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My New Book Overview: ‘ANXIETY AND THE ARTIST WITHIN, Finding New Meaning in Your Art’

CONFRONTING YOUR PERCEPTIONS WHEN YOU FEEL LOSS OF ARTISTIC INTEREST

I’m an author specializing in Art. I’ve had a rewarding career in many art/design fields as a television art director to University art instructor throughout 40 years, but always creating my artwork. I would like to relate to my experiences as an artist that are helpful to other artists who are still having anxiety related issues. I would never would think to stop the learning process in Art especially, which I place much trust in, The book is to share my knowledge and experiences in inspiring others who may relate to my situation. I want to share my experiences in the hopes that the reader can relate to their some angst situations causing a block that has lost their interest and love in creating and being an artist.

As an artist, have you ever lost interest in the thing you love doing the most? Have you ever looked at a large white paper and all it did was bring on anxiety. It happened to me! 

I suddenly lost interest in creating watercolours twice, last time was several years ago, which had been a passion for a long time and what occurred after was rather profound.  

Added to my situation as I was beginning to feel better was unfortunately a car accident not long after things were feeling upbeat. 

Just when one gets moving something unexpected happens to stop, but failure is not it

I was hit by a car going through a red light. Lucky to stumble out of totalled new but well built VW, I suffered whiplash, PTSD, 2 neck discs compressed causing nerve pain.  I became disinterested in more things. I also had memory lapses and off and on depression. I don’t have much memory of the 3 mts. after. Being other’s fault, and needing treatment put me in a situation with no normal income for awhile, except use my funds from my Teachers’ Pension plus my Investments. That was paid back plus more on the settlement between my lawyer and the insurance companies.

This incident set me back, with a lack of focus and multi-tasking was not to be.

The interesting thing was that I was semi-retiring from University/College art instructing. My mind and body lost its old schedule, decided to put me into a delayed shock waking up 4 days later with the most severe migraine nausea one could imagine. I had to see many professionals. After Cat Scans MRI and X-ray it was also concluded that I had 2 of my neck discs degenerated and caused severe pain in my neck to my left shoulder. Medication and physiotherapy was needed. After I had much fatigue, and as time went by lesser symptoms occurred, from restlessness to irritability, but migraines persisted off and on. Soon however, something began to perk my interest back into art.

One thing that helped was my doctor advising me to get away from the stressors in my environment. So I went to Toronto, Montreal and Miami. It was an amazing change feeling a more normal state, with a happier sense about me and less migraine/neck pain. I even brought my art portfolio and unexpectedly sold some art in Toronto and Miami.

When I got back home I was looking at my older art, then with only able to exert myself so much still weak, having bouts of fatigue. However, determined with new vision,  I began scanning/photographing my past art and photos inputting them into the computer and then manipulating them into new creation using the art/design applications. That began my therapy slowly and back into the enjoyment of creating art, still having chiropractic treatment, and yoga exercise for loosening sore muscles and meditative breathing to reduce anxiety attacks.

What Purpose Does this Book Have?

There are so many creative people that I have read about that have lost their creative urge, not on the same happy path as before. I hope this book will help to bring out that Artist within them, as I convey my experiences and solutions for anxiety issues, to depression and even to the darker side of feelings and then regaining new energy. ‘I SURVIVED MY ANGST’ is a t-shirt I created.

This is not one of those how to make quick money as an artist books. It’s the motivational ideas and interviews of others in the arts who explain their realted issues of being ‘stuck’, with no inspiration.

ANXIETY AND THE ARTIST WITHIN‘ is more about ‘Art as therapy’ to re-inspire ones’ inner creative self which has been in some void psychologically from anxiety to depression and other affects keeping one from moving ahead and being thrown off a schedule. It could be the fear of failure, depression, life becomes overwhelming, to too many pressures. If you have had a love of creating art then it can surely be rekindled again.

That’s what my book is about;- To help you relate and confront those negative blocks and periods of doubt that get in the way of creativity; One can start rejuvenating their mind, can recharge, and also move on to working on new art mediums. I had long ago liked doing oil painting, but even though it worked well in certian ways, it was toxic as well as a messy medium to play with.

I was looking for a more loose medium that which evolved to watercolours created within a day or two. Printmaking then became an extension of it which I have worked on with many technical ways to produce prints in new ways. I have since been producing art in much more inspired and fun ways.

Short Funding Campaign

My March 2015 to May 15 Funding Indiegogo Campaign to raise funds for this book to be printed through me. Visit the link and Contribute, and see the great incentives as the Bonus t-shirt below. 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/anxiety-and-the-artist-within/x/94710

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