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Sometimes, I find painting to be just a way to vent pent-up feelings and emotions. It can be a way of putting the days/months/years frustrations onto a canvas via paint; and it can be a way to just unburden one’s daily struggles and frustrations. Once it is done, I can stand back and say, well it’s all there, on the canvas, and I don’t need to carry around that particular burden anymore in my mind, heart and soul. Adding to that process is the writing of the painting’s story. By this I mean, the act of verbalizing its meaning, which then allows me to be able to examine exactly what’s been going on within myself. This whole reflective mechamism is and continues to be, a very therapeutic process that effectively increases my sense of well-being.
NB: Better Health Channel summarize the meaning of well-being as: “Well-being is not just the absence of disease or illness. It is a complex combination of a person’s physical, mental, emotional and social health factors. Well-being is linked to how you feel about yourself and your life” (Better Health Channel 2015).
The inspiration for this particular ‘I Do Art Discussion Blog’ Painting as featured below, came from a time in my life, where it felt like I was on a treadmill and I couldn’t get off. The pressures of work and family life seemed never-ending and no matter what, it had to be endured to ensure we had a roof over our heads, cloths on our backs and food in our bellies. It did not help that I personally struggled with anxiety and depression. The following is the painting story that I wrote for this particular Painting No. 43 titled “Life’s a Washing Machine”:-
“This painting was inspired by how life at times feels like loads of washing tumbling around in a washing machine. Getting pulled this way and that way. Contorted, reshaped, dirtied up and washed out, hang out to dry only to start all over again each day! A whole mixture of life experiences tumbling into a single life which is shared with family, friends and work colleagues…..”
Written by Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist 2010
Painting No. 43 – Title “Life’s a Washing Machine” Acrylic on Canvas February 2010 – 122cms Length x 122cms Wide x 3cm Deep by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson
The painting formation is made up of contoured bracing that have a circular movement. It is like when you view cloths being washed in a washing machine that has a glass door that you can see the washing through. You can see the objects being sloshed and tossed around in the water and suds action.
Art Therapy has been an incredible tool to help me as a painter/person. It can be at times like looking into a mirror and seeing my thoughts, feelings and emotions at work. It offers me an opportunity to revise and reinvent a better me. By sharing my story I hope to inspire others to take up art for therapy…
My Art Therapy Journey – A window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytelling…by Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist/Blogger/Writer/Photo-taker