Painting is something that I do to make a living. It has been since 1970. But since around the year 1986 I've also been involved in Counselling and Psychotherapy. First as a client, and later as a qualified therapist.
I love this work. It's my way of trying to make a difference in this world. A difference to the lives of individuals who might then go on to make a difference to others in a positive way.
Life is a flowing ever changing process. We change from moment to moment. Not just physically but psychologically. This is natural. But we seem to have such a strong desire to resist these changes that we run the risk of stagnating, and living in a constant state of self denial. We keep our defences, and our dams, in place, under the misapprehension that this keeps us safe and free from emotional pain.
When asked if we're ok we respond that we are fine, even when we're not fine.
It's important to make the time now and then to reflect on how we really are. To allow our feelings to catch up with us so that we can work through them, and feel them in their intensity. This is what enables the river of life to keep flowing.
This painting has nothing at all to do with any of this ! I put it here for you to enjoy.
If it has any message at all, for me it says:
"These are the elements that we are all made from; who would have thought that such incredibly complicated and wonderful things as human beings could be manufactured from them. And all life on this fantastic planet. It's nothing short of a miracle."
Cry of The Gulls.........a painting by John Bampfield........