12.29.2010

Art Journal Vol IV: Spread 45 — Deeper

Self-care is something that is deeply important to me, and I continue a practice I started in graduate school, which is to keep an art journal specifically for my self-care as a therapist. You can read more about that here and here.








12.26.2010

2011 Art Journaling Workshop Series


3rd Saturday of the month 
Jan 15, Feb 19 and Mar 19 
2-4p

What to expect:
  1. To learn what an art journal is, and how to incorporate it into your life.
  2. To learn several art journaling techniques and prompts.
  3. To have the opportunity to create several art journal pages.
  4. To have fun!!

For more information, and to register, click here to download the flier.
To learn more about Masterpeace Studios, click here.

12.24.2010

Remembering

Last year my classmates and the art therapy community lost a great mentor, Carol Lark. This week, my class learned that we had lost a classmate, Adrienne. It is at times like this that my words fail me and I turn to art.

For some moments in life there are no words. ~ Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

So I got out a canvas that I had, and began painting. I knew that the labyrinth would be an important part of the image—for the metaphor of the journey, as well as for Carol. I also knew that I wanted to represent all of my classmates. I also had thought that I wanted to include birds. When Chris remarked that it looked like a tree, the image came together. My classmates represented as birds in the tree, with Carol and Adrienne represented by the birds flying. When I was reminded in a facebook post of Carol's mantra "remember to breathe" the image was complete. Adrienne and Carol, you will always hold a place in my heart. This is for you.






Happy Holidays


12.23.2010

My new favorite book!!



12.15.2010

Art Journal Vol IV: Spread 44 — Sticks and Stones

Self-care is something that is deeply important to me, and I continue a practice I started in graduate school, which is to keep an art journal specifically for my self-care as a therapist. You can read more about that here and here.










12.14.2010

Art Journal Vol IV: Spread 43 — Snowing

Self-care is something that is deeply important to me, and I continue a practice I started in graduate school, which is to keep an art journal specifically for my self-care as a therapist. You can read more about that here and here.




12.13.2010

Year II: Week 42

My guy and I have weekly art nights, and keep art journals together. Read more about it here.

A thankful week

His:



Mine:
I moved offices this week (into a new office which is a "real" art room—sort of!) and in the process of packing packed my house keys and car keys. It was an ordeal. I originally thought I had locked them in my trunk; I had the locks popped and no keys. I had packed my entire office to be moved over the weekend, and was honestly a little worried I would not find them. Today when I came to work, they had found the keys in the move. I was so thankful. It was not so much being without them (as they are only keys that can be duplicated) but the idea of losing something "so important" or at least seemingly important that bothered me. Lesson learned—no more packing with a cold!







12.12.2010

Holiday Spirit

I have had difficulty finding the holiday spirit this year. Between working and other obligations, I have been super busy. We didn't even put up the tree this year, and at this point, we probably won't since we will be leaving to go out of town soon.

However, with the first snowfall today, I was enchanted with the holiday spirit. At least, with what the holiday means to me, which is giving. Most of our gifts this year are handmade, knits, art and handbound journals.

I wrapped the presents that I do have in the house—not with fancy paper, but with craft paper, decorated with a single evergreen branch.


And I bound nine journals for holiday gifts. I used all recycled (or discarded) papers, and the covers are made out of vinyl flooring samples. I really love how they turned out. Each one is personalized with an initial or name on the cover.






We made up small journal kits to complete the gift.






I felt like a busy elf. Now we just have some artwork to finish, and a few store-bought gifts to finish up the gift-giving.

12.11.2010

Save the Date: Upcoming Workshops


Together with Masterpeace Studios, I will be offering several upcoming workshops:

Art Journaling as a Creative Process
Workshop Series
3rd Saturday of the month, 2-4p
Jan 15, Feb 19 and Mar 19

Valentine Couples Intimate Retreat
Including Couples Movement/Yoga, Couple Art Journaling and more...
February 12, 7-10p

Stay tuned for more information!

12.08.2010

Art Journal Vol IV: Spread 42 — Walking barefoot in the grass

Self-care is something that is deeply important to me, and I continue a practice I started in graduate school, which is to keep an art journal specifically for my self-care as a therapist. You can read more about that here and here.

Today was the last group for an intern that I have been working closely with. There was a running inside joke in the group "walking barefoot in the grass" and that is how I will always remember the group and the intern. For our "termination" group we did an intervention that I learned from a great mentor—Carol Lark. We painted watercolor paper and then tore off the four corners to make and envelope. We then ripped each of the torn corners in half (which made 8, or into more pieces—enough for each person in the group including the self). We then wrote a message to each person in the group—a message of hope, wishes or anything positive. The end of group was a ritual where each person was able to read their message to all the other group members and give it to them for their envelope. It was a great way for everyone to communicate how much the intern had meant to them, as well as for the intern to give back to the group (a transitional object of sorts). I glued my envelope in my journal to remember this group, the intern, and in many ways Carol.








Year II: Week 41

My guy and I have weekly art nights, and keep art journals together. Read more about it here.

Where would you go if you had a magic carpet

His:





Mine:






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