Bloopers are fun right? When recording the episode for Mental Health in Fiction we had the recorder on for a bit before and after (and some in the middle that was cut) of the main episode. I thought I’d share a bit of that with you listeners for fun, and because as soon as we stopped the show we remembered so many things we forgot to talk about. I also update you on my computer issues and Patreon stuff.
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Mental Health representation is important because a good portion of the community deals with mental health in one way or the other. Either directly experiencing it or supporting those dealing with it. Claire Laffar, Andy Luke, Tek, and Nuchtchas talk about mental health representation, what’s good out there, what’s not, what we’d like to see, and who is being a good role model.
This semicolon mixed media painting is a continuation of the piece I drew earlier for #projectsemicolon. I said I wanted to continue on with this theme, and I’m sure I will do more in the future. I wanted to finish lent off with a piece that was meaningful to me, and this concept is one of the most powerful that I worked on this year. I made it through lent without missing a single day, and I wrote more about each piece and reflected on my work. I really enjoyed this process and it did for me what I set out for it to do. I hope you enjoyed the journey with me. Stay tuned for more Daily Creativity throughout the year.
This time I drew the tattooed wrist with a semicolon to represent mental health. I painted inside the heart with the colors for mental health awareness in watercolor. To me watercolor is a very controlled medium so I wanted to use that for the inside. I used soft pastels on outside of the heart in other colors. For me pastels are wild and uncontrollable, like the outside world and outside forces. The pastels got a bit darker than I had planned, but I think it worked out, the tattoo in the heart looks like a beacon of hope I think.
I first painted the watercolor section and then I masked that section with frisket and then did the pastels, so the pastels wouldn’t take over the painted section. I then used fixative to settle the pastels, and then removed the frisket. Note to self, and other artists, really make sure the watercolor is dry before applying frisket, even if you think it’s dry, wait longer, it will stick when wet. I had to match two spots because it wasn’t fully dry.
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Today I learned about #projectsemicolon, I’d seen some tattoos of semicolons before but didn’t get the significance till I saw the hashtag. The main idea, as I was able to learn (correct me if I get anything wrong or left anything out) is that it’s raising awareness for mental illness, for living with mental illness, and many get the tattoos to remind themselves that they are more than their diagnosis. A semicolon is a pause, it’s not the end of a sentence, it’s a pause that joins two thoughts. It’s kind of beautiful to think about. In editing, I’m often against the use of a semicolon, there are very rare times when they are appropriate. Yet with this, it just makes perfect sense and it is totally appropriate. I have many friends and family living with mental illness. They are amazing people and I love them with all of my heart. I have leanings myself, I think we all do, but I won’t co-opt their struggle. I can only support and love. In that idea I made this art. Drawn from a friend’s tattoo I made the inside of the heart in ink, permanent, like a diagnosis, like a tattoo. The outside of the heart is sketchy pencil, and the edge of the notebook paper. Rough, changeable, noisy, like the world.
To my friends effected, I love you so much. I’m thinking of you today.
Ink and Pencil on paper.
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