Sunday, June 20, 2010
So... in the interest of trying to organize my chaotic life, I thought I should create a list for my summer! Who knows, maybe I will surprise myself and actually complete a couple of things!
- Work on the creative projects around reading for Caya. She has been so super interested in reading lately! I want to do whatever I can to nurture her curiosity and help her have fun learning.
- Plan and run my first art therapy group on the coast. I have been tossing around some ideas with a friend about running some art therapy weekend workshops. I am not entirely sure of the subject matter- some ideas I have been thinking of are infertility, loss, and creative blocks.
- Start writing an art therapy intervention book. I have been working in this field for such a long time- and I have so much practical knowledge that I think could be useful. Even if I got a basic outline done, I would be happy.
- Complete at least two new paintings- and post at least five paintings by the end of summer. I have a few pieces that still need to be photographed.
Posted by Deann LMFT at 11:34 PM
Sunday, June 13, 2010
I have a history with mermaids. Twenty years ago, I was a performance artist and played a mermaid at art openings and other happenings. I used to bring a bucket of gummy worms and would squeal until children would feed me. I loved being a messy weird mermaid- not the romantic kind in folktales. Here is a picture I found of myself as a mermaid nearly twenty years ago! (Thanks Rachel Diebuechse for keeping this image around!)
I have always been strangely drawn to mermaids. I think it maybe something about how they live underwater. Dream interpreters often say that water symbolizes emotions I definitely live in my emotions. Now I have a daughter who is also a pretty emotional little creature. I have an intense fear of drowning- which may be a fear of my emotions one day fully overwhelming me. Maybe I should take some swimming lessons.
I don't care much for the story of the little mermaid. The notion that in order for the mermaid to be with the one she loved she needed to give up her voice always bothered my feminist sensibilities. My daughter has not seen that movie yet, and when she does- I will have to make sure that she knows that no one is worth taking away her voice. But that is another matter.
A psychic once read my past lives and told me that in one life I used to be a healer. I would go to the ocean to collect items I would use to heal people. Funny, because in this life- going to the ocean and staring at the waves is the one thing that always helps when life is too much. Maybe it has something to do with how big the ocean is. My problems seem so trivial in comparison.
So, back to my painting. I was thinking of the jellyfish as a kind of peril surrounding the mermaid.. but maybe they were only a peril imagined by the mermaid. Maybe that is why they are just a drawing and not fully painted in. Not sure. I will have to keep wrestling with it.
Posted by Deann LMFT at 12:16 AM
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Thanks for all of your comments. I love the advice I get from other artist mothers out there! I know things will get easier as the little ones grow. Right now, I am exhausted!!!
Posted by Deann LMFT at 9:17 PM