The Owl that Could

So I have a little Owl. He emerged spontaneously this week after I made a collage to demonstrate how to do collage at work. I went with that idea and turned the image into an owl, and added the branch. His eyes ended up looking funky. So next, I scanned it and digitally attempted toContinue reading “The Owl that Could”

Golden Healing Art Process, Part 5, still in progress

I added a gold glaze to the entire picture to cover over where the clear gesso clumped together and wasn’t clear. It’s best not to use clear gesso over beads or anything bumpy…I thought I could be careful and wipe up the extra…after weeks it was still white certain places…but I think the gold tookContinue reading “Golden Healing Art Process, Part 5, still in progress”

Wild Hearts

This is a mixed media painting made on 01.05.23. Perhaps it’s my first art piece of the New Year. This painting was started to show others how to do collage in an art therapy group. I found one piece of paper with the words, “heart” and “wild” as well as a bunch of other randomContinue reading “Wild Hearts”

Art process, more layers: Golden Healing, Part 3

Well, I thought of a name for this painting I’ve been working on since Weds. It seems odd to keep posting art updates for an art piece that doesn’t have a title yet. A theme is emerging, so I was able to come up with a name for this art piece: Golden Healing. I’ve sinceContinue reading “Art process, more layers: Golden Healing, Part 3”

I can’t stop making art…Part 1 of paintings Golden Healing and Restoration.

Art making…it’s my coping skill. I create because I’m driven. Today, I talked about some of my sexual trauma that occurred in the military. There was a date rape where I lost my virginity and a sexually abusive relationship, I stayed in for 2.5 years, where I was raped in a violent way several times.Continue reading “I can’t stop making art…Part 1 of paintings Golden Healing and Restoration.”

PTSD Diagnosis and Recovery from a Personal and Spiritual Perspective: The Series, Parts 1-5.

Below you will find links to my series on PTSD. The links will lead to pages with videos related to PTSD, art directives, and pictures from our workshops. These videos were filmed live streamed and are part of the mental health workshops known as “Psalms 102 Ministries” being held at the River Room Church onceContinue reading “PTSD Diagnosis and Recovery from a Personal and Spiritual Perspective: The Series, Parts 1-5.”

PTSD Diagnosis and Recovery: A Personal and Spiritual Perspective Part 5

This is part 5 of a 5 part series. The page to the series can be found here: PTSD series. Topics covered in this video include forgiveness, breaking contracts/agreements; discovering meaning and destiny; thriving with a new narrative; family healing; supporting others with PTSD; and prophetic declarations and encouragement. Below are some songs and videosContinue reading “PTSD Diagnosis and Recovery: A Personal and Spiritual Perspective Part 5”

Thanksgiving Turkey!

I’m working today, but it’s a fun day! Today we are making turkeys!! I did a lot of prepping for a potential of 72 patients at a psychiatric hospital. Keep in mind that some people come into the hospital for suicide or self-harm, so it is not safe to have a whole bunch of peopleContinue reading “Thanksgiving Turkey!”

PTSD Diagnosis and Recovery: A Personal and Spiritual Perspective Part 4

This is part 4 of a 5 part series on PTSD. The page to the series can be found here: PTSD series. Part 4 addresses healing and recovery as it relates to accountability; self-image and self-esteem; learning to trust God; learning to trust others; connecting to self and others; letting go and grieving; intimacy withContinue reading “PTSD Diagnosis and Recovery: A Personal and Spiritual Perspective Part 4”

A Day of Leaves

I went out collecting fall leaves in the neighborhood today. I brought the outdoors inside at the psychiatric hospital today! I let them touch and smell the leaves, and we made art with it. I had 3 bins like this for 4 groups throughout the day. Each group could potentially have up to 15- 20Continue reading “A Day of Leaves”