Posts categorized: Art Therapy

‘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...

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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...

November 23, 2014

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,...

November 13, 2014

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  ...

July 27, 2014

  Sara Roizen ~ ‘The Family” ~ Woodburning   “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” – John Gardner   I don’t remember when I first picked up a woodburning tool. It was probably between high school and college. Perhaps I was strolling through an art store and stumbled across the pyrography section and thought ‘hmmmm I wonder what...

June 19, 2014

oil pastel & watercolor ~ Sara Roizen  “It’s easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.” ~ Leonardo Da Vinci   It was pouring rain as I headed deep into Brooklyn to lead one of my art therapy groups at a residential building for adults living with chronic mental illness. It seemed fitting that I had packed watercolor...

May 12, 2014

Beginning a forgiveness box with a quote To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. ~ Lewis B. Smedes The holidays tend to bring up complex feelings for many people. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, New Years, and other holidays seem to blend together during this time of year and there is a palpable energy...

December 14, 2013