Affirmation paintings by teenagers in the Bronx

Earlier this year we brought Arts & Dreams to teenagers in the Bronx. Patricia and I shared our individual experiences about growing up with low self-esteem. I talked about my brother's suicide and my depression. We both talked about being kind to yourself and how expression can uplift you from the inside out. And then it was time for the teens to understand the healing power of art. They really liked the Power Thoughts for Teens illustrated cards by Louise Hay.  Each card has a positive statement (affirmation) that gave the guys and girls great ideas for their paintings. Most of them had never used paints before and never heard about affirmations for that matter either. They wowed us with their imagination and creativity. These are some of their gorgeous affirmation paintings. -- Laura