Saturday, February 16, 2013

change is good

"Change is Good" - mixed media on canvas
At least that's what I keep telling myself. Next Thursday is my last day at my art therapy job after 9 years. I'm having such mixed emotions. I made this canvas as a "going away" gift for the program. That is a tradition when a clinician leaves. It was therapeutic for me to paint. I started with layering patterned paper on the canvas and then covering a lot of it with white gesso and then some dark brown acrylic. I painted the tree with acrylics. I did a similar tree a few years ago after watching the movie Avatar. I loved the colorful, odd, trees and flowers. I punched out several butterflies out of patterned paper and layered them so they appear 3-D. I also added a few rhinestones and calender washi tape to represent the years I spent there. The letters are basic black vinyl letters. I wanted them bold. The painting is purposely darker in the upper left and gradually gets lighter in the upper left. It represents my mixed feelings. I have been feeling very burnt out for a long time and this is a needed change though I wish it could have been under my terms. I feel a bit cheated and angry. I'm trying to let go of that and face this as an opportunity. I'm just really scared. Here are a few close ups...


closeup of butterflies and the brightness

tree and calendar that represents myself and my time



Thanks for looking. Happy Saturday!

4 comments:

Crystal said...

Your painting is very pretty. Change is never easy.

Tracy said...

Your art is stunning.
Sorry you feel cheated about having to leave your job.
I am sure there are better things out there for you.

Staci said...

What a powerful piece of art! I love it!

byondbzr said...

That is gorgeous, i too find painting to be therapeutic!

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