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...

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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

What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.   ~ John Updike   Collaboration I have been collaborating with another therapist for the past number of weeks and providing art therapy groups for veterans living in supportive housing. One of these groups is a smoking cessation group (or smoking ‘sensation’ as one of our clients...

November 17, 2013

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” (Carl Jung)   ‘Kali Dance’ acrylic & mixed media on canvas Sara Roizen For those of you familiar with the movie ‘Labyrinth’ (1986) by Jim Henson it’s a wonderful story and rich with relevant metaphors. It was one of my favorite movies when I...

October 6, 2013

  Barn’s burnt down – now I can see the moon.  ~ Mizuta Masahide Debris Mandala It’s been an interesting (read: stressful) week here in our apartment. The entire roof of our building was being replaced, despite the forecast calling for thunderstorms. The baby was napping and I was prepping my lunch when water started pouring in through the light fixtures in...

September 17, 2013

first pages of my mandala journal ~ Sara Roizen “Come out of the circle of time
. And into the circle of love.”   – Rumi I started a small mandala journal as a way to continue making art in the very early days of being a new mom. Now, 6 months into being a mom I am still turning to...

September 5, 2013