A Recovery Blog

This blog is about my continuing recovery from severe mental illness. I celebrate this recovery by continuing to write, by sharing my music and artwork and by exploring Buddhist ideas and concepts. I claim that the yin/yang symbol is representative of all of us because I have found that even in the midst of acute psychosis there is still sense, method and even a kind of balance. We are more resilient than we think. We can cross beyond the edge of the sane world and return to tell the tale. A deeper kind of balance takes hold when we get honest, when we reach out for help, when we tell our stories.

Monday, June 23, 2008

An Abstraction


I've been looking at so much representational artwork lately, my own and others, I thought it would be a nice change to post an abstract painting I did several years ago. I did a series of them on the floor,unstretched, using enamel house paints and it was a lot of fun. I'm tempted to try to do some abstract watercolor paintings after looking and photographing these older paintings. I was influenced before by Klee, Kandinsky and a more modern artist named Joan Mitchell (not to be confused with Joni Mitchell who is both a singer/songwriter and a painter). I will look at Klee more closely because he has done some amazing abstractions using watercolor. Browsing through the Artid artist blogs and looking more closely at their work makes me want to engage more deeply in the looking and creating process.
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