Art as therapy


Choose to be you

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and I am thinking of a book I read a few years ago – The 5 love languages by Gary Chapman. The premise of the book is simple: people are all different. With different personalities, they naturally express love in different ways. Gary

The Art of healing

As the pandemic continues to rage, we experience losses that may include a person’s health, job, relationship, pet, or loved one. Some of us are unable to describe the roller coaster of emotions we experience, yet we do know that we are not ourselves. When we feel out of sorts,

Tangle to Untangle?

When was the last time any of you picked up a paintbrush or a coloring pencil? Maybe it’s been a while, but what about the last time you doodled in your notebook during a meeting? Most of us, when we think of art, tend to think it’s not for us.

The circle of life -2

“Each person’s life is like a mandala, a vast limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life”. – Pema Chodron Last weekend we took a break at a beach resort. I like sitting by

The circle of life – 1

Creativity journeys are just that, a journey into exploring inward first and then the outward expression that gives birth to the flow of creation. My creativity journey for the past few weeks has been an exploration of mandalas. Mandalas are circular images embraced by the completeness of a circle. The

Life Lessons

My earliest memory of painting by numbers is from when I was around 13. The Sunday edition of the newspaper would carry a children’s section and I would spend all morning painting. The thought of seeing the image appear as if by magic, is a very vivid one. For the

Not averse to verse

Have you discovered blackout poetry yet? Simply put, it is a form of “found poetry” where you choose words that catch your interest or jump out at you, from a newspaper, book, or other printed text – along with a few additional words to make it flow. Then you “redact”

Use art to get to know you

If you’ve ever tried creating art as a means to therapy, you understand how restorative it can be. It has the ability to drive creativity, restore your sense of well-being, and help you overcome anxieties and conflicts. So, how do you practice creativity? Writing, drawing, painting, embroidery, knitting, cooking and

The naked truth

As an art student, I learned to share the studio with naked models. As the ‘artist’, when you look at the model, you don’t look at it as a person. That is not to say the model isn’t one. But you are trained to look at them as an object,

The whirlwind of life

Time spent in my art studio has been productive the last few days. It has been nice exploring acrylics again, indulging myself in straight out -of-the -tube colours. For some reason, now does not seem the time to be timid or subtle. Earlier as I sat in my studio, amidst