Heal­ing tools

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ImagineFX is such an awe­some re­source for artists of all back­grounds. I specif­i­cally wanted to share my ap­pre­ci­a­tion of is­sue 137’s Art Ther­apy For Artists ar­ti­cle and also thank the artists who par­tic­i­pated. As a work­ing artist for the past 15 years, I can agree that cre­ativ­ity and imag­i­na­tion are in­stru­ments for our self­aware­ness and heal­ing.

The at­tached self-por­trait was cre­ated dur­ing a per­sonal cri­sis that af­fected both my men­tal and phys­i­cal health. At the time I had only my art­work to con­fide in, and I found my­self send­ing all my ques­tions and sor­row into the work. It’s so easy to drown in pro­duc­tiv­ity and so­cial net­work­ing, that we for­get to make time for our­selves through our art. Over time, and with each pass of graphite and wash of paint, the an­swers I needed gen­tly emerged through this self-por­trait. Call it a higher power, in­tu­ition, or in­spi­ra­tion, but the prac­tice of art-mak­ing is like an elec­tric con­duit for wis­dom and trans­for­ma­tion.

I be­lieve my artistry is my truest friend and will take care of me when I take care of it. I en­cour­age those ma­ture artists out there to stop and re­mem­ber why they love mak­ing things. Be sure you haven’t lost that child­hood magic in your cre­ative process! It’s never too late to re­assess your cre­ativ­ity, and no time will be wasted when the time spent brings you closer to your truest path. Bless­ings friends. Daniel Lovely, via email Beren replies Many thanks for writ­ing in and shar­ing that Daniel. Though you’ve clearly had a time of in­di­vid­ual strug­gle, it must be very re­as­sur­ing for other artists to hear how your art guided you through that pe­riod and brought you out the other side seem­ingly with a re­newed ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the skill and process. Good for you. We would love to hear other artists sto­ries on this, so do get in touch.

Daniel Lovely has used his art, such as this self-por­trait (above), to help him through some tougher times.

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