Archive for November, 2012

Pastel Drawing: Grief – 14th November 2012
November 15, 2012

Grief for my aunt, Anne, and my friend, Enid, who both died this year.

Grief for my nephew, Alexander, a young man in early adulthood who is struggling with life. It all seems too much for him. What will his future be?

Grief for my unruly garden which will disappear under a new dwelling. The possums will lose another haven.

Grief for the death which needs to occur as I leave one stage of my life to begin another.

This is my final post published from my home in Ferntree Gully. I am surrounded by the chaos of packing and my mind is filled with a list of tasks to be completed by Monday when the removalists arrive. 

I am  grateful for the assistance and  support provided by family and friends as I undertake this major life change.

I will be in Bendigo, in Central Victoria, when I publish my next post. 


Art Therapy: Drawing Anger
November 2, 2012

This drawing is definitely one from my archives.

I was being a case study for my friend who was studying the Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy at Phoenix Institute of Australia.

As part of the art therapy session, my friend requested I draw my anger. As the end of my career in the community sector drew near, I was feeling a mixture of anger, frustration and grief.

The drawing was made quickly and spontaneously. I was pleased with it. I knew the fire breathing, blood spitting, fanged monster well.

Representing emotions visually is a common art therapy exercise. The art therapist and client explore the drawing as a means of understanding the role the emotion has in the life of the client.