Saturday, November 27, 2021

Photo Collage Therapy

Some of you may have noticed that I'm not the kind of person who sticks to one art form or expression of creativity.  My muse seems to be quite fickle and I always want to try and learn new things.  I really wish I would remember this more often when it comes to investing in art supplies.  Then again, I never know what I will need!

However, my latest creative projects have not involved any art supplies at all.  They are completely digital photo collages I am making from royalty free stock photos.  They grew from my ongoing obsession with making memes for my I Believe In Art Facebook Pages and for other projects I am collaborating on with others.  At first I was just combining other people's quotes with other people's images but then I found myself combining and layering those images and adding my own words.

This has become my art therapy, which was especially therapeutic for me this last week during the Thanksgiving holiday, which I chose not to celebrate.

The images that I made (below) may seem sad and lonely but they are really just an acknowledgement and an acceptance of the space that exists between me and certain other people in my life; some people can only love us from afar and vice versa and that's okay.  It doesn't mean there is anything wrong with them or with me.  It just is what it is and accepting it allows me to devote energy to myself and to those who are closer to me or to whoever or whatever most needs it.

I have some more images in the works that I plan to share soon.  Though mostly I am doing these for my own catharsis and enjoyment, I hope they can bring comfort and encouragement to others as well.  Feel free to share them with your circle but I hope you will credit me, Victoria Lynn Hall, and provide a link to this page or blog as well. I've listed the sources and linked to the photographs I used below each collage.

Here's my 2 Thanksgiving therapy images:

She stopped making all the effort and the ones who made her feel invisible disappeared
- Victoria Lynn Hall

Photo sources:
Red Fox - Isselee - Dreamstime

Of course they mean it when they say, "I miss you".  They just don't mean it enough.
- Victoria Lynn Hall

Photo sources:

Until next time,


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Art Now, Housework Later

I love this quote by Clarissa Pinkola Est├ęs, (from Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype):

“I've seen women insist on cleaning everything in the house before they could sit down to write... and you know it's a funny thing about housecleaning... it never comes to an end. Perfect way to stop a woman. A woman must be careful to not allow over-responsibility (or over-respectabilty) to steal her necessary creative rests, riffs, and raptures. She simply must put her foot down and say no to half of what she believes she "should" be doing. Art is not meant to be created in stolen moments only.”

This is exactly why my philosophy is Art Now, Housework Later!

Monday, October 25, 2021

Be Your Own Kind Of Artist

Some artists paint or draw every day, some artists paint or draw only when they really want to or need to or can find the time, some artists sell their art, some artists just make art for their own enjoyment and healing, some artists share their work on social media, some artists only share their work with people close to them, some artists went to art school, some artists taught themselves how to make art... There is no right or wrong way to be an artist, there is only your way. Define that for yourself and Be Your Own Kind Of Artist.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

{Quote} The Troublesome Parts of Our Work

 Struggle leads to breakthrough.  Keep Going.

"The troublesome parts of our work, the parts that are most baffling and frustrating, are in fact the growing edges. We see these opportunities the instant we drop our preconceptions and our self-importance." 

Stephen Nachmanovitch