About Me

“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!

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26 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I just wanted to thank you for visiting my site and deciding to tag along. What a wealth of information and very cool art you have here. I’ll be back to look at more.

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  2. Hi Natasha,
    Thank you for tagging my blog. I’ve never heard about tagging before, but I think it is a way to drive traffic to your blog (while playing a game and getting to know people), and this has an effect on the placement of the blog on Google. It is smart, I think.
    Every time someone comes to your blog, or every link that there is to your blog in someone else’s blog or website, your placement in Google improves.
    I don’t feel like playing this, but the fact that I came here already helps. I read some of your writing and appreciate it. I feel good to be connected with you.
    Love,
    Giora

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  3. Natasha hello im looking for help getting my ideas on healing into art. I am knowledgeable about healing treatments and wish to combine them in art form. Please let me know if u can help thanks

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  4. Thank you for following my blog. I am really interested to explore yours. Throughout my own journey, art therapy has at times been a tremendous tool while other times I have felt completely stuck creatively. I mostly stick to writing poetry now versus any other expressive medium but I am looking forward to reading more about how you use art with your patients. Thanks again for following! I will be adding you to my reader.

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  5. Hi Natasha,

    My name is Brittany and am a film student in NJ. My professor is directing a film about depression and the stigma surrounding it called “Dark Light”. We are looking to spread our link around as much as possible in order to get support and funds to raise for the film.

    A little background: “Dark Light” is a short experimental film about the nature of depression. Depression is a biological flaw, not a character flaw. Please help us fight the stigma surrounding depression, the leading cause of suicide: support our Indie-Gogo fundraising campaign at:

    http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dark-light

    If you could repost our link, or spread it around to people you think may be willing to help us out, I would really appreciate it. Let me know if you would like more info.

    Thank you! Have a great day 🙂

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  6. I love your blog.
    I would like to connect you to an artust in Finland that might benifit from youd influence.
    ?
    Curious ?
    She 26 and discouraged.
    And Amazing. ; ))
    We both work with mindfulness
    She has just begun. For me 2 years.

    Deb

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  7. Hi Natasha,

    Thank you for visiting my blog and deciding to follow. Your blog is quite interesting; you have a variety of therapy specialties. I love the idea of art as therapy. Writing has always helped me to sort things out.
    I’ll be visiting again.
    Suzette

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  8. My means of artistic expression is writing. Although my sister loves fine art and painting. Loved your about page and I do recognize the importance of art therapy, especially with children. Thanks for finding my blog because now I’ve met you. Looking forward to learning more about your expertise.

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  9. Beautiful site! My daughter (NYC artist, has worked with somebody named Swoon in the past, etc) gives us interesting insights from the art world of the Big Apple. I am concerned that she is simply working to eat and pay rent, but not really attending to her own work as an artist. At one point she had also mentioned art therapy, and I wish she would consider that again. I appreciate you talented ladies, as I do not have that talent! God bless you both.

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