“Poke the spot hard till the sore bleeds on your finger”… journaling out the crap.

I’m in the dark here! Those words (from Scent of a Woman) are playing in my mind over and over.  I’m in a slump, a funk, a bottom-ing out.  And I can’t “see.” I have lost “the point” of my art.  My writing, my research.  I have lost “the it.”  The edge of it. I…

Potato Nose Diaries (1977): Instalment 6- The Trip to Paris

Previously on PND: Instalment 1: Introduction Instalment 2: The First Entries Instalment 3: Do Tendu Jetés en Balance Instalment 4: Sex Education Instalment 5: They Don’t Know What It Is Potato Nose Diaries (1977) Short: I am 15 now Potato Nose Diaries (1977) Short: The Audition Today’s instalment: This instalment is enhanced when accompanied by: ©…

Sometimes an actual voice breaks through.

Shhh… shhh… can you hear it?  That beautiful alone time?  Shhh… shhh.   Can you hear them?  The quiet comrades?   Shhh… shhh. Would you just stop for a bit and just listen? I can hear them sometimes.  It is different from the inner conversations I have in my head.  Or thoughts that churn in…

Writing is usually a process of elimination until… I don’t know- nothing is really there.

When walking my dog, I usually carry a book. Sometimes I read the book voraciously as Tobey walks at will. Sometimes I just carry the book- reassured that should Armageddon occur, I will find myself seated amidst the chaos- casually reading- because now I have time. Sometimes I just read a sentence or two- inspired…

And the burning bed floats higher… #Frida

Esteem Heart Triptych: art donation to NSRJ Gala October 18, 2013 #restorativejustice

I chose these pieces for my donation to the North Shore Restorative Justice Gala 2013 as they reflect the dialogue created through art with youth-at-risk. Dialogue is the heart of restorative justice and is often used in cases concerning youth. I also included a sock monkey with the message: EXPRESS  See you there!

Inner dialogue in 5 panels. New #journalexercise. #arttherapy

I’m loving the dialogue bubble post-its that I found at… I can’t remember where.  You can cut out dialogue bubbles if need be as well.  Narrow down those racing thoughts and write out your inner dialogue on the bubbles.  Paste them onto found images, in old journals or on new drawings.        

“Don’t forget.” – Roar Thorsen #arttherapy

A great art therapy exercise for Dad is to draw with an end goal, as it keeps him focused.  His latest letter to his granddaughter, Anna T Fabulous is charming and wonderful.  He spent two full weeks on it.

Weekly artist series: Week 8 Part 3 of 3 PORTRAIT POETRY #OttoDix #arttherapy

Week 8 Part 3 Otto Dix    I adore this portrait by Otto Dix. Let’s simply revel in reproducing it and adding poetry to it. Firstly, write in your journal for 10 minutes without interruption.  Just about anything that comes to mind in the moment. Secondly, circle every third word.  Isolate those words and create…

Weekly artist series: Week 8 Part 2 DECONSTRUCT CONSTRUCT #OttoDix

Week 8 Part 2 Otto Dix As with George Grosz, I’m using the book LUSTMORD as my main resource this week. Look at Otto Dix’s paintings.  See the cartoonish exaggerated style. DECONSTRUCT Pull off the cover of an old hard cover book: Horizon publications are wonderful for this.  And the contents are perfect for collaging. Find a…

Weekly artist series: Week 8 Part 1 #OttoDix

Week 8 Part 1 Otto Dix OTTO DIX: Wilhelm Heinrich Otto Dix 2 December 1891 – 25 July 1969) was a German painter and printmaker, noted for his ruthless and harshly realistic depictions of Weimar society and the brutality of war. Along with George Grosz, he is widely considered one of the most important artists of the Neue Sachlichkeit. [source]  …

Weekly artist series: Week 7 Part 4 of 4 Allusions and Changing Standpoints #deKooning

Week 7 Part 4 Willem de Kooning Find a de Kooning in nature: Draw something or someone in your environment: de Koonify it: Next artist: OTTO DIX See also: 35 PART daily journal exercise Weekly artist exploration/journaling series INTRO Weekly artist series Week 1 parts 1-6 FRIDA KAHLO Weekly artist series Week 2 parts 1-6…

Weekly artist series: Week 7 Part 3 ELAINE #deKooning. #husbandsandwives

Week 7 Part 3 Willem de Kooning Artists do not work in a vacuum.  I am fascinated by artists in relationships. Frida/ Diego Camille/ Auguste Lee/ Jackson Sophie/ Hans Elaine/ Willem How did they feed each other’s art?  How did they harm each other?  Influence each other?  Who was more powerful?  Are they inseparable? ELAINE…

“Morfar’s Klass” up for raffle as part of ART HEALS @RubbleGallery, Vancouver BC. #arttherapy

My painting “Morfar’s Klass” (28″ x 40″) (acrylic on canvas) will be raffled ($20 ticket, 3 for $40, 10 for $100) on January 21, 2012 at ART HEALS at the Rubble Gallery. This painting is an interpretation of a photograph of my grandfather’s elementary school class in Sweden. Tickets and donations to go towards self-publishing costs…

Exhibit of Roar’s extraordinary post-stroke “outsider art” as part of ART HEALS @RubbleGallery #arttherapy #neurology

My father had a massive stroke 5 years ago and art has essentially saved his life by rekindling his spirit.  Check out his project The Old Apple Tree !  His post-stroke drawings fascinate me.  Dad’s perception was altered after his stroke.  Here he struggles to illustrate a figure looking out a window.  He wanted it to…

Snippets from my 1977 Diary, Part 8 August (age 15): Maud, moving to Canada

This post dedicated to my mother, Karin, who suffered so much loss, but lived and loved so fiercely. — My Diary, 1977  SÖDERTÄLJE– translated from Swedish, word for word, unabridged, sic, ad nauseum Recall first post: My Diary 1977 For January 1977 go to: Snippets from my 1977 Diary, Part 1, January For February 1977 go to: Snippets from…

Beautiful new drawings by Roar Thorsen #strokerecovery #neurology #arttherapy

My father (now 80) had a massive stroke 5 years ago and art has essentially saved his life by rekindling his spirit.  His mind is strong and reawakened to the power of art.  He even watched the the entire TED Talks 2011 Prize Winner JR Talk and teary-eyed discussed with me the global power of…

2010-2011 school year around the corner!

Time soon to open up the art therapy room!

The Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts

The Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts provides opportunities for creative exploration, engagement, and expression in the heart of the city. Through participation in theatre, music, dance, painting, carving, and other forms of creative expression people create connections with themselves and with their community. Residents of the community can gather together for arts activities inspired…

Rosa Parks Center- a new model for juvenile justice

The Rosa Parks Center, home to female juvenile offenders, is located on the William Woods University campus. Established by a reciprocal partnership between the Missouri Division of Youth Services and William Woods University, this partnership exemplifies genuine parity in partner relationships and stands as a model for community as teacher for private liberal arts colleges….

Youth art

There is nothing quite as thrilling as facilitating the artistic expression in a youth who was previously unaware of their gift.  Certain students stand out in my mind- like Derek and Steph from the Custody Centre.  (see: CUSTODY ART) My current student, Jordan, discovered his talent for painting only last week.  He is fearless and…

Art. Ask for more.

http://www.artsusa.org/public_awareness/

Graffiti Art Therapy

Ezekiel- Eric Rothman Art Therapy Research MAP640B Janice Hoshino, Ph.D., ATR-BC December 11, 2002 ABSTRACT This study investigates the therapeutic effectiveness of using art therapy in conjunction with graffiti art and culture in the treatment of socially-defiant adolescents who have been detained and/or put on probation for defacing public property with graffiti.  A group of seven…

Article: At-Risk Youth and the Creative Process

by Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D. Gifted Development Center Talented children and youth who are disruptive, or violent, or delinquent, or just poor students are a paradox worthy of exploration in a search for new solutions or explanations.- Ken Seeley (2003) What enables young people at risk for delinquency to choose a more constructive path? Most likely…

Colbert monkey’s epic journey!

Curious?  VISIT: SOCK MONKEY MONTHLY !

The Center for Young Women’s Development (CYWD)

The Center for Young Women’s Development (CYWD) is one of the first non-profits in the United States run and led entirely by young women. From the beginning, they have organized young women who were the most marginalized in San Francisco — those in the street economies and the juvenile justice system — to design and…

YouthARTS Development Project

This is an INCREDIBLE RESOURCE… http://www.americansforthearts.org/youtharts/ The YouthARTS site is designed to give arts agencies, juvenile justice agencies, social service organizations, and other community-based organizations detailed information about how to plan, run, provide training, and evaluate arts programs for at-risk youth.