This site is about my life in the art studio. It includes drawings, paintings, knitting and cross stitch and fun art techniques. I will also include recipes and yoga and book reviews. This is a lifestyle blog with intentional and simple living ideas.
This post was originally on my other blog- renewingyourexpression.news.blog. I wanted to move all art related posts to this site.
Being an Art Therapist is rewarding. Being a witness to clients who improve their mental wellness, is an incredible feeling. It is also a privileged to help those who are grieving from a loss, recovering from trauma and needing just some kind words of feedback to get back on their feet.
A typical day of an Art Therapist
I am in a private practice, therefore my schedule is flexible. Some day I will see up to 6 clients, others I might see 4 clients. Some clients prefer talk therapy only, therefore I do not offer art therapy to those clients. Others, especially children work well with art therapy.
My office/art therapy studio has a desk for clients to work on.
The art therapist supplies:
markers-thin and thick tip
crayons-provide thick ones for younger children
wooden sticks and shapes
The sessions are 1 hour. Each client is different some don’t like to use art as a processing technique for counseling. I definitely consider that and respect their decisions if they want to use it. In any case, when I am planning to use art therapy for the session, I will have them start an art task towards the beginning of the session. Usually the art task will take anywhere from 10-20 minutes.
Once the client is completed with the art task, then we will process it. If it is a drawing it will be hung on the wall. If it is wet then we will leave it on the desk.
Some of the questions to process is related to why the client is seeking therapy. The art task is designed to help the client to see anxiety, depression, coping techniques, anger, hope, fear, future goals etc. Not to mention how the client managed the supplies. Some do not like pastels, some prefer paint, and the behaviors of how they show their dislike for the supplies are also processed. It gives insight to how they manage stress or manage how they respond to situations that they are not in control of. It is up to the art therapist to point out the symbols and signs and help the client connect it to their life and identify ways of coping to help in their recovery.
I renamed this blog to 4PawsArtStudio. By day I am a mental health counselor and art therapist. But my heart and soul is always about art. This is exciting news to open my doors to a business of selling art and taking commission pieces.
You will be able to purchase my art on Etsy. I will post when the store is open for business.
Below is a sample of my paintings. The style of painting I create is abstract and whimsical. Sometimes I will work in a realistic art style.
Both of these paintings will be on sell on Etsy soon.
It’s been about two months since Derby Cross Stitch has been posted.
I became extremely tired, working way too much, and just didn’t feel like stitching that much.
The little bit that was stitched wasn’t really worth a post.
Today, I was able to fix a huge counting mistake on Derby. I made the blue helmet on the jockey too big. I realized that after I stitched it, but decided at the time I would fix it when I began stitching the page below that mistake to make sure it was corrected and matched up with the stitches below it. (If any of this makes sense).
It’s not perfect but I tried to mimic the colors in that block the best I could without taking every stitch out.
I held my breath when I had the seam ripper in my hand hoping I would not put a hole on the fabric. Thankfully everything worked out!
Here is the progress of Derby Cross Stitch…
The next post most likely will be the finished face of the horse…
Happy 4th of July. Below is from Yesteryears Sweethearts cross stitch series.