On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Journaling with art

In my google-ing this week I came across the site of Judi Russell (judirussell.com) in which she describes an art therapy exercise that I found helpful in two ways -- more understanding of my inner life in the moment and a way to break through the resistance to starting on a "real" art project. She has you CLOSE YOUR EYES and scribble, then find something within the scribbled lines that you might want to develop. Then color in the lines you need, erase and add on as needed. My first attempt turned out like this - and since the dog was in such a head-down position it looked like it was searching for something. That helped me to understand that the retail therapy I had engaged in earlier that day was about looking for .... what? Certainly not more stuff! So I pondered that for a while.



A few days later I tried the exercise again. This time I saw fish.



The words that bubbled up were a play on a well-known nursery rhyme. My family had just left for the day -- off to the city, off to work, off into the world.....and I was staying home. So I had lots to ponder about what that meant to me.

I encourage you to check out Judi's site, read her art journaling directions and try it as a way to explore what's up and current for you. And then tell me how it went!

5 comments:

  1. thank you for sharing your art and your journey. My prayers are with you and your art making (:
    Valerie

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  2. I think you are a very special lady ... reading your words is a beautiful and inspiring experience. God bless you.

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  3. Dear widget theif...love the blog and you have my blessing to take whatever you want from my blog... Hey I kinda like the journaling without obligation bagde thingy.. If I get caught taking it I will say you taught me everything I know (:
    You are wonderful
    Valerie

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  4. This sounds interesting. I wouldn't mind giving this a try myself. I really like how your sketches turned out ~

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  5. What a great exercise and you got some great results from it. Thanks for sharing!

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