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.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

More Artwork

Up real late tonight. I'm like a dog with a bone sometimes when I want to get something done. In this case, I wanted to get good photographs and upload them here. I spent a chunk of today getting more photographs, a couple of cats and the rest of children. Collecting these photographs cheers me up. The animals and the children are so beautiful and so expressive. I think, for me, trying to specialize in pet and child portraits is a good avenue to take. But I do want to vary my approach, try different mediums and styles. The more I draw and paint, the more I want to kind of do everything. I have a lot to learn. My skill level is pretty tentative. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't. This painting of the girl didn't quite work out, so I cropped the image. I won't sell the painting, but I might be able to put this image on Zazzle products, so it doesn't go to waste. But really, I have to start being more daring. All the great artists experiment and then experiment some more, risking what they've accomplished in an individual painting in order to discover new things. I'd like to be more like that.
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