Monday, May 25, 2015

Art Therapy May 2015

"Creating together" is not so much a specific art therapy intervention, but is simply the therapeutic use of art making within group formats. There is a distinctive kind of creative energy generated when people work together to create art. Call it synergy or collective flow. But whatever ever you call it, it's an experience that has the potential to change our perceptions of who we are and shows us how to get by with a little creative help from our friends. While art making is often defined as a solitary pursuit, creating with others or in the presence of others taps the curative factors beyond those that can be found within oneself.

Today began a class of 8 mums with kids with an Autism Spectrum Disorder to have a little respite and fun time doing art therapy.  They adapted and enjoyed by the look of it and opened up at the end about where their works were derived from, which is really brave - just goes the show the power of art ... loved it ... here's some of the pickies ...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

a different therapy ...

The more you have loved and have allowed yourself to suffer because of your love, the more you will be able to let your heart grow wider and deeper. When your love is truly giving and receiving, those whom you love will not leave your heart even when they depart from you. The pain of rejection, absence, and death can become fruitful. Yes, as you love deeply the ground of your heart will be broken more and more, but you will rejoice in the abundance of the fruit it will bear.

Monday, May 18, 2015

eat pray love final quote ...

“I've come to believe that there exists in the universe something I call "The Physics of The Quest" — a force of nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity or momentum. And the rule of Quest Physics maybe goes like this: "If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting (which can be anything from your house to your bitter old resentments) and set out on a truth-seeking journey (either externally or internally), and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared – most of all – to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself... then truth will not be withheld from you." Or so I've come to believe.”

― Elizabeth GilbertEat, Pray, Love

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mini Plates

my younger years

I can still remember, as if it were yesterday, going to the door and receiving my prize ... i had to design an Australia Post National Poster ... which I think got used at post office catalogues.  I always had the flair in me.  Now as I move into the disability sector, with a view to creating artwork for mum's with kids with Autism and kids on the Spectrum, I feel even more privileged to be in such a rewarding place, teaching me even more about the person I am, giving and getting pure joy and love out of just that!