6th May 2016
The Inevitability of Depression: My Interpretation of 'Descent From Möbius Wood'.
In this week's post I'm going to give you my interpretation of my painting 'Descent From Möbius Wood' and look at how inevitable depression is for me.
Warning: If you would rather do the hard work yourself and come up with your own interpretation then please don't read this. Make a nice cup of tea instead.
"People most vulnerable to depression are those who may have:
- Already experienced one episode of depression." (O'Connell, 2009)
There are obviously more bullet points after this one, but this one is right up there at the top. This is the central idea behind 'Descent From Möbius Wood', that once someone has had depression he or she is more susceptible to having another episode. Seeing as though I've had at least one episode every year for the majority of my adult life, it's fair to say that I'll probably have another. It's pretty inevitable. That is unless I can guard against it.
15th May 2016
How I Price My Artwork.
This has to be one of the trickiest aspects of starting out as an artist: deciding how much to charge. The problem is that if the price is too high it will put off potential buyers, but if it is too low, the artist ends up working for practically nothing and the art profession is devalued.
Having a background in Mathematics I have a tendency to work with numbers, although I do allow the artist in me to peep through at times and modify what I have calculated. So let's have a look at my calculations (don't worry, if you normally shy away from maths based problems there's nothing too tricky here).
17th May 2016
Ways to Fight Depression.
In my recent post looking at my personal interpretation of my painting 'Descent From Möbius Wood' (see image below), I touched on the ways that I guard against another episode of depression. Here, I will expand on that and look in more detail at different ways to fight depression.
Please note: if you suspect that you are suffering with depression, your first port of call should be your doctor. They will be able to properly diagnose you and check for other conditions, prescibe medication if necessary, and/or refer you for counselling. You wouldn't try to deal with a persistent chest infection on your own, without seeking medical help, so why is depression any different? After all, it is an illness not a weakness.
Below, I'll detail self-help techniques for keeping depression at bay. They are things that I have read about in books or on websites and I have tried every one myself, admittedly with varying degrees of success. If you want to check that they are credible ways to deal with depression and I haven't just made it all up, I will add some links for you at the bottom of this post. Not all of this advice will necessarily work for you, but bear in mind that you will need to stick with the strategies and try them for a good while before discounting them. None are quick fixes and should be integrated into daily life to have the best effects. Look at them as regular maintenance to keep you feeling mentally well.
23rd May 2016
It's Good to Share...
Last week, I worked on some free presentations for art teachers to use (you can download Part 1 here - http://bit.ly/27QiXId). These resources show the process that I went through in creating 'The Insidious Whisper'. This is of course not entirely altruistic; the thought that I may possibly inspire someone in their art career, even in the smallest way, is certainly an intoxicating thought.
Regular readers will also have seen my posts and videos on how I work. Many people have thanked me on social media for these insights. And they are very welcome.
I like to share.
As children we are taught to share from an early age. It is one of the ways parents socialise chidren and it is seen as something very important. Should this be any different as we grow into adulthood?