Art Therapy Podcast

‘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 when it comes to our experiences as artists and art therapists.

We thought it could be interesting and inspiring to record part of our dialogue in order to share it with our readers. We took turns interviewing each other about our experiences as artists, art therapists, and what drew us to the field of art therapy. We are excited to continue meeting, collaborating, and hopefully sharing an ongoing open-ended conversation about the field.

Here is a link to Amy’s blog where you can listen to my interview:

Art Therapy Podcast ~ Sara Roizen: The Beauty of Being An Art Therapist

Please check back soon to read more about our artist’s date and hear Amy’s interview. I will be posting more in depth about our time together! In the meantime, enjoy exploring Amy’s blog and head over to her Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest posts, shared articles, and inspiration!

Site: Foxboro Art Therapy

Facebook: Maricle Counseling


Our art journals side by side ~ on their own artist date!


Art Therapy Perspectives Interview

“Dreaming of Hokusai” Sara Roizen

I’m excited to share that I was recently interviewed on the blog Art Therapy Perspectives by Victoria Scarborough. 

Victoria is an art therapist, and her blog is devoted to interviewing other creative arts therapists from around the world to share their experiences and provide readers with new insight into the field.

The interview was broken down into two parts and you can click on the links below to read:

Art Therapy Perspectives Interview ~ Part 1

Art Therapy Perspectives Interview ~ Part 2

We covered many areas during the interview including my path to the field of art therapy and populations I work with, my approaches as an art therapist, favorite self-care techniques, the integration of my artist and art therapist identity, sources of inspiration, and my hopes for our field as we continue to grow.

I really enjoyed the process of thinking about and answering these questions and it provided me with a framework for reviewing and exploring the past number of years I’ve been in the field. In addition I gained more insight into my evolving hopes and plans for my career as it continues to unfold.

A huge thanks to Victoria for creating her wonderful blog. It is an invaluable source of inspiration and connection for creative arts therapists and everyone that is interested in learning more about our field. There are many fascinating interviews on the blog and it illustrates how varied creative arts therapists are in the places we work, the populations we serve, and our creative paths. Read up and be sure to share with anyone else that might be interested!

Update: Mind full or Mindful Image…Artist Mystery Solved!

Art: Henck van Bilsen

Way back in June 2011
I posted a wonderful image that I had found while exploring the topic of mindfulness. 
Mind full or Mindful?

The only problem was that I could not find the artist! I received many emails from my blog readers asking if I knew the creator of this illustration.

Well the mystery was solved a few days ago by one of my readers and I’m grateful and very happy to  be able to pass this information on. And I’m going to order the Socks of Doom book myself! See below:

In case you’re still looking for the artist, I found him! It is by Henck van Bilsen, Consultant Cognitive Behaviour Therapist & Consultant Clinical Psychologist. It is from his book, The Socks of Doom, (LOL!). It has more cartoons with these characters: Zee Beatty (the man), and his much happier dog (Mr Percy). You can see details here,, where they also post their conversations.

Top 100 News!

After being nominated a few weeks ago, I just found out that Art Therapy Spot blog was included in the current Top 100 Counseling Resources on the Web here:

Masters in Counseling: Top 100 Counseling Resources on the Web

I’m thrilled to be a part of this list and even more excited that creative arts therapy sites feature so prominently in this compilation of therapy and counseling resources.

Let’s keep up the momentum – spreading the word about art therapy (all of the creative arts therapies) and spreading knowledge about this incredible field!

My Article in BeInkandescent Magazine

“Fading Woman” Sara Roizen

I’m very excited to share that I recently wrote an article called How Art Becomes Therapy, about my personal path as an artist and art therapist for a wonderful e-zine called BeInkandescent.

This current June issue is called The Business of Healing Yourself and features my article along with a number of other inspirational articles by individuals in the healing fields.

Follow the link below to read the article!

BeInkandescent Magazine Article

My article can also be found on the 100 Truly Amazing Women Site and there are many wonderful articles to check out there too…


6 Degrees of Creativity 2: On Sale Now!

Just a reminder that 
6 Degrees of Creativity 2 
is now on sale!

 It will be on sale 
April 1st – June 30th 2012

It is only $49 
for all 6 workshops!

Follow the link below for more information and to register:

6 Degrees of Creativity 2 – Registration

These workshops are especially open to all art therapists, art therapy students, artists, and any other creative folks interested in exploring creativity and art-making through a unique social network and community approach. 
6 Degrees of Creativity 2 opens July 1 and runs until December 31, 2012.

Looking forward to having you join us on this adventure in art-making and creative collaboration! 

6 Degrees of Creativity ~ Workshop Description

painting in progress – close up – Sara Roizen

I’m excited to share the title and description of the workshop that I will be teaching during the upcoming 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 online workshops!
Feeling your Art: 
Exploring Texture and Process

When was the last time you gave yourself complete permission to simply play with art materials and get lost in the exploration process? Textural art naturally entices viewers and artists alike and invites interaction and spontaneity. In this workshop you will be introduced to a variety of techniques for creating texture in your art using acrylic mediums, modeling pastes, gels, and palette knives. You will create textural ‘playgrounds’ for your paint to travel through with the layering of textures, colors, found objects, and any other materials that inspire you. The experimentation process with texture will be framed by suggested ideas and directives that are designed to delight and inspire the eternal child within you.  In this workshop, the process and play drive the work of art.
Sara Roizen: “Birds of a Feather”
acrylic, tissue paper, & mixed media on canvas
24″ x 48″
I have been utilizing texture pastes within my paintings for a number of years and am constantly delighted by the process! I am thrilled to be able to offer this workshop and looking forward to sharing inspiration, creativity, and art-making with you! Here are a few examples of pieces that I have created over the years using texture pastes, collage, and other mixed media techniques! Enjoy and stay tuned for information on registering for 6 Degrees of Creativity 2.
Take a look at the incredible workshops that the other 5 instructors are offering: 
Stitch Therapy – Fiber Art Painting with Kelly Darke
Still Point in a Changing World: Creating a Mindful Studio Practice with Hannah Klaus Hunter   
The Altered Image: Hands-On Photo Manipulation with Fiona Fitzpatrick  Journey Journey Shoes with Magdalena Karlick
Creative Goodness with Gluebooks with Gretchen Miller
Sara Roizen: “Untitled”
acrylic, ink & pouring medium on canvas
12″ x 12″

Sara Roizen: “Dreaming of Hokusai”
acrylic & mixed media on canvas
18″ x 24″
Sara Roizen: “Untitled”
acrylic, molding paste, sand, rock, & sea glass on canvas
5″ x 5″
Sara Roizen: “The Dream”
acrylic, collage, and sand paste on canvas
5″ x 5″
Sara Roizen: work in progress, liquid pouring medium & acrylic

6 Degrees of Creativity!

I am thrilled to share that I will be one of the 6 instructors for the upcoming online art workshop:

6 Degrees of Creativity 2
creative goodness through art-making, connection, & collaboration
6 Degrees of Creativity is a unique online workshop and community with a goal of inspiring and supporting the artist within as you tap into your creativity and build meaningful connections. We often work alone in our studios or in our role as therapist (or art therapist!)  Here is a chance to tap into a creative community, replenish yourself, get inspired, and collaborate!
This round of 6 Degrees of Creativity will start July 1, 2012 until December 31, 2012.

For more information:
6 Degrees of Creativity
Blog: 6 Degrees of Creativity Blog
Connect on facebook here: 6 Degree of Creativity facebook

More details about registration and workshop descriptions to follow! 
and….Save the date!  
6 Degrees of Creativity 2 goes on sale
April 1 until June 30, 2012

My Magazine Article! Adoptee Artists

cover of the Adoption Constellation Magazine
I was one of three featured adoptee artists in the latest issue of The Adoption Constellation Magazine. This magazine explores the diverse voices of the adoption triad and encourages an ongoing dialogue about topics related to the adoption experience.
 Below I have shared my essay on how my own artwork has influenced my experience of being an adoptee. To find out more about this magazine, follow this link to their site: The Adoption Constellation Magazine 
The Power of Art: Adoptee Artists 

The Artist’s Path to Self: How does the adoption experience translate into art?   

Three adoptee artists use art as a medium to gain a greater understanding of their adoptions and themselves.

“What did your face look like before your parents were born?”  -Zen Koan
A few years ago I had a dream about my birth mother. I was walking through a crowded room and everyone was dressed in masquerade clothing and masks. As I meandered through the large hall, the back of a woman caught my attention and I immediately knew she was my mother. In the dream, I held my breath as I waited for her to turn around. She turned for only a moment, and I saw she had the face of the Mona Lisa. Her face then shifted into another face as she melted into the crowd. I ran after her, but could not find her again.
my article and two featured paintings
Thinking about the dream, I later realized that not knowing my mother may actually fuel my constant desire to create. Without knowing my mother’s face, I am free to create one for her, even imbuing her with the face of the Mona Lisa.
My adoptee and artist identities have often been inexplicably linked. My search for self parallels my path as an adoptee and an artist. I trace this search visually through the artistic process. My art draws from archetypal images, such as the Great Mother, Mother Nature, and from other mythological women, to help me form an image of my mother. The struggle to form an identity and likeness for my mother is mirrored in my painted depictions of floating figures and faceless apparitions.
Symbolically, I reclaim my lost mother through the artistic process, evoking her through dialogues with my paintings. Art has given me a way to meet my mother metaphorically on the page or on the canvas. Abstract landscapes evince terrain that I have traveled in my search for self, and for my mother. Shifting figures of women hover in limbo – waiting to be born or to move on to the next stage of life. 
Those who know their biological family trees are assigned to a specific branch on the tree. Perhaps not knowing my family tree has freed me to paint my own family trees – in various colors, shapes, types, and settings.
As an art therapist, I often tell my clients to “focus on the process more than the finished product.” When I think about my constantly evolving search for self and for my mother, I often remind myself of this philosophy and how it can apply to all of life as well. Perhaps it has never been about finding myself, but about the act of creating myself in each moment. 

Updated Blog Name – Official!

My art therapy blog has officially moved to:

Although the name has changed, the blog content will not! I’ll still be exploring topics related to art therapy, creativity, art making, and other related themes. 

If you are linked to my blog through your site, please remember to update the link.

Stay tuned…more posts are coming right up!

🙂 Sara