Tuesday, October 27, 2009

THE USE OF ART IN DEALING WITH GRIEF





July 14, 2008 my Mother was diagnoised with stage four lung cancer. Wow, at that moment my world came to a stop. It was hard was hard that first month, my heart was racing crazily, the tears just would not stop.
What to do to keep my mind from thoughts of her mortality? I found myself in my studio with a blank hardboards, encaustic all around I just began melting them and poring them on my boards. What beautiful spiritual paintings appeared. From a single rose with blackened stems feeding it's petals, this was her cancer my subconscious mind saw. Three other paintings followed with ethereal beings in them. One more floral painting with little angelic faces in it.
What I left out is that my Mother and I share a psychic side. We share the ability to help others with our intuitive intuition.
johnniebelinda.etsy.com

5 comments:

ArtSnark said...

powerful work & thoughts. Sorry to hear about your mother

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Artsnark said it beautifully, I second what she said and wanted to say also, that the power of your work moves me.

artangel said...

I'm sorry for your loss. This post really touched me; I also found that when my mum died it helped me to make some paintings as a way of expressing my feelings. This work is very expressive and beautiful.

Karen Faulkner said...

Wonderful, thank you for sharing. I too have found painting to be one of the best ways of dealing with grief. It is powerful to get those feelings out on paper and share them with others.

Amanda said...

These are beautiful!!