About Artist Joan A Brown

I grew up loving art. Living among the beautiful landscapes of Alberta fed my passion for creating. Someone gifted me with a small box of oil paints one day, and I began to teach myself how to paint. I practiced every chance I got, perfecting my skills in the process. Painting connects me to a deeper level of myself, as well as to the subjects I create on canvas. Landscapes remains my favourite subject to paint, but I enjoy any subject that challenges me creatively. I'm very happy to share some of my creative works with you on this website. I'm also a commissioned artist; so feel free to contact me to create your very own personal original 'masterpiece'. Joan A Brown - Visual Artist

Healthy Mind and Body equals Healthy Art

Healthy Mind and Body equals Healthy Art - Young Living Grand Opening Wall Display

Young Living Grand Opening Wall Display

Healthy Mind and Body equals Healthy Art, and in my experience, that statement holds true.

Essential oils have been around a very long time and they are making a significant positive difference in my life. As I continue to travel this incredible road we call life, I am discovering all sort of tasty morsels along the way. One of which is Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO). Not just another essential oils, but some of the best 100% natural essential oils on the planet, and you can quote me on that.

What exactly are essential oils?

They are the plant in ‘liquid’ form, or the life-blood of plants, shrubs, flowers, roots, trees, bushes, herbs, etc., which is extracted through a careful distillation process. These oils are very concentrated, which means a little goes a long way. They are beneficial for every part of your body.

Healthy Mind and Body equals Healthy Art - Young Living Grand Opening Essential Oils

Young Living Grand Opening Essential Oils

I use YLEO everyday. They have many benefits that can help improve your life. They help strengthen your immune system, cleanse the air in your surroundings, use as chemical-free deodorant, pain-killer, household cleaner, toothpaste, the list goes on.

Healthy Mind and Body equals Healthy Art

One of my favourite features about YLEO, is that since I have started using them, I have noticed wonderful improvement in my levels of creativity. Often, when I am feeling fatigue, it becomes very difficult to focus and concentrate on what I am doing. Whether I am writing or painting, sewing, cooking or whatever. Inhaling YL peppermint essential oil directly or using a diffuser, or dabbing a drop or two on my temples always revitalize me up and puts the ‘pepp’ (ermint) back in my creative stride.

If you are a pet lover like me,  and have pet family members? YL natural pet care products are a great natural alternative for your pets.

Watch this video for some great information on what YLEO are:

Try them out for yourself….the proof is in the pudding. Feel free to comment or connect with me if you would like to get  your hands on some of this amazing products:

JOAN A BROWN
Young Living Independent Member
Member ID: 11199683
Email: msjoanabrown@gmail.com
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Recovery West CMHA art oil painting students PAINTING ROCKS

Wonders never cease to amaze me as I watch individuals who believe they have no creative skills come to life after witnessing for themselves their hidden abilities…such payment for me.

Emphasis was placed on the use of lights and shadows to create different shapes, angles and depth in the painting.

Light, shadows, and midtones?

This time around, students were able to explore how to paint rocks using a limited, monochromatic palette. Much of the emphasis was placed on the use of lights and shadows to create different shapes, angles and depth in the painting and to form the ‘illusion’ of rocks.

Recovery West CMHA art oil painting students PAINTING ROCKS”

Watch this short clip of  y’all did…

Our goal was to implement the use of lights and shadows to create different shape rocks. Ladies you did an incredible job for beginners.

Well done!

Oil on canvas painting for beginners | Painting rocks in water that has depth and appears three-dimensional


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Here lies Joan without her left ear.

Here lies Joan without her left ear. Tribute to Mental Health Awareness

Someone you know is suffering with depression right now

Here lies Joan without her left ear. Tribute to Mental Health Awareness

For the majority of my life I have had to battle mental health issues. A day in my shoes trying to cope in the MaTRIX is often times very tiresome, to put it mildly.

One of the steps I take to manage my overall health is to write my feelings out on paper or in my online journal. That habit is instrumental in helping me lead a relatively sane and stable life.

…just doing basic tasks feels overwhelming as I struggle with my mind

When you are an artist living with chemical imbalances in the brain, finding ways to tackle basic activities of daily living most people take for granted can be daunting at times. I get to do it all while looking through the eyes of a dysfunctional mind and still live up to the expectations of a society stuck on stigma and ignorance about this very real condition:

I thought that by sharing this very private journal entry, someone out there who may be feeling tremendous anxiety about his-her mental state, can see they are not alone. There are still steps you can take to manage your own mental health and by extension take care of You.

Fearful of the Mind with which I must live

Tribute to Mental Health Awareness. Tribute to Mental Health Awareness

Tribute to Mental Health Awareness

My Mind

My Mind is too big for the world,
My Mind is too big for me,
Thoughts spinning and taking charge without permission.

My Mind remains a mystery inside me,
Rarely standing still long enough for me to see its face,
Incognito is where it likes to be,
In my wake it rules me, and in my sleep it owns me,
My Mind consumes me 24/7.

In a sea of confusion it reigns:
My Mind is evil, my Mind is good,
My Mind is sad, my Mind is glad,
My Mind is confused, my Mind is clear,
My Mind is sick, my Mind is well,
My Mind is broad one minute, narrow the next,
My Mind is my friend, my Mind is my enemy.

Fearful of the Mind with which I must live,
Never knowing its departure, nor its unpredicted return,
My Mind is too big for me,
My Mind is too big for this world…
Here lies Joan without her left ear.

— Taken from my personal journal writings

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Recovery West Blossoming Artists! Are you Ready?!

Recovery West Blossoming Artists! Are you Ready?!

Recovery West Blossoming Artists! Are you Ready?!

Healing Through Painting in Oils

Struggling with your mental health? Why not manage it in a fun creative way…

Art is Therapy!  RW (Recovery West) August-September Lessons starts tomorrow and will run for 5 Wednesdays.

Have you registered?

If you haven’t registered yet and would like to try this class, see Cathy at RW drop-in. But hurry! Space is limited.

Recovery West Blossoming Artists! Are you Ready?!

Watch this short clip of  a demo of what we will be focused on this session. Rocks!

Painting rocks is a great way to learn and practice the use of lights and shadows to create different shape rocks. I’ve simplified these lessons so that anyone can learn how to do this.

Oil on canvas painting for beginners | Painting rocks in water that has depth and appears three-dimensional


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Art is Therapy! RW (Recovery West) August-September Lessons

Healing Through Painting in Oils

Struggling with your mental health?

Art is Therapy!  RW (Recovery West) August-September Lessons will be commencing the third in a series of oil painting lessons for 2017 starting this coming August 9th.

Art is Therapy!  RW (Recovery West) August-September Lessons

Create a beautiful painting in this FIVE (5) easy lessons; designed specifically for those with no previous painting experience. The focus in this next series of lessons is “rocks in water”…big ones, small ones, medium ones… Whatever size your heart desires. We’ll put (create)’em in there. Think of painting rocks as creating miniature mountains, but with the ease of painting a mole-hill. Sticking to our usual 3-color pallet makes the process that much easier. I will take you through all the step to a finished painting you’ll be proud to hand on your wall and show off to friends.

Art is Therapy! RW (Recovery West) August-September Lessons

Recovery West August-September Oil Painting Classes

Join me beginning Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Recovery West for this fun and creative way to heal through art while building your confidence. Get to know the creator in YOU! See Cathy at RW drop-in Centre for registration details.

Oil canvas painting for beginners | Painting rocks in water that has depth and appears three-dimensional

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