Putting on a Brave Face: My Interpretation of ‘Stiff Upper Lip’ Part 2

In the last instalment (Click Here if you missed it) I wrote about how putting on a brave face is not necessarily the best thing to do when you have depression despite the illness telling you it definitely is. Now, I'll look at how this idea fed into the creative process behind my latest painting 'Stiff Upper Lip'. When it came to planning this painting, the one overriding image I had in my head was of going back to work after a holiday and one of my colleagues asking me if I'd had a good holiday: "Actually, no, I haven't. It's been a shocker. I've been severely depressed and spent the majority of the week moping around the house, not wanting to do anything and not gaining any pleasure from

Putting on a Brave Face: My Interpretation of 'Stiff Upper Lip' Part 1

Depression is a sneaky little tinker. It wants to hide. It wants to hide from the person it affects. But if he or she discovers it, it wants to hide from the rest of the world. It's not in its best interests to be out in the open because then support will be given, trips to the doctors will ensue and the depression will be fighting for its own survival. And so it tries to remain hidden. People have said to me that they can't ever imagine me being depressed, I'm just so laid back and happy. You can probably guess the ironic punchline here: yep, I was depressed when they said it. As you can see, I'm pretty good at putting on a brave face. 'Stiff Upper Lip' is the fourth painting in The Seven G

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