Art Share: What Depression Looks Like

I’ve been wanting to blog more about depression and mental illness lately, but it’s hard for me to come up with the words to frame what’s on my mind.

I’ll start with this.

I have severe clinical depression. I was diagnosed in my teens but wasn’t able to get consistent treatment because my family had no health coverage. I sought treatment myself in my 20s, but was homeless at the time, so I missed a lot of appointments and was eventually dropped from the low-cost program I was in. (I use a wheelchair and transportation is challenging when you are not homeless.)

Transportation remains a major obstacle to consistent treatment. I have reached out to local clinics and therapists in my area. They all refer me to volunteer groups that provide free transpo to appointments. Those groups then tell me that they don’t offer rides to individuals who use wheelchairs due to liability concerns. They refer me to Medicaid, which I don’t qualify for, and local paratransit, which is nearly impossible for me to use because you can end up riding around in the van for over an hour picking up other riders. This causes migraines every time.

So, art is my primary coping mechanism and form of therapeutic self-treatment.

This is what depression looks like.  I’ll talk more about it next Monday.

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Art Share: Help, I’m Stuck 3

 

This is both an art share and a texture resource recommendation.  Like last week, the pieces I’m sharing includes high res grunge textures created from paper scans and inkstamping.

I want to show you how adding different textures can alter the look and feel of a piece.  First, I took a version of a splatter painting that I made at the end of May:

Image260And then added these two texture composites, which I made a couple of weeks ago.

 

And got these:

The base of the texture composites is from this set of paper textures, while the splatters and grungier elements of  came from this set of inkstamp grunge textures.  Most of the other detail is my own work, added with my go to grunge brushes.

 

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Art Share: Help, I’m Stuck 2

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This is both an art share and a texture resource recommendation.  Like last week, the pieces I’m sharing includes high res grunge textures created from paper scans and inkstamping.  They’re from the same batch of doodles as last week, just a way to get my mind to loosen up.

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Art Share: Help, I’m Stuck

 

This is both an art share and a texture resource recommendation.  The piece I’m sharing includes high res grunge textures created from paper scans and inkstamping.  I did this one to help me get “unstuck with my writing project, so you can see how my art overlaps with the writing.

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The grungier elements of this one came from this set of inkstamp grunge textures that I got as a freebie from CreativeMarket a few weeks ago.

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[Texture Tuesday] Free to Use Texture

Free texture or scrapbook paper 12×12 in, 3600×3600

Spring theme,textured gradient and dust

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Piecing It Together 4

100×100 pixel icon textures were the first type of abstract art I tried. This set is cut from my recent art share, The 80s Threw Up. I added some paper texture to these for more depth.

I made icon textures for years before realizing that I did it as a form of meditation or therapy. My process is/was to take a larger artwork and crop it into uniform colored sets like this. I have way more than I’ll ever use, and I’m sorry that the 100×100 avatar/icon seems to be a dying art. I’ve decided to post these anyway because I’m using my “LJ” techniques to build a new style.

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Piecing It Together 3

100×100 pixel icon textures were the first type of abstract art I tried. This set is cut from my recent art share, The 80s Threw Up. I added some paper texture to these for more depth.

I made icon textures for years before realizing that I did it as a form of meditation or therapy. My process is/was to take a larger artwork and crop it into uniform colored sets like this. I have way more than I’ll ever use, and I’m sorry that the 100×100 avatar/icon seems to be a dying art. I’ve decided to post these anyway because I’m using my “LJ” techniques to build a new style.

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