Weekly artist exploration/journaling series: INTRO #arttherapy

So we just went through a 35 part daily journaling exercise.  As a final hurrah to my journal, I packaged mine up and I’m now sending it to my best friend in Stockholm.  There are a few pages left in it, and we’ll see if she adds to it.  It’s hers to keep and do with what she will.

This next series will be about ARTISTS– one artist a week for 10 weeks- and we use that artist as a starting point for personal exploration.

  1. Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)
  2. Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
  3. Lisa Larson  (1931- )
  4. George Grosz (1893-1959)
  5.  Faith Ringgold (1930- )
  6. Jean Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
  7. Willem de Kooning 1904-1997
  8. Otto Dix (1891-1969)
  9. Sue Coe (1951-)
  10. Lucian Freud (1922- 2011)
Why did I pick these artists?  Because I can.  Because they’re my favorites and, most importantly, their imagery is perfect for challenging our personal self-explorations.
INTRODUCTION:

Continue in your existing journal or start a new one, like I had to do.

I plan the following [flexible] format during the course of a week as we explore each artist:

See you tomorrow with our first subject FRIDA KAHLO!  (For those of you that know me, I hear you all yelling “duh!!!”)

I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you. 

― Frida Kahlo

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