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"Strange Tears" - a quick self-portrait that I drew last night. I wasn't feeling especially sad - the tears just seemed to spontaneously fall from these weird, unnatural-looking eyes which reflect the decades of trauma I lived through before I embarked on my journey of #recovery . #recoveryart #celebraterecovery #saddlebackvisualarts #saddlebacklf #selfportrait #selfcare #selflove #markerdrawing #paintpenaccents #mixedmedia #mixedmediaart
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There’s something special about a used acrylic/oil pallet! I never wash mine, I just let the new layers of paint dry on top of the old. So there’s over 15 years of history in this one!! Painting Stinky’s house has really re-ignited something and now I can’t wait to get messy with my acrylics again. Got to finish clearing “The Pile” first, but I’m making good headway thanks to Venlaflaxine (my new antidepressant) having finally kicked in - it took a long time to wean up to a high enough dose for me, but I think I’m there, or thereabouts now, though I expect to get a telling off from my GP for deciding to do my own dose increase instead of waiting to see her. But my appointment got cancelled and there is nothing so frustrating as being on a medication that’s giving you every indication that it WILL work but only at a higher dose. DISCLAIMER: I’m not advocating this approach - please always consult a medical professional before changing meds. My reasons for doing this were that my GP and I had already discussed that my likely therapeutic dose would be 300-350mg, and an increase was planned at the last appointment, which was cancelled. I still probably shouldn’t have done it by myself (I’m defo gonna get told off) but I could feel that it was going to work. The positive effects were starting to creep in at the edges, but it had plateaued. And I just couldn’t bear to wait another 3 weeks knowing that there was a good chance I’d see a dramatic improvement with an increase, but not being able to do so... so I did it. . . . #katymatildaneoart #arttherapy #intuitiveart #expressiveart #RecoveryArt #MentalHealthArt #InstaArt #artspeaks #BPD #CPTSD #dissociativeidentitydisorder #Mentalhealthawareness #spoonie #InvisibleIllness #Takebackcrazy #mentalhealthmatters #traumasurvivor #abusesurvivor #suicidesurvivor #mystoryisntover #mentalhealthrecovery #therapy #recoveryispossible #recoveryisworthit #psychology #endthestigma
“What Does Depression Feel Like?”... Almost naked in a blizzard, Stranded in underwear. Nothing to protect you from the sharp pellets of icy confetti. Millions of tiny daggers expertly trained on your fragile skin. Exposed. Fighting against adversity. Struggling to stay upright. Jaw clenched, bones brittle. A long, long way from warmth. Progress negligible. Alone. Bleak. Braced. Numb. A whirling angry vortex. Frozen to the core. Battered. Vulnerable. Isolated. Whipped. Stung. Hopeless. That’s what depression feels like. • • • #psychart #mentalart #mentalhealth #mentalhealthrecovery #recoveryart #mentalwellbeing #depression #treatmentresistant #treatmentresistantdepression #ocd #anxiety #schizoaffective #ptsd #cptsd #psychosis #hearingvoices #auditoryhallucinations #shame #panicdisorder #socialanxiety #socialphobia #broken #arttherapy #artastherapy #comicstripmylife #suicidalideation #suicidality #selfharm
For today's last post, here's another abstract, called "Bricky," I actually used a ridged rubber heel cushion with "Black Soot" Ranger distress ink for the net/web effect. Looks kind of like barbed wire to me. 😏 . #unstuck #recoveringartfully #healingdoodle 🌻 . . . . . #artdoodle #artfullyseeking #creativitymatters #doodle_art #doodlearts #doodledrawing #doodlersanonymous #zendoodleart #recoveryart #recoverycommunity #artforhealing #arthealing #creativeexpressions #creativefreedom #creativityheals #abstract_post #abstractmag #abstractart_daily #abstractlovers #abstractartorg #rangerdistress
My head is spinning with way too much information today. I have no band-width left and my internal processor has overheated. 🤯 So I just need to rest in that which I cannot see. 🙏 . #unstuck #recoveringartfully #healingdoodle 🌻 . . . . . #artdoodle #artfullyseeking #creativitymatters #doodle_art #doodlearts #doodledrawing #doodlersanonymous #zendoodleart #recoveryart #recoverycommunity #artforhealing #arthealing #creativeexpressions #creativefreedom #creativityheals #abstract_post #abstractmag #abstractart_daily #abstractlovers #abstractartorg
The 2nd painting is the one I just finished: “Letting go”, 2019. Acrylic on 18x24 stretched canvas. Let me tell you something. The 1st painting is called “The puppet,” finished when I was in Denver, in treatment for the second time. It was a depiction of my eating disorder and how it controls the mind and body, effectively taking over my life. The strings of my eating disorder kept me bound to living a life unfulfilled. Creating this follow-up piece was like traveling back in time: I mimicked the style I used at the time, which was literally just black and white paint (what a ironic pun on how I lived my life). While the pieces I create today are more full of color and life, the way I created this one reminded me of how I was feeling at that time. But it also created closure for me. You see, it’s hard to differentiate if the hand is reaching for the strings or breaking free from it. There are many times I feel like reaching for those strings and letting them take over again. But I always stop before I get too close. What I can safely say is that I’m no longer a puppet for a master who has no good intentions. #anorexiarecovery #eatingdisorderrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #recoveryart #eatingdisorderart
"Crazy Moon" is about ancient symbols of power and divinity. Even today, astrologers believe that the sun, moon, and stars hold the secrets of our destiny. I find these studies to be fascinating, but not at all comforting, sustaining, or motivating like faith in Jesus Christ. #collage #saddlebackvisualarts #saddlebacklf #ancientmysteries #crazymoon #mixedmedia #mixedmediaart #arttherapy #expressiveart #papermoon #paperart #stonedeities #statues #orangemoon #celebraterecovery #recoveryart
One of my favorite quotes🌸✨🐞
I love what I do. I love my groups. But just when I wonder if I’m making a difference God shows up: In their words. In their smiles. In the thank you. . . #artheals #recoveryart #addictionjourney #expressiveart #mentalhealth #courageousart #courageousjourney
This art therapy collage is about myself as a child. I loved to make cookies with my Mom....and one time only, she baked a special cake for my birthday that made me feel so special. She was never that nice to me again and I was mostly a sad little girl. But ultimately I managed to create a colorful life for myself anyway! #arttherapy #collage #paperart #pinkart #pinkandblue #pinkandblueart #expressiveart #barcodeart #multicoloredart #sadlittlegirl #abusesurvivor #recoveryart #celebraterecovery #saddlebackvisualarts #saddlebacklf
2am drawings ⌛️✏️ half asleep 😴 🛏 #stronger #recovery #art #recoveryart #drawing #goodnight #healthierlife #exhausted #happy
Capable. Brave. Significant. .......... Inspiring message of hope, recovery, and self worth from clients in our residential eating disorder program. #recoveryisworthit #mentalhealthawareness #selflove #edrecovery #eatingdisorderrecovery #capable #brave #significant #youreenough #eatingdisorderawareness #eatingdisordersupport #edwarrior #recovery #fighter #support #edrecoverycommunity #beated #prorecovery #recoveryart
Lots of sharing in recovery art group this morning. Learning how to move from the past and look forward to a positive, healthy future. . . #recoveryart #expressiveart #artheals #onedayatatime #courageousjourney
Some people ask weird questions....
Today I thought of an old treatment friend who likes jellyfish (you know who you are) and decided to draw this lil dude:) jellyfish are great reminders that we’re all weird as heck and beautiful at the same time
Done. “How to drink alone” 18x24” oil on canvas (the glare is terrible while it’s wet) #letsgetreal #drinkingalone #whatitslike #oiloncanvas #portraitpainting #recoveryart #arttherapy #odat
Swallow it down (what a jagged little pill) It feels so good (swimming in your stomach) Wait until the dust settles... . You live you learn, you love you learn You cry you learn, you lose you learn You bleed you learn, you scream you learn . I, recommend biting off more than you can chew to anyone, I certainly do I, recommend sticking your foot in your mouth at any time, Feel free . . . #jaggedlittlepill and @alanis is the #patronsaint of #goodenof
Happy ~belated~ Valentine’s Day ♥️ love yoself
Some snuggly cacti fellas 🌵(repost because there were problems with the original photo)
Mary Mary, quite contrary, how does your vertebrae grow? Just stacking up the pieces. #recoveryart #spinabifida #spinabifidastrong #tetheredcord #art #justplayingaround #learningwatercolor
"Just because the negative is easier to see doesn't mean the positive's not there" #originalart #originalartwork #myart #mywords #recoveryart #myrecovery #addiction #recovery
Let’s talk about sex baby 🙊 (Mum, don’t read!) + TW: mention of sexual assault . This time last year I was seeing a therapist because when it came to sex I was an anxious wreck. I wanted nothing to do with anything physically intimate because I believed if I did it would confirm the idea that I was nothing but a useless walking, talking sex doll. My self esteem was pretty terrible and I truly believed I was worthless. In therapy we talked about past experiences, how I had been repeatedly slut shamed, used, treated poorly and even had what began as consensual sex continue despite me saying no. I feared sex and anything sexual and it was a really tough time. . Fast forward to today though and it’s a whole different story. My relationship with sex and sexuality is healthy and positive. I’ve gone from becoming anxious whenever I saw two people kissing on the TV to discussing sex toys in depth with my friends. I wanted to view sex as fun. Something that was safe to engage in, allowed me to be intimate with my partner, and allowed me to let off a little steam. Sex doesn’t have to be serious business (though it certainly feels that way when you’re trying to make a baby 😅), and I wanted to change the way I viewed it. . I wanted to share this with you because I know how difficult it can be to feel safe within your sexuality in a world that demeans women, slut shames and expects men to be dominant sex gods. These ideas though... are so wrong! Sex is a diverse space in which anyone can explore their own bodies and the bodies of consenting others. There should never be any shame attached to sexuality. Whether you want to have slow, gentle intimate touching with your partner, want to have hot wax poured over you in front of a crowd in a sex club, or don’t want to participate in anything sexual at all, you’re still worthy and important ❤️ . I’ve tagged a few pleasure positive accounts on this image if you would like to explore and learn a little more. If you have any others you think I should include, please comment below and I’ll add them to the list 💕 Happy Valentines my lovelies xx
I’ve seen a bit of panic around Instagram this morning due to the unexplained drop in everyone’s followers. I get it, I too often tie my follower count too closely to my importance and worth, so I wanted to put up this reminder. . You’re amazing no matter what that bloody number says ❤️
Working Process within Art Therapy. I was asked to make a bridge from the present to the Future... This looks nothing like a bridge but when it's finished I will explain what the shapes and colours mean. :) #leneyart #art #colours #paperart #collage #emotions #acrylic #arttherapy #shapes #colour #recovery #recoveryart #workingprocess #mentalhealth
I wanted to end today's posts with this little puppy 🐕 who showed up out of the shapes. He's not fancy, but he's dear to me because I didn't set out to create him. 😏 Doodling with no expectation or intention is my favorite way to create art. 💕 . #unstuck #recoveringartfully #healingdoodle 🌻 . . . . . #artdoodle #artfullyseeking #creativitymatters #doodle_art #doodlearts #doodledrawing #doodlersanonymous #zendoodleart #recoveryart #recoverycommunity #artforhealing #arthealing #creativeexpressions #creativefreedom #creativityheals #creativitytakescourage #deepemotions #emotionalpain #dogaholic #dogartists
I have a real discomfort with letting people know about my art products. But I keep talking about conquering fear and using my voice! So I am showing you something I worked really hard on and I'm actually proud of it. It's not like most of my other art because it's deliberate (as was "Freedom Ride") and with a purpose. 💖😃 So here are my dog-a-holic and cat-a-holic t-shirts, mugs, and stickers! 🐕🐈 . #unstuck #recoveringartfully #healingdoodle 🌻 . . . . . #artdoodle #artfullyseeking #creativitymatters #doodle_art #doodlearts #doodledrawing #doodlersanonymous #zendoodleart #recoveryart #recoverycommunity #recoveryinspiration #adultchildren #anxietytips #artforhealing #arthealing #creativeexpressions #creativefreedom #creativityheals #dogaholic #cataholic #dogartists #catartists
A few pictures from last night’s recovery art group. I’ve been really bad about getting pictures lately! 🥴 It’s a great feeling to walk into the group room and the clients are waiting to help set up because they have been “counting down since Wednesday” for your group! LOL . . #recoveryart #artheals #expressiveart #courageousart #addictionrecovery #recoveryjourney #mentalhealth
I call this "Freedom Ride" and it makes me think of breaking free. I imagine she's a show horse who has not been treated well and now, she is flying over the fence to a new world where she can be a unicorn. 🦄 This is one of my very few "deliberate" doodles. It was incredibly hard for me to draw her outline. I am awed by artists who can draw photorealistic art, for instance incredible colored pencil artists like @cynthiaknox.artist (I took a class with her and she is phenomenal!). 💓 I live in an area where there is a lot of equestrian activity and I was going to submit it to a contest. But for some reason, I never did. 😕 She's also one of my biggest drawings - 12"x16". I really prefer to go small, like 3.5"x5.5". But Strathmore stopped making their visual journals in that size, so I stick with 4"x6", 5"x8", and lately, I'm loving 6"x"6. Rarely, I'll go 9"x12" too. . #unstuck #recoveringartfully #healingdoodle 🌻 . . . . . #artdoodle #artfullyseeking #creativitymatters #doodle_art #doodlearts #doodledrawing #doodlersanonymous #zendoodleart #recoveryart #recoverycommunity #recoveryinspiration #adultchildren #anxietytips #artforhealing #arthealing #creativeexpressions #creativefreedom #creativityheals #creativitytakescourage #deepemotions #emotionalpain #equineartist #horseartwork #horseartist
"The Wire" 14x17 Pencil on paper This self portrait I drew years ago relates to my addiction.... I'm holding my own burning tightrope as I juggle and make my way across as the shadowy figures watch too see if I fall . . . . . . . . . . #bwitte_art #brettwitte #pencilart #pencilartist #realismart #realismartist #realism #trippyartwork #trippy #trippyart #psychedelicart #psychedelic #alexgrey #recoveryart #addictionrecovery #addictionart #juggler #duende_art_help #artshowcase #featureme #lsd #shrooms #dmt #selfportrait #young_artist_help #young_artists_help
Hamster with big butt here to remind you that your worth isn’t determined by an irrelevant number 🐹 flaunt your beautiful bum kween
Decided to draw some recovery birbs tonight because why not 🦉
I have had such a bad habit of being friends with toxic people. It’s so draining. It’s never to late to leave 💕
#Repost @yotambienquisesercomoanaymia • • • • • Cuando estoy con la #regla , me siento como un globo, literalmente. Me hincho un montón, sobre todo los primeros días. Tengo gases, me noto la tripa llena de aire, las piernas me pesan... Antes me agobiaba un montón, me sentía gorda, pensaba que iba a mantenerme igual después de que desapareciese, me sentía mal con mi cuerpo...durante esos días no podía mirarme al espejo, porque si lo hacía empezaban los malos pensamientos, la obsesión con el peso, con mi tripa hinchada... Me ha costado tiempo aceptar que es algo normal, que es pasajero, que luego vuelvo a la normalidad, pero lo he conseguido! Ahora me río, gasto bromas sobre ello, y aunque esos días me sienta hinchada, que la ropa me aprieta, pesada ... Sé que es pasajero, que dura unos días pero que después mi cuerpo vuelve a la normalidad. Y ya está. Y de mientras, me imagino a mis ovarios queriendo jugar conmigo convirtiéndome en un globo😬 Y a ti, te afecta el estar con la regla?tienes algún truco para sobrellevarlo mejor? Te animo a que lo compartas!💙😊 #illustration #ilustracion #viñeta #comicstrip #comic #character #characterillustration #dibujo #gases #globo #tca #mentalhealthawareness #tupuedes #recoveryart #recoveryispossible #ed #mentalhealth #noshame #anorexia #bulimia #salvavidas #trastornosalimentarios #saludmental #pelaeldiente
Sometimes i get caught in a circle of being critical about my self-critisism...
That feeling of being unable to express myself is finally being removed because of the #JournalSpeak process (@NJSachs ). I spent too much of my life pretending everything was fine and shoving down my emotions. I hated to cry and always tried to stifle it. I know today that's what caused my disabling symptoms and kept me stuck in pain and dizziness. 😵💫 . How do I know this? Because I have experienced relief in some of my most obstinate symptoms and the only thing I changed was allowing myself to weep and rage day after day in a 20 minute JournalSpeak session. I'm not cured, but I'll gladly take those days I'm feeling better. 🙏 💗 Because there are a heck of lot more of them now than before I started the practice. What works to help you release your most painful feelings? . #unstuck #recoveringartfully #healingdoodle 🌻 . . . . #12step #12steprecovery #12stepstorecovery #adultchildren #anxietytips #artdoodle #artforhealing #creativeexpressions #creativefreedom #creativityheals #creativitymatters #creativitytakescourage #doodle_art #doodlearts #healingartist #healingmyself #healingthesoul #healingthroughart #imperfectionispbeautiful #imperfectme #overcomingfear #overeatersanonymous #recoveryart #recoverycommunity #recoveryinspiration #soothesmysoul
Whoa! This doodle symbolizes how I feel when I cannot express myself. Despite being silenced 😶, she seems calm in the face of this suppression. Her eyes, still open and innocent. Maybe, sadly, she is just used to it. I think this is my inner child showing me how she felt growing up. It makes me want to cry. 😢 And comfort her. 💙 I was a little afraid to post this because I know Instagram is supposed to be our "happy place" 🌈. But, quite often, pain comes through my doodles. And putting difficult doodles like this out, despite my fear and trepidation, is honoring the fact that I have a voice today. Have you ever felt like her? . #unstuck #recoveringartfully #healingdoodle 🌻 . . . . #12step #12steprecovery #12stepstorecovery #adultchildren #anxietytips #artdoodle #artforhealing #arthealing #creativeexpressions #creativefreedom #creativityheals #creativitymatters #creativitytakescourage #doodle_art #doodlearts #healingartist #healingmyself #healingthesoul #healingthroughart #imperfectionispbeautiful #imperfectme #overcomingfear #overeatersanonymous #recoveryart #recoverycommunity #recoveryinspiration #soothesmysoul
Elephants in the mist - work in progress - a few finishing touches to add... #valriarts #recoveryart #acrylicpainting #belgianartist #atelierrodeleeuw #redlion
Cuando estoy con la #regla , me siento como un globo, literalmente. Me hincho un montón, sobre todo los primeros días. Tengo gases, me noto la tripa llena de aire, las piernas me pesan... Antes me agobiaba un montón, me sentía gorda, pensaba que iba a mantenerme igual después de que desapareciese, me sentía mal con mi cuerpo...durante esos días no podía mirarme al espejo, porque si lo hacía empezaban los malos pensamientos, la obsesión con el peso, con mi tripa hinchada... Me ha costado tiempo aceptar que es algo normal, que es pasajero, que luego vuelvo a la normalidad, pero lo he conseguido! Ahora me río, gasto bromas sobre ello, y aunque esos días me sienta hinchada, que la ropa me aprieta, pesada ... Sé que es pasajero, que dura unos días pero que después mi cuerpo vuelve a la normalidad. Y ya está. Y de mientras, me imagino a mis ovarios queriendo jugar conmigo convirtiéndome en un globo😬 Y a ti, te afecta el estar con la regla?tienes algún truco para sobrellevarlo mejor? Te animo a que lo compartas!💙😊 #illustration #ilustracion #viñeta #comicstrip #comic #character #characterillustration #dibujo #gases #globo #tca #mentalhealthawareness #tupuedes #recoveryart #recoveryispossible #ed #mentalhealth #noshame #anorexia #bulimia #salvavidas #trastornosalimentarios #saludmental #pelaeldiente #lavidaendibujo #ilustrationgram #pickoftheday #barcelona #yotambienquisesercomoanaymia
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