Personal work, graphite and colored pencil on toned paper. Pose referenced from here.
I have been sick for the last 3 years with a still undiagnosed illness that causes severe chronic pain, radiating from my side to the entire left side of my body. Some days it’s all I can do to get out of bed, but I still fight to live a full and vibrant life each and every day.
My advice is to get help — to find a good therapist and figure out what works for you.
For me: I take medication daily and have for many years. I also try to exercise a lot, because there’s some evidence that exercise lessens the symptoms of anxiety, and I try to use the strategies that I’ve learned in cognitive behavioral therapy to cope with my illness. But it’s a chronic illness and it hasn’t, like, gone into remission or anything for me. It’s something I live with, something that I’ve integrated into my life. And we all have to integrate stuff into our lives, whether it’s mental illness or physical disability or whatever.
There is hope. There is treatment. You are not alone, and while I know the struggle feels at times completely hopeless and futile, there is a far shore for the vast majority of people, and I wish you the best.
In his Reddit AMA, author Josh Green answer’s a reader’s question about living with depression and anxiety. Pair with this excellent read on our culture and costs of anxiety, then see how mood science offers a new understanding of depression.
Also see Green’s superb advice to aspiring writers and creators of all stripes.(via explore-blog)
Samantha Keely Smith, Harbinger (2014)
"The artwork represents a striving to reconcile the inner world of instinct and emotions, with an external world that is both beautiful and hostile in its natural grandeur. It is an attempt to map the place where these worlds intersect. The paintings are an investigation of the struggle between a variety of human impulses: impulses that are as necessary as they are contradictory, and which therefore constantly undermine our psychic and social coherence even as they endow us with vitality, soul, and life." - Artist’s Statement
Artist Samantha Keely Smith paints breathtaking abstract landscapes that resemble the swirling waters of the ocean. Using oil paint, enamel, and shellac, Smith builds up multiple translucent layers of color, alternating between soft brushstrokes and large, sweeping gestures to evoke crashing waves, surging tides, and stormy floods.
// Selected by Sunil
Over three years James Mollison photographed fans outside different concerts for his project The Disciples. ”As I photographed the project I began to see how the concerts became events for people to come together with surrogate ‘families’, a chance to relive their youth or try and be part of a scene that happened before they were born.”
- The Cure
The ability to forgive oneself. Stop here for a few breaths and think about this, because it is the key to making art and very possibly the key to finding any semblance of happiness in life. Every time I have set out to translate the book (or story, or hopelessly long essay) that exists in such brilliant detail on the big screen of my limbic system onto a piece of paper (which, let’s face it, was once a towering tree crowned with leaves and a home to birds), I grieve for my own lack of talent and intelligence. Every. Single. Time. Were I smarter, more gifted, I could pin down a closer facsimile of the wonders I see. I believe that, more than anything else, this grief of constantly having to face down our own inadequacies is what keeps people from being writers. Forgiveness, therefore, is key. I can’t write the book I want to write, but I can and will write the book I am capable of writing. Again and again throughout the course of my life I will forgive myself.
Alexandra Levasseur (b. 1982, Shawinigan, Qc, Canada) - 1: Limbo #3, 2012 2: Dancer III, 2013 3: Summer Games II, 2012 4: Sonambula, 2011 5: Self-Sabotage II, 2013 6: Playing With Fire II, 2013 7: Croix, 2013 8: Pyromania, 2013 9: Burning Hands, 2013 10: Chassé Croisé, 2013 Drawings: Acrylics, Colored Pencils on Paper