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As the clouds lift over Glenderattera / 11 June 2015

As I recover from another spell of immobility and days of migraines, I am reminded of the therapeutic nature of creativity. Even in its memory it helps to maintain some sense of worth and fulfilment, keeping the wolves of depression at bay.

I have chosen to show a painting from a current project, one that enables me to travel, see beautiful countryside, take photos and ultimately paint. All of these activities are part of the creative journey that culminates in finished artwork, but more than this, they are activities that give me some quality in my life.

The finished article is secondary and I would recommend such actions even to non-creatives. Just getting out there, maybe take some photos: who cares if they are any good or if anyone sees them, on days like today, for me, the memory is enough alongside the knowledge that I will be back out there again soon.

This painting from the Lakes is “As the clouds lift over Glenderattera” 2015. We could discuss the work in its artistic, conceptual form, but today I am looking at it just to give me a reminder and a little lift. There are enough good days to make it worthwhile!


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