Sunday, April 19, 2015

“Painting isn’t an aesthetic operation; it’s a form of magic designed as mediator between this strange hostile world and us.”
Pablo Picasso... 


This is how I discovered art as therapy...


From a very young age, my fascination for all things magical grew out of the knowledge that making art can transport me from one state of consciousness to another...

from one emotion to another...

& in the process, I am transformed...



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

[ॐ] Omwoods: How to Make a Dreamcatcher

[ॐ] Omwoods: How to Make a Dreamcatcher: This tutorial is a guest post written and photographed by my sister Kaisu. She's the head elf of the Dreamcatcher Making Academy, locat...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

note to self - you know what you need to know - art for the art therapist

Well, this was a surprise! There I was, thinking I should make an image of a warrior knight, or  queen - someone unassailable, because I felt rather wobbly about something...

I hauled myself back into myself, and told myself this.... intuitively, through this drawing...
.
.. what a surprise!

Now I'm sharing it with you, because I thought you might enjoy a reminder too...

The generations that have gone before us have left a trail of answers encoded within out D.N.A.
... just have to keep remembering this...

that is all
X

Thursday, February 26, 2015

note to self... Desire, and the Art of Manifestation...art for the art therapist

..... self explanatory really... there is something I want to happen so very, very much... I need to remind myself:

Sometimes, the most tender things need to be nurtured in the dark... secluded from the wide world...

until their wings expand, and they can fly free, to be whatever they need to be...

only then to be seen, in all their shining glory...


that is all
X


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Dreamtime - Art for the art Therapist.

Today I entered the creative process, to dream & drift whilst still awake...

to think of things I would not normally imagine...

and create a life far richer than I could ever make in normal, day-to-day consciousness...

My hands worked clay... but at the end of the day, what I had created was unexpected...

The clay went back into a bag for next time...

I had spent time with my self....

sculpting thoughts, instead of physical form...

that is all

X


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Small Wonders... life as a garden


I'm reminded that every long view is made up of many tiny elements, like these....


A perfectly blue sky summer's day has me wandering the garden again... opening my eyes to vistas within the landscape, and focusing upon small details as well......

 Lately, I've been continually re-adjusting my outlook... trying to envisage a future life, then looking at the small things that might create a nurturing environment... 
Backwards & forwards... long and short... macro to micro....

Naturally, details vary, according to individual people, but I am coming to understand the wisdom of noticing small details, which combine to create a bigger picture...

I find this comforting... small elements are so much easier for me to grasp...

that is all

X

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Be your Self and GROW - Art Therapy for the Art Therapist

There are no "how to be yourself" instructions in Nature...

Tiny seeds already know how to become giant trees...

Everything is born with its own intelligence...

Even humans...

Even Me... 

If I say:"I don't know what do do", I am expressing disconnection from who and what I really am...

I have realised that all anyone can ever really "do",  is become that which they have been born to become...

That is all

X