Month: February 2015

Stand Firm In Treacle

 

When experiencing difficult thoughts or feelings we have a choice. We can run away, we can resort to harmful behaviours, or we can sit with and be accepting of the thoughts or feelings. I am feeling very anxious about an appointment I have later today and I have created this image to reinforce the message that I can be with the difficult feelings and be okay, i.e. I can stand firm in treacle. I have given myself a heart pendant to give myself some support and love.

 

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Sequin Crocus

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This picture is based on a photograph taken in the park close to where I used to work. I used to go walking there every lunchtime and so very much associate the park with my former job. I find reminders of my old job difficult.  The intention of this piece was to deliberately spend some time in contact with the difficult feelings, in a manageable way, in order to help me to accept the redundancy and move forward. 

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Mixed Media Sampler

The intention here was to experiment with different materials. There is no emotional message in this piece; I simply wanted to create something neutral whilst my mind was busy with stuff. Materials used are wool, beads, buttons, fabric, sea shells, leaves, card, sequins, matchsticks, split peas, basmati rice, embroidery thread, ribbon, hand made paper, sequins and cotton wool.

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Imagination Versus Reality

 

Issues around body shape affect many people. Either of the figures illustrated can be imagination or reality. Some imagine themselves to be different to how they actually are. Some wish to be different to how they actually are. Acceptance of myself and of life in general is something I am working on through my art work.

 

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Find Yourself In Creativity

Feeling low, I looked at a few blogs which were about being creative in some way. The words “There is a future in creativity” came to me. Being creative was a way in which I could move forward. I decided I wanted to create a picture which was full of colourful shapes and jazz it up with other materials. The only rules for this picture were to not use every colour available, and to keep the amount of the blue background which remained visible even. During the process I changed the words to “Find yourself in creativity”. I felt uncomfortable with sharing words suggesting that I didn’t see a future for myself in a piece of art that I wanted to share with others. “Find yourself in creativity” has multiple meanings.  Firstly, yes it is about finding a way to move forward. It is also about finding myself in general as a significant relationship had broken down. Experimenting is reflected in this work. And finally, focusing on a something creative can absorb the mind so you get a break from negative thoughts and create a space where more helpful thoughts can emerge. I particularly enjoyed creating this picture because of the fun aspect. With my previous pictures, I was implementing an image already composed in my head. With this picture I didn’t know what I was going to next whenever I sat down to work on it and so it gradually emerged over time. 

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Angry Energy

This image expresses the energy of the anger that I feel at times. I feel so angry that I have visions of being able to pick up and toss a large car. The vehicle is red to represent the angry energy. Interestingly I am doing this in a tranquil and isolated place. This may be because of shame at feeling the anger. The dog is with me as a companion. I have never had a dog but in this image it represents that I am not completely alone with what I am experiencing. It may represent me feeling supported or may represent my adult ego state.

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