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The Peace and Love Project
23rd Aug 2016Posted in: Art Education, Blog, Uncategorized 0
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This post explores the educational and therapeutic potential of tie-dye shirt making.  

Female Privilege: Unpacking the Knapsack.
23rd Jun 2016Posted in: Blog, Uncategorized 0
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Automatism in Quebec: Then and Now.
6th May 2016Posted in: Blog, Uncategorized 0
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  Refus Global then and Now

Cornelius Kriegsoff vs. Paul Kane: Who is the More Canadian Artist?
10th Mar 2016Posted in: Art Education, Blog, Uncategorized 0
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Sound escape: On the use of sound editing software for therapeutically oriented art making process
16th Mar 2015Posted in: Blog, Uncategorized 0
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  Rationale      Art therapists are looking for therapeutic dimensions inherent to creative process. We want to know if certain techniques or mediums can contribute positively to therapeutic outcomes and whether any observable outcomes could be cross culturally valid or individually specific. Beyond that, we often wonder how certain formal (manifest) or symbolic (latent) content […]

An Experiential Reflection on Creative Process: Using iMovie Software for Image Work With Time Based Media.
13th Oct 2014Posted in: Blog, Uncategorized 0
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The following post  will describe my experience working with Apple’s iMovie video editing application to communicate a media message through time based media. If you did not know, time-based media is a term which refers to art media which requires time to be appreciated and typically that means digital moving pictures or film but it […]

On Art Therapy or Art Education? What About Just Plain Old Art?
11th Mar 2014Posted in: Blog, Uncategorized 0
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The exhibition “Parle-moi d’amour” opened on Valentine’s day, 2014. What follows is a review of that show and an analysis of the wonderful experience of being immersed in it. Particular emphasis will be placed on the work of art therapist Pascale Godbout. Her piece entitled “Nous”  is reviewed as a metaphorical representation of the complex […]

On a Sensory Experience of Abstinence: The Master Cleanse
16th Feb 2014Posted in: Blog 0
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The following is an exploration of the sensory experience of abstinence. A while back, my friend turned me on to the concept of cleansing  my body through the “master cleanse”, which you can read about here. “Why would i want to cleanse my body?” i asked and my friend replied: “because you have been mistreating […]

Neural substrates of visual depth of focus: an exploration of phenomena
13th Dec 2013Posted in: Blog 0
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  When i am in the shower, my eyes tend to be unfocussed. I know my own body well enough that i don’t have to look at it when washing. I have a mental map of my body which allows me to wash up in the shower equally well whether i use my sight or […]

Is Art Therapy?
23rd Jun 2013Posted in: Blog 0
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When attempting to answer the question ”is art therapy?” we turn to the field which has taken the question most seriously. In the following discussion about the field of art therapy, we will explore the notion that art can be therapeutic in and of itself. One way to understand what art therapy is, tends to […]

Art Therapy, Neurology and Society blog
4th May 2013Posted in: Accordion static category, Blog 0
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Welcome to the Art Therapy, Neurology and Society blog… My thoughts about the interrelationship between art, therapy, neurology and society.   ART starts back some 75,000 years ago and beyond, past the earliest discovered piece of human creativity. There is some art in everything we do, make, say or think. Art as Therapy starts when the first […]

Lightbox Gallery...
28th Apr 2013Posted in: Accordion static category, Blog 0
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Counter-Productive Effects of Multitasking: Running vs. Learning 2
4th Dec 2012Posted in: Blog 2
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Following my initial post about the ”counter productive effects of multitasking: Running vs. Learning” which you can read about here:   http://tomartist.com/physical-exercise-and-the-mind-while-listening-to-an-audiobook/    a number of new observations have been made in the area of an experienced relationship between cardiovascular exercise (jogging) and audio stimulation. After 5 consecutive trials, I have observed support for my initial […]

On the Lateralization of Emotion and Inter-Hemispheric Communication
1st Oct 2012Posted in: Blog 2
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Recently, i was watching the World War II colour documentary series by Time. Having long been fascinated with pictures and stories from that period of our history, I have ploughed through dozens of documentaries about Hitler in utter amazement. The period interests me because fascism had never been seen on the scale the Nazis brought […]

21st Sep 2012Posted in: Blog 0
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I have a bunch of degrees. A B.A in psychology, a B.A in fine arts, a B.A in education (in progress) and a Master’s degree in Art Therapy. When you put all my degrees together you get ba, ba, ba, ma and you sound like my 9 month old son or a sheep maybe. I […]

On What You Make
13th Aug 2012Posted in: Blog 0
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It seems we don’t like to talk about what we make. It seems rude or superficial to most people when we do. When we make babies or art we are more than happy to share that information but i have met very few people willing to talk about their actual income. When it comes to […]

On the Strength of Conviction V.S. the Power of Flexibility
20th Jul 2012Posted in: Blog 0
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This post discusses the virtues of flexibility and conviction when they work together. Some effects in art therapy are also discussed.

On Freud, Buddhism and
25th Jun 2012Posted in: Blog 0
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Psychodynamics, Buddhism, Religion, Medicine and Art have a lot in common. They all suggest that there are positive and negative forces at play in a human being . These five things suggest that positive energies can get stuck or blocked at certain stages and remain stagnant or even malignant in nature. In all cases, the […]

On Group Behavioural Synergy and PS3 Data on Cognition
21st Jun 2012Posted in: Blog 0
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In some first person shooters such as Socom 4, there is a phenomenon of group behvioural synergy experienced during gameplay.  When people are playing a game together, even remotely, in different countries, across different cultural parameters, there is a naturally occurring group-action phenomenon in effect. People are acting together towards a common goal and their […]

11th Jun 2012Posted in: Blog 0
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Hi folks guess you can tell I am in another creative phase. I have been making art enough for a few more weeks of tomartist updates. Not sure if you remember but a while back I was asking myself some questions about neurology and the painting process. I was curious to try and understand why […]

11th Jun 2012Posted in: Blog 3
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De kooning said that the goal of the painting is to make the invisible visible. Art therapy makes implicit memory explicit. There is a really interesting triangulation of data to be observed between the fields of art, psychotherapy and neurology. Painters study the brain from experience. They are accessing neurological information through the constant interplay […]

On the Unbearable Light of Love
4th Jun 2012Posted in: Blog 0
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On the Unbearable Light of Love Love is unbearable. We fear it’s light. It is so great, and all encompassing that we feel it might swallow us whole if we open up to it. Run…run for your life. It is not even metaphorical to say that it brightness causes a kind of dumb-found blindness. Or […]

On Art Therapy and Museums : a brief history
29th Apr 2012Posted in: Blog 0
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  Art used to belong to the people. It was made in caves out of compulsion and impulse based in a need to relay a narrative. Art`s creations continue to be things of beauty, testimonials of human experience and the embodiment of our very humanity itself. It soon became apparent that the value of Art`s […]

On Neural Substrates of Visual Depth of Focus
3rd Apr 2012Posted in: Blog 1
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    When i am in the shower, my eyes tend to be unfocussed. I know my own body well enough that i don’t have to look at it when washing. I have a mental map of my body which allows me to wash up in the shower equally well whether i use my sight […]

On the Disapearance of Manhood
29th Jan 2012Posted in: Blog 2
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  As a man, i have a vested interest in writing about this topic in the most genuine way possible.  There is a lot at stake and i have no intention of being misunderstood. After all, a man is direct, straightforward, confident, strong, bold, authoritative and all of those other things…or is he? What is […]

On Therapeutic Effects in Art Therapy
29th Dec 2011Posted in: Blog 1
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    Back in the beginning, when i was doing my internship at a children’s hospital in Montreal, the supervising psychiatrist invited me and my wife to his home for dinner. My internship under him had been somewhat tumultuous over a period of about 8 months because i felt insecure about my competence and particularly […]

On Sublimation vs. Supplantation.
5th Dec 2011Posted in: Blog 2
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An Art therapist knows that sublimation is an important part of a healthy psyche’s diet just like a nutritionist knows that calcium is good for your bones. Freud coined the term “sublimation” as a defense mechanism among other defenses such as: Reaction formation, displacement, projection, denial, regression, repression, intellectualization and a few others. Sublimation refers […]

On The Preservation of the Therapeutic Container
27th Nov 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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  In any form of psychotherapy whether it be humanistic, cognitive behavioural, psychodynamic there is some high degree of importance placed on the establishment and maintenance of a therapeutic container or frame. The notion of a therapeutic container is taken in part from Winnicott who stressed the importance of the initial holding environment in the […]

26th Nov 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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A couple days ago, for the first time in over 25 years, I went to an NHL hockey game. I was excited about the opportunity to go since i remembered being very impressed when i was much younger. Here is how the experience went down… My brother was visiting from toronto with his hockey team, […]

18th Nov 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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This Ted Talk presents some interesting ideas about lying and just how much of it you and i are doing. I enjoyed this talk very much and paid special attention to the nuances between verbal and non verbal behaviour being described by the speaker. A Ted Talk by one of my favourite psychologists Phillip Zimbardo […]

Painting Technique, Strokes, non-Strokes
14th Nov 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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Sometimes in painting, a stroke is just a stroke. Other times, what appears as a stroke is but the absence of a stroke. What appears to be a line is but an area where the brush did not pass. Sometimes we look at a painters painting and notice that a particular stroke of the brush […]

On the Expectancy Effect and Unconscious Resistance
28th Oct 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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There is this little psychological event which occurs in some people (probably most) during some social experiments. By social experiments, i mean to imply any time two or more people get together and do something. The expectancy effect refers to our tendency to unconsciously shape the results of an interaction based on what we believe […]

On Individual Differences of Cognitive Styles: Thought Vs. Feeling
13th Oct 2011Posted in: Blog 1
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Anyone can pretty easily see that they are different from the person next to them. Look around and notice how the shape of your face is different from anyone else’s. Your eyes are also, unless you have an identical twin. The humanist in me respects those differences but chooses to focus on what makes us […]

On Specialists, Interlopers and the Field of Psychotherapy
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The Power of Masks
4th Oct 2011Posted in: Art Education, Blog, Uncategorized 1
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  These masks speak for themselves. Made by 10-11 yr. olds with special needs.  Plaster casts of ready made faces. Acrylic paint and Psyche.      

On the Experience of Time While in Movement: An Intra-Subjective n=1 Study
29th Sep 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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This post summarizes my personal experience of the passing of time while jogging,  roller-blading or bicycling and listening to music of either fast or slow tempo. The idea for this post emerged because i began to notice that my experience of time passing varied consistently depending on whether i was jogging, rollerblading or bicycling and […]

Quebec Art Therapy Association's Slideshow
19th Sep 2011Posted in: Blog 0
On Ego Defenses
3rd Sep 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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I have put off this post for quite some time simply because the topic of human ego is so huge that it has taken a while to figure out what to include in a discussion about it. For days, maybe even months, i have been walking around, observing manifestations of ego in others and in […]

On Abuse, Resilience, Habituation and Apathy.
29th Aug 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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Recently, it seemed to make sense to me that there is a relationship between the experience of abuse,  and the subsequent emergence of resilience, habituation and apathy. This relationship appeared to me a few days ago following a theft which i incurred.  I woke up to go to work, entered my car and realized that […]

Quebec Art Therapy Association's 30th Birthday
29th Jul 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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Hey folks, this post is just to let you know i will be showing my work at the 30th anniversary of the Quebec Art Therapy Association annual general meeting and celebration. I would love to see you there if you are in montreal. The event is open to everyone and anyone with even a remote […]

On Novel Faces and Social Context
22nd Jul 2011Posted in: Blog 2
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You might be sitting at a table with some people you know one day. At some point, a few people might be introduced to the group of people you know, by someone you know. At that point, those newly introduced people and those who do not know them may begin to become agitated. There is […]

On PS3 systems and Data on Cognition
19th Jul 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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The playstation 3 (ps3) system is connected to the internet. The ps3 is a platform which supports the running of games. Games are designed to test certain aspects of human cognition like map learning, demonstration of empathy, choice theory and aggression to name a few functions. I am going  out on an intuitive limb here […]

On Teaching and LearningI
12th Jul 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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For a number of years i have been paying attention to a special kind of relationship. As you may know, relationships in general are a focal point of my attention as an art therapist. This particular interaction occurs between a teacher and a student. I have been intimately sensing in myself and in others what […]

Painting, Hand Muscles and the Expansion of Cortical Space.
10th Jul 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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I became aware just now that there are muscles in my artist’s hand (right) which have not developed in my left hand. Actual muscle mass which exists in the palm of one hand while being completely undetectable in the palm of the other.  Then it occurs to me that in order for muscle mass to […]

Art and God
10th Jul 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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The artist and god are not so different after all. I don’t mean to expose my narcissism here but it seems to me that the artist is endeavouring to render the essence of life through art. Those people who create gods are attempting to understand the essence of life through god.

Art Therapy, Neurology, PTST, OCD
6th Jul 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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De kooning said that the goal of the painting is to make the invisible visible. Art therapy makes implicit memory explicit. There is a really interesting triangulation of data to be observed between the fields of art, psychotherapy and neurology. Painters study the brain from experience. They are accessing neurological information through the constant interplay […]

The narrative of neurology
28th Jun 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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As i read more in the area of neurology i sense something starting to happen. It is as though the very dry and taxinomical content of neurological text has some relationship to the bible or to some other great human narrative. It is as though the power of narrative is so strong in a human […]

Artificial Intelligence, Gender Issues, Autism
25th Jun 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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Some of you may have heard but the latest mainstream success in artificial intelligence is called Watson. Watson is a computer that uses complex algorithms ie. pattern analysis to compute the correct answers to questions. You may also have heard that Watson beat the best Jeopardy contestants at the game. Therefore, in a world where […]

Road to Virtue
20th Jun 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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I  don`t know if i am virtuous. I think there is a rule that if you are virtuous, you`re not supposed to say: ”I am virtuous” it is kind of like saying: ”I am humble” because if you were really humble, you would not telling people about it.  I can say though that i am […]

On Taking and Giving
20th Jun 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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I heard someone say that: “it is often harder to receive than it is to give”. He said that to me in response to something i was saying- not sure what i was going on about at the time but it seemed profoundly relevant.  At first, it seems a paradox of irreconciliable differences but then […]

Drama Review
13th Jun 2011Posted in: Blog 1
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The Fighter The narrative in this movie revolves around the relationship between two brothers and their mother.  It is about the difficuties encountered through lack of education. One brother is successful and the other is less so. Or perhaps I should say that he is successful in another way and that the way in which […]

autobiographical memory
4th Jun 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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As i look through pictures of my wedding, i notice that a smile naturally comes to my face. it does’nt matter if the pictures are ugly, or if we look like brutal approximations of our true selves. Those brutal approximations are our true selves when we’re not looking. Still, i notice my facial muscles contracting […]

nextgen lightbox slideshow test
2nd Jun 2011Posted in: Blog 0
Galantry, Women
20th May 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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I was floored when a young woman offered me the available seat on a packed bus this morning. Of course, i did not take the offer because i am a man. Of course i had just offered the seat next to it to another woman who seemed to think she was entitled to it but […]

Heroes of Modernity
19th May 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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“It” will be used to denote the pronouns he/she) Who is the modern Hero? Is it the soldier who went to war and made the ultimate sacrifice, as those war memorials would have us believe? Is it the cowboy riding off into the sunset as those cartoons and black and white movies tell us? Is […]

Music and Motivation
17th May 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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A while back, it was pouring rain. I got rained on going to work and started my day with damp shoes and a wet head. The rain had been falling for a couple of days straight and i was starting to think god had given up on us as i usually do when it rains […]

Counter-Productive Effects of Multitasking: Running vs. Learning
16th May 2011Posted in: Blog 1
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I discovered today, much against my expectations that it can be difficult to run on the tread mill while concentrating on an audio book. This experiential data runs contrary to what i would expect because as a painter, i am often painting while also being intensely focused on things like documentaries or audiobooks. I have […]

Faith and Religion
15th May 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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A couple of thoughts about religion: 1)  If faith is no longer to be placed in organized religion, then surely there must be another use for the remarkable power of faith. This faith which gave us hope to believe in. This faith which at once nurtured the will to survive and the quest to identity. […]

Pornographic Society
14th May 2011Posted in: Blog 1
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So now that we live in a pornographic society where the sexuality of women is draped above us like a holy grail, are we still going to pretend that rape is a man’s problem? We have often heard the feminist position that rape is about power and control and not about sex. But sex itself […]

Politics, Democracy, Voting
12th May 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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A strange thing happened on my way to the voting office a couple of weeks ago. As i was moving over to vote in the last Canadian federal election i realized that i had an opinion. My opinion was apparently shared by a lot of quebecers. It was that the NDP was a good choice […]

Slut Walks, Gender Talks, Feminism
11th May 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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Recently, there has been a lot of talk about women`s rights spurred on by the foolish comments of an ontario cop. The cop apparently suggested that female victims of sexual assault must sometimes accept some responsibility for the crime because the way they were dressed sent mixed signals to the men who commited those crimes. […]

shopping and spiritual emptiness
9th May 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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I spent a couple hundred dollars on some nice pants and shoes the other day. I was going to walk past the shopping center but something drew me in. Not sure what. Bought some clothes for my body. Took them home, tried them on and felt dashing as i looked at myself in the mirror. […]

Language, communication, mimmicry, art, civilization
8th May 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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I have this theory that so much of what we people do linguistically is mere mimicry. Smoke and mirors of the tongue designed to communicate data such as: “I am going to hunt that elephant” or “Watch out there is a tiger over there!” or “Did you see her? She is going to bear my […]

Questions and Answers
29th Apr 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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If a question is a prison cell door and each answer a key then we must ensure  to set ourselves free in the process of answering questions while not locking ourselves inside.

16th Apr 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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A very good, and fair documentary about the failure of the war on drugs and the correctional system. Planned futility is how i describe the basis of our economic functioning because as one speaker in the documentary points out, you need unemployment in a capitalist economy. Without unemployment, there is no way to keep wages […]

The Pronoun
5th Apr 2011Posted in: Blog, Uncategorized 0
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I assure you,  the irony is not lost on me. We seem to be living in a world with the greatest of paradoxes and contradictions. As the internet and technology bring many people closer together, we forget that over 70% of the world don’t have access to the net.  So the distance between us and […]

Neurological Substrates of Painting, Seeing, Touching and Talking in the Inferior Parietal Lobule
4th Apr 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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Hi folks guess you can tell I am in another creative phase. I have been making art enough for a few more weeks of tomartist updates. Not sure if you remember but a while back I was asking myself some questions about neurology and the painting process. I was curious to try and understand why […]

Religion Is Morphing...Again...
3rd Apr 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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I love thinking about gender and this post truly just fell in my lap about half an hour ago. Masculine Gods? Feminine Gods? There are signs that religion is starting to crack under the pressure. This is a good crack. With it comes some increased flexibility because what does not bend, must break. There are […]

Alcoholism
21st Mar 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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If we are fighting alcoholism, we must take every wine bottle and every beer can and fill it with water. Thus, we  have now surrounded ourselves with the illusion of alcohol but the truth of water. As we reach for what our desires crave we are justly and rightly punished for our superficial focus on […]

Painting Process
21st Mar 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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Some painters reveal the process of their work on the actual surface of the canvas. Someone like Pollock  is  a good example, Robert Motherwell is another. Picasso and Chagall and all the abstract expressionists also fall into the category of painters for whom the process is evidenced by the work. Then there are others like […]

Perception, Observer, Consciousness, documentary style
21st Mar 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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The reason why the documentary information sharing style has become so popular is that it places the viewer at center stage like no other medium can. Hollywood put stars at center stage and if we paid the right amount, we were allowed to sit front row, maybe even center of the row. If we were […]

Hovering Awareness, consciousness, Freud, Painting
21st Mar 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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Freud referred to a certain power of observation as ”hovering awareness”. It is a kind of self outside the main self which is somewhat more objective, more able to step back and take some distance and perspective on what the rest of the self is doing. In CBT, this behaviour is called self monitoring towards an […]

Science versus Nature
21st Mar 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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When it comes to a really delicious royal Gala or Empire apple, there is is absolutely nothing science could do to take it away from me. No amount of physics, no amount of biology, No explanations from the fields of meteorology could ever explain away the wonder of how it is that water can fall […]

Long Showers and Memory
21st Mar 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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There is a phenomenon, or perhaps we should call it a human tendency. That tendency is to take longer rather than shorter showers. My wife to be sure likes really really long showers. I don’t particularly like long showers as i find them wasteful on water but i definitely go beyond five minutes in the […]

Convergence of Social Ideas
13th Mar 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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One of the most fascinating things about our consciousness seems to me to be that we can witness the actual convergence of ideas socially. The same idea, occuring in two different people, worlds apart at roughly the same time. That is evidence of something greater than individualism. When i was 16 or so, i found […]

Art Therapy, Painting, Process
13th Mar 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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The first person view is of particular usefulness in the acount of how art therapy works. The race is on right now to put the huge body of knowledge which art therapy relies on, into scientific language. However, we must remember that experience and observation do have scientific value, if not validity. We must not […]

spa experience as a microcosm of society
4th Mar 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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It occured to me the other day while soaking in a hot tub that my experience at my favourite spa was in some relative sense a microcosm of an individual’s experience in society. For example, as my body is soaking, i realize that my calm head sits above the water. Here, my rational mind is […]

Religion vs. Science
25th Feb 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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Moses may have parted the sea but Galileo put the sun in the centre of our universe. Jesus may have turned water into wine but Darwin made a monkey give birth to a human. You tell me who’s miracles are greater.

Taxation and Democracy
22nd Feb 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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The citizen should have taxes directly removed from the income paid to him. Paying taxes is one of the only and certainly the most important democratic act which a citizen can carry out.  Paying taxes is worth so much more than a simple vote every so many years. We vote at every election, but little […]

Revolution and Art Therapy
21st Feb 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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With each coming revolution, each hike in oil prices, each dissolved illusion of the mortgage crisis, each budding conflict, the voice of art therapy grows stronger.

Sense of Another
21st Feb 2011Posted in: Blog 1
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When a person walks past you in a still environment, there is a sense you can glean in an etherial space which not too many people know about. If the air is still and the person walks past at a calm pace you will first notice a sort of vacuum as they displace the air […]

Emotional Delay
19th Feb 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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If someone were intellectually impaired we would have a name for that. It is called developmental delay or intellectual deficiency or mental retardation. We would in our society want to ensure that such individuals had services adapted to their special needs. Education, transportation, emotional support and similar services all adapted for their needs which differ […]

Top books
14th Feb 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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This is where you can find my favourite art therapy related books. This post is going to be updated regularly as i collect new books to put in it. Dr.David Burns Feeling Good Boris Cyrulnik Parler d’Amour au Bord du Gouffre. Baron-Cohen, 2009 Art Therapy and Clinical Neuroscience

Art therapy can not fail
13th Feb 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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Art therapy can not fail because it stakes everything in the notion that people’s creativity is the antidote for the majority of our suffering. It is through creativity that we solve all problems, find all solutions, evade all difficulties, find all any truths. How can that possibly fail? It is a knowledge field that field […]

Media and the Purveyor of the Truth
13th Feb 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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The purveyor of the truth is the keeper of the secret.

Mental Health Documentaries
13th Feb 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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The Emasculating Truth http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/emasculating-truth/ Global consciousness is really buzzing right now. It is stimulated by the internet like an individual in the midst of an enormous thought. This documentary is an indication of what i have just said. It is a remise en question of the nature of masculinity. Human consciousness is waking up. There […]

Intuitive process in painting
12th Feb 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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My most recent style of painting is one in which i splash paint about the canvas with my brush. I smear it and disperse a selected palette or two or three colors and their composites across the surface in a haphazard kind of way. I do this for hours. I have always stepped back from […]

Art Therapy and Spirituality
6th Feb 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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What if spirituality as we know it, does not exist on the plane of scientific fields of enquiry? What if looking into spirituality with a scientific gaze is like trying to read Greek, knowing only Latin.  I think a lot of people are starting to agree that spirituality is socially constructed. That does not make […]

positive psychology and Art therapy
6th Feb 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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It dawned on me like a slap in the face which somehow makes you feel great.  Psycholgy over emphasizes, over focuses on the negative experiences of human beings as a whole. The areas of research which get the funding are those that focus on solving problems. This trend is echoed in the pinacle of this […]

Music and the brain
5th Feb 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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A lot of the interest in the neurology of music seems to focus on a special kind of physical experience which people have in relation to music. That experience consists of what some call: “chills” which arrive as the consequence of listening to music which one finds very moving. I have personally experienced those “chills” […]

Jungian Dream Analysis
31st Jan 2011Posted in: Blog 2
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Interestingly, i last blogged about Freud dream analysis and the fact that my perception of what goes on in dreams was greatly influenced by it. Well, this post is about something interesting which happened the night following the writing of that post. Well, I had a dream. I kid you not. Guess what happened in […]

Freudian Dream Analysis
28th Jan 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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I read a primer of Freudian psychology when i was about 15 or  so. It is what got me interested in the area of psychology. In particular, Freudian defenses struck me as particularly refined and accurate in their ability to describe our strange behaviours. Freud’s dream analyses were also quite interesting to me because he […]

Symptoms of Psychiatric Illness vs. Characteristics of the Painting Process
24th Jan 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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It occurred to me, upon reviewing the diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia that most, if not all of the symptoms are various forms of experience which a painter can encounter while painting. Perhaps this observation could be generalized to all artists engaged in the creative process accross all modalities whether in drama, music or visual art. Delusions, hallucinations, […]

Boys and Men
11th Jan 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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I have just watched a documentary found here http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/tough-guise/ about the violent rite of passage boys must navigate in order to become men. Because violence is perceived as an integral component of being a man, nearly all of the violence on the planet is inflicted by men. Yet, I know of one R and B […]

top documentaries
11th Jan 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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The Emasculating Truth http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/emasculating-truth/ Global consciousness is really buzzing right now. It is stimulated by the internet like an individual in the midst of an enormous thought. This documentary is an indication of what i have just said. It is a remise en question of the nature of masculinity. Human consciousness is waking up. There […]

Yoga
11th Jan 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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The instructor talks us through an hour and half of movement and stillness. Within a matter of minutes, the sound of my breath replaces the sound of my chattering mind. “What about this? What about that? I am analyzing possibilities, computing probabilities, all fall by the way side as i tune in to the pulse […]

Nietzsche
6th Jan 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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Nietzsche lashed out against Christianity but was also under the spell of the mythological significance of Christ.

Men and War and My Army
6th Jan 2011Posted in: Blog 0
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If i had to make up an army. I would make an army of peace. They would be armed, well funded and go to conflict areas around the world and kill everyone who is found to be fighting. Eventually, the army of peace would eradicate all fighting people and eventually, the gene would be rooted […]

Valuation of Art vs. Science
26th Dec 2010Posted in: Blog 0
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I am tired world. Tired of having to fight to prove that art exists, that it has meaning, that it should receive its due. Tired of having to yell above the voices of more important people. Tired of feeling insignificant and marginal because i chose to spend hours on end staring at a blank canvas […]

Cultural pride
26th Dec 2010Posted in: Blog 0
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George Carlin made the point that one should not be proud of one’s culture nor one’s nationality but only have pride in what one does. He said you have to do something in order to be proud of something. You can not simply be proud to be american, or proud to be muslim or catholic […]

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