Watercolored Grey: The Use of Art in Overcoming Pain
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The Passion Behind the Painting
Imagine yourself in a situation of the greatest pain you can think of, those moments where your life seems to take on the color of shades of water colored grey. How would you react? Would you shrink back from the pain? Would you try to ignore it? Would you allow it to make you stronger?
The image above is a painting that I created in honor of someone who, though they are in the midst of pain did not give up, did not choose to ignore the pain, but who instead faced the pain head on and allowed it to make her stronger and propel her into a position of simply moving forward.
This is a picture of a friend of mine from Ukraine. I speak to her everyday and so when I heard about the pain that she is going through, I could not help but to be pained myself. You see, she was diagnosed with cancer. This is a diagnosis that we hear about in our daily lives, whether from television or movies, and some of us, like me, even happen to know people and be connected to individuals whose lives are forever changed through this diagnosis.
They are strong because they do not give up.
For those of you who know me, you know that I am dedicated to changing the world through art and to allowing individuals to connect to one another through the sharing of this art. And this is why I have chosen to make this post.
With the world around us changing, a lot of us are in a position where we are facing difficulties like we never have before and while for some of us these changes do take the form of cancer, for others of us these changes may take the form of other illnesses or challenges that we may not be able to see ourselves getting through, but the trick is simply to hold on.
Another of My Favorites
Like everything else that's hard, this is something that is easier said than done. But instead of leaving you with this thought of "I have to hold on," I will tell you about one method that is gaining in traction for its ability to help individuals through their personal pain and difficulties and this is the method of art therapy.
This is something that has a place in my heart, because I am an artist, and whether the medium is canvas and watercolor or a camera lens, art helps me in my journey to face the world and share the world in which I live and the experience I have therein.
As I have stated before, I am not a licensed professional and so I will place a link to the American Art Therapy Association at the end of this article, but before I do I would like to say thank you for reading this post. I know that you have a lot of things that you could be doing and so I really appreciate your taking this time out to share in this experience along with me. It is my goal that as I continue posting, I will continue sharing with you my art and experiences and how I use art to face the challenges in my own life in the hopes that my experience will help you to face yours.
If you also know someone who is dealing with cancer or some other chronic illness, my heart goes out to you because this is a process and an experience that is very heart wrenching. Hang in there and know that things will get better.
Here is the link as promised:http://www.arttherapy.org/