We begin our lives being spontaneous happy and playful. Challenging circumstances, relationships and events in our lives can cause us to lose that childhood sense of wonder and joyfulness. That loss can result in depression ie. a mental state in which we don’t feel happy to be alive any more, and some of us are haunted by PTSD flashbacks to traumatic events in the past.
I suffer from depression and I have previously published articles in this blog on happiness. Every day I focus on creating happiness between my ears, and this summer being with children gave me the creative boost I needed to start painting abstracts.
This fall I began art therapy and I’m loving using this media to express myself and communicate how I am feeling in abstract paintings. Art therapy is a form of therapy based on the idea that the creativity can be healing. Every painting I create helps increase my self-awareness and recognize how profoundly life events that traumatized me as a child have affected me as an adult.
Art Therapy combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour, and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings may be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.
We painters visualize our internal landscape and then depict it in paintings, drawings, sculptures or carvings. Once our artworks are complete we then discuss the work to try to glean deeper insights.
Sadly my camera is broken and I will have to buy a new one when I can afford to, so I can’t post photos of my offline art therapy projects. The images I have posted here are abstracts I have done online using the tools provided by Brushster. It’s an interactive painting machine with more than 40 brushes and textures with a full palette of colors and effects that blur, ripple, and fragment your painting.
From time to time when I’m online I click in a try out another brush or two and create an abstract that reflects the mood I’m in. Note that you can let the machine automatically paint for you but I don’t do that as I’m aiming to express my inner feelings.
The Canadian Art Therapy Association (C.A.T.A.) was founded in 1977 by Dr. Martin A. Fischer as a non-profit organization to promote the profession of Art Therapy in Canada.
This post is dedicated to the artists, illustrators, and photographers who inspire me and lift my spirits all year round including:
The Art of Chrissy Marie and Purely Photography
Lynda Lehmann – Abstract Expressionist Paintings, Nature Photography, Poetry, Musings on Life and Creative Process…and Our Connection to Earth.
Lana Gramlich – Dreaming tree – where nature, dreams and art find a home.
TJ Lubrano – A Look in a Creative Mind