I Do Art Discussion No. 19 – “Sweet Dreams” by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

This abstract painting No. 61 titled ‘Sweet Dreams’ as shown below is part of my abstract painting portfolioI mostly paint for myself and give little thought to pleasing others when it comes to colour, form and subject matter during the creation of my paintings.  It is a deeply personal process I use to manage my anxiety and depression.  This form of art therapy along with creative writing processes, such as the painting story formation, really does help me maintain a good sense wellbeing.

 

PAINTING DETAILS

 

  • Painting No. 61 Titled:  ‘Sweet Dreams’
  • Acrylic on Canvas
  • 100cms Length x 100cms Wide x 3cms Deep
  • February 2015
  • Abstract Artist – Karen Robinson

 

PAINTING STORY – ‘Sweet Dreams’

Writing the painting story is always, an important part of my art for therapy journey.

This painting was inspired by a conversation that I had with my sister.  She was talking about an ambition, a goal, a dream she wanted to achieve in her life.  It got me thinking about the dreams I have had and wanted to come true in my life.  How some of my dreams/desires have eventuated and how others have gone ‘belly up” hence one of the fish, in the painting is featured in such a way ‘belly up’, just above my signature!  We all need dreams that we work towards achieving.  Dreams where anything seems possible.  My sister’s dream was cemented in an image of a sea merchant and fish, and the love of the ocean.  I took that thought, that image and created my own dream like image – being a Frenchman, perhaps a simple fisherman with a red beret and stripped T-shirt, handkerchief tied around his neck, dark mediterranean skin, swirly whiskers, and deep blue eyes.  My fisherman is enjoying the warm seas where delightful, colourful fish reside and frolic playfully with each other.  They have ruby-red lips, golden faces and colourful jewel like scales. They are almost flirting with the fisherman in my painting.  At the top of the painting – is a hot summer sun, reaching out over mother earth and a deep blue sky reaching back into the heavens.  Throughout the painting are silver frosted waves that gentle move across the pretty blue waters – magically twinkling.  I called this painting ‘sweet dreams’ as it reminded me of the times I would say to my children when they were very little, just after they were tucked into their beds at night and just after giving them a kiss on the forehead – ‘sweet dreams’…

Written by Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist 2014

 

 

PAINTING PROCESS – FROM THE SKETCH TO A FINISHED PAINTING SLIDE-SHOW

My painting process starts with a conception as described above.  With this concept, I pencil sketch onto my canvas, the outline.  Then I paint, one colour at a time on the canvas, allowing each colour to dry throughly, before starting with another colour.  Once the entire sketch on the canvas has been painted, with a single layer of Matisse acrylic paint, I repeat the process another two times, to obtain a richness of each colour.  For this particular painting, once all the layers of acrylic paint had been applied and were dry, I decided to use a ‘dry medium’ called ‘mica flakes‘ on part of the waving – it may look like silver or grey in the photo but in real life it glitters/sparkles – makes the painting ‘dream like’.  After applying the ‘mica flakes’ I allowed it to dry throughly and then signed and dated the painting.  I also turned my painting over and put all the relevant details on the back of the canvas.  I then spray varnished it three times which gave it a nice shine.  In order to keep track of my work, I photographed the painting, wrote the painting story, printed it off and put a hard copy in my art portfolio folder and then wrote this blog.  Quiet a process!  Below is a slide-show showing some of these stages for this painting.

 

No. 15 - Stages of Painting Process with Karen Robinson - Abstract Artist -Painting no. 61 Title 'Sweet Dreams' Feb 2015 - Acrylic on Canvas NB All images are copyright protected.JPG

No. 15 – Stages of Painting Process with Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist -Painting no. 61 Title ‘Sweet Dreams’ Feb 2015 – Acrylic on Canvas NB All images are copyright protected.JPG

 

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CONCLUSION

It has been an amazing journey using art, storytelling, and photo taking over recent years and blogging has added a new dimension to my art for therapy processes. I hope by sharing here within my weblog, will help you find your voice.  Happy painting, story-telling and photo-taking and/or just plain good living for 2015….Karen

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Melbourne: Fitzroy “Street Art” Photo Stories Nos. 5, 6 and 7 – Photographed by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

During this series of ‘Melbourne Street Art Story Weblogs’  I will endeavour to share my personal discovery of Melbourne’s Street Art.  Whilst there is much available to view in the way of images on the web, I hope I can offer a point of difference.  I will be inviting you to productively contribute your opinions and knowledge, in a way that is respectful to the Street Artists featured; and in a way that will add value to this conversation. Please click here to view my weblog page which features my “introductory story” and view other featured Melbourne Street Art works photographed by me, as I discover them…

 

ABOUT STREET ART PHOTO STORIES NOS. 5,6 AND 7

Just recently, I discovered a number of amazing street art works within the suburb of Fitzroy, Melbourne – Australia.  Fitzroy features many well-known, talented street artists and below are some very good examples of said.  The inclusion of so many street art works within this historical area, adds further interest and distinctive additional character. It gives local residents and visitors alike, the benefit of being able to view art work, both large and small, in these wonderful free ‘open galleries’ for all people, any time of the day or night.  Perhaps…it’s art therapy for the whole community?!…

 

STREET ARTIST – AWOL CREW

  • No. 5 Photo Gallery – Melbourne: Fitzroy “Street Art by AWOL CREW” photographed by Karen Robinson Feb 2015

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MY COMMENTS

AWOL Melbourne Street Art Fitzroy Corner Fitzroy and Johnston Streets Photographed by Karen Robinson Photo-taker 21.2 2015 Copyright Protected.J.JPG

AWOL Melbourne Street Art Fitzroy Corner Fitzroy and Johnston Streets Photographed by Karen Robinson Photo-taker 21.2 2015 Copyright Protected.J.JPG

This particular street art work of the AWOL CREW makes a huge statement on the wall of this building situated in Fitzroy.  It’s image, its artistic voice, seems to tower up into the blue skyline above. I have managed to capture an individual walking along the pathway which helps establish the sizing of AWOL Crews street art work, when viewing this image as a photo.  As you drive along Johnston Street, a very busy main street leading in the direction of the city of Melbourne, you cannot miss seeing it.  The colours are well-considered – beautiful deep earthy reds, golden oranges and browns are very native Australian outback colours.  It’s the eyes of the Australian Aboriginal featured within the street art work, that is the most captivating part of the work for me and probably cannot be realised unless you are standing right there in front of it to view.  I loved this street art work and is a stand out for me within the Fitzroy area.

NB:  Below is a YouTube Video of AWOL CREW at work producing an incredible artistic production at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne – Australia.

 

STREET ARTIST – AKOS ATTILA JUHASZ

  • No. 6 Photo Gallery – Melbourne: Fitzroy “Street Art by AKOS ATTILA JUHASZ” photographed by Karen Robinson Feb 2015

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AKOS JUHASZ Melbourne Street Art Fitzroy Cnr Gore & Johnstone Streets Photographed Karen Robinson Photo-taker 21.2.15 Copyright Protected.JPG

AKOS JUHASZ Melbourne Street Art Fitzroy Cnr Gore & Johnstone Streets Photographed Karen Robinson Photo-taker 21.2.15 Copyright Protected.JPG

Once again, whilst driving down Johnstone Street in Fitzroy, I discovered this amazing street art work – it is impossible not to notice this incredible work by AKOS ATTILA JUHASZ.  There is so much to see as it sprawls along the entire length of this building.  Luscious red and gold hair streams along the side of the building, almost as if caressing it.  The female form featured, stares back with sultry eyes and pouting lips.  It can be viewed from across the small street of Gore where you can sit in the sun and sip a cappuccino or cafe latte on a lazy Sunday morning at one of Fitzroy’s cafes.  There are lots of small detailing, rich and vibrant colours within the artwork itself.  You cannot pass by and not stop and admire one of Fitzroy’s best street art works.

 

STREET ARTIST – DAVID ‘MEGGS’ HOOKE

  • No. 7 Photo Gallery – Melbourne: Fitzroy “Street Art by DAVID ‘MEGGS’ HOOKE” photographed by Karen Robinson Feb 2015

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MEGGS Melbourne Street Art Fitzroy Cnr Westgarth and Brunswick Streets Photographed by Karen Robinson Photo-taker 21.2.15 Copyright Protected.JPG

MEGGS Melbourne Street Art Fitzroy Cnr Westgarth and Brunswick Streets Photographed by Karen Robinson Photo-taker 21.2.15 Copyright Protected.JPG

This dramatic street art work of a magpie – an Australian native bird in flight with a red rose in its beak, is another wonderful street art work by DAVID ‘MEGGS’ HOOKE.  Once again positioned on a building where it is hard not to notice it and clearly dominates the building with the expansion of the magpie’s wings. Just in this street of Westgarth there are numerous other street art work examples, but I found this particular one to be the most engaging.

 

CONCLUSION

I hope you enjoyed viewing this Weblog on some of the Street Art featured in the suburb of Fitzroy, Melbourne – Australia.  Please feel free to leave comments that are respectful to the Street Artists and add value to the conversation…Karen Robinson

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Working with Ink on Paper No. 1 – “A New Artistic Direction for Me!” by Karen Robinson

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View No. 1 "Nude", "Crowds" and "Interiors" Sketches - Karen Robinson's ink drawings created in Marco Luccio's arts session on creating powerful & expressive drawings Feb 2015.JPG NB: All images are protected by copyright laws

View No. 1 “Nude”, “Crowds” and “Interiors” Sketches – Karen Robinson’s ink drawings created in Marco Luccio’s arts session on creating powerful and expressive drawings Feb 2015.JPG NB: All images are protected by copyright laws

 

INTRODUCTION

Over recent years, I have become more and more interested in the use of ink on paper, after seeing what others have so creatively been able to produce with this intriguing medium.  I feel now is a good time to expand my repertoire as an abstract artist, in the use of other mediums and materials. With this thought in mind, I recently had purchased a set of bottles of ink with the intention of setting about using them, only to discovery, that I needed a lot more knowledge and I also needed to develop new artistic skills to be able to use them effectively.

So when I saw this opportunity to take up a one-off session with Marco Luccio to ‘dip my toe’ into the world of ink and paper, I couldn’t resist doing so!  Marco Luccio, a formidable Australian artist himself and avid user of ink, ran a 3 hour session on ‘Sketchbook, Travel Studies Techniques and Frank Hodgkinson:  The Nude, Crowds and Interiors‘ and it was so much fun.  Marco Luccio demonstrated various approaches to drawing with ink on paper, using a feather, stick, brush and even just our fingers.  He provided a series of powerful and expressive drawings of classic, common and natural subject matter (Marco Luccio 2015) of famous artists, for us to use as form of inspiration, in order that we could become familiar with the techniques demonstrated by himself, and those evident in the sketches produced during the session.

 

ABOUT INK DRAWING NO. 1 “Goat”

View No. 2 "Goat" - Karen Robinson's ink drawings created in Marco Luccio's arts session on creating powerful & expressive drawings 2015.JPG NB: All images are protected by copyright laws

View No. 2 “Goat” – Karen Robinson’s ink drawings created in Marco Luccio’s arts session on creating powerful & expressive drawings 2015.JPG NB: All images are protected by copyright laws

NB:  Sketches above on the left being white pieces of paper glued onto the page are the sketches provided by Macco Luccio.  My ink sketches on paper are to the right above and below which I did in my new Travel Journal.

View No. 3 "Goat" - Karen Robinson's ink drawings created in Marco Luccio's arts session on creating powerful & expressive drawings Feb 2015.JPG NB: All images are protected by copyright laws

View No. 3 “Goat” – Karen Robinson’s ink drawings created in Marco Luccio’s arts session on creating powerful & expressive drawings Feb 2015.JPG NB: All images are protected by copyright laws

In recreating the ‘goat’ we were instructed to dip a feather quill into a small tube of Schnincke Acrylic Ink.  With the tip of the feather quill, I found myself etching a way on the Travel Journal page with gusto!  It was the very first time I had used ink and paper in such a way and I found it strangely liberating.  Being able to just push the ink around onto the paper without being confined by set lines and space was very enjoyable for me.  The sketches are not master pieces for sure but I could feel that it was certainly a practice I was going to engage in further down the track in my artistic endeavours.

 

ABOUT INK DRAWING NO. 2 “Nude”

View No. 4 "Nude" - Karen Robinson's ink drawings created in Marco Luccio's arts session on creating powerful & expressive drawings Feb 2015.JPG NB: All images are protected by copyright laws

View No. 4 “Nude” – Karen Robinson’s ink drawings created in Marco Luccio’s arts session on creating powerful & expressive drawings Feb 2015.JPG NB: All images are protected by copyright laws

NB:  Sketches above on the left being a white piece of paper glued onto the page are the sketches provided by Macco Luccio.  My ink sketches on paper are to the right above and below which I did on paper provided by Macco Luccio.

View No. 5 "Nude" - Karen Robinson's ink drawings created in Marco Luccio's arts session on creating powerful & expressive drawings Feb 2015.JPG NB: All images are protected by copyright laws

View No. 5 “Nude” – Karen Robinson’s ink drawings created in Marco Luccio’s arts session on creating powerful & expressive drawings Feb 2015.JPG NB: All images are protected by copyright laws

Re-creating the nude was tricky for me but once again, I very much enjoyed to process.  Again, we used the feather quill to etch our nudes onto the paper and then we used our fingers, dipped in ink and a little water to add colour, depth and interest.  Using my finger instead of a paint brush gave me, a great sense of freedom.  I worried little about the correctness of the forms and just enjoyed to process of experiencing new ways of being able to apply the ink to the paper.

 

ABOUT INK DRAWING NO. 3 “Interiors”

View No. 6 "Interiors" - Karen Robinson's ink drawings created in Marco Luccio's arts session on creating powerful & expressive drawings Feb 2015.JPG NB: All images are protected by copyright laws

View No. 6 “Interiors” – Karen Robinson’s ink drawings created in Marco Luccio’s arts session on creating powerful & expressive drawings Feb 2015.JPG NB: All images are protected by copyright laws

NB:  Sketches above on the left being a white piece of paper glued onto the page are the sketches provided by Macco Luccio.  My ink sketches on paper are to the right above and below which I did on paper provided by Macco Luccio.

View No. 7 "Interiors" - Karen Robinson's ink drawings created in Marco Luccio's arts session on creating powerful & expressive drawings Feb 2015.JPG NB: All images are protected by copyright laws

View No. 7 “Interiors’ Karen Robinson’s ink drawings created in Marco Luccio’s arts session on creating powerful & expressive drawings Feb 2015.JPG NB: All images are protected by copyright laws

The interiors task was quiet challenging, lots going on that had to be re-produced.  But once again, it was important to not try to reproduce the image verbatim but to just use the image provided as a source of inspiration and another opportunity to experience ink, colour ink and paper.  The use of water to assist in the washes and diluting of the inks proved to be also a very interesting part of the process of formulating the image.  I came to understand, for me at least, that working with ink meant you needed to adopt an attitude that it had a mind of its own and at times, as an artist there maybe a need to give way to its control of my work – well until I gain a much greater understand of its medium qualities, at least.

 

ABOUT INK DRAWING NO. 4 “Crowds”

View No. 8 "Crowds" - Karen Robinson's ink drawings created in Marco Luccio's arts session on creating powerful & expressive drawings Feb 2015.JPG NB: All images are protected by copyright laws

View No. 8 “Crowds” – Karen Robinson’s ink drawings created in Marco Luccio’s arts session on creating powerful & expressive drawings Feb 2015.JPG NB: All images are protected by copyright laws

NB:  The sketch above on the left being a white piece of paper glued onto the page is a sketch provided by Macco Luccio.  My ink sketch on paper is to the right above and below which I did in my new Travel Journal.

View No. 9 "Crowds" - Karen Robinson's ink drawings created in Marco Luccio's arts session on creating powerful & expressive drawings Feb 2015.JPG NB: All images are protected by copyright laws

View No. 9 “Crowds” – Karen Robinson’s ink drawings created in Marco Luccio’s arts session on creating powerful & expressive drawings Feb 2015.JPG NB: All images are protected by copyright laws

Re-producing the crowd scene process, offered me another chance to experience paper type, form, colour and ink application.  I really enjoyed seeing and feeling how the ink responded, when collected by the feather quill and then applied to the paper.  I also enjoyed working out where to place certain colours and at what strength of colour to apply them to the paper.

 

MATERIALS USED

  • Travel Journal – Hahnemuhle Fine Art D&S, for pencil, ink and charcoal, natural white, sketch book suitable for journaling, 140g/m2 80 pages, size A4.  Has hard cover and sets of pages can be removed without the rest of the pages becoming unstable within the binding.  Very portable size.
  • Schnincke Acrylic Ink – has 36 brilliant highly pigmented liftfast colours and 12 effect colours.  Suitable for drawing pens, calligraphy, brush and airbrush techniques. Comes in 28ml glass jar with dropper.  Is waterproof when dry. A large number of the bright colours are glazed or semi-glazed.  They can be made opaque by adding a slight quantity of extremely opaque aerocolour Professional colour supra white, without being made any brighter or losing their tinting strength.  Aerocolour Professional adheres particularly well to all sorts of papers and cardboards as well as the usual, non-absorbent surfaces such as film, hard plastics and after appropriate preliminary treatment, metal.  Link to Aero Colour Professional – finest airbrush colours PDF Chart: http://www.schmincke.de/fileadmin/downloads/AEROCOLOR.pdf
  • Bird Feather – random bird feather used as instrument to apply ink to paper via the quill part of the feather and/or the feathering part of the instrument.

 

CONCLUSION

Marco Luccio’s 3 hour session on ‘Sketchbook, Travel Studies Techniques and Frank Hodgkinson:  The Nude, Crowds and Interiors’ I found very enjoyable and advantageous.  What I took away with me after attending his session – was just enough confidence to move forward into using ink on paper.

Over the years, I have found that taking time out to engage in an artistic process is very therapeutic.  It has helped and continues to help me de-stressed and assists in clearing my mind of any negative thoughts.  It also gets me inspired to go about planing and putting into action, new projects that will have positive effects on my sense of wellbeing. Thank you Art


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Art Therapy Group Session 1 of 5 for 2015 – “A Tree of Treasured Memories…” by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

My art therapy journey 2015  – has once again enabled me to participant in another art therapy group.  This group is larger than our previous 2014 group and is especially for those who are carers for another in their lives.  It is facilitated by a very experienced Art Therapist and a co-facilitator.  They assist participants to express themselves through art in a safe, secure and supportive environment.  It also gives participants, an opportunity to meet new people with whom they learn to share thoughts, emotions and life experiences with, in an imaginative and creative way.  The art work produced during an art therapy session, is not and will not be, works of art, as little time and energy is invested in the creative process.  But what is important to understand and appreciate, is that it is, about the process of self exploration through art therapy.

 

GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER

Getting the participants to know each other – was the group’s Art Therapist’s primary goal at this first session.  It involved participating in a number of simple exercises which helped each of us, to get to know one another, a little better.  For some, we already knew of each other through our first art therapy group in 2014 and for others, it involved getting to know the whole group for the first time.  Following our first session will be another 5 sessions, where we will have plenty of opportunity to broaden our knowledge of each other and of ourselves even further.

 

A TREE OF TREASURED MEMORIES

One of our art therapy exercises involved a visualisation process.  We were asked to close our eyes and visualise a place of beauty, a place we feel safe in, a place we would enjoy being within.  I found it easy to reach my ‘mind place’ as I like to call it, being the beach with stretches of golden sand, a deep blue sea with crashing waves creeping up onto the shoreline, a pretty, light blue sky that seem to go on forever, a warm sun filling my soul with a sense of joy and a soft sea breeze caressing my skin.  On reaching this ‘mind place’ we were then asked to find a ‘magic seed’.  I found myself picking up a seed pod near a rock pool and holding in my hand as I examined its texture, shape and colour.  We were then asked to plant it and visualise what it had grown into.  After a few moments of visualisation, we were then asked to open our eyes and draw/paint/crayon an art work that showed what our ‘magic seed’ had grown into.

Once we had completed our art work about what our ‘magic seed’ had grown into, we each took turns to explain it to the group; and only as much as we were comfortable in revealing.  It was very interesting and amazing how serious the participants had involved themselves in this visualisation process.

 

No. 1 of 3 ArtTherapy Group Session 1 'Tree of Treasured Memories' created by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson Feb 2015 NB All images are protected by copyright..JPG

No. 1 of 3 Art Therapy Group Session 1 ‘Tree of Treasured Memories’ created by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson Feb 2015 NB All images are protected by copyright..JPG

 

For me, my seed grew into ‘A  Tree of Treasured Memories’:-

It was an imaginary tree with no leaves!  It held only pear, shaped droplets hanging from its branches, that once reached for and plucked, would take me to a treasured memory I held in my mind and in my heart.  I didn’t realise at that very moment of producing my ‘tree of treasured memories’ art work, that I would become very emotional.  I found myself working hard at trying to push back the tears, so as no one could see them. As we went around the table, with each person telling their story and showing their art work, I found myself becoming more and more tearful.  I held tight to my tears welling up in my eyes, so they wouldn’t fall. It was then that I realized, that my ‘tree of treasured memories’ was about, having a wish to be able to revisit memories of my son Ben, who had been killed in a single vehicle car crash in 2009.  Over the recent years, I had come to understand, how time spent with loved ones was a treasure.  I tragically had learned this through my loss and all that was left of my son now – were treasured memories.  I did manage to explain some of my tree of treasured memories art work, but it was difficult and I stopped short in order to hold back the pain in my heart, that was slowly seeping forward to the present moment.  No doubt there were others there on this day, that had difficulty in relaying their stories as well, but it was hard not to think about anything else other than – my treasured memories….”

Written by Karen Robinson

 

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL

 

Our next art therapy exercise involved getting a piece of paper and cutting a small hole out of it, in the centre, a hole big enough to peer through.  We were then instructed to hold the paper up to our eye and look through it and then look for something ‘beautiful’ to focus on.  The room we occupied had beautiful,ornate architraves.  I used those images to create the above sketch.

 

WHAT I NEED NOW

No. 3 of 3 ArtTherapy  Group Session 1 'What I Need Now!' created by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson Feb 2015 NB All images are protected by copyright.JPG

No. 3 of 3 ArtTherapy Group Session 1 ‘What I Need Now!’ created by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson Feb 2015 NB All images are protected by copyright.JPG

 

The last art therapy exercise for the day, involved choosing a card from a set of cards.  On one side of the card was an image, and on the other side of the card, were a set of words.  Using the card as inspiration, we were asked to create an art work that reflected  ‘what we need now’.  My chosen card and its accompanying words as stated below, inspired my crayon art work above.

“We will call deep into the past to all our ancestors and they will come because they have to.  Because…without us they do not exist and without them we do not exist…Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service Cards

 

During my sharing of my art work, I explained that what I needed now and look for, is joy in my life.  I very much look for actions that tick the happy box in order to fulfill that desire.  So there are lots of colourful shapes in my art work which is representative of having lots of avenues of finding joy in everyday life.

 

CONCLUSION

I must say, I found it difficult to go forward with the rest of the session after the visualisation process exercise, where I created my art work and story of  ‘a tree of treasured memories’.  Sometimes during art for therapy, I have found and still do find the process to be very challenging, difficult and confronting.  Thankfully our co-facilitator had organised for the whole group to have lunch together after this session. This helped wash away any sadness I was feeling and I left in a good frame of mind; strong enough again to go back to working on actions that tick the happy box!…

 

NB:  For the purposes of this weblog series “Art Therapy Group 2015”, I will not be mentioning any names or personal details of participants or even the name of the organisation that runs the sessions.  Individuals have the right to privacy, so it will only be about my own experience – and broad statements about each particular session.  I hope you will understand.

 

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I Do Art Discussion No. 18 – “A State of Mind” by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

This abstract painting No. 58 titled ‘A State of Mind’ below  was the last of what I like to call, one of my major art works 2014.  It is an expression of feelings and emotions and its painting story can be found below.  I have also included within this ‘I Do Art Discussion No. 18’ – two short YouTube videos about two of my painting practices.  The first is about the use and application of builders tape which I have called blue tape; and the second video in about, the application of a coat of Matisse acrylic paint, to the canvas within the sectioned of areas of the painting.

Writing the painting story is always an important part of my art for therapy journey and this painting’s story can also be found below along with the painting’s details.

Painting No. 58 - Title 'A State of Mind' Dec 2014 - by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws.JPG

Painting No. 58 – Title ‘A State of Mind’ Dec 2014 – by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws.JPG

PAINTING DETAILS

  • Painting No. 58 Titled:  ‘A State of Mind’
  • Acrylic on Canvas
  • 100cms Length x 100cms Wide x 3cms Deep
  • December 2014
  • Abstract Artist – Karen Robinson

PAINTING STORY – ‘A State of Mind’

This painting was inspired by a sketch I did during an art therapy group session August 2014. During the session our art therapy facilitator asked us to sketch within 5 minutes about ‘how we feel right now’. My life, my state of mind right at that moment was best described as being more ‘cup half full’ as opposed to being half empty during earlier years.

The bright yellow colour is representative of sunny feelings; the blue and green colours representing cooler feelings and emotions; the orange and red being representative of rage and/or being upset; and lastly the black is representative of the loss of my son and the sorrowful feelings I have which will never go away.

During my art therapy session, I explained that my sketch and now in this painting, once turned upside-down, is representative of some days where it is not all sunny, they can be dark and looming such as the early years after the loss of my son; but these kind of days were few and far between now, as it had been nearly five years on since the loss of my son Ben in 2009, being that it was August 2014 at the time the sketch was done. Within the painting its self, I created scaffolding type lines in black which signifies how my daily life, months, and years can be complicated by depression and anxiety. But I am in a much better place now than I have been…my wellbeing has improved greatly with the use of art and creative writing therapy.

Written by Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist 2014

 

My Movie by Karen Robinson Abstract Painting No. 58 ‘A State of Mind’ Dec 2014 – “Talk on applying blue tape to the canvas to get straight edging…”

Blue Tape Preparation and Painted Black Section of Painting Executed - Abstract Painting No. 58 'A State of Mind' Acrylic on Canvas Dec 2014 by Karen Robinson .JPG

Blue Tape Preparation and Painted Black Section of Painting Executed – Abstract Painting No. 58 ‘A State of Mind’ Acrylic on Canvas Dec 2014 by Karen Robinson .JPG

My Movie by Karen Robinson Abstract Painting No. 58 ‘A State of Mind’ Dec 2014 – “Talk on applying the acrylic paint once the blue tape has been applied…

 

CONCLUSION

It has been an amazing journey using art, storytelling, and photo taking over the last year 2014 and I hope by sharing here within my weblog, will help you find your voice.  Happy painting, writing and photo taking and/or just plain good living for 2015….Karen

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