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.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Painted Today

Warded off depression today by painting this 10" x 10" oil painting.  Also listened to some classical music, exercised, ate a couple of salads, listened to audio recordings of poets reading their poems.  I've been learning about art journaling from some YouTube videos.  I enjoy looking at people's art work and watching their process.  I have a lot to learn especially about letting go and making a mess and transforming messes.  Today I wanted color and I wanted to work with these oils (water soluble) on primed canvas.  It felt good to reconnect to my art process.  I can deal with a straightforward, abstracted landscape.  Art journaling at this beginning stage is somewhat intimidating.  There are so many directions to go in and so many supplies to work with that making a coherent whole is daunting.  So, what to do?  Keep going and get a lot messier.  And research other people's ideas.

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