All that I am, all that I ever was…

I am more than my mental health. I am more than my homelessness. I am more than any one aspect of me. I am Addy. And this is…


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Art Therapy: Strengths and Values

As I said last week, I’m not much of an artist. No matter how much I’d like to be able to paint, draw or etch inspiring landscapes and photo-realistic portraits, I struggle with anything that isn’t part of the ‘stick man’ oeuvre.

However, even though I’m not all that good at it, I do enjoy the therapeutic qualities of drawing and painting; hence the inspiration for the weekly “art therapy” series.  Each and every Sunday I’ll be sharing an artistic prompt and my interpretation of it…and I’d love it if you joined in with me!

The picture can be whatever genre you want (abstract, impressionist, collage etc.) in whatever medium you desire (pencil, oil painting, computer generated, crayon etc.) as long as it (a) reflects the week’s prompt, (b) is your own work and (c) is something you’ve had a little fun creating. Remember this is art therapy not art mastery! :)

This week the prompt is: strengths and values, and I decided to shine a focus on two that I hold dear to my heart.

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So how did you interpret the prompt?
Leave your links in the comments field below so we can all take a look at your beautiful work of art! :)

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Art Therapy: A picture of myself…

I am many things – aspiring writer, amateur photographer, professional isolationist – but I’m not an artist. In fact, if I had to draw a picture in order to save the world, you better start saying your prayers because the Earth would be doomed!

However, I’ve decided to put my artistic-insecurities aside in order to practice a form of therapy many people have found beneficial; the therapeutic qualities of creating a work of art.

Each and every Sunday I’ll be sharing an artistic prompt and my interpretation of it…and I’d love it if you joined in with me!

The picture can be whatever genre you want (abstract, impressionist, collage etc.) in whatever medium you desire (pencil, oil painting, computer generated, crayon etc.) as long as it (a) reflects the week’s prompt, (b) is your own work and (c) is something you’ve had a little fun creating. Remember this is art therapy not art mastery! :)

This week – so we can get to know each other a little better – the prompt is: a picture of yourself.

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Self Portrait (Mixed Media, 2013)

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So how did you interpret the prompt?
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Thirteen inspirational cartoons…

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Earier this week, one of the 101 Things that make me happy was “Michael Leunig“. It didn’t occur to me until much later that people outside of Australia may not be familiar with the work of this Australian poet, cartoonist, cultural commentator and Australian Living Treasure. To rectify this travesty, here are thirteen of my favourite Leunig cartoons to inspire you.

Thirteen beautiful Michael Leunig cartoons

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Depersonalization (or depersonalisation)

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My Life in Flux 119 © The Mirrorball Man

Today’s Word of the Week is depersonalization, chosen because I have, over the last several months, begun to feel more and more disconnected from my body, the world and life in general. As such, I wished to take a look at what depersonalization is as well as how the brilliant artists on deviantART and Flickr have interpreted the subject.

Depersonalization (or depersonalisation) is an anomaly of self-awareness. It consists of a feeling of watching oneself act, while having no control over a situation. Subjects feel they have changed, and the world has become vague, dreamlike, less real, or lacking in significance.

Individuals who experience depersonalization feel divorced from their own personal physicality by sensing their body sensations, feelings, emotions and behaviors as not belonging to the same person or identity. Often a person who has experienced depersonalization claims things seem unreal.

It is the third most common psychological symptom, after feelings of anxiety and depression.
~ Wikipedia ~

Depersonallization disorder

Depersonalization Disorder © Janine (Flickr)

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Depersonalization © Bluucat (deviantART)

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Depersonalization © EmberPhoenix

“Louise often feels like part of her is “acting.” At the same time , “there is another part ‘inside’ that is not connecting with the me that is talking to you,” she says. When the depersonalization is at its most intense, she feels like she just doesn’t exist. These experiences leave her confused about who she really is, and quite often, she feels like an “actress” or simply, “a fake.”
~ Daphne Simeon ~

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Depersonalization © Every Broken Bone (Flickr)

Disclaimer: I do not claim ownership of any of the artwork featured in this post. All images are copyright to the respective artists, as indicated above. All care has been taken to respect the wishes of the artists as per their deviantART and/or Flickr profile in terms of sharing work, but should offense be taken by its inclusion, please contact me and I will remove it forthwith.

Other words I have explored in my Wednesday ‘Word of the Week‘ series are:
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Word of the Week: Hope

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There’s Always Hope © this-is-the-life2905

Over the last few weeks I have devoted a post each Wednesday to the blogging meme ‘Wordless Wednesday’. However, given my current lack of photographic equipment in which to take brand spanking new photographs, coupled with my desire to redirect this blog back to its roots, I have decided to move away from this meme for the time being in favour of a new idea that explores different aspects and emotions related to mental ill-health.

Each week, I will choose a word that relates in some way to mental health and see how the fantabulous artists on deviantART and Flickr have interpreted the theme. These artists are – after all – far more talented and creative than I, so should hopefully be able to provide some inspiration to us all!

This week I have chosen the emotion hope, something that is vital for each and every one of us. For, as Martin Luther King once said if you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all.

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Hope © Ryky

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Hope © Raipun

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Hope and Despair © Yuumei

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Hope © Danydiniz

“Hope is
Folding paper cranes
Even when your hands get cramped
And your eyes tired,
Working past blisters and paper cuts,
Simply because something in you
Insists on
Opening its wings.”
~ Elizabeth Barrette ~

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Cranes of Hope © Starca

Disclaimer: I do not claim ownership of any of the artwork featured in this post. All images are copyright to the respective artists, as indicated above. All care has been taken to respect the wishes of the artists as per their deviantART and/or Flickr profile in terms of sharing work, but should offense be taken by its inclusion, please contact me and I will remove it forthwith.