Sunday, February 22, 2009

painting my disorder

Before being in recovery, I felt like I had no personality. My three sisters have many passions - poetry, writing, acting, singing - and I didn't have any. I thought that if I wasn't the best at something, I couldn't do it. But I learned that creating something is infinitely more important than what it is that I create. Just because I can't draw a tree that looks like a photograph of a tree, doesn't mean I can't be an artist. And more importantly, it doesn't mean that I can't get something out of creating art.

The painting I'm working on is a reflection of cyclothymia -- rapid cycling bipolar. It's not done, and it's not perfect, but it doesn't matter to me right now. The important thing to me is how it feels to paint it.


  1. I love it too and you're right about creating being important. Don't worry, perfection is the opposite of art ;-)

  2. You're right, Hope. I like that.

  3. Love it too, but... why is Taylor saying "our"??? Did the two of you merge into one item? ;-)