Thursday, March 12, 2009

Virtual Art Therapy


There is no doubt that the creative process can be a meaningful experience. Expressive Therapies, for example, believe that one can emotionally heal through use of imagination and creative expression.

Art Therapy is but one type of Expressive Therapy. And Art.com offers a way for you to experience painting. Check out their artpad and paint your own virtual work of art. 

I just painted this picture, which captures my feelings about the stormy rainy morning that's outside my window.


17 comments:

jumpinginpuddles said...

funny until you said what it was we had a totally different visual thinking and feeling. We find doing art repressive rather than expressive but we totally enjoy otehers expression as a identification of where we are at.

PTC said...

cool. I can't even draw a stick person. I have mastered the palm tree though. :)

Jade said...

Very cool Deb. I am a believer in art therapy. Hope some sunshine finds its way into your day!

Hope said...

I shall head over there right now and paint a picture of my day.... it will be pure ice cold -34C below white.
eh... sorry about our rain ;)

Marj aka Thriver said...

Hey, that's cool! I've been writing a lot of poetry myself lately.

And I've seen a lot of folks doing these online/computer graphic-type collages lately, too. I might look into that for myself. I love to collage.

Health Psych said...

Where do you find all these great sites, Deb? Love this, although I have no artistic talent at all. I'll have to go the Pollock route and spatter.... :)

Elderly lady in training said...

Wow - what fun! I haven't done anythng like that since I was about 6 years old. I haven't got any better at it either - but give me time.

Ian Lidster said...

I find your painting very mood evocative. As a painting hobbyist I find my art to be extremely therapeutic in working out the kinks in my psyche and putting me at ease.

Deborah Serani said...

JIP,
What did you think it was before you read my post?

PTC,
I'm no Rembrandt either, but it is fun to throw paint about. Try it and let me know.

Jade,
Sun was shining today and stayed out late! I love daylight savings time! Hope you are feeling well. Gonna visit shortly.

Hope,
Brrr....I got cold just reading your comment. I don't mind rainy days, really.

Marj,
I find writing healing too. I love to collage too.

Hey HP,
I find them here and there and bookmark them for later blogposts. The internet is the best for such things!!! I'm no great artist either, btw.

Elderly lady in training,
It is SO much fun. I make alot of pictures there. It's very soothing to me. So glad you found the link fun too!

Ian,
The rainstorm was dark and patchy over the morning sun. It was rather amazing to see.

Rose said...

I enjoyed painting my art piece...great theraphy.

Deb S. said...

This is an interesting concept that I want to study further. I am having a blast with the artpad!

Deborah Serani said...

Dear Rose,
I wish there was a way for others to post their artwork here. Would love to see them all!

Dear Deb,
I am often visiting artpad. Sometimes I even use it in therapy with children. They love painting and talking -and there's an option for showing your work in a virtual art gallery. Then we print it out.

kath said...

Deb! I am soooo happy about the book thing. Please keep me posted okay?
I will have to have it on my shelf, you know :)

Wonder why there is no official reading therapy? That is what does it for me :)

take care deb!

PTC said...

I'll need to get some paint before I do that. I didn't even have crayons for my newphew to color with. He used my colored pens.

jumpinginpuddles said...

deb,
x ray fingers and blood

Teresa Lynne said...

I love art therapy..I've been teaching myself to paint and when I am in that mode...I truly think of nothing else. It's great!

phd in yogurtry said...

I'm such a big believer in creative outlets for therapeutic gain. Thanks for the art link. I love your red dot. A beacon amidst the dark.