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Orange Poppies

by swiftriverarts , February 14, 2009—12:00 AM

Topics: art therapy, impressionism

I've lived in New England all my life. This has been a bad winter everywhere, but a few warm days in February have given me hope that Spring is around the corner...I started painting one day and found myself painting a series of flowers - this is the first - bright orange poppies on yellow background. My art tends to express my mood, whether I'm aware of it at the time or not. Art is truly my therapy… Continue reading… 0 comments

The healing nature of art continues to be a theme in my painting. This painting, one of several in the "Storm" series was done early in the academic year, right after a full time faculty member had resigned with very little notice. As I scrambled to find part time faculty to teach his classes, with less than a week go go before the semester began I was feeling stressed/anxious/a little angry/a little abandoned/ and very sad to have lost a very good friend and colleague. As I often do when I'm feeling stressed/anxious/etc. I started painting, and kept painting for quite a while. I was working with acrylics and mixed media on 6 _ 6 canvases and the energy just seemed to flow out of me… Continue reading… 4 comments

Autumn Fields

by swiftriverarts , November 19, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: Abstract Expressionism, art therapy

It's been a while since I've posted anything up here. I've been busy painting, too busy to take photos and post them here. There will be more photos in the next few days. This is a mixed media painting - the colors and depth reminded me of autumn fields. I'm pretty focused on abstract expressionism right now, and find it to be very catharic and healing. This weekend I'm going to be at a new business in Northampton - "Valley Hands: Watch Art Develop Gallery" to do some painting. This unique new venue, housed in a storefront, combines a gallery with a space for artists to work in full view of the public. The idea is to increase exposure to the arts, and give artists a place to display their work on a rotating basis. They are open on weekends - Friday 2-8 p.m… Continue reading… 0 comments

By professional training, I am a teacher, and I teach psychology and human services at the college level. Quite often the angst of my student's lives (not to mention my own angst) are reflected in my painting. This painting surfaced not long after a student let me know how angry she was at me, after I, playing devil's advocate as I so often do, challenged her assumptions, and asked her to reflect on her own emotions. I'm not quite sure if this painting reflects my emotions, or hers, or most likely, a bit of both. The Abstract Expressionists have it right, in my mind, with their idea that mood can be relected in art. Deep reds, red-orange, and a hint of yellow - anger, fear, anxiety, energy? What is your impression? Please visit http://artidContinue reading… 0 comments

I'm having fun experimenting and playing with color, and trying new painting techniques. This one is painted on acrylic paint paper. The burst of color in the middle has some sparkles in it from using a little glitter glue mixed into the paint. I wish you could see the subtle shimmer that the deep blue has. To me, it evokes a sense of calm energy, if there is such a thing...when I'm painting I feel a calming energy coming over me as I get lost in the colors. It is a lovely form of art therapy… Continue reading… 1 comment

I have been exploring color, and working with mixed media and other painting techniques. Painting is so therapeutic. This painting was done on mat board. My inner child is having a wonderful time breaking rules and coloring outside the lines in a series of color studies. I first glued wrinkled tissue paper in dark green, lime green, and teal on the board, let it dry a bit, and then began painting over the tissue paper. There is a wonderful texture and depth in the painting that is harder to see in the photo. The big patch of yellow in the middle just seemed to need the dark green, almost black, stripe to complete the mood. I got my camera back from the repair shop, so I have a lot of new paintings to post on my site at Thanks for looking 0 comments