Laughing in the Face of Love — Healing with Art

I have never really taken any art classes to speak of, but I’ve always used art as a creative outlet for my emotions.  I had dabbled in oil and acrylics painting in high school and college, and a few other obscure things — like painting light bulbs with the type of paint one normally uses on model cars.  I was too impatient for oil painting, and so I took up drawing with colored pencils.

When I moved to the UK, one of the precious few things I was able to take with me was my collection of colored pencils.  They were artist-quality, and so each pencil cost $2 – $3 or more.  My plastic box probably held 300 pencils, plus erasers and sharpeners and rulers and other stuff needed for that kind of drawing.  So the collection was likely worth $1,000?

Unfortunately, my wife chose to steal, er, “not return” my art pencils to me, and so they are lost to me forever.  So I gifted myself with a new collection, lesser in quality and lesser in selection of colors:

Colored Pencils

Years ago, when I had troubles with my mother, and felt very unloved, I did a portrait of my mother called “Laughing in the Face of Love.”  What you can’t write, you can draw, even if it is just squiggly black lines.  Here’s what it is like when you feel like your love is unappreciated and discounted:

Laughing in the Face of Love

I guess I was already thinking about how cruelly people treat each other, and so I also did another drawing around the same time called “EVIL – LIVE”:


It was long before I met Paula, but here’s another of my drawings that seems to apply, called “You and Eye”:


Let your emotions “speak” — you can’t bottle them in.


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3 Responses to Laughing in the Face of Love — Healing with Art

  1. Maggie says:

    I really like the you and I one.


  2. Brilliant, keep experimenting and letting it out. Makes me want to paint/ draw in my sketchbook again but I haven’t had the headspace lately. Thanks for sharing.

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