What are Arts & Art Therapy? In this forum, Arts & Art Therapy will be curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Art is a visual representation of the inner and outer world as seen through the eyes of the artist. At All Things Healing, art therapy is curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Learn more about art therapy – healing art therapy & visual art therapy by visiting us online today!

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(Asst Editor: Karen Adler, Dip TPAT)  Karen Stabley is a speaker, therapist, relationship coach and teacher. Karen is an interactive, solution-focused therapist with a tr...
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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Anise Bullimore shares a beautiful and deeply personal talk about her experience with breast cancer. She describes how art helped her to heal and also to understand her experience and emotions. It is a very inspiring and positive talk.


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by Jeanine Austin, PhD, CHt

Charles Feildelson Jr., Yale professor, said that “Life is a series of little deaths out of which life always returns.” Most of us, at least by midlife, have discerned the truth about this affirmation. Life is comprised of loses, some gut wrenching and perhaps others more benign, but with each transition or death something new is brought forth...

Note: Learn about the day of the dead through the eyes of Dr. Jeanine Austin as she goes to Mexico to experience the love, devotion and deep-rooted traditions of El Muertos, The Day of the Dead. Perfect time for Halloween, to understand the concepts of death and the elements of rebirth through the sacred ceremonies and celebration of this auspicious holiday.


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Kathryn’s photography is entirely sophisticated and naturally inspiring. She draws from the simple things in nature, allowing images to glowwith an inner beauty. A single leaf, branch, or breeze is captured into film and transformed onto a two dimensional surface. Kathryn Kolb has the extraordinary ability to infuse her photographs with a mystical and painterly persona.


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by Karen Adler, ATH Asst. Editor of Arts & Art Therapy,
Diploma Transpersonal Art Therapy, Grad Dip Material Anthropology

Stroud is a pretty little town nestled peacefully in the Karuah Valley, NSW. The verdant green and rolling hills surrounding Stroud are more reminiscent of England than of the wide brown land of Dorothea Mackellars’ poem, My Country**. Maryjane O’Dell’s house and garden in the main street of Stroud combines the quaintness of a cottage garden and a home lovingly and skillfully restored, with a quirky sense of humour. The result is a delight for the senses...


Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Maryjane O'Dell would not consider herself to be an artist but the fact is that she is one. Her home, Ye Olde Bakehouse, in Stroud, Australia is one of those places where the creativity of the owner jumps out at you. Her joy in making and constructing things is evident everywhere you look and the result is a delight for the senses.


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Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: An art therapy patient speaks about her art as being 'a window into her inner world' which gradually opened up her ability to speak about her experience of psychosis. An art therapist speaks about his work as maximising the use of the arts in the health realm and as assisting with destigmatisating mental health problems.


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I revisit a number of themes in my paintings. Death, transcendence, impermanence, all of these come up in my works over and over, subtly or overtly. I use my paintings as a means to finding the invisible patterns all around us...


Editor’s Note: Felix Eddy's artwork emphasizes the figure in new and thoughtful ways. Her artwork lens towards thematic references on Death, Transcendence and Alchemy. Hidden messages and symbolism are just the beginning to Felix Eddy's work...


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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Salvador Dali is often quoted as saying, "There is one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane, whereas I know that I am mad."  --- There often seems to be a link between creativity and mental illness. Many great artists, poets, playwrights, and composers suffered from depression, alcoholism, obsessionality, bipolar or psychotic disorders at some time in their lives. How strong is the link and what might account for it? Are these disorders beneficial to the creative process or a drawback that must be overcome?


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: The very sad news of Robin Williams has impacted people from all walks of life and from all around the globe. If anything positive can come from such a loss, it's that there's been an eruption on the internet of conversations pertaining to the nature of addiction and recovery, of mental illness and recovery. Such conversations don't cure the sadness of his family but they have the potential to open the eyes of those of us who are too quick to condemn and judge when it comes to addicts and those suffering from mental illness. It hopefully enables us to get just a glimpse of how hard it must be to recover and stay in recovery.


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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Have you ever noticed that movie trailers seem to follow a certain structure? If you have, you will enjoy this video clip which follows the prescribed format while explaining the characters thoughts, actions and dialogue in each scene! It is a very clever and entertaining artistic video! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


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by Karen Adler, Dip. Transpersonal Art Therapy,
ATH Asst. Editor of Art & Art Therapy

I came across the phrase ‘Loving Yourself 101’ in a magazine a few months ago. I don’t remember what the article was about, only that it was witty and funny and personal in that moving-without-being-sappy way that good writers can do...


Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Never have I experienced such difficulty in writing an article for All Things Healing as I have in bringing together my thoughts and feelings around the issue of self-love. Loving Yourself 101 was an idea I came up with four months ago as the basis for an art therapy workshop. Since then, I've advertised the workshop, got sick and had to cancel, the venue became unavailable, I've procrastinated endlessly, chickened out big-time, my confidence has plummeted and I've questioned my whole worth as an art therapist. All as a result of doubting the validity and necessity of loving oneself - go figure! Physician - heal thyself, i say.


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by Justine Potter

The arts have always been a significant part of my life. From being dragged along to numerous exhibition openings as a child, to co-ordinating one of the art world’s biggest celebrations - the opening of Tate Modern in London in 2000 - I have always valued the impact of the arts and culture on community and individual wellbeing...




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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: This is political satire art about the development of Suburbia and conformist middle-class ideals. There are references to "little boxes" of different colors which refer to suburban tract housing. Nancy Reynolds is the artist/songwriter and political activist who wrote this song in the early 1960's when she saw the housing developments around Daly City, California. Her daughter describes the creating of this piece, "My mother and father were driving South from San Francisco through Daly City when my mom got the idea for the song. She asked my dad to take the wheel, and she wrote it on the way to the gathering in La Honda where she was going to sing for the Friends Committee on Legislation. When Time magazine (I think, maybe Newsweek) wanted a photo of her pointing to the very place, she couldn’t find those houses because so many more had been built around them that the hillsides were totally covered.


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The Alternate Selves of the Artist

Sonia Weiss Durga 1929-2008

Art can be used to heal a psyche or express parts of that psyche that have no other avenue of expression. Sonia Weiss Durga's art is a good example of this. She was a deep, complex person with many aspects to her being.



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