“No day without a line.” I think the artist Paul Klee said that. It is my mantra, and not for writing, though through doing this blog, I have come to return to my roots of writing; I loved writing as a child and as a student in high school and collage. Drawing, painting, collage is my real passion and a daily habit I try to maintain.
Paul Klee also said, “Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.” As an art therapist as well as an artist, I believe this to be true and one of the many reason for the power of art therapy and of all the arts in the healing process.
I was not one of those kids who was the “best artist in the class”. I did not discover making marks on paper for the pure joy of it until half way through college, while I was majoring in Russian Literature. Many years later, when I considered studying art therapy, the therapeutic value of art making was very evident to me as I found it true for myself.
What is my blog about? I started it about two years ago, and it has evolved from an art therapy blog that covered all kinds of topics besides art therapy, mental illness, working in private practice and the studio. I wrote about the pregnant therapist, selfies and the interenet as a form of self-expression, Facebook, lawyers as therapeutic people, multicultural topics such as rituals around the world, death and loss, and many other topics.
Recently though, I decided to change the title of the blog from something about art therapy to “Musings of an Artist/Art Therapist” in order to make it more personal and blend my two identities as Artist and Art Therapist, as I believe it is important to make your own art as an art therapist, and I felt I was neglecting my Artist Self by not putting it center in the blog as I am always first and foremost an artist, and would not do well as an art therapist if I wasn’t focused on my work as a Professional Artist.
I have two separate websites and Facebook Public Pages for the two identities, but one Twitter account, on YouTube Channel and now one blog. It’s hard to keep up with all of it, so the blog helps me to centralize and focus and be part of a wonderful blogging community.
Lastly, my two year growing obsession with Altered Books. As an art form, this Altered Book Project comes closest to merging my Artist and Art Therapy identity in my art work and work with my patients, which is why you will continue to see me post a lot about my own altered books and doing altered books in art therapy!