Isolation and Self-Destruction: My Interpretation of 'Welcome' - Part 1

In this post I will give my interpretation of my painting 'Welcome'. If you would rather watch it in video form, click below. “In retrospect, crappy chemicals in my brain were working overtime, driving me to destroy myself, like that thing that makes lemmings throw themselves over a cliff.” - Felicia Day, You're Never Weird on the Internet My painting 'Welcome' is based on the theme of voluntary isolation and self-destruction. It is the second painting in a series of seven based on my experience of depression: The Seven Gates. If you think that you are currently experiencing any of the issues I discuss in this post linked to depression, please visit a doctor. It's better to get yourself chec

It's Good to Share...

Last week, I worked on some free presentations for art teachers to use (you can download Part 1 here - 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 children and it is seen as somethi

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, prescribe 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 i

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). The first question I asked is - just as you would do with a lot of jobs - what is my hourly rate?

The Inevitability of Depression: My Interpretation of 'Descent From Möbius Wood'.

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. 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. If you would rather watch it in video form then click below: "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 sh

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