I have recently finished a painting commission for the really inspiring play therapy charity Clear Sky in Oxfordshire – and here are the results!
My brief was to create some work which would brighten up the corridors of the charity’s offices, and to be used in their large and light training room during events. It had to be colourful and include their logo ‘Sunny’. I decided to produce a series of three canvases that all tied in together and created a sort of visual journey through the play therapy process.
This was a mural I painted this Christmas holidays. I was looking for a wall to paint on, as I wanted to paint some bigger work than A1, and my niece Sabina was lovely enough to volunteer her wall.
I believe that art can be incredibly therapeutic, in many different ways, and I wanted to share my experience here of having art therapy, which is a form of counselling using art.
I wanted to write about my experience – partly because I think therapy is still talked about very little compared to how much people actually have it (I would say about a good 25% – 50% of people I talk to about therapy have had some form of therapy in the past), and partly because art therapy is really very powerful and I wanted to share how it has helped me, in case it could help you too. I also wanted to share some of my artwork from this.
It was great to see my art work going up on a hoarding for a new art house cinema in Kentish Town last week, as one of the winners of a local art competition. After living in the area for 2 years (I moved back to Oxford this summer) it was really nice to have left my mark in London.
The brief was to choose your favourite film and produce a black and white film flyer for it. Now, as an adult, when you are asked for your favourite something or other – it is quite hard! The first film that came to mind was Dirty Dancing (much to my husband’s dismay!) – but it was a film I watched a lot in my past, it’s a feel good movie, and I really love the cheesy music.
I get my inspiration from a range of different people – not so much from the materials people use to make their art, but from how it makes me feel or the story behind it. Here are just a few people I am very inspired by….
I found Heather on Instagram (where actually I find I get a lot of inspiration from seeing artists in action, in their studios, and their work in progress). What I love about her is that she is so prolific, as well as the freedom and scale of her work. She is all about making a mess and exploring.