paper riddle

photo "paper riddle" by Tomas Karkalas from Klaipeda, Lithuania

photo paper riddle

I was used to think the good picture needs no comments.It should talk itself. Yet I was under a delusion. The photo “paper riddle” helped me to grasp that. So let’s  look again. What we see are two paper swans on a bookshelf . We may enjoy these paper crafts or not, but our emotions would show nothing if without the following information: these swans were made not by the artists but the patients of the hospital for people with psychiatric disorders. Art therapy didn’t display any destructive colors or the challenging shapes, but the peaceful warmth of paper creations…now the swans look otherwise, isn’t it? So knowledge of the truth made the paper swans a riddle.  Do we enjoy what we see or what we think about what we know?

As I wrote earlier art therapy is the school of being together.

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. -Benjamin Disraeli

school of being together

a close-up at art therapy crafts

a close-up at art therapy crafts

art therapy is the school of being together.
The diploma in art therapy is the practice of the sharing of the love.

Images created by Lithuanian artist Tomas Karkalas

smile in disguise

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Smile in Disguise according to Tomas Karkalas from Klaipeda, Lithuania

“When you look for the good in others, you discover the best in yourself.”

~ Martin Walsh

The windows hide people with the psychiatric disorders from the well-groomed passersby.  The case-histories absorb the stories of the wish to be and lock the passions in a secret of the stifling archives behind bars.  The heavy silence would reign if not the art therapy …-  have a look at  the jolly colors below, at the smile in disguise. This picture was made by a patient who didn’t call himself the artist, but silently inhabited the space under the window.  I couldn’t pass by so took my camera…

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art therapy work – the picture unknown in number

Let’s see

Images created by Lithuanian artist Tomas Karkalas

“When you plant a seed of love, it is you that blossoms.”

 Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

School of love – create with joy

photo painting Moral King by Tomas Karkalas from Klaipeda, Lithuania

Molar King from art therapy class

It is good if everybody has a chance to talk, yet that only doubled the pain because nobody listened.
As we realize our problems as the misunderstandings, the conflict hurts doubly: the understanding of the meaninglessness of our passions colour up everything as the futility. That increased my despair and led to the hospital for people with the psychiatric disorders in Klaipeda. So I appeared in the art therapy class…Wow! Love was reigning there. The mental hospital was a school of love. I took my camera and became the participant of the class.

My eyes were captured by the Molar King freedom from the attachments means not the wings, but the blindness to the talents God gave to us.

Many are afraid to greet people with the psychiatric disorders, and such mindset hurts the most. It hurts not only the rejected but the world because the prejudices rob people of their freedom to smile and put them into the slavery to the cunning standards of beauty.

What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly — Lao Tzu

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art therapy prompt: what is the meaning?

the drawing "art therapy prompt" - unknown author

art therapy prompt – unknown author

A pile of drawings lay on a table in a wait of the somebody attention. I had to choose what to pic up to represent the art therapy class for people with the psychiatric disorders. That was the hard task because each picture had its own charm, but ultimately the image you see on above made my choice. These lines attracted me, and I made a shot. Now I had to say something, to explain the cause of my interest. Thus I recalled the quote:

„It is not what we receive but what we give that heals us.“ ~ Richard P. Evans

What we give…

How would I respond?!

THAT was the meaning of the picture, so I put down my camera and clasp in my arms the mentally ill fellows.
Dear blogger, what’s about you? Please Share your thoughts on what this image means to you.

Everyone likes a good word –
Share Art therapy Drawings with your Friends.
People with psychiatric disorders would greatly appreciate your likes.

Kiss of Art Therapy

The photography "kiss of art therapy" by Tomas Karkalas from Klaipeda, Lithuania

The photography “kiss of art therapy” by Tomas Karkalas from Klaipeda, Lithuania

Life lessons are wasted if they are not passed on.

Art therapy relate to a mental health and so is the specific hospital activity that involves the patients with various disabilities, though we all could benefit from it. Art therapy visitors are the patients who didn’t name themselves the artists, they just pug the love… Is that not a dream of the humanity?
Let‘s look at the photo – The love melted into the ceramics there this time and brought a smile to my face. While looking at this waterbird I saw not a work but the embedded process of its creation and enjoyed the communication between the patients that could serve us all as a sample to follow. So I took a photograph of this creation. I don’t know its author, I do not know either the artist was he or she, but one thing is the obvious: people with the psychiatric disorders are the bearers of love .
They rarely have any other profession but is it obligatory to experience the happiness ?

Paulo Coelho said „When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself“

What is behind the bars?

documentary photograph „Copy of Copy“ ~ from a cycle „art therapy works“ by Tomas Karkalas from Klaipeda, Lithuania

documentary photograph Copy of Copy ~ from a cycle „art therapy works“ by Tomas Karkalas from Klaipeda, Lithuania

The documentary photograph „Copy of Copy“ stands like a sentinel over the sunbeam. It pleases the eye but do not allow me to close in the self-satisfaction amidst the fellow artists. I guess you wonder how this magic shot was taken, so here is a story.
While wandering around my town I came to a scenery that could not pass by. A huge stump stopped me. Yes. Not a tree but the stump: not the tree of life but the symbol of the remnants – the portrait of me…so I didnt fear the bars that dangled in front of the passersby any more. The door stood waiting for me and I stepped in- responded to the mystifying welcome.
Thus I appeared in the art therapy room where people with the psychiatric disorders were sitting around the table and drawing a sun… wow! Love inhabited a tiny room : the lights of the lovely drawings and the handicrafts dazzled me, shown with peace. So I forget the bars at a glimpse and took my camera. Everything bloomed here – richly provided me with a stuff for a sharing and I took my Canon Power-shot S80.
Life behind the bars did not allure but the works of art therapy class for mentally ill sat me in an awe. Do you recall the ‘serenity‘, the girl with her paper trimmings from my last post? Yes. She is one of the heroes here.

„It is not what we receive but what we give that heals us.“ ~ Richard P. Evans