ART THERAPY? WHAT THE HECK IS THAT?

in art •  last year  (edited)

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Elders of the Enchanted Forest

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that one day I'd call myself a painter or an artist. I never thought I would be able to draw or paint.

When my doctor suggested to me an art therapy class to help me cope with pain, I raised and eyebrow and told myself she was nuts. Little I knew at that time that her advice would actually benefit me more than I would have ever thought it would.

A few years down the road after that day, while I was running out of options for coping with my chronic pain and the burning under the skin (perks of Lyme disease), I told myself I should give art therapy a try.

WHAT IS ART THERAPY?

Art therapy is an approach used by certain physicians specialized in pain management, based on a mind and body technique. This two-steps treatment combines art media, creativity, and artwork created by patients to help them get back to a normal functionality.

The process intensive step enables the patient to explore his emotions and discover something personal. The second step of this approach has little to do with art as it focuses on the patient's subconscious. By interpreting the newly created artwork of the patient, the therapist can understand the underlying problems.

FIRST ATTEMPT AT PAINTING

The first time I found myself in front of a white canvas, I was terrified. I couldn't place a blob of paint on it or hold a brush or a palette knife properly. I was afraid that I will make a fool of myself. I couldn't even decide what colour to add first.

My art teacher and friend told me to stop thinking about the creative process, to shut down my mind and simply try to have fun. She added that art was a journey and I should enjoy the ride instead of fearing it.

Her words helped me gain enough confidence to grab some paint tubes and explore. I had no idea what I was doing, but it felt good. It took away my mind from the pain and that was amazing. In addition, I really enjoyed mixing up colors and experimenting with paint.

The image above, Elders of the Enchanted Forest, is the first painting I ever did using acrylic colours. What do you think about it? Not bad for a rookie, right? I was really happy with the way Casper turned out.

Seeing that window of opportunity painting offered me by enabling me to block my symptoms, I continued to paint almost each week.

I was thrilled that I had found another way besides writing to escape the pain and the burning. More I painted, more I fell in love with the acrylics.

Here are some of the paintings I realized during the art therapy class:

Geisha in the sunset
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Lonely dancer
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Allegria
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Purple time
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Which one you liked the most?

Unless stated otherwise, all photos used in this posts are taken and owned by myself. If you wish to use any of my images, please contact me!

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it! Please leave your feedback in the comments, I would love to hear your thoughts!

@2018 LaviPicu aka The Lyme Poet. All rights reserved.

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I love all of them!!! They are incredible! You are such an artist sweetheart, you amaze me with your creativity!

Thanks! I can't beat your amazingly delicious treats! ;0)

Oh I can't reach your wide creativity dear! You are so amazing talented!❤

I love 'Geisha in the sunset' and 'lonely danser' both very very much! I'd love to hear more about your experiences in art therapy, it's certainly an interesting topic and I'd specifically love to learn how it helps you handle pain better!

Painting enabled me to block the pain and keep my mind focused on the painting. Also it allowed me understand some of my inner fears and how to deal with them, which reduced the intensity of some symptoms I had.

It's amazing art can do that <3

I really like the first image! Abstract but it's great to try and picture what the details are behind the blue. Keep up the good work!

Thanks! I like abstract because everyone sees something different ;0)

You are an amazing painter! What can't you do? I would never have considered art therapy for pain. Amazing. Your first painting, Elders of the Enchanted Forest actually reminded me of kayaking. (Yes I have kayaking on the brain) Figures in the "water" took me a minute to see but once I did I was amazed. You certainly got better over time. Just lovely. Thanks for sharing these.

When I look at it, it does resemble more to the front of a kayak instead of a muddy path. Maybe I should change its name. ;0)

Honestly speaking, your arts work are awesome. I wish i could paint like that.
@lymepoet.

Thank you. I think anyone can do whatever they put their mind to. I was convinced I can't draw or paint and here we go!

My late father used art therapy in counseling and I used it for criminology.

Glad that you have discovered the cathartic effects it has to offer.

The mind body connection is amazing, no?

Namaste, JaiChai

Criminology and art? Hmm! That sounds really interesting! ;0)

I love the Geishi in the sunset as it invokes a certain sadness in me but then that could just be me trying to put my emotions on that image (the word escapes my brain-farting sleepy mind right now hahaha)

The arts has always been a way used by people to do therapy as the freedom and creatiive helps in being able to internalize and then express their feelings, channel their pain and /or divert their mind to other things.

Your guess was right, there was sadness in that painting. Good eyes ;0)

Cool I though I was just projecting myself hahahha

"Geisha in the sunset" is jaw-droppingly awesome! Sounds like you've uncovered some hidden talent. Great job and thank you for sharing!

Thank you! Looks like others like the Geisha as well ;0)

'Geisha in the sunset' is simple and complete to me. Thank you.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

Beautiful I love them all @lymepoet.

Thank you! xox

I love all of these and especially the first 3 :) Art is such a wonderful therapy. It does push us to go deep and let go....discover parts of ourselves we had not known were there....beauty. Very visually pleasing creations @lymepoet

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Thank you! I glad to hear you liked them. ;0)

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I know the calming power art has on the mind, its one of the reasons I love photography.

Glad to hear you are using its power to your advantage. Btw, your photos are awesome!

I love this post!

It's amazing that the body can escape suffering through engaging the mind in art. We get so conditioned into the concept that ailments are best treated by pills. Seeing that there can be effective therapy without drugs is uplifting.

Also, I love your art!

Thank you! It was surprising for me to see what I can do without being on meds.

Undoubtedly someone the art recovers, and here you confirm it to us with your extraordinary work, that of the Geisha is my favorite @lymepoet

Thanks! Geisha is one of my favourite as well ;0)

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Like many others, I love the Geisha in the sunset.
Very simple yet so powerful and good use of space!

Very well written and interesting post!