I've taken Facebook and messenger off my phone after realizing that I waste quite a few hours mindlessly scrolling though my news feed every day and end up complaining that I don't have enough time to be creative.
Inspired by the artist Karen Margulis, I've also decided to start an art blog, and to create and post one painting a day. I've had quite a few teachers tell me that you have 100-1000 (depending on who you ask) crappy paintings inside you to get through before you refine your artist's voice, better develop a style and begin to produce good stuff. I like the idea of seeing my progression in one place, and being inspired to get out the materials and work on something every day.
If other people are inspired by it and enjoy seeing it, that's even better.
Why is this on my therapy page?
Art and creative expression have been powerful ways for me to cope with anxiety and self doubt, and to find my voice as an individual, an artist and a therapist. Creating forces me to slow down, be mindful and exist in the present moment. When I'm in the present it's impossible to worry about the past or the future, and that's a great thing for someone with an anxious mind!
Despite loving art and wanting to create, life has a tendency to get in the way. Self-care and fun are the first things to get scheduled over. I encourage my clients to schedule self-care into their calendars, and to make a commitment to themselves that their health and well being is a priority. Making this public shows that I practice what I preach, and keeps me accountable to myself at the same time. Win win!
This was done in a pastel class I took last month at the Northville Art House. It's a new medium for me, and involved a lot of experimentation. It was frustrating as hell, but worth pushing through to figure out what papers I like and what all the different types of pastels can do.