Healing with the Arts - The Expressive Portrait

Healing with the Arts is a project documenting how to process feelings and conditions by using visual art

 

The project is showing my own process in practice. My motivation for this project was to bring my inner essence out again. It had been buried by too much work and physical exhaustion over a long period of time

 

I made a series of Expressive Portraits and inner pictures, using guided imagery and dancing to carry the process forward whenever I felt stuck or was in doubts 

 

The inner pictures were a turning point: They helped to shift from feelings of burnout to authenticity and self-acceptance

with my final portrait in loving relationship
with my final portrait in loving relationship
looking at myself full of self-criticism
looking at myself full of self-criticism
do I like myself?
do I like myself?
why am I looking so frustrated?
why am I looking so frustrated?
wanting to feel better
wanting to feel better

a melancholy I can't explain
a melancholy I can't explain
something is frozen in
something is frozen in
feelling tired and empty
feelling tired and empty
hoping for a change
hoping for a change

inner critic hello back!
inner critic hello back!
presenting in public: disciplined
presenting in public: disciplined
my feel of daily struggle
my feel of daily struggle
risking fun!
risking fun!

daring a smile
daring a smile
the inner joy is shining through
the inner joy is shining through
exploring the melancholic sadness
exploring the melancholic sadness
 exhausted again
exhausted again

how I see myself during worktime: frustrated
how I see myself during worktime: frustrated

inner picture by guided imagery

imagining my customers seeing me: nourishing
imagining my customers seeing me: nourishing

inner picture by guided imagery

finding dignity and personal power
finding dignity and personal power
integrating melancholy and joy
integrating melancholy and joy

Welcoming whatever there is ... is the first step into the right direction for to heal. You can rely on your body sense and the life forward direction of creativity when tapping into this direction. It's an ongoing process, always open for the next surprize!


Want to do your own process of Healing with the Arts? - Join my workshops!