Art Therapy Humour – “Looking at life as if it were a work of art…”

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Art Therapy Humour - Cartoon by 'dorrismccomics.com' Comments by Karen Robinson "Looking at life as if it were a work of art"....

Art Therapy Humour – Cartoon by ‘dorrismccomics.com’ Comments by Karen Robinson “Looking at life as if it were a work of art”….

 

Over the last eight years, I have been using art for therapy, so my story comes from the practice of art for therapy as an individual visual artist/story-teller/photo-taker and also as a participant within art therapy and creative writing groups; and not from a professional art therapist stance. But in saying this, I feel I have been learning from personal experience the practices and benefits of said, in a way that has given me an insightful understanding of its incredible ability to improve ones sense of wellbeing.

When it came to deciding to blog about my art for therapy journey – I firstly struggled to make the final decision, to blog about this most vulnerable part of my life, with honesty and an openness that would bare my soul to the ‘world-wide web’; to be fearless. The outcome has been just amazing from many different perspectives. It has been, and continues to be, one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life. I approach each blog with a great sense of being real and true to myself, in the hope that by sharing, will inspire others to take up art for therapy, in order to improve their sense of wellbeing – it has improved mine.

When I first looked at this cartoon pictured above and produced by ‘dorrismccomics.com’ – these words sprang to mind “Looking at life as if it were a work of art…”.  I have always loved how cartoonists seem to be able to capture a thought, a moment so simply within just a few lines and squiggles.  This cartoon captures it well, we try to create our lives in an orderly fashion, in a sequenced way but sometimes in just goes beyond ourselves; we get to paint outside the lines and we end up with a creation that is unique to each of us…

© Karen Robinson, September 2015

 

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Art Therapy Humour – “When you just gotta get it out – on a wall!”

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Over the last five years, I have been using art for therapy, so my story comes from the practice of art for therapy as an individual visual artist/story-teller/photo-taker and also as a participant within art therapy groups; and not from a professional art therapist stance. But in saying this, I feel I have been learning from personal experience the practices and benefits of said, in a way that has given me an insightful understanding of its incredible ability to improve ones sense of wellbeing.

When it came to deciding to blog about my art for therapy journey – I firstly struggled to make the final decision, to blog about this most vulnerable part of my life, with honesty and an openness that would bare my soul to the ‘world-wide web’; to be fearless. The outcome has been just amazing from many different perspectives. It has been, and continues to be, one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life. I approach each blog with a great sense of being real and true to myself, in the hope that by sharing, will inspire others to take up art for therapy, in order to improve their sense of wellbeing – it has improved mine.

The cartoon above – I thought was very cleaver, and just so relevant to today’s 21st Century ‘world-wide web’ we use to communicate with each other. These wonderful cavemen caricatures, created by the cartoonist, helps to demonstrate just how far we have come, yet not really – we still seek to write/draw/communication on a ‘wall’!

I wish you all, the very best in your artful quests/endeavours … sincerely Karen

 

Ref:  Cartoon – https://libraryladiesrock.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/cartoon_great_hunt.png

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Art Therapy Humour – “Getting us to think about climate change!”

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It amazes me, just how much can be communicated through a single image!  A single thought transformed into a sketch/drawing/painting/photograph can leave us thinking about really important issues and/or it can get us revisiting issues in different and imaginative ways. When we look at such an image, it can capture our imaginations and can have us searching for the subliminal messages the artist is trying to convey.  The images don’t drown us in a sea of words, they make us stop in our tracks and just think!

This year’s “Niels Bugge Cartoon Award” had illustrators and cartoonists from around the world submit drawings about a singular global concern “climate change” (Brooks, K. 2014).  There were over 1,000 entries from Iran, China, Syria, the U.S. and the host country, Denmark (Brooks, K. 2014).  The catalogue of 2014 “2.Niels Bugge Cartoon Award” can be viewed by clicking here.

The following are my personal favourites:

Pawel Kuczynski - Poland 3rd Price Niels Bugge Cartoon Award 2014

Pawel Kuczynski – Poland 3rd Price Niels Bugge Cartoon Award 2014

NB:  For details about Pawel Kuczynski – please click here and go to page 13 of the PDF

Shahram Rezaei - Iran - Niels Bugge Cartoon Award 2014

Shahram Rezaei – Iran – Niels Bugge Cartoon Award 2014

NB:  To view this image in the catalogue – please click here and go to page 81 of the PDF

Andrei Popov - Russia - 1st Prize Niels Bugge Cartoon Award 2014

Andrei Popov – Russia – 1st Prize Niels Bugge Cartoon Award 2014

Art Therapy Humour – “When you just gotta get it out!”

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During my art therapy journey, particularly in the early years, where I was using art to express pent-up emotions such as grief and despair; I found myself feeling just like this very clearer but simple illustration.  It came to me via my Facebook page from “Art Therapy Without Borders” and its caption is just spot on.  The act of painting and writing my accompanying painting stories did just this for me – “art therapy helps to get what’s in your brain out on paper” (Mead. 2014).

Art Therapy Humour "art therapy helps to get what's in your brain out on paper" Mead. N. - Art Therapy Without Borders 2014

Art Therapy Humour “art therapy helps to get what’s in your brain out on paper” Mead. N. – Art Therapy Without Borders 2014 – Artist:  ASAF HANUKA – Cartoonist and Illustrator http://www.asafhanuka.com/the-realist/#/viral/

I love its simplicity!  For me it clearly illustrates just what it is like to use “art for therapy” in three simple sketches and yep…have been here!

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