A mixed media artwork that has a textured background that resembles water meeting a shore. A long bottle is cutout and collaged in the lower right as if it has washed to shore.

Washed Ashore

We often ‘bottle’ up our emotions because they are just too much to deal with. We might cork them up and throw them out into the ocean hoping they will leave us forever. But without paying attention to them, they often wash back up to the shore. There we find ourselves staring back at them again.

Find a body of water (small lake, pond, ocean, etc.) and release your emotions back into the water by tossing rocks. You may even want to paint these rocks first with specific emotions. Let the water carry away your rocks and feel the weight lifted as you physically toss each one.

Prompt by: Annette Burckart