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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 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…”
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…“
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
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