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Vessel is Empty

This is a reminder to anyone that needs to read it. 
Depression is not something to be ashamed or embarrassed
about. Whether it is genetic or not,  reach out.
To a family member, a friend, a therapist, a counselor, 
your high power, whatever it takes to help you through. 

Talk about it, read about it, write about it, paint about it. 
We just went through a really tough 4 years. The past 1 being extremely onerous. 
Some of us have even lost people in our lives. Due to covid or chaos,
both very painful. 

Beyond the daily material mouth mask, I found I myself put back on 
the mental one too. You know the one, "Everything is okay mask". 

I get things out in my artwork. Thus, the subtitle on home page 
"Justaposing the taciturnity and the caterwaul". When you don't
have your usual healthy out time, or you tell yourself you don't have the time,
you can fall into a place where you are wearing the mask again. 

When I lose site of my art time, I will pull out this old 
book, by David Bayles and Ted Orland 
Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking .

When my vessel is empty and hiding out in a corner 
it's time to fill it up again. I'll for instance pulled out this book 
by Sark Succulent Wild Woman 

After or during reading those two books mention above, 
I'll often journal. Currently using this journal my friend bought me.
Knock Knock It's Gonna Be Okay Inner-Truth Journal, 7" x 9.5" 

Then and most importantly I can use some of my favorite tools 
and materials to paint and get it all out. 

Tonight currently using this paper. 

Strathmore 440-1 Strath W.Color 400 9X1212SHT 130 lbspirl, Multicolor

With this paint....

Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic Paint, 10x60ml Tubes, Set of 10 

And these paint brushes. 

Royal & Langnickel, Zen Series 43, Set of 5 Brushes, Long Handle, Synthetic
Filament, Flat 12, Filbert 8, Angulars 2 & 8, Round 1, RZEN-SET431

Personal goal is to have the painting above, uploaded to 
the shop. Baby steps. Have not uploaded anything there in years. :) 

Sending out positive vibes to all. 

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