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Depression Ten Ways Artist Battle

Depression and art is it a problem for me? Yes and many other artist. Depression kills my creativity leaving me with weeks and sometimes months when I need to push myself to do any art work.

Cycles of depression can be brought on by weather changes, seasonal sickness and emotional changes. The worse cause is changes brought on by a divorce, death or illness because of the gamete of emotions that follow a loss. My desire to take my ideas and use them creatively is at the lowest when depression is at its worse.

Finding the strength to just get up is a struggle, so you can imagine how difficult it is to work at home. You don’t have a time card the only thing that you know is if you don’t work your bills don’t get paid. So many of us work outside the home because the bills have to be paid. This is a blow to our self-esteem because it leaves you feeling defeated.

Artist who suffer from depression also turn to drugs and alcohol to fill the void of not being able to do what they love. Discipline is hard because your energy is going everywhere except to create. I find ways to cope with taking care of everyday life and scheduling time to do what I feel I was born to do.

Finding ways to be creative is in everything I do. When I cook I have to have balance between the colors, taste and presentation for every meal. I am compulsive about the details in everything I do. Presentation is as important to me and is my main focus in my home, myself and everything I do.

Now I have the time to work in the studio but due to my heath I don’t always have the ambition or the strength. This raise my anxiety which throws me in to a depressed state of mind. I find it hard to execute any ideas to a finished piece of art. Depression is often treated with art therapy, so you can understand when I feel there is no physical energy to do what love.

Keeping in mind my accomplishments and wanting to do more art is hard. Some days I am unable to work so I pick up my computer and do what I can to gain exposer for my finished work.  It is try hard not to fall into a pattern of thinking that leads to depression because it is a viscous cycle that if let go can spiral out of control.

Vincent Van Gogh and Francisco de Goya, just two famous artist who suffered from depression. There are composer, actors, writers, musicians, dancers, scientist, students and teachers that also suffer from bouts of depression. I believe it is because we are thinkers, we think about everything. How do we present our thoughts, and talents to the world is our gift.  Any person with a creative mind over thinks every detail of life the good and the bad.

Depression is crippling to anyone with a creative mind. I found that sometimes it’s better to be alone for a while than to draw people you care about in to your viscous circle. Finding ways to battle depression is the key.

10 Ways I Battle Depression:

  1. Reach out to someone you can talk to. A therapist, Doctor or really good friend.
  2. Know your triggers for depression.
  3. Simplify your daily routine and reduce stress.
  4. Exercise is an important part of your daily routine.
  5. Read up on different methods to work through your depression.
  6. Eat foods that support your mind like omega 3 fats and incorporate them in your diet.
  7. Change negative thoughts to positive thinking.
  8. Get out in the sunshine.
  9. Concentrate on all the positive accomplishments in your life.
  10. Get up every day, get dressed and do something nice for someone else.

The hardest thing is to take action when you suffer from depression. It is hard to get moving when you’re depressed that’s why you must! Get up and do something like reach out and talk to a person that is honest and will hold you silently accountable to your word. They can help you with those coping skills that just don’t come that easy during a deep depression.

Artist needed down time to prepare for the tasks ahead of them. That doesn’t always mean they’re slipping into depression. Knowing your triggers like negative thinking and stop them before they get out of hand.

Me, I have to get up and move every day because I have ADHD and it helps my mind and my body. My compulsion to move must be directed to a physical activity; like gardening or walking my dog. This keeps my focus off what I can’t do and on what I can.

I try hard to do something nice for someone even if it is just to call and say hello. I know how I feel after and it’s all good. Sometimes talking with a friend is what I need. Taking time for a visit is even better.

Depression thrives on lack of nutrition and dehydration, I try to eat, drink my way to brain health. Since you have come to the end of this article you already are doing number 3.

Create something, put you thoughts into action…

Battle depression with action.

Battle depression raise your head and take action.

 

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Learning Disorders/ 7 Ways Artist Cope

Learning disorders effect my art. I have ADHD and dyslexia. I transpose letters, shapes, line, reading, writing, numbers and my brain doesn’t let me slow down so art is a welcome gift because it is my greatest learning tool.

Learning the same way as the majority of students wasn’t working for me. I am a very visual learner and I learn quickly. I identify color and shape with everything so you can image how pleased I am when all things come together to create a finished peace of art.

Most artist with dyslexia are very visual they see color, tone, textures and details very clearly they can communicate through their art. Everything we observe is vivid and dimensional, so we can see how we want to recreate it before we put pen to paper or brush to canvas.

ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a neurobehavioral disorder which makes it hard to control inattention and hyperactivity with hard to control impulse. Artist with this disability like me find pleasure in drawing and find that painting with water based paints work the best.

Pencil drawing is just part of learning when your an artist.

ADHD artist love to draw and it the first aid in learning your craft.

These disabilities are a blessing once you learn to embraces the possibilities. Low self esteem is the biggest handicap I dealt with growing up. Learning about art is the one place I felt that I good about myself.

How do artist cope with learning disorders while they work?

  1. We don’t see it as a disability because our imagination is so active we don’t take time to dwell.
  2. Learning new ways to put our creativity to work is just part of the experience.
  3. Artist do sculpture, draw and paint. Others become part of the TV and movie industry.
  4. Living as a visual person means your left brain works over time, so the creative process is always turned on.
  5. Live in a world wear color, shape and texture beg to be noticed and we are willing to share our vision with everyone in our art.
  6. Because we have a heighten level of observation we know when something is off. Our sense of balance between light and dark is found through out our work.
  7. Most of our work is highly emotional and shares something personal a peak into our personality.

Those of us that have learning disabilities will try all types of mediums and in doing so we find the process that supports a style that is unique to us. The subject matter is always a large part in how we work. My need to create my vision is what drives me to cope with any disability I have. My imagination and energy is what brings each piece of art to life.

As a young child myself esteem took many hits but as I got better at developing my craft nothing could replace the power I feel when I’m learning something new or creating my art. Look at your learning disability from all side and figure out how you can turn it around to work for you instead of letting it effect yourself esteem at any age.

Visual learning is not a disablility.

My brain left or right adapts to learning what it needs to create a beautiful work of art

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Texture And Color Add Balance With Depth

Creating texture with color and  with each pencil stroke or brush stroke is another way our picture area comes alive. adding color set a tone enhancing the illusion of the composition.

Every time I pick up a brush or pencil I have to make a decision to fill the picture area by setting the key. The picture area is composed of smaller picture areas. Each shape is a smaller picture area that can be filled to create the larger picture area.

Take these sections of a painting I have done, look how these sections fill the main picture area.

Each section of the picture supports the key to this art.

I love to break down the color in the fur of an animal of feathers of a bird by carrying by making the colors the texture. Building an added depth to the perspective of my subjects. Texture  in color can be become the camouflage leaving you with a piece that draws you into the center of interest with ease.

Useing color and textures in acrylic

Tree Frogs use color and textures to hide.

 

 

Artist using acrylics to fill the picture area with color and texture.

Louisiana Tree Frog

As you can see above there is more than one way to create using color and texture. The patterns in color is just one way I show areas of balance and creating the keys in the art work. Pencil is fun here you can see how texture in shades of the gray scale create balance that is throughout the picture area.

Monkeys in pencil

Using texture to create an feeling of depth and details.

 

So much of my art is about the movement between the subject and the way I draw you in to see that they are a part of this world. If your eye lingers on the subject you will see that section is filled by textures that create the fur just by my pencil stroke.

 

 

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