If you have been following along you know that for the past three years I have been working with a therapist to deal with depression and anxiety issues. Her name is Anna. She has been mega helpful to me in learning how to be mindful of these issues and challenges. She has really helped me find ways to deal with them using my own voice and truth. Anna was right long side me through the dark stuff as well as the good stuff. She got to hear about the Gift Prolific from before it started….and all of my ideas for digging out of the deep dark mud I was in. Recently our sessions came to a close.
Mostly I felt that things were good and on track and that I had learned so much….and that it was time to finish up. And secondarily, Anna was making plans to move to Portland. So on our last day of working together I made her this painting. ‘True North’ is about finding my way through the fog. Authentically and genuinely learning to deal with things on MY terms. Early in out work Anna had asked me if there was one thing that I was sure of….and this vision popped into my head. I was sure that I was an artist. That I love my art and I love making it. That creating these images was an extension of what I wanted to say to the world.
We then used that positive influence or truth and applied it to all of the things that I was unsure of. It’s hard to explain. But I am sure that my art, giving, and therapy saved my life. Giving and doing art made me get real clear on what was directly in front of me….and it helped me to understand that there is no ‘ONE WAY’ to face my problems. I can be creative about finding solutions that work for me. Just as I am creatively problem solving each and every time I make a piece of art. So this gift painting is for Anna to remind her that she really helped me find my direction. Look out Portland, you just leveled up! Thanks….Take care.