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Art Therapy Interview: Amy Maricle

April 16, 2015 1:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

‘I love when conversations and energy just flow. Not forced. Not coerced. Just present.’ – Dau Voire A few weeks back I had the pleasure of having artist and art therapist Amy Maricle over for an artist’s date. We spent the day up in my studio talking about art, art therapy, our careers so far, being moms, and many other...


Art Therapy Podcast

March 27, 2015 4:28 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

‘A painting is never finished – it simply stops in interesting places.’ ~ Paul Gardner Like the painting that ‘simply stops in interesting places,’ my recent artist’s date and afternoon of conversation with art therapist Amy Maricle of Foxboro Art Therapy could have kept going on without ever feeling finished. There is just so much to talk about and share...


Removing Barriers in the Studio

February 4, 2015 7:15 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A glimpse of my growing studio inspiration wall ‘Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.’ ~ Rumi This Rumi quote hangs to the right of the painting easel in my new studio. It’s one of my favorite quotes because it resonates on...


The Art of Tantrums

January 13, 2015 9:59 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

‘Hungry Ghost II’ ~ Sara Roizen “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” ~ Winston Churchill   I’m typing this as my crying and flailing (almost) 2 year old throws the fourth tantrum in a row this morning. I’m not even halfway through my cup of coffee. I remember when he was an infant other parents would tell me, ‘enjoy...


Inspiration vs. Stagnation

November 23, 2014 7:48 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

photo: Sara Roizen “If I stay long enough in the studio, just stay with the work even if it doesn’t feel great or seem satisfying or directional or conclusive, if I just stay to tend and garden, then my mind gradually yields control to the more automatic labor of painting, and with that comes a sweet spot in the process...


The Body in Art

November 13, 2014 6:06 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Body silhouette example ~ Sara Roizen ‘Each body has it’s art…’ ~ Gwendolyn Brooks   A few months ago during our Happiness Art Therapy Group with veterans we used a session to explore mind/body connection. I believe that art therapy automatically lends itself to the physical and bodily realm; the tactile exploration of art materials and the way our hands,...


Mandala Journal Evolution

July 27, 2014 3:53 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

6/7/14 mandala page ~ Sara Roizen “My mandalas were cryptograms concerning the state of the self which was presented to me anew each day…I guarded them like precious pearls….It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the center. It is the exponent of all paths. It is the path to the center, to individuation.” ~ Carl Jung  ...