By: Amy Maricle
People often ask whether I use art in my personal life. I do! In fact, I use it in a number of different ways:
- To create beauty – I want to make something beautiful that makes me feel proud
- To pray – Focusing on nature in art connects me to something larger
- To shift my feelings or perspective – Describing a situation in the abstract can be enlightening and cathartic
Art for the Sake of Beauty
Big Sky, 2008
This painting was inspired by a photograph I took in California. I took a lot of license with the clouds, and that was a painstaking but fun process. I love how I feel like I could lay down on the sand and stare at the clouds shifting and changing shape for hours.
Art as Prayer
Spirit Stick I, 2001
This was the first of many spirit sticks. I used a beautiful piece of driftwood and infused it with the energy I was experiencing at a training amongst other art therapists. It feels to me like this piece vibrates energy from the earth to the sky – both grounding and uplifting me at once.
Art that Shifts My Feelings:
Cooling Fog, 2013
I was feeling a lot of anxiety about something, and could feel it physically in my chest. I wanted to get rid of it. This piece began as an orange circle. It reflected the burning feeling in my chest. I added in cooler colors around the circle, working, smudging, and dissipating the burning orange color. After about an hour, the blues and greys became a balm that cooled the image, and soothed the feeling in my chest. Smudging, moving, and smoothing the colors in this piece brought both physical and emotional release for me.
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