2018: The Year of the Journal and Healing with Art

This year I am connecting with my roots as an artist. Why do I make art? It’s not for a career, for money or for recognition. It’s for myself. For my own self-healing and personal expression which helps me cope with life.

I’ve been dabbling with some online courses and creating some journals to record the experiments.

Below are some pages from my ‘Healing with the Arts’ journal.

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The inner critic


What are the obstacles and barriers that stand in my way?


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Spirit animal: the stag!

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The above exercises are from a  course on Coursera and called ‘Healing with the Arts’ from the University of Florida.

You can find a link to the course here-  About this course: Through art projects—including visual arts, dance, writing, and music—along with spiritual practices and guided imagery, Healing With the Arts gives you the tools to heal what you need to heal in your life: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Coursera offers video lectures, readings and peer assessed assignments. It uses a combination of therapeutic expressive art modalities in a 6 week format. I keep extending my deadlines on this one so I can take my time with it- you have six months to complete this can switch sessions as needed.

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Another online course is from Udemy and is called ‘Arts Therapy- Arts Therapy for Self Healing’.

Here is the link: Art Therapy : Therapeutic Art and The Healing Process of Therapeutic Art For Self Expression and Self Healing


This course has a plethora of activities and techniques to try out. It is presented in this animated format. I was a bit disappointed with this at first, but quickly grew to enjoy it and find it strangely hypnotic.

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Here’s my journal entry for creating Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Truth be told I signed onto this course a year ago and have done about 25%- and that’s OK, there are no deadlines with this one, you go at your own rate.


In conclusion, I will continue working on my Butoh dance journal in 2018. For me this is an exploration of the shadow and healing through pen and ink figurative studies using secondary source imagery; photos I find online of Butoh dancers.

You can read a telling blog article about healing and Butoh, click here: Butoh and My Right to Heal. 

Below- pages from Butoh visual journal


I wish you all a creative 2018 with lots of health, healing and abundance.