New Artwork

Posted by: on Jan 30, 2009 | 5 Comments

I posted 2 new pieces on the artwork page. These pieces relate to my associations and thoughts as I live with a chronic Gastrointestinal disorder, Crohn’s disease.

5 Comments

  1. Mal
    January 30, 2009

    I “arted” my way through a recent hospitalization, too. Also, I’m an art therapist at a hospital, so I firmly believe in the power of art to heal both body and soul and it looks like you’ve got some goodness going on there, buddy!

  2. Liz
    January 30, 2009

    Mal- I checked out your blog, and I love it! I just got a sewing machine, having felt compelled to expand my fiber art making past hand embroidery and sewing on canvas. Thanks for checking out my site, and I’ll be sure to keep an eye on yours.

    – Liz

  3. Darren Daz Cox
    January 31, 2009

    I love the new sketches and have some suggestions that might be fun and possibly therapeutic.

    First of all you already know that all art is good and that you can connect with your inner self by drawing what you feel.

    In some cases you can literally come to terms with your physical self by drawing your disease in metaphors and dreamscapes. So by consciously accepting the disease you can learn to live with it (instead of pretending it doesn’t exist and deal with just the symptoms) and if you alow yourself to, you can inspire yourself to have the will to beat it.

    The placebo effect proves that intent is a very powerful healer, or rather, you do have the power to heal your physical self but must truly want to and believe that you can.

    Where science and faith intersect we can see the process of miracles!

    We know from quantum physics that intent is, like the placebo effect proves, the most powerful tool we have to change our situations. Knowing this and knowing the healing power of art therapy, I suggest this…
    try using ‘richer’ looking art materials instead of pens with weak colors and plain white paper etc, it looks clinical and enclosed (to me). If you draw yourself then use vibrant colors and glitter and gold leaf and flowers and then maybe a tiny black dot to represent the disease!

    Trust that the art is merely a tangible symbol of your intent to show the real you and not the you suffering from a disease. Allow the joyful abandon of watching light interact with the colors and materials as you describe yourself on the canvas rather than having the canvas be the brightest part of the picture!

    This is the most amazing time for art as there are so many amazingly vibrant and happy art materials out there, glitter glue is flowing like wine, puffy paint, stickers, tinted glue, beads, fake gold leaf – all of it cheap cheap cheap!!!!

    Leave the white paper and office pens for the memo’s and paint yourself with things that represent the real you!!!

    (and of course you already did so as I read your comment above, the tactile quality of the fiber art is far more representative of comfort and health than the clinical white paper!) your fan, Daz

  4. Liz
    February 1, 2009

    Hey Daz,

    You’re right, the pens and paper are structured and the drawings over-intellectualized. I suppose I’m not feeling quite ready to use more affective media (ie, paint)…but I have in the past- check out the “Self Portrait” and “World View” on the artwork page. Looking back at it, I was only able to start using more fluid media almost a year after my recovery from another surgery…and “World View” came about 4 years after this incident. I dont know why I feel like using structured media at the moment, but I do…and I’m actually happy to be producing anything at all in regards to this subject since I would much rather push everything into the background. Once I get the sewing machine up and running, with a tutorial from a friend of mine, I plan to start experimenting and see what happens. Also, I’ve been kinda lazy about taking pics of lager paintings I have made over the past year (I can just scan the pages of my sketchbooks)…so I’ll try to get up on that, since I haven’t been all pens and paper all the time!

  5. Darren Daz Cox
    February 2, 2009

    maybe you can make some of those little felt dolls and sew smiles on their faces and give them to people who are sad or make a grand abstract tapestry where it is experienced with touch rather than by sight hmmmm

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