
Eventually some of these passions merged and she wrote a cookbook, filled with her amazing favourite “everyday recipes” and fun illustrations, the book became a success and has been republished a couple of times. It was written in Norwegian and there are just a handful of copys left.
Below are some images from my mum´s book.
She always make something creative out of what ever she is doing.
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