Magic Triangle Relaxation Method

I heard T Gorski talk about this at a conference in Florida. De-stressing a key to metal health. Give it a try.

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Developed By Terence T. Gorski for use in Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT) in 1995

Most relapse prone people have serious problems with stress that can lead to relapse. It is important to teach relaxation techniques that can be used to turn off or significantly reduce the immediate stress response when it occurs. Mindfulness mediation has become a popular evidence-based relaxation method, but there are other relaxation techniques that are also effective.

The Smorgasbord Approach To Relaxation Training

Relaxation training has been consistently integrated into the CENAPS® Model of Relapse Prevention since about 1985. Another blog with cover the seven core approaches to relaxation training and meditation used Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist (CRPS) and found to be helpful in their work.

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100 inspirational quotes.

gold fish jumpingIf you need a little inspiration then you came to the right place. We have anywhere from 45,000-60,000 thoughts a day. Replace some of the negative thoughts with one or more of the following.Here is a list of 100 inspirational quotes put together by Kevin Kruse.

1.Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being. –Kevin Kruse
2.Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill
3.Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein
4.Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost
5.I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. –Florence Nightingale
6.You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky
7.I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. –Michael Jordan
8.The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. –Amelia Earhart
9.Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. –Babe Ruth
10.Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. –W. Clement Stone
11.The past is a ghost, the future a dream. All we ever have is now. –Bill Cosby
12.Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. –John Lennon
13.We become what we think about. –Earl Nightingale
14.Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain
15.Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. –Charles Swindoll
16.The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker
17.The mind is everything. What you think you become. –Buddha
18.The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb
19.An unexamined life is not worth living. –Socrates
20.Eighty percent of success is showing up. –Woody Allen
21.Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. –Steve Jobs
22.Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. –Vince Lombardi
23.I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –Stephen Covey
24.Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. –Pablo Picasso
25.You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –Christopher Columbus
26.I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou
27.Either you run the day, or the day runs you. –Jim Rohn
28.Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. –Henry Ford
29.The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain
30.Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
31.The best revenge is massive success. –Frank Sinatra
32.People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. –Zig Ziglar
33.Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. –Anais Nin
34.If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh
35.There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. –Aristotle
36.Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. –Jesus
37.The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
38.Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. –Henry David Thoreau
39.When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me. –Erma Bombeck
40.Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him. –Booker T. Washington
41.Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb
42.Believe you can and you’re halfway there. –Theodore Roosevelt
43.Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. –George Addair
44.We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. –Plato
45.Teach thy tongue to say, “I do not know,” and thous shalt progress. –Maimonides
46.Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. –Arthur Ashe
47.When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. –John Lennon
48.Fall seven times and stand up eight. –Japanese Proverb
49.When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. –Helen Keller
50.Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. –Confucius
51.How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. –Anne Frank
52.When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. –Lao Tzu
53.Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. –Maya Angelou
54.Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions. –Dalai Lama
55.If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. –Sheryl Sandberg
56.First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. –Aristotle
57.If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. –Latin Proverb
58.You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground. –Unknown
59.We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. –Marie Curie
60.Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. –Les Brown
61.Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. –Joshua J. Marine
62.If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. –Booker T. Washington
63.I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. –Leonardo da Vinci
64.Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. –Jamie Paolinetti
65.You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame. –Erica Jong
66.What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. –Bob Dylan
67.I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. –Benjamin Franklin
68.In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. –Bill Cosby
69.A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein
70.The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. –Chinese Proverb
71.There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. –Roger Staubach
72.It is never too late to be what you might have been. –George Eliot
73.You become what you believe. –Oprah Winfrey
74.I would rather die of passion than of boredom. –Vincent van Gogh
75.A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. –Unknown
76.It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings. –Ann Landers
77.If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. –Abigail Van Buren
78.Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. –Farrah Gray
79.The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at. –Jesse Owens
80.Education costs money. But then so does ignorance. –Sir Claus Moser
81.I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. –Rosa Parks
82.It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. –Confucius
83.If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. –Oprah Winfrey
84.Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. –Dalai Lama
85.You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. –Maya Angelou
86.Dream big and dare to fail. –Norman Vaughan
87.Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. –Martin Luther King Jr.
88.Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. –Teddy Roosevelt
89.If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. –Tony Robbins
90.Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. –Gloria Steinem
91.It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. –Mae Jemison
92.You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. –Beverly Sills
93.Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. –Eleanor Roosevelt
94.Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. –Grandma Moses
95.The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. –Ayn Rand
96.When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. –Henry Ford
97.It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. –Abraham Lincoln
98.Change your thoughts and you change your world. –Norman Vincent Peale
99.Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. –Benjamin Franklin
100.Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!” –Audrey Hepburn
101.The only way to do great work is to love what you do. –Steve Jobs
102.If you can dream it, you can achieve it. –Zig Ziglar

Kevin Kruse wrote a book 4 Keys to Happiness and Fulfillment at Work. He shares research into the true triggers of workplace motivation. I receive no monetary, or any other gain from recommending his book. I just like his 100 inspirational quotes and wanted to thank him by giving him a plug.

I hope you find value in this.

My best,


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Rising Above The Consumer Christmas – Giving Your Presence

Xmas came early this year. Pass on your gift. This article shares the importance of having a quality life with no regrets.Read this blog and recommit to being present with yourself and those around you. My best, Stuart –

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20131225-072704.jpg The gift of your sober and loving presence Is the best gift you can give.
Your sober and responsible PRESENCE will be remembered more than any of the PRESENTS that you give.

By Terence T. Gorski, Author
December 25, 2013

Most of us have been turned into good little consumers by our commercial culture. We are conditioned to see our self-worth in terms of the gifts we can afford to give or the value of the gifts we receive.

The giving of our love and caring – the sharing of our lives – does not seem to be of any value. The giving of ourselves seems worthless when compared to expensive gifts piled up high under the tree. We can get so depressed that we can’t afford those gifts they we withdraw and take away the truly valuable gift we have to give to another – ourselves.

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Read this story feel better. Do not let your self esteem be dictated by your environmnt.

Do you feel under appreciated but feel you have a lot to give to the world? Do not give up the world needs you. Sometimes the difference between success is the environment we surround ourselves in. If you feel there is more to life, then there is. If you do not like the results you are getting with your life then maybe it is time to take a leap of faith and jump into something new. This story below is a great example of how we may have a lot to offer but are not in an an environment that appreciates our talents. When is enough enough? Start changing you life for the better today. Don’t over think this just do. Eat healthier, exercise, drink half your weight in ounces of water a day, go onto youtube and laugh, enjoy nature. This is your day. We do not get time back. So when is it time for you to live more of the life you want? The answer…, right now. Read this story. I want you to know you are special whether you are around people who appreciate you or not. I am glad you are alive and want your spirit to shine more brightly in the world today. If nothing else focus on the positive’s more, be kinder to yourself and others, practice gratitude, write down 10 things you are greatful for each day for the next 30 day’s and see how you feel. This is your day. Go out and enjoy. Take back control of your mind, body and spirit and put down the electronics, and express your self maybe like the violinist in the below story. Enjoy!!

“A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.
A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.
A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.
The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.
In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.
Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.
This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?
One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?”

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Asking for Help

This is a very good description of many of my clients at times. Place yourself in this persons shoes. Think about how you help people.

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Confessions of an Artist -My Interview with Rob Maniscalco

Bravery-e1386223001375Rob Maniscalco is a name you will want to remember. He is the Artist featured in my new blog segment at  where I interview artists and Art Therapists that provide value to the mental health and art community. This new aspect of my blog was inspired by portrait painter Rob Maniscalco who painted this beautiful painting above. This interview segment of the blog all started when he emailed me and shared with me his website. I added him to my list of 53 art therapy blogs you do not want to miss. Because of him I am inspired to interview all 53 and more. Even though Rob is not a licensed art therapist he certainly is therapeutic! He has inspired his clients to express themselves in the world through art. He has inspired me to learn more about all of you and to interview artist who I, and I believe you will find fascinating.  I encourage you all to go to his website where you can access his blog, free resources and video’s as well as pictures of his art groups, paintings and more.  One free video of his I really liked was coincidentally on values.  In addition to being a painter, writer, actor and PBS host you will find out more about this artist below. I sent Rob a list of questions for him to answer and hope you enjoy this as much as I. I have no doubt it will be of worth to you. My Best, Stuart at

The first known interview with a VampBlogger – Confessions of an artist

I was recently asked for an interview by eminent art therapy blogger, Stuart Cline.  Here are his fascinating questions, along with my answers:

What got you into blogging? I enjoy communicating directly with the people.  A big part of my mission is converting “civilians” to a life of self-expression and creativity and freeing the captive soul.  Art just makes the world a better place.   I’ve always sent email newsletters and have been a columnist for the local paper.  One of my books, Point of Art, is partly the result of that column.  I hosted a TV show called Artbeat on PBS, which was sort of a video blog.

At what age did you start blogging and how long have you been doing it?  I’ve really begun blogging in earnest just this year, with the updating of my website.   I’ve had an arts website since the early 90s, but somehow always manage to fall behind the latest technologies.  How does that keep happening?

Where were you born?  I’m a Detroiter.

Did you always want to be an artist? Did you have any set backs.  Set backs?  I could write a book!  Wait, I did.  My other book is a semi-autobiographical novel about my surviving a sexual assaulted when I was forteen.  That one’s called “The Fishfly.”   It has become clear that often what I thought were opportunities were really setbacks.  And vice versa.   I knew I was destined to be an artist as early as Junior High.  But which discipline?  I set out to be a musician in College, painting for extra cash on the side.  Then I supported a struggling acting career by painting portraits.  Finally, in my mid thirties, it dawned on me that I should really devote myself to the thing at which I was most successful: painting.  Everything else became a hobby after that and life began to come into balance.

Who inspired you to do art? Do you have any artist’s in your family?  I grew up in a house full of artists. My parents met in art school.  Now if that’s not a recipe for disaster, right?   My father was a famous portrait artist. Music was blaring all the time and it was chaotic.  As an adult, I’d developed a romantic infatuation with the idea of a stable childhood.  But the lack of structure prepared me for anything in “real life.”  At least that was the theory.  I’m not so sure.  I’ve come to believe stability is a fine goal.

What artist’s influenced you?  Growing up I copied the masters, Delacroix, Rembrandt, Sargent, Van Gogh, etc.  I was one of the stalwarts who’ve held onto the quaint notion that beauty is still a viable element in art.  Although my taste is as wide as the sea, I prefer to emulate nature in my work.

Do you find your art work has helped your mental health?, Life? How? ( Many of my blog readers are art therapist like how it relates to mental health)  I believe there are many correlations between the work of an artist and the spiritual truths.  As a teacher, I find the only path to success is through dealing with fear.  Our greatest fear is that we are not good enough.  And no where is this fear more acutely revealed than in front of a blank canvas.  My art has been the vehicle by which I have trained myself to be brave in the face of my fear.  And what is this fear behind a blank canvas?  The fear of the unknown.  This is how art has saved my life.  And I have seen the powerful impact it has had on countless students, who are struggling to validate themselves by creating something meaningful through their art.  Eventually, we all come around to realizing we were born good enough.  Once we realize this, then our art really takes off.

If you were a superhero what powers would you have and why?  The power of empathy.  Imagine, if I could read the hearts and know the truth behind anyone who has ever lived, to see from their perspective.  The power to connect and be one and understand others, as well as myself, without the distortion of our ego to get in the way.

What is your favorite color?  I only see color as it relates to other colors, which is one of the myriad of spiritual lessons of an artist.  Everything is relative.

What is your favorite medium to work in. I prefer to paint in oil, particularly wet on wet.  This way I can move paint into paint and enjoy the most primal aspects of creation:  Playing in mud.  I am a painter, not merely an artist.

What challenges do you have in being creative? and how do you over come them?  The greatest challenge is time management.  But then, as I have found at various times throughout my 34 year career, we find ourselves asking the existential questions.  Why am I here?  How best do I fill this brief moment we have on Earth?  What is my dharma?  Sometime the answer to this question shifts and the Earth under your feet, that has always been there, moves.  And then it’s time to stop and re-evaluate.  The management of time only matters when you know what you need to do.  If that is uncertain, time no longer matters.

What helps you be more creative?  What you put in is what comes out.  Our intuition is only as good as what we put in.  So I read, I write, I explore, I ask questions, I try new forms, I get with others and bounce ideas around.  I listen to music.  I keep that constant flow in and out, all the time, with every breath.

How have you seen art help people you have worked with?  I have seen people transformed.  With a little tenacity,  mixed with some basic know how, I’ve seen people begin to believe in themselves.  With a few tools, people have so much to say.  People just need a chance, a vehicle to speak.  Art can provide that.

Are you able to make a living as an artist?  It’s the only job I’ve had in 34 years.  But I haven’t always made a living.  The field changes all the time.  Sometimes I’m leading the change and sometimes I’m barely keeping up.

What words of advice would you give to someone who is young and wants to be an artist?  Business schools are now hiring people with art degrees.  And hear I’ve always told kids to get a business degree, because art is a business.  If you want to make a living you have to treat it as a business.  My art is my brand.  If you want freedom to do anything, have a ball, but don’t expect the public to support you.  They won’t.

What would life be like for you if you could not do art?  I’d be dead, more than likely.  The feelings would have gotten so pent up, with no appropriate place or way to express the absurdity, the irony, the incongruity, the chaos, and the intense improbable beauty of it all that I would probably have driven over a cliff in search of the meaning I find in a simple stroke of paint smeared across a canvas.

If you were given a wish to change career’s and do any profession in the world what would it be?  I guess I’d either be a psychologist or a minister.  I appreciate people who are broken; I enjoy seeing them overcome their challenges as they come to realize they were never really broken in the first place.  It just felt that way.

What subject matter do you like painting/drawing the most and why?  I enjoy painting people.  I enjoy painting natural forms.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years?  The art business is changing dramatically.  Technology is allowing many people to enter the field and it is getting crowded.  By enabling people to find their voices as artists, ironically, I have over the years contributed to reducing the value of my own voice.  Many of my students have surpassed me in their careers.  It all depends on how we measure success, I suppose.  I think making others to find their voice is the greatest calling a person could have.  Where will that leave me in 5-10 years?  Happy.


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52 Art therapy Blogs you do not want to miss!

52 Art therapy Blogs you do not want to miss!.

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53 Art Therapy Blogs You Do Not Want To Miss!

paint brushes presents the 53 top Art Therapy Blogs. This blog is to share with you the 53 top art therapy blogs. I update this blog as I find more blogs that I find worthy of this list. I look for blogs that are creative, inspiring, and give value to other art therapists. I Also look for blogs and websites that provide free products, like video’s, e-books, demonstrations on art projects and me. If you have an art blog that you have created or know of and want my to take a look to include please email mail me. Check out this website on the link at the end of the blog for great resources for the creative mind, art therapist, or someone who wants some creative coaching. There are a lot of helpful resources that I have added here. I hope this add’s value to your life. My best, Stuart

The following blogs can offer general information about art therapy, as well as                links to books and articles you can read to find out more.

1. Psychology Today: The Healing Arts :This blog is run by an art therapist who posts topics about                advocacy days, art therapy intervention ideas, and more. If you are looking for the basics of this practice, this is a good blog to check out.
2. Medical Art Therapy : This blog is great to turn to in order to get an overall education on art therapy. Read stories about successful cases, find out unique ideas, and get helpful tips with this blog.
3. Art Therapy : If you want to find out the basics of this practice, as well as find books, ideas, and other resources,   this is the blog to check out.
4. Art Therapy Reflections : Learn some musings on this practice, as well as the basic science behind it,                when you check out this blog.
5. Art Therapy Guide : Find out what art therapy is, as well as information about relevant  programs.
6. Arts in Health & Care : This blog serves as a spot to get basic information about this practice, and also                discusses news related to art therapy.
7. Artandhealing’s Posterous : This blogger uses art and dance to heal, and can give you ideas on how to do it yourself. You can also get basic facts about this practice when you peruse this blog.
8. Art Therapy Los Angeles : Let this therapist share stories about interesting clients, inspiration, and ideas to give you a basic understanding of this practice.
9. Mullumbimby Art Therapy : This blog offers interesting thoughts, ideas, and resources for anyone who                wants to find out more about art therapy.
10. Health Care Fine Art : This therapist offers an overview of art as therapy, as well as ideas regarding using art to heal.

Here are some blogs that offer a lot of creative ideas for art therapy.

11. Joyful Art Therapy : This blog offers plenty of ways to practice art therapy in your life. There are also links to helpful workshops and books.
12. Art Therapy Techniques from the Field : Find out about techniques that you can use in your life to feel a bit calmer and more content in general. They come straight from a practicing art therapist.
13. Self-Guided Art Therapy : If you are not yet sure whether you should consult a professional to get started                in art therapy, you can check out these ways to try it out on your own.
14. Creative Juices Arts : Allow this blogger to inspire you to get creative. She explains that even those who do not think they are creative can use art therapy to relax and heal.
15. KinderArt : Whether you work with disabled children or are just curious about some of the best lesson plans for kids interested in art therapy, check out this blog.
16. Higher Art : This art therapist offers solutions that are especially tailored for children. Find out some ways to  help your kids cope with art therapy.  A  great place for resources and coaching for creative minds, and art therapists.  
Blogs from Organizations

Some professional organizations offer blogs on their website. These can provide you with links to resources, or even offer the opinion of professionals. Either way, you can be sure that these types of blogs are legitimate and offer plenty of information.

18. The Potomac Art Therapy Association: Drawing from Within : This blog keeps readers updated with news about art therapy, new opportunities, resources, and support. Whether you are quite advanced in this subject or want to get to know more, you should find this blog helpful.
19. Art Therapy Scholars Blog : The American Art Therapy Association, or AATA, has come together with the  Florida State University Art Therapy Association, or FSU-ATA, to create this blog. The point is to help professionals and students alike to get in touch, get new ideas, and flourish  in this industry. If you are considering getting involved in art therapy, this is a good place to start.
20. Fractured Atlas : This organization of artists provides support and ideas when it comes to healing through                art.
21. National Center for Creative Aging : This organization encourages everyone to use art, music, and more everyday, especially as they age.

Blogs by Art Therapists

If you are interested in getting to know more about art therapy, let the experts themselves teach you. Blogs by art therapists often provide new ideas, unique perspectives, and educational videos, so give them a chance to share their information with you.

22. Malissa Morrell : This art therapist is also a marriage and family therapist, so if you are looking for help                related to this area, consider her blog. You can find inspirational videos and tips here.
23. Elizabeth Beck : Let this therapist advise you about new treatment methods while offering interesting videos that can teach more about this subject.
24. Adventures in Art Therapy : This blog teaches readers the power of this method, and also tell stories about successful interventions. You can also find out a bit more about the practice by watching informative videos here.
25. The Butter Compartment : This art therapist is still new to the field, and writes about therapy in relation to diabetes. Check out her artistic creations with old diabetes trash, such as tubes and test strips.
26. Jen Berlingo, MA : This professional has experience with art therapy, Reiki healing, and psychotherapy, which means readers can learn a lot from her.
27. The Unfolding Moment : Many people like to check out another person’s take on certain works of art. If this describes you, read this blog by art therapist Tracy Hart.
28. Lani Puppetmaker’s Blogspot : Get some inspiration and ideas from this art therapist’s site. She often                posts interesting art, explaining her take on it.
29. 365 Days of Being 30 : This therapist is not shy about sharing her works, including customized journals                and magazines that she has been published in. Share in her excitement while learning a bit about what she does when you visit this site.
. Creativity in Motion : Read this art therapist’s musings and ideas on art and this practice in general.
31. Knowing Imagination : If you want to check out some reflections on art therapy, as well as this therapist’s book recommendations, give this blog a chance.
32. Marketing Mindfulness : Poppy Terris is an art therapist with a few things to say about this practice, so be prepared to learn a little when you read her website.
33. Sadiejay’s Blog : Use this blog to find out about classes centering on art therapy, as well as reasons to work with an art therapist.
34. When We Were Made : Follow the journey of this recent graduate as she gets experience as an art therapist in the real world.
35. Neuroscience in Art Therapy : This therapist combines the ideas of art and science, so give this unique                perspective a chance.
36. Denver Art Therapy & Counseling : This therapist focuses on issues related to divorce and separation, so check out art therapy in this context.
37. – This therapist focuses on art therapy resources and inspirational stories with a counseling perspective.
Blogs for Healing

If you want to find out firsthand how art therapy can help those who are trying to recover, reading a blog about it can help tremendously. Not only will you be able to read the stories of various bloggers, but you can also see the very artwork that expresses how they feel.

38. Modus Vivendi : This blog displays a large gallery of art created by those who are using art therapy to heal.
39. My Monster Has a Name : This blogger uses art therapy to heal from childhood abuse, so check out the                musings posted here, as well as a gallery of art related to the healing process.
40. The People Behind My Eyes : This blogger is in the recovery process and often uses art therapy to help. Check out the artwork created during this process.
 41. Crackers and Juiceboxes : This is another survivor in recovery who uses art therapy to get through life.                Read her story and check out her art.
42. Survivors Can Thrive! : This blog has a separate category for art therapy, so check it out to see how this blogger uses it to recover from child abuse, PTSD, and other devastating experiences.
43 Mind Parts : Find out how an adult male uses art to cope with a past of being sexually abused as a child.
44. Art Constellation : This blog mainly consists of interesting drawings derived from art therapy sessions.
45. Beautiful Dreamer : This blogger mostly talks about the struggle with Dissociative Identity Disorder, but the blog does include a separate section for artwork.
46. Turning Turning : This blogger is an art therapist who writes about how the practice has helped her sort out her own issues. Rather than writing about the method from the perspective of an art therapist, she writes about it from the point of view of a survivor.
47. Soul Humming : Check out the various pictures created by this blogger, who is a breast cancer survivor.
48. The Survivor Mural Project : As you can expect from the name, this blog allows survivors to each create a piece of a large mural. Those invited to participate are people recovering from sexual violence.
49. Expressive Art : Find out a little about this blogger by looking at her art. She uses this practice for inner                exploration.
 50. Sue Doodles : This fun blogger encourages others to doodle and sketch as she does to get out emotions.
51. Inspired : This breast cancer survivor uses art to help heal, and she is not shy in showing it off.
52. My (Getting Better) Story : Check out this abuse survivor’s drawings and poetry as she copes with the past.
Art Educational blogs:
53. : This is a website with a blog by Rob Maniscalco whose goal is to encourage and empower people to explore their potential for self-expression through painting and drawing. In addition to a blog he has free YouTube videos on portrait painting, understanding values and more.
 Keep up the great work creative people!!!!!
My best, Stuart
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An Art Therapy Project + Apple + Addiction = Greatness

Apple colored pencils

An art therapy project plus an apple plus an addiction equals greatness by Stuart at I was doing a substance abuse group and my clients were having a hard time seeing what their life would be like without drugs and or alcohol. I believe if your goals are fuzzy then your results will be fuzzy. With this in mind I brought the group to our art therapy room and put down pieces of large white paper and colored pencils. I told them I was going to test them on a life lesson and there was no need to worry because I would give them all the answers to this test. In fact, I will put the answer’s right in front of them. They relaxed until I placed an apple in the middle of the table and told everyone to draw the apple exactly as it looks onto the paper.

The groups anxiety raised immediately, nervous laughter began and each of them shared with me the reasons why they could not do this. I told them that all the answers to draw the apple were right infront of them. The line, shape, and color were all they needed to dupicate it exactly. So with some more  encouragement they all started to draw. By the end of the session I walked around and looked at all the drawings.  None of them looked like the real apple in the center of the table. I asked them why they could not draw it realistically. They all gave their reasons  sharing that this was not easy. I listened and when they were finnished I said this.     

          The reason you could not draw the apple before you is because you are drawing what you think an apple looks like rather than the one that is right in front of you. In life we all do the exact same thing. We look at our own possibilities with preconceived filters that do not allow us to see our true brilliance. Often we are clouded by what we believe is in front of us rather then seeing what is actually is.  

The challenge in life is to see what is right in front of you with all of its glory. You are all greater then you allow yourself to be. It is time to stop looking at the past of what we think an apple looks like and look in the mirror and appreciate the beaauty that is before you. You are a miricle and how people have seen you, and how you have acted while under the inffluence is not who you are today. Having an addiction is an aspect of you. Not your totallity. There is greatness in you. All of you. It is time to embrace it and shine. The key is to draw from what is before you not what you think is before you. Look closure, let go of judgements and allow this truth in.

There is a medical doctor named Andrew Weil. He was teaching a college class in Arizona on how to find four leaf clovers. I am sure this was not the main reason for the class but this is what they did. In each class they would go out in search of finding four leaf clovers in a nearby field. In the first class they only found one, but with each class they kept finding more and more.  By the end of the semester when they went out into the same field they were finding fourleaf clovers everywhere. So why then? because with this  belief that they were there and setting the intention to find them they were able to tune into and seed what has been there the entire  time. 

The greatness that is you is right here right now. Even though you may not feel it or see it.  Does not take away the truth that your greatness and worth are in you right now. Imagine this. I stand before you and take out a $100 dollar bill. I ask if you want it and you say yes. I crumpple it in to a small ball into my hand  and ask if you still want it. You say ….yes. Then I throw it onto the ground and step on it. I pick it up and ask you if you still want it. You say, yes. The value of the $100 is not lost even though it was crushed and stepped on. You may feel run over and stomped on but it does not take away your worth, value and importance. The first step is to live in the possibility that this greatness is inside of you right now. The more you keep looking you will begin to see it shine brighter and brighter until you radiate like the sun. This is not the type of light that will hurt your eyes but rather the light that will strengthen your spirit and allow other light workers to see you coming. my best, Stuart at

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Ten Ways to Become a Successful Artist in Business.

dont give upbeleive -This article by Geoffrey Gorman helps you have more clarity on how to become a successful artist in Business. I support you in being a risk taker, to be creative, artistic and expressive in all that you do and by this you will have success. Success is what you say it is. In Business how to be a successful artist is what Geoffery Gorman writes about. Enjoy, My best, Stuart at

By Geoffrey Gorman, Guest Writer

I am always interested to hear how artists succeed in the art world. Most artists don’t have an advisor to help them, galleries don’t seem to have as much time for career development, and unfortunately the days of being discovered are over. Therefore, I have come up with my ten tips to help artists succeed.

1. Set yearly, five year, and ultimate career goals. The goals that you plan are a road map for your career. Be realistic but at the same time don’t be afraid to dream about your goals. Be prepared to change and re-prioritize your goals as different opportunities arise.

2. Be committed to realizing your goals. You have to believe in your work and yourself; you have to love what you are doing and be persistent. Sometimes the day-to-day details are the hardest ones to take care of, such as updating your resume, photographing your work, or keeping accurate records of your inventory. These are also some of the most important tasks to stay on top of.

3. Understand where your work fits into the market. Read and analyze a variety of arts related journals, books, and newsletters to find out where the audience is for your work. When you approach galleries and museums, do your homework ahead of time so that you know what type of work they are interested in exhibiting.

4. Document your work and career. Always photograph all of your work and have a labeled record of every piece you have created. This means producing good slides of each piece. Good slides are professional and in focus. I have seen many portfolios that have had dark, out of focus pictures that were shot in the backyard. Also keep a clean copy of every article about you and your work in a notebook that can be reproduced. This book, which should have your master slide list along with any press you garner, becomes your bible.

5. Work with your own mailing list. A mailing list is one of the most important tools you have in front of you. Every professional artist I have worked with has an active mailing list that they have accumulated over the years. Your mailing list is made up of five elements: collectors/interested people; museum directors/curators/staff; gallery dealers/staff; arts writers/media; arts professionals like grant writers, etc. Send out postcards to this list at least three times a year.

6. Find role models and mentors. When I was running a gallery ten years ago, I picked out several other dealers who were successful, got to know them, and then found out how they structured their business. A mentor can be a businessperson you admire or an artist that has succeeded on a level that you want to reach.

7. Network with your peers. Set up salons or critical discussion groups. Use your peers as an arena for feedback on your work and career. Knowledge of other opportunities is very important to artists.

8. Be a visible participant in the art world. Go to lectures, openings, and arts events that pertain to your work. Introduce yourself to dealers, curators, collectors, and critics. Museum curators like to see artists at their events and appreciate the support. If your specialty is printmaking, let the local college or museum know that you are available for demonstrations or talks about your specialty.

9. Make efforts to promote your work. Consider donations to charitable organizations, auctions, museum collections, and fund-raisers. Join and participate in arts related organizations and exhibit at juried/alternative spaces. Get invited to invitational shows. Consider local and national advertising either on your own or with your gallery.

10. Secure appropriate representation at each stage of your career. Consider several galleries around the country to build up a large collector base, advertising opportunities, and varied critical attention. Have a clear understanding of how much work you can produce in a year.

All of these tips are to help you become clear about what you want. Remember: exposure equals success for artists (and Bloggers Stuart adds from

Geoffrey Gorman, a former gallery director, attended the Maryland Institute of Art and the Boston Museum School. Five years ago he founded GG+A, an artist career development firm that works with artists individually and through workshops.

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