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Wilde Woman


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Posted Sat Jan 8th, 2011 3:28pm Post subject: Art and manic depression/bipolar

Tentatively peeping in to see what others have been up to.

Thank God for creative outlets is all I can say. Splat, scribble, bash. Don't care what it looks like right now, it helps get the bad emotions and demon thoughts out my system. It could be throwing a tantrum... but it's also a valid form of experimenting too but without the thinking brain on, without caring and being fussy about the result. No one else will ever see it so who cares?

Technique and all the different styles for me comes only when I've calmed down to be able to concentrate enough to learn. That's when my thinking brain gets switched on again.

Cartoonguy is right Susanne85... find your own style. The way to do it is to try everything though and it will come. Am always jealous of beginners with all the delights still uncovered. Jewels and gems of every description lie before you. All too easily can we end up only ever looking at the rubies. If I have a resolution for 2011 is not to do that.

Here's to a highly exciting and productively creative New Year!

Hugs xxx

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http://mindwalking-ajournalofdiscovery.blogspot.com/
It's the one who haven't been assessed I'm scared of!

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Wilde Woman


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Posted Sat Jan 8th, 2011 3:37pm Post subject: Art and manic depression/bipolar

MrCartoonguy said:
If you have a CPN speak to them...they sometimes offer things in art. There are many schemes. We have one here called Art in mind.

http://www.artinminds.org.uk/

Thank you for this link... I didn't know about it... if you have anymore like it please share. If you can PM me too with them that would be fab as I'm limiting my socialising at the moment and diving into full-blown creative mode for a bit.

It's mainly to catch up on not having had the time to do stuff for a bit.

My Blogsites:
http://mindwalking-ajournalofdiscovery.blogspot.com/
It's the one who haven't been assessed I'm scared of!

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Susanne85


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Posted Sun Jan 9th, 2011 6:40pm Post subject: Art and manic depression/bipolar

MrCartoonguy said:
I hope this does work out for you Susanne85. It would give you some amazing skills. However, you really do have the aptitude and excellent creative skills to do your own thing. You could take from this artist and adapt. I wish you all the best.

Thank you very much for the support I want to learn the basics and different techniques and the one thing I really like to learn is how to paint tight lines. I wish you the best too and hope you continue to make comics and paintings.


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Susanne85


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Posted Sun Jan 9th, 2011 6:48pm Post subject: Art and manic depression/bipolar

Wilde Woman said:

Here's to a highly exciting and productively creative New Year!

I toast with you on that one


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Tabascofanatikerin


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Posted Thu Jan 13th, 2011 10:34pm Post subject: Art and manic depression/bipolar

Oh art and manic depression...an useful topic!

As I already told in the "Introduce yourself" thread here...what I like to do against depression is creating something. Generally it's something drawn (like with pencil) or painted (like with Indian ink).
I have done a bunch but I'm only going to show three examples.

Let's begin chronically.
The following one is the oldest and ugliest piece but still one with bad memories on it:


No, that's not how I look like. And I made a spelling mistake, yeah.
But it shows pretty well how I felt back then in 2003 when I seriously wanted to die and couldn't really handle my emotional downs.

The next one is way more colourful:


I simply called it "Selbstmord" (german for "suicide" ) and made it in 2006. I also wanted to test my colouring skills with it.
Maybe my idea behind it was like: if I shall not die then a fictional person on person should do this for me.
And the rainbow dress symbolizes the way other people might ignore the problem inside the person's soul and they only wanna see the good and happy things.

Last example and from 2007:

This was when I not only had pain in the soul but also in the body (I can easily get afraid of something like failure. And when I get afraid there's a lot of stomache ache).
Sometimes you feel you get ripped apart by it.

Personally I think it's a good thing when you can pull yourself together to create art when you're down. I also experienced it like others here when you sometimes only feel like sitting there and do nothing at all.

Always remember: The answer is forty-two, there can only be wrong questions!

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MrCartoonguy


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Posted Fri Jan 14th, 2011 4:38pm Post subject: Art and manic depression/bipolar

Thank you for adding this work you have done and for sharing. I can see that you can do some great pictures and I liked how they evolved through the years.
I can imagine you doing some powerful works for magazines, comics or newspapers.

Thanks

Reality is contigent; the only permanent concept in the multiverse is change - death. We are born into it and it follows us.

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katysara


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Posted Fri Jan 14th, 2011 7:14pm Post subject: Art and manic depression/bipolar

Tabascofanatikerin, I love your art. KSx

I am an administrator on this site.

"Having a great intellect is no path to being happy."
~ Stephen Fry

See my website: www.katysaraculling.com

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katysara


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Posted Fri Jan 14th, 2011 7:15pm Post subject: Art and manic depression/bipolar

Tabascofanatikerin, I love your art. KSx

I am an administrator on this site.

"Having a great intellect is no path to being happy."
~ Stephen Fry

See my website: www.katysaraculling.com

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katysara


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Posted Fri Jan 14th, 2011 7:15pm Post subject: Art and manic depression/bipolar

Tabascofanatikerin, I love your art. KSx

I am an administrator on this site.

"Having a great intellect is no path to being happy."
~ Stephen Fry

See my website: www.katysaraculling.com

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Vampyros


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Posted Mon Jan 17th, 2011 12:20am Post subject: Art and manic depression/bipolar

Love your art work MrCartoonGuy, I have started painting to relax my other hobbies get me too fired up and I don't rest. I needed something that I could escape into without it firing all cylinders and art seems to do that. Also the mood disorder group that I have started here in the North East of England meets at the local arts forum. We are hoping to work slowly with the arts groups to encourage people to find a creative rather than destructive outlet.

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MrCartoonguy


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Posted Mon Jan 17th, 2011 9:45am Post subject: Art and manic depression/bipolar

Thank you Vampyros, I like compliments they make me feel good :).
Yes, you are right about the therapeutic values of painting/art. It has helped me and at times art has almost driven me crazy. It has been hard trying to find the way I work and I am still finding this. I have gone back to my routes and begun caricatures but with oils this times. However, the other aspect I love is when I make something from the inside which is floating around. You know? Something more expressive or strong that is in the heart has more release value or personal statement that an oil painted caricature.
I am planning on painting a couple of celebs soon and Mr Fry is among them and Bill Murray because I love his face. Bill Murray has a face of slight optimism which holds a dysthymic and cavalier front.
The trouble starts when the art list grows in account with all the ideas and the time is not always there.
Most of all, I thank you for your compliments.
I hope your art blooms and you enjoy it, please do post it on here if you feel happy to do so.

Reality is contigent; the only permanent concept in the multiverse is change - death. We are born into it and it follows us.

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MrCartoonguy


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Posted Mon Jan 17th, 2011 9:52am Post subject: Art and manic depression/bipolar

Thank you Vampyros, I like compliments they make me feel good :).
Yes, you are right about the therapeutic values of painting/art. It has helped me and at times art has almost driven me crazy. It has been hard trying to find the way I work and I am still finding this. I have gone back to my routes and begun caricatures but with oils this times. However, the other aspect I love is when I make something from the inside which is floating around. You know? Something more expressive or strong that is in the heart has more release value or personal statement that an oil painted caricature.
I am planning on painting a couple of celebs soon and Mr Fry is among them and Bill Murray because I love his face. Bill Murray has a face of slight optimism which holds a dysthymic and cavalier front.
The trouble starts when the art list grows in account with all the ideas and the time is not always there.
Most of all, I thank you for your compliments.
I hope your art blooms and you enjoy it, please do post it on here if you feel happy to do so.

Reality is contigent; the only permanent concept in the multiverse is change - death. We are born into it and it follows us.

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MrCartoonguy


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Posted Tue Jan 18th, 2011 2:45pm Post subject: Art and manic depression/bipolar

In a game of pushnote hide and seek here. My escapologist friend is searching for me. Mrcartoon s has @ some cartoons at Piczo.com

That's where I am.

Reality is contigent; the only permanent concept in the multiverse is change - death. We are born into it and it follows us.

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elTweeno


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Posted Mon Jan 31st, 2011 2:34pm Post subject: Art and manic depression/bipolar

This is such an awesome idea for a thread - you've all got such talent!

I'm currently not feeling my best, and merely distracting myself with the net, but when I feel ok again - and my self-confidence returns - I promise I'll post some of my own work here too

eT

I'm also on Twitter: elTweeno (of course!)

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Wilde Woman


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Posted Tue Feb 1st, 2011 2:08pm Post subject: Art and manic depression/bipolar

Susanne85 said:
I toast with you on that one

Cheers (hic!) honey. I did try being creative when drunk, and then again when stoned once... I ended up slashing a canvas to ribbons but it was fun at the time and extremely theraputic!

Recently posted a Vision Board to help me to focus on how I'd like to develop artistically.

it's funny isn't how you're never satisfied with your own work and always admire everyone elses! Such is the life of an artist. Sod it I say and just keep doing your own thing. Very occasionally I hit on something I am proud of!

My Blogsites:
http://mindwalking-ajournalofdiscovery.blogspot.com/
It's the one who haven't been assessed I'm scared of!

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