Part 23 daily journal workshop. GYPSY. #arttherapy

gypsy One inclined to a nomadic, unconventional way of life. You need not travel to be a gypsy.  You need not be forced to.  You can embrace the gypsy spirit through unconventionality.  I once wrote: “the greatest sin is timidity.”  I referred to myself holding back.  Restraining myself. So cut the fucking cord and fly.  Even…

Part 22 daily journal workshop. EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE #arttherapy

Extraordinary circumstance.  What does that mean to you? For me, major life-changing markers come to mind.  Events you have to survive in order to move forward.  Painful events.  Positive chapter changes as well. Write or draw to celebrate how you have come through these life events.  How you have grown.  Think about it.  Then stop…

Part 21 daily journal workshop. SELF-HARM #arttherapy

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and these pages are not a substitute for professional help.  If you are triggered negatively by any of the journal work here, seek support. Self-Harm: There are so many forms of self-harm.  I have seen the whole gamut in my work with at-risk youth.  I have seen it in…

Part 20 daily journal workshop. WORTH #arttherapy

Let’s take a look at the concept of worth. Write about it.  Then draw “ME” over your words. Pull out the words covered by “ME.” Draw an eye.  Recall tutorial.  Draw tears coming out.  Large, bloated tears. Write the ME words in the tears. Find a quote you like about worth, self-worth, self-esteem etc. I…

Part 19 daily journal workshop. CANCER #arttherapy

Today simply draw about your relationship with cancer.  Literally, metaphorically, personally, generally.  Be quick and simple. It’s been on my mind a lot lately for SO MANY REASONS. In memoriam: Unspoken Truths, Christopher Hitchens Daily Journal Workshop: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE…

Part 18 daily journal workshop. SURVIVOR #arttherapy @Kris_Carr

A survivor is a triumphant person who lives with, after, or in spite of a diagnosis or traumatic event.  Survivors refuse to assume the identity of their adversity.  They are not imprisoned by the constructs of a label.  Instead, survivors use their brush with mortality as a catalyst for creating a better self.  We transform…

Part 17 daily journal workshop. ALTER: to make different without changing into something else #arttherapy

Daily Journal Workshop: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT Part 11 GESTURE DRAWING Part…

Part 16 daily journal workshop. COMICS! Shameless copying. #artschool #arttherapy #LyndaBarry

Daily Journal Workshop: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT Part 11 GESTURE DRAWING Part…

Part 15 daily journal workshop. GUEST SPEAKER. #arttherapy

Daily Journal Workshop: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT Part 11 GESTURE DRAWING Part…

Part 14 daily journal workshop. BE THE MAP. #arttherapy

Daily Journal Workshop: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT Part 11 GESTURE DRAWING Part…

Part 13 daily journal workshop. NEGATIVE – POSITIVE. #arttherapy

Daily Journal Workshop: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT Part 11 GESTURE DRAWING Part…

Part 12 daily journal workshop. Dear World. Secrets.

Daily Journal Workshop: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT Part 11 GESTURE DRAWING —…

Part 11 daily journal workshop. Gesture drawing. Abstractions! #arttherapy

Daily Journal Workshop: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT — TODAY’S LESSON IS ABOUT…

Part 10 daily journal workshop. Vintage workout. People watching. #arttherapy

Recall: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT OK, let’s change things up a bit.  Today we will utilize…

Part 9 daily journal workshop. WORD CRAZY QUILT . #arttherapy

Recall: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN — Yesterday, you spent a few minutes writing at the end of the self-portrait exercise. Now…

Part 8 daily journal workshop. SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN . #arttherapy

Recall: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S — We’ve done a lot of good work in the past week, and through our exercises have addressed our pain…

Part 7 daily journal workshop. ARISE A ROSE IN 3’S . #arttherapy

Recall: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Recall in Part 6, we spent some minutes at the end writing.  Stream of consciousness, filling the page. Now circle every 3rd word.  No matter what…

Part 6 daily journal workshop. INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND. #arttherapy

Recall: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Our journals are our private places to process.  But allowing the world in can be very liberating.  Today I encourage you to invite a friend, a relative, someone in your life to…

Part 5 daily journal workshop. NAKED SCREAM. #arttherapy

Recall: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Now that we have connected with ourselves in parts 1-3 and let it all out in part 4, it’s time to focus inward to the painful part, sit with it, then scream it out nakedly. Close…

Part 4 daily journal workshop. SPILL OUT COLLAGE. #arttherapy

Recall: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Now it’s time for practicing collage work in your journal.  We’ll take a break from what we did in parts 1-3 and start on a new page. Gather some resources- images, pages from magazines, books etc.  Scissors, glue, felts. Open your…

Part 3 daily journal workshop. HEART. #arttherapy

Recall: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS In part 2, we “drew out words” from  by circling positive and negatives. Where do we feel our anxiety?  I feel mine right in the heart.  Recall my post on anxiety and depression where I illustrate that feeling. Now, sketch a human heart.  You don’t…

Part 2 daily journal workshop. DRAW OUT THE WORDS. #arttherapy

Recall: Part 1 JUST WRITE Choose two different colored pens (or felts or pencil crayons)- one color representing positive, the other negative.  I am picking red for negative (fear), green for positive (serene).  There is no right or wrong.  Just choose and go with your choice. Reading the words you wrote in part 1, circle…

Part 1 daily journal workshop. JUST WRITE. #arttherapy

Spend 15 minutes writing.  Writing anything.  ANYTHING.  Even writing “I’m writing…”  Keep the pen going.  Make marks on the paper.  Let your thoughts flow.  Don’t worry about neatness or wit or good grammar or sense.  Just move the pen over the paper.  Open up.  Unpeel some layers.  Be ugly.  Let your arthritic fingers cramp up….

When your art is the way you live your life… the sacred Tracey Bell @traceybelldivas

I am un-peeling layers of masks in my life at present and ready to take a new look at the way I live in the world, and to start being more present in how I care for myself and for others.  I am always aware that people come into my life as teachers.  And I…

Princess Park. Missing mom.

I love walking in Princess Park. I have so many memories of walking and talking with mom about EVERYTHING, the dog running off -leash, the light streaming through the trees, chantarelle treasures, mom’s favorite bench.  She often came here by herself, to think, to process anxiety. What we have once enjoyed we can never lose….

Moments… that’s all we really have. Here are some that caught my attention today.

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. – Henry David Thoreau

Tonight’s almost-full waxing gibbous moon…

Sing me the changes of the moon once more… Yeats UPDATE: SEE STREET ART

BIRTHDAY ART: calm in the storm- gifts from a friend @parentasleader

My friend Laura treated me to the most beautiful messages today in her generous birthday gifts.  In the midst of the mayhem at school, with kids needing me right, left and centre, she popped in and thrust wisdom in my arms!  I adore this woman for so many reasons; I am also acutely aware that…

6 panels of my Frida series (my most personal pieces) will be on display/sale March 10!

Recall my post about my Frida Series and that the pieces were born out of the need to process divorce and depression.  Now its time for celebration and renewals!  I LOVED making these pieces (China Marker on Masonite Board) even though they were done at 3 AM with my heart pounding and anxiety choking me.  They…

Checking in with my mentor. She gave me homework #dreams #listen. I give you a small gift. #art

I chatted with my mentor, Solvig, tonight and we both are in agreement that something is “brewing.”  She assured me that all is as it should be, and my anxiety is actually “ants in the pants” while the next chapter starts. Tonight I am to spray some of my angel-mom’s favorite perfume as I go…

Whoa- I just did a #meditation?! Resulted in a message from my #angelmom. Cheers @ABCcreativity!

OK- I am about to listen to the first meditation in ABC CREATIVITY‘s MEDIATION KIT!  I can feel the anxiety starting to gather around my heart.  (I do feel a white light at the core though.  That is a very good thing!) What do I want from this?  Not just to simply test a mentor’s product….